Pics-A-Palooza

There’s been a few sets of pictures that need to be posted since last I added pictures.  I’ll commentate as applicable and/or appropriate.

Let’s begin….starting with E3!  George, a coworker of mine at NBC, is a crafty guy and has some fairly wonderful connections. He’s also wily, and figured out how to get the right paperwork to validate we work at NBC and that it’s an entertainment company.  That sounds easy, but it really isn’t.  Anyway, we signed up for a free registration back in early April and from that point on, I was super excited about the beginning of June.  This is E3 people – the Electronic Entertainment Expo! Video games video games video games!

I must say, it was a cool experience, but some things I’ve learned:

  • If you are just a “regular” person and don’t have invites or meetings set up, it can be a fairly superficial experience.  You have to wait in line for potentially hours to even play some games or see some demo movies, and some of the very high-profile publishers like Bethesda and Ubisoft kept a lot of stuff behind closed doors.  Of course, you could read about it on Kotaku or Game Informer too, but still, it would’ve been nice to see it for myself.
  • Comfortable shoes are a must.  Even then, if you’re out of practice in the world of standing on your feet all day, it’s gonna suck.  I remember this from NAB last year too.  After a while standing on sore feet, even video games can cease to be interesting.  It’s been a long time since my days at Bookstar, that’s for sure.
  • Don’t think that the last day will be any less crowded than the first day.  George & I headed down to E3 on the first day (Tuesday) and took the Metro to get there (look at us, stewards of the planet).  Just had to go.  It was packed.  Worth going, for sure, but ridiculously crowded.  George had heard that the last day was better for getting a chance to play the games.  Went back on Thursday afternoon.  His theory was false.  Still packed.  And because we got there just a few hours before the expo ended, lines were now getting roped off at the end to prevent accidentally running over.  So get there early if you’re going  to go.
  • It was awesome to see these crazy-ass booths and displays.  Loved EA’s, as it had a huge arena feel and we even saw Snoop Dogg walk by with his security and entourage.  Ubisoft’s was just as loud and the size of the video screens was amazing there as well as for Activision’s.  Nintendo’s world was almost magical.
  • The Wii U is interesting.   Graphically it is very good. Not sure if I want to hold a giant controller screen though.  Also heard the battery life is dismal.
  • MUST PLAY ASSASSIN’S CREED III NOW.

Alright, here are my pictures from both days of E3:

E3, Day 1 – June 5, 2012

Outside the LA Convention Center for my first-ever E3!
Outside the LA Convention Center for my first-ever E3!05-Jun-2012 13:49, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
05-Jun-2012 13:51, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
The joy of video games pervades my smile
The joy of video games pervades my smile05-Jun-2012 13:51, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
Something from a new Aliens game
Something from a new Aliens game05-Jun-2012 14:03, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
This wasn't in Prometheus
This wasn't in Prometheus05-Jun-2012 14:03, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
05-Jun-2012 14:04, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
For Larry
For Larry05-Jun-2012 14:05, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 80
05-Jun-2012 14:07, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 160
05-Jun-2012 14:08, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
 
05-Jun-2012 14:15, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Yes, please
Yes, please05-Jun-2012 14:41, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
05-Jun-2012 14:41, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
 
Me & Connor, the new hero from Assassin's Creed III.
Me & Connor, the new hero from Assassin's Creed III.05-Jun-2012 14:43, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
Nintendo's dreamland
Nintendo's dreamland05-Jun-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 80
05-Jun-2012 15:17, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 100
 

E3, Day 3 – June 7, 2012

The very wide entrance to E3 - better have your badge!
The very wide entrance to E3 - better have your badge!07-Jun-2012 13:49, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
I've got mine - and ready for another day of video games immersion
I've got mine - and ready for another day of video games immersion07-Jun-2012 13:49, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
In the Sony area
In the Sony area07-Jun-2012 13:51, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
 
This (fake) Kratos needs no additional gym time
This (fake) Kratos needs no additional gym time07-Jun-2012 13:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
The Nintendo area really was pretty amazing
The Nintendo area really was pretty amazing07-Jun-2012 13:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
07-Jun-2012 13:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 400
 
07-Jun-2012 13:58, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
George is playing the new P-100 game for the Wii U, which looks promising
George is playing the new P-100 game for the Wii U, which looks promising07-Jun-2012 14:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
07-Jun-2012 14:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 

The next week was my triumphant return to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.  Just in case you didn’t know where it was.  I’m full of help, I am.  I hadn’t been to a major league game since traveling through Baltimore on my way to the Azores.  My bud Ben Yarish met me there since he lived in the area and we went around the waterfront area and finally went to an Orioles game.  After that though, the latest baseball game I’d been to was in Colorado Springs at an Avalanche game (I think that was the AAA team there…).  As for Dodgers’ games though, I’m pretty sure the last one I went to was while in college.

