February 22, 2009

The Oscars

Filed under: misc. — Jonathan @ 10:14 pm

I think that Jack Black just said it the best when describing how he makes money doing animated films:

“Each year I do one Dreamworks project, then I take the money to the Oscars and bet it on Pixar.”

February 19, 2009

Projects

Filed under: Websites — Jonathan @ 12:20 am

I have some neat projects I’m working on this semester for school and I’m trying to keep everything very well documented with web pages. All of my school projects will be present here: http://www.corpusvile.com/education.html

I’m trying to get a project from last semester up and running. Everything is just about ready to go, except that my server apparently doesn’t support .jsp which, of course, was what the project was required to be coded in. So, it’s either recode the project to .asp or .php, or find a new way to host it. Obviously, the latter will be the solution. So, does anyone know any good sites for hosting? I would prefer as many technologies supported as possible. I definitely need php, perl and mysql support/resources. I would appreciate a comment or email with any suggestions!

February 14, 2009

Friday the 13th

Filed under: misc. — Jonathan @ 12:25 am

Tonight was the new Friday the 13th. I have been waiting for this for years. First is was going to be “Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash”, then it was going to be a remake, then it was going to be a continuation, then it was going to be…. you get the idea. The way they wound up doing it was pretty good: not a continuation, not an “insertion” and not a remake. I guess it was an original movie that didn’t really fit anywhere into the time line of the series and re-enacted some key moments in the first two movies. It almost seemed like they were trying to condense the first three or four movies into one. It worked alright, I guess, but it would just be better to watch the first four movies. Overall, I really liked it. It had its ups and downs, but I really did enjoy it. Here are some of the key pros and cons that I thought the movie had:

+Great prologue, probably one of the best in the series.
+Great ending.
+Great body placements.
+Pretty good characters. There was some room for improvement, but I would say they were above normal Friday the 13th standards.
+There were some great kills, although they started to get less creative as the movie went on. The burning sleeping bag kill is in my top 3 kills spanning all movies; awesome.
+Good camera work. Everything looks pretty good and there was great use of lighting.

-There was no need to remake the opening scene where Pamela Voorhees gets killed. Use the original footage, it was classic.
-I didn’t really like the whole Part 2 remakes. I liked Jason better in a little broken down cabin in the woods, not a big house. I know that Pamela was the camps cook, but was it ever established that the Voorhees lived in a house on the camp?
-The most upsetting part of this movie, to me, was how they rewrote the way Jason got his mask. That is just wrong. Jason got his hockey mask from Shelly in Part 3; end of story. I think that mask means so much to the character and symbolizes so much in the stories; every chip, every scratch, every piece of dirt, it all tells a story.
-Jason doesn’t run.. Why is he running so much?
-Jason doesn’t keep prisoners.. The idea that he let her live because she 1)Had his mothers locket and 2)She “looked like” his mother was good. But why is he keeping her chained up in an underground tunnel prison? All in all, I didn’t really like the whole thing.
-Why was there a mansion on Crystal Lake? I understand the kid’s family was rich, but a modest old cabin on the Lake would have done fine. It worked well in every other movie..

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February 13, 2009

10 Ways Microsoft’s Retail Stores Will Differ From Apple Stores

Filed under: misc. — Jonathan @ 12:58 pm

This was taken from a PC World article by Brennon Slattery. It can be seen at PC World. It gave me a good laugh!

“Microsoft announced plans to open retail stores, hoping to boost visibility of many of its products and its brand. The move seems to be an effort to mimic the success that Apple has had with its retail stores. The news is just too tempting not to have some fun with. So here are some yet-to-be-officially-revealed details about the Microsoft stores.

1) Instead of Apple’s sheer walls of glass, Microsoft’s stores will have brushed steel walls dotted with holes — reminiscent of Windows security.

2) The store will have six different entrances: Starter, Basic, Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. While all six doors will lead into the same store, the Ultimate door requires a fee of $100 for no apparent reason.

3) Instead of a “Genius Bar” (as Apple provides) Microsoft will offer an Excuse Bar. It will be staffed by Microsofties trained in the art of evading questions, directing you to complicated and obscure fixes, and explaining it’s a problem with the hardware — not a software bug.

4) The Windows Genuine Advantage team will run storefront security, assuming everybody is a thief until they can prove otherwise.

5) Store hours are undetermined. At any given time the store mysteriously shuts down instantaneously for no apparent reason. (No word yet on what happens to customers inside).

6) Stores will be named Microsoft Live Retail Store with PC Services for Digital Lifestyle Enthusiasts.

7) Fashioned after Microsoft’s User Account Control (UAC) in Vista, sales personnel will ask you whether you’re positive you want to purchase something at least twice.

8) Xbox 360 section of the store will be organized in a ring — which will inexplicably go red occasionally.

9) DreamWorks will design a scary in-store theme park ride called “blue screen of death.”

10) Store emergency exits will be unlocked at all times so people can get in anytime they want even if the front doors are locked.”

February 11, 2009

February?

Filed under: misc. — Jonathan @ 1:22 pm

This past week has had some beautiful weather. It’s almost hard to believe that it’s only mid-February. This is what I like about this time of year though: you get these little teases of nice weather, which makes the dreary months a little bit more tolerable. You know that this nice weather is coming and it’s not too far away. I guess it just makes the time move a little easier.

I have some nice projects this semester. I’ll be busy, but I’ll have some fun stuff to do. I’ll keep it updated. I guess right now though it is about 60 degrees outside and all I can think about is spring coming!

99 Days until graduation..
84 Days until classes end..

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