I’ve Yet To See The Northern Lights

I want to see them.

Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Its a natural light display in the sky in high altitude usually found in the Arctic/Antarctic regions.

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For the scientifically inclined, they are formed by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere. The collision forms energy to release in the form of large auroras circling around the poles. Depending on the altitude, the color of the aurora varies. Higher altitudes are red in color due to Oxygen emissions, lower altitudes are green from Nitrogen emissions; and here’s the cool part: Yellow and Pink auroras are a mixture of red and green together. Blue and Purple auroras are at even lower altitudes.

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These auroras show up as a diffuse glow or ‘flowing curtains’ that are constantly changing and evolving.

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I’ll see them one day.

Creativity.

John Cleese is an awesome person. I remember laughing so much when I watched Monty Python and The Holy Grail for the first time. I loved everything about a killer rabbit, holy hand grenades, and an extremely stubborn dark knight. What took me in was how creative the ideas were, and seeing movies like this got my brain activity spiking way off the charts. So when I came upon this awesome video:

It hit home for me. I had believed myself a rebel by thinking the way I did and not conforming to the usual mind set of a ‘mature’ adult. It just wasn’t in my nature.

Get your Broforce on.

Its the weekend and boy am I glad its here. A much needed rest is due but as always I don’t actually get any real rest until Sunday as the niece and nephew visit every Saturday. I love those two little soft rolls, I do, with all that energy and playfulness stored up inside. Its when their energy just seems limitless that I have to hide in my room from time to time to recharge my own. Other times I’m lucky and they’re sitting down quietly enjoying an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with a bowl of biscuits between them. Today was not that day.

During one of my few respites, I was fiddling though my computer files and found a .zip file for a demo I forgot about. It was the alpha build for Broforce. Haven’t heard of it? Check out the trailer:

As if it wasn’t obvious enough, this cool 8-bit styled platforming shoot-em-up game has you playing as the many different action heroes from famous Hollywood movies and shows. Ranging from the Texas Ranger, John Matrix, Mr.T and even Blade, this game is brotastic! I highly recommend giving this game a try. You can grab the free demo “Brototype” here and check out their Greenlight page for more information.

This game is way too much fun, and I hope they consider 2 player co-op\competitive in the full version. Have fun.

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Here’s A Tune For You.

Here’s something for you guys who are sick of mainstream music (which is probably everyone by now). While trudging through today, I realized I was working in complete silence and decided to roll the dice with Youtube by typing “Indie Music” on the search bar. What I found did not disappoint.

Here’s the band that I’ve been listening to the whole day, and perhaps much longer from now on.

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These guys are from Ireland and have been playing as a band since 2011, they’ve been getting around with their alternative tunes, leading up to their first album titled “Never” which also happens to be the name of the song that got me interested.

I like them in a very nostalgic way, the sound of the the guitar and his voice seems to fit so well, letting my mind reminisce freely.

Also here’s a game on Newgrounds that I found a few days ago. Its a simple defense game with upgrades, but the humor and art style is really enjoyable. Give it a go, you’ll find yourself spending about an hour so playing it, even if the mechanics are not your slice of pie, you’ll still find the humor entertaining. So peace off!

The Peacekeeper.

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Humble Deep Silver Bundle!

The awesome people at Humble Indie Bundle have put another set of games for you to get your hands on with a donation (of any amount) to their charity. The bundle offer will be available until August 13.

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This time around its the Humble Deep Silver Bundle, named after the publishing company which put out some pretty sweet games like Saints Row The Third and Dead Island. For this bundle, a donation of less then US$5 will get you Saints Row: The Third (Awesome game!), Saints Row 2 (Also good!), Risen 2: Dark Waters & Sacred 2 Gold Edition with the download link for the OSTs. Paying more than US$5 will get you Dead Island and Saints Row:The Third Full Package that includes all the great DLC missions you wouldn’t have otherwise + OST’s. And for those with more money to spare, giving US$25 or more will get you all previous games and the sequel to Dead Island; Dead Island: Riptide.

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As with previous humble bundles, you can allocate the amount you’ve given between the developer\publisher (Deep Silver), the Charity pot and the Humble Tip for the good people putting in the hard work to do this.

I highly recommend getting Saints Row: The Third Full Package as it is an amazingly fun game to play. Its essentially GTA minus all the realism, its wacky, outrageously funny and extremely fun to play. The perfect game to get your hands on when you want to unwind and just turn off your brain for a while. And the DLC missions are a real joy to play as well, like the one which puts you as a lead actor in a sci-fi movie shoot with a bias director or the one where a hardcore fan accidentally brings back an old friend from the dead, leading up to a very epic Frankenstein inspired story.

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For those more inclined to playing RPG’s Risen 2 & Sacred 2 will be decent games to go through. I haven’t played either before, which gives me incentive to try them out, although I have played the first Sacred and enjoyed it quite a bit. Dead Island is the only multiplayer centered game (4 players co-op) for you and your friends, and its actually not that bad. Light RPG elements combined with a hack & slash\FPS zombie game is always fun to play with a couple of friends on a weekend.

Well if any of these sound exciting to you, go ahead and donate some cash. These games might just be the thing to fill your time during the coming Raya holidays.