District 9 Review – 4.5/5

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Although it’s not likely it’s going to be winning any awards District 9 is one of those movies I highly suggest seeing.  The movie sets in a near future 28 years after a group of extra terrestrials accidentally land on our planet and are unable to repair their ship leaving them stranded here.  They are placed  in a land of refuge in Africa where crime, poverty and illness rule.  The best way to describe this movie is to say it’s a cross between Independence Day, Transformers and Schindler’s List.  If you’re not good with Gore I don’t suggest seeing it.  Other than that, watch the trailer and go buy your tickets for this weekend.  I mean it’s not that difficult. Let me know what you thought of the movie.

My Rants

If You Have Nothing Good To Show

Driving Music from Chris Carroll on Vimeo.

Don’t show it at all. This is on the idea of the quality vs. quantity rule. Everyone hits a point where they have to balance the two, whether you’re buying supplies for your office, or those $1 burritos you find in the frozen food section at Shaws. (No Brainer – A MUST BUY!) Like I said, this concept can really apply to anything. Especially video creation. Seth Goden had a similar post too.

You may have heard of a video I was working on late last year called Knock Knock. I filmed it, edited it, and released some B-roll from the takes. After chopping it all together I watched it a few times through and realized it just wasn’t funny or good at all. Then I had a decision to make, either I can release it to grow the library of flicks I’ve been in or trash it. I decided to scrap the project. I’d rather be able to say I was an extra in The Matrix, then say I was a lead in Tremors 5-7. Bacon was smart when he ditched on the second one.

Above is one of the scenes where I’m supposed to be driving around listening to some music when something embarrassing comes up on my iPod. I think they did this in Tommy Boy too… wait, I know they did this.

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Tommy Boy, Paramount 1995


Oregon Trail on the iPhone – 4 out of 5

Oregon Trail Title Screen

OMG! FTW! ICBINB! Yes, The Oregon Trail has been released for the iPhone. Everyone remembers The Oregon Trail. Remember when you had your computer class and instead of learning, because the only thing your teacher could do was put paper in a printer, was playing The Oregon Trail. Yes those old Apple machines that looked like they could still take a spreadsheet to load an app. Oh those days were awesome. A later version was released for Windows 95/98 or something that was a lot better as well. The one for the iPhone looks pretty good too. It’s sporting 4.5 out of five stars in the App Store and I feel it’s deserved. For .99 you can own your own copy. You start the game and are given three skill options. You can either be a banker, farmer or carpenter. Like in the old games the banker had more money, the farmer can carry more food and care for oxen, and the carpenter takes better care of the wagon condition.

Oregon Trail Hunting

I think the wagon condition is something new. In the old games you would break wheels and wagon tongues, but in this version there is a wagon health meeter to keep an eye on. You can also choose between a regular, Prairie, or Conestoga wagon. The Prairie hold more food, the Conestoga holds more hardware and is better in the water. You can also customize your party names. You start your travel keeping an eye on your status.

Oregon Trail Hunting

in this game you can fish, hunt, pick berries, and do other side jobs while on your path however you can only do it when the opportunity arises by other characters on the trail. You can’t hunt randomly however when your food gets low you seem to always stumble into someone to hunt with. The game does have some side games that take advantage of the accelerometer like crossing rivers and sifting for gold. A new addition I liked int the game was to choose directions when the road forks giving you different games when you replay. I feel the game is worth 4 stars and should be priced the same. (That means $4.) I was able to beat it about 2.5 hours on easy. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

You should make the game even better by naming you friends.  You can name them right after you select your profession.