Calvin n Hobbes – Compilacion numero tres

Last Calvin n Hobbes post, we saw Calvin at school. This winter I wanted to post about snow. But then these strips are all over the net! Just google it and you’ll get dozens of posts! But we, at angadsodhi dot com, do things differently!!

The compilation below is a collection of my personal favorites. No proper theme as such. Not much of Hobbes in this post either. Maybe he’ll have a bigger role in my next CnH post (Hint Hint!!).

Thank you Bill Watterson for bringing out these gems for us. We’ll always be grateful!!

Do tell me which one you like the best. Enjoy.

Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 1
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 2
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 3
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 4
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 5
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 6
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 7
Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 9
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Calvin and Hobbes - Post no 3 - Strip no 11 on angadsodhi dot com

Check out my previous Calvin n Hobbes post:
http://www.angadsodhi.com/wordpress/calvin-n-hobbes-those-lovely-schooldays/
http://www.angadsodhi.com/wordpress/calvin-n-hobbes-we-love-you/

urspore dot com – A review

Spore is coming! When SIMS hit the stores, it created a new genre for itself. When you think of simulation, the first thing that hits your mind is SIMS. SIMS has picked up millions and millions of fans all over the globe. So when the creator of SIMS has another potentially exciting game up his sleeve, waiting for it’s release, the expectations couldn’t be different. SPORE is EA’s latest addition to it’s very successful repertoire of simulation games.

What comes with a successful game are loads of fans. What do these fans need? They need a good fan site that can take them through the buzz. A forum where they can discuss their gameplans, learn from experts. A place where newbies can quickly learn the tricks of the trade while advanced gamers oblige to them. www.urspore.com definately promises to be one!

The game SPORE is slated for release on March 3, 2008 but the community is already alive n kikkin’. A neat design, an evergrowing userbase and polite admin/mods are what make up a successful online forum and urspore dot com has it all!

urspore dot com not onlyhas a discussion board but is also loaded with some other features like a news section that has all the news from the developers, E3 and other places. It has a videos section too.

Overall, urspore.com is a potentially budding fan site. If SIMS was your kinda game, look out for SPORE. Signup at this board today so that you can be the underdogs when the game does finally get the green flag!!

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FIFA 08 PC review

FIFA 08 on Angad Sodhi Dot Com

The ‘much awaited’ tag has never really been attached with the year-end FIFA releases. When you have two FIFA titles (the other being FIFA Manager) released every year, the hype doesn’t really build up. But FIFA 08 promised to be different. And different it was!!

In the year 2007 came Konami’s Winning eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 07 which made FIFA 07 look really passé. FIFA had to do better. FIFA’s developers have shown tremendous improvement in the gameplay as well as the player modeling. Let’s take a closer look at what FIFA’s latest installment has in the offing for those hardcore soccer enthusiasts.

What’s new: A truly next-generation ball-striking engine has resulted into better passing, more precise long balls and accurate shots on target. Here even ball spin, pressure from defenders, player attributes spice up the game. The ball doesn’t stick to the player as in previous versions (therefore you probably can’t just run through defenders and score goals at will). A much improved AI lays greater emphasis on good passing. Team formations plays a very big role in winning matches. You probably need some basic knowledge on how to counter your opponents formations. So it’ll probably take a couple of games to get into that winning streak (even if you are playing Italy v/s New Zealand!!). Another noticeable feature was the ability to create custom team formations. All teams have their original formations as in real life. It was very pleasing to play with Barcelona’s trademark modified 3-5-2 formation. You can actually place players anywhere you want.

You can now take full control of your goal keeper. Did a striker just run past your defenders? You still have the option of manually controlling the goalkeeper! Another added feature is the ability to make through passes. You need not always pass to a point where your teammate is present. You can just pass the ball into void and have another player reach to the spot and take it further. Really useful when you are outnumbered as a striker.