My coworkers heard of my dream and decided it was a great idea for an after-work activity.  So Maj picked up 6 tickets and it was on.  I was very interested to see if much had changed at the stadium, and was surprised that the prices we paid were fairly reasonable, compared to what I knew it cost to go to a Yankees or Mets game in NYC.  Turns out, not much has changed from what I remember from previous trips.  Things of note:

  • Traffic is still just as stupid as it was over a decade ago.  Getting in was slow, but not rage-inducing.  Leaving the park was as I feared…and once it got to 30 minutes and we were still trying to get out….yeah….RAGE.   I had been thinking of taking the Dodger Express bus from Union Station but decided against it.  Not next time.
  • Dodger Dogs are still fucking awesome.  We got the Super dog which was all Farmer John beef.  That sounds dirty.  SO GOOD.
  • Baseball is still pretty boring.  It wasn’t until the 8th inning when the Dodgers came from 1 run behind the Angels and put runners on two bases and then the next guy hit a home run.  That was pretty cool.  Up until that point though…ooof.
  • Doing the wave is still awesome.  We were in the section of the main stadium right next to the outfield bleachers.  That’s where the wave typically originates from in a counter-clockwise pattern.  So we would always get wave action, but unfortunately the wave never really made a full circuit. People are lame.

Dodgers v Angels @ Dodger Stadium, June 12, 2012

Right near where we parked as we headed toward the stadium
Right near where we parked as we headed toward the stadium12-Jun-2012 18:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
It was a beautiful day/night for a game.  Not at all hot, and almost cool.
It was a beautiful day/night for a game. Not at all hot, and almost cool.12-Jun-2012 18:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
About an hour before the game.
About an hour before the game.12-Jun-2012 18:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
Larry & I pretending to be into sports.
Larry & I pretending to be into sports.12-Jun-2012 18:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 160
The work group - me, Angela, Maj, George & Katie
The work group - me, Angela, Maj, George & Katie12-Jun-2012 18:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
12-Jun-2012 18:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
12-Jun-2012 18:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
My glee is over the Dodger Dog
My glee is over the Dodger Dog12-Jun-2012 18:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
 
A fairly crowded house for a Tuesday night
A fairly crowded house for a Tuesday night12-Jun-2012 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
12-Jun-2012 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
12-Jun-2012 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
 
I found out Universal Studios is a major sponsor of the stadium.  Go visit the park, people!
I found out Universal Studios is a major sponsor of the stadium. Go visit the park, people!12-Jun-2012 21:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 400
 

Moviefest 2012

Meanwhile over the past few weeks, Larry & I have managed to catch a movie pretty much every weekend.  I have always wanted to do this and rarely ever get past the first weekend.  But we’re pretty diligent thus far.

  • The Avengers:  Great superhero movie.  Awesome characters.  Joss Whedon rules.
  • Battleship:  A Universal picture that ended up a massive flop….but I liked it a lot.  Entertaining and loved all the navy stuff.
  • Men in Black 3:  Mostly okay.  Could barely remember seeing it and had to dig through my Facebook timeline just to see what was between Battleship and Snow White!
  • Snow White & the Huntsman:  So disappointing.  Another Universal pic, but this one did well.
  • Prometheus:  I enjoyed this sci-fi flick, despite their being a few plot holes that epitomize “fridge logic” after thinking about it a little bit.
  • Rock of Ages:  Best bud Mila came up to see this with me & Larry as the three of us saw the Broadway show in NYC when she visited me back in 2009.  It was so wonderful to hang out with her as well as see the movie.  Good movie, but I would say safely that the Broadway version is probably a better venue for it.  Tom Cruise was amazing though.  Anyway, here’s a pic of Mila that I took when we were pre-gaming at the Misfit restaurant in Santa Monica:
16-Jun-2012 14:42, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
 

Father’s Day 2012 in Santa Monica

Since being back in California, we’ve had people over a couple times, but not that much.  And our place is one that screams to entertain.  So when it came time for Father’s Day this year, I volunteered us immediately.  We had just gone to Stacie’s for Mother’s Day/Harv’s birthday, so it seemed fair.  Once we volunteered, Larry got motivated to make a stellar menu, and that he did.  We grilled two tri-tips, made mac & cheese, and then a plethora of appetizers, including crudite, pigs ‘n blankets, and chips & guacamole.  We also made chocolate chip cookies.  There was a lot of trial & error from previous meals and luckily, this dinner turned out fantastic.  Harv & mom came over as well as Stacie & Trent. Lots of drinking and laughing and dancing and Rock Band 3 playing commenced.  It was a lot of fun.  Here are pics:

Stacie, Trent, Harv & Mom
Stacie, Trent, Harv & Mom17-Jun-2012 13:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
17-Jun-2012 13:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
Me & Larry
Me & Larry17-Jun-2012 13:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250
 
Me & Larry
Me & Larry17-Jun-2012 13:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
Stister Stacie!
Stister Stacie!17-Jun-2012 13:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 250
Me and my stister - it's ridiculous to say that she's over 40.  She looks younger than me.
Me and my stister - it's ridiculous to say that she's over 40. She looks younger than me.17-Jun-2012 13:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 160
 
Me, Harv & Stacie
Me, Harv & Stacie17-Jun-2012 13:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
Rocking out on Rock Band 3 to "We Will Rock You"
Rocking out on Rock Band 3 to "We Will Rock You"17-Jun-2012 14:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250
17-Jun-2012 14:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400
 
17-Jun-2012 14:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
17-Jun-2012 14:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Our transformer table is ready for 6 people
Our transformer table is ready for 6 people17-Jun-2012 15:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 320
 
Apparently Stacie & Larry coordinated outfits
Apparently Stacie & Larry coordinated outfits17-Jun-2012 15:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
Someone is proud of their fantastic mac & cheese....as well they should be
Someone is proud of their fantastic mac & cheese....as well they should be17-Jun-2012 15:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 160
 

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