gdgrana: (angry)
"Wow, Straxus* looks great! Nice tank mode, awesome robot mode... oh, but those ANKLES. Hrm, dunno if I'm gunna buy it now or not D:"

*called "Darkmount" on the toy because apparently Hasbro couldn't secure the trademark on Straxus.
gdgrana: (accomplished Starscream)

Masterpiece Starscream (US edition) in all his asshole-like glory :D (click the link to see more) Thank you again, Jen. I love you very much <3
gdgrana: (Starscream 2007)
Saw Transformers last night.


To call the movie "awesome" would quite literally be an insult; it was beyond awesome. The CGI was the best I've ever witnessed; you'd swear these things were real with how well they moved and interacted with the human actors. I need to give a special nod to the transformations; they were very fluid and believable, especially when the characters would morph as they were running/driving/flying along the scenery. Fighting scenes were top-notch, really giving off the sense that these two factions were involved in a long and grueling war, and that changing the battlefield to Earth hasn't changed much for them. Megatron and Optimus Prime especially deserve credit for being characterized rather well, and their fight sequences were among the best in the picture.

I may update with a more thorough review at some point, but I've got to get some work done. In the mean time, I will acknowledge that the concept of this movie has polarized a lot of the fandom. Nevertheless, if you still have an open mind about it, go see it. If you've never gotten into the Transformers craze, go see it. And if you love watching large things go boom and giant robots beating the crap out of each other without the encumbering weight of a Shakespearean plot, go see it. Really, you won't be disappointed.
gdgrana: (Chicken Lawyer)
First, some set-up:

This is G1 Starscream )

This is Armada Starscream )

This is 2007 film Starscream (warning: WHOAMG HUEG) )

Read on a message board:

Person 1: you know, considering STARSCREAM wasn't done right, i don't see any problems with Soundwave being done "wrong"

Person 2: Starscream is the self-centered high-flying second in command of the Decepticons who'd sooner run Megatron through with a telephone pole than salute him. Seems spot on to me.

Oh wait, you want Bishie*-scream.

Absolutely beautiful. I shed a tear of happiness when I read Person 2's response XD

*bishie refers to "bishounen", a Japanese term used in fandoms to describe "pretty boys".

A Busy July

Feb. 2nd, 2007 05:31 pm
gdgrana: (determined Starscream)
07.04.07: The Transformers - Movie
07.13.07: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Movie
07.16.07: Anniversary <3
07.21.07: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book 7

I'll need to remove myself from the internets for about a week before the book is released, and until I finish reading it; given the last one, I'm sure people will be all about spoiling the 2 deaths proported to occur within its pages :O

In the Lab

Jan. 18th, 2007 05:39 pm
gdgrana: (Default)
Got code running in the background, so I figure now is a decent time to update things that have been going on as of late. NOTE: This is primarily focused on stuff that either I or Jen and I have done that she has not chronicled in her own journal.

The return to Boston after the nice Christmas break was bleah, to say the least; I'm sure everyone feels that way after a nice and relaxing time away from the hectic life of professionalism, or at least what passes for that as we get on in our years. I've officially been back in the lab since after the New Year, as this place was a veritable ghost town during the last few days of December. Upon getting back into the swing of things, I was prodded into getting to work on a paper that would consist of only two authors: myself and my advisor. I was giddy to say the least, but I still have a bit of work ahead, including writing most of the content myself (with Kamal's help in writing up the discussion section, as well as with proof-reading), performing a few more experiments to round out my numbers, and the hefty goal of getting a whole bunch of data analysis performed. This involves using data that a colleague has collected, so I'll need to coordinate with him in regards to that aspect of the story. I figure I can get things finished in a few months if I push all the coding and analysis hard; needless to say, I'm entirely psyched about finally having a paper with my name as the first author :)

Home life is going well. Jen and I were going to look for a new crib last weekend, but lack of planning on where/what/when we were exactly looking for, as well as how we were going to go about viewing different units, somewhat stymied that idea. I'd like to do another search perhaps next weekend, as it's expected to snow tomorrow night and I'd rather not needlessly trudge through snow if it can be avoided ^^ Currently we're looking for something in the Cambridge/Porter/Davis area, though if we could find something nice and cheap in the Brookline area, that would be cool, too. However, I'd honestly only move if the place we found was cheaper than what we're paying now, as the hassle of getting things together just to pay $1225 again just wouldn't be worth it. A summer/fall move-in date would be fine; we've already gotten word about renewing our lease, which suggests that landlords are going to start seeking tenants for September shortly.

I've really gotten into my Nintendo DS of late; my last purchase was Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, which I picked up as a gift to myself for passing my prospectus :) Today I used some Best Buy gift cards to get Final Fantasy III, and am going to play it as soon as I get home. We're looking into hopefully getting a Wii sometime this year, but we'll have to see how finances play out for us in the coming months. There still seems to be a shortage of units, but I feel confident that there will be enough in stock come summertime. And no, I don't care about the Microsoft/Nintendo/Sony 'war', so if you're going to orgasm over one particular company, keep it to yourself :P

And that's about all for now.


Keep 7.4.7 free. I'm going to watch the "Transformers" movie when it comes out, and you should, too. Even if you're not a fan, you should watch it; looks like a huge chunk of the fanboys are going to skip out on it because it doesn't look exactly like the show they watched as kids, so it'll be up to the less-militant fans and non-fans to make sure the movie does well. If you're in the Boston area, maybe we can all go together if you're interested.

Oh yeah, and Spiderman 3 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer look good, too. Watch them :P


Sep. 5th, 2006 05:29 pm
gdgrana: (Default)
First, some pics of Masterpiece Starscream. I want, but it'll have to wait until next year when I have some money lying around :P

Secondly, artists' renderings of Optimus Prime for the movie due out 7.4.07. While it's not the original version by a long shot, there are some similarities, and for what it is, I think it looks awesome. Of course, with all the whiners bitching about the movie, you'd think Michael Bay had gone back in time and punched all of them while they were watching the cartoon. I've officially extracted myself from the group that calls itself "Transformers fans", and will just continue liking this series in my own fashion.

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