It's finally happened. After over three years of researching, begging, pleading, arguing, and deciding, I'm finally allowed to buy an airsoft gun, and I've also decided which one I'm going to get:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
It's finally happened. After over three years of researching, begging, pleading, arguing, and deciding, I'm finally allowed to buy an airsoft gun, and I've also decided which one I'm going to get:
Posted by Raptor at 9:44 PM
Thursday, December 28, 2006
At (incredibly) long last, it's finally finished; Chapter 10 of More Than a Job is up and ready for your reading pleasure!
I know it took forever. Between the holiday madness and my computer freaking out again (I think the hard drive wore out. Thankfully I'm getting a new one if a few weeks), I havn't had much time to write.
The story's probably not going to be completed before I go back to college, but given my current class schedule, You can probably expect about one new chapter per week (only 1 class on Tuesday!).
I'm not exactly sure where I want Chapter 11 to go, but it should be up within the next week or two.
Well, that's all I've got for now, so goodbye, and in case I don't get on again before Sunday, Happy New Year!
Posted by Raptor at 5:20 PM
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Merry Christmas! Yes, I know I'm a day late. Didn't get around to blogging yesterday, I was real busy. Season 2 of Hogan's Heroes (I love that show!) on DVD will do that. That and helping with the big Christmas Dinner.
I bet some of you are panicking that I'm about to tell you everything I got for Christmas. Well stop; I'm not. Nothing much to list anyways, 'cause I didn't really want anything. Heck, I only made a list because my parents wouldn't leave me alone until I did. That's almost scary.
No Chapter 10 of More Than a Job yet. I know I said I'd have it up for Christmas, I'm so sorry I couldn't come through. I can't think creatively when I don't get a decent night's sleep. (Actually more like a whole week's sleep. Yeesh.) I'm going to make a sincere effort to get it written by New Year's Eve.
Well, I'm all out of ideas for things to write down, so I'm going to go. Again, Happy Holidays to all!
Posted by Raptor at 5:01 PM
Friday, December 22, 2006
That second caveman must've been the prehistoric world's Donald Trump! Ha!
Actually, I take it back. This isn't my favorite Super Bowl Commerical. My favorite is a really old Budwieser (sp?) ad with the frogs. One frog gets his tounge stuck to a Bud truck and is towed behind it. I love it 'cause my mom freaks out ever time she watches it. If I find it, I'll post it.
Posted by Raptor at 12:40 PM
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Yeah, that clip gets me everytime.
No new chapter for More Than a Job yet. My computer is still messed up, so now I have to share a PC, so I don't have as much time to write. I don't think that I'll have Chapter 10 up by Friday, but I'm going to try to have it done by Christmas.
Well, one month from today and I'll be back at college. I can't wait! I won't be bored anymore!
Posted by Raptor at 3:44 PM
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Before I get into the meat of this post, I regret to inform you that my computer has had another stroke. It boots up, I can sign into Windows, but that's about it. It's in a sort-of perpetual safe-mode and it either doesn't detect, doesn't recognize, or doesn't care about the mouse, so I can't really use it. Plus it only recognizes 16 colors and a 640x480 resolution. Hopefully I can get this fixed soon. If not, well, I get a new one when I go to college in a month.
Okay, now that I'm done griping, to business.
I saw this video clip a couple of years ago when I rented the movie Bill Cosby: Himself. It's a stand-up routine that Mr. Cosby did in Canada in the mid-70s (I think). The section below deals with dentists:
Personally, I think he's right on. Except my orthodontist is a sadist. Like the one from Little Shop of Horrors, only more subtle.
Posted by Raptor at 12:44 PM
Monday, December 18, 2006
I was cruising around ThinkGeek when I came across these shirts:
This one says "Code Monkey,"
And this one says "Killer Coding Ninja Monkeys Do Exist."
My question is, like the title says, WHAT THE **** IS A CODE MONKEY?!?!? Also, what's the difference between a Code Monkey and a Killer Coding Ninja Monkey? Any info you could provide would be much appreciated.
On another note, now that I've discovered that I can use Blogger Beta Spell-Check without fear of my posts being un-formatted, I've gone back and Spell-Checked all the chapters of More Than a Job. I also did a bit of minor editing while I was at it, so feel free to check that out. *nudge* *nudge* *wink* *wink*
Posted by Raptor at 3:41 PM
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Believe it or not, Chapter 9 is acutally up! I know I originally said this coming Friday, but since I finished reading this incredibly long book entitled Once an Eagle, I've found myself with more time to devote towards writing.
This has got to be a record for the shortest time between chapter updates! I'm going to say to look for Chapter 10 by Friday, but I expect to have it up much sooner than that.
Also, before anyone says anything, PALE HORSE comes from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, so the name works.
On a different note, this is also a record for the latest I've ever posted. Acutally wait, I'm not sure, hang on a sec. *checks first post* Yep, this is the latest. (First Post was at 8:49, this one's at around 10:45.)
Well, like I said, it's late, and I have to be up rather early tomorrow, so caio!
Posted by Raptor at 10:43 PM
Friday, December 15, 2006
While browsing through my usual haunts on the Web, I came across a link to a rather unusual and (in my humble opinion) entertaining website; The Death Star Designer.
It's a promo site for the upcoming Star Wars: Lethal Alliance videogame, but despite its (rather rampant) self-advertizing, the design game is still entertaining. If you're interested, click the above link to go to the site, then click on one of the Login buttons in the upper-right of the page, Try it and let me know what you think.
For those of you who didn't catch my last post, Chapter 8 is out. I'm going to start writing Chapter 9 tonight, so look for that by the end of next week. Like I said earlier, I'm aiming for one chapter a week right now and hope to have More Than a Job completed by the time I head back to college in late January.
Also, be sure to check out yesterday's first post, entitled Don't Mess with Billy Bob! And whatever you do, don't take his parking space!!!
Posted by Raptor at 4:48 PM
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Good News! At long last, Chapter 8 has been published! Again, it's a really long chapter, probably the longest I've written so far. It also gets pretty dark, compaired to the rest of the story anyways, so on both points consider yourself warned.
I'm aiming for one chapter per week at this point, so expect Chapter 9 by the end of next week. The good part is that I've finally cleared up the issues I'd been having with inserting this one element into the story, so things should go much smoother from here on out. I'm figuring a rough guestimate here, but I think that More Than a Job will be completed in another six or seven chapters or so. I just have to work out one minor detail with timing at the end.
Also, I'm pretty sure I'm going to can the Legacy of the Swan blog. Any objections?
That's all for now. Later.
Posted by Raptor at 6:54 PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I did it again; I stayed up past midnight watching TV. This time it was a special CSI presentation on SPIKE TV; Cross Jurisdiction. Three episodes back to back that are crossovers between the three CSI franchises. Vegas guys in Miami, Miami guys in NYC, that kinda thing. Now I'm paying the price for watching TV past midnight for two days in a row; I'm so dirt tired that I can barely get this typed out. Oy.
Chapter 8's coming along pretty well, considering my lack of sleep over the last two days. It should be up by Friday or so. I'm going to try, try to get one chapter up per week. That way, I can hopefully get this done before I head off to college in January.
Yeah, I'm pretty beat, so I'm gonna go crash or something. Later.
Posted by Raptor at 2:53 PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Ordinarilly, I make a point never to stay up past midnight watching a movie. However, there are rare times where I'll make an exception if the film is worth it. And let me tell you, Murder on the Orient Express was definitely worth it. Agatha Christie's legendary classic definitely makes for great movie material, and with an all-star cast, including Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, and Lauren Bacall, it's hard to go wrong. The story is such that I can't say anything without giving away much of the plot, but I definitely reccomend either reading the book or watching the film-which is extremely faithful to the book-if you enjoy a great murder mystery, particuarly one with an ending that you'll never see coming!
On another note, I've decided to slightly alter the plotline of More Than a Job. I thought about it, and what I have written thus far for Chapter 8 will serve as an impetus to really get the story moving. What I have planned for Chapter 9 would then serve to disruprupt the momentum that the previous chapter created. So, what exactly? Simple, I've decided to flip-flop Chapters 8 and 9. Unfortunately, this means that I've gotten about half of Chapter 9 written but no Chapter 8 to preceed it. So my update schedule has been altered; Exptect to see the new Chapter 8 by Friday and Chapter 9 by the end of next week.
