November 2009

Picked up the new Evangelion 1.01 movie today. A series reboot for the Neon Genesis Evangelion series that broke all kinds of TV records back in its day. Hopefully this will have a better ending to the series than the original TV anime had. I got the ending and the way it tied in with Shinji’s emotions but it was really fit together properly. Too many plot threads were just simply dropped and completely ignored for it to feel properly wrapped up. Rei is idolized beyond almost another anime character, even with the moe explosion of recent years, But to me her character was to dereft of any emotion (deliberately) to have that appeal.

Motoroal-Droid-by-VerizonVerizon’s answer to the popularity of the iPhone would be in the new Droid line of Android based smartphones. The first two of which appeared on 11/6/09 in the form of the Motorola Cliq (called the Droid by Verizon) and the HTC Eris.

I went to a Verizon store for some hands on to get a real feel for each and can definitely say that the Droid is very nice indeed. The Eris may have more appeal to users specifically wanting its smaller size and rounded corners, but the speed of the web on the Motorola Droid when loading web made it feel like a mini desktop. The lack of muti-touch and Sense UI was apparent when zooming in and out of web pages but the extra screen real estate compared to the Eris and the resolution made browsing using it very nice indeed.

I am a little disappointed in AT&T not upgrading their 3g networks and expanding their coverage when they have the popularity of the iPhone to bank on. IMHO, their 3g should either be better or they should be dumping into 4g to leapfrog Verizon. But thats just one man’s opinion…

In short, IT MUST BE MINE!

(it also seems that the rumors of Verizon getting a variant of the iPhone once AT&T’s exclusivity contract runs out may hold a kernel of truth …)

KaskalaI have been working the daily quests in Northrend as my main builds his dwarfish way to level 80 (yeah, I am #latetotheparty as usual).

One of my favorite things is doing the three daily quests with the Tuskar faction and get a Mastercraft Kalu’ak Fishing Pole at Exalted. I really enjoy playing the fishing minigame in Wow and it pays to fish, back in the BC expansion I used to sell all the fish I caught and cooked for a hefty profit on the AH (thats the in-game auction house to you). I remember virtually paying for my very fast flying mounts with various buff foods cooked from fish. I can’t listen to the Gorillaz anymore without imagining the hours spent in front my favorite place waiting for the fish-on sound.

The exploration of the world is one of the things I love the most about Azeroth and WoW in general. The rep grinds are just silly repetition quests to disguise the experience/leveling grind but in this case the locations of the Tuskar (Un’pe/Kaskala, Moa’ki, and Kamagua) are very well designed, gorgeously rendered areas. Warcraft sometimes gets bashed for its cartoony and somewhat dated look, but the graphics fit so well and are themed well. Catching a sunset off Chillmere coast while questing has to be one of my all time favorite moments in WoW.