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Midnight Shift Episode 1 – Pilot

{ Posted on Jul 16 2012 by }
Categories : Podcasts

Welcome to the first episode of our first podcast, Midnight Shift!

In this episode, Tyler and Jacob discuss numbers and letters. Tyler discusses things that rustle his jimmies and Jacob discusses his job.

What rustles Tyler’s jimmies?

  • When people leave the toilet lid up
  • Bad Drivers
  • Reposts on Reddit
  • Many other things discussed throughout the podcast

Jacob’s Job

  • It’s mostly about poop

Thanks for checking it out, and leave a comment below with any suggestions!

Prometheus Rant

{ Posted on Jun 14 2012 by }
Categories : Movies

I want to watch Prometheus, but now all these kids are seeing it without having seen Alien or any of the other movies.

I figure they are seeing it because they believe it’s the hip thing to do.

This sort of makes me not want to see it.

Alien, and a lot of older sci-fi/horror films, are considering boring by today’s standards.

We can thank people like Michael Bay for this with his five-thousand explosions in a movie along with all kinds of bullshit.

Back in the day, there was more of a story and more suspense.
Then there was an action scene thrown in here and there.

I’m sort of afraid that Prometheus will have a lot of action scenes, considering what I’ve seen in the trailers.

This sort of thing is hip with the youngsters. I’ve seen numerous Facebook posts about people going to see the movie.

I will admit, I just saw Alien for the first time this year. I saw Aliens only yesterday (6/13/12).

So, I am also a latecomer to the series. But the difference is that I have put forth the effort to watch the original series before going to watch the prequel. (I have Alien 3 right now and Alien 4 is in my Netflix queue)

I don’t know if it’s the wannabe hipster in me or something else.

I just always seem to hate when the mass population starts to like something old just because there is a remake of it or it was on some TV show.

I had known about Alien for many years, since I was a wee child and rode the Great American Movie Ride at Disney World.

Yet I never really showed an interest for it. I have never been a fan of scary movies, and my parents never let me see R rated films as a child.

I remember a lot of my classmates going to see Alien vs. Predator while in fifth grade. The way I was raised led me to believe that their parents were rednecks or scumbags that didn’t care about exposing their children to bad things. This is why I never tried to watch Alien before.

So when the first preview for Prometheus came out, Reddit went crazy over it. I had to find out what the fuss was about. I believe the first trailer I saw was the one introducing Michael Fassbender’s character, the android.

I loved the way the trailer was shot. The framing, the set, and the dialogue were amazing. That trailer made me very much want to see the movie, though I still didn’t rush to watch Alien.

It took another trailer before I decided to watch Alien. I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing it was. It was simple and minimalist compared to today’s action/horror films. Yet it was very gripping and kept me worrying about the characters. I don’t know if I find that many more in today’s movies (Besides indie films).

Obviously I became very eager to see Prometheus. But as time as gone on, I’m beginning to worry that it may have been affected by mankind’s lust for violence and action.

Hopefully I’m wrong and it’s an amazing movie.

The whole point of this is that I don’t think you should be allowed to see this prequel without seeing the original at least. The sequels I’m not so worried about.

This isn’t the kind of series like Die Hard or Fast and Furious. This is like Kill Bill or even Harry Potter.

It tells a story that travels across all the movies. It’s not just a series with the same characters traveling through mostly unrelated stories.

In Alien, they land on a planet and find a crashed ship which contains the alien eggs. Then in Aliens, there is a colony on that planet and they again discover that ship. Prometheus is the story of why that ship crashed and the events leading up to it and afterwards, I suppose.

So, for a person that has seen Alien, it will be another piece to the puzzle. Yet for someone that hasn’t seen it, it’s just a movie about an alien ship being crashed on a planet because it contains the, “Alien” eggs. They will know nothing of the terrors those eggs have caused Ripley.

