Nooo it’s snowing again!!

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Nooo it’s snowing again!!
Originally uploaded by daniel.aspenback

I’m tired of the snow.. I want sunshine and warmth.
I used to love when it’s snowing… but not when it’s snowing at this time of the year. Yesterday was a wonderful day, the sun was shining and it was warm enough to take a cup of coffee on the balcony..

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Battlefield Bad Company videos

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As I mention in my post about Battlefield Heroes, I’m a fan of the Battlefield series but that doesn’t mean that I’ve played all the games in the series. In fact I’ve only played Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Vietnam, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, Battlefield Heroes Beta and some of the Battlefield mods.

Anyway since the Battlefield Heroes and is just around the corner to it’s release and the recent announcement of Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943, I was watching some of the official Bad Company videos on You tube and realized that they are very funny and made me laugh a lot.
As we say here in Sweden: “Shared joy is double joy” with that I mean I gathered all the funny Bad Company videos in this post so I can share the joy with you.

Just lean back an enjoy the funny videos below:

Battlefield: Bad Company – ‘Totally Not’ TV Ad

Battlefield Bad Company – Rainbow Sprinkles

Battlefield Bad Company – Snake Eyes

Battlefield Bad Company – Bad World

Battlefield Bad Company – Private Haggard Video Blog

Battlefield Bad Company – Sergeant Redford’s Video Blog

Battlefield Bad Company – Preston’s Blog

Battlefield Bad Company – Sweetwater’s Blog

Bad Company – Developer Diary: Characters

Battlefield Bad Company – Harvest Day Tips

Well this video is not that funny, but it’s about BF Bad Company.

If you want to find out more about the games you can go to: Battlefield.com

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Battlefield Heroes Beta

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BFHeroes gameplay

The Battlefield series is one of my favorite game series. The upcoming game in the BF series is the MMO version of Battlefield, called Battlefield Heroes which EA and DICE are going to provide for free. Here is the information found on the official BFHeroes site:

* Battlefield Heroes™ is a free cartoon-style shooter for the PC
* Combining classic gameplay with brand new innovations, it’s a totally new experience
* Cartoon-style graphics bring the fun back to shooters
* Third person camera so your Hero is centre-stage!
* Create your own unique war Hero with extensive character customisation system
* MMO-like special abilities add strategic depth to combat

I’ve been looking forward to try this game for a long time and finally this Thursday I received a beta test key to BF Heroes.

The game is very simple and easy to learn and you don’t need a computer with the latest hardware to play it, which I really appreciate since my Windows computer is over 5 years old and don’t like new fancy games.
I also like the “cartoon-style” in the game because it makes me laugh even if I just got killed. It also reminds me a little bit of the early game “Codename Eagle”, which was developed by Refraction Games, which later was purchased by DICE, but that’s another story.

Overall the game is very funny to play and I love that it is has a “fast-game” style, with that I mean the re-spawn time is very short (5 sec), and if you are a accustomed Battlefield player you’ll love this game. At least that’s what I do and I really looking forward to new updates and items to my character.

Due to the NDA I can’t tell more about the game, you’ll have to wait until the public release of the game or sign up for a beta key here.
Well at least I can tell you that it will be worth waiting for..

These are the names of my heroes:

SirSneakup, Aspenback, GundeCowboy and BigGunJoe.

And of course a picture of my elite hero

sirsneakup

Further reading:
The Official BFHeroes homepage

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Oscars Summary

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Once again The Academy Award is over for this time. This year’s Academy Awards was very good. I realized very early in the show that I haven’t seen many of this years nominated movies and my predictions of who the winners would bee was not very correct.
Fortunatelly, it was a very good show better than last year. This year’s Oscar gave us a very unpredictable winner, Slumdog Millionaire that was given as many as eight oscars. I haven’t seen that movie yet but I didn’t think that it was worth eight oscars.
Anyhow I have made a summary of how many oscars the winners got.
A more detailed list can be found here

Here is a summery of the winners, by number of Oscars:

  • Slumdog Millionaire:

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  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

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  • Milk:

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  • The Dark Knight:

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  • The Reader:

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  • Departures:

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  • Smile Pink:

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  • Man on Wire:

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  • Spielzeugland (Toyland):

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  • The Duchess:

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  • La Maison en Petits Cubes:

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  • WALL-E:

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona:

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81st Academy Awards

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Once again it’s time for the event I’m looking forward to most a year. This year is the 81st Academy Award and it will be interesting to see Hugh Jackman as a Academy Award host, and as far as I can hear he can sing ^^.

