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pup Name: Brian Rowe
Date of Birth: 9/7/1980
Location: Brew City USA

All-time favorite game: Fallout 2 (PC)
Least favorite game: Friday the 13th (NES)

Title: PS3 incoming
Posted: November 11, 2006 (12:45 PM)
Just finished up an informational meeting with the local Sony representative. Even with the delays, motion-sensing doubts, and questions regarding its true capabilities, the PS3 is looking pretty exciting. The processing power alone is enough to get my mouth watering. A brief demo of Resistance: Fall of Man shows just how this can be used. A porcupine grenade goes off, spewing thick needles in every direction. Instead of just sticking into everything they touch, each needle interacts with the environment separately; disappearing into the soil, splintering wood, and chipping into cement.

This may just seem like icing on the cake, but if every object in that scenario can react with such individuality, just imagine how this could be used for A.I. Instead of a handful of enemies charging and taking cover uniformily in a FPS, dozens of enemies will be able to make unique decisions based on the environment and their programmed intentions. Seems cool to me. Now it's up to the developers to really take advantage of it.

On a slightly different note. Rogue Galaxy, coming in early 2007, looks absolutely amazing.
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Title: Movie Night
Posted: October 19, 2006 (10:57 PM)
Just saw The Departed, and I was pleasantly surprised. A remake of the Hong Kong film, Internal Affairs, The Departed looks at the boundaries between law and lawlessness, family and familiarity, and even within ourselves. It's the story of a cop undercover as a crimial, and a criminal infiltrating the police. Aware of each others' presence, but not their names, it's a cat and mouse game of rooting one another out before they get eaten alive.

Underscoring this cops-n-robbers caper is a strange look at identity. DiCaprio's character goes through plenty of inner turmoil (is he a cop or criminal?), but the real issue is not how well you know yourself. It's how well you know the people you trust. Admittedly, the issue of identity is also one of The Departed's only failings. With the opening scenes featuring a Boston race riot and plenty of ethnic slurs being thrown around by Nicholson, Scorsese obviously wants to tie in the issue of race, but the topic quickly takes a back seat and seems trivial at best.

What I love about Martin Scorsese is that the man has yet to settle into a particular style. Even after all these years, he is still experimenting and trying to push film in new directions. In a time where "experimentation" usually translates into multi-million dollar CG effects, it is both nostalgic and refreshing to see him rely upon mechanical means. It's the way he zooms, pans, and toys with the audio at crucial moments that is so impressive. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it's awkward, but it's always interesting.
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Title: Christmas.........already?
Posted: October 15, 2006 (10:18 PM)
It's still two months away, but I am already having to prepare for the holidays. Nothing sucks out the enjoyment of Christmas like working in retail. It gives you an entirely new perspective on things. You can sit there and say that Christmas is too commercial, but until you've worked in retail, you don't know the extent of it. What gets me the most are the kids crying, screaming, and throwing devastating tantrums because they want something. Then the parent says, "Wait and maybe Santa Claus will get it for you." Seriously? You're going to reward that?

You know what I want for Christmas? Nothing. All I care about is using my time off to go see all of my family and friends. I don't want presents, and I don't want to buy presents. I wonder how "no gifts" would go over with the family?
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Title: The Music is Back
Posted: August 02, 2006 (10:38 PM)
After so many months of procrastinating, I finally got an FM transmitter/recharger for my IPod. Finally, I have music. My car only has a tape player, and my main choices for the radio around here include non-stop nu-metal, asinine pop, or the worst excuse for public radio. I can't tell you what a relief it is. Here's what's playing in my car recently:

U.S. Bombs - War Birth
Ladytron - Light & Magic
Pulse Legion - One Thing
Black Halos - Alive Without Control
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Title: Scary stuff
Posted: July 23, 2006 (11:03 PM)
As some of you know, I previously lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and would love to get back there. At the same time, some scary stuff has been happening around my old neighborhood. A local bar just got shot up. In another incident, some friends of a friend were robbed at gunpoint on a footbridge crossing the river. There was only $37 among the four people, so the robber told them to jump in the river. When they refused, he pistol-whipped one person, and shot another in the leg.

Hitting a little closer to home, two acquaintances that I know pretty well were mugged this summer. The assailants hit the two guys over the back of the head, beat them up, and ran off with a wallet. Scary stuff.
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Title: Not enough time in the world
Posted: July 20, 2006 (10:41 AM)
My goal for the ongoing Team Tournament was to have a new review for each week. Well, that isn't happening. I was disappointed about having to use an old review for last week, and now I have to do it again. There just isn't enough time in the world.

I really don't have anything productive to say right now, so I guess that's it.
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Title: Vomit
Posted: June 15, 2006 (12:51 PM)
I think I got mild food poisoning from the nachos at Denny's restaurant last night. For a while I even resorted to sleeping on the bathroom floor. You know, just in case. Now my stomach gets upset when I try to eat, and I'm completely spaced out due to the lack of sleep.

Those nachos sure were tasty though.
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Title: What a letdown
Posted: June 13, 2006 (02:01 PM)
I received my results from the San Francisco Police Department for the first portion of my tests. I passed the written exam with no troubles, but my "...Personal History Questionnaire indicates that I do not meet the [selection process] criteria..." I have a pretty clean background, so the lack of a criminal justice degree and/or military background cut my chances. Looks like a I won't be joining the ranks after all.

On one end, I am disappointed because this was a chance at getting a career I'm interested in, and my ticket to getting out of debt and poverty. On the other end, I'm not distraught about the rejection. I'm trying to focus on my writing and screenprinting, and I was afraid that as a police officer, those interests would fall by the wayside.

