February 23rd, 2015 by Calvero

As I mentioned in my last post, I started my own gaming channel, Calvero Plays.  And I chose to start with my favorite series, Assassin’s Creed.

From the very beginning.

I should say that the game is violent, though not in the way that there is horror or a lot of slashing(okay, a good amount of slashing).  You only can kill who your target is (along with the target’s henchmen).  There’s penalties when you kill innocent people (one of the reasons why I like this series better than Grand Theft Auto).

Below is the first part:

(My microphone level is low,  I’m working on adjusting it.)

There also is a good dose of history throughout the series, which is one of the reasons why I love the series so much.  This first installment of the series takes place during the Third Crusade in 1191 in such places as Damascus, Acre, and Jerusalem.  The music is great (improves IMHO in AC II and Brotherhood), graphics are beautiful, and the game play is fairly good (there have been complaints about it being to repetitive, which is is, but it doesn’t bother me as much).

And this is  combination “Let’s Play” and “Walkthrough” since I have played this before and show where things like flags are, easter eggs, and how to defeat people. It’s not thorough though.  I never have found all the flags, and I’m sure there’s easter eggs that I do not know about, but there’s a bunch that I share.

How I got interested in the series

I do not fit the typical demographic for playing a game like this.  I’m female, in my 40s, and a mom.  So how did it happen?

First thing is the historical aspect.  As I say in the video, I love history.  Any era, it doesn’t matter.  I may not understand Wall Street or wrap my head around various scientific theories, but I love learning about the history of anything. Always have (I have a BA degree in it). And when I was first reading an article about the game in a gaming magazine back in ’07, I thought “Wow! That’s amazing!”  The pictures were great.  I loved that is took place in a different era that was rarely tackled by game developers.

But I was put off by the title. *Assassin’s* Creed. That sounded…well…. violent.  Too violent.

But then Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood came out. And one of my favorite vloggers, Hank Green (one half of the vlogbrothers, and of Crash Course, Sci Show, and interviewing President Obama fame), started playing it:

Then I got drawn into it.  Both the historical part, and the mystery of “The Ones Who Came Before”, the First Civilization, which added a scifi element (where is Ubisoft taking that story anyway?  Do they even know?) drew me in.

The first AC game I actually got to play (since Ubisoft didn’t make any AC games for the Nintendo Wii and it was before I got a XBox 360) was Altair’s Chronicles.  It was a great game, though a side-scroller  which is a different set-up than the 3D-ish POV of AC console games.  The ending was a bit of a let down….

And so now I have completed the first installment through III (AC, AC II, AC Brotherhood, AC Revellations, and AC III, total of 5 console games. Yeah, Ubisoft numbered them weird), didn;t finish IV Black Flag.  Have yet to start Rogue.  At some point I’ll be getting a XBox One and play Unity.  But for right now I’m replaying the first one again, this time recording it.

Come along, won’t you?  See some beautiful cities, meet some historical figures, watch for glitches (for there are bound to be some)!

 

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January 24th, 2015 by Calvero

A Native American, Theodore Roosevelt, a night guard, Attila the Hun, a monkey, an Egyptian Pharaoh, and the night guard’s teen aged son walk onto a bus…

A couple weeks ago I went to see Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  I had only seen bits of the first one so I had an idea of what the series was about. And I also went because I was, in a way, paying my respects to Robin. I did not become a sobbing mess like I thought I would be when it got to the scene where Robin Williams’ Teddy says goodbye to Larry. Not going to lie though, I did get choked up.
Backtracking, it was good to see Dick Van Dyke again (another person from my childhood), though only for a couple minutes.  Mickey Rooney makes an even shorter cameo in his last (?) movie (ah, another one lost in 2014!).  Sir Ben Kingsley makes a regal appearance as the father Pharoah,  and Sir Lancealot is played by Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame)

Ben Stiller returns, making an interesting straight man for a group of somewhat historical misfits.

And this was all preceded by a trailer for the upcoming Peanuts movie (seeing Snoopy fighting the Red Baron has always been one of my childhood’s fondest memories.)

Wow. So many bits of my youth all in one afternoon.

Memorable scenes: The bit with Jedediah and Octavius watching a cat video on YouTube.

