Joystiq reported yesterday on Sir Ben Kingsley and his partnership
with Uwe Boll:
What were you thinking when you accepted a role in Bloodrayne? It's so
hard to imagine someone so gifted not realizing what a terrible film that
"I don't know whether to be upset or flattered by that question," read his
response. "To be honest, I have always wanted to play a vampire, with the
teeth and the long black cape. Let's say that my motives were somewhat
immature for doing it."
And honestly, while I'm no
great fan of the flick, I see his point. If I were Sir Ben Kingsley,
internationally-renowned thespian, it would be tempting to do anything
that came along, if it seemed like enough fun. See also: Sam L. Jackson.
I don't remember why I was looking for it, but part of the special
making-of video for Bad Mojo is on YouTube. Caution--contains
cruelty to already-deceased animals in the name of adventure gaming:
Speaking of the Thinkpad, I'm extremely pleased with it. It seems
stable, although there are a few hiccups in the OS that I hope will be
ironed out by SP1--going in and out of sleep mode is fast and flawless,
but shutting down takes a while, for example. Other than that, Vista seems
quite nice. Very keyboard-oriented, which is awesome. The hardware exudes
solidity--opening the lid, there's no flex as one side moves a bit more
than the other. I've had one crash, but I think it was related to F.E.A.R.
Gaming performance is good: the Lost Coast Video Stress Test clocks in at
an average of 40fps, and clearly goes past 60 at some points if the video
tearing is any indication. I'm running F.E.A.R. with everything at maximum
but with pixel-doubling on, giving it an effective resolution of 720x450
without stretching artifacts, and it spends 80% of its time over 45fps. I
consider this sufficient for what little PC gaming I do, and I imagine it
will be overkill for my audio work.
The Torzal Twist
bass is odd: its fretboard literally spirals gently as it moves away
from the body of the instrument. The idea is to follow the ergonomic
position of a player's arms, so that the wrists aren't ever bent
unnaturally (which contributes to RSI). On the long neck of a bass,
especially for players who spend their time down at the lower positions,
it's easy to see how this would feel much better once you got used to it.
The always engaging (if slightly geeky) Ed Friedland did a video review
for Bass Guitar Magazine.