**UPDATE** I've now just decided to scrap my proposed idea for a new Chapter 8, reason being that it was just a pointless action scene that wouldn't further the plot and was out of place in the story. Look for the original Chapter 8 to be up by the end of the week.
Also, I'm sticking with my "traditional" Blog layout (how it was before I upgraded to Beta) for now. So the whole "When in Doubt..." thing is gone. I am still going to play around with the layout, but expect to see the traditional setup for most of the time.
Be sure to stop over to Multimeda of the Mind and say a quick "feel better" to nerdjedi. He's real sick; looks like a stomach virus or something.
Posted by Raptor at 3:10 PM
Monday, December 11, 2006
Like I said yesterday, I upgraded to Blogger Beta (finally!) So far, it seems pretty sweet. Loads faster (on and off, but that's just my **** computer), looks cooler, more features, and I get a Google Account to boot!
One thing I did that was stupid was I accidentally typed my password into the username box when nerdjedi was helping me set up my Google Account. Fortunately for me, he was-uh-nice and pointed this out, so I changed my password as soon as we got the account set up. Sorry for spoiling your fun, nerdjedi. And NO, I'm NOT going to tell you what my old password was, so DON'T ASK!
I'm thinking about changing around my template. I'm probably going to be messing around with it for a while, so bear with me if I make any major screwups. Likewise, I'm considering canning my Legacy of the Swan blog. If anyone objects to this (which I doubt), let me know before it's too late.
*EDIT* I'm actively experimenting with the new drag-and-drop layout tools. The layout's going to change a lot in the next few days. Please bear with me.
Chapter 8 is coming along nicely. It's actually going a lot quicker than I thought, so it will probably be up by Wednesday, with Friday as my fallback deadline, just in case I get a bout of the lazies.
Posted by Raptor at 11:54 AM
Sunday, December 10, 2006
First off, I'd like to apologize if my last post offended anyone. Honestly, I have no idea how I let it get so out of hand. The whole "non-denominational-winter-religious-holiday" thing was a joke my AP Lit class made up last year. My intent was to sarcastically mock political correctness, but the post quickly got way out of control. Again, my apologies.
Blogger's going gaga again. This time, it doesn't remember me. By that, I mean that whenever I start up Blogger, it takes me to the sign-in page, even though I click the "Remember Me" box every time I log in. I need to upgrade to Blogger Beta, but I don't have a Google account... yet.
*EDIT* I acutally just upgraded to Blogger Beta. Much thanks to nerdjedi for his help.
Chapter 8's coming along, but it's not quite finished yet. It'll defintely be up by Friday. I'm not going to give anything major away, but I will say that there's a major revelation in this chapter, so be sure to stay tuned.
Good news: I've finally decided which airsoft gun I'm going to get!
It's a Tokyo Marui M16VN, (VN standing for Vietnam) a replica of the first M16 variant adopted by the US Army. Actually, the weapon's correct designation is the XM16E1. I for one am glad they shortened it.
If I ever get into Airsoft Skirmishing, I'm going to try to eventually build a Vietnam-era Special-Forces loadout, with a Colt M1911A1-replica as my sidearm and plenty of tiger-stripe camoflague (think John Wayne in The Green Brets). Maybe I could eventually get an M14 and go for the ARVN advisor look...
Posted by Raptor at 1:11 PM
Friday, December 8, 2006
Well, it's official. The Christmas Season... excuse me, I mean the non-demominational winter religious holiday season, has officially begun. Christmas-whoop, I did it again, I mean non-demominational winter religious holiday-sales are starting up in retail stores again, Holiday carols are being sung almost non-stop on my favorite radio stations, Winter Festival decorations are springing up all over the place, my family's getting on my case for me to make my Annual-Season-of-Giving Wish List, and the US Postal Service has mailed out flyers letting everyone know when to mail their gifts so they arrive in time for the non-demominational winter religious holidays.
Being politically correct is a pain in the @$$.
Seriously, what's the big deal with political correctness? Okay, I agree that calling someone with Down Syndrome "retarded" is rude and inappropriate, but some of the crap out there is just plain ridiculous! My family and I celebrate Christmas, okay? You don't like it, then don't come over for dinner on December 25. But don't tell me I can't set up a Nativity Scene or sing Christmas carols on my front yard. Again, if you don't like it, then don't look at it. I don't have a problem if you're Jewish and you put a Menorah on your front lawn. Do unto others, remember?
I think that Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson are right: there is a war against Christmas. Don't believe me? Think about it; how come we get of for other religions' holidays, but Christmas gets called "Winter Break?" How come many towns have passed ordinances banning the display of Christian holiday symbols in public places but have not done the same for other religions?
Okay, before I go any further, DO NOT use the commenting board to blast Bill O'Reilly or John Gibson. You can voice your disagreement with our views, that's fine, but any name-calling, insults, or other forms of flaming will get your comments deleted. You've been warned.
Most of the excuses I've heard for getting rid of Christmas symbols, the religious ones at least, is because "we don't want to offend people who practice other religions." Really? Well, in my experience, there are two kinds of religious people: those who genuinely practice religion and those who profess that they practice. It's the latter category, and they're not really being religious, that take offense at Christian symbols so that they can try and prove that they're Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, or whatever. And it's those people who really get me steamed.
You don't like Christmas? That's fine and dandy with me. Just don't try and keep me from celebrating it.
Posted by Raptor at 3:28 PM
Thursday, December 7, 2006
65 years ago today, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing the deaths of amlost 2,500 Americans and forcing the US to enter World War II.
Never forget the ultimate sacrifice these young men paid to their country.
Remember Pearl Harbor.
Posted by Raptor at 1:27 PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Firstly, this is an MP5:
It is a 9mm submachine gun designed by the German company Heckler & Koch in the mid 1960s
This is an MP3 Player:
MP3 is a file format for encoding music developed by a team of multinational scientists in the early 1990s.
The continued questioning by the police about the cheese omelet is a standard tactic used by law enforcement to see if the subject being questioned is lying. If over the course of the questioning the subject's story changes, that's a pretty good indicator that the subject is lying.
Yes, Elizabeth told the police her "real" name. However, seeing as no one (besides David and Cheryl Watkins) knows Elizabeth exists, and Ms. Watkins did not file a Missing Person Report (reason for not doing so explained next chapter. DO NOT ASK ME NOW!), she was not giving anything away by doing so.
Okay, now that that's out my system, I've decided to reverse the orders of Chapters 8 and 9. This means that there won't be an update for at least a week, but on the flip side the plot will be advanced much faster. Reason being I'd like to complete the story before the end of January (before I go back to college). After that, I won't have a lot of spare time on my hands so it will be unlikely that I get it finished (before summer anyway).
Posted by Raptor at 12:05 PM
Monday, December 4, 2006
Chapter 7 is up! And it's on time too! Wow! Be advised, it's a long chapter, so plan your time accordingly.
I've got Chapters 8 and 9 pretty much planned up, so they should both go up within the next two weeks or so. 8 is going to be relatively short, so it should be up pretty quick, but 9 is going to be pretty large, hence the 2 weeks.
Now, to change the subject;
Nerdjedi won my "cast a Legend of Zelda movie contest. His cast list is thus:
- Link would be played by Humphrey Bogart
- Princess Zelda would be played by Miss Piggy
- Ganondorf would be played by Sean Connery
Sam came in 2nd, with the idea to make the film with puppets animated by Martin Robinson.
And those were my only two entried. *sigh* Now I remember why I vowed to give up contests in the first place.
And on a different note...
I've scored a great victory in my quest to get an airsoft gun! Mom's finally decided that I can get one (over nerdjedi's vehement protests) since I'm an adult now and I have my own money. Now all I have to do is convince Dad...
Since I'm new to the hobby (despite 3 years of exhaustive research) I'm going to go with an electric-powered rifle or submachine gun, since their less maintenance-intensive than a gas-powered pistol. Plus, I only need to buy one battery as opposed to many, many cans of gas.
Now I just need to decide which one to get. I've already settled on a manufacturer, but they make dozens of models. M16s, AK47s, Tommy Guns, MP5s, the list goes on and on. They all cost about the same and have roughly the same performace, so it's all about looks. Hmm, maybe another contest...
