Things I learned over the weekend - Monday, 27 September 2010

After last week's mowing fiesta it was a (relatively) more relaxed weekend for me this time. That didn't stop me from gettin' busy with the learning, though!

Playing Reach on Legendary is not all that bad... so far.

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I played through Halo: Reach on Heroic the first time through, and there were definitely some points where I had to swear my way through dozens of deaths before progressing. I'm now playing it on Legendary (just started the Exodus mission) and I'm finding it easier going than my first play through. There have been some points where I've been educated through multiple deaths, but for the most part it's been pretty fun. The sniper mission especially was a breeze second time through, with the turrets barely even seeing me, let alone hitting me. Of course, everyone's now going to tell me that the last mission is a ball-mashing bitch on Legendary and I should kiss my sanity goodbye.

The other thing I learned is that Brad nailed what I like about Halo: if things aren't working with one plan, the game has the flexibility for you to get creative and figure out a new method of attack.

The Human Centipede is a ho-hum affair.

I've watched a lot of horror films in my time. I saw the first Nightmare on Elm Street at a very young age (like, 9 or something) when I was staying at a school friend's house and crept out to watch the video by myself at 3am while everyone was asleep. Last Saturday, I went to an 11pm screening of Tom Six's The Human Centipede (The First Sequence). I'd seen the trailer and thought it was a nicely effed up concept for a spot of grotty horror. Sadly, for me the film proper never got out of the blocks any further than what you see in the preview; in the end, it was all rather ponderous and pointless. It's got fleeting moments of well-pitched dark humour, but they weren't enough to make The Human Centipede any more than "a film I have seen."
 
 The wasabi peas I ate while watching it really hit the spot, though. 

Pruning a fig tree is hard work.

When my girlfriend and I purchased our house, it came with a fig tree in the back yard. I've been putting off pruning it for a whole year, and yesterday I finally bit the bullet and got medieval on those branches. By day's end I had scratches all over my arms and sawdust in my beard, but I'm glad it all got done. Not only is pruning a fig tree hard work, it's also very satisfying work.

God, I'm so middle-aged.
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Posted by buzz_clik

After last week's mowing fiesta it was a (relatively) more relaxed weekend for me this time. That didn't stop me from gettin' busy with the learning, though!

Playing Reach on Legendary is not all that bad... so far.

 HEY GUESS WHAT GUYS HALO REACH HALO REACH HALO REACH
I played through Halo: Reach on Heroic the first time through, and there were definitely some points where I had to swear my way through dozens of deaths before progressing. I'm now playing it on Legendary (just started the Exodus mission) and I'm finding it easier going than my first play through. There have been some points where I've been educated through multiple deaths, but for the most part it's been pretty fun. The sniper mission especially was a breeze second time through, with the turrets barely even seeing me, let alone hitting me. Of course, everyone's now going to tell me that the last mission is a ball-mashing bitch on Legendary and I should kiss my sanity goodbye.

The other thing I learned is that Brad nailed what I like about Halo: if things aren't working with one plan, the game has the flexibility for you to get creative and figure out a new method of attack.

The Human Centipede is a ho-hum affair.

I've watched a lot of horror films in my time. I saw the first Nightmare on Elm Street at a very young age (like, 9 or something) when I was staying at a school friend's house and crept out to watch the video by myself at 3am while everyone was asleep. Last Saturday, I went to an 11pm screening of Tom Six's The Human Centipede (The First Sequence). I'd seen the trailer and thought it was a nicely effed up concept for a spot of grotty horror. Sadly, for me the film proper never got out of the blocks any further than what you see in the preview; in the end, it was all rather ponderous and pointless. It's got fleeting moments of well-pitched dark humour, but they weren't enough to make The Human Centipede any more than "a film I have seen."
 
 The wasabi peas I ate while watching it really hit the spot, though. 

Pruning a fig tree is hard work.

When my girlfriend and I purchased our house, it came with a fig tree in the back yard. I've been putting off pruning it for a whole year, and yesterday I finally bit the bullet and got medieval on those branches. By day's end I had scratches all over my arms and sawdust in my beard, but I'm glad it all got done. Not only is pruning a fig tree hard work, it's also very satisfying work.

God, I'm so middle-aged.
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Posted by iam3green

good good, yard works is horrible to do. i just have to say that seeing movies from child hood to now is different.

Posted by Driadon

Your poor beard!

Posted by Sweep

I don't understand how The Human Centipede became a legitimate photo pose. What the fuck is wrong with humanity? 
 
Also, Gardening! Get hype!

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Edited by Red12b

Heavy gardening is awesome, I made my mother a vege garden, bit of hard work never killed anyone right,  
    
 
One day before hand it was only grass and the corner bit.  
 
    
 
I have now continued it further and it is all the way around the property, one massive ring of vege garden, just waiting for spring to really start to get some summer veges in, can't wait for tomatoes,  
 

Posted by whacknasty

Sounds like a very productive weekend overall. I haven't played a Halo game since Halo 2, where I noticed for the first time that my FPS skills have begun to taper off a bit...like my vision while driving at night... O_o 
 
My wife and I just bought our first house back in March, and I have not trimmed or cut a bush down....and now I have a mini forest growing around the outer walls of the house.  I went nutz with an old steak knife we had and thought I was going to make some progress...until I hit a weed/tree/mini redwood that is about 3 inches round. My old knife broke after about 35 seconds of sawing, so now I have to decide weather to go out and by an actual saw....or let the cold weather kill it and dig up its roots come November...

Posted by Claude

The beer always tastes better after a hard days work.

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Posted by buzz_clik
@Sweep said:
" Also, Gardening! Get hype! "
*laugh* I know, right?
 
@Red12b: Killer work, son! We've put in some garden beds as well, so we've just gotta get some soil delivered. I'm well into the idea of tomatoes, too. Just picking one and eating like an apple? Hooyeah.
 
@whacknasty: You've totally gotta invest in some real hardware if you're gonna get serious with the greenery.
 
@Claude said:
" The beer always tastes better after a hard days work. "
Like water, mate. Like the most refreshing water I've ever tasted. Of course, being Australian, we always have beer coming out of the taps instead of water anyway.
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Posted by kuma17
@buzz_clik yes we australians do love our beer water-taps. water restrictions and all that you know. :D
Posted by NathHaw

I had a similar experience with Gears of War the first time I played it.  My second play through was easier than most of the first even on a harder setting.