Seen in the trailer where Sir Lance and Teddy introduce themselves to each other:

Sir Lancelot: Sir Lancelot, at your service.
Teddy Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America.
Sir Lancelot: I have no idea what that means.

The bit in the MC Escher work, “Relativity” was very smartly done..

Hugh Jackman.  Was not expecting to see him in the movie. Loved when he broke into his Wolverine pose. Lance asks what is he doing. The woman says he’s doing “his Wolverine thing.”

Teddy saying goodbye.  That gutted me.  Didn’t cry, but…(heavy sigh) yeah.

It went viral on tumblr.

I did expect, and laugh, when Teddy gives Larry one more scare just like he did in the first movie.

One of the reasons why I like these types of movies is that you have people from various different places on the panet, and from different historical eras, all working together. And saying things that you would not expect to hear, like Larry slapping Attila the Hun and telling him “Huns don’t hyperventilate” (another one of my favorite lines)

Some extra stuff

I came across some videos playlisted on NYT’s site containing clips of the film, interviews, and trailers.  Here’s one of them.

I read a lot of professional critics saying it wasn’t that good, but I enjoyed it. Not the best movie out there, but definitely a lot of fun. A good popcorn movie.  YouTuber movie reviewer Jeremy Jahns made a good video about his thoughts on it:

Behind the Scenes

And for those of you who like behind the scenes type stuff, Movie Bloopers & Making of uploading 3 parts of various raw clips of the making of the movie.

You can see part 2 here, and part 3 here

Recommended movie for just when you want to have a fun time, and good for kids.  I’m planning on taking my kids to see it.

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January 17th, 2010 by Calvero
  • don’t know what happened, but I had no internet since the 6th. And I survived without the internet for that long! Yes, it can be done! LOL #
  • watching TWit from the other day at CES while I’m cooking dinner http://live.twit.tv/ #
  • watching part 3 of HBO’s John Adams mini series while folding laundry. Really enjoying it (the show that is; laundry, not so much, LOL) #
  • good night! #
  • morning! Cold and breezy 35F #
  • watching @FatherRoderick live while getting things together to take Katie to school http://sqpnconnect.ning.com/ #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — An Open Letter to the YouTube Community http://youtu.be/nBTyZ68uhVo?a #
  • playing part 4 of HBO’s John Adams #
  • home from a long day. eating left over dinner and cranberry juice. watching more of John Adams. #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Davos Week – Day 2: Adam the Alien http://youtu.be/xMLH0NtlCrc?a #
  • good morning! getting ready to head out the door #
  • good morning! #
  • finished watching John Adams last night. Really good mini series. Appreciated more about him & life in the late 18th-early 19th century #
  • had a full day with kids and work. Now some R&R. Feel like watching a Sherlock Holmes story 😀 #
  • Decided on “The Greek Interpreter”, one of my fav Sherlock Holmes stories and adaptations 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG7OwHr4JHU #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Clinton Bush Haiti Fund PSA http://youtu.be/_ke9TuLLbXk?a #

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January 10th, 2010 by Calvero

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October 11th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — NERD ALERT: Presidential Last Words http://bit.ly/1Xxei3 #
  • thanks for putting whole shows online! 🙂 RT @PBS: @jdcoffman good thing you can watch it online here: http://tr.im/ARmg #PBS ^LS #
  • reading Mark Shea’s “The Conservative Bible Project:
    Wingnut ideologues just keep bringin’ the crazy” http://is.gd/40w3i This is *funny* XD #
  • listening to @truckertom ‘s podcast #1177 “Bloggers To Be Regulated” http://www.truckertompodcast.com/?p=1320 #
  • @factory_worker doesn’t look like you can do it within Gmail. Looks like it has to be done on Google Accounts page http://is.gd/41lXs in reply to factory_worker #
  • good night world! #
  • kewl 🙂 RT @TechCrunch: Google Maps Crams In More Info, Wants To Tap Your Inner Lewis And Clark http://bit.ly/14sZX1 by @leenarao #
  • interesting Google logo for today. It’s a barcode #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Martin and Lewis – Dancing Lessons part 1/2 http://bit.ly/5zIIU #
  • Kristi is lovin’ the Mythbusters Marathon on Discovery Channel 🙂 #
  • that’s just… so wrong. RT @MichelleSolomon: Wow. A McDonald’s is being installed in the Louvre. No words. #
  • @hankgreen very cool … Woody-Guthrie-esque kind of way 🙂 in reply to hankgreen #
  • RT @whitehouse: Ask an Astronaut: Quiz Sally Ride, 1st American woman in space. Questions now, Live @ 7pmET http://bit.ly/41Tt9N @NASA #
  • “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.” – unknown #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — ABC phonics song/sounds of the letters – American version http://bit.ly/qkcmb #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Baby Sign Language/ Signing baby http://bit.ly/2IUXWb #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Nerdfighteria Island http://bit.ly/UEJSw #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Bumpersticker Man Goes to Church http://bit.ly/3y2L2E #
  • RT @PBS: NOVA’s This Emotional Life (early ’10) focuses on PTSD, depression, happiness and more. Check out the new site http://tr.im/BezO #