Posted by Raptor at 12:16 PM
Friday, December 1, 2006
Okay, apparently my last post caused a but of confusion. Allow me to clear things up.
While I have posted Legacy of the Swan (which needs a better title *nudge* *nudge*) and may post Ghosts of Sherwood, I will not devote much effort to finishing these until More Than a Job is completed. Mainly, I posted Legacy because I like it but need some incentive to finish it eventually. Like I said, I hate starting a story only to abandon it when it's only partway completed. Actually, that's one reason why I posted More Than a Job- so I wouldn't stop writing it halfway through and never pick it back up.
Actually, I have a confession to make: I don't think I've ever finished writing a story. Seriously. I've come close in one case, but never actually completed a story. In fact, I usually don't get past 10 pages in MS Word. The farthest along I ever got (22 pages) was with a mystery I was writing and planning to publish on FanFiction.Net, but then I decided to rewrite it because it wasn't coming out the way I planned, i.e. everything kept coming back to the same clue (a mysterious Ferrari Testarossa) which really wasn't much of a clue, so the story was pretty dull and monotenous. Then the rewrite died because I found a similar story that had already been partially posted on FanFiction.Net. It hadn't been finished yet, but my story was similar enough to it that if I posted, I'd probably be accused of plagerism and be forced to remove the story. So that fell through.
So now you know the whole sad story about why I'm posting all these stories on Blogger.
Posted by Raptor at 3:24 PM
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Anyone remember Legacy of the Swan? It was a story that I started writing and posting on the blog. As you've either remembered or figured out, it didn't work out so well. There were a couple of reasons for this, the main one being that I started posting the story right after I started blogging, so almost no one knew my blog existed. Actually, that's still something of a problem, but I'll save that for another post...
Anyways, I decided that I didn't want the story to fade into oblivion and might start writing it again, so I dug it out of the archives and gave it it's own blog, which you can check out here.
For those of you who are wondering how this will affect my writing of More Than a Job, don't worry. It won't. The vast majority of my creativity (95% or so) is going to be devoted to finishing More Than a Job, so updates to Legacy will be few and very far in between. I just can't stand starting something and not finishing it.
And while we're on the subject of More Than a Job, I've worked out my problems with Chapter 7. It should be up by Monday. I'm giving myself some leeway with this deadline because I haven't been able to meet my "done tomorrow" and "done in 2 days" promises, and that's getting to me. Also, I'm thinking of combining Chapter 6 Parts 1 and 2 together into one Chapter. What say you?
And one more thing before I go...
A while back, I started writing a story based on the legends of Robin Hood, entitled Ghosts of Sherwood. I've been thinking about posting it for a while (that'll give me incentive to finish it). Interested? Want more info? Let me know.
Posted by Raptor at 5:51 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Sometimes I hate writing. Seriously, I do. Not because I never have any ideas (I've got more than I know what to do with), but because sometimes my ideas don't really work out the way I'd intended them to. Like right now.
I got maybe a quarter of Chapter 7 written when I decided I didn't really like where the chapter was going, so now I'm gonna scrap what I've written thus far and start over.
The problem is that what I originally had going was, simply put, a minor action scene that didn't really serve to further the plot. Actually, now that I think about it, the scene itself wouldn't further the plot, but the aftermath will. So I can just trim the scene down and get on with the followup. Thank goodness I didn't delete what I've already written.
Jeff brought up a good point; any Zelda movie probably would be pretty bad. Heck, I just found out that there was an animated series that ran as part of a short-lived Super Mario Brothers TV show, and that was canceled after 13 episodes! Not even one season! Supposedly, it was so God-awful that most fans were actually happy to see it go.
But, for the sake of the contest, pretend that either Peter Jackson, James Cameron, or Steven Spielberg is directing and Shigeru Miyamoto is either writing or co-writing the screenplay for the movie. In other words, there is practically no way on Earth it could be a bad movie.
So you've got until Monday to comment entries. PLEASE ENTER!
Posted by Raptor at 3:49 PM
Monday, November 27, 2006
I know, it's been forever since I had two posts in two days. You can stop applauding now.
In all of the Thanksgiving Madness, I completely forgot that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has been released! This is the one game that I absolutely, positively, must-must-must-must-MUST get! I've been waiting for this for almost three years I-kid-you-not ever since it was announced. Nintendo kept pushing back the release date (curse you Shigeru Miyamoto!) but it looks like it was worth it! (sorry Mr. Miyamoto. I un-curse you now. No hard feelings, right?)
I could go on and on and on and on *copies and pastes that 1,000,000 times* and on and on about how cool Twilight Princes is, but plenty of others have already done that. Just Google it and see. Plus, if I did, then this post would become extremely long and you'd all stop reading it.
So yeah, I was playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my GameCube over the weekend (I got the disc when I preordered Wind Waker) and realized that the game would make an awesome movie. Then I realized that the game is way too huge to turn into a movie, and if they did they'd have to cut out all of the side quests and a good chunk of the main quest, and making a ton of sequals, viz the Harry Potter films, would take way too long and be way to expensive, not to mention that there would be a cliffhangar ending at the end of each movie (and we all know how Ali feels about cliffhangars). So then I realized that it would make a darned good TV miniseries (Think Into the West). Since most big-budget miniseries and made-for-TV-movies hire Hollywood actors nowadays, we could still get some big names involved.
My question to you is this: If Ocarina of Time was ever made into a movie/TV miniseries, who should be cast in it? Yes, this is like that Star Wars thing I did a while back, so please comment your answers. At present, I'm only concerned with the three central characters
- Princess Zelda
I'm worried about the adult versions of the characters, so if you don't know squat about Ocarina, don't panic. If you do know about the game, I'd be interested in seeing your ideas for the other characters, like Talon and Malon, Impa, King Zora, Saria, etc. To give you some ideas, I can see Ewan McGregor as Link; Kate Winslet as Zelda; and as for Ganondorf, hmm, this one's tough, maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger?... But those are just my ideas, and I'd really like to see yours. I'll give you a week to comment your ideas before I post my favorites.
Also, Chapter 7 is underway. Expect it in a day or two.
Posted by Raptor at 1:05 PM
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Yeah, like the title says, I'm back. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. The holidays are crazy for my family, and the last couple of days have been especially nuts. My grandmother and uncle (mom's side) came over for thanksgiving dinner at my house, which meant I had to help mom get ready. Was busy all day Friday (and I saw Casino Royale again that night), and we spent all day yesterday at my cousins' house. Pretty much the entire family on my dad's side was there. We do that for pretty much every holiday. But at least I got to see my little cousins from Tennessee...
So needless to say, I've been too busy to write another chapter for More Than a Job, BUT IT IS COMMING! Eventually... You know, I planned to get both Chapters 7 and 8 up over this long weekend, but it didn't happen. Sorry. I'll get 'em up sooner or later.
Yeah, my poll for what airsoft pistol to get was an utter failure. I got one vote each for the H&K USP, the Sig-Sauer P226, and the Colt .45. So it's a three-way tie. And it's all theoretical anyways; my parents, having run out of excuses as to why I shouldn't buy and airsoft gun, have decreed that I may not own an airsoft gun while living in their house. So I could buy one, but then they'd throw me out. And seeing as how I don't have a job (it's not my fault that no one will hire me!), I must bend to their wishes. For now...
Insomnia really sucks. I went to bed at 10:30 last night, woke up at 8:20-ish this morning, and maybe got all of four hours of sleep in the interim. I for one have never spent so much time in bed and gotten so little rest. Except for that time I had the stomach flu really bad and spent all night barfing. *shudders at the memory* Now that sucked.
So yeah, enough of my complaining.
I'm rambling all over the place, I know. Lack of sleep, you see. I think I'd better go lie down somewhere before I pass out on the keyboard. So, yeah, later, I guess.
Posted by Raptor at 12:52 PM
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I finally saw Casino Royale yesterday, and let me tell you it was TOTALLY AWESOME!
As this film serves as a "reboot" for the franchise, there are a number of differences between this film and the rest of the series.
The biggest difference-in my mind-between this film and the vast majority of Bond movies is that it depicts James Bond as a human being, rather than a super-sophisticated immortal superhero.
