Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Many of you know that I am a fan of 'mechs and 'mechas...and that the origin for that stems from may of the Americanized Japanese Serials I grew up watching from my childhood.
Back in the 80's, a new game from FASA came out known as Battletech, and needless to say I was instantly fascinated.
Amazingly, it wasn't until many years later that I found out that many of the Battlemech Designs used in the game were "borrowed" works from other genres.
The 'mech that was featured in the image above, for example, was from the Macross Series and is part of the Destroid Class. That model in particular is referred to as a Tomahawk.
I recently found out that 1/72 scale model of that model is actually scheduled to be released in late August.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Dark Knight himself is reduced to robbin' (pun intended) another man's tacos.
What is this planet coming to?
"Run for the border..." indeed!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
As you can see, there is some street repairs going on, and from the looks of the spray painted instructions, I am guessing that there is an underground water pipe that ruptured. (Looks almost like an alien text...don't it?)
Notice anything else?
Even though we live in a world of lather, rinse, repeat (I wont even get into the whole "plop plop fizz fizz" conspiracy right now...)as far as directions go, I aint sure whether of not to be sad or amused over the fact that someone it necessary to repaint the crosswalks in order to have people avoid running into those barricades.
Then again, this could be one of those "Caution: Coffee is HOT" disclaimer type of thing.
Either way...I have decided to go with sadly amusing.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Hulk has always been one of my favorite characters as a child and that has actually lasted way into my adult life.
In the 1980's they created a new Hulk Animated Series. I remember liking the dark, almost tragic yet albeitly heroic opening music, which I felt described the Hulk incredibly (again...pun intended) well. Compared to the campy of the 60's music, this was, like all things '80's...a stark difference!
When my Dad saw this for the first time (from a recorded VCR tape) I remember him saying "We are NEVER erasing these."
And you know what...we never did!
Even though I haven't played as much as I have been meaning to lately, one of my favorite music scores comes from Star Trek: Online.
Sadly...they have yet to compile the music into a CD, so I am making do with this.
UNFORTUNATELY...one of my favorite scores has yet to be found! (It's very..."Tim Burton-ish." Yes...I realize that aint a real word, but that's the only way I can describe it. That particular track sounds like something you MAY hear in "Edward Scissorhands" or "A Nightmare Before Christmas," hence the term. Gloomy...dark, but with a hint of hope. 'Tis awesome.)
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Many of you already know that I am a big fan of what I call the Mazenkaiser Class of Mecha. You can take a look here and here for more info on that.
Much to my content, if not so much of a surprise, there actually exists a Mazenkaiser SKL figure!
(Click on images to see them at their full resolution.)
And there is also a manga as well!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
August 7th is National Coast Guard Day.
Two hundred and twenty years ago on this date, the US Congress created the Revenue Cutter Service by authorizing the construction of ten Cutter Type boats with the purpose of enforcing tariff laws.
This organization eventually evolved into what we know today as the US Coast Guard.
Did you know?
- The term Coast Guard was first used in in the year 1915.
- The US Coast Guard is one of five branches of the US Armed Forces, and falls under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Homeland Security.
- The US Coast Guard motto "Semper Paratus" is Latin for "Always Ready."
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
It basically started when I remembered that I wanted to pick up some Happy Meal Toys at my local McDonald’s because Marvel Comics Superheroes are featured.
(And as always, click on the images to see them at their higher resolution...)
(That's known as the "establishing shot" within the film industry. More on him later.)
I quickly discovered that it was the usual fare of merchandise including tube socks, cheap cologne, Cubs & Sox paraphernalia and (of course) fake Gucci Bags.
Tucked away under a faux leather travelling pack...
“Okay mon, you robbing me blind. Take it. Take it.Twendy then for you.”
Did I make a good deal?
The TIE Advanced x1, or TIE/x1 was an advanced prototype starfighter touted as a replacement for the standard TIE Fighter and tested by Darth Vader at the Battle of Yavin and used by X1 during the Battle of Mustafar. At one point, the clone of Galen Marek stole Darth Vader's TIE Advanced x1 to escape Kamino.
While it never made it into production, many of its best design features were later incorporated into the TIE/sa bomber and TIE/In interceptor. Further development of the Advanced continued, eventually leading to the TIE Avenger and TIE Defender.
The TIE Advanced x1 featured a solar ionization reactor and paired twin ion engines like the original TIE Fighter. However, the x1 had an original spaceframe, with an elongated rear deck and reinforced durasteel-alloy hull. The x1's most important innovation was its "bent-wing" solar array wings, which had the advantages of increased surface area for more power while also reducing the craft's profile, compared to the TIE/ln starfighter's hexagonal panel wings.
Speed was only slightly improved due to the added mass of the vessel; a good deal of the extra power was bled off to the deflector shield generators. While less maneuverable than standard TIE fighters, it was more resilient in battle.
The TIE Advanced x1 had twin heavy blaster cannons in a fixed, front-mounted position, as well as a cluster missile launcher. In addition to its shields, it had a modest hyperdrive but no life-support systems. The target tracking system was also more sophisticated than the already formidable advanced targeting system on standard TIE craft, used to overcome the extremely powerful electronic jamming used by all combat craft to defeat target lock in battle. For best performance, the targeting system of the x1 required frequent adjustment in combat.
Did you know?
TIE is actually an acronym for Twin Ion Engine.
Want to know more?
Vader and his pack of hynex made their way across the planet, encounter various other hostile creatures all along the way. He eventually came across a small Imperial Outpost and finding a shuttle there, was able to make the journey to Coruscant.