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WebToon Live: Translating Korean Comics

So Myrrh and I have the tendency to focus on Japanese geeky topics, so I did some digging and thought I would bring up a Korean-to-English phonamina,Webtoon Live.

Note: This logo belongs to Webtoon Live!! I'm just using it because I find graphic-less posts boring.
Webtoon Live strives to provided translated, Korean webcomics (hence the icon) that are free. The comics are uploaded by artists onto webtoon sites. Webtoon translators translate them to English and then host them on their site.

It's sorta like Mangafox only legal and specifically for Korean webcomics. They've got some pretty cool series, and everything is in COLOR!

New Zealand Geeky Fact #2

For Geeky Fact #2 I selected Dart River! ...Although calling it a river might look like  a stretch in this photo.

Okay, let's set the stage for this photo. The mountain that's going off the photo on the right side is the mountain I featured in Geeky Fact #1. This area, which is named Paradise, was used extensively to film Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and Wolverine.
Today's focus is the river, specifically that gap you see where the river flows between the forest. That is the exact location where they filmed the first part of Prince Caspian. (When Prince Caspian is being chased by a bunch of soldiers on horseback and they plunge into a river before zooming back into the forest.) If you watch the movie it's actually very easy to spot this location. Dart River is VERY distinctive with it's gravel banks, and it appears in the first five minutes of the film.

Google eBookstore!

Google has finally opened up an eBookstore, http://books.google.com/ebooks.

The Google eBookstore has been talked about for ages, (Well, maybe not ages, but at least for a year or two.) but the ebookstore only recently opened.

The site currently has 3 million books, and some of them are free. How can Google do that? Most of the free ebooks (if not all) are books that are considered to be public domain. (Reading between the lines, this means the books are old. They had to be published before 1920.) So all of the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Alexander Dumas, and other classic authors are free, if not incredibly cheap.

Current books, like Stephanie Myers' Twilight ($8.99), are more pricey. Books are available for: the Android, ipad/ipod touch/iphone, computers, and the Nook.


Announcing: New Lego game!

They've been epic. Lego Star Wars. Lego Harry Potter. Lego Batman. Lego Rockband. Lego Indiana Jones. Lego hasn't let us down yet, and they're coming out with another sure-to-be-a-blockbuster video game: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean.

No, seriously. According toYahoo gaming news, the lego game series will be releasing Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean next May. (The same month the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series is expected to come out.) I gotta admit, I'm really looking forward to it.

The lego games are fun to begin with, but if you know the movies they are wildly hilarious. (For an example see Myrrh's review of Lego Batman.) Plus can you imagine Jack Sparrow as a lego guy?
The game is being/has been developed by the same company that's been working on the lego video games since the seires started, so it's pretty safe to say this game should be fun.

New Zealand Geeky Fact #1

Okay, I thought it was time to start the geeky posts from the vacation Myrrh and I took to Australia and New Zealand. So our first geeky post? This mountain.

How is this geeky? It's just a rock formation!

Now I know what you're thinking. "What the heck does this mountain have to do with anything?" The answer? Everything! No seriously, this mountain is featured in a lot of shots in the Lord of the Rings movies. In fact, it was featured so much that when filming a portion of the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian  on Dart river, which is literately just in front of this mountain, they actually edited this particular mountain out of the shots because the director was worried that LoTR fans would recognize it and realize they pulled a copy cat and filmed in the same area as LoTR.

Talk about small world huh? Who knew Middle Earth and Narnia were the same place??

Resume Builder: What NOT to do.

In light of the state of the world economy, I think we all know at least one person who is going through a job seach. Here's a good idea of what NOT to do if you happen to be a gamer searching for a job.



Normally I don't go for the shooter type PVP games, but this commercial was just too amazing to pass up.


Story to Come!

Myrrh and I were bad, bad bloggers!

We JUST got back from a 3 week tour of Australia and New Zealand yesterday, and we forgot to tell you all that we were going to be on it. SORRY!

But believe it or not we have a few geeky observations about Australia and New Zealand and how the Asian culture has influenced it, so you can look forward to seeing some interesting posts about that!

But thanks for your patience guys, we are NOT dead, we were just on vacation! ;D

In a move that may make or break the newly released Final Fantasy XIV Online, Square Enix has built into the game a leveling time cap.

For those of you who have never played an MMORPG, the basic idea of the game is to get a high leveled character. The hardcore gamers can accomplish this goal in a matter of weeks, or even days if they are obsessive enough. Square Enix has put a stop to the leveling craze by adding an 8 hour leveling limit per week.

Of course, there are ways around it. The game has a built in armory system that let's you change your class. For instance you may be a wizard type character, but if you switch from a staff to a bow you become an archer. The 8 hour time limit is per class, which means you get 8 hours to level as a wizard, 8 more hours to level as an archer, and so on and so forth. Plus it's not like the computer cuts you off after the 8 hour mark. Instead the longer you level the slower you gain exp until you're barely crawling along.

This does mean, however, that no one is going to be able to whiz to the top of the leveling cap (the highest level available) in a matter of days.

Square Enix reportedly made the leveling cap in an effort to level the playing grounds so to speak. With this leveling cap a person with a family who works full time has the same chance of leveling as a gaming addict.

While some hardcore gamers are crying foul play, many other websites, like GameRadar, applaud Square Enix's effort to force gamers to live a healthier life style.

I personally like this idea. Face it, it isn't healthy to be spending loads of time on an MMORPG, plus even with the 8 hour leveling cap there's still loads to do. Some people are complaining, however, that Final Fantasy XIV Online and Final Fantasy XIII (Which stars the amazing female character, Lightning.) are signs that Square Enix is no longer catering to the hardcore gaming crowd and is instead looking for a newbie audience.

I'll be honest, I never really got why everyone complained about Final Fantasy XIII. Yeah, the fighting system was easier, but only if you can think and press the right buttons at the speed of light. It might be a little easier for battles, but I am certainly not complaining. It saves me the time of spending HOURS of battling and leveling in order to get my wimpy characters up to a high enough level so they don't get pummeled by the bosses. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Square Enix isn't necessarily being more newbie friendly as much as they are creating games that can be played and finished in a shorter amount of time. I appreciate this fact because I don't have the time (or the patience) that I had in high school, and I like being able to speed through a game.

To me Final Fantasy XIV Online is the same idea. If I buy the game I can play it for a REASONABLE amount of time and still have a nice character that isn't incredibly wimpy compared to everyone else.

So what do you guys think about the leveling cap? Good idea? Bad idea? (View the video before to see Final Fantasy XIV Online's AMAZING graphics!!)



Texting on the toilet

I swear this is a 100% true story (it just happened to me)!

I was just in the bathroom and I heard this strange "tap tap tap" noise. It took me a second to recognize the noise... it was the sound of someone texting and it was coming from one of the toilet stalls.

Yes that is right, there was a woman sitting on the toilet texting. To make matters even worse then she flushed the toilet so she probably was texting while she was using the toilet. X_X That is such a germy and disgusting and GROSS thing to do I don't even have words for it. It was a good thing I was struck mute once I realized what was going on or I might have yelled "OMG THAT IS SO GROSS!" loud enough for the whole floor to hear. I mean how in the world can someone have such an important message to send that they need to text while sitting on the toilet in a public restroom? EW.