Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-24


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-23

  • Kindle for iPad and tablets makes the scene http://j.mp/dxnhyy Can't wait for this! πŸ™‚ #
  • Best 404 page I've seen all day: http://idzr.org/404 (/via @gruber) Done in CSS3, works on iPhone Safari, too. #
  • Family "matinee" at Valley Theater. Never been here before. Has tables in the theater like the Bagdad. Seeing "Shorts". #
  • The movie "Shorts" was interesting. Loved "Helvetica Black" and all the Apple/Steve Jobs/iPhone undertones. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-21

  • ngmoco's We Rule for iPhone seems like a cross between Farmville, SimCity, an Animal Crossing. Interesting. #
  • Though I admit, I've never actually played FarmVille, so I could be off on that We Rule comparison. #
  • At a special early screening of "How To Train Your Dragon". Thanks, Intel and Dreamworks! http://4sq.com/cEAYH0 #
  • How To Train Your Dragon was AWESOME. loved it. I SO want a pet dragon now. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-19

  • I hate when I'm an idiot. πŸ™ #
  • @naterkane Nah, I'm good. Just kept repeating a small dumb typing mistake. Over and over. πŸ™‚ in reply to naterkane #
  • Taking your phone call to the giant windows by my cube makes it *less* private. Those suckers reflect every word you say. πŸ™‚ #
  • The sound system/radio here just rickrolled me. πŸ™‚ (@ Sonic Drive-In – Hillsboro) http://4sq.com/6wypcL #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-18


Thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII After a Few Evenings of Play

I’m a long time gamer. Since Pong, the 2600, and way before it was “cool”. The Final Fantasy series has always been a big favorite of mine. Here are some thoughts on the new Final Fantasy XIII (affiliate link – make me rich! There’s an Xbox 360 version, too) I shared with a childhood friend (hi, Dusty!) with whom I spent countless hours playing the NES and SNES iterations. For the record, I’m playing on the PS3 in 1080p on a 46″ Samsung LCD.

It’s absolutely gorgeous. Amazing in HD. When I was young, I never even dreamed games could have graphics like this. Never in my wildest imagination.

The story so far is convoluted and complex and doesn’t make much sense, so it’s a true Final Fantasy game in that respect.

The characters are great – you like some, you hate some. Again, a true Final Fantasy game.

Battle is the biggest departure from past iterations – it’s all very fast paced and streamlined and automated. The Paradigm system takes a little getting used to, but then, I never played Final Fantasy X, X-2, XI, or XII, so I’m coming at it from the old school turn-based “pick every action that happens on screen” camp. But it’s fun, battles move fast (almost too fast to see what’s going on and watch the animations), and it “feels” like a Final Fantasy game.

The character leveling “crystarium” system sounds complex on paper, but it’s really not, and it’s actually kind of fun to do. Every few battles, I go in and spend the points I’ve accumulated, and my characters get new boosts and abilities.

The biggest complaint I’ve read about it is that it’s very linear, and though I’m only a few hours into it, so far, that’s true. Almost no exploration or world roaming, though I hear there’s more of that later in the game.

Overall, it’s a worthy descendant, and deserves the Final Fantasy name. If you’ve played more than one of the “numbered” Final Fantasy games, you know you’ll want to play this one.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-17


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-03-16

  • RT @tweetie: Tweetie for Mac 1.2.6 is out! Tweetie -> Check for Updates. #
  • The Where's Waldo iPhone app is on sale for $0.99. It's a great game, with "kids" and "grown up" difficulties. http://bit.ly/6sq4lT #
  • Want a smaller, less expensive version of the screaming fast Intel X-25 solid state drives? How about 40GB for $125? http://bit.ly/dBg6jU #
  • (Transparency disclaimer for that last update: I work for Intel, but I don't have anything to do with the folks that make the SSDs.) #
  • @smileysejalee I have an 80GB SSD in my IT-issued Windows laptop. It's super fast. But I need more than 80 (or 160) GB in my Mac. πŸ™‚ in reply to smileysejalee #
  • I just ousted @glento as the mayor of Taco Bell – TV Highway on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/cpzpkG #
  • Just played the first couple hours of Final Fantasy XIII. Wow. Art. Shiny, shiny, art. I waited a decade for this game. So far, it delivers. #
  • @djtv @betsywhim multiple accounts is easy in Tweetie Mac. I have like 10. They list down the side. in reply to djtv #