The first thing viewers will notice is the absence of the classic "gunbarrel walk" that has opened all prior films. Instead, audiences are treated to a black-and-white sequence of Bond confronting Dryden, a double-agent intercut with a brutal fight with the Dryden's contact. Only after the contact and Dryden are eliminated does the gunbarrel appear, which leads into, as nerdjedi calls it "the trippiest Bond song number yet."
Another huge difference is that there is an actual love story in this film, and it's actually an central part of the plot. While this isn't a unique occurance (Bond was briefly married in On Her Majesty's Secret Service-wife murdered by the villain), it's certainly rare enough to merit a good amount of attention.
The storyline will keep audiences on the edge of their seat for most of the film because-and this is a first for the series-the bad guys' (there are villains aplenty in Casino Royale) plot is never fully revealed, which keeps audiences guessing.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire film is the new James Bond, played by English actor Daniel Craig. Craig was the subject of an extreme amount of criticism after he was chosen by producers for the role, though much of it was unfounded. So he's blonde, so what? Okay, Roger Moore was blonde and most of his films were terrible, but still... Anyway, Craig has silenced his critics and become one of the best Bonds ever. Some will even argue that he's (*gasp!*) better than Sean Connery!
However, the film is not without its problems. The game of Texas Hold 'Em poker, though central to the plot, is not, in my opinion, given enough screen time. Though the game is supposed to last for at least two nights, the players are at the table for less than ten minutes. And while most of the scenes are tension-filled, I feel that the film makers did not focus enough on the game, which is central to the plot of the novel.
Another low point is the car chase, or lack thereof. Besides a tray in the glovebox for a personal defibrillator and Bond's Walther P99 handgun, the Aston Martin DBS is completely devoid of gadgets. And the "car chase" is simply Bond chasing after a kidnapped Vesper Lynd and then wrecking his car to avoid hitting Vesper, who'd been dumped in the middle of the road by Le Chiffre's men. Also, car enthusiasts will be quick to point out that the DBS, which is essentially a street-legal version of the Aston Martin DBR9 race car, features a special stability-control-system that prevents it from rolling over as it did in the film.
Fortunately for viwers, the film's faults are few and far between. I highly recomend seeing this film, whether you're a Bond fan or not. It's definitely worth it.
Also, I'd like to get a bit more feedback on my choice for an airsoft pistol. As I said before, cost, range, power, and ammo capacity are all about the same, so now it's all about looks.
The choices are:
The Heckler & Koch USP45.
The Glock 17.
The Sig-Sauer P226.
The Colt M1911A1.
Comment your votes. And let me know what you thought of the movie and my review.
Posted by Raptor at 11:49 AM
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Still haven't seen Casino Royale.
Still haven't gotten a Wii.
Still haven't written Chapter 7.
Man, I'm in a slump. Maybe it's because I need to shave...
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past. You must fight just to keep them alive.
What song's that from?
Should I write another "guilty-pleasure" action scene, in the tradition of Reservior Mutts and Just Another Day at the Office? Mutts didn't turn out as well as I'd liked so I'm wary of writing another one, but I'll give it a go if you want. Actually, know what, I'm gonna put that on hold until I finish More Than a Job, so forget it.
Airsoft question again. This time it's pistols. They all have about the same range, power, and ammo capacity, and the all cost about the same, so it's a matter of looks. Sould I get...
...the Heckler & Koch USP45...
...the Glock 17...
...the Sig-Sauer P226...
...or the Colt M1911A1?
Comment your answers. Again, looks are the deciding factor, and I like them all.
Gotta run. Bye.
Posted by Raptor at 6:41 PM
Monday, November 20, 2006
I just finished watching Bullitt, the classic Steve McQueen movie. It was awesome.
My favorite part had to be the car chase, which is the film's iconic scene. Bullitt's green '67 Mustang GT vs. the bad guys' black Dodge Charger R/T. I don't care what today's so-called "critics" say, that is definitely the best car chase in cinema history. Definitely recommend this movie if youlike cop movies or car chases, or better yet, both.
Still haven't seen Casino Royale yet. Planning on seeing it Wednesday or so. Look for a review.
Expect Chapter 7 of More Than a Job by Thanksgiving. Also, I'm trying to think up a better title for the story. Suggestions are welcome.
Posted by Raptor at 5:36 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2006
My computer lives! It was, as we had suspected, a burned out power supply module, which has since been replaced. The end result ain't pretty, but it works.
I can't get a picture of it up at the moment, but the front cover's off and the CD and DVD drives are sticking partway out of the casing, reason being that the new Power Supply Unit was a lot bigger than the old one, which meant that the CD and DVD drives wouldn't fit all the way inside the casing, which meant that the front cover wouldn't fit on.
Like I said, it ain't pretty, but at least it works (for now). I only need it to last another 2 months, give or take a week or so, until I head back to GCC, so ugly works for now.
Since most of my energy for the last 24 hours has been devoted towards fixing my PC, there won't be a new chapter of More Than a Job for at least another day or two. But it is coming.
Why the **** are there Christmas Carolls on the radio right now!? It isn't even Thanksgiving yet, for cryin' out loud! Don't believe me, tune into 99.5 FM or 101.1 FM and see (or is it hear?) for yourself!
EDIT: Can anyone name the movie I "borrowed" my title from? It's probably the most famous line in the movie, which is pretty old.
Posted by Raptor at 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2006
UPDATE: Good news; my computer is no longer "dearly departed." It is, however, in a coma awaiting a transplant. In other words, we determined that the power supply broke and we're going to try and buy one at MicroCenter tomorrow. So disregard most of the rest of this post.
This post is dedicated to my dearly departed computer. It died this morning.
The power company cut electricity to the street so they could safely remove a tree that was threatening to bring down a wire. But when they turned the power back on, there was a surge of some kind, and now my computer refuses to turn on.
This isn't like the last time something like this happened, when my computer turned on but refused to boot up. This time, my computer simply refuses to switch on. This is so depressing; all of my files, all of my stories, everything was saved on that computer, and now they're gone forever. I'm at a loss for action. I've tried everything, but it still won't switch on. I think I'm gonna cry.
So no new chapter of More Than a Job today, but fortunately I'm writing that directly into Blogger, no MS Word involved. However, Codename: White Knight was being written into Word, and if I can't recover what I've already written, that might cause some problems for my proposed trilogy.
Posted by Raptor at 12:44 PM
Friday, November 17, 2006
No new chapter for More Than a Job today. However, I have edited the existing chapters a little bit. This isn't a rewrite, so the story's still the same. I just cleaned it up a little bit and changed a slight detail in Chapter 1 to make it fit an idea I had for the sequal. Feel free to check out the changes (hint-hint).
Casino Royale is finally out, but I haven't seen it yet. *insert shocking music here* I know, I know, I've only been obsessing about it for a month now (actually a lot longer than that), but it's kinda hard to get to the movie without a car. Plus, my friends are coming back from college for Thanksgiving this weekend, so I'll probably go and see it with them.
There was this big thing on the news last night about all those people who waited in line in the pouring rain to get a PlayStation 3. Thone people are nuts. WHO WOULD DO THAT? I know some of you are going to reference the masses of people who camped out before the premire of the Star Wars movies, but that's different. At a movie theatre, you're pretty much guarenteed to get to see it eventually, but Sony only shipped 40,000 PS3 consoles to the US. Divide that by the thousands of Best Buy, Circuit City, EB GAMES, and other electronics stores in the US, and you get only a handful of consoles, if any, in each store. And these people were lined up around the block to get a PS3. Idiots. Plus, the Wii is the way to go. And who in their right of mind would spend $600 for what's basically a Blu-Ray verison of a PS2?
Posted by Raptor at 1:54 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Chapter 6 Part 2 is up at last!
I know I said it's been more than 2 days when I promised it in less than 36 hours. Sorry. Stupid Internet was acting up.
Since I've got the majority of the plotline ironed out at this point, chapters will hopefully come up every day or two, but I can't make any promises on that (stupid router).
We've got less than 12 hours until Casino Royale hits theatres, and as you all know I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!! I'll probably write a review and post it, so stay tuned for that.
Less than 72 hours until the new Nintendo Wii ships to stores worldwide. Oh this is gonna be spectacular!!! I've been waiting for the new Legend of Zelda game for three years I kid you not! CAN'T WAIT FOR IT! Actually, seeing as how I've waited three years, three days should be cakewalk. But you never know...
