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World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal (Worlds of Warcraft) World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg


My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Does a good job of going over the Warcraft II expansion plot, though it was noticeable they changes a few details here and there to go with the retcon of World of Warcraft in regards to the Dreanor of Warcraft II.

I think its a shame we still do not conclusively know what happens to Turalyon and Allaria, but I suppose this gives Blizzard free lease to reuse these characters with a future expansion. It would have been nice to have seen Khadgar run into the Naaru before the end, but oh well, might be fore a later book.

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2 unlikely videos I was suprised to love

 First up, food. Dan Barber is such an amazing speaker to listen to, very entertaining and provocative talk.

 
http://static.videoegg.com/ted2/flash/loader.swf

Next up, Fragrance. I love how Chandler Burr starts out as already a very great and natural speaker. By the end of the video, his exitement has infected you. I wont ever think of Chanel No. 5 the same way again.

 http://d.yimg.com/static.video.yahoo.com/yep/YV_YEP.swf?ver=2.2.30
@ Yahoo! Video

 

Echoes of War, the Music of Blizzard Entertainment

A little early christmas present to myself.

(updated post with video from Eminence web-site, and my unboxing video!

The Unboxing (Haul) Video!

http://www.echoes-of-war.com/

From the Eminence website:


Simply put, Echoes of War could be summed up as an album of orchestrated music from the games of
Blizzard Entertainment – StarCraft, Warcraft, Diablo and World of Warcraft. But in reality, it’s much more than that – Echoes of War marks the first large-scale game-music project in the western world, and one of the biggest and most ambitious musical projects (of any type) worldwide.

We at Eminence are huge fans of the game-music genre, which is exactly why we formed. Game-music, like that of Blizzard Entertainment’s awe-inspiring games, is some of the best and most varied in the world, but it is also some of the most under-recognised and under-appreciated. From the adrenaline-filled highs, to the tear-jerking lows, it’s the music in our favourite games that truly guides our emotions. It is the goal of Echoes of War to, next time you’re playing a game, make you take a moment to simply enjoy the music.

So beyond being a simple musical album, Echoes of War aims to put music of Blizzard Entertainment’s games in the spotlight, to be appreciated on their own merits, with a full symphony orchestra, and backing choir, to perform and pay homage to them. It is a project of love, made by fans of Blizzard Entertainment’s games, and as such, the musical pieces are recognisable from the games, but ultimately different interpretations. Our arrangers and musicians have put a little piece of themselves into each track, and we think that the end result is nothing short of outstanding.

Left 4 Dead and other zombie stuff

I am playing the demo of the awesome, yet to be released Left 4 Dead, the new game by Valve and Turtle Rock Studios.

Official opening cinematic: 

Gameplay recording of me and 3 other random survivors battling the legions of the walking dead for the 2 maps of the Left 4 Dead demo:

http://www.wegame.com/static/flash/player.swf?xmlrequest=http://www.wegame.com/player/video/My_Left_4_Dead_run&embedPlayer=true

Watch more video games and play free games at WeGame.

I am prepared for the coming zombie apocalypse.. are you ?

IMG_1501 by you.

Recommended books:

 

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living DeadWorld War Z

 

I just purchased the Audio version of World War Z at Audible.com!
Incredible guest narators in this!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_Z


Link to Audible.com (you can listen to a bit of preview)

  • Arthur Sinclair: Alan Alda
  • Jurgen Warbrunn: Carl Reiner
  • Philip Adler: Jurgen Prochnow
  • Saladin Kader: Waleed Zuiater
  • Joe Muhammad: Dean Edwards
  • Jesika Hendricks: Michelle Kholos
  • Ahmed Farahnakian: Maz Jobrani
  • Todd Wainio: Mark Hamill
  • T. Sean Collins: Henry Rollins
  • David Allen Forbes and Paul Redeker: Eamonn Walker
  • Ajay Shah: Ajay Naidu
  • Serosha Garcia Alvarez: John Turturro
  • “The Whacko”: Rob Reiner
  • Bob Archer: Jay O. Sanders (credited as “Jay O’Sanders”)
  • General Travis D’Ambrosia: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Christina Eliopolis: Becky Ann Baker
  • Kwang Jingshu: Steve Park
  • Nury Televadi and Tomonaga Jiro: Frank Kamai
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    Visiting Gordon, place of madness

    This weekend, me and Lia went to visit Gordon down in Oxford.
    The place was as one would expect, if 3 (or more, I lost count) gamer, metal, stoner guys lived together. I felt right at home 🙂
    We spent most the evening and the next day indoctrinating Nick with Battlestar Galactica, and spent the rest of the second day looking for Disk 2 of the second Battlestar Season, unsuccesfully. Today, me, Nick and Lia have spent cathing up on Battlestar all the way to season 4.. omg what a cliffhanger.

