Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
- Do not fire a RPG while standing in dry grass. While watching the resultant destruction you will be caught in the brushfire.
- After creating explosions - for example in a roadblock - wait before charging in to mop up. The heat will cook off ammunition crates. This is handy unless you are caught in the explosion, then it is not so handy.
- Far Cry 2 is one of the few games I have played where effective recon is handy during game play. You have the tools, use them.
- Remember, the night time is the right time...for destruction.
- Running over gazelles with a Jeep does not cause damage to your vehicle.
- Shooting zebras doesn't really do anything except waste ammo.
- As far as I can tell there are no crocodiles or hippos in the water so don't be afraid to splash around.
- Try to unlock as many of the safe houses as early as you can - some of them have pretty kick ass weapons laying around.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
- I was having a dream about dumplings. Yes, I dream about food sometimes. No, they are not sexy dreams. I was dreaming about the giant meat dumplings at Tai Shan. They are the size of steamed buns but have a dumpling wrapper. Plus they helped me survive a long stretch of the late 90s. So I was dreaming about the dumplings and then I dreaming about Jamaican Beef patties. Then it was a short jump to pastys or pasties.
Huh. Things you never knew. The standard recipe goes like this:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups ice water
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups thinly sliced potatoes
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup diced rutabagas
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground pork
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons monosodium glutamate
1 cube beef boullion
1/2 cup hot water
- Whisk together flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut shortening. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and quickly stir in ice cold water. Form dough into a ball. Set aside.
- Dissolve the boullion cube in the hot water. Combine uncooked vegetables, uncooked meats, salt, pepper, monosodium glutamate, and boullion.
- Roll out pastry dough into 6"x8" rectangles. Place about 1 1/2 cups of filling in the center of each rectangle. Bring 6" sides together and seal. Cut a slit in the top of each pasty. Place on a dull, not black, baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The current Prince of Persia was kind of a fluke. I rented it because Far Cry II wasn't on the shelf and I wanted something different to play. Prince is challenging but not punishing platformer, with a fairly decent story, and some stunning art design. All in all a good game. If you're the kind of person who only picks up a controller once a week then you'll be glad to know that Prince is forgiving. Yes, there's acrobatic derring-do but the controls are pretty simple and if you miss your jump then you're automatically brought back to life at the last piece of solid ground your character was standing on.
I was, and still am, impressed by the graphics and art design. The game is cel-shaded but not. That doesn't make sense but Prince doesn't have that paint by numbers look that earlier cel-shaded games had. Sweeping vistas, etc, etc, etc. There are one or two moments of vertigo as you sprint across beams and walls. Pretty neat actually.
I also really dug the characters. The Prince - standard vagabond rogue - and Princess - scrappy, no nonsense whose brains are in her head and not in her tits - are both solid characters. The voice acting sold me. The Prince had just the right amount of smary self-confidence disguising a painful past. The Princess had just the right amount of scrappy yet slightly vunerable but not storybook useless - she actually has a couple of sarcastic lines about princess stereotypes, "Yeah, gee, I don't know what I would do if you weren't here. Probably curl up in a corner and cry."
Prince of Persia is pretty short - I think I finished it in about fourteen (?) hours. I don't know if that's worth $60 but it's definitely worth renting or picking up for someone who takes their time with games.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Texican Lasagna. Tex-Mex is all well and good but I think Texican is a more accurate term. Lasagna because:
- 1lb ground chuck - use the cheap shit, yeah it's fattier but I'll tell you a trick in a second.
- 1/2 lb of chorizo - beef.
- 2 cups diced onions - any color is fine, decide what flavour you want yourself.
- A shit-ton of garlic - sliced it, dice it, mince it, whatever.
- 1 Red pepper - diced
- 1 Green pepper - diced
- 2 cups of corn - I use frozen, sue me.
- A can of Rotel - We always have the Mexican style in the cupboard. It has lime juice. If you don't have Rotel in your region then I guess you could use something from the "Ethnic" aisle. Buy the can of tomatoes with the least amount of English on it.
- A 20-30 pack of corn tortillas. Note: Don't use flour. They'll turn to mushy ick.
- A punch of my spice mix. A punch is two or three pinches.
- A can of El Pato. Use the stuff in the yellow can if you are a'feared of the spicy.
- Cheese fool. I use big bags of shredded pepper jack and cheddar. I'm sure you could use queso fresco or y'know that Mexican version of mozzarella.
- A colander.
- A bowl the colander fits in.
- An oven.
Okay, after all the prep-work is done...
Here's a side note:
Do all of your prep work before you start cooking.
Yes, it's a pain in the ass. Yes, it takes time. Listen, what would you rather do? Attempt to dice vegetables while sauteeing and making sure you don't set fire to yourself? Do the prep work first. Plus it makes stir-frying much, much, much easier.
Also, open your canned goods after you do your prep work.
Start cooking up your onions and garlic. Drink and stir. Toss in the chorizo. Stir it all up - keep it moving. Please don't wander off and let this burn. When the garlic, onions, and chorizo (beef) are starting to smell all good add the ground chuck. Keep everything moving. Yes, it looks greasy and vaguely unnerving. Safety tip - do not read the ingredients of the chorizo. When the chuck and everything is cooking and looks right put the colander in the bowl that the colander fits in. Pour everything in the pan into the colander.
Return the pan to the stove top, add the canned goods, corn, and stuff. Start cooking all that. With the meat and what not - strain out the grease. Hey, neat - you just strained off all the grease with no fuss, no muss. Throw the meat'n'stuff into what's cooking in the pan. Stir. While this is getting combined get out a casserole pan.
Spray the casserole pan with oil or slop some Crisco on there. No stick. Place corn tortillas on the bottom of the pan to cover. Spoon meat'n'stuff onto the layer then put cheese on there. Another layer of tortillas, meat'n'stuff, cheese, etc etc... continue until the pan is full.
Yeah, yeah, yeah - preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
When the pan is full put the whole thing in the oven. Go smoke some cigarettes or watch a sitcom. This is one of those dishes that is done when it is done. Remember to let it cool before you slam your face in it.
There ya go kids. Texican Lazagnaz y'all.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
- The Sims/fantasy-land aspect. Apparently every business, home, building, shanty is for sale in the game so you can basically become some kind of real estate magnate. I love buying property in games and in Fable 2 once you purchase a residence you can rent it out. Then you can jack up the rent or do all kinds of stuff. There is also a lot of NPC interaction, build relationships, get married, have a family, and your actions make people react to you accordingly. Right now my character - my standard female default rogue - has people chasing her around with amorous intentions. Is this what happens in RL when you wear a corset?
- Humor is tough and humor in games is exceedingly difficult. More often than not humor in games falls flat. Fable 2 is pretty solid. Granted, some of it sounds like Monty Python...again...but for the most part it's a pretty funny game. Apparently NPCs love it when you kick chickens. As much as I do.
- I really like the MMORPG-lite CO-OP. If you don't understand what the hell that means then dig - you can play with your friends but not have to run around interacting with the entire world like in World of Warcraft. Also a second player can join in and it's not a big deal. The second player plays a henchman character. I played last night with Farley but the system was getting all glitched. The cool thing about the co-operative play is Amanda and I can actually play something at the same time.
- I like the pseudo-bizarro Victorian land the game takes place in. It's not steampunk - though I like steampunk just fine - but there's just a skewed Dickensian feel to the game. Plus there are guns.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
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