Wayward Divinity
Hahaha, I like the 2011 version better.

Hahaha, I like the 2011 version better.

Cute much? Lol

Cute much? Lol

Featuring a 485 hp V6 engine, the Nissan Juke-R comes packed with the Nissan GT-R engine. Adding this beast of an engine to the small Juke of course results in rather impressive (read dangerous) performance specs. The car goes from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. Unfortunately for now it is only a concept.

Featuring a 485 hp V6 engine, the Nissan Juke-R comes packed with the Nissan GT-R engine. Adding this beast of an engine to the small Juke of course results in rather impressive (read dangerous) performance specs. The car goes from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. Unfortunately for now it is only a concept.

This size? exclusive re-issue of the original 1985 Nike Dynasty Hi blue/grey and white/royal colorways are presented in tumbled leather with bold Swoosh branding on the sides. Further details include a perforated toe box, vintage yellowing on the sole, the woven ankle strap and printed branding on the side. Only 500 pairs made per color. Available only at size?.

This size? exclusive re-issue of the original 1985 Nike Dynasty Hi blue/grey and white/royal colorways are presented in tumbled leather with bold Swoosh branding on the sides. Further details include a perforated toe box, vintage yellowing on the sole, the woven ankle strap and printed branding on the side. Only 500 pairs made per color. Available only at size?.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: The Kotaku Review

This is Kotaku.com’s review of the PC edition (Not my own, just to be clear)

The tantalisingly brief Skyrim teaser trailer debuted by Bethesda Softworks late last year filled my mind with visions of titanic battles between man and beast; of shining steel bathed in ancient flames; of a champion rising from humble origins, prepared to sacrifice everything for the fate of the world. After 60+ hours with the game those visions have been fully realised — and rendered largely inconsequential.

In the frigid northern province of the continent of Tamriel the legendary dragon god Alduin rises, bringing with him a plague of ferocious flying lizards and the promise of the end of the world of Nirn. Only one being stands between this malevolent force and the people of the eponymous continent Skyrim: Dovahkiin, the Dragonborn, a figure blessed with the ability to absorb the very powers these terrible creatures seek to unleash upon the land.

It’s the sort of tale that fuels ancient epics and trashy fantasy novel trilogies alike, certainly sufficient enough to serve as the plot for the average role-playing game.

This is not your average role-playing game. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, this titanic tale is merely a framing device for a much larger story.

My story.

Battling a dark dragon god is merely an excuse to plunge the player headfirst into this immense Nordic-themed fantasy sandbox, much like the murder of Emperor Uriel Septim VII served as a gateway into Cyrodiil in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. In grand Elder Scrolls tradition the players begins the game as a prisoner, confined to an exciting but linear introduction before being set free from the cages imposed by more structured role-playing experiences. You can return to the cage at any time, but there’s a whole wide world to be explored, and what the hell, it’s not like Alduin set a date for the destruction of everything; overwhelming evil’s flexible work schedule is one of my favourite aspects of the series.

Unhampered by a ticking doomsday clock, the player is free to reconnoiter the beauteous countryside of Skyrim to their heart’s content. Far-removed from the alien landscapes of Morrowind, its neighbour to the east, Skyrim’s rolling hills, frigid tundra and towering mountains wouldn’t be out of place in a real-world nature documentary. I could easily see myself climbing its peaks, delving its depths, and crossing its streams (sometimes that’s OK), and when the dragons make their appearance this realism serves to make those encounters all the more terrifying.

But those dragons, so immense and impressive at first, soon became nothing more than an occasional interruption in my personal tale, dropping out of the sky just as I was about to enter a mysterious dig site at the behest of the Mage College or worse, bringing an early end to high-spirited games of Herd the Moose.

I never said my story made sense.

I’m not sure if it’s a testament to Bethesda’s open-ended game design or my own frivolity that in a world filled with thousands of built-in activities I spent several hours making up my own. I earned no skill points for relentlessly pursuing elk across the frozen wastes, cliff-diving into shallow pools, or attempting to cross entire towns using only rooftops, but I felt just as fulfilled as I did when I was swiping a valuable trinket for the Thieves Guild, deterring a rambunctious bard from pursuing an unwilling maiden, or battling Dark Elf racism with my bare fists.Skyrim is the ultimate OCD adventurer’s playground, packed so full of entertaining new experiences that you can barely complete before the next appears on the horizon.

When all was said and done my 60+ hours of adventure consisted of perhaps seven hours with Alduin and company, 10 hours of random exploring, and the rest of my time spent devouring just a small portion of the side quests — the real meat of the game. Ranging from short fetch missions to adventures so lengthy and memorable they rival the core story, it’s almost insulting to call them side quests. They are the beating heart of Skyrim.

