Well well after Francisco Liriano threw the first no-hitter of the year a few days ago, Justin Verlander matched him by throwing his own no-hitter (and 2nd of his career). This time, the victims were the Toronto Blue Jays. Unlike Liriano’s, Verlander was utterly dominant. He threw 108 pitches with 74 of them going for strikes. His 106th pitch of the game was a 100 mph fastball. I can only imagine what it would be like as a hitter if a pitcher can change speeds so well. Just think of facing 100 mph fastballs and 88 mph sliders that break into the dirt and 79 mph curveballs that buckle batters’ knees. He struck out 4 and only walked 1. Some might argue that this was even moar impressive then his first no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12th, 2007 when he struck out 12. Verlander is a moar mature pitcher now with legitimate chance to win the Cy Young Award this year. Whatever the case may be, Verlander has added another accomplishment to his growing career.
Well needless to say the title says it all. It’s true. Koreans love Starcraft. It’s jokingly called our national sport. We have entire TV channels dedicated to covering professional Starcraft leagues. A Korean has won the Starcraft competition at every World Cyber Games. Anyways, I found this article on Kotaku about a guy in Korea who loves Starcraft so much, he actually wnet and made the most detailed papercrafts I have ever seen. He even shares how he made each one (sorry if you can’t read Korean ) on his blog. Yes I know what you’re thinking: OMFG THAT’S AMAZING!
Phew, luckily I was able to get a post in about Star Wars Day before the day actually ended. If you didn’t know today was Star Wars Day, well now you know. It’s a play on the famous line “May the force be with you.” See? To honor Star Wars Day, FUNimation put up the OP for the Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish) anime. It features Star Wars references.
It wasn’t pretty but Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano threw the year’s first no-hitter. Against the Chicago White Sox on a cold night at U.S. Cellular Field, Liriano tossed the seventh no-hitter in Twins franchise history. As I stated, it wasn’t pretty: he threw 123 pitches with only 66 pitches going for strikes. He walked 6 and only struck out 2. It was probably the least impressive in recent memory. Using the Bill James Game Score method, he scored an 83, lower than the 85 that Edwin Jackson scored last year (when he walked eight and fanned six) and A.J. Burnett’s 85 in 2001 (nine walks, seven strikeouts). However, he still kept the hit column at 0 and got the win, something he desperately needed for his confidence; heading into the game, Liriano was 1-4 with a 9.13.
Anyways there’s something that happened during the no-hitter that really caught my attention: in the 8th inning with one out, Chicago’s Gordon Beckham hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Apparently, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau tagged him on the shoulder to end the inning. But replays clearly showed that Morneau in fact missed the tag. Now for those of you who know baseball, the no-hitter would have been preserved even if he was ruled safe since it would have been a fielder’s choice. But, the bigger question is why we still don’t have replay for moar facets of the game?
If you remember, then Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga threw what should have been the 21st perfect game in MLB history. However, an incorrect call at first base on the last out of the game cost him. If replay had been part of the game, Galarraga would be in the history books (on a side note I still consider it a perfect game). The sooner Bud Selig steps out of the Stone Age and implements replay for moar areas of the game (fair/foul, bang-bang calls at first base, third base, and home plate), the sooner we can stop raging on blown calls. Until next time people…
For up to date information regarding the PSN hack, check this IGN page.
So as many of you know by now, the PSN went down over a week ago and is currently undergoing “maintenance.” As Sony said it is but later reports revealed that the network was somehow hacked by an anonymous person or persons. Many people speculated it was a response to the case between the first person to jail break a PS3 and Sony. We will never know what the reason was for the hack but it has put many people and companies worried for the PS3 and how the people will react to this. Certain problems surfaced but the major one that has Sony and myself worried is the fact that the hackers could have gotten names, addresses, e-mails, PSN IDs and passwords and possibly credit card numbers (which is the most worrying). Sony in response has written and sent numerous emails out to users and I myself got about 6 of them in a span of 4 hours. They are taking major precautions to this but what my good friend BJ is saying, “when is it going back up?” This is the question that the world is asking and is major issue. Will the PS3 become a console with no online play or will Sony ever get the network back into the swing of things. Only time will tell but for all of the other loyal PS3 fans and myself, try not to go to the dark side (or light, whichever one floats your boat) and buy a 360. Have faith in Sony because in today’s world, people are indecisive and are very finicky.
On a personal level, I’ve been coping with PC gaming and real life activities. Try going out and having a good time. For instance, I went out and shot some stuff and fished for a whole day. Here’s a link to it on YouTube.
So for all you PS3 fans keep on waiting and pray to the gaming gods that this issue gets fixed. Until then get off that couch and go shoot some shit!!!
Judge’s take: I am not a happy camper. It has been exactly two weeks and PSN is still offline. Even though I haven’t been gaming much due to the amount of work I have, I still like to get online and pwn some noobs to relieve stress. The thing that has angered me the most however is the fact that it took Sony nearly a whole week to explain why PSN went offline (PSN went offline on April 20th, Sony informed users on April 26th of possible data theft). That is not how you treat your customers. If credit card info indeed was leaked, not knowing that your data might have been obtained for a whole week could be disastrous. Sure credit card companies do a much better job of identifying fraud, but I would feel much safer knowing right off the bat rather than a week later if some fraudulent charges appeared on my record. Luckily for me, the credit card data I used for PSN expired two months ago, so I’m in the clear but others might not be so lucky. Some people have sued Sony for their apparent lack of proper security features. This is not the type of publicity Sony needs. They have pissed off many of their customers. Sony has offered free content to all users upon PSN’s re-activation; however, giving some free swag can only do so much to repair their image. Some XBox 360 users are no doubt ecstatic and reveling in Sony’s misfortunes; I can agree somewhat with them. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” XBox users pay for their online service; part of this fee goes to constant updating and maintenance of Microsoft’s security structure. On the flip side, this goes beyond the childish “console wars.” Sensitive information was hacked and gamers should unite rather than laugh at each other’s expense. Till next time people…
*This information obtained from Anime News Network
Remember when I posted that article about the Miku Support Version Nendoroid? And if you bought one, Good Smile Company would make a 1000 yen donation to the Japan Red Cross? Well information released by GSC revealed that 74,394 Miku’s were ordered worldwide. Based on the number of orders from Japan and 40 other countries, GSC will donate 74,394,000 yen (about $913,260). Wow. That is all.