Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Road (2009)

 I believe The Road was described on Red Letter Media's Half in the Bag as a "movie to watch if you never want to feel happiness again." I wouldn't say it's that dark, although, you know, cannibalism. Like a lot of cannibalism. 

It reminded me a lot of The Last of Us minus the fungus zombies. The setting is post-apocalyptic. What caused it all is never explained. A kid is half the characters and I didn't hate him. It's worth a watch, so I won't spoil it. 8/10.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sunshine (2007)

 I'm like 90% sure I saw parts of this movie on the Syfy Channel or something at some point when I watched cable TV still. I'm hilariously old, and probably going to die soon, but I'm not that hilariously old, so the cable TV thing came to an end like eight years ago.

So, anyway, the movie. It's directed by Danny Boyle of 28 Days Later and Trainspotting fame and stars Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Chris Evans (Captain America, Snow Piercer, probably other things that aren't those), Dr. Strange's asian friend, and Stanley Tucci as the burn-monster. slasher movie killer.

It's enjoyable enough, but sort of falls apart in the third act. 

The premise is that the Sun, our sun, MY sun, broke and humanity made a ridiculously large space ship to drop a hydrogen bomb the size of Manhattan into it to jumpstart it because having a sun is great for not freezing to death. That ship, Icarus I, vanished having failed to complete its mission, so humanity tries again with a second ship, Icarus II, about seven years later. 

The sci-fi stuff is to the best of my knowledge pure nonsense. I'm not aware of any reason the sun would just kind of stop working, why an improbably big H-bomb would get it started again, how humanity would actually construct two of the goddamned things, get them into orbit, etc. But it's enjoyable enough if you turn your brain off to those details and enjoy the spectacle. It is a pretty looking movie that holds up well in that regard. There's a single "hopeful" music track that's kind of nice that, by whoever composed it, that I like.

Where the film has problems is the third act ..when it kind of shifts gears and becomes a schlocky slasher movie with vibro-blade, space scalpels. I don't even know what I'd use a vibro-blade space scalpel for, but I kind of want one. 

I'll give it a 6/10.


 I'm going to be slowly watching a backlog of movies and wanted to write small reviews of them as I go. I'm also maybe going to do the same with games I'm playing and any TV series I binge watch/slowly get caught up on.

The future is going to be amazing, kids! Buckle your space seat belts and come along for the ride!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Augmentable iLvl 119 weapons!

I had actually asked in LS chat if SE was going to modify the Oboro JSE weapons when they did REM(E?) ones this update, and it turns out they did!
The Augment adds Accuracy +50, Ranged Accuracy +50, and Damage Taken -5%. I'd have preferred instead Magic Accuracy +50 in place of the Damage reduction as the Shigi has Enmity -10 on it to start with which doesn't make it look like a tanking weapon.

Obviously, the Ranged Accuracy had to apply to Shuriken or whatever ranged you're using, but I was glad to see the Acc+50 applies to both hands. I can't wait to try it out.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

I beat the game!!

I've been back in FFXI for about two months now and tackled the Rhapsodies of Vana'diel Missions. They're a nice end piece that really ties together all the expansions' storylines pretty well and it's obvious that some thought went into planning them.

Much thanks to Cleverness and Ica for helping me down the final boss in the BCNM earlier. I tried to take some screenshots, but I think Windower is broken again ("Can't convert screenshot to PNG"), so I don't have any. Here's Cleverness seen with his natural baby chocobo headgear.
I'm going to post some more stuff about what I've been up to and how the game has changed since I was last playing it and various thoughts on it in a few days.

The most notable for anyone who hasn't logged in in forever, like me, was Trusts/Alter egos which are basically a party full of NPC helpers you don't have to level based off of the game's NPCs.
They make soloing pretty much all level 99 and lower content laughably easy.

Also, Lion.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The First 24

I installed the FFXIV Trial yesterday afternoon and hit level 20 Pugilist today. Impressions of the game so far are OK. It looks and runs pretty on my Geforce 970 and 120Hz monitor. I think this guy might be evil:
You can tell by the purple eye?

I did some run around the city exploring stuff I have to do in any RPG.
But something wasn't quite right.
Much better.

Everything's better with Subligar! I saved it even after its stats sucked.

I found a few subtle FFXI references:
And this one which I killed later.
No Quus were harmed in the make of that screenshot.

I liked the exploring and doing FATE (or whatever they were called similar to those Crystal War Era battles (I forget the name of those too, it's been soooo long since I played FFXI) and quests to level up. But I'm kind of curious as to how people get to the level cap in FFXIV. There were no XP parties as far as I could tell.
I didn't get a screenshot before logging for the night, but I found my way to the Lavender Beds where my old LS mates in Epic own a house. I walked/jumped on all the furniture a bit and went back outside. If any of them are reading this (Epic, Brim, Jam, Miah, Amey, etc) send me a /tell in-game. It would be a while before I could do more on my char than chat in LS, but I'm thinking of picking up at least the full game sans expansion if I've got friends to talk to. So I parked my butt outside there for the night.

I had a chaotic and pretty bad year or so of real life, but things are looking up and I've got some free time again for silly adventures.

I've thought about getting back into FFXI too, but I'm sooooo far behind in that from looking at the patch notes and stuff on that I wouldn't even know where to start. Monstrosity, Mog Gardens, tons of stuff that I'm not sure what is worth doing and what's Chocobo Raising or Pankration.

