Monthly Archives: July 2014

Welcome to Emerald!

No, you did not read that incorrectly.  No, you are not seeing things.  Yes, this used to be what you thought it used to be.  This is no longer that thing.

Without all the bells and whistles, here’s the new logo:

eslogoThe little guy in the corner’s name is Geoff.  And I imagine he just popped in and is saying “whatcha doin’ in there?”  Yes, that’s what he’s saying.

Lime has things associated with the domain that I no longer want to be associated with.  After 14 years of trying, I am throwing in the towel on trying to turn the site into something and just like an NFL team “turning things around,” I’ve changed the uniforms and altered the name to get rid of the history.

No more emulating anyone.  No more trying to be something I’m not.  No more trying to do things that I will lose interest in after a short period of time.  Time for change has come.

Emerald Specter is about to start doing things that will define the site… 2015 is going to be the big “eye opening experience” for anyone checking the place out.  I hope you’ll come back, tell your friends, and we can all have a rip roaring good time together.

A Review of Assassin’s Creed III (The Movie)

This is the review of the third (numbered) installment of the YouTube movie series for Assassin’s Creed.

ac3My favorite line comes from the mentor to the assassin in this one: “I’m not even going to try to pronounce (his name).”  The main character’s actual name is Ratonhnhaké:ton, though he is also called Connor… which is how I’m going to identify him.

Connor is the result of a swerve at the beginning, which is a twist in the story, and once we see Connor is the one we are going to be following.  He starts out in much the same way Ezio did, not really knowing what he needed to know but we get to see the progress happen a little more quickly than we did with Ezio.  The other thing is the deep connection to the Revolutionary War, which in my opinion, was a great backdrop to the action going on.

The story was enthralling enough to keep me watching right through in one sitting, which is the first time I’ve done that with these AC movies… and this is the final bell for Desmond, but I won’t tell you why that is… you should check the movie out to find out why!

I give this one five out of five stars AND I think this is the best one so far…

These Times They Are A Changing

Did you notice the change in the background?  If you haven’t, you’re probably too new here to have caught that… for those that did, I hope that something in your mind said “hey, what’s with the different thing?”  That’s what I would like to mention.

When I bought Lime way back in 2000, I wanted a website that could be quirky and emulate one (or more) of the websites that I found interesting back at the time.  As time went on, those sites I wanted to emulate changed but I wanted to emulate someone.  I’ve had some favorite designs but overall, I’ve been fairly dissatisfied with the results and 14 years later, Lime has been born again and trying to become something new, some truly original.

Whether the fault lies with just me or has been the inconsistency over the years, Lime has been many things but almost none of them have stuck around long enough to get any traction.  That, in my eyes, means it’s time for a fresh start.

Over the course of the next few months I’ll be altering the website to reflect the new identity, the new URL.  Lime will shortly become empty, dead, whatever, and will be replaced by something that has no history, no track record, and nothing associated with it.  Those who are inquisitive enough, or smart enough, will figure out what the new URL is within a few minutes and the rest of you will just have to wait until I announce the change.

I’m not blasting the site clean.  I’m not uninstalling and reinstalling anything.  From this moment on, things will slowly transition and just like the WWE, I’ll slowly stop calling myself one thing and start calling myself another.  When that new thing starts is when I’ll try to kick the new vision into high gear.

Lime lasted from January 4, 2000 to July 12, 2014… essentially.  I will actually retain control of the domain name in the hopes someone would like to buy it and use it for something different, but the new domain name will become my new online identity.

This is your warning.  Don’t be shocked when more things change, because they WILL change.  Just know that I’m altering my online identity and that should result in a renewed vigor for creativity.

I’m moving to a new place, why not start online fresh, too?

A Review of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (The Movie)

Yes… a YouTube movie review again.

ac2revEzio is back in this final installment, well, final for Ezio.  We get some Inception this time around, though, as Desmond is in the Animus watching what Ezio is doing, who is also getting a lot of Altair’s life… a dream within a dream within a dream.  That’s kind of heavy.

We get ALMOST to the end of the Desmond Miles saga as Ezio brings us to a place where we can all go “holy crap that is awesome.”  The last Ezio adventure also shows us that the man, while awesome, is running on fumes.  The “elder statesman” role is something I don’t like to see Ezio doing but he manages to be cool right up to the point where we realize that this is the last hoorah.

