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Okay well if you say so.



Apr. 28th, 2012 12:39 am
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I put up my Battleship poster next to my Mars Needs Moms poster.

It is hilarious. )
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I came across this and I had to give it a go.

Pokemon kakeru kana!? )

Bonus: Comment with one pokemon of your choice and I will draw it from memory too! B)


Aug. 4th, 2008 04:57 am
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You probably haven't heard of the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game. That's a silly idea, but hey, I like DC superheroes, I have nostalgia for Mortal Kombat, and they've got some decent ideas like making the gameplay cinematic at times. It's too bad the concept is so shoddily done in a number of ways including animation, character design, and more!

So I went to their official website to check out the high-res concept art/renders and holy crap, I'm lollin' here. Watch me nitpick the hell out of CG and other nerdery: )

The moral of the story: It's fine for you to take shortcuts on your CG; everybody does it all the time. But if you're going to release full-resolution images, then they better not show the flaws!

P.S. And while we're on the subject, you should check out these compilations of American cartoons based on popular fighting games, which I didn't even know existed. I'm sure that's for the better because at that age I would have gladly watched them. At first.

Street Fighter stupidity (1/2)

Street Fighter stupidity (2/2)

Mortal Kombat stupidity
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Blatantly copy/pasted from

[...] Rather than restate untruths about Obama, the campaign would do better to start some rumors of its own. Here's a template e-mail the Obama campaign might consider disseminating.

From: [Redacted]
To: [Redacted]

There are many things people do not know about BARACK OBAMA. It is every American's duty to read this message and pass it along to all of their friends and loved ones.

Barack Obama wears a FLAG PIN at all times. Even in the shower.

Barack Obama says the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE every time he sees an American flag. He also ends every sentence by saying, "WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL." Click here for video of Obama quietly mouthing the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE in his sleep.

A tape exists of Michelle Obama saying the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE at a conference on PATRIOTISM.

Every weekend, Barack and Michelle take their daughters HUNTING.

Barack Obama is a PATRIOTIC AMERICAN. He has one HAND over his HEART at all times. He occasionally switches when one arm gets tired, which is almost never because he is STRONG.

Barack Obama has the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE tattooed on his stomach. It's upside-down, so he can read it while doing sit-ups.

There's only one artist on Barack Obama's iPod: FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.

Barack Obama is a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN. His favorite book is the BIBLE, which he has memorized. His name means HE WHO LOVES JESUS in the ancient language of Aramaic. He is PROUD that Jesus was an American.

Barack Obama goes to church every morning. He goes to church every afternoon. He goes to church every evening. He is IN CHURCH RIGHT NOW.

Barack Obama's new airplane includes a conference room, a kitchen, and a MEGACHURCH.

Barack Obama's skin is the color of AMERICAN SOIL.


Barack Obama says that Americans cling to GUNS and RELIGION because they are AWESOME.
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We've got a 99cent store near here that's pretty darn good.  The ones my family occasions up in the Bay Area are filled with nothing but cheap plastic stuff from China; the one where I live actually has groceries, canned goods, cleaning products, all sorts of useful stuff.

And then there's this.

Looks colorful and plasticky, innocuous enouwait what

Hold on, this is sounding a little dangerous.

Oh well that's quite a relief

But I don't know, it's starting to sound a little boring...

Holy crap, I wasn't informed of this.  ALL BETS ARE BACK ON

I... I demand a packaging FILLED WITH TEXT.  Please good sirs, write for me an essay describing your wonderous flying toy product. <3
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1160 2520 1964

Comment with your friend co... ah hell, it's not like I'm gonna get online until I get back home and maybe leech off the neighbor's wireless network. Or something.

I was going to post about this back when it actually happened, but I guess I deemed it not really all that noteworthy. So you remember how I took a computer graphics class last year. Not much artistic about the course, it was mostly on codes and algorithms and methods for graphics. So one day the professor is lecturing about interpolation for 3D curves and surfaces and he briefly mentions the different kinds of software for CG modeling, such as Maya. Someone randomly raises a hand.

Random guy: "What is Dreamweaver?"
Me: ...

The professor explains that it's a web layout program that's not really all that related to computer graphics.

Random guy: "So it's like Shockwave?"

