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Halo: Remastered

Ten years ago, I was reintroduced to the joys of first person shooter games by Halo: Combat Evolved. At the time, the game was revolutionary in its graphics, concept, and overall scope, but it sure looks rather dated compared to today’s offerings, like Halo: Reach.

Well, fans of the Halo franchise received some unexpected news today by way of the E3 expo. After ten years, Halo: Combat Evolved is being completely remastered. Though the game is receiving a complete visual refresh, the developers have promised that it will play and feel exactly the same as the original, and nostalgic gamers will be able to switch between the original and remastered graphics at the push of a button.

Oh yeah, there’s some news about Halo 4 too, but I’m obviously more excited about the remastered first game. Wouldn’t you be?

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New Desk

I’m sure you probably remember my old cramped desk. Believe it or not, I had that desk for five years, simply because I had absolutely no room for a larger desk. Eventually, especially as subsequent iMacs became larger, the desk itself became more of a burden. There was room for hardly anything but the iMac and a tiny half-sized notepad. Well, that finally changed this weekend.

We literally swapped the office with the much larger guest bedroom and took the opportunity to purchase some larger desks. As you can see in the photo below, this is a significant improvement. It’s hard to describe, but I just feel a whole lot better about spending most of the day at my computer now.

Fear of the Dark

It sure has been a while since I’ve posted something, much less any music, so here’s Van Canto’s cover of Iron Maiden’s Fear of the Dark. This cover is from their 2008 album Hero, and is arguably better than the original.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9KcMPGlZ_s

Hero is available from record stores, iTunes, and Amazon.

Terminator: TSCC, Canceled Yet Again

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, an astonishingly good television adaptation of the beloved Terminator franchise, was canceled after the completion of its 2009 second season, right on a cliff-hanger. Fans rejoiced when it was picked up in syndication by the Syfy, a network known for producing its own shows and movies.

Word quickly spread that the series would finally get the conclusion that it so rightfully deserved, but it was not to be. After just a few weeks on the air in syndication, the network has pulled the plug. According to the show, Skynet was to begin its attack on humanity yesterday. Perhaps this is the first wave?

Update: And, of course, I can’t find a single video on YouTube that allows embedding, so you’ll just have to watch the ending to season 1 over there.

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Le Wrath di Khan

I posted this short video a long time ago, but it has since mysteriously disappeared from YouTube, so I see no reason to not post it again. 🙂

This video requires no introduction, unless you’ve never seen Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.