I didn't see what mages are using instead of Magian Staves +3 or 4 at this point, but my 85 Kannagi is less than half the DMG of the Katanas I assume people are using. But there's some way to get the WSes apparently? (I have a level 90 WoE H2H I could get to 99 pretty easily for Victory Smite too?) And I'm not sure how many people I would even know still playing.

Say 'hi' if you remember me and are still reading this I guess.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Are people still playing?

I still get FFXI emails and looked at crap does the new gear look amazing. Did they bump up gear Haste? None of the Wikis are updated anymore, so I couldn't tell just that there's a Black Belt practically in every slot for every melee character.

And is anybody still doing FF14? On a whim I'm grabbing the PC demo of it. Is it a fair assessment that they dumped the original Classes system for the newer (old) Jobs system?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lost Posts? And a prediction...

Did Blogger lose a crapload of my posts here? I could have sworn I had two or three newer ones. There's only one saved as a draft, but there should be at least two others if they're not showing up here.

A BGFF prediction: Late? (BGFF meaning something different than what Urban Dictionary lists it as.)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'm drunk with power! (And also beer, probably?)

I came up with about two dozen alternate post titles that were equally stupid and uninforming, but I went with this one. The others were probably a lot worse, so you're welcome.

I've been playing FFXI again off and on again lately. The Seeker's expansion seems light on story so far and they seem to be doing a WotG slowly rolling it out thing again. I really enjoyed the WotG story, when I finally played through it, (bring an Ochain PLD and Bravura WAR) and the finale nearly brought a tear to my eye. The Bastok Fire in the Hole mission can still suck my ass though.

I have no idea what my point was, but the whole Delve weapons being 2x stronger than anything that's existed before, huge Acc+ and Att+ things on armor, and basically all of my friends having quit the game (no one's reading this, right?) make it kind of like I'm playing FF12 almost. Minus the bunny ladies.

So I've been doing my H2H WoE weapon. My last post was about that and I figured I'd just spam the shit out of Dawn Mulsums and solo it on PUP. Which was mostly doable, I think, but I'd need about 40 per kill and I did farm 100+ White Honeys to make them. Then the F. Animator came out this update. It's basically like the Alternator which came out last update and jacks your Automaton's stats by +47 to some other larger number (based on maneuvers) which I don't remember.

So yeah. Throw in the Elemental Magic change (I don't know if it matters for this or not.) and you've got a brick wall of a tiny robot friend that kills shit with scissors. I'd been messing about on Summoner mostly since starting to play again and I've been enjoying PUP even more.

I also killed this thing because I popped it accidentally.
It netted me a pitiful amount of EXP and a neck piece I would never deliberately use. With Shoggoth dead a bunch and that blob monster also dead it was fly time.

That also died a bunch of times and with the exception of one kill which involved me kiting it/fleeing in cowardly terror in an embarrassing manner I'm glad nobody saw it went pretty smooth.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Picking up where I left off... making a Coin H2H and /stab Shoggoth

Merry Tuesday, everyone!

Back when I quit Abyssea was still all the rage, but people had also figured out how Voidwatch worked and it was getting pretty popular. I did a bit, but never got too into it really. I'd been spamming Walk of Echoes on Summoner to get the 30 Coins of Advancement I'd need to get a Coin H2H weapon if I didn't get the Chloris and whatever other NM needed for a Verthy.

But since I stopped playing the Coins are no longer Ex and the Devious Dies won't run you 200 million Gil, so all that stood in the way was the VNMs. The first was Shoggoth, so I went VNM hunting.

It could have gone better. I don't have a screenshot of my first attempt as Monk, so here's a picture of my second one on PUP.
Pictured: Things not going as planned.
Yeah. I failed pretty miserably.

I had asked on BG if it was soloable and told that if I had the amazingly broken and overpowered Alternator it's extremely easy. I don't have an Alternator. So I came up with an alternative strategy: /shout and ask random strangers for help. I'm kidding, of course. I never do that. I'm anti-social or something. But I did, in fact, come up with an actual strategy.
You'll never guess what it was. I did a whole bunch of Synthing, which SE made a lot less time consuming by removing that stupid fucking delay between synths, and made lots of Repair oils and Dawn Mulsum.

My second attempt, again, ended in death. But I didn't lose. I learned something. The Wikis all mentioned that Shoggoth Chainspells every 20% of its health and hate resets. using the PLD-type Valoredge head and body and lots of defensive Attachments Bougrion couldn't be outright killed. But Bougrion also has a hard time keeping hate every Chainspell as Shoggoth makes a beeline for me. But Shoggoth only comes after me because I was using Repair every time it was up. So the easy solution is to just not do that. I also changed from /DNC, which had been completely useless, to /RDM so I could Cure IV myself from out of range as well as having Refresh to keep MP up and Shell to mitigate the magic damage I would almost certainly take.
I still ended up dying, but that's because I'd run out of Dawn Mulsums and had to use Repair. I think getting it down to that low on HP shows it's eminently possible.

So I can go two different ways with this:

1) The first is just stand back and burn through ~30 Dusk Mulsums and outlast Shoggoth.

2) The other is to use Repair to supplement the meds and rely on the Strobe attachment's Provoke when Chainspell goes off.

I think I'll probably just go with the safe route. The hardest part is probably going to be getting White Honey unless an NPC sells it now for a reasonable price. (Leave a comment if they do, please.)

So I'm just a few kills away from being able to finally Smite things mightily. :-D

UPDATE: And as I put this up I realized how completely safe and viable the second approach is: Ventriloqy. Just use it on Chainspell and Bougrion has hate again. A pathetically tiny amount, but hate nonetheless.