Wednesday, July 26, 2006

World of Blogcraft

In other news, I've decided to create another blog dedicated to one of my favorite endeavors, playing World of Warcraft. I spend a lot of my time playing the game and I thought it'd be good to share some of my experiences with it in a blog format. My crazy little family has seemingly blogified itself... my father has a Multiply account (a 57-year old man prolifically telling tales on Multiply!) and a blog on Blogspot (thanks to moi -- I take some credit for this viral phenomenon); my new age mom, my wonderful sister, and my gloom-happy brother are all also making Multiply's community larger and wackier. Bik and Len, Atong and Pam, and my plethora of unstable cousins (no links provided on purpose!) have their Friendster accounts. Who knows how long before they throw in the towel and blogify themselves? Some have been at it for a while now, too.

I think it's incredibly cool that we've all got this outlet to express ourselves. On a very deep level, this powerful means to communicate our innermost thoughts allow us to become more whole as a people, and as individuals. Put the knowledge that you have out there for someone - anyone - to use and reflect on.
On the flip side, take the knowledge that you don't have from somewhere and let it complete you. I've had the best time recently just browsing through my family's blogs. I learn so much about them - even when you think you know everything about someone you've known all your (and their) lives, there's always something beautiful to find out. So anyway, that was an overlong intro to my new WoW-themed blog, The Storm Engine. One of these days, I'll make a blog dedicated to my comic art. Sooner rather than later.

The Break-Up

Aila and I went to visit Bik & Len after her out-patient procedure earlier today. We had planned to see Nacho Libre, the Jack Black-starrer from Jared Hess, the director of the cult hit Napoleon Dynamite. We had forgotten that it was a Wednesday, which is new movie day and were overwhelmed by the slew of new movies that opened. On the menu were M.Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, which I had no hope of seeing that night because I had scaredy-cats for companions (that's Aila and my brother Bik, mind you, and not the two girls necessarily); the Lindsay Lohan rom-com Just My Luck; and the Jennifer Aniston-enhanced The Break-Up (which also stars some tall, fat dude).

We let Len decide what movie to watch, and thankfully she chose The Break-Up (Lady in the Water had its odds stacked against it. Damn!). What I imagined to be a typical rom-com turned out to be an extremely pleasant, very uplifting, and mature movie about... well... breaking up. Watching this movie made me just like Jennifer Aniston more and, in some deep perverse level which I have no business feeling because I don't know shit about the real deal, hate Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Showbiz partisanship aside, The Break-Up gives a real (albeit woman-friendly) view of relationships and how love can turn to crap. Jennifer Aniston's character Brooke was so much like Aila on many levels. It was funny because earlier in Bik & Len's apartment, we were watching Friends best-ofs and we realized how she was so much like Jennifer Aniston's character Rachael. I had a lot of fun with this movie and it was feel-good in a non-cheesy way. Oh, and as Aila said, you get your ticket's P110 worth on seeing Justin Long's (he's the cool Mac guy in the commercials. click the link!) character in the movie. Go watch it!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Best... Superman... Review... Ever.

This is essentially it. Scott Kurtz pretty much nailed what Superman Returns felt like: a return to innocence. I'm a huge fan of Scott's work at PvP online, something you really should check out. Apologies to Mr.Kurtz for resizing the comic to fit into my blog format. For a better look at the comic, head on over to PvP online. Read the archives. This is quite possibly the best webcomic out there right now. We should all grow up to be Superman.