That was not a bright day.
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"I'm his Head of House, and I shall decide how hard, or otherwise, to be," said Snape curtly. "Follow me, Draco."

I'm so sorry

Okay, so I'm caught up reading instead of posting some art like I planned.  Well that's just too bad for you.
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I'm watching the X-Box 360 preview on MTV, with three threads of discussion open and refreshing concurrently. I don't think I've ever had such a nerd moment, and I don't even care about Microsoft gaming.

Of course, Nintendo arrives at E3 in less than 5 days...

Edit: Of course, being on MTV means there's a lot of pointless flashy filler which gives me time to multi-task. And good god, these guys from "The Killers"... I dunno, but the singer can't carry a tune in a titanium-reinforced bucket. OH GOD THE FLASHING LIGHTS

Edit 2: Oh hay guyz let's "pimp out" the old X-Box with ugly-ass chain/skull decals that'll make it HARDCORE for sure

Okay, to actually talk about something useful (relative, of course) - that thing in the vertical position really feels kind of disturbingly unstable to me... I'd be freaked out that I'd knock it over just pressing the power button oh sorry RING OF LIGHT.

Conclusion: Nothing I hadn't already gotten earlier (and way more) through internet leaks, except for some shots (like 50 seconds in total) of games in action. Sorry to say, but for the most part they didn't much impress me either. Some games look a bit smoother/have shinier explosions than the current generation, but uh... uninspiring, Microsoft. I was expecting competent, weighty CG animation in golf and skateboard games by now. Not to mention it's impossible to get a grasp on anything when they flash the clip for all of 1-2 seconds.

Of course, practically nothing they showed was my kind of genre (sports/driving/FPS games horray), but even judging aesthetically... ehh. I'll stick with Mario and Pikachu =)

The end I swear: Can't resist one last jab - all signs point to no backward compatibility, UNLIKE NINTENDO. So much for your Halo 2, folks...
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The last of the hijinks from my computer networking book, because the final was today!

A packet that wasn't routed in the correct way:
"The datagram would just die and go to datagram heaven."


A list of ways the next generation of wireless networking can develop:
"We'd like the [wireless] system to support voice and real-time video over IP, so that we can all wear Dick Tracy watches and video conference with our friends and colleagues, no matter where we are."

Take that Pruneface!

At the end of several paragraphs of thorough discussion on the pros and cons of switches vs. routers:
Finally, there are two different ways to pronounce the word router, either as "rootor" or as "rowter," and people waste a lot of time arguing over the proper pronunciation [Perlman 1999].

AGH WTF ::head explodes::

Don't get me wrong, this actually is a decent textbook. It's just that these things really throw you for a loop when you're trying to study seriously. XP
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From my ever-amusing-yet-painful computer networking textbook:

(For those too young to know, a rotary phone is an analog telephone with no buttons - only a dial.)

Oh man, that is sad. ^^;; What, is it just because I grew up a little in China that I've actually seen - and used - rotary phones and B&W TVs? I remember when I volunteered at the Tech Museum in high school, we had a rotary phone as one of the small hands-on exhibits at the info desk in the Communication gallery, and little kids would come up and be like "This is a phone?" I'M NOT OLD I'M ONLY TWENTY

The big-ass thunderstorms are rolling in again - fun, because I'm safe and sound indoors! ...But it should be safe for me to be on the computer, right? I mean, these big, sturdy dorms are well-insulated, right? ...>>;;

Edit, just because I feel like it: In China we had a color TV, even with a remote (although it was attached by a wire), because my dad went to America on business and brought back much bling. But my neighbor friend downstairs had a B&W TV that tried to pretend it was color by tinting the top, middle, and bottom different strips of colors. I always thought there was something wrong with it - didn't find out until recently that there were TVs made like that in an attempt to simulate sky/flesh tone/grass. Heh.
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I came across this page while Googling for "Japanese calligraphy". Words cannot describe the... sheer joyousness of this page. XD And you must check out the further links on there too.

It's got Barbie-sized Jack Sparrow. And a chipmunk. How can you not love?

