The Kinect Report

I updated the 360 with Kinect before Christmas and Santa must have heard about it because in his sack was a copy of Dance Central. Now anyone who knows me will understand that dancing to Lady Ga Ga is not high on my goals in life but the cunning boffins from Microsoft have invented a gadget that will turn even the most unlikely fellow into a dancing fool.

Having begun the Kinect journey it wasn’t lost on me that this technology is remarkably similar to Tom Cruises glove waving stuff in Minority Report only without the glove. One question- why cant we have voice recognition in Australia? Are our accents so different from the US? Microsoft are you listening? A lot of us speak english down here, although we spell stuff differently it pretty much sounds the same when we speak it.

Now all we need is the projector technology and we can all be Tom Cruise

Tron Legacy, not so crappy.

The holiday season is upon us, for Australians it always involves hot summers and too much “Christmas cheer” and it also usually includes a trip with the kids to the local cinema. This year we went to see Tron Legacy. Back in the the early eighties as a fifteen year old I saw the first version and as a sci-fi nut and all round nerdy type was suitably blown away by both the look and the concepts. This was a time when computer gaming was dominated by the arcade game and a young mans time was spent hanging out with his mates and playing the latest gaming hotness. Tron tapped into that in a big way. Skip forward twenty eight years (Really? That long!) and we find ourselves picking up some time down the track with Kevin Flynns young son. Adventures and shenanigans follow on the grid and an exciting time is had by all, I will leave it up to you to see the film but a couple of points need to be made-

  1. This is a pretty good film, like its predecessor the critics have given it a bit of stick but I am pretty sure they don’t review films with an eleven and a seven year old in tow, they loved it by the way.
  2. The soundtrack is fantastic, Daft Punk and some crazy German techno goodness.
  3. See it in 3D. I am not a big fan of wearing the thunderbird glasses but this one was worth it.

All in all a good time was had by all, this one will make it into the Blu-ray collection thats for sure.

The Siler gets a paint job

The Siler has now become my M17A4 heavy tank. The 200mm mass driver can be used as a direct fire weapon or an indirect fire weapon.

 

The M17 was used by both the USMC and the US Army filling a role of both direct fire and indirect. It’s size limited it’s deployment but each battalion usually fielded a platoon of three. The tanks provided close support for assaulting troops using the 200mm mass driver and it’s variable role ammunition. Point Defence was covered by twin rotary 20mm rapid fire mass drivers, its thick ceramic composite skin could defeat most anti tank weapons but its weak spot was the engine cooling vents in the rear. The natural enemy of the M17 was the 120mm hyper velocity mass driver which could punch holes in the side and rear at medium range and the front at close. Pictured is “Yellow Zero Three” an ex USMC tank captured by Australian forces on New Washington around January of 2301.

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