Traditionally a singleplayer game, Skyrim has spawned its own social multiplayer component. By stocking the game with so much content that only the most dedicated player (or those armed with strategy guides) could hope to see it all, Bethesda has created an ever-growing community of storytellers, each eager to hear the unique tales of others while sharing their own. It’s happening on internet message boards. It’s happening on Facebook and Twitter. It’s even happening in game stores, where the mere mention of the game’s name evokes spirited conversation between total strangers. As I write this I’m actively resisting launching into tales of my mage’s exploits. He’s really rather keen.

Skyrim is not a flawless game by any measure, but where fans of other titles might rise up against rampant glitches and shoddy programming, this impassioned community has embraced it. Thrown into the air by a giant’s club? That’s hilarious. A horse that mysteriously blinks in and out of existence? He’s our legendary steed. An overall lack of proper combat targeting? Damn those stupid non-player characters for jumping in front of my fireball. I’ve seen accusations since the game’s release that reviewers are giving Bethesda a pass because their games are always flawed, but it’s not the reviewers. Hell, I’d take 10 points off right now if a) we used a point system and b) I wasn’t afraid of being trampled by an angry mob.

In the early hours of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a single word is heard, echoing from the heavens. “Dovahkiin” exclaims a mysterious voice, urging you to embark on a heroic quest to save the world. “Dovahkiin” is also Bethesda’s call to arms, beckoning any gamer that’s ever dreamt of traversing a magical land armed with spell and steel to an unforgettable role-playing experience. Ignore it at your own peril.

Self Portrait.
Now this is AWESOME!
Do you see it?

Self Portrait.

Now this is AWESOME!

Do you see it?

Some of you might have seen the recent big screen adaption of Marvel’s Captain America. While the story might not have been the strongest, the vehicle design of the movie was truly amazing. Here we take a closer look at the creations for the movie by Daniel Simon.

“Lead Vehicle Designer Daniel Simon stepped out of his comfort zone to create vehicles with a believable look of the 40ies. ‘Simplicity’ was the main input given to Simon on how to translate the scripted vehicles into unique movie vehicles. Between November 2009 and June 2010 Simon created seven machines hand in hand with Heinrichs and Johnston at Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. Intense research of both historically correct engineering and the Marvel Comic universe was part of every days work. Director Johnston – a blessed designer of Star Wars fame – guided Simon through the endless possibilities and variations, to find vehicles that could have truly existed, fulfill their purpose in the film’s story and be feasible for manufacturing on set.”

The amount of work and detail that went into each one of the vehicles featured in the film is incredible.

Some of you might have seen the recent big screen adaption of Marvel’s Captain America. While the story might not have been the strongest, the vehicle design of the movie was truly amazing. Here we take a closer look at the creations for the movie by Daniel Simon.

“Lead Vehicle Designer Daniel Simon stepped out of his comfort zone to create vehicles with a believable look of the 40ies. ‘Simplicity’ was the main input given to Simon on how to translate the scripted vehicles into unique movie vehicles. Between November 2009 and June 2010 Simon created seven machines hand in hand with Heinrichs and Johnston at Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. Intense research of both historically correct engineering and the Marvel Comic universe was part of every days work. Director Johnston – a blessed designer of Star Wars fame – guided Simon through the endless possibilities and variations, to find vehicles that could have truly existed, fulfill their purpose in the film’s story and be feasible for manufacturing on set.”

The amount of work and detail that went into each one of the vehicles featured in the film is incredible.

Forever Bicycles


New exhibit by Ai Wei Wei in Taiwan…

Forever Bicycles

New exhibit by Ai Wei Wei in Taiwan…

110 Carats Sun-Drop Yellow Diamond

Up for auction at Sotheby’s.  Estimate: $11 – $15 million.  Bidding starts tomorrow!

110 Carats Sun-Drop Yellow Diamond

Up for auction at Sotheby’s.  Estimate: $11 – $15 million.  Bidding starts tomorrow!

In time for Holiday 2011 Nike will be releasing a tweed version of the popular new Air Max 90 VT. Using their new technology, that provides seamless uppers to their sneakers, the iconic running shoe is entirely covered in the traditional pattern with hints of  color coming through.

In time for Holiday 2011 Nike will be releasing a tweed version of the popular new Air Max 90 VT. Using their new technology, that provides seamless uppers to their sneakers, the iconic running shoe is entirely covered in the traditional pattern with hints of color coming through.