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October 4th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — “I Am a Fine Musician” from The Dick Van Dyke Show http://bit.ly/tBhHH #
  • RT @pcamarata: Up all night in surgery. Now seeing patients in office all day. Next time your doctor is late, try to be understanding ;^) #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Michael Jackson – Beat It, Drum Cover, 4 Year old Drummer http://bit.ly/IXEz9 #
  • RT @Liturgy: FUN VIDEO: Church history in 4 minutes http://tinyurl.com/y9judl3 Laugh & learn #
  • RT @abcnewsradio: Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics #
  • @TIWWH I’ve been meaning to listen to that! Thanks for the reminder 🙂 in reply to TIWWH #
  • RT @Ramona_W: Last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising has died at age 90: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8288156.stm #
  • RT @mashable Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting [Video] http://bit.ly/ZAsiC #

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September 27th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon! #
  • working on Comedy Classics Ning – Updating Feedburner feeds for Twitterfeeds.http://ping.fm/m3JMv . So far, so good! 😀 #
  • RT @DFTBArecords: FREE MP3! Follow @dftbarecords & then RT this msg & we’ll DM you a link to Hank Green’s “Demolition Derby” studio version! #
  • RT @jdcoffman: Yo Neil Patrick Harris, I’m real happy for you & I’mma let you finish but #pbs had the best shows of the year, of all yea … #
  • @poshmama LOL. I send my sympathies 🙂 #
  • came home bout 8, & stayed busy reading to Kate, eating dinner & folding clothes while watching Antiques Road Show & History Detectives #pbs #
  • saved store $500+ when I caught 1 of my customers trying to sneak out with electronics. He didn’t know who he was messing with 😉 #
  • ok, well, I was on the computer long enough (:lol). Time to go to bed! good night 🙂 #
  • back from work. Eating late dinner. Watching #HouseMD http://ping.fm/2QFiX #
  • got a lot of pats on the back & “good job!”s today when everyone found out about me catching the guy from almost stealing $500+ yesterday. #
  • I feel better now! stomach full and thirst quenched. Now to working on my sites #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Smile – Ideas Remain http://bit.ly/2MZnWF #
  • time for bed… good night everyone 🙂 #
  • and here we go again! good morning! #
  • about to watch Special Agent OSO with Katie #disney #
  • went downtown to buy Kristi a recorder for her school music class, $3! 🙂 Nice one too. Easy instrument to maintain for a 10 yr old. #
  • also bought dinner. Sweet & Sour chicken with sugar snap peas stir fry. will be starting to cook that in an hour or so. And with Cuban bread #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Health Care Reform: The Hank Factor http://bit.ly/goLAG #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Paper Towns in Paperback: A How-to Guide http://bit.ly/raUvM #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Where’s Margo! A Nerdfighter Event! http://bit.ly/2zJCc8 #
  • morning! #
  • haning out for a bit in @FatherRoderick ‘s live chat while getting Katie ready for school. Cam’s on, but no one is home http://ping.fm/ICyaC #
  • watching @FatherRoderick at http://ping.fm/AZQMa work on Biggest Loser podcast (joint podcast with @gspn ) #
  • heading out the door for a little me time. #
  • #PlayhouseDisney ‘s site http://ping.fm/0TBZf has faulty link. “Watch Episodes” redirects to Disney UK. Now I have a sad 2 yr old 🙁 #
  • RT @FatherRoderick: Excited about the launch of the ‘Biggest Loser Fan Podcast’ with Cliff & Fr. Roderick! http://www.biggestloserpodcast.com #pabl #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes – The Body Language http://bit.ly/XlGki #
  • watching “‘We’re Just Too White’ The Amazing Pink Things on Arsenio Hall”. 1 thing-they had guts http://bit.ly/2FabDf #
  • just ate a sandwhich on whole wheat bread #pabl . Now eating a moonpie, which is not exactly pabl, lol #
  • RT @GSPN: Biggest Loser Podcast w/ @FatherRoderick is going live right now. Come join us at http://gspn.tv/live #
  • RT @johntesh: Podiatrists say FLIP FLOPS are responsible for MORE health problems than any other type of shoes. http://bit.ly/FbSX2 #
  • testing settings. #
  • @Toddly00: don’t remember 1st DVD I saw, but 1st dvd with commentary was “In the Company of Men” #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Surprising language in the Constitution http://bit.ly/RXRBb #

