What should I name my child?


As I see it there are three choices of name for my future children. I intend to use as many of them as possible. What I wonder is which name is the best. As such I will provide a case for each name and you can vote.

The choices are: Gohan, Trunks and Vegeta.

Gohan
Arguably the main character of Dragonball Z. As a small child he not only keeps up with the other Z fighters but in the Perfect Cell Saga he overtakes them completly. He also has cool hair.

Trunks
A warrior from the future who travels back in time so that he might change the course of time. He easily kills Freeza and his father King Cold, who after Goku are the strongest fighters in the universe. He is also a genius who help create the machine which allows him to travel through time. He also has cool hair.

Vegeta
His hair is less cool and as my brother pointed out  his name rhymes with a certain female body part, however:

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My, you are pretty aren’t you?


When I started writing this entry it was going to be about how I’m creepy and get crushes on obscure actresses on TV shows. After doing a few minutes of research however, I found that I didn’t like obscure actresses, I just have really good taste.

The first actress I was going to write about was the coat girl in the fifth episode of How I Meet Your Mother. I though saw was so pretty that’s what gave me the idea of doing a post about obscure pretty actresses that I’ve found. However when I googled her name her role as the checkout girl I found out her name was Jayma Mays the girl I like from Glee.. and Epic Movie.. So pretty much everybody loves her. I have a fine eye 😀

The next girl was in Hero and her name is Zang Ziyi. After a moment googling I found out that she was also in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers and Memoirs of a Geisha. In fact, she’s one of the biggest stars in China.

My list of beautiful girls that nobody knows about is getting a bit short now. If you have EVER talked to me you would know that I plan to marry the blind girl from The Village. I didn’t think that I’d ever seen her in any other movie. That was because I have taste, she is Victoria from Twilight. I still love her though, we can get through it.

Oh and did you know, there doesn’t exist on the Internet a picture of Jayma Mays as the coat check girl? That’s right, until NOW!!

The Final Fantasy Awesomeness Scale According to Tom, Part Two: Mystic Quest


Continuing the series of reviewing Final Fantasy games from worst to best comes the penultimate game of the series. Mystic Quest, the first ever Final Fantasy I played. I love feedback on these things as well as what people think should come next.

Pros: Not too long, finish-able. Good vibe. Suitably epic.

Cons: Not much  freedom, no character development choices, only two members in a party over simplified battles.

Mystic Quest was Square’s first attempt to bring RPGs into mainstream gaming (as much as such a thing existed back in 1992). It failed not however because the world wasn’t ready, but because it was rubbish. That said, I played it till the end and enjoyed it, so it’s really a matter of how you look at it.

Because it was an RPG meant for mainstream American audiences Mystic Quest used an extremely simplified combat system. You move, then your opponent(s) move, than you go again. There were very few special events in ANY battles. Also, you’d never fight more than three enemys at the same time. AND the difficulty had been turned right down for this game. It seems like the Japanese use the same word for ‘mainstream American audiences’ as ‘intellectually handicapped’.

One of the things that makes Final Fantasy, and indeed, most RPGs good is the rich character choices that you as the play get to make. What job? What weapon? What is my style? Weighing up all the pros and cons is a surprising amount of fun to a nerd like me. Finaly Fantasy had all that removed for the sake of simplicity. Your weapons upgraded themselves when you found a better one, the storyline decided who was in your party and there is no (and that means none) choices in terms of character development. You get better at everything at the speed.

The story, another major draw card for many Final Fantasy games, left much to be desired. You must find the four (it isn’t really four) sacred, magic crystals and then destroy the big bad. That’s it. No twist, just complications. No “Luke I am your father.” just “Luke go kill that baddy.” You wont be on the edge of your seat.

To be fair though, although the story is simple it does have a sense of grandness that some of the later games lack. You’re saving THE WHOLE WORLD. It ALL depends on YOU and YOU alnoe. When everybody pulls together to help you, there’s this ‘crowning moment of awesome’ feeling, as if you were in a movie nad the good guys are doing something unbelievably cool.

Tie ins with other Final Fantasy Games: Although it’s a Final Fantasy game it has neither moogles or chocobos in it. Talk about a let down. Nor does it have Cid, Bicks, Wedge, Gilgamesh (heh, spell checker doesn’t like Cid or Bicks but has no problems with Wedge and Gilgamesh)…

All and all an enjoyable game to pass the time but nothing worth remembering, you wont be having a conversation years after you play it about how awesome some boss is because you wont remember it. And no matter what you expect after reading this review it’s going to be simpler.