I can't figure out the deal with PS3. Who in their right of mind would pay $600 for a video game console! And that's just the in-store price: They're already going on eBay for nearly three times that much!!! Somehow I get the feeling that this is going to be like the PSP: Super-hyped up release that will yield a product that meets few expectations and ultimately becomes second (or in this case, third) fiddle to the competition. And with a $600 price tag, at third fiddle it won't last long.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Good news! I've published the first half of Chapter 6 of More Than a Job!
Why only the first half, you ask? Well, because I have a lot happening in Chapter 6 and it was getting really long, and I don't want the reader to get bored, so I decided to split the chapter into two parts.
This does mean that there is a cliffhangar ending, however (sorry Ali), but fear not! Part 2 will be up within the next 36 hours, you have my word on that!
Also, I've started writing the sequal to More Than a Job. This one's titled (tenatively) Codename: White Knight. I can't give away too much of the plot without ruining the ending of MTaJ... wait, actually I can, but I don't want to ruin it for you, so I refuse to say anything. Now I know Sam's probably going to yell at me for working on the sequal before I finish the first one (and he's most likely right), but don't worry. I'm not going to either work that hard on it or post it until MTaJ is finished. I was actually writing CWK before MTaJ, but it stalled out for a while and I picked up MTaJ in the interim. Then once I came up with the ending for MTaJ, I realized how I could tie the two stories together. CWK will be a stand-alone sequal, but there will be spoilers for the ending of MTaJ. And for those of you who want more action, don't worry. CWK will be packed with plenty of action sequences.
Well, that's all for now. Be sure to check out Chapter 6, Part 1.
Posted by Raptor at 11:50 AM
Monday, November 13, 2006
I'd like to apologize for blasting Sam and Anonymous yesterday. I was frustrated by (and jealous of) the attention Anonymous has been recieving as opposed to More Than a Job, but that's still no excuse to yell at Sam, and I am deeply sorry for doing so.
I was (and still am) upset by the fact that none of my friends visit my blog. I emailed them the address, but either none of them check their messages or they just don't care. But again, that's not Sam's fault and I'm ashamed that I took it out on him and Anonymous.
So again, I apologize for yesterday's scathing post and will do my utmost to ensure that it never happens again.
Posted by Raptor at 12:43 PM
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Well, do you?
Everyone's reading Anonymous but it seems like no one is reading More Than a Job! And my story's not depressing and ultra-violent! I've worked really hard on this and no one seems to appreciate it! Why?!? Sam posts a picture and another chapter where you know someone's going to die! You know what's going to happen! So why read it? I sincerely doubt anyone saw David's sudden freeze-up or the guy with the shotgun in his jacket coming! WHAT'S ANONYMOUS HAVE THAT MORE THAN A JOB DOESN'T HAVE?!?!?!
Sorry. It's just that I'm really frustrated by the lack of response to MTaJ. I'd really appreciate it if people read it and gave me feed back.
Posted by Raptor at 2:56 PM
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Revolutionary War-25,000 killed
Civil War-620,00 killed
World War I-117,000 killed
World War II-291,557 killed
Korean War-36,516 killed
Vietnam War-47,410 killed
Gulf War-147 killed
Operation Iraqi Freedom-2839 killed (as of 11/8/06)
Total-1,140,469 killed - and counting.
Freedom isn't free.
Thank a Veteran.
Posted by Raptor at 9:01 AM
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 9, 2006
CHAPTER 5 IS FINALLY UP!!! WOOHOO!!!
I know it's been over a week, and I apologize. I just couldn't get with it this week. I promise that Chapter 6 will be up in much less time.
Anyways, I'm giving up on my you link to me, I link to you offer. From now on I'm just linking to blogs I like. All presently-linked-to blogs will remain linked-to, however, so fear not. I'm also going to add some more links to websites.
10 DAYS UNTIL THE Wii IS RELEASED!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!
This is going to be awesome! I've already got my first three games picked out: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Red Steel, and Need For Speed: Carbon. This new system is gonna ROCK!!! CAN'T WAIT!
But enough about that.
I for one am so glad that the election is over. Not because the candidates I voted for won-I'm a Republican, and as we all know, the Democrats swept the election-but because it's over! I swear, if one more person called me telling me how evil Ed Rendell or Lynn Swann was, or if I saw one more TV ad telling me how the Republicans are evil and going to turn the country into an Orwellian dictatorship, I was gonna put my head through a wall!!! SHEESH!
I can't help but agree with an article I saw in the Inquirer over the weekend: if companies pushed products the way parties push candidates, we'd be seeing Pespi ads that inisist Coke makes you sterile and Coke ads screaming that Pepsi is the preferred drink of Osama bin Laden, and at the end of each commercial we'd be told that it's our civic duty as patriotic Americans to go out and buy that soda!!! Laugh if you want but it's true. I saw commercials for Grey's Anatomy and CSI the other night that spoofed political ads; they were pretty much what I described above.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I am sick and tired of all this mud-slinging, backstabbing campaigning and self-serving, polarized politics. It's time the policians stopped thinking about what's best for them and their party and about what's best for the country. I'm a registered Republican, true, and I hold a lot of values that are shared by Republicans, but I don't swear alleigance to the Republican Party! I swear alleigance to THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! And I think it's time the politicians did the same.
Posted by Raptor at 6:24 PM
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Sorry about the lack of postage yesterday. I was trying to committ Chapter 5 to writing, but I am not having much success. So far, all I've got are three sentences that I'm not very happy with. I'm sorry it's taking so long to get Chapter 5 up; it's taken way longer than I planned. I'm going to try to finish it by the end of the week.
What stinks is that I had the beginning all planned out and the end all set too, but nothing for the middle. Actually, I put in the dude with the shotgun on a whim and he didn't fit in with my pre-planned storyline and dialogue so I'm essentially back to square one now. Stupid, I know. I thought the story needed some action so I wrote him in. I had no idea that doing so would lead to weeks of writers block. And it's too late to take him out of it.
Actually, now that I think about it, shotgun man came about because I needed a convincing way of getting David to both spare Elizabeth and take her in, which is what's going to happen next. Unfortunately he screwed up my plans for transitioning into Chapter 5, so that's why I'm stuck.
Just as a heads-up, posts now will be few and far between until Chapter 5 is completed as I'm going to devote the vast majority of my creative juices.
Posted by Raptor at 4:34 PM
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Didn't post in a while because I couldn't think of anything to write on Friday and I was in Lancaster all day Saturday, so I'm a postin' now!!!
nerdjedi is insane. We saw a Aston Martin DB7 Vantage in the parking lot across the street from church (like this one, only white with a tan roof) ...
...and nerdjedi has the gall to say that Aston Martins are bad cars!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, MAN!?!?!?
At any rate, Chapter 5 of More Than a Job is underway and should be up within the next two days or so.
And now I must go to lunch, so I bid you all farewell.
Posted by Raptor at 1:33 PM
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Okay, I know, late post, sorry about that.
Chapter 5 of More Than a Job is currently at least 48 hours away, as I have only a vague idea of what's going to happen. But it will get posted, you have my word. Actually I've been wondering, does anybody actually read More Than a Job? I've gotten very little feedback (which I really want), which leads me to assume that few people, if any, are actually reading it. So do you actually care that I'm writing it, or is this a rehash of Legacy of the Swan?
Okay, now that that's over with, to business.
I was surfing around on the Web today and came across something interesting at the Aston Martin website. It's called the Aston Martin Configurator, and it lets you custimize your very own Aston Martin. Well, being the curious and creative person I am (as well as having way too much free time), I decided to give the Configurator a whirl, and cooked up my very own Aston Martin DB9 Coupe, which I have lovingly decided to call The Lady in Red. Check it-uh, I mean her-out:
Beautiful, isn't she? Merlot Red paint on the exterior, Obsidian Black/Chancellor Red leather adorn the interior, she'll go from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds with a 186mph top speed, 450 pure English thoroughbred horses under the hood, and she's all mine! Well, she's my design anyways. Base price for one of these babies is $155,000, and that's without all the custom extras I installed. *sigh* Maybe one day...