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September 13th, 2009 by Calvero
  • making chicken cor don bleu for dinner 🙂 #
  • also making garlic mashed potatoes and corn on the cob along with the chicken cordon bleu. Going to be a hearty meal! #
  • good night! see you in the morn #
  • home from work. Ate pancakes for dinner, and now watching @FatherRoderick live from Australia http://ping.fm/RXsfk #
  • time for me to go to bed. Let’s see what happens tomorrow! 🙂 Night! #
  • just got home. watching Obama talk to Congress while following live Tweets about it #
  • Had Beatles songs going through my head at work today. Wonder why? 😀 I Want To Hold Your Hand http://bit.ly/zp352 #
  • good morning! About to pick up Katie from presschool #
  • Beatles in 16 places of Amazon’s Music top 25 (including all of top 5) at the moment http://ping.fm/w2gmp #
  • I gave Katie a pencil and paper to doodle on. She’s “writing” … right to left. Maybe our family has some Jewish blood? #
  • uploading Beatles music that I do have (only a couple albums.. pitiful!) to my Zen player #
  • listening to Beatles, bouncing from ’64 to ’67 while working on one of my sites #
  • watching MSNBC. They are replaying what was on at this exact time 8 yrs ago on the Today show #
  • watching @ricksteves on Hulu visiting Iran http://ping.fm/1qfyC while eating lunch. Katie is watching Charlie Brown & Snoopy #
  • RT @LAWeekly What Would 9-11 Be Like in the Age of Social Media? – Los Angeles Art – Style Council http://bit.ly/1ZcS6 #
  • back from work. Saw several customers wearing NYPD and FDNY shirts today #
  • RT @LIFE: In Praise of 9/11 First Responders: http://bit.ly/4kaXCp #
  • looks like an awesome film! 😀 RT @Liturgy: DOCUMENTARY PREVIEW: Lord save us from your followers http://tinyurl.com/mymg8z #

