Thursday, March 26, 2009

So Facebook has taken up most of my posting and updates...

I'll try to keep this going as well :) Anyways, Here is a nice site.

Twin Galaxies

This is the official video game record site for anything from consoles, handhelds, to arcade games. You saw some of this in the King of Kong documentary. If you haven't seen this movie, please check it out! It's great even for non gamers. Trust me! My wife, Sheri, even loved it.

Anyways, the point of this post is I've always been curious about the high score on Galaga. I was pretty good at that game back in the days and one time when I was 12 or so, I played so long and had such a high score, my grandparents made me quit and come back to the room in our hotel. Man, I always wondered how high I could have scored on that game. I was definitely in another zone. So in researching I found some high scores on the Twin Galaxies site. You can check them here...

Galaga High Scores

They have various scores for different versions and rules on the game. If I had the time to devote, I believe I could be one of these..err..maybe..

Oh and my Facebook page is here....

Sean Willsey

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Let us not forget the sacrifices by so many....

Sorry to get so deep and serious here but I just returned from an amazing gathering. It's a WWII focused history class at Regis University here in Denver. I've been meaning to make one of these last year but missed out. But tonight that was not the case.

A radio station 1430am here in Denver hosts this special series at Regis. They get everyone from famous authors like Kershaw who did the Bedford Boys, The Long Winter, and many other WWII books, as well as 4 WWII veterans to speak in front of the class. This class has students but is open to the public. And let me tell you, the place was packed! I barely got there in time to get a seat and that was 30 minutes before the discussion took place.

We heard from 2 8th Air force veterans who served about B-17's to a medic to a 3rd Army vet under Patton. All of their stories so unique and touching at times. Of course there was a alot of humor to be had as well. These guys still know how to cut up every now and then. One of the men, who was a gunner on the B-17 mentioned having difficulty with a B-17 in route from Nebraska to England. They had to touch down in the US(forgot location) and the tower said " Put your God Damn gear down idiots! " cause they were fully loaded with ammo, and fuel and forgot to put down the gear during landing. Funny stuff.

There was even tension as a former B-17 pilot, Joe, mentioned that he went from being an 18 year old to being transformed into a "killer" at which time the other 8th Air Force waist gunner piped up and said " I take offense to that, I'm not a killer! I was sent to do a job but I'm not a killer! " So it was insight to see how these men still felt to this day about their role in the great war.

Overall, it was an experience to be remembered. I am hoping to get to see next Tuesday's discussion of the war in the Pacific which is close to me due to my grandfather's role as a radio man in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. Should be another great listen.

Listed here are the names...

Phil Antonelli - 3rd Army ( Patton's Army )
Mike Quering - 8th Air Force - Waist Gunner
Joe Clarke - 8th Air Force - Pilot
Vinton Guy - Medic for 55th General Hospital - Europe
Also author Alex Kershaw - Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, Escape from the Deep (story of the sub USS Tang that sank )

For now here is a link to the class...

Monday, February 2, 2009

GI Joe Trailer - Snake Eyes!

Had to post this here too although once the baby comes, I'm gonna have to find a babysitter to see this one! :P

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Transformers a young teen would say " OMG "

Just can't help myself. Yes Michael Bay sucks for story and emotional type movies but damn he can bring it when it comes to action and "popcorn" flicks. Saw the trailer on Super Bowl and about transformed in my pants. Looked amazing! I was under the impression the large Decepticon fighting Optimus Prime at the end was Devastator but are saying on the internets it's just one of the constructicons. Which would make Devastator friggin huge!!! Much bigger than even his old cartoon version. Wow!

Ok so I'm a bit nostalgic when it comes to Transformers and I go super geek over it. But I think this movie is really going to be much better than even the first.

Check it..

Thursday, January 22, 2009

TV Show Leverage gives WoW props...

I'm not a WoW player but I was watching Leverage last night with the wife ( good show btw, much like Ocean's 11 ) and I about spit my drink out when this scene came up...

Let it be said that I am NOT a WoW player....I wouldn't get anything done in RL if I was ..heh.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Books to read

Well I'm not much of a big reader. I usually get into 1 book every 5-10 years but lately I've been looking to find something more relaxing and stimulates my creative side so reading a book was my choice.

First off my wife and I listened to the audio book, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card on the way down to Texas during Christmas. At first glance of the synopsis you would think " Oh a geeky sci-fi book similar to Startship Troopers " Well I thought that myself. But don't let that fool you. The book is incredible in it's character depth and thoroughly engaging plot. Here's a quick description, Ender is a small boy around 6 years old in the future. He has 2 siblings, 1 older brother Peter who is quite the big brother bully but to the point of being psychotic at times. Then an older sister, Valentine who protects Ender from Peter and cares for him a great deal. Now 80 years before Ender was born, an insect hive like race who are referred to as " Buggers " attacked Earth's space fleet decimating it due to their numbers. They were beaten back eventually by Earth's forces but still exist in Ender's time. Earth during this time has been building it's forces back up and waiting for the time to retaliate. That's where Ender comes in. The future government controls everything and sends Ender to Battle School orbiting Earth. The thinking at the time is to raise the next great Earth commander to lead their forces to victory. In order to do this, they need to best and brightest youth and train them from the earliest ages. Only the best will survive the school. From there the book focuses on the battles Ender must face not only from other children hazing him quite viciously but to the simulated sports like battle rooms where teams attack and defend each other. The games train these children to think like military commanders. There is also a video game element as well used in the training.

It's the training that really shows off this book and how Ender responds. His two siblings get alot of focus as well in certain chapters and their stories are just as interesting as Ender's.

Next up is a novel that I am currently reading....Designated Targets by John Birmingham. It peaked my interest at Barnes and Noble cause of the cover, which depicts a F-22 with German markings.

It's an alternate history and sci-fi novel about a 21st Century Multinational Naval fleet ( US, etc ) who enters a wormhole by accident and arrives in 1942 and affects the whole course of WWII history. The Axis are able to secure future technology due to this mistake as well as the Allies. Since the navy had computers with historical documentation, Hitler and Tojo(Japan ) see the error of their ways and change their focus in the war effort. Stalin ( Russia ) now agrees to a long term peace treaty with Hitler since it is revealed that Russia will no longer exist as he wishes in the future we know presently. With access to foresight, Hitler keeps his treaty in tact with Russia so he can focus entirely on invading Great Britain.

Now this is actually the second novel in a trilogy( by John Birmingham. The information I revealed above occurs in the first novel, Weapons of Choice which you can click on the link to read more about it.

While the author recommends reading these in sequential order, I still find Designated Targets to be quite entertaining. It's very much in the style of Tom Clancy novels. So far I am addicted to reading this each night. You get alternate versions of everyone from JFK to Hoover, to Halsey to Himmler, and even Elvis as a young boy. The technology and battles are described in great detail and gore. All the makings of a good "guy" book :)

I've only read barely a quarter of the novel and already can see this will be a favorite of mine for the coming months. Plus I need to get the first novel as well as the last in the trilogy. Damn, I wish they would make this into a movie! John Birmingham was questioned on this and he said it would probably make a good mini series for TV due to the large amount of content to cover. I just want to see it made and made right. Give it a good budget and none of this goofy looking " The Final Countdown " movie from the 1980's jumbo. Loved that movie for 1 scene, Jolly Roger F-14's fighting japanese zeroes. After that it gets a bit boring.