    Pics and video below

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    Lia at her best 😉

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    Gordon, becoming increasingly more deperate to find the missing disk.

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    No disk over here

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    A DVD collection worthy of a geek. Gordon is awesome (and he plays bass)

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    Spike and Nick

     


    My first ever go on Guitar Hero!!


    Everyone still looking for the missing disk!

    The joy of audiobooks

    The last month I have been a payed sibscriber to Audible.com, one of the few Audio book websites.
    Many geeks prefer audible because it has very good and easy integration with Itunes, which I am thankfull for aswell.

    My recent interest in material regarding atheism, rationality, science history and moral philosophy has found exppression in several sites I have been following of late, several podcasts I have subscribed to, and of course the audio books I first gave a try.

    In some cases I have bought or wish to buy books that I already own. The main reason for that is practicality. For example “A Short History of nearly Everything” I have in hardback, which I am hardly going to take on the train with me.
    The other major reason is that I love it when the authors themselves narrate the audiobook. I especially enjoyed Richard Dawkins in this, with “The God Delusion”, but the same goes for several other writers. Not all narrate their own books though, of course.

    Audiobooks are the ultimate conveniant way for me to experience books. I dont have the time, or am not willing to make the time, to read them at home, and I have plenty of time during my commute to and from work to cover a lot of literary work in this way.

    I have actually found myself browsing book sections of shops now, to find books that I then search for online. The only problem with this, is that Audible’s selection is somewhat limited, and some books they cannot, for some reason, sell outside of the US. Have to find a way around that somehow.

    Here are the ones I have bought in the last 2 months:

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    Unabridged
    Narrated by
     
    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
     
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    Richard Dawkins invites you to imagine a world where New York’s Twin Towers still stand, where Arabs and Israelis live in peace, where the Crusades—events directly responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.2 million persons—never happened. In short, he invites you to imagine a world that would have been, and could be, without religion. That is not to say that he wishes to discard religion only because of its historical relationship to violence. This extensive, powerfully argued examination of why we believe, and the imperative of turning from Faith to Reason, has become an international best seller. It could change your life.
     
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    Unabridged
    Narrated by
     
    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’ recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty of the double helix.
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    Unabridged
    Narrated by

    The perfect introduction to the central ideas of philosophy now available in audio format.
    Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master?
    If so, you are not alone – and what’s more, you are in exalted company. For this question and other ones like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination from Plato to Popper.
    In a series of accessible and engaging short lectures delivered in the deep chocolate tones of reader Laurence Kennedy, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice, and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day.

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    On my wishlist I currently have the following titles:
     
     
     

    Frostmourne Sword from Warcraft – God its so awesome

    I left a message for Kit Rae on the Fantasty forum a while ago, after the Replica Frostmourne sword had been announced by Blizzard.

    Frostmourne Sword from Warcraft – The Fantasy Forum.

    The company behind the design is Epic Weapons and Kit Rae is their director of product design. Being a long-time Kit Rae fan, I was of course exited to hear of his involvement.

    Stainless steel replica by Epic Weapons http://www.epicweapons.comFrostmourne in the Lich King's hands

    I love his style, and own several weapons that have his hand in them, or come directly from his Swords of the Anchients lineup: Valermos and Valdris, which have that wonderfull organic black design to them that I love.

    Its quite notable how serveral design elements from Valermos can be recognised in Frostmourne.

    My Valermos:

    IMG_0890 by you.
    (zoom in)
    My Valdris:

    IMG_0884 by you.
    (zoom in)

    I am still keeping my eye out fot the Black Legion Blade, which is similair and I have always wanted to get my hands on that one.

    https://i0.wp.com/www.sure2please.com.au/portal/user_images/35%20KR%20black%20legion.jpg

    Anyway, I was happy to see that Kit had actually awnsered my post a while ago. I had asked him what his involvement in the Frostmourne sword actually was, he awnsered:

    “My part of the project was completed a while back. Epic Weapons started taking pre-orders a few weeks back, and the product is supposed to be shipping soon. The prototype looked good, but I have not see the actual production. I supervised the look of the repro and the CAD/tooling design, and packaging.”

    The sword has indeed now started shipping, and it looks awesome and larger than I thought, here is some random lucky guy with it (more pics here):

    So I still really want this sword. But it would be unwise to spend the money right now. Also, there is a waiting list.

    I have another problem. if I move to the UK next year, am I going to be able to get it delivered there?  In the Netherlands this is rarely a problem, but I hear they are stricter in the UK about this sort of thing.

    In any case, it would be a great present to myself when I move.

    See 13000 orbiting objects with Google Earth – Live!

    Holy Shit! This is amazing!

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    Slashdot story here: http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/05/1231228
    KMZ file here: http://adn.agi.com/SatelliteDatabase/SatelliteDatabase.kmz