When I was in Los Angeles in March I was with my brother at a café in Abbot Kinney Blvd, as soon as we had finished we came out and started speaking to two people who just turned up there in a taxi.
One was a girl who was a video blogger from New Zealand, the other was a film director also from New Zealand. This director went by the name of Shae Sterling and said in a few months that his film Alien Addiction would be showing at the London film festival at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.
Well, sometime later! When I was back home in London I got myself a ticket online to go see the film.
It was an interesting film, it started off very B movie with the introduction of the main character and his friends mouthing rather crass humour. The intro also supplied overhead drone video capture of a quite scenic peaceful part of the world.
For me the film didn’t really start until the introduction of the aliens as they crash land to Earth. Enter two aliens rather reminiscent of the film Coneheads with Dan Aykroyd. They came with some device that could convert objects to a smokable substance. It got even weirder when the aliens started to convert shit, smoking it and getting high. I couldn’t quite get my mind around this trip, but it did make me laugh.
The next part of the film was an investigative reporter obsessed with alien hunting. He and his companion find and try to capture the aliens, but his already failing reputation takes a hit. No need to say anymore, you will have to watch the movie if you want to know the ending which has a bit of a twist.
After the movie finished there was a Q&A then I went over to say hello Shae Sterling remembered me and gave me a big bear hug.
Last week we arrived at the Bellagio, after checking in a bit of gambling we then ate at 12 midnight local time. I don’t think I had much sleep in the next four days. We went to different hotel casinos ate in Hakkasan restaurant, STK steak house and the restaurants in the Bellagio.
My worse meal has to be in Hakkasan, a Chinese fusion food restaurant, didn’t really think it was all that. My favourite meal was in Spiro in the Bellagio, where we had an amazing view the of fountain.
I played some Top Golf at a very trendy golf range and pretty much had a good time. Walked through Caesars Palace shopping mall went into the Apple store there and brought myself a new Apple iWatch.
Visited some of the original old part of town. That had a more grimy feel, money lasts longer in the casinos down there.
I even tried my hands at a poker tournament in the poker room at the Bellagio. Now that was a deep end experience! Felt like everyone but myself were professional players.
I wasn’t so great on blackjack, roulette I won a load and lost it all. The three card poker tables, you seem to have higher odds to win and if you play on a full table of people the odds also become stacked against the dealer meaning everyone can win a lot more, unlike blackjack you’re only playing with one desk.
My only qualm was the cigarette-cigar smoke. Got in all my clothes, but other than that, had an awesome time.
Staying in Venice Beach seems very trendy, it’s very much similar to Camden of London of which I know. First night here we went to get some food and I had a pretty average burger, but boy people are smoking a lot of weed here.
A few days later we went down to Washington Bvld to find a dive bar called Hinano Cafe we were told about where Jim Morrison of The Doors use to hangout. He apparently scratched his name into the bar, but that has now been taken out and moved to a museum.
Surf boards on the ceiling saw dust of the floor to soak up the beer and pool tables.
We played pool there I don’t know if they are the same tables from Morrison’s days.
Arrived in Los Angeles on Monday night and yesterday had a look at the Hollywood Walk, the Chinese theatre.
Upon exit from the car park some guy wanted to sell me a CD, saying it was his rap music. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, I took out a little bit of money I had then he demanded a fiver, luckily my brother came and saved me!
After that near miss we had a walk up and down to see the stars. Took my picture next to William Shatner’s star, as I am a big Star Trek fan. Then over to the famous Chinese Theatre.
Before going to get a bit of food, another guy wanted to sell me a CD, this time I said I don’t have a CD player! That seemed to send him away!
It’s a interesting street with a honey pot of bums, scammers and tourists. I certainly kept my hands in my pockets making sure nothing disappeared!!
After that we drove up to Griffith Park and walked to the Griffith Observatory, there we had a good view of the Hollywood sign with amazing views over the city.
I was just browsing BBC News and saw that Keith Flint of the Prodigy sadly took his life.
The music by the Prodigy certainly had an impact in the 90s and my favourite album has to be Jilted Generation. I would often listen to the music late at night while playing certain games on my PC! One particular movie called Hackers pretty much used that album as its sound track for nearly the whole film. Even know it’s kind of a cheesy film to watch, I loved it!
I pretty much associated Prodigy’s music with the rise of computing, gaming, internet culture. There was a feeling of being angry at the world for leaving a generation behind to which many might of bonded together.
Well, where ever you are now Flinty, I hope you have some peace.
I’ve decided to block boomsbeat.com on my router due to the fact that the website wanted to upload two files to my computer, the first being GmlujqCrx0s.swf and the second being JtBuV7ccOZ0.swf
I don’t know what they are other than they are shockwave files, but no website should be trying to upload files to your computer. So this is a warning to my few readers to stay away from that website.
Way back in 1995 two students (John Vechey and Brian Fiete) created a computer game they called Attack Retrieve Capture which they then hosted on a network called Hoopy Entertainment.
This game was effectively a multiplayer game where people around the world with an internet connection could join teams and fight against each other with little flying saucer ships. Before the likes of Modern Warfare and other online games in which eSports has evolved into today. The community then on this game started their own leagues in order to capture the flag and crown the top clan.
Effectively this might have been one of the first ever games to host large numbers of players fighting this style of game. A standard game normally consists of eight players in a 4v4 match. There were other maps that could host 32 players against each other and there were one or two maps that could house 64 players against each other. That’s a lot of players attacking each other in their little ships and maybe this is the historical aspect which has been over-looked by the current industry of techno wizards.
At its height in the 1990s the game had a user base of a few thousand, not a lot but it could have done better if it wasn’t so miss-managed by the companies that brought the game and then swallowed it up into the downfall of Sierra Entertainment.
Sadly, the game is no longer with us, but there are other forms of it out there and the community has passed on. However, it could be said because of the games unique ability for multiplayer it could have been the first to have such high player numbers facing off against each other. Only history will know.
A snippet of ARC I uploaded years ago to YouTube, looks a bit laggy, joggy, but the game played smoothly.