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The Final Fantasy Awesomeness Scale According to Tom: Part One


When I was but a wee lad of 12 I saw an ad for a game in a magazine. The game, was Final Fantasy. Since then I was convinced that it looked like the best game ever invented. As I grew older I realised that many games that I had loved already were actually final fantasy games, those were some of my favourite games. They have defined RPG’s and FF7 changed them from being obscure to everybody games. Here for the first time ever is my list of final fantasy games from worst to best.

Games omitted that are worth mention:

  • Final Fantasy: Revenant Wings. It’s a freaking RTS people. It isn’t really a Final Fantasy game.
  • ALL of the Final Fantasys that were on Playstation One. Yes, that includes number seven. I have a friend who has them but she won’t lend them to me until she finished all of them. It doesn’t sound so bad except SHE’S RUBBISH AT FINAL FANTASY GAMES!! Seriously people, it doesn’t take three years to beat Final Fantasy X. And worse yet she’s stopped playing that for XIII.
  • Final Fantasy XIII. Because I’m too povo. And too lazy to get a job.

Final Fantasy X-2

The first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. It really didn’t have to be made. Let me tell you the story of how I came to play it. Young Laura had been looking for it for years after she played, and really enjoyed, FFX. I bought it off of my young friend Beaudesert for the price of twenty dollars. My plan was to get it on Wednesday and finish it by Saturday when Laura had her party. I needn’t have bothered, after one day I was sick of it. Where did it all go wrong? Well it started in the opening cut-scene and went downhill from there. As I will say later, what made Final Fantasy X so good was the atmosphere that it had, it was really dark and angst. FFX-2’s atmosphere was rather… different.. The opening scene was in a pop concert where the main character from X (Yuna) was… singing. In the last game saw was some kind of priest. And now she’s… a pop star.. This theme of extreme.. girlishness.. continues throughout the whole game. Many times I saw a scene and going in the back of my mind was “this scene could have been done so much better, it had so much potential”. The only redeeming factor is that it extends and gives more information about the Final Fantasy world. I don’t think I could be bothered finishing it just for that though. By the way, did you know that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get 100% in that game without spoilers? Yes, luck is the only method of reaching full completion unless you go onto the Internet. Ironicly, remember how I said I was a Final Fantasy game in a magazine when I was young and I thought it looked like the best thing ever? It was Final Fantasy X-2. The worst one. It does look pretty though.

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Guest Writer: Lauren Manuel


This started from Lauren joining a facebook group.

“WHAT DO YOU THINK I AM, PROMISCIOUS?!” I choked in disgust.

Running out the surgery, the nurse chased me, quick on her feet, she cornered me. I was breathing quickly, panting at the least. All I could see was rage on her face. Green eyes turning red, nostrils flaring. I knew it, I was about to be stabbed. She brushes my arm with the cotton bud, cleaning my skin for the awful jab of pain. And then, BAM. I was gone. Ridded on the flu for the whole of 2010.

We all know the story, when the crazy lady wanting to stab you with a needle simply so you don’t get a little cough and a few sore bones. Then they ask the same question, year after year.
“Are you pregnant?”

I am ever tempted just to say, “Yea, can’t you tell? I feel like whale.”

But sense knocks into me before the words roll off my tongue.

Next time I’ll ask them if they’re pregnant back.

Love


I was reading the bible and found this *rather* famous passage.

Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The part before love is patient is pretty straight forward. It means that no matter how much you achieve or learn, if you don’t treat people with love it doesn’t mean anything.

The next par is a description of what true love is like. If you think you love someone but it isn’t like that then you might not. True love is very rare, I don’t know many people who have it. I’ve noticed as a general rule though that the better a relationship people have the less clingy they are.

The next part But where there are prophecies is reiterating what came before about how the worth of other things pales in comparison to love. This doesn’t mean if you don’t have a girlfriend your life isn’t worth living. It means more about showing love to others.

I’m not sure what When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child means. It was, however, in the show Being Human, one of my favourite shows. It’s a rare show in the sense that it’s working against the continued degradation of vampires in popular culture. I think it might be talking about how he shows love to other people. When he was younger he did it poorly but now he’s trying to put that behind him and love others better. That idea makes more sense when you realise the author is Paul (once called Saul) who hunted early Christians before having a divine meeting and becoming an evangelist himself.

This next part here: Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. For ages I had no clue what this meant but I think I have a bit of an idea. I’d be interested in what other people think of it.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. This is self explanatory.

This is a great passage, I really love it. But don’t use it to break the ice with people who you think are mad at you. They will just think you’re hitting on them. Worst burying the hatched ever.