Our XBox 360 Has Its Own Blog

We (the whole family) have an XBox 360, which is cool; and even cooler is that our XBox has its own blog at 360 Voice.

Here's a couple of excerpts from typical entries ("thomaswilliams4" is me):

  • thomaswilliams4 was a no show... but you can't game every day. I actually enjoyed the rest... although I am ready for more. Bring it please.
  • thomaswilliams4 must have heard my calling... I was practically startled when his greasy finger pounded my power button. I mean come on... be a little gentle... I am fragile.
  • I told thomaswilliams4 'Don't make me hurt you!' and the threat worked because he decided to show up yesterday.
  • thomaswilliams4 must have a life, because he didn't game yesterday...
360 Voice pulls information from the XBox gamertag public profiles for a schwack-load of users, and also tracks a whole lot of statistics and provides forums for help with games.

Most of all the blog makes me laugh, in its own sarcastic way.

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The Perfect Home Office

Huge monitor, laser printer, guard cat/proof-reader: the perfect home office.

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Movie Review: Wolverine

No spoilers: I'm not going to give anything away plot-wise in this post...but you may not like what you read if you haven't seen the movie. Your call.

If, like me, you've been expectantly waiting to be blown away by the blockbuster movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine (here's the very snick-snicky movie site, and the IMDB link), I can report: the movie will blow you away.

Wolverine is a movie with big action sequences and is ultimately enjoyable to watch, but it has a number of problems. Foremost, I found the plot convoluted; the movie contains too many "strike a pose" moments (thanks Garry for putting words to that condition!); and some of the actors are unconvincing.

It has it's good points: Liev Schreiber is a great Sabretooth, and Danny Huston is a menacing Colonel Stryker. Some of the key moments in Wolverine's story, like his long life, the Weapon X facility and losing his memory, are done well.

But - aside from the plot - there's too many pointless cameos and the special effects at times look cheap. Both Hugh Jackman's love interest Kayla and fellow mutant Gambit are flat. The final confrontation was confusing. Hugh Jackman is good, but the disconnect for me is that it's almost like Wolverine is the mature, team-player Wolverine from after X-Men 3, rather than the rougher, more dangerous version from 10-15 years before (when this movie is set).

Like all Hollywood adaptations, there has to be compromises. I'm not a comic fan so I can't say how the Hollywood adaptation of Wolverine differs from the original story, but even for me some things just felt wrong. Dark Knight, Iron Man, Watchmen and the original X-Men 1 & 2 all rate far above this one for me.

My final score: 6 out of 12.

Links: Rotten Tomatoes review and low score, Roger Ebert's tongue-in-cheek review, Geek Theo Moore hits the nail on the head with his review on the acting, the Huffington Post discusses themes and lack of

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