Star Trek

Star Trek

I put off watching the newest reboot because I was afraid it couldn’t live up to its namesakes. I was wrong, and should have watched this film a year ago. I found some parts very distressful, but pogle talked me into giving it a chance. It was very strange for me to find myself rooting for Kirk, as he has never been my favorite character in the canon. I did thoroughly enjoy watching him get his arse kicked, repeatedly, so perhaps that colored my view of him in the new film. The new Bones nailed it, totally. Scotty’s appearance was brief but enjoyable. If you’re noticing a name not mentioned here, now you know where my conflicts lie, and if you’ve seen the film you’ll understand why. The best reboot I’ve ever seen, and I really hope they continue with these actors for more films or a series. Pleeeeeease.

Oh, and did I mention it’s hilarious?

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Heavy Rain (PS3)

Copyright Sony Entertainment



Story Rating: 3.5/5 – Essentially a giant “Choose your own adventure” story: every decision you make determines the path your plot will take.

Spoiler Alert
Why the hell didn’t any of the reviews mention the fact that this story is about children being murdered? I was not happy to discover this fact, nor the fact that I was more than likely playing the killer at times.

Environment Rating: 5/5 – One of the most realistic environments you’ll find yourself in (although there’s naturally a bit of uncanny valley going on)

Game Play Rating: 3/5 – It’s pretty much entirely walking + quicktime events. The walking gets old very quickly as the controls get very convoluted due to automated camera angles. At times the quicktime events feel like you’re playing twister with your fingers.


Overall, I found this to be a stressful and infuriating game. If I had to pin it to a genre, I’d say it’s somewhere between a Die Hard: With a Vengence and Saw. Yeah, you heard me. Amusingly enough, I somehow ended up with the happiest ending possible (as far as I can tell). I’m thankful, and I’ll leave the other, less happy endings for pogle to explore. I was both thoroughly freaked out and somewhat impressed with how well the developers captured primal female fears, though.


Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Nintendo DS)

Copyright Warner Bros

Lego Harry Potter

Nintendo DS

Story Rating: 3/5 – Seems disjointed at times, unplayable really if you haven’t read books or seen movies.

Environment Rating: 4/5 – The Potterverse has been translated into lego very well.

Game Play Rating: Fun, but I really don’t want to replay it to get all of the hidden items to 100% the game.


I’m not sure I’m cut out for Lego games, if only because I’m not a completionist. Give me the story, not-too-difficult gameplay, and a satisfactory ending and I’m usually happy. Lego Harry Potter elicited a few chuckles as I played through the well-known story and was certainly an enjoyable bedtime game. However, upon completing the story I discovered I was only 60% completed with the game. Argh! I tried to go back and gather all of the trinkets and gewgaws as required, but honestly by Book III it was more of a chore than something that was enjoyable. I have many other games to play, so I’m calling it quits at 91%.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Mini Game Reviews*

Portal 2 (Steam)

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Enslaved (Xbox 360)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Legendary (Xbox 360)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

*All played by pogle but reviewed by me; he may have slightly different opinions on game mechanics.

I don’t like Spring

We had a hailstorm Saturday night that lasted over 30 minutes, making it the longest hailstorm I have ever experienced or heard of. By the end those suckers were the size of baseballs and were cratering into my flower beds. Pogle’s windshield got a last minute crack and my tulips got pulverized, but otherwise house seems to be intact. I spent most of the storm cursing everytime I heard a giant piece of hail hit my roof. The joys of home ownership.

The peaceful initial storm:

After the first wave, when things started getting big:

We had several smaller storms after this video was taken. It was during one of these small storms that a piece of hail finally got one of our cars. 🙁

Did you know…


That we live next door to a mountain?

We went to the state park for the first time in 4 years of living here, and it is really awesome. I hope to go back and get some photos of the flowers down here — totally different from the stuff I’m used to from up north.

This was cool though:


If you’re not big into trees, the one in the middle is actually a larger tree that has encompassed a smaller tree of a different kind (smooth bark vs rough bark). That’s a new one to me!

I like spring






My little piggies


These little sparrows go through a feeder full of seed a week. D:

Slammin’ Salmon & Back to the Future III

Slammin’ Salmon

Zongo is here! Broken Lizard continues to amaze us with their character acting. I didn’t care that much for the plot, but I always enjoy seeing BL own their characters unabashedly.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Back to the Future III

Great Scott! It was ok. I adored the steampunk train at the end, and now I can finally play my new Back to the Future games! Just need to pencil that into the calendar at some point (hopefully before the series is fully released, doh).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Singing Compost Heap

Yesterday as I am about to leave for work, I realize I cannot find my phone. I search all over, even retracing my steps through the yard from when I was working outside. Nada. So I ask pogle to start calling me.

I walk through the house: silence.

I walk around outside: silence.

Then, I look over at the compost pile. You see, I spent about 20 minutes that morning raking up oak leaves to put into a leaf-only compost bin.

I walk toward the bin.

I hear a muffled “4, 3, 2, 1…Verse beyond us, keep on flying…” *

And that, my friends, is the tale of the singing compost heap. 😛



*I’ve set pogle’s ringtone to “Captain Mal” by Possible Oscar.