The first recording of 2014. It’s heavy. It’s stupid. It’s the usual…Fuck Yeah!!!
There are finally some good releases coming up. I figured we could take a peek at the whats and whens! Some I don’t know if I care about (Marty Friedman?) and some can’t possibly be good (Opeth!) but whatever. I’m certainly excited about new records from Lantlôs, RodGab and of course GODFLESH! Here’s what the next few months look like. Some exciting releases are coming just in time for summer! I’m psyched!
Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun (April 25th)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive (April 28th)
Lantlôs – Melting Sun (May 2nd)
Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere (May 13th)
Down – Down IV – Part Two (May 13th)
Marty Friedman – Inferno (May 23rd)
Burzum – The Ways Of Yore (June 2nd)
Anathema – Distant Satellites (June 6th)
Arch Enemy – War Eternal (June 9th)
Opeth – Pale Communion (June 17th)
Overkill – White Devil Armory (July)
Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (?)
I think I like this puzzle. The standard 3x3x2 is just a quick solve, not one I dedicate much time or effort to. However this is a different take on things and perhaps I’ll extend my collection into the bigger crazy cubes. I’d like a basic Crazy 3x3x3. In any event, for now, I wanted to write up some notes. Here is my solve method and my latch piece is red/green/yellow. That’ll lock the center circle in place.
- Solve inner cross
- Solve inner corners (on Right) (R2/U2/R2/U2)
- Find ‘latch’ corner – keep on bottom (left)
- Solve bottom outer edges (keep latch out of the way)
- Solve bottom corners (use a dummy piece)
- Adjacent corner swap (latch on back-left)(headlights in front)
- Turn 180 degrees and move headlights to the right side)
- Reverse (2L/U’/2L/U/2L – rotate clockwise – 2L/U/2L/U’/2L)
- Last-layer edge swaps (keep latch out of the way)
I got this one a few months back and was entirely stumped. It’s only the second cube to leave me without a solution completely. (The other is WitEden’s Camouflage 3x3x4 – and I think I broke that one!) Anyways, thanks to MartyWolfman’s marvelous tutorial; I can now solve it! I love cubing but I’m not the most brilliant at coming up with my own algorithms and solutions. For this one, he used a lot of beginner’s method algorithms: something I’d forgotten entirely! For purposes of going back to this puzzle, here are some algorithms and methods of solving. I might need this entry someday!
Inserting Middle Layer
Right + Back
R / U / R / U / R / U’ / R’ / U’ / R’
Right + Front
R’ / U’ / R’ / U’ / R’ / U / R / U / R
- If Dot (Algorithm 2x)
- If L (Place L in F & R)
- If Bar (Place on L & R)
Turn top 2 layers to the R face = Y
Y’ / R / Y / R / U / R’ / U’ / Y’ / R’ / Y
Then fix BR bottom corner
R’ / U2 / R (to orient)
R’ / U’ / R
Then re-fix middle layer
Orient Last Layer
One top piece last layer facing you on left
R / U / R’ / U / R / U2 / R’
Put proper piece on BR
R / U2 / R’ / U’ / R / U’ / R’
Final Layer Edge-Piece 3-Cycle (correct piece in back)
R / U’ / R / U / R / U / R / U’ / R’ / U’/ R2
Even though I haven’t been updating much; I have been adding to my cubing collection. The biggest & best is the 4x4x6 cuboid. I feared this would be too similar to my 3x4x5 but it’s better in almost every regard. It’s a lot more fun to solve and since it shape-shifts on all faces; it’s a more interesting puzzle. In addition it’s much more durable than that 3x4x5. Anyways, that’s the old…I’ve got a pair of new cubes on the way. The first is a crazy 3x3x2. I’m curious; I think this should be a unique puzzle. The other is a silly and cheap addition to the collection. This will be a 3x3x1 mirror cube. This one is just filler; it will look good on the shelf though!
