iOS 5


Now I was a bit late to post this the other day, but I’m going to post it NOW.

Basically Apple announced the release of iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and their new iCloud service sometime during September. Now If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a bit of an Apple Fanboy but stop there! You can’t bag me out for being an Apple fanboy if you have an iPhone, iPod, iPad or iMac . . . because unless you have android . . . uh . . . nevermind, I’m going crazy.


What I’m most looking forward to this September is iOS 5, which adds a better notification system (yes, I know, Android’s had a notification system since forever . . . sigh), it makes the iOS completely independent, meaning it won’t need a computer to sync with anymore, it brings some new built in apps and the iCloud service which means you can download all the stuff you’ve already purchased FREE for no extra charge. Which is great.

The other things that are new are only minor, (in my opinion) like built in Twitter, crop and image controls in the photos app, better Safari, WiFi sync . . . wait, I quite LOVE THE IDEA OF WIFI SYNC . . . *cough* sorry about that, heh . . . just burst out all of a sudden. My apologies. No seriously though, I was using the WiFi sync when my iPod was jailbroken not too long ago, it takes longer, but if you just have your iPod lying on your bedside table during the day it will sync all your songs and stuff right over to iTunes, which is really handy, and automatic.

Apple’s iCloud service, at this stage, only shines a few benefits for me, being able to download purchases for free. That’s probably the only thing I’ll use that for, because I don’t like the idea of syncing all of my personal data up to some hard drive in the sky, especially with all the hacking that’s been going on with the websites like Sony, Code Masters, phones and  government websites.


This has been a short post, but the reason is, there’s really no point in me repeating everything that’s on the Apple website. If you go to any news website everything that they have about iOS 5, Lion and iCloud is all the same stuff that’s on the website, it’s pretty stupid.

So go check out the Apple website here, and find out more about iOS 5 if you’re interested.




Nation Of Design

Hey folks, don’t expect a really, really large heartfelt-post . . . I’m doing the equivalent to a dine and dash, except no laws are broken and no one leaves farting like trooper because they were forced to get up and go while all the gases were swirling around insi . . . yeah, okay that’s really crossed the line. Sorry.

No what I was going to tell you about is my involvement in the website Nation Of Design, I should be producing a series of tutorials for the site soon, just giving some basic graphics tutorials and so forth. If you’re already a member of Nation Of Design you can find me here. I go by the name Benagain, you know, it’s basically, “Oh no, it’s Ben . . . again.’

That’s where that name originated . . .

[important]Anyways I just uploaded some Nation Of Design wallpapers, which you can see the topic for here, or you can download the Nation Of Design wallpapers I made right here.[/important]

Well! That’s it, a quick micro-blog . . . hmmm maybe I should use twitter after all.





Halo 4 E3 Announcement

Last time we saw Master Chief  (Apart from the easter eggs in Halo Reach) was at the end of Halo 3, the secret ending that you had to complete the game on the Legendary difficulty to see. It showed Master Chief on the  Forward Unto Dawn frigate, just after witnessing the Arbiter make it safely back to Earth, it appeared as though Master Chief had died, as the other half of the Forward Unto Dawn had been completely ripped away. After the credits if you played the game on Legendary, you see Master Chief climb into a cryochamber, he asks Cortana to tell him if she needed help, and then he closes the chamber and the game ends there.

But it appears that whole cryochamber thing is actually going somewhere, Halo 4 is the next installment to the Halo franchise, unfortunately this Halo game will be produced by 343 Industries just like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, we’ll find out if this is actually a good thing once the games come out, at this stage though many are incredibly skeptical.

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Halo 4 will be coming out by the end of 2012 . . . maybe this is what the end of the world prophecy means . . . but because Halo 4 is coming out at this time it’s most likely that will not be coming out on the Xbox 360, by then the next Xbox console would have come out, and what a game to ship with the all new hardware. The bonus with this is, the graphics may actually be pretty intense, but the problem is, it’s going to take forever before we get to play it . . .

Now there’s a lot that’s unknown about Halo 4, as 343 Industries only gave us this short film clip . . . a teaser . . . dammit

There’s heaps going on in the few seconds of footage, we see that Cortana is waking John (Master Chief) up, and we also see that out of nowhere Master Chief has obtained a jetpack, he’s been in a cryochamber for crying out lout, where on earth did he get it from? We can also see that he must have been in there for a considerable amount of time, as there is snow building up beneath the other chambers.

We then see at  the end, that the Master Chief is heading towards a large vessel, most likely a Covenant ship of some sort, and we can all but assume that this Covenant ship isn’t filled with the lovely, friendly Elites we all met in Halo 3 . . .

From now til 2012, 343 Industries will no doubt let out more teasers, secrets and images. Until these teasers come out we can expect that the game play will be similar to Halo Reach, and the graphics will completely kick a____

Here’s some of the images we’ve been able to get our hands on so far of Halo 4.

Nothing there

By the way, you will notice that I haven’t categorised the Halo 4 and the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary post under “Xbox 360”, this is because these games may not come out on the Xbox 360, at this point I’m almost certain Halo 4 will come out on the next Xbox console, as of the Halo Combat Evolved remake it will most likely be an Xbox 360 release, but at this point I’ll leave it…


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Well for those that don’t know, the E3 gaming event is an annual convention for the announcements of new gaming technologies, this year it’s held on the 7th of June right through til the 9th, and already what’s been released/announced has been pretty exciting.

343 Industries, the company that is now responsible for the Halo franchise after Microsoft put an end to Bungie Studios, has announced the release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on the 15th November 2011. This ‘new’ Halo title is a complete remake of the first ever Halo game released, just with revamped graphics, high def-audio and it also looks as though there will also be the assassination abilities from the most recent Halo title Halo Reach. In my opinion though . . . it doesn’t actually look that better.