The one who's running away is FAKE JACK! You have REAL JACK behind you! Run, Jackdoll, run!
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Azure Haights: What's up?
Nendil: Playing Minish Cap.
Azure Haights: Ooh.
Nendil: Though I should be doing homework. But it isn't hard.
Azure Haights: Skipping homework?
Azure Haights: Tsk tsk.
Nendil: No, just delaying.
Azure Haights: ^---- admonish cap
Nendil: Heh.
Azure Haights: ...d'oh, too slow.
Nendil: I'm gonna have to charge you $25 for that bad pun.
Nendil: ^--- money-ish cap
Azure Haights: Si no pago ese honorario, ¿usted leerá el concurso que está en mi LiveJournal?
Azure Haights: ^-- Spanish cap
Nendil: Damn you and your XY chromosome.
Nendil: ^--- mannish cap
Azure Haights: You would be saying with your happiness this if you had won all everything.
Azure Haights: ^-- engrish cap
Nendil: ^^;;
Nendil: Suomennokset on sitten epävirallisia, virheitä sopii korjailla ja tehdä lisäyksiä
Nendil: ^--- Finnish cap
Nendil: Sorry, I'm done.
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Whee~ Finals went not as badly as expected. Of course, that's not saying much, but eh. I was able to handle them, at least, and my last-minute cramming paid off quite a bit.

Now to lighten up - I've got another big batch of zany game quotes from various GBA RPGs. Without further ado: )
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Ain't got much to say (plus I keep being too lazy/procrastinatorial to take costume progress photos), so I'm gonna post some more random silly game screenshots that I've been holding on to for quite a while.

From GBA LotR: RotK, more oddly-named items:

SO HEAVY | Such language! | Tastes like chicken | ...But how!? | Tasty water!

Old stuff from Zelda: Oracles:

What the...?! Hey, I'm a GUY! | Yeah, I know, I've got a warped mind.

From Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen:

When I got this I was like "Wuh? The Silph Scope is a toy car?"

(Also: LOL. Since I had to use save states in my Japanese roms, I never knew the game did a little "replay" of your "PREVIOUSLY ON POKEMON:" when you loaded a game. I can imagine it might get obnoxious at some point in time, but right now it's incredibly cute. ^^)

Probably everyone has played FF7 and seen this years before I did, but:

What the...
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The last third of those wacky quotes, since there are no further translations to be found on shuku. But mourn not - in my opinion, this book section contains the most hilarious misquotes of all.

The last of the insanity! )

And that's it!
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Yeah, long time no write. But hopefully this'll make up for it =)

Here's the story: shuku is a Chinese website with a fairly large collection of book texts, some copyrighted, some not ^^;; as is par for Chinese websites. A long time ago, when my mom first introduced me to it, I browsed it casually and came upon a few copies of Lord of the Rings.

Not just LotR, mind you. LotR in Chinese. LotR badly translated in Chinese.

I rather suspect the authenticity of these texts, especially since a while ago my mom found a copy of The Two Towers in Chinese at the library, and the translation seemed quite professionally adequate. But a great number of books on this website are scanned/transcribed/whatever from real books, like the Chinese version of Goblet of Fire also on there. So, who knows? All I know is that it is great cause for hilarity. XD

There are three LotR texts I've found on the website: the full "Fellowship of the Ring" in traditional Chinese, the first seven chapters of "Fellowship of the Ring" in simplified Chinese, and the first half of "Two Towers" in traditional Chinese. Each has its own share of silly goofs, which I've recorded thoroughly in a Word document, and shall post here in sections. For simplicity's sake, I refer to the simplified Chinese version of FotR as the "Mainland" [China] version, and the traditional version as the "Taiwan" version. Overall, the Mainland version is better at translating English idioms and expressions but trips up on more common, tricky grammar; while the Taiwan version is better at adapting the language into fluent Chinese prose but sometimes just plain misses the point.

To start, a few general oddball terminologies:
* Being that there is no concept of "Elf" in Chinese culture, the closest approximation is the unfortunate translated term of "Little Sprite". Yes, it sounds just as stupid in Chinese.
* Nazgûl = "Naz-bird" (why???)
* Lembas = "Little Sprite crackers". Not all the time, but the fact that it was used at all is cause for facepalming, especially seeing how the Chinese food 饼 would be perfect for describing the substance.

And into the chaos... )


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