May 10, 2015

Hamburglar is all grown up


McDonald's archnemesis, the burger-stealing Hamburglar, has recently gone an extreme makeover.  The new Hamburglar is all grown up, and not just that, but he's also now an actual human being.  He even has a family, from whom he's been keeping his secret identity, kinda like Clark Kent.



This sexified (well look at that sexy unshaven look) Hamburglar is in line with McDonald's got new sirloin third pound burgers.  Premium means it can't be endorsed by just some kid donning a sweaty, big wobbly head cartoonish mascot.  So they went for a sexy dad, a DILF even.  Nice touch.

May 4, 2015

Manny, You'll Always Be The Winner.


Come to think of it, we've always consciously avoided watching Manny Pacquiao's boxing matches.  Maybe we just don't want to jinx them, or maybe we just can't handle the tension because we wince at the first and slightest instance of Manny becoming hurt and compromised.  Or maybe because we're certain Manny will always emerge as the winner.

Today, while the so-called Fight of the Century was happening, we weren't watching either.  Our sister and our 94-year-old grandmother were glued to the TV, while we just peeked every now and then.  And each time we did, all we saw was a one-way fight, with Manny Pacquiao throwing most of the punches, while Floyd Mayweather vigorously run around in circles, dodged behind his gloves, and basically hugged him.  All the slo-mo replays showed Manny in his glorious, if slightly fumbling, fighting form, whereas his money-toting opponent was simply being elegantly evasive.  Turns out Mayweather's "fighting" style is what the judges are looking for in the Fight of the Century.


May 1, 2015

Play: The 7th Guest, Does Not Commute, and Implosion

The 7th Guest

Time for some spooky classic puzzler set in a horror mansion.  Long before all those escape-themed games came out one after the other, there was The 7th Guest.  And this here is the remastered edition to celebrate its 20th anniversary. 




(from Google Play)  
Henry Stauf's mansion has been abandoned for as long as anyone dare remember. Stauf was a master toy maker, a maker of amazing puzzles and this strange, eerie, mansion was his greatest creation. It stands empty, rotting ever since children started dying with his toys near them, ever since six guests came and were never seen again.Now, you are in the house, moving from one room to another, trying to remember and trying to forget. Because Stauf's game isn't over. There were six guests the world knew about - and there was one other. The mansion of horror comes to life again and only you can end this mad nightmare and learn the secret of the 7th guest.



Does Not Commute

Mediocre, the devs behind Granny Smith, Sprinkle, and our favorite aggression-therapy game Smash Hit, is out with a new game, with vehicles this time.  The goal is to drive cars around town, a new vehicle each time, but in such a way that you avoid crossing into the route of the previous cars you've driven earlier.  Just like those games wherein you create orbits of planets around a sun, hoping they don't collide into each other.  Does Not Commute isn't just pure, mindless driving around though, there's actually a story behind every character.  Nice.





(from Google Play) 
A strategic driving game from the award-winning maker’s of Smash Hit. Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. What starts out as a relaxing commute in a small town of the 1970's quickly devolves into traffic chaos with hot dog trucks, sports cars, school buses and dozens of other vehicles. You drive them all. Plan ahead. Don't be late.
In this small town, discover the characters and their secrets – what world-changing experiment is inventive dentist Dr Charles Schneider hiding? Will Mr Baker quit his job in advertising? What is that strange mask on Mrs Griffin's face? Will Mr Mayfield’s peculiar obsession with Yorkshire Terriers take over his life?


Implosion - Never Lose Hope

From devs Rayark, Implosion - Never Lose Hope, is a heavy sci-fi action adventure that lets you play as Jake, humanity's last hope against the evil force XADA.  Don't worry, you're outfitted with the War-Mech series III battle suit, giving you incredible abilities, letting you dish out those fatal combos that feel good to unleash on your enemies.  Post-apocalyptic games with tightly-woven stories, exhilarating action, plus a lush music score from Grammy Award winner John Kurlander (who did the Lord of the Rings)--what more can you ask for?





(from Google Play) 

Bringing AAA console gaming experience to mobile devices.
Twenty years after the fall of Earth, the remnants of the Human race are once again faced with extinction. The time has come to justify our existence. A mysterious life form known as the XADA squares off against humanity's last weapon - the War-Mech series III battle suit.

