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Snowpiercer (?) - Spoiler-free review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 22 July 2014 · 168 views
Yeah... I'd never heard of Snowpiercer before, either. This despite it having a fairly-star-studded cast including Chris Evans (Captain America), John Hurt and Ed Harris.

I think  this film is the reason for a bit of Avengers trivia. In The Avengers' shwarma end-credits scene, Evans is hiding his face with his hand. The reason being, he had grown a...

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Spoiler-free review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 07 June 2014 · 210 views
I'll admit I didn't have much interest in seeing the latest X-Men film. While I thought X-Men: First Class was good, the rest of the films in the series were very hit-or-miss. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty bad, X-Men: The Last Stand was awful , The Wolverine was kind-of boring, and even in the first two movies which overall were pretty good, I felt...

China, or platinum

Posted by Nathan Strum, 08 May 2014 · 380 views
Depending on which list you go by, 20 years is either symbolized by gifts of china or platinum.
China, as in plates and stuff. Not necessarily things made in China. Although I'm sure you could easily enough find china made in China, thereby removing any sort of potential confusion.
Except for the whole platinum thing, which doesn't really...

It's only Fair

Posted by Nathan Strum, 16 April 2014 · 369 views
Back on December 9th...
I showed up to work (the Character Animation program at CalArts  - by the way, isn't that just about the worst website you've ever seen? Yes it is.) only to find the hallways abuzz with all sorts of lighting equipment, people I didn't recognize, cases full of gear and… alumni.
Now, alumni aren't unusual aro...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Spoiler-free review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 10 April 2014 · 254 views
10:52 PM

Sitting in a theater with just two other people (two more went to get snacks) waiting for the 11:00 PM show to start. I'd planned to go to the 10:00, but didn't get out of work in time. So stay tuned for the review - coming later tonight! Looking forward to the film. The reviews have been really positive. I guess I'll know in just over two hour...

iBlog 4

Posted by Nathan Strum, in iBlogs 11 March 2014 · 965 views

I really, really like my iPad Mini . In the year since I bought it, I've used it far more than I ever expected to. So much so, that my iPhone's use dropped way off. I almost never play games on my iPhone anymore (unless it's the only iDevice with me), and only surf the 'net with it if I don't have Wi-Fi access (or again, if the iPhone's all I have with...

Homebrew Art, part 10 - Rainbow Invaders

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 10 March 2014 · 796 views
Label Artwork
Rainbow Invaders (2006)
Rainbow Invaders - my fourth contest win  - is Silvio Mongo's excellent re-imagining of Space Invaders with multi-colored sprites and a ton of power-ups.
While I'm not particularly fond of using Atar...

Homebrew Art, part 9 - Strat-O-Gems Deluxe contest entries

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 09 March 2014 · 833 views
Label Artwork
Strat-O-Gems Deluxe (2006)
Strat-O-Gems Deluxe is John Payson's excellent color-matching puzzle game. I followed it during development and really looked forward to the game's release. But despite how much I liked the game, when the label contest rolled around, I had absolutely no luck coming up with any ideas for it.
When the contes...

Homebrew Art, part 8 - 2005 MiniGame MultiCart

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 08 March 2014 · 791 views
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2005 MiniGame MultiCart (2005)
The 2005 MiniGame MultiCart  - my second for-hire label - is a collection of mini-games. When I say "for-hire", I should probably point out that I get paid in store credit or homebrews. I don't ask for money or r...