Here is a list of the winners:

(The red marked is the ones I predicted right)

Best motion picture of the year

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer

Performance by an actor in a leading role

* Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

* Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Achievement in directing

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

Best foreign language film of the year

* “Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman

Achievement in film editing

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

Achievement in sound mixing

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

Achievement in sound editing

* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King

Achievement in visual effects

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron

Best documentary short subject

* “Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan

Best documentary feature

* “Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall in association with Red Box Films Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

* Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)

Best live action short film

* “Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement in cinematography

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement in makeup

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom

Achievement in costume design

* “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor

Achievement in art direction

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo

Best animated short film

* “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato

Best animated feature film of the year

* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

Adapted screenplay

* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay

* “Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

* Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)


Well the list below is my list on witch I think will get an oscar (The bold ones is my predictions):

Performance by an actor in a leading role

* Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
* Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
* Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features) - Winner
* Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
* Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

* Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
* Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
* Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
* Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) - Winner
* Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

* Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
* Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
* Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) - Winner

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

* Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
* Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company) - Winner
* Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
* Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
* Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year

* “Bolt” (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
* “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton - Winner

Achievement in art direction

* “Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo - Winner
* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
* “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
* “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement in cinematography

* “Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
* “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle – Winner

Achievement in costume design

* “Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
* “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor - Winner
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
* “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

Achievement in directing

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
* “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Ron Howard
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
* “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle - Winner

Best documentary feature

* “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
* “Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
* “The Garden” A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
* “Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall in association with Red Box Films Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn - Winner
* “Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Best documentary short subject

* “The Conscience of Nhem En” A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
* “The Final Inch” Vermilion Films in association with Google.org, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
* “Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan - Winner
* “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306” A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Achievement in film editing

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
* “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens - Winner

Best foreign language film of the year

* “The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production, Germany
* “The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
* “Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan - Winner
* “Revanche” (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
* “Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

Achievement in makeup

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom - Winner
* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
* “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
* “Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman - Winner
* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

* “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar - Winner
* “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best motion picture of the year

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
* “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
* “Milk” (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
* “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, Producers
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer - Winner

Best animated short film

* “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato - Winner
* “Lavatory – Lovestory” A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
* “Oktapodi” (Talantis Films), A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
* “Presto” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
* “This Way Up” A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Best live action short film

* “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
* “Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
* “New Boy” (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
* “The Pig” An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
* “Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank - Winner

Achievement in sound editing

* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King - Winner
* “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers
* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
* “Wanted” (Universal), Wylie Stateman

Achievement in sound mixing

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty - Winner
* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
* “Wanted” (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Achievement in visual effects

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron - Winner
* “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
* “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Adapted screenplay

* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
* “Doubt” (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
* “Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
* “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
* “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy - Winner

Original screenplay

* “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
* “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
* “In Bruges” (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black - Winner
* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

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Ninja laser jump

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laser jump

Originally uploaded by daniel.aspenback
Me and my friend made some motion pictures today. It was difficult to get enough light so that the pictures wouldn’t be too dark. This is me making a “Ninja jump” while I’m using my laser sight ^^

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Micro and nano blogging

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Micro-blogging
If you are familiar with blogging, I think you’ve also heard of/or encountered Micro-blogging. With a Micro-blog you have a limit of 140 characters to answer one of the most frequent question: “What are you doing?”. But as the micro-blogging has become increasingly popular and has more users so have the use of it changed. Instead of just typing what you are doing, the micro-blogs has become a tool to share links and tips with each other, and also a way to let people know when you have a new update on your blog. Plurk is one of these micro-blogs that let you choose if you want to tell people what you’re doing or maybe what you’re looking for or if you just want to share a link or a photo.

Here are few of many micro-blogs out in the bloggosphere:

  • TwitterThis is the original(?) and also the biggest of the micro-blogs on the net
  • BloggyThis is the Swedish counterpart to Twitter
  • JaikuThis was meant to be the “Twitter killer”
  • Plurk -On this micro-blog you can choose in which category your post belongs

Nano-blogging
This way of blogging I ran in to yesterday when I stumbled around on the net. A Nano-blog is similar to a micro-blog, but only that a nano-blog is even smaller than a micro-blog. Instead of a limit to 140 characters, you have a limit to one word to explain whatever you want to say. I think this is a quite fun idea and a little bit of a challenge. it may sound easy but try to explain i.e “I have a bad headache and don’t want to work any more today” with just a single word, it’s quite of a challenge but it’s fun. I think that many new and strange words will be born via Nano-blogging.. So far, I have only find a Swedish version of the Nano-blog, and the name of that site is Nanoblogg.se

You can find links to my pages at these services or watch my activites on my “social me” page.

Thanks for reading and you’re welcome to leave a comment

Further reading:

Twitter in plain English

Twitter in Plain English from leelefever on Vimeo.

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Werid Al – Albuquerque

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I think this is my new favorite song of Weird Al.. The lyrics is so funny.
What is your favorite Weird Al song?

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Epoch time 1234567890

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Epoch time 1234567890 on TwitPic

When the Epoch clock struck 1234567890, I think many computer geek was watching when this happened.
I watched it because for me, it was a…

“once in a lifetime experience!!!”

and life is too short to miss things like these..

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New Look

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As the Smurf above, I’ll be painting my blog

As you may see, my blog has a new look and it will keep changing for a while until I’m satified with look. If I’m right, it will take a while before I’ve made my decision. If you have any tip or suggestion on any design, please leave a comment or sent me a feedback to my e-mail: daniel@aspenback.se. Any feedback or comment are appriciated.

What I’m trying to achive is a plain and stylish look with a nice color mix, not too garish. I’ll try to add one of these jQuery menu effekts: http://alistapart.com/articles/sprites2. I hope I’ll make it… =)

Stay tuned for updates!

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