As nerdjedi will no doubt comment later, he doesn't like the fact that I've named the car The Lady in Red. I know that most of you are thinking "Who in their right of mind names a car?" Well, since I custom designed this DB9, I can't help but thinking of it as my baby, if you will, and I felt like I had to give this car, no, this work of art a title. So, please forgive my eccentricity. However, if you have any serious suggestions for a better/different name, I'm open to them.
I encourage you, if you have the time and/or interest, to try out the Configurator. There are literally thousands of possible outcomes for each model of Aston Martin available. Hey, I might even turn this into a contest...
Well, that's all for now. If you'll excuse me, I've got a date with a Lady and the open road.
Posted by Raptor at 4:36 PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Uh, *ahem*, due to a freak accident, my blog template reset itself and ...
Okay, I admit it, I screwed up. I was trying to get More Than a Job to look more book-like (Sam and Anonymous made me jealous) by changing templates, but I wasn't really looking and wound up resetting *Insert Title Here*'s template by mistake. And now I can't remember who linked their blogs to mine and who I linked back to. So if you linked to me earlier, or if you want to link to me now, send me your blog url and I'll reset it.
Sorry for the screw-up.
And Chapter 5 of More Than a Job is coming soon.
UPDATE: As of about 4:30 PM, the template issues with More Than a Job have been resolved and the blog has assumed a more book-like format thanks to some *ahem* help from nerdjedi, so thanks to him. No thanks to nerdjedi for his so-called "improvements" he insisted on making (and have since been removed). No Chapter 5 yet, but I'm working on it. Check out the new, improved More Than a Job blog w/ a new introduction!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
And the winner of my Pirates vs. Ninjas Movie Poster Contest was...
nerdjedi, with this poster. I should mention, however, that nerdjedi won by default: he was the only person who entered. That's two contests down the tubes. I'm officially goving up on contests.
Anyway, I couldn't come up with a decent costume for tonight so I'm going to do what I d every year: throw on some camo clothes and pretend I'm a soldier. Oh well.
Posted by Raptor at 3:23 PM
Monday, October 30, 2006
First off, good news: My cold is gone!
Secondly, better news: Eye of the Tiger is no longer stuck in my head.
Third, my Ninjas vs. Pirates movie poster contests ends tomorrow and I only have 1 entry! Lets go, people!!!
Halloween is tomorrow night and I have no costume. *sigh* So, I guess this means I'll do what I do every year: throw on some of my camo clothes and dress up as a soldier while I hand out candy to the little kiddies... hey, what the...? HEY!
*random scuffling sounds*
And as we all know, Halloween is the night when the most monster attacks are reported, so protect your little Trick-or-Treaters with the newest product from MonsterSlayer Inc.!
We first take a Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun and modify it to reliably fire silver 9mm hollowpoint rounds, making it ideal for both zombies and werewolves. Then we add and extended accurized barrel with an intergral supressor and a scope, which we pre-zero at the factory for excaptional accuracy out to 200 yards. Next we attach a bipod for further aid in accuracy at longer ranges. Then we add two laser/flashlight modules (one on each side of the barrel) for anti-vampire combat. A third laser sight below the scope adds further accuracy at extreme range. Lastly, we attach a grenade launcher below the barrel, which fires incendiary gernades (perfect for dealing with mummies) out to a range of 80 yards. A tactical sling for easy transport completes the package.
The MonsterSlayer Inc. AMT2 represents the pinnicle of Anti-Monter Tool technology. This is, without a doubt, the ultimate solution for keeping your Trick-or-Treaters safe this Halloween!
Thanks, but I prefer my good ol' .45 here.
Okay, that random salesmen guy who keeps invading my blog has been-ah-dealt with. Permanently. You know, it's ashame he had to-uh-leave, as this is one sweet MP5. I don't think he'll mind if I keep it...
In the mean time, my offer to link to your blog if you link to mine still stands. Let me know if you set up a link.
Anyways, yeah, that's all I got for now. GET THOSE POSTERS IN ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Raptor at 3:46 PM
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Halloween is rapidly approaching, and as we are all aware, this means that Monster Season is coming to a head. What, you mean you've never heard of Monster Season? Where have you been for the last 500 years, under a rock? *sigh* Okay, I'll explain.
Monster Season, Mr. Rock Dweller, starts in the end of September, when Holloween decorations and costumes start to go on sale. It starts out small, a werewolf sighting here, a zombie attack there. Things really get into gear during the last two weeks of October when the Monster Movie Marthons start in ernest on TV. This is the time when reports of encounters with monsters become more frequent and vicious. The season ends-rather climactically-on Halloween night. This is the night when more attacks are reported-and more fatalities occur-than the last five weeks put together.
Needless to say, it is imperrative that one takes the proper precaution to ward of monsters when Trick-or-Treating. But herein lies the problem; what works against one type of monster might be totally ineffective against another. For example, driving a stake through the heart of a vampire results in instant death, but the same cannot be said if the target is a zombie or a ghost.
So, what's an intrepid Trick-or-Treater (or ToT Chaperone) like yourself to do? Well, you could weigh yourself down with several pounds of stakes and garlic cloves (for vampires), silver (for werewolves), matches and lighters (for mummies and zombies) and flashlights (for ghosts). Or you could just carry one of these:
We start with a standard 12-Gauge shotgun, which is perfect for decapatatng Zombies at close range. Load it with 00-Buckshot made of pure silver, and you have an ideal solution for werewolf attacks. The tactical flashlight-already ideal for destroying ghosts-has been modified with a high-intesnity sunlamp bulb, making it perfect for use against vampires. When the package is complete, you have the ideal Anti-Monster Tool (AMT).
But what if you're facing down a horde of charging monsters? In that case, we offer this little honey:
Of course, one should take care to verify that the "monster" they are attempting to vanquish is actually a real monster instead of a harmless Trick-or-Treater. MonsterSlayers Inc. cannot be held liable if one of our products is used, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to harm innocent Trick-or-Treaters.
So pick up a MonsterSlayer Inc. AMT today at your local Halloween Supply Store today and have a safe-and monster-free-Halloween!
Hey! What the heck are you doing with my blog?
*shoves random salesman away from computer*
Okay, sorry about that. Anyways, my Ninjas vs. Pirates Movie Poster contest ends at 12:00AM on Tuesday, and I only have one entry, so hop to it!
Posted by Raptor at 1:42 PM
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I can't take it anymore. I've had Eye of the Tiger stuck in my head for the past four days. My sanity is slowly eroding away to nothingness. I feel like putting my head through a wall.
Take my advice, don't ever listen to a song two dozen times in a row. Especially when it has a super-catchy beat like Eye of the Tiger.
I'm losing it. No matter how hard I try, I can't get this song out of my head. I don't know what to do. Help me, please.
Okay, that felt good. Didn't help with my problem, though.
So yeah, after re-reading Reservoir Mutts, I've decided I don't like it nearly as much as Just Another Day at the Office. I guess what they about sequels is true.
Okay, good news and bad news. The good news is that I no longer have Eye of the Tiger stuck in my head. The bad news is why-they played The Monster Mash on the radio just now, so now that's stuck in my head!
Posted by Raptor at 9:47 AM
Friday, October 27, 2006
Warning: Extreme violence and some language
Some people watch too many movies. Like the guys from my last job. A bunch of Quentin Tarantino wannabes, I tell ya. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start back at the beginning.
It all started with, fittingly enough, a diamond heist. A group of thugs stole $5 million in diamonds from my employer, figuring they could get away with it scott-free. I mean, come on, a crime lord isn't exactly going to call the police and tell them his ill-gotten jewels were stolen, right? Right. He called me instead.
I tracked the thieves to an abandoned mortuary, a fitting location in more than one way. I entered the building through an unlocked side door, my trusty Glock 10mm at the ready. I could hear the six men inside; it sounded like they were arguing. The room I entered was empty, so I quietly moved towards the doorway to the building's main room. What I saw in there almost-almost-made me laugh. Six men, sitting around a table, all of them with their hair slicked back, and all of themwearing Ray-Ban sunglasses and Agnes B suits. Holy crap! What did they think this was, Reservoir Dogs? Reservior Mutts was more like it. They're probably all carrying Smith & Wesson automatics too, I thought to myself jokingly. Then I got serious.