I find that to be sad. There are two things that could happen. This movie could inspire that person to learn more about the story and thus watch the original.
Or, they could just watch it, say it was a good movie, maybe even their favorite (at least until they see another movie), then never think about the series again.

Hopefully it will be the first. I would love for people to discover how great it is. Though I’m afraid a lot of the hip kids will do the latter. Well, we shall see.

Tyler Goss

tl:dr I don’t like that kids are watching Prometheus without seeing Alien beforehand.

Freakonomics Adventure

{ Posted on Oct 03 2010 by }
Categories : Books, Movies

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new movie out called Freakonomics. It is based on the best-selling book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. One is an economist and the other is a journalist. Together they “explore the hidden side of everything”.

I became aware of this book early in 2010 when Lifehacker featured a free autographed sticker, signed by the authors of Freakonomics, in their Deals of the Week. I decided to get the autograph for the heck of it. After it sat on my desk for a few months, I decided I needed to do something with it. I figured, why don’t I just by the book and put it inside? I purchased the book and as soon as it arrived I placed the sticker neatly inside. Then I began reading. This book caught my attention immediately with its comparisons of a school teacher and a sumo wrestler and the comparison of the Ku Klux Klan to a group of real-estate agents. I didn’t have any experience or much prior knowledge about the economics before reading this book but it is not required to enjoy this book. I consider it one of the best non-fiction books of this decade and my personal favorite.

When I first heard about the movie, I became very excited. I was talking to a friend one day while she was browsing iTunes movies and she was listing off the Top 10. When she read Freakonomics I questioned her about it. I said, “That isn’t a movie. That is a book. Are you sure you aren’t looking at audiobooks or something?” She affirmed that she was looking at the movies. I opened up a website on my iPhone that has a list of every movie coming out this year and even next. I scanned the dates until I found it on October 1st. At this point it was still September. I asked, “Are you sure it’s not just a trailer for the movie or a short clip? The movie doesn’t come out until October 1st.”

“It says I can rent the full movie now,” my friend said.

I am baffled by this but I neglect to check it out for myself or do anymore research. Until, I see a post on Twitter by @AOTS that gives a link to an interview of Morgan Spurlock about the movie Freakonomics. I click on the link right away and in the interview, Morgan tells that the movie was released on iTunes and demand prior to the theatrical release just to see what happens. I find that to be a pretty cool idea but I decide I’ll wait to see it in theaters.

The next day I was in my Economics class and I brought it up in conversation. Next thing I know, the girl who sits besides me tells me that she wants to go see it. That brought up two huge surprises. One that she would want to go see it with me and two that she actually knew about it. She had never read the book but she had wanted to. So we decided to go see it the weekend after release since I already had plans for the weekend of its release. There are a couple other people who want to go, so we start making plans. We finally get to the point of decided where we will go to watch it. I pull up the theaters in my area and begin to look but I can’t find anything. Then I start checking for other theaters but still find nothing. I finally decide to search for the movie and I find its website and there is a link to theaters. It is a short list and I scan through it looking for one in Georgia. I find it. It is the Midtown Art Cinema 8. The heck if I knew where that was and I was definitely not going all the way to Atlanta to see it.

After some debate with my friends that wanted to see the movie, we come up with an idea. I happen to have a basement with a projection screen, four theater seats, and best of all, an Apple TV. Yes, that’s right. We have decided to rent the movie. It only costs $7.99 and that is way cheaper than paying for a movie ticket. I figure if my friends each pitch in $2 then it will be paid for and it is a better deal for everyone. This plan is going down this coming Saturday on October 9th, 2010. This post started out in my head as a review but it turned into something completely different. To make up for it, I’ll have a review by the end of next week. Good day.

The Social Network

{ Posted on Oct 03 2010 by }
Categories : Tech

Now you may have stumbled upon this page and you are thinking this is going to be a movie review…but it’s not. This is actually about the future of the internet. After seeing the movie, I have been wondering about the new possibilities on the internet. I mean, do we already have everything we need or is there more? What new sites will come about in this new decade? Will Facebook and Twitter eventually fall prey to a newer and better social network?

