The Sims 4 came out with a slow sizzle of news on September 2nd. I’ve been playing it since then on and off, and I now feel well qualified enough to tell you about the ways The Sims 4 improves on the life-sim formula, and also the places where it misses the mark. The thing about the newest entry to the franchise is that where it improves, it’s subtle, but when it fails, those problems are glaring. On that note, let’s get on with the good part, so you can then feel underwhelmed by the end of this post.
About a year ago I reviewed the first book in the Gideon Smith series, Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. It was one of the first steampunk books I had ever read because it is admittedly not my favorite genre. But that one in particularly won me over. The characters, the manipulation of history, and the plot were all just well written and fun. It was a fun book. It was full of adventure and twists and it kept you wondering what came next.
That book ended on a cliffhanger and a dramatic one at that with a character’s future in limbo and the others looking to follow after in hot pursuit. So I was more than pleased that I was able to get a review copy of this second book because, man. This is like the only steampunk series I have really gotten into and I needed to know what was going to happen!
One of the reasons that I’m so attracted to this series in particular is the world building. It’s incredible. And this time around we traveled to the United States which is a much different place than you would expect. It’s a horribly divided country split between the colonies, the Confederacy, Texas, the Japanese land in the California Meiji, among others.
This was the first Oz Comic-Con to take place in Sydney and the 10th over all and I have to say it was a pretty well-run event. The guest list included Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars), Mark Shepard (Supernatural), Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones), and William Shatner (Star Trek) – keep reading for a recap of what they had to say!
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I love your service. I love Netflix. I really do. I’ve been paying for the service now for about three or four years and I use it pretty regularly. And while some people have a lot of complaints about it mine have been relatively few and far between. Besides that one time they took down Adam-12 for a good year or so right after I moved back to the States from Ireland and their failure to renew a few contracts, I can’t really remember a time that I was actually upset with Netflix about anything. And even then I’ve never considered cancelling my subscription.
To be fair, I’m not considering cancelling my subscription now either.
But I am a little upset.
As someone who is half deaf I sometimes rely on subtitles when watching shows and movies. The television in my bedroom always has them on no matter what I’m doing – watching TV, streaming Netflix, playing video games. It just helps me keep track of what’s going on. When I’m listening to a show in the background I’m okay with missing a few words or lines of dialogue here and there. That’s my fault. I’m not paying attention. But when I really sit down to watch something, I do pay attention to the subtitles. Even if I don’t need them for that particular show or movie, it’s just sort of instinctual.
Most of the time the closed captioning is pretty spot on. Networks are pretty good about it and video games, too, transcribe word for word in-house because they know the dialogue. And while your service offers subtitles on an increasing amount of content – and you plan to offer it on all of that programming by 2014 - that doesn’t mean that the subtitles are offering the same experience.
And that I have a problem with.
I first became aware of issues with you subtitle offerings a few months ago when in a fit of Kevin Bacon appreciation I decided to watch the original Footloose. At first I wasn’t really paying all that much attention to the subtitles or the film itself, I just had it playing in the background while I worked on something for my internship. But when I started to watch the movie in earnest I realized something. The dialogue was not matching up to the subtitles.
Or, rather, the subtitles were not matching up to the dialogue that was being spoken.
High Moon is a trip and a half. If you like science fiction, you won’t be disappointed. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the realm of sci-fi, I think you still won’t be disappointed. You see, the great thing about the shows Bryan Fuller produces is that they are so heavily genre specific but still put together in a way even the layman can enjoy them. He takes genre shows to the next level, and High Moon is no exception.
Fall is just around the corner. Soon it’ll be time for hot chocolate, warm ciders, and pumpkin spice everything! So to get into the fall spirit, and to have something nerdy to put all those delicious things in, here is a simple DIY mug with sharpies!
What you need:
- Plain white mug (Dollar Store has these. The cheaper the better.)
- Sharpies (Oil based. Check the labels!)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Access to an oven
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. The promotion alone for this movie has been so incredibly creative and exciting, my personal favorites being the release of the Rebel Posters and promos from President Snow, including one where he’s flanked by a couple of victors. If the promotion for this movie is any indication, Mockingjay Part I (in theaters November 21) is going to be AMAZING. Take a peek at the trailer!
Remember what I said a couple of weeks ago in my review of ‘Never Been In Love’about how I nerd pretty hard for pop-punk bands that rose to prominence in the mid-2000s? Well, that applies double to Fall Out Boy. They have been one of my favorite bands since I was 15 and their latest album Save Rock and Roll was tied with Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady for my favorite album of 2013.
Of course, in the exact opposite situation of the great hiatus that had the band separated for several years, they’re barely finished with the album cycle for Save Rock and Roll when they release their latest single ‘Centuries’ with the promise of a sixth studio album to follow sometime next year. Maybe to coincide with the tenth anniversary of From Under The Cork Tree?
Let’s not speculate on that too long and talk about ‘Centuries.’
I’ll be the first to admit, when I saw this movie’s trailer I seriously questioned the director’s choices. Dan Stevens? Not only had I felt a little betrayed when Stevens left Downton Abbey two years ago in favor of Hollywood, but I’d say that with the lead’s exit from the show, the show itself has slipped a little. As a fan, I was crushed, and found myself in a weird place with Mr. Dan Stevens.The Guestis the first big title he has been in since Downton. So, I went into this movie with a very heavy bias against it.
And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Oh, sweet, sweet Tobias Menzies. I remember when you were merely Edmure Tully, the foolish flopping trout of Riverrun.
And now here we are…
I don’t even really know if I enjoyed this week’s episode. I mean, yes it was great to see a different side of things, especially from the side of the Redcoats. Remember last week when I commented on the attractive Lieutenant Jeremy Foster (Tom Brittney)? Well, it’s safe to say that my concerns are most likely wrong, as he seemed to be the only Brit who wasn’t an insufferable asshole. I would enjoy a romance novel in which he falls in love with a highland woman and changes his point of view (just saying, he was spending some time in that village, I don’t doubt there could be some fanfiction out there with him).