August 05, 2014

Brief watching notes

So, after a lull of many years, I've found myself watching a lot more anime again recently.  I blame Knights of Sidonia for part of the increase in watching, and Crunchyroll for the other part of it.
more...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 09:41 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
Post contains 421 words, total size 3 kb.

July 12, 2014

Ghost in the smartphone?

On a slightly more somber note, I'm starting to think there is a ghost in the machine. Or at least, I'm learning we leave a bigger digital footprint behind us than I have expected. I keep finding  the name of a friend who passed away several years ago from ALS listed in my phone contacts, favorites, and messages thanks to various information services auto linking things on my phone.

Scrolling contact list,
Your name appears many years later.
Lifetime remembered.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 12:33 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 84 words, total size 1 kb.

iOS Tales of Phantasia pulled?

Well, it looks like Namco Bandai (who's name has changed recently) has decided to remove Tales of Phantasia from the iTunes App Store.  Here's to hoping they'll recode it to be a one time purchase with no online needed for anything and no IAP.  Okay, they can leave the IAP if they want as long as the game's difficulty isn't adjusted to encourage the use of IAP just to get through fights.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 12:32 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 77 words, total size 1 kb.

April 26, 2014

The need for the Second Amendment

Steven Den Beste has probably laid out the best description of the need for the Second Amendment in our country that I have heard in a long time:

http://chizumatic.mee.nu/si_vis_pacem_para_bellum


While I probably fall on the other side of the political line from Steven most of the time, I'm glad he said this.  It's much better than I could have ever done.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 08:39 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 67 words, total size 1 kb.

January 24, 2014

iOS release of Tales of Phantasia

Oh Namco/Bandai...  you finally release one of the Tales games on iOS, and yet you disappoint me so.  It isn't because of the lack of Retina scaled graphics.  It isn't because the intro movie from the PSP version is grainy.  No, you went and had to modernize the game and release it for free.
more...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 05:14 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 223 words, total size 1 kb.

October 25, 2013

Stepped out


  The hardest part about going home are the memories. It never quite matches up to what you remember. In my case, it is made doubly difficult because I'm not quite in the same world I started in.

  Two weeks ago, I woke up in my bedroom and found that all the sports poster my older brother had given me were gone. They had been replaced by various star 'scapes and modern space craft. I ran out of my room and smack into my mother.
   "Mom, where are all my posters?" My voice cracked a little bit for old times sake. She leaned into the doorway and looked into my room.
   "Right on the walls where you hung them?"
   "Those are not mine. I want all of the posters Brad gave me after he headed off to State." She did not respond. "You know what I'm talking about. All his Steelers posters, basketball players, you know!"
   "Hon, you've never cared about sports posters. And who is Brad?" more...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 05:36 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 900 words, total size 5 kb.

September 03, 2013

Yes, I've been slacking.

A brief update:

Yes, I'm still writing.  Its going slowly. 

Went to GenCon for the first time ever, had a blast, was sick half the weekend.  Spent the other half of the weekend meeting friends I had known for years online. 

With my wife going back to school, I've decided to borrow several of her books from last semester to fill some critical gaps in my personal knowledge.  See, I wish I knew basic calculus, yet I can barely do basic algebra.  So I'm taking some time in the evenings to read up on the Algebra to bring myself back up to speed.  Hoping to be working on Calculus by next year.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 01:36 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 116 words, total size 1 kb.

July 31, 2013

I need help...

I can't stop watching Chrome Shelled Regios.  I think I've watched it three times through in the last year.  And I thought I used to be obsessed over Last Exile...


Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 09:42 AM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
Post contains 33 words, total size 1 kb.

July 04, 2013

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Be safe with friends and family today.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 08:53 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 15 words, total size 1 kb.

June 13, 2013

Agricola is out for iOS

Here it is folks, the best farming simulator ever.



Sixteen turns of play, see how well you can score.  This is an excellent board game conversion, and so far, plays really well asynchronously.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 09:36 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 38 words, total size 1 kb.

So, there is a new Tom Clancy game coming out...

And I'm cautiously optimistic.  Here's the setup trailer:



And a seven minute gamplay trailer is below the fold.
more...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 09:30 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 81 words, total size 1 kb.

June 01, 2013

JRPG series...

Found a copy of Tales of the Abyss for the 3ds yesterday.  Very happy.  While the final fantasy series has always been fun, the Tales of and Phantays star series have long been favorites of mine.  Abyss is one of the better ones,though Tales of Symphonia is right up there, and tales of vesperia was good.  Once im done actually finishing Abyss, i might have to try and play Vesperia all the way through on the Xbox.  Never did finish it.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 11:45 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 83 words, total size 1 kb.

May 21, 2013

Storm watching..

I really shouldn't but I find myself drawn to watching the radar images for Dallas/Fort Worth today.  It is not helping my stress levels any...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 01:01 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 27 words, total size 1 kb.

May 16, 2013

Memory and the Social Network

While I know it is basically an ad for an upcoming video game, I still find this video rather inspiring. And it also still makes me think too about other issues with our digital revolution. Who is going to be able to read it in ten years, twenty years? Will we be the equivalent of the Gate builders from Stargate SG-1, leaving behind huge cities full of inscrutable texts and unusuable technologies?

http://youtu.be/LczkikAgAVE


Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 11:08 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 78 words, total size 1 kb.

May 14, 2013

Amost Human?

Might we actually get a decent cyberpunk series on Fox?




Nice trailer!

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 11:45 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 14 words, total size 1 kb.

May 13, 2013

My idiot light...

Some days i wonder why i go to bed and stare into my ipad reading or watching something on netflix well into the night.   Then i turn it off and remember all the voices in my head that i dont want to hear...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 10:12 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 46 words, total size 1 kb.

May 05, 2013

Well, kiddos are ill now...

No plan ever survives contact with biology...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 06:10 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 12 words, total size 1 kb.

May 04, 2013

Slight delay...

Text on the way, but it looks like it will be in the morning.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 08:42 PM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 16 words, total size 1 kb.

May 03, 2013

Iron Man 3 Midnight showing!

Okay, head is a little clearer now... Iron Man 3 was a very good movie. I think they used the Mandarin, Ben Kingsley, and the Extremis storylines very well. Loved the ending sequence. There is the usual post credit sequence, and it is pretty funny. I want to say more, but for now it will suffice that RDJr, Gwenneth Paltrow, and the rest of the cast knock this one out of the park.

It was well worth the the midnight showing and my craving for brains this morning at the office.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 11:16 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 96 words, total size 1 kb.

May 02, 2013

Today is a writing day!!

Time to get ready for Saturday's post.  Which means I need to go over the section I want to post and see if there is anything too painfully bad in it.  Considering I've recently changed the MC's rank on the ship and such...  I probably have some work ahead of me.


Posted by: Tom Tjarks at 09:36 AM | No Comments | Add Comment
Post contains 56 words, total size 1 kb.

<< Page 3 of 6 >>
37kb generated in CPU 0.04, elapsed 0.0834 seconds.
40 queries taking 0.0522 seconds, 154 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.