These are the questions I have been asking myself. Right now it seems like everything is perfect and nothing new needs to be created. We go to Facebook to catch up with our friends, YouTube to watches videos of anything and everything, Twitter to read what celebrities have to say, Pandora to listen to free music, Kongregate for free games, and numerous other sites to get all of our media and social needs. What more could we possibly ask for? We may have reached the point to where nothing new can be created but only the old can be made better. That is the way everything works. The car was invented once, we make improvements. The television was invented once, we make improvements. This is what will soon happen to the internet.

The internet is becoming like America. When America was in its early years, there were a lot of small businesses and that lasted up into the last century. Now the majority of things are run by “Big Business”. The internet is just the same, there are several large websites that gather the majority of the traffic on the internet. If you were to ask a random person walking down the street about different websites, they would most likely know the big ones like Google, YouTube, and Facebook. Would they know about Lifehacker, Fluther, or Woot? Probably not. Granted, these sites do get a lot of traffic but not the kind that the big names get. Then when you take blogs made by the everyday person, they barely get any traffic and that is because people spend all of their time looking at videos of cats doing random cute things. The big man is putting the little man down. That even happens on YouTube itself but I’m not going to get into that.

The point of this post is to inspire you creative people out there to come up with a new idea and help change the internet once again. If you think that this is it then nothing new will ever come about. I don’t care if you don’t think you are good enough or if your site looks crappy. Pursue your dreams and be confident. Facebook looked like shit when it first launched but look how popular it is now. Get out there and create something new for me, the world, and most importantly you.

Gideon Slife’s Lost Poster Series

{ Posted on May 30 2010 by }
Categories : Images, Television

Georgia raised Gideon Slife loved Lost so much that he decided to create a poster for every episode everyday.

Gideon started his adventure on February 8th when he uploaded his first poster to his Facebook page. Soon his posters became very popular within his group of friends that he decided to begin uploading them to Flickr. Whithin a few weeks popular blog sites and news papers began to write stories about him and his posters.

Above are only a few of the posters by the extremely awesome Gideon. Check out all of his posters on his Flickr page.

If you would like to buy some of Gideon’s poster you have the opportunity at his online store. He has 5 posters for $15 each plus $5 S&H. Each poster is autograhped and numbered by the artist himself. These posters are a must have for any Lost fan. They are also a great start for any person that would love to became a Gideon Slife art collector. I have already purchased my poster and I’m sure it will become a conversation starter for any situation.

Pi buster: French software whiz claims record

{ Posted on Jan 10 2010 by }
Categories : Tech

A French software engineer said on Friday he was claiming a world record for calculating Pi, the constant that has fascinated mathematicians for millennia.

Fabrice Bellard told AFP he used an inexpensive desktop computer — and not a supercomputer used in past records — to calculate Pi to nearly 2.7 trillion decimal places.

That is around 123 billion digits more than the previous record set last August by Japanese professor Daisuke Takahashi, he said.

Takahashi, using a T2K Open Supercomputer, took 29 hours to crunch Pi to 2.577 billion digits.

Bellard took 131 days, comprising 103 for the computation in binary digits, 13 days for verification, 12 days to convert the binary digits to a base of 10 and three final days to check the conversion.

The gear cost “a bit less than 2,000 euros” (3,000 dollars), Bellard, who earns a living as a software consultant in digital television in Paris, said in an email exchange.

“It is a completely standard PC. The only unusual thing is that it has five 1.5-teraoctet hard disks. Mainstream PCs generally have only one 1-teraoctet disk.”

Bellard has placed on his website details of the achievement, including the use of a high-powered mathematical engine called the Chudnovsky algorithm that chewed through the computation.

Extracts of the 2,699,999,990,000-digit outcome have been published so that they can be compared to preceding records in order to gain independent verification, Bellard told AFP.