I stepped into the room, my Glock up and ready. But the six guys (I'd named them after the bandits from the movie) were so engrossed in their game of poker-which they were playing with my employer's diamonds instead of chips-that they didn't even notice me. Not that I can fault them; it was cut-throat. One of the guys, Mr. White, had just won about $300,000 from another, Mr. Orange, and Orange wasn't happy. He slammed his fist down on the table and yelled that White had to be cheating. Mr. Pink laughed and told pink to calm down. Orange didn't calm down, in fact he did quite the opposite: he picked up his can of beer and hurled it across the room. Straight into my gut.
The six guys all whirled arround in surprise as I grunted in startled pain; he hit me hard! Then, in a move that would have made Mr. Tarantino himself very proud, they all shoved their chairs away from the table in unison and reached into their jackets. They all pulled out Smith & Wesson automatics and pointed them at me. I dove for the floor as a hail of 9mm slugs tore through the space I'd just been occupying, double-tapping my Glock's trigger as I hit the ground. Mr. Brown's head popped like a baloon. One down.
I rolled quickly to my right, rapid-firing at Mr. Orange. I got him once-in the stomach, ironically enough-before my Glock went dry. I scurried behind the small refrigerator in the rooms corner for a quick reload. No sooner do I release my gun's slide lock then Mr. Pink comes flying over the fridge, firing wildy. Three 10mm hollowpoints to the chest taught him the stupidity of such a move. Not that they mattered; his neck snapped when he landed head-first on the concrete floor. Two down. I swept out from behind the fridge and spotted Mr. Blue drawing a bead on me. I squeezed the trigger four times and watched him go down hard. Three down. I saw Orange trying to get back to his feet a second later. Two hollowpoints to the head ensured he'd never make it. Four down. And now the room is empty. Not good. Mr. Blonde pokes his head out from behind a shipping crate. I fired twice, missing, but forcing him behind cover. Then a bullet whizzed by, less than an inch from my right ear. I did a wild mid-air twist to bring my gun to bear on Mr. White, who'd taken refuge in the room I entered from. All of my shots missed, and my Glock's slide locked back on an empty magazine. And that was my only reload. Damn it!
I spotted Mr. Brown's S&W lying on the ground a yard in front of me and dive on top of it. He never got a shot off, so it had a full clip. Mr. Orange was lying dead next to me, another S&W clutched loosely in his hand. I relievedhim of his weapon, just as Mr. Blonde and Mr. White both came out from behind their cover. I put a gun on each of them, but none of us fired.
My gaze flicked back and forth between my enemies for a long moment, before the irony of the situation-that we'd just walked into a scene straight out of a Quentin Tarantino move-wore off. My two "friends," on the other hand, seemed to be drinking the irony up like it was cold beer at a football game. Their loss.
"The hell with this," I said after I'd grown tired of looking the starry, far away look in their eyes (they must have been major Tarantino fans), and let the S&W in my left hand-Mr Orange's-fall, dropped to one knee, and put two 9mm slugs into Mr. Blonde's face. The gunshots snapped Mr. White out of his stupor and he fired reflexively. His shot passed a good two feet above my head. I spun 180 degrees, rising into a half-crouch as I turned, and unloaded the rest of my Smith's magazine into White's chest. He was dead before he started to fall. I picked up my Glock and Orange's S&W, walked over to the table, retrieved my employer's diamonds, and calmly walked from the building, reminding myself to carry more spare ammo next time.
Posted by Raptor at 8:42 PM
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I woke up this morning to find only one of my nostrils functioning normally and an abnormal amount of pressure behind my face. In other words, I've got a head-cold. Rats. I can't breathe through my nose and my head feels like it's going to explode. This stinks. But how would I know, since I can't smell? Yeah, I know, the joke was awful, so sue me. (I'm being facetious. That was a joke. Don't really sue!)
In happier news, Chapter 4 of More Than a Job is complete! It's shorter than the last 3, but this time there's some action going on. Check it out! Acutally, be sure to read Chapter 3 if you haven't alreadydone so, otherwise Chapter 4 will make no sense. Does anyone actually read More Than a Job? Seems like Sam's the only one who comments on it...
I think I'm going to write another "guilty pleasure" action scene as Sam calls them. It's going to star the same narrator/protagonist as Just Another Day at the Office. The tenative title for this one is Reservoir Mutts. It'll go up in a day or two...
That's all for now. PLEASE COMMENT!
Posted by Raptor at 11:18 AM
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Take my advice, if you ever get EYE OF THE TIGER on CD, don't listen to it 2 dozen times in a row! I did that yesterday, and 24 hours later I still have the song stuck in my head! ARGH!
On another note, for those of you who don't know,
Posted by Raptor at 1:44 PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Good vs. Evil
Red vs. Blue
USA vs. USSR
Republican vs. Democrat
Vanilla vs. Chocolate (vs. Strawberry)
The Light Side vs. The Dark Side
Cowboys vs. Indians
Eagles vs. Cowboys
Of all the great rivalries throughout history, none are more ancient, more bitter, more heated (or more humorous) that
Posted by Raptor at 1:34 PM
Monday, October 23, 2006
Take 2/3 a cup of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, add a stick of Star Wars, along with a dash of originality for flavor. Mix in a bowl at high speed and viola! You get this video:
I like it !!!!!!!!!!
Also, I've decided to stop being super-nit-picky when it comes to Sam's Anonymous. Authors are allowed some creative liberty, so I'm going to stop being super-critical about all those little details that your average Joe (or Jane) would never pick up on. So, unless someone fits a silencer on a revolver (which Sam thankfully corrected), or hiding a shotgun in a handbag, I'll leave you alone. Actually, come to think of it, if you have an oversized handbag and saw off the stock and all but the first four or five inches of a double-barreled shotgun, you might be able to fit it in the handbag. Effective range would only be about ten feet, but up close, that thing would be incredibly lethal!
On another random note, I've re-written the ending of Chapter 3. Sam pointed out to me how weird it sounded and after rereading it I've come to agree with him.
Posted by Raptor at 11:13 AM
Sunday, October 22, 2006
- What does "XD" mean?
- Despite what Jen might claim, nerdjedi is not a target! I have absolutely no desire to shoot him with an airsoft gun, nor do I have any illusions about what might happen if I did. And, on a similar note, nerdjedi actually shot me with an airsoft gun once!
- Sam, a .357 Magnum cannot knock a person over. Nor can a .44 Magnum, nor a .50AE, nor a .475 Wildey Magnum, not even a .500 Magnum can knock someone over from recoil force. The only kind of gun that I think could come close to knocking someone over from the force of its recoil is a pistol that fires a .50 BMG cartridge. Usually, rifles like this Barret M82 are the type of firearms that are chaimbered for .50 BMG. And to give you an idea of just how big the .50 BMG is:
From right to left, we have a .22 Long Rifle, a 5.56 NATO (fired from an M16), a 7.62 Soviet (AK-47), a .308 Winchester (a typical hunting cartridge), a .300 Winchester Magnum (used by most police and military snipers), and finally the .50 BMG cartridge.
EDIT: My friend, Joe (whom I briefly mentioned in my last post) told me once of a man who brought a .50BMG pistol to his father's firing range. According to Joe, either the man had removed the pistol's muzzle brake or else it didn't have one, so the recoil of the gun broke both of the man's wrists. Ouch. Also, I'm sorry if I sounded angry or pushy earlier. I had yet another discussion (more like an argument) with my mother last night over why I, a legal adult, cannot spend $290+ shipping of my own money and buy and airsoft gun and all of the required accesories (battery, charger, spare magazines, etc). Basically, mom's argument boiled down to how guns are evil, that they're purely instruments of death and destruction, yadda yadda yadda, and that the first think I'll do with it is shoot my brother. That last comment really made me angry, as I've owned a piece-of-crap spring pistol for almost two years and never shot anyone with it. I was still ticked when I checked the blog, and Jen's comment really struck a nerve. So again, I applogize if I sounded pushy or rude earlier.
On a different note, look for a new chapter of More Than A Job. It'll be up soon. DISREGARD THIS STATEMENT, FOR IT IS OUT OF DATE: CHAPTER 3 HAS BEEN POSTED AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Raptor at 12:43 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Well, you're all about to find out.