April 30, 2015

Green cookies the Incredible Hulk would approve of

We made some greenish cookies the last time we baked.  No they're not inspired by the Incredible Hulk, especially considering that the new Avengers movie is out now.  The cookies simply turned out green because we added grated sweet potatoes in the flour mix.  Apparently, sweet potatoes react with alkali mixtures, particularly the baking soda in the batter, so they turn green just like a litmus paper.  That also explains why the water in which sweet potatoes are boiled always turn green.  We've always had dark thoughts about that, suspecting it's yet another substance added to the root crops to preserve and protect them, or some residue left after washing the soil off of them.  Pardon our paranoia.  So it turns out it's okay for the water to turn green. 

Now, in baking, this greening effect is kinda cute.  



Cookies with a tinge of green, like a patina: Something the Hulk might or might not approve of.

Ingredients


1 cup Glutinous rice flour, sifted
3 medium-sized Sweet potatoes, boiled, peeled, and grated with a cheese grater
2 tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tbsp Baking soda
1/4 cup Muscovado sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Peanut butter
1/4  teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Cinnamon


1. Heat oven to 350° F.
2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt
3. In a separate bowl, mix the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, coconut oil, milk, and peanut butter.
4. Combine the flour and egg mixture.  Watch it turn a lovely shade of light green.  
5. Line your Pyrex dish with a cookie sheet and scoop out a dollop of your batter, spacing them 2 inches apart  
6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  As the cookies set, some of the green might fade away to give way to a golden brown.
7. Enjoy!

April 28, 2015

The Little Prince gets the celluloid treatment.

There have only been a handful of books that made us cry.  Charlotte's Web, the Little Prince, a couple of short stories by Ken Liu and Eliza Victoria, and one of the stories in Joy Luck Club. So that's two children's books, a couple of short stories, and a novel.  Elsewhere, our tear ducts are mostly intact.  

The Little Prince however takes the cake because I remember crying long after I've read it.  It's one of our favorite books to give as a gift.  From time to time, we can't help but wonder if we're turning/or have turned into the businessman, or the king, or the conceited man, or worse, that petulant Rose.  Anyway, we were lucky we found a hardbound copy of the Little Prince in Booksale (there's even a dedication written by a women to her grandson, wonder if he ever read the book because the pages are still crisp).

Here's the trailer to the upcoming Little Prince movie.  Because we readers already know how the story goes, a fresh viewpoint is needed, and that comes from a girl, an entirely new character named Mackenzie.  And, woot, we love how the universe of the Little Prince is done as a stop-motion animation, which is just the perfect style to use.

The movie is voiced by Paul Rudd, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Benicio del Toro among others.





Badland's April Fool's Day Prank | A Belated Post

Well of course April Fool's Day, that day when we prank each other offline, and more lovingly, online--well it's long over, but we just found this out, and and had a good laugh at it.




Badland being ported to the Nokia 3310.  Oh wow.  So nostalgic.  But knowing the virtuoso of the guys at Frogmind (creator of Badland), you never know what might be possible.  

Incidentally, we've just reinstalled Badland on our phone again (the memory card finally died after two years--too many writes on our part).  After Pew Pew, Badland is that game that we simply must have on our phone.  All else is just noisy pixels.  We were just too happy to see there are 10 new levels called Dreamdream, which had been free to download since December of last year as a tribute to the 20 million downloads the game has had so far. For some reason we never got around to update the game on our phone.

So anyway, apparently Badland had backing from the Finnish government, who also gave financial support to Rovio (the people behind Angry Birds and Bad Piggies).   

How very progressive and open-minded of the Finnish government.  Leaders of other states and nations spend billions and billions on arms and other war-related expenditures.  But the government of Finland, well they're just too happy handing out cash to support indie game developers.  And lo and behold, the result is the whimsical, exhilarating genius of Badland 

Almost forgot, Nokia is from Finland too, which explains Frogmind's April Fool's prank.


And oh, here's a thrilling crossover done by no less than the peeps at Frogmind:

Flappy Bird negotiating the perilous obstacles in Badland