Files containing the digits are also being offered to any outside organism keen on hosting the record, he said.

Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, kicks off with 3.14159… in a string whose digits are believed never to repeat or end.

Bellard said he was “not especially interested” in Pi’s digits but more in taking up the gauntlet of writing the software to carry out the arithmetic.

“Optimising these algorithms to get good performance is a difficult programming challenge,” he wrote.

Science Laughs: Science Comedian Brian Malow

{ Posted on Jan 07 2010 by }
Categories : Random, Videos

If you like science and comedy, this is the guy for you.

Joan Rivers Stranded!

{ Posted on Jan 05 2010 by }
Categories : Random, Television

I don’t know if you have heard yet, but Joan Rivers got stranded in Costa Rica recently. The woman at the desk wouldn’t let her board the plane because she had two different names in her passport. Her passport reads, Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers, Rosenberg was her late husbands name. She was stranded, could not use her credit card, and only had $100. Luckily there was another worker that felt sorry for her and drove her to the main airport.

With stories like this popping up all over the place, it is a wonder as many people fly as they do. Ever since this latest terrorist attempt, airport security has gotten stricter. Many people are being patted down, and do you know who they are? They are just average day Americans with kids that are flying to Disney World, the beach, or to see their families. I don’t mean to be racist, but why must security be as tight for people that check a bag per person, have 5 people traveling, including kids, and heading toward Orlando. In case they haven’t noticed, the latest terrorist attack was suspicious from the beginning. It was one foreign man, traveling by himself, he didn’t check any bags, and barely had any carry-on luggage if any at all, besides the bomb. That is the kind of person that needs to be checked more thoroughly.

When I travel, I carry a laptop, video camera, DSLR camera, and various equipment to go along. When I was going through the San Antonio airport, they had to check my backpack because they thought I had a weapon. I was pulled over to the side and the woman unzipped my bag. She said, “will anything cut me if I stick my hand in there.” What kind of question is that? It turns out they were wondering what my monopod was. They thought it was a bicycle pump. My question was, what the heck would I do with a bicycle pump to blow up a plane?

The point is that born Americans are being treated like terrorists, and yet the terrorists still get through the search. Something needs to change, and it needs to be done now.

Cheating Wife

{ Posted on Dec 17 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

The Beatles: Rockband

{ Posted on Nov 17 2009 by }
Categories : Gaming, Tech

“Shake it up baby!”

We howl as we sing along to the new Beatles Rockband. The story mode of the game starts out in the Cavern Club with Twist and Shout. With each new venue, the music slowly progresses just as it did in real life. When you finish a song you earn pictures. There is a picture for getting three stars on a song and one for five stars, as well as one for finishing the entire venue. Once several pictures are earned, a rare video is unlocked of The Beatles doing whatever they do.

Instruments

The game includes Paul’s Hofner base, Ringo’s Ludwig drums, mic, and mic stand. The base is one of the most realistic video game controllers I have held. It has the length, the look, and the curves of a real Hofner base. When I started banging on the drums, they felt a little different, quieter, but different. After the first awkward song , I was getting the feel of the new drums and I was loving it. Unlike the first Rockband game, the base pedal in this one feels a lot sturdier. You might be saying, “What is so special about the microphone in this game?”. Well if you are just that far out of the loop, I’ll tell you. YOU CAN HAVE THREE PEOPLE SING AT THE SAME TIME! No! I did not stutter, you heard me right. It allows you to plug in three mics, all used with one controller. Anybody can sing any part they want. That way, certain people can be designated to sing different songs. The great thing about having the mic stand is that if you only have three people but want the have a full band, that one special person can sing and play an instrument at the same time!

Rating

I give it a 4 out of 5. It is a great game and The Beatles are amazing, but it won’t let you play other songs that you have downloaded for other Rockband games. You also can’t play songs you download on Beatles Rockband on other Rockband games.

Other than that, it is a definite buy.