I've always been a big fan of the military and military history, so I used to watch all those shows that came on the History Channel, including a show called Tales of the Gun, which documented the history of famous firearms and gunsmiths. The M16, the AK-47, the Colt Peacemaker, the Wincherter repeater rife, all those.
Anyways, my interest really took off about three years back when I saw a blurb about airsoft on the History Channel (show was called Tactical to Practical. It's not on anymore). I had been thinking about taking up paintball at the time, and thought airsoft warranted a look. So, I did what any Internet-savvy teen would do; I Googled it. And a retail site called RedWolf Airsoft. So, being the inquisitive person that I am, I decided to check the site out. And found litereally hundreds of different kinds of airsoft guns. And, being the curious person that I am, when I saw a replica of a gun that I didn't recognize, I Googled it. And so on and so forth.
Also, around the same time I discovered airsoft, I met a kid at my high school named Joe. We became friends soon after this. Anyways, Joe knew a lot about guns-actually he still knows a lot about guns-and, being the curious person I am, I did lots of research on guns so I could understand what he was talking about. Later, I found out that both of his parents are ex-CIA, and his dad was actually part of a paramilitary team. (I'm not making this up! He told me his dad was ex-Agency, but I didn't really believe him. Later, my dad noticed a pin of the CIA crest on his mom's jacket and asked about it.) Also his dad, who lives in California, owns a firing range.
Lastly, I watch a lot of action movies and read a lot of military-fiction books (like Tom Clancy), so, again beging the curious person that I am, every time I read about a new gun or weapons system or the like, I either Google it or look it up on Wikipedia.
One thing I'd like to make one point clear; I'm not a violent person. Okay, I might smack nerjdedi upside the head every once in a while, but that's only when he does something really dumb (like punching a hole in the bottom of a can of Coca-Cola and making it explode all over the kitchen) and deserves to get smacked. I am interested in guns, yes, but I have absolutely zero desire to kill people. Yes, I'm interested in airsoft, which is where you basically run around shooting people with replicas of real firearms. But despite what nerdjedi might tell you, I am not a homicidal sociopathic killer. I do plan on owning a handgun when I'm older, but I'm only going to use it for target shooting and-if absolutely necesasry-defending my home and loved ones. And before nerdjedi says anything stupid that might get me in trouble, I'll only be shooting paper or cardboard targets.
Okay, now that that's all over with...
If anyone, like Sam or nerdjedi, is ever writing a story/book and has a question or needs info about guns, let me know. I'll help as best I can. Oh, speaking of which, Sam, for your Vanquisher story, if you're looking for a compact firearm that's easily concealable, I reccomend a Glock 26. It's a tiny 9mm with a 12 round magazine capacity. Again, if you're using a silencer, 9mm subsonic hollowpoints are probably your best bet.
P.S. What's with this O_o thing? What does that mean?
Posted by Raptor at 3:07 PM
...Jim Henson and George Lucas for having the "Stars of Star Wars" guest star on The Muppet Show.
Now please don't get me wrong. I like The Muppet Show. I really like Star Wars. But after seeing what happens when you mix the two. well let's just say I'll never be able to view Luke Skywalker in the same light ever again.
The episode starts out pretty normal...
...well, normal for The Muppet Show, anyways. But things go downhill from there. Fast. Like when Luke hijacks the spaceship on the Pigs in Space skit to look for Chewbacca...
There's more, but I can't find it as of yet. I'll post it when I do. Also, I apologize for the poor quality of the videos. But it's YouTube, not much I can do.
Also, I got a picture of the P90 airsoft gun I'm gonna get along with a Wii:
That's all for now, but I will update when I find more videos.
Posted by Raptor at 10:41 AM
Friday, October 20, 2006
My creative juices have run dry. Hopefully this is just a temporary situation.
What does this mean for you, the reader?
Well, first, it means that Chapter 3 of More Than a Job won't get posted today, and maybe not tomorrow if I voluteer at the museum.
Second, it means that I'm going to just ramble randomly for the remainder of this post.
Okay, check this Newsweek article out. Is this a sign of the apocalypse or what? I don't know whether to jump for joy or run for the bunker.
If Hollywood got off it's rear and made a new Robin Hood movie, who should be cast as Robin Hood; Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, or Hugh Jackman?
This here is my dream car. It's a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds
Top Speed 208 mph
575 ft-lbs of torque
Cost: $452,750 (plus Tax) That's why it's my dream car. Odds are I'll only ever get to dream about driving it.
Should I spend my money on a Wii (new Nintendo system that comes out next month)...
...or a new airsoft rifle?
They both cost about the same.
Just out of random curiosity, how come no one comments on my blog?
My offer still stands; link your blog to mine (and let me know you did) and I'll link back.
...okay then. Blogger was acting up there for a minute. Said it couldn't connect, and if I tried to post or save a draft I'd probably loose what I was working on.
Blogger's wierd. If I hit "enter" enough times, it double-spaces automatically, even when I don't want it to. Anyone know if and how I can turn this off?
Yeah, I'm really bored. Bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored...
Scooter's been acting crazy all day. And his breath smells awefull! Like rotting tuna fish.
Can't wait until Casino Royale comes out. 28 days left!
I can't think of anything coherent to write, except that I've been writing this post for about 45 minutes and this is all I've got. Pathetic, isn't it?
EDIT/UPDATE: I've decided that instead of buying an airsoft replica of a Heckler & Koch G36 (see above picture), I'm going to get a replica FN P90. Blogger is being stupid and not letting me upload a picture, but it's the gun that they use on Stargate. I'll put a pic up as soon as Blogger starts cooperating. Anyways, the P90 is $200 cheaper than the P90, so I'll be able to get both the Wii and my airsoft gun. HORRAY!
Posted by Raptor at 3:31 PM
Thursday, October 19, 2006
First off, here are my three favorite characters from the old Muppet Show: The Swedish Chef and Bunsen + Beaker!
These guys are the best, though these aren't my favorite skits. I'll post those when I find 'em.
Next up we have a wierd video I found the other day. Muppet Treasure Island + The A-Team =
But this one's wierder! Don't watch it unless you want a really annoying song stuck in your head.
Another Swedish Chef skit. This one freaked me out when I was little (like 2):
Okay, that's enought movies for now.
I posted Chapter 2 of More Than A Job. Be warned, that blog is having some issues. I'm working on those...
EDIT: I've fixed the issues present with More Than A Job. However, this means that the blog is no longer in "book-like" format. Unfortunately, I'm not experienced enough with Blogger to do anything fancy at the present time. Maybe in the future I can make it fancy, but at the present time it's just a normal blog. *sigh*
Posted by Raptor at 3:10 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
As I stated in previous posts, I am setting aside Legacy of the Swan for now and proceeding with writing a new story, tentatively titled More Than a Job.
As I said earlier, More Than a Job is a modern-day Cinderella story with a major twist: Prince Charming is actually a hitman hired by the Evil Stepmother to kill Cinderella. Hmm...
This is actually the first installment of a trilogy of stories that I've been toying with for a while. The second, currently titled Codename: White Knight actually the first story of the three I thought up before I decided to tie it in with MTaJ. The third story is unnamed as of right now, but I can't really say anything about either of them without giving away the plot of MTaJ. Eventually (when I figure out how), MTaJ, along with the other two stories, will be moved to a separate blog in the style of nerdjedi's Adventures of Jack Sinclair and Sam's Anonymous.
As with Legacy, suggestions for an alternate title are welcome and encouraged (because I can't think up decent titles to save my life).
Okay, that's enough of me blabbing (various knights, creepy old bridgekeepers, and magical beings named Tim are yelling at me to "Get on with it!") So, without (any more) further ado, I present More Than a Job, Chapter 1.
EDIT: I appologize for the bad formatting fo the story. Blogger seems to have a thing about block paragraphs. This question is mainly for nerdjedi and Sam: How do you guys get your block paragraphs to work? I hit "enter" twice, but it doesn't seem to register when I publish. What do you do to make it work for you? Any help here would be really appreciated and might warrant a guest post if it works!
EDIT 2: I have created a seperate blog for More Than a Job. You can visit it here. It's still kind of a work in progress (both the story and the new blog), so both the story and blog template will be edited as I go. Pleas let me know what you think!
Posted by Raptor at 12:12 PM