The job hunt continues.
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Title: Tomorrow is DS-day!
Posted: June 10, 2006 (10:44 PM)
The DS Lite is finally here and I'll be in line to get one. It'll definitely be a nice thing to have for the upcoming road trip. Now...which games to buy?
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Title: A little info would be nice
Posted: June 06, 2006 (10:57 AM)
If you've been reading my previous posts, you know that I'm going through the testing process for the San Francisco Police Department. I took the written exam and now I'm waiting to hear if I get invited back for the physical exam on the 23rd. Only two weeks to go and I'm still waiting. This is ridiculous. Plane tickets jump up a few hundred dollars inside three weeks, and I didn't want to buy a ticket if I didn't have to, so it looks like I'll be road-tripping this one. It will be a 3000 mile race. At least my girlfriend will be joining me on this one. Now I just need to have faith in my car making it out there.
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Title: San Francisco
Posted: May 22, 2006 (10:35 AM)
I got back from San Francisco a few days ago, and I am already anxious for my next visit. The recent trip was to take the first part of the police officer examinations. It was literally a reading/writing comprehension test. Suffice to say, it was easy. I finished in half of the time allotted and I'm pretty sure that I found a grammatical error. All I can say is that I better get a good score on it. After that I continued on to fill out a personal history questionaire. This is the tough part. I have a clean background, but I am competing against people with military, corrections, police, and bi-lingual experience. I should find out soon whether or not I get invited back for the physical test in June.

SF was awesome. It felt like a combination of Milwaukee and New Orleans, my two favorite cities. Unfortunately, my dumpy motel was in the South of Market district, just outside of downtown, which also seems to be the big area for leather bars. Interesting... At the first opportunity, I took off for a walk around the city and kept going for five hours. I was amazed by how much there is to do, whether you want to shop, eat, see a concert, or just hang out. I also like the fact that most of the businesses are locally owned. The huge bike community is a definite plus as well.

Visiting my first destination on my walk has been a dream for some time now; the Giant Robot store. Giant Robot has been one of my favorite magazines for a full decade now. Sadly, all I could afford this time around was a T-shirt. The next time around, I think I'll pick up some more Ugly Dolls. By the way, the GR store is in Haight-Ashbury, which I highly recommend.

I think I'm in love with the city. Even if I don't get called back for the physical test, I just might head back to SF anyway, but with one condition; I stay at a different hotel. By day, the downtown area is uuuuuugly. SF has a serious homeless problem, to which I might add, I even saw two massive, lumpy piles of human crap on the sidewalk. And I thought Milwaukee was bad... By night, part of downtown becomes the Tenderloin district. It's exactly what it sounds like. Pimps, prostitutes, dealers, psychotics, bums, and door after door of adult-only businesses. Being new to the area, I wasn't sure if it was safe to be walking around there or not. After all, it's in the same area as all the luxury hotels and condos. I decided to play it safe and just head back to the motel for the night.

That's all for now. I'll be sure to post my experiences with round two.
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Title: I feel so dirty
Posted: May 04, 2006 (10:56 PM)
I had been talking about cancelling my World of Warcraft account lately. I spoke with my sister and agreed to sell my stuff and send her all the money. Unfortunately for her, and my girlfriend, I'm not so sure that's going to happen. I logged in, started talking to some friends, did "one last quest" for old time's sake, and now I'm hooked again.

What is with this game? Half the time it's more frustrating than fun, but I just can't stop playing. It's like a Ronco infomercial. You know it's wrong on so many levels, and yet you watch the entire thing.
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Title: Big News
Posted: April 29, 2006 (11:09 PM)
I have been absent around here for nearly two weeks to prepare for an upcoming job prospect. My bachelor's degree is in Film Studies, but with the way things are going, I don't think I'll be getting much use out of it anytime soon. I have been sending out 2-3 resumes per week for everything from Production Assistant positions, to video editing positions, and even the equivalent of administrative assistants. I wish I could convince someone to give me a chance, as I know they would not be disappointed, but no one will due to my lack of long-term professional experience. I simply don't have the time, patience, or funds available for more education or to purchase my own video equipment. For that matter, I don't know how much longer I can work at Best Buy for poverty-level wages and remain sane. It's time for the fallback plan.

When I first applied to colleges, I made a deal with myself; if I were accepted into Milwaukee I would go for Film, and if accepted into Oshkosh I would go for Criminal Justice. I know the two choices couldn't be much further apart, but they were the only interests I had at the time. Film hasn't worked out so far, so I am going for Criminal Justice. I applied for the upcoming police officer examinations in San Francisco and I head out in two weeks for the first of three tests. I live in Wisconsin and each test is a month apart, so I really hope this works out. Otherwise, I will have wasted well over a grand in travel expenses.

At present I work full-time, and then write, play games, and bike in my spare time. This way I can still do the things I love while having a career that actually pays the bills and gives me a sense of pride.
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Title: See, games can be fun and educational
Posted: March 24, 2006 (10:17 AM)
I'm still trudging may way through Notpron, and so far I have learned some interesting things about the Paul is Dead hoax, Charles Manson, ascii art, and the European history of candy bars. I never said it was useful information.
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Title: Experience needed
Posted: March 24, 2006 (12:50 AM)
I am in the middle of yet another job search. Simply put, I am drowning here. Bills and debt are just killing me. After expenses, I am only averaging about $65-100 every two weeks, and that is not including food. It makes keeping up with games and movies just a wee bit difficult.

On that note, I have some advice for anyone who is in college or will be attending in the future. GET AN INTERNSHIP. That's one thing that I never did, and am seriously regretting. I'm stuck in the famous catch-22 of "experience required, but need the job to get the experience." All I want is the chance to prove I can do the job, but employers aren't usually into taking chances. Get an internship and take it seriously, because it just might be your only chance to prove yourself.

And Dad, if you're reading this.....yes, you were right.
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