Here’s my first complaint for 343 Industries . . . WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MASTER CHIEF? As you can see above, the original Master Chief kicks the remake’s ass. The new armour looks ridiculous, his helmet just doesn’t look the part, now that 343 Industries has taken control are we playing Halo anymore? Or some try hard echo of what Halo use to be?

Anyways, the campaign has been completely reworked, as you can see I’ve laid out the original, followed by the remake for reference. You can definitely see the Halo Reach engine coming into play, especially with the one below, which has gone from a block-like . . . block . . . to the sleek-shiny metal that we’ve seen in Halo 3 and Halo Reach.

My major problem with what they’re doing, is the fact that they’re remaking  a historic landmark, not that it’s a bad thing, but when you try and do a remake of a legacy there’s a huge expectation. Yeah doing up all the graphics is good, but the legacy is what it is, because of . . . what it is. At the end of the day, people will still go back and play the original Halo Combat Evolved because it was the first Halo game, the sole reason, is because it’s the first Halo game, they want to go back and play it old-school and see where the franchise all started. It’s like all us gaming-geeks that still have the Duke Nukem and Legend Of Zelda games, we play them because they’re classics.

Screenshots (Click to enlarge)


A familiar level? Is it not?

This is the all new look of the level “The Silent Cartographer.”

The maps appear to have been revamped pretty well, the campaign has been completely regenerated, along with all of the multiplayer maps.

Well, that’s a little round-up on the E3 announcement of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Stick around for my other posts, I’ve got Halo 4 to talk about, which is the other announcement from 343 Industries. If you’re interested you can get a better glimpse of what the new game will involve by watching the E3 trailer below:


Hello, how are you going.

The last thing that I should be thinking about during the school holidays is, well, school. But it just so happens that I’ve been eager to talk to you about the stuff we’ve been learning during math class (no, I’m not losing my mind.) The main reason for my sudden story-telling urge, is that my math class is in fact being taught by . . . wait for it . . . by the Master Of The Universe.

You heard me correctly! The Master Of The Universe is teaching my math class! Isn’t that exciting? In fact so exciting that I’ve just ended 3 sentences on one line just by using exclamation marks and a question thingy-ma-bob. Anyways, when I say the Master of The Universe I’m simply going by what he said, I don’t know if he can actually bend time, mold black holes into the shape of Kyle Sandilands’s career (which isn’t that hard) or even compact the swirling storms of Jupiter into the space the size of a 5 cent coin just by winking.

I honestly don’t know, but he said that he’s the Master Of The Universe, and he’s a teacher, so he must be telling the truth. (Just in case your thick . . . I’m joking, I don’t seriously believe that he’s the Master Of The Universe, that role is already taken by me. (Just in case you’re really, really thick, that was a joke too.(Gee, look at me using brackets like a programmer…)))

What I want to talk about though, is what we’re learning, trigonometry.

In trigonometry you have a hypotenuse, the longest side, an opposite, the side opposite theta, an adjacent, the side below/next to theta and then you have theta.

Theta is a Greek numeral, but it’s used in trigonometry a bit like a pronumeral, it’s essentially an unknown value. It is the number of degrees in that corner of the triangle, in this case theta is 40 degrees.

Opposite isn’t a Greek numeral, it’s simply a value opposite of the theta sign, you’ll need to know where the opposite, hypotenuse and adjacent is when figuring out trigonometry questions.

Adjacent is the value below the theta sign. Remember if you are working with a triangle which has been rotated, then you’re adjacent might not be below theta.

Anyways! The one I wanted to mention here was the hypotenuse it’s the longest side of a right-angled triangle. But why am I talking about the hypotenuse? Well, it just so happens that I misread it a few times, and referred to it as hypo-tennis-shoe which is exactly what it looks like when you read it quickly, well, not really . . . but it sounds like it if you read it ten times reeeeallly fast.

[important]Hypo-ten-u-se, maybe it looks more like tissue, or hypo-ten-use . . . but it’s actually pronounced ‘hi-pot-en-youse’ . . .[/important]

Anyways! Back to the Master Of The Universe!

Our math teacher, a relief teacher who I won’t name the name of because he goes by the title “The Master Of The Universe”, has an interesting way of teaching. He’s always drawing these really weird pictures to explain things, along with using weird analogies such as sunbathing and nighttime-snooping to describe tangent and adjacent.

It’s rather exciting to say the least, each math lesson TMOTU (You know what it stands for . . .  I’m getting sick of typing it) comes up with so many weird and wacky stories, that Paul Jennings or Steven Moffat would go into shock, throwing their careers out the drain because they simply can’t compete with the mind that is TMOTU.

To the right you can see a ‘re-enactment’ of one of the wacky pictures TMOTU drew, as you can see, to find the opposite you have to imagine a man standing at the tip of the triangle where theta is and looking right through to the other side. The opposite.

I tried to re-draw his masterpiece as best as I could, but my drawing skills are no match for the Master Of The Universe…..

Imagine I came into your house at night and shone a flashlight from above directly down into your face, and you screamed out ‘aaaaaah!'”

– The Master Of The Universe describing the adjacent side in correspondence to the theta symbol.

Now I don’t intend to bag anyone out at all, I think that even though his methods seem rather strange and bizarre, they actually work really well. Because us, being the kids we are, take the funny gobbly-goop that he says and pass it on, which is essentially teaching heaps more people, take a look at all the stuff I said about trigonometry above . . . It’s proof that even though he comes across as weird, I think that he’s actually doing it on purpose. A deceptive plan for educating the youth, he’s the Master Of The Universe after all, he knows these things.

Well, I’ll be seeing you later, I’ve got some pretty interesting posts to do during the rest of the holidays, so stay connected.