‘Be a Pro’ is probably the most exciting feature this game has to offer. Start with a player and have him rise to fame with the game teaching you all the way through. Each match has certain tasks listed out. A defender can have objectives like ‘Win 10% tackles’, ‘50% successful passes’ etc. listed out to him before the match. Defenders, midfielders and strikers all have different tasks to perform.

But then everything isn’t rosy here! One look at PES 2007 makes you wonder, “What have EA been doing all year??” Here’s a small comparison between FIFA’s Thierry Henry and PES’s Thierry Henry. (Both the images are my screenshots from the games played on the same rig).

FIFA 08 version of Thierry Henry at Angad Sodhi Dot ComPro Evo Soccer 07 version of Thierry Henry at Angad Sodhi Dot Com

(Psst: Here’s an actual photo of the French bald wonder)

Actual photo of Thierry Henry an Angad Sodhi Dot Com

As it is clearly seen, Pro Evo Soccer 2007 clearly has an edge over FIFA 08. Even the grass looks livelier! It’s players even show various emotions whereas FIFA players don’t. Key layout has changed (again???). The ‘Manager Mode’ is the same as of the 2007 edition. Gets really boring after a couple of seasons. With the PS3 and XBOX versions of the game you can create and execute signature moves. With the PC version, the developers decide to totally give it a miss (how rude)!!!

AngadSodhi dot Com Verdict: The FIFA 08 version is very analogous to Windows Vista. Vista is a step ahead of Win XP but not as good as Mac’s OSs! Put FIFA 08 and PES 07 head-to-head and the winner is obvious (hint: begins with a ‘P’ ). Hopefully FIFA Street 3 can live upto the hype it is generating!!!

AngadSodhi dot Com Rating: 7.9/10


Price: INR 999/-
USD 39.95$
Developer: Electronic Arts
Requirements: Win XP/Vista – 1.3GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, 128MB video card, 3.92 GB HDD space.
Official site: http://www.fifa08.ea.com/

PS: This is my first game review!! Tell me how you like it.

Finally bought paid hosting

The last few days have been quite agonizing for this site. This month the site has received high traffic, especially the Calvin n Hobbes post (God bless Bill Watterson !!). Google Analytics estimates say there have been over 40,000 visitors to this blog this month before all the trouble began. As a result my free hosting account at Trap17 ran out of bandwidth. I’d like to apologize for the site being down for a couple of days.

But now begins a new era. I’ve finally bought a hosting package with Computing Host. I’d like to thank everyone who has kept faith in this site. A special thanks to all those who’ve subscribed to my RSS feeds. An even bigger thank you to all those who’ve taken out the time to comment on my posts. At the bottom of the page is a list of top commenters on this site (which got reset a week ago for no reason).

I hope I can be true to your exectations and provide you with quality posts on ‘The Little Things That Catch My Eye’! Do keep visiting the site and keep those comments coming. I’d love to know what you people like, dislike and expect from this blog.

Cheers!! Love you all!!!!

PS: Very soon I’ll be writing paid reviews !

Heard of tricks at snooker, but ping-pong??

Originally posted at www.slices-of-life.com

What happens when you mix some bored kids with way too much free time along with some ping-pong balls? Well, they either play ping-pong, or something amazing unfolds. The following video positively demonstrates the latter scenario… and these kids should definitely get a slice for being creative. Now, there’s some real bouncing skills for you to feast your eyes upon! It must take a lot of time and perseverance to reach such a great bouncing-ability, don’t you think?

Open skies – Parikrama – magic on a violin!

Parikrama is one of the most famous Indian bands making it big at the world Rock scene. The band that started way back in 1991, is famous for fusing Indian classical music instruments like mridangam, tabla and flute with conventional instruments like guitar, drums and keyboards.

Parikrama’s rise to fame was when they performed at Download Festival in Donington in 2007 on the same day as a warm up to Iron Maiden!!!

In this video, Parikrama’s violinist Imran Khan play a mesmerizing violin solo (which people claim to be very similar to Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb)

Check it out!!