Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Super Smash Brothers Brawl will be scored the same as last year: victories result in increased points per round (i.e. Round One=1 point, Round Two=2 points, etc.). Ultimately, the more tournament dates you can make, the better chance you have of being crowned champion.
It is early yet, but winning tow tournaments has given Bryce a solid lead:
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
1. Bryce Williams 20 points
2. Danny Sharpe 9 points
3. Chang Vang 4 points
4. Donald Goeke 3 points
5. Sean Filipek 2 points
We also managed to get in a single round of Guitar Hero using the World Tour set list. In a slightly different approach from last year, we will be averaging together the best three scores that each player can post. The top average score will advance, though at least one of those scores must be posted at either the hard or expert level. In the unlikely event of a tie, the best note streak will serve as the tie-breaker. Since we only had time for one round, we only have one score per player, these totals are incomplete:
1. Matt Troyer 318,722
2. Danny Sharpe 207,688
3. Ben Rezach 153,021
4. Teresa Hurienne 95, 903
5. Malynnda Goeke 71,353
The last game we played was Mario Kart and everyone got in a couple of races. We will be tallying up single victories and Circuit wins as the year goes on to determine our champion. After the first day, we don't have enough races completed to provide any standings at this point.
The next tournament date will be Saturday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. We will be able to get all five games in, including bowling and boxing, on that date!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Title: Kingdom Keepers
Author: Ridley Pearson
When Finn Whitman signed up to become a virtual tour guide through Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, he looked at it as a cool acting job that resulted in him getting a lifetime pass to the park. That all changed when he went to sleep and discovered that he was inside the park as his virtual self - he and the other four teens who signed up as well. Each night, all five of them appear in the park after it closes and are tasked with keeping the park safe by Wayne, a long-time Disney employee.
The five kids learn that the park is in danger from the Overtakers, evil forces from Disney films and parks that have come to live in order to take over the Magic Kingdom and eventually the world. Finn and the others have to follow clues that Walt Disney himself created to prevent the Overtakers from rising to power. It is a search that finds them going up against animatronic pirates, a giant dinosaur skeleton and an army of dolls from It's a Small World.
Kingdom Keepers is a fun, fast-paced story that doesn't break any new ground in adventure storytelling, but it is definitely a ride worth taking.
Once you finish with Kingdom Keepers, pick up the sequel, Kingdom Keepers 2: Disney at Dawn. The Overtakers are back, but this time they have the animals of Animal Kingdom on their side as they try to free one of the most dangerous villains Disney ever created. It is up to the keepers to stop their evil plans - but if they fall asleep, they may never wake up...
Kingdom Keepers and Kingdom Keepers 2 are located in YA Fiction: YA Pearson
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
No Thanks! The '70's Punk Rebellion
This is almost a companion/forerunner to the previously mentioned Left of the Dial box because it gives such a solid, overall look at the great music that laid the ground work for so much New Wave, Rock, alternative and neo-punk music that continues to today.
According to AllMusic: "...The compilers have bent the rules of punk slightly, deciding to include proto-punkers like New York Dolls, the Stooges, the Dictators, and Jonathan Richman, and then to not present the cuts in a strictly chronological order. This benefits the album, since these artists are in the same spirit of the bands they inspired, and the sequencing plays like a great mixtape. Rhino has also evenly balanced the set between American and British punk, including both early hardcore punkers the Dead Kennedys and British pub rock renegades like Nick Lowe and Ian Dury in equal measure."
No Thanks! is located in the CD sets: MR NO
Keeping in the same vein:
The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium
Shortly before The Clash imploded and disbanded, they joined The Who for its farewell tour in 1982. The Clash was on the verge of huge mainstream success when things broke apart, but this live album give a peak at what they were capable of.
AllMusic says: "...when the group clicks, as they do on a closing stretch that includes "Career Opportunities," "Clampdown," "Should I Stay or Should I Go," and a furious "I Fought the Law," they sound like the greatest band on earth and a sure bet to have blown the Who off the stage. "
Live at Shea Stadium is located in the Rock music section: MR Clash
Title: Dear Science
Artist: TV on the Radio
TV on the Radio provides a brilliant fusion of nearly every music you can imagine on this album. No two tracks are even similar but it plays seamlessly from beginning to end.
AllMusic's take: "Dear Science, begins with an epic statement of purpose — although "Halfway Home" is as sleek as it is grand, sprinting towards its end with streaking guitars — and ends in an embrace with "Lover's Day."
Dear Science is located in the Rock music section: MR TV
That is probably enough to digest for one post. Later this week, I will have a few more new albums and artist spotlights to give you more to listen to.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Author: Judy Blundell
Set in Palm Beach in 1947, What I Saw and How I Lied follows the life of Evie as her parents take her from her Brooklyn home to the Florida heat for a vacation. What follows is a mystery where various events transpire under Evie's watch and a resulting death may or may not be her parents' fault. After a business deal goes wrong, a hurricane passes through and a man winds up dead. Evie finds herself thrust into a murder investigation and surround by questions of what really has been going on around her. Through it all, Evie falls in love with the handsome Peter, gets a first-hand lesson in the harshness of dealing with racism and ultimately finds that her mother and step-father are not the perfect people she always thought they were.
Blundell creates a moody atmosphere and weaves together the various characters and their motivations smoothly, creating a fascinating historical tale that deals with growing up, racism, and sexism, among other things. What I Saw and How I Lied is a terrific story that is hard to put down.
What I Saw and How I Lied is located in YA Fiction: YA Blundell
Thursday, April 2, 2009
*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (YA Gaiman)
*The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci (YA 741.5973 Castellucci)
*Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang (YA Pausewang)
*The Trouble Begins at 8: a Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman (YNF 921 Twain)
*Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick (YA Sonnenblick)
*Generation Dead by Daniel Waters (YA Waters)
*Oddest of All by Bruce Coville
*Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in Antarctica, 1910-13 by Richard Farr
As in years past, the battle will take place at Silver Lake College at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for the Manitowoc team you can email me or stop by the Reference Desk. Keep an eye out here for more info on the battle and team meetings leading up to the event!