In case anyone was wondering, I’ll use this opportunity to say that some of us aren’t good at games like this.  Those that are tend to be a specific type of person and the great guy who put these movies together has given me the chance to witness the awesome story without having to be ashamed of my gaming skills.  I give this one five out of five stars for content, but I’ll say that AC2 is still better.

A Review of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (The Movie)

As before, this is for the movie on YouTube of the game footage/storyline of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

ac2broThe second installment of the Ezio trilogy comes in where we left off in Assassin’s Creed II, although this story doesn’t span quite as many years as the previous installment, we are given a very nice chunk of Ezio’s story in this story.

Desmond also comes to learn some interesting tidbits as the modern day crew is on their own chase, which turns out in the end… something you should check out for yourself.

Overall, I think that I liked AC2 more but I’ll still be giving this one five out of five stars for the effort, the story, and I am actually interested in the next installment because of where this one leaves off…

The Review of Assassin’s Creed II (The Movie)

Just like the last Assassin’s Creed movie I reviewed, this one is also from YouTube and is made of game footage.  There will be more reviews for future installments, but this one is for Assassin’s Creed II.

ac2The first installment followed Altair, through the perspective of Desmond in the modern day, but this one follows a whole new assassin: Ezio.  This one is the most famous of the group, as I am coming to discover, as there have been more stories told around this assassin than any other.  This is the origin story for Ezio, though, and that only accents the Desmond mystery we are learning more about.

Ezio’s father was an assassin and when his family is murdered by the Templars, Ezio takes up the garb and is trained by several characters we meet along the way to exact his revenge.  Having also listened to the audio book about this particular installment, I have to say that Ezio’s origin is a long one but well worth the effort.

I have to give this one a five out of five stars because of the two I’ve reviewed so far, this one was better.  I did like Altair’s tale but we find out so much more about what is really going on with Desmond in this particular installment.  As with most video games, I am wondering if these will be getting better as they go.  The graphics definitely improved!

Kristen Stewart is Famous… You Are Not

To everyone who says that Keanu Reeves is a cardboard cutout of an actor.  To everyone who says Kristen Stewart’s facial expressions range at just one.  To everyone who says that any famous person, especially one who gets a lot of work, is two dimensional… just remember one thing: they are famous and you are not.

KS_haters_gonna_hateKeanu Reeves has played a wide range of roles in his time as an actor, yet, people only ever associate him with “Ted” from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  If he wasn’t a good actor, at least somewhat, he wouldn’t keep getting top notch roles in Hollywood.  These aren’t even B or C list roles, people, they are A list roles.  Hell, he’s headlining more often than he isn’t and he’s played everything from a time traveling writer to white trailer trash.  The man can act and despite what you think, he’s way more famous than you are… which means if you think he’s terrible, what does that make you?  You couldn’t act your way out of the living room while watching a cereal commercial on Saturday morning, so don’t judge.

Kristen Stewart has been getting top notch roles, too.  She’s got more than one facial expression and I don’t give a damn what anyone says: she is hot.  Hating on her?  Well, the same logic I just used on Keanu up there applies to Kristen Stewart, too.  Hell, she’s now part of one of the most popular franchises out there… and you all hate that because you want to double dip hating the author, who I can use the “you couldn’t write your name compared to Stephenie Meyer”, and hating the actress… who you know has more talent in her left butt cheek than you do in your entire ancestry.

Just shut up.  I’m tired of hearing you hate on someone, justifying it however you will.  Hate them.  But do it quietly.

iOS vs. Android


I don’t like Android.  My dislike of the OS is based on having actually used a version, multiple versions actually, and I dislike the experience.  The phone that actually drove me to iPhone was the phone running Android 2.something… and the phone was a Samsung, which was a double suck.

This isn’t about how much I don’t really like Android.  (Before you judge, I was using the most current version of Android on the tablet I was using to play Ingress on.)  This is about how much of the excuses I like to term as “lame” people use to justify why they don’t like the competitor.

I’ll use some metaphors, first.

I don’t like Coke because the can is red.  Really?  You don’t like the can so you don’t like the taste?