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September 6th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon everyone!We got back late from church. Girls had a good time. #
  • listening to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" (1 of my favs) on internet radio while making lunch for the girls http://is.gd/2HMe9 #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick 's AudioBoo about his training for a marathon http://ping.fm/1fEAj #
  • goood morning! 🙂 #
  • Sesame Street about to start. And I'm about to put today's first load of laundry in. #
  • listening to internet radio. playing Flock of Seagulls "I Ran" http://bit.ly/5Tg6O
    classic! #
  • listening to TWiT 210 "Banned In Sweden" http://twit.tv/210 interesting talk on Snow Leopard #
  • home from work. eating homegrown pineapple. Sweet! (literally!) #pabl #
  • listening to Great Speeches in History Podcast "Eulogy for Robert Kennedy" http://is.gd/2KonZ Had heard parts for years, but not all. #
  • finishing up reading "The Almost Hopeless Challenge Of Web Security" at TechCrunch http://is.gd/2KrhZ #
  • good night! #
  • good morning! (soon to be afternoon here) #
  • Katie is in for her nap (not quite asleep yet), I put a second load of wash, and looking into updating my forums http://ping.fm/sAZdM #
  • RT @BeatlesTweets: If you live in the USA, VH1 Classic has a Beatles retrospective show tonight with music videos and a screening of Help! #
  • RT @uncultured: After seeing these photos, I want to move to Switzerland – http://bit.ly/15wixU #
  • girls are in bed :). I feel fortunate that they do not put up a fuss when it's bedtime #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick 's "Traveling Light" AudioBoo as he's going to Hong Kong http://ping.fm/Qzx7J #
  • also trying to figure out how to upgrade my forums. It looks easy…. for me to mess up, lol. I think I know what to do now (X-ing fingers) #
  • RT @realjohngreen: I just finished @scottwesterfeld's LEVIATHAN. So fun, so brilliant. Trailer: http://bit.ly/yOXBp #
  • watching "Health Care Overhaul" cartoon using @realjohngreen 's audio from 1 of his earlier vids http://bit.ly/CLrYp #
  • not having luck with upgrading forums. I'll have to continue with it tomorrow. #
  • good night all. time for bed #
  • good morning 🙂 #
  • watching Special Agent OSO w/ Katie http://ping.fm/WzHQb #
  • RT @poshmama: Just sayin' if you don't use soap it's not washing your hands but only rinsing them. #
  • Katie is in for her nap and quiet. And I'm cooking lunch and writing letters (yes, with pen and paper… card rather :D) #
  • Found out from reading (no pun intended) @levarburton 's tweets that Reading Rainbow got canceled! Majorly bummed 🙁 NPR- http://is.gd/2NXbB #
  • Sounds like Katie is awake now. Time to get her lunch ready #
  • listening to @leolaporte 's "Tech Guy" podcast http://twit.tv/ttg592 while taking care of lunch dishes #
  • trying to continue writing cards, but kids keep interrupting. Enjoying them going to bed is no mystery! lol #
  • Decided earlier that I would rough draft on the pc first before wasting a card. Times like now (Katie hanging on me) is one of the reasons. #
  • night! #
  • hello, I must be going. I came to say that I cannot stay. I must be going… Lala! – had a Groucho moment 🙂 http://is.gd/2RadR Night! #
  • good morning 🙂 #
  • morning! came back early from church. I'm tired from working really late last night & Kristi wasn't feeling well. #

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September 9th, 2008 by Calvero

That’s what I would eventually like to be. And I’m not deterred by the fact that I’m 35 either.

To some, you should have you’re life figured out by then. You’re almost middle aged!

But Life has a way of working in a different way than what you expected.  But the dream lives on through marriage, kids, and divorce.

Mark (ex-husband) poo-pooed the idea of me being a writer.  Sometimes he was supportive but with everything else that was going on, I was majorly discouraged from writing.  I have managed to keep some of my notes and short stories that I have written, and still add onto that.

So what makes me think I could be a writer? Well, throughout my schooling years I was told by all my english teachers plus other teachers that I would have to write essays for, would tell me I had a real good talent for writing.  And as the years went by, the teachers never seemed like they were trying to say something nice, but they were consistent.  Of course, my papers were not lacking in corrections, but the teachers would make compliments on my style.  And all teachers encouraged me to do something with it.

So what kind of writing do I want to get into?  Mainly historical fiction.  And a bit of sci-fi because I love the idea of time travel.  Right now I am working on a story that will mostly take place in Acient Rome.  I have not decided whether it will take place before Caesar, after Jesus, or what.  Maybe jump around to different eras.  Acient Rome lasted a looong time, over 1000 years.  The empire was just part of it.

Kristi is also interested in it, which is also part of the reason why I choose a Roman story.  She loves (or I should say “loved”. I lost the discs when we moved :() playing Casear IV on the computer, and I would explain the different buildings, classes of people.  She loved building her own Roman Empire :).  And she watched a documentary that came with it, and looked at My Roman books, and checked out a couple more from the library.

When I told her my idea of writing a story, she loved it.  And she wanted to read what I had written which wasn’t much at the time.

And while I was writing the Roman story, which starts of in present day in Somewhere, Some state, USA. I started writing another story changing from a different POV that takes place in the 1950s and I just kept writing.  I have not decided whether to combine those.

I have decided to write it the younger set but still enjoyable for “old people” like me. Something like J K Rowling did with her…oh what was that series… She sold one or two copies. OH YEAH! That Harry Potter kid.

And yes, I’m kidding :). 

Rowling is an inspiration for me with her writing the first Potter book while being a mom and divorced.  That gives me some hope there!

And time for me to go back and deal with being a mom…

If you haven’t done it already, please vote for my essay!

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