Since I haven’t updated in a bit, I’ll toss this new stuff on the cube collection page.
I’ve waited for this game to come down in price and it finally has. While full retail was a bit too steep for me, $17 was perfect and I caved and got the PS3 game this past week. Now, I still fully expect this to be free on PS+ some time in the next year; so I’m hoping that’s the Vita version. However, after a few hours of play, $17 is nothing when compared to the fun that this game is!
In recent years, I’ve enjoyed some new/retro beat-em-ups. However, most don’t have a great balance of old (the action game) and new (well…anything else). The newest Double Dragon is pretty bad and Final Fight Double Impact is really only great because of Magic Sword. Dragon’s Crown on the other hand, is an impeccably-animated romp in a wonderful setting. Swords & magic & loot…what more do you need? Oh…a dragon, clearly. See the title.
In any event, I hope to get some good hours in on this in the coming weeks and while it won’t be a platinum trophy title, I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it while it lasts!
I hate this algorithm and I always forget it. Having just purchased a 4x4x6 cuboid, I found the first time I got close to solving it, I ran into this familiar parity. So…for the purposes of ease (i.e. I can look it up on my site whenever!) here’s the algorithm!!!
r2, B2, U2, l, U2, r’, U2, r, U2, F2, r, F2, l’, B2, r2
I saw this title a few weeks ago but for $20, it didn’t quite tickle the fancy. But, once again, thanks to Sony’s stupid non-stop sales…This week’s 50% of deal was too good to pass up. 1.3Gb later, I’m playing one of the few Japanese shmups on Sony’s machine. After an evening with it, it’s certainly no DDP or even most of the other legendary shmups. However, for $10 it includes the DLC featured on the 360 version and has a ton of modes and options. There are a crap ton of trophies, the different characters really control differently and there are varying difficulties and versions of each stage. It’s certainly worth the cash and I’ll play this here and there for a while. Good stuff!!!
I was a day-one subscriber to Playstation Plus and have not one second regretted that decision. Alternately, I accidentally renewed my Xbox Live subscription and went an entire year without ever using it once. I digress. I love me my PS+ but man…this isn’t good!
My HDD is full, or close enough to it, and I went through my download list only to find several titles ‘purchased’ but not downloaded. Shadow Of The Colossus, Dragon’s Dogma, the first Resident Evil Chronicles game…Kingdoms of Amalur and Binary Domain there were more too. This is in addition to the dozens of games on my HDD already. Guardians Of Middle-Earth – barely even touched. Ico, the same. The list goes on. Then…let’s not forget the discounts. Mamorukun Curse for 50% off? OK. Ys Seven for $7.50? Must…resist..? I bought the Aliens game even though I knew it was garbage simply because it was so cheap! I grabbed the first Ratchet & Clank for $3.75. Three Seventy Five!!! Madness.
PS+ is ideal for hardcore gamers and I hope it remains to be so with the current generation (PS4), seeing as how it’s mandatory for multiplayer. However, on the other hand, I cannot keep up! And most of those games listed above were just PS3, that’s not including the Vita and eventual PS4 games. I cannot complain, really…I just also don’t have enough time to dedicate to this stuff. What dreadful times we live in, eh? (Oh…and I don’t own a 3DS, but the new Zelda would be a must-own, and while I do have a Wii U, I haven’t figured out how I’m getting the new Mario game. And that too is a must-have)
I’d been saving for this one for a long while and last Friday was the awesome day. The PS4′s arrival! Now, it’s still an Xmas gift, so it has to be under the tree. That means for the next month I’ll be boxing/unboxing to keep the secret going. It’s all good though. The menus are blazing fast, the hardware is sexy as shit and the games are…well, launch games…but I’m quite enjoying Resogun. Still can’t believe we’re at the fourth iteration of the Playstation brand. Now, for them to add DNLA. Excluding that’s ridiculous IMO. Digging this purchase definitely. \m/