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365th Day Anniversary

Posted in play by Greg on the August 12th, 2007

In honor of Naseem deciding to keep me, even after living with me for a year, I present this blog post by my friend Eric.  He “accidentally” decided to make fun of me on said anniversary.  I hope his juvenile humor doesn’t reflect too badly on me… :)


Posted in play by Greg on the July 29th, 2007

Here are the pictures, as promised. I didnt get a lot of good shots, and the low lighting prevented most of the pictrues from turning out. Delara will probably have some better ones on her flickr. All in all, we had fun. Though, the actual convention was less then I expected. It was a lot smaller, there were less people dressed up, less vending and less stuff going on then I imagined. Still, it was entertaining, and nothing beats a weekend with friends.

Assimilated NYC
TOS uniforms
Robert Picardo
Cheating at StarTrek Trivia
Command uniforms
Absorbant Towel Guy
George Takei
Lacey and Delara

Next Up: Star Trek Convention

Posted in play by Greg on the July 18th, 2007

On one hand, I’m embarassed to say that I’m going to a star trek convention. On the other hand, I think it’s cool enough to mention on my NOT (pause) blog. Regardless, I expect it to be a good time. I’ll follow this up with pictures and possibly amusing stories. The convention is in NJ, about 90 miles from NYC. If i was properly motivated and had the time, money and parts, I would make myself a borg costume. Then I would truly have an amusing story because I would drive to NJ wearing it. And I would get pulled over. Then I would go to jail after threatening to “assimilate” the cop that will pull me over for speeding. In jail someone would tell me that “resistance is futile.” And I wouldnt like the borg anymore after that…


Transformers the Review

Posted in play by Greg on the July 5th, 2007

70 out of 78 stars.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. My high expectations offset my transformers fandom, so think that is a fairly accurate assessment. I do have a few complaints, but I would definitely recommend the film. I liked it enough that I intend to see it in the theater at least one more time. Repeat theater viewings is something I usually reserve for Star Wars. Great action, not too much cheese, plenty of humor.

*********** Possible Spoilers Below ************

Best Part of the Movie: Mikaela and Sam are riding in the Bumblebee as a 1976 Camaro when Mikaela asks why, if Bumblebee can transform into whatever he wants, he chooses to be such a “piece of junk.” Bumblebee gets offended and ejects her (and Sam) from the car. He then transforms into a 2008 Camaro.

Worst Part of the Movie: Megatron beats the crap out of Optimus Prime. Come on Prime….

Most Astute Social Commentary Moment: Barricade, an evil Decepticon, transforms into a police car that says “to punish and enslave” on its side.

Most Confusing Part of Movie: Everything the AllSpark touches becomes an evil transformer. My theory is that this is because all of our modern technology was reverse engineered from Megatron. So when it is animated, it is as evil as he is.

Most Stereotypical Moment: Glenn, the black hacker, yelling at the FBI that his grandma will beat them up.

Best Action Moment: Optimus Prime stabs Bonecrusher in the neck and decapitates him with his retractable sword/axe.

Best Product Placement: The AllSpark animates a Mt Dew vending machine which transforms and starts fighting.

*********** End Spoilers ************

Go see it!!

barricade attacks sam


Posted in play by Greg on the June 27th, 2007

Having watched transformers as a wee lad, I’ve been looking forward to the new transformers movie ever since I first got wind of it. Yesterday I bought my advance tickets for next Monday’s sneak preview. I’m trying hard not to get my hopes up, nor to set my expectations to high, but it isn’t working. If the movie is bad, I’ll probably be devastated. It’s funny how we can have so much nostalgia for something from childhood, even when it isn’t that great from an adult perspective. I acquired every episode of the transformers cartoon a couple years ago, but I’ve only watched a handful of them since then. I tried, but it just wasn’t that great. I preferred to stop watching and preserve the memory of it being awesome. But now, with a new live action movie coming out, I have a chance to be entertained by transformers as an adult. Here’s hoping that it will be great :)

This is a screenshot from Forza 2, a racing game on the 360. I will not reveal how many hours it took me to create the Decepticon logo on that Supra using the in-game editor (you would laugh at me). Suffice it to say, that I had to combine 30 plus polygons to construct it.
98 Supra with Decepticon logo

NY Auto Show

Posted in play by Greg on the April 7th, 2007

I’ve been looking forward to this show ever since I spotted the first ad for it on the subway. One of the biggest auto shows in the world, many concepts are unveiled here for the first time. Every manufacturer makes an impressive showing. Except, of course, Buick. They don’t have anything impressive. Jeep was there with a free ride through a constructed obstacle course of tree stumps, logs and huge inclines. Subaru had hydraulic rally simulators. Bentley had cars so classy you couldn’t get close enough to spit on. Hummer was burning a pile of logs to simulate their effect on the environment. Chevy had a Corvette suspended from the ceiling. BMW had free t-shirts. It was fun. See the pictures:

Toyota FT-HS | Will this replace the supra?  Wtih 400+ hybrid horsepower, I hope so
Toyota FT-HS | Will this replace the supra?  Wtih 400+ hybrid horsepower, I hope so
Lexus LFA | The other possible Supra replacement.  500+ HP V10
Lexus LFA | The other possible Supra replacement.  500+ HP V10
Lexus IS-F | Thats some good looking exhaust
The oblilgatory Ferrari
Camaro Concept | Looks good.  Now if only they can get it built by Honda/Toyota….
Camaro Concept | Looks good.  Now if only they can get it built by Honda/Toyota….
Who needs mirrors?  Cameras are way better.
Ford is trying hard….I’m not buying….
Lamborghini.  Greg says, “Dam, gull wing doors are cool.”  Naseem says, “Cars with those doors that go up look like spaceships”
Chevy Volt.  Electric.  Comes with power cord.
Shelby GT 500 Mustang
Aston Martin.  Which one? They all looks so similar….
WRX.  Im getting one of these when I leave NYC.  In STI trim, of course.
WRX.  Im getting one of these when I leave NYC
WRX in full Rally Trim
Rally Simulator.  Too bad the line was so long.

USPS is strong in the Force

Posted in play by Greg on the April 4th, 2007

I was walking down the street in midtown when I came across this fantastic mailbox. I have a whole new respect for the USPS now. Apparently, this is part of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars celebration. In addition to a few mailboxes like this one, there will also be a Star Wars stamp. Vote on what it will be here



Posted in play by Greg on the February 22nd, 2007

This article basically says that surgeons that play video games are better at surgery.  It has inspired me to send my resume to hospitals to work as a specialist.  I’ll just come in, do the laparoscopic camera thing, get paid, and get out.  Minimal knowledge necessary, just superior hand-eye coordination in abstract environments represented on a video screen. Any takers?


Posted in play by Greg on the December 23rd, 2006

Poll – Trivial Pursuit

Posted in play by Greg on the November 2nd, 2006

What did Ted Kennedy wear around his neck at the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne?  Acceptable answers?  See the poll to the right.  The outcome of a Trivial Pursuit one-on-one showdown between me and Naseem hangs in the balance.  This is the picture from the funeral linked to by wikipedia.



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