I don’t like Pepsi because the company is run by a douche.  Well, based on that you should really be hating on the Hobby Lobby assholes, right?  Disliking the product because of the person who runs the company is lame-sauce supreme.

I’ve been told that iOS is terrible because the phone doesn’t have a “back” button.  I’ve been told iOS is awful because you can’t arrange the icons into the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head.  I’ve been told iOS sucks because Steve Jobs is a douche bag.  I’ve been told iOS lacks awesome because it doesn’t run “X” app.

How many of those excuse wielding idiots have actually used iOS?  None.  Not one single person who used those excuses has even used the OS.  How can you hate something you have never experienced?  I don’t like Android, but I’ve USED the OS.

The same argument against Macs have been used to favor Windows, too.  You can’t tinker on a Mac.  Windows has more options.  Windows is this… Windows is that… You know what?  I don’t WANT to tinker.  I don’t WANT those options because those options come with viruses.  I use a Mac, and iOS, because it just WORKS.  I don’t need to have defray run every other day, I don’t have to pull the battery out of my phone to get it to start working again.  My stuff just WORKS.  And the best part: it all works TOGETHER.

Next time you open your mouth to complain that iOS sucks or that Android can’t do this… stop.  Stop and actually try using the other one.  I don’t mean play around with an iPod at Best Buy for a whopping 37 seconds, I’m talking about using the phone for something longer than a week.  Maybe you’ll find out that the choice isn’t right for you… but at least you’ll have an excuse better than “I can’t buy an iPhone in fuchsia.”  I can’t help you, you’re stupid.

Ingress for iOS has Arrived

It’s about damn time, too.

photoThe game that I’ve been playing on a crappy Android tablet, tethered to my wife’s HotSpot, is finally out for iOS so that I can Ingress wherever, and whenever, I choose.  Starting this morning, I got to stretch my playing legs to squeeze in some early morning play by walking a bit before work.  After work, there was more Ingress playing involved and I couldn’t be happier.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate.

In the iOS version, you apparently can’t submit portals yet.  Well, slight snag, sure, but I can still do almost everything else one can do in the game.  Hell, my primary goal today was setting up, linking, and hacking as much as possible… and I get to do it all again tomorrow!

This topic will segue into a topic later this week but let me tell you that for now, Ingress is wicked awesome and my enthusiasm for the game is through the roof!

Go Ingress!

So, So Tired of Haters for the Sake of Hating

Listen up, tools: I’m tired of hating for the sake of hating.  If you do this, you’re a loser.  End of story.

Let’s look at the first thing I’m sick of hearing about being “terrible”: the Star Wars prequels.  You claim to be a big Star Wars fan but you hate half of the movies that came out?  Doesn’t sound like much of a fan to me.

prequelsSo the dialog is a little corny, stiff, or silly.  So some of the names of characters aren’t epic as “chewing tobacco” and “calamari.”  If you don’t love them, you don’t have to.  Just accept them because they are, whether or not you like them, canon.  They ARE part of Star Wars and they will ALWAYS BE part of Star Wars.  Stop whining, you sound like a four year old.

There’s something else to think about… there is an entire generation of kids that have grown up with the prequels as their movies, making the originals look dated and slow.  When you die off, no one will give a crap because you’re not famous or important.  Your opinion will die with you.  Just like their opinion will die with them because the Sequel Trilogy will represent another new generation.

Suck on that, haters.

How about the hate for Twilight?  If you hate Twilight so much, losers, why do you spend almost every waking moment ridiculing it?

KS_haters_gonna_hateThe “better love story than Twilight” is about to become passé.  By that I mean that the phrase is so overused by so many losers that it looses all meaning.  It’s the new “that’s what she said,” which was the replacement for “your mom.”  Yes, the lame “your mom” is exactly what “a better love story than Twilight” has become.  You’re lame.  Yes, you.

Stop hating.  If you really hate something, give it ZERO attention.  ZERO.  Z-E-R-O.  What gives things like this grounds to thrive?  ATTENTION.  Yes, you want to hate Twilight, do it silently.  You want to hate Hunger Games?  Do it silently.  You want to hate Stephen King or Anne Rice?  Do it silently.  The more publicity you give something the more traction that something gets the more popular that something gets and thus the more “in your face” that something gets.

See?  You’re too lame to even figure that out.

Think about it for just a second before opening your pie hole.