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v7.0 - moving along, a point increase at a time

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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Metal Gear Portable Ops | Giving up

OK, after a lot of head scratching I decided to give up on Metal Gear Portable Ops on the PSP.  I think this game is much more frustration than it's worth ;-)  And, certainly I can find out what the story is all about by going onto YouTube and looking at the consolidated cut-scenes from the game. This should fill me in, so I can continue on to the next MGS on the XBOX.

What finally did it for me is the complete imbalance between sneaking mode and gun mode.  I really did enjoy the sneaking around part of the game, the abducting enemy soldiers and convincing them to be my operatives, and the occasional hiding in a box.  The gun-play however was driving me nuts in that when you go into FPS mode you can't move! You can only aim! This is pretty ridiculous. I got the point where I have to beat Mr. Freeze (can't remember his actual name at this point) and after many failed attempts, after many days, I decided to hang up the gloves. The irony is that this was on easy. Years ago I had gotten way past this point when I got stuck (if you see the video below, I was somewhere near video 7) and on medium difficulty!  The odd thing is that I think that if there were achievements to be had, I would probably soldier through this game, but since I was playing it only for the story, so I can get into the next MGS, going on Youtube was easier :)

If you are interested in seeing the cut-scenes, have a look at this first YouTube clip (1 of 10) that gives you the entirety of the story :)

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Still haven't found a good Reader replacement

Reeder for iPad
Damn you Google! :)

Since Google announced that they will be shutting down Google Reader I've been looking around for a Google Reader replacement, and I've been coming up almost flat.  When Google got rid of the "share item" sharing option, which gave you your own RSS page, it didn't really have much of an impact on me.  Sure, I wouldn't be able to see what my contacts shared, but since I had their RSS pages, I could subscribe to their Shared Pages - and, since I used "Perfect RSS" on my iPad, it meant that I could still post to my shared items page!  yay! Fighting the system!

While this did mean that I couldn't use the web version of Reader any longer, I could just use my iPhone and iPad, read my feeds, share on twitter whatever was twitter-worthy, and share everything else on my shared items page! OK, so the end of Google Reader means I can't do that any more.  So, I downloaded my OPML for safe keeping and I have tried using Old Reader.  Don't get me wrong, I really like the old reader, and it gives me back that shared page, and I can follow people again like I used to!  yay! Only one problem...I need to have access to it via offline mobile as well...and it doesn't do that! (at least yet).

The Old Reader

I tried feedly, but it fills a gap that's really filled by flipboard for me, so I don't really see myself using it.   If it had a share page, like the old reader does, then I would consider it. It also doesn't have many sharing options.

I did download Reeder, now that it is free, to try it out.  I like the interface, I like the sharing options, but it still doesn't have the share item option. Well, I decided, for a week, to try sharing everything on my delicious account.  I stopped using social bookmarking because I think I have outgrown social bookmarking.  What I need, I can google, or just remember because I go there often.  Social bookmarking was nice in the past, but since URLs change and sites go dead, it didn't really serve much purpose for me - but that was in the past. In its new function, I decided to try and see if I could share my shared items there.  This could work, but it's more laborious than just clicking a share button.  I have to copy the first paragraph of text in any given article, and paste it as a description when posting to delicious (if I want to have meaningful information about the link), and some picture blogs that I subscribe to, have no text...which is a major pain...

what have you found as replacements?  An for me, I don't care that the old reader is "an inbox view" I like the inbox view, and I can always choose to not read something.  I don't find the river of information conducive to my own information seeking needs.

My looming question: how the heck can I save my shared items page from Google Reader? I don't want to lose all those shared items from years of sharing :-/
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Legacy of Romulus coming our way!

OK, so this may be a bit of old news, but I am just getting to it now :) There is a new expansion coming to the Star Trek Online MMO which will feature the romulans as a faction that players can play. No much is known yet, but the developers have put up an Q&A blog post that has been quite informative.

What I am hoping for is some new content.  I ground through the Federation missions to get my Federation Captain to level 5 (plus level 5 on STF and Romulan fronts), and I am currently grinding to get my Klingon character to level 5 on STF and Romulan fronts (half way there! woot!) The last thing I want to do is play the same (or similar) missions as a romulan. I am looking forward to having a Romulan D'deridex, and my character is doing to be a Romulan (not a Reman) Scientist (since my federation character is a tactician and the klingon character is an engineer).

The only #fail for me...the pack is coming out when I am going on vacation, so I won't get to it until a month after it comes out :)

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Star Trek Phase II - a nice fan made trek!

I've been going through all of the Star Trek series on Netflix and on Amazon Prime, going through and re-watching (and sometimes watching for the first time) episodes that I had seen a long time ago. Recently I finished the Original Series ( was more campy that I originally remembered!), and all of the original cast movies.  Before I moved on the the Next Generation I decided to go and see what Star Trek Phase II was like.

Phase II is a fan made series (with actual props!) that takes place in the original Trek universe and it's meant to fill in the gaps between the series and the movies. Remember, the original series was a 5 year voyage, but it only had 3 seasons, so I guess there are two seasons worth of episodes in Phase II. I am actually amazed at the quality of the production of this series, and any star trek fan should definitely have a look (especially if you liked the original Trek!).

Now that I've watched this fan series, time to star the last official series on my watch list: The Next Generation.  After that I am toying with the idea of watching some CG based Trek Series such as the hidden frontier and Odyssey.

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Mass Effect Done!

Over the weekend I finished off Mass Effect, which I had gotten as part of the Mass Effect Trilogy a while back.  As you might remember, I started playing other games on my Xbox while I was trying to complete Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on my PSP. This is the second game I've finished on the xbox...and I have barely made a dent on Portable Ops. I am not at one of the Bosses (Python) but i am finding him difficult to deal with - m' seems as though portable ops might go back onto the shelf from where it came from if I can't complete it by the time I am done with the Mass Effect trilogy ;-)

In any case, one of my friends had recommended Mass Effect after I told him that I liked Halo.  I guess I can see why: the stories are a little similar.  That said, it seems to me that Mass Effect is more of a movie, with some action, rather loads of action and some movie parts. I did like the ability to influence the path I took (all paragon, with some renegade as it turns out), and the ability to choose who to send on what missions, and, as it turns out, who to sacrifice.

At the end of the game I got the full ending, but I decided to let the politicians figure out who the human councilor will be (although I did want the captain to be it), completed the romantic subplot, and made it to level 36. Achievement-wise I got 15 out of 49 (400/1200 points). M'eh.  Nice game, but I am not sure I'd go back to get the other achievements. Maybe in a few years once it's no longer fresh in my mind and I can enjoy  it a new.  The one thing that annoyed me is that the Krogan on my team died, despite trying to talk him down.  I really wish I could have saved him :-/
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