Civilization Let’s Play Episode 1

{ Posted on Jul 18 2012 by }
Categories : Gaming, Videos

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.

The Future of Rock Bands

{ Posted on Aug 30 2010 by }
Categories : Gaming, Videos

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTS16klgqMU

Rock Band has become a very popular video game for the adolescents of today. But what does this mean for the future of bands? Perhaps this video may shed some light on the subject!

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.

Kitty vs. Robot

{ Posted on Feb 25 2010 by }
Categories : Videos

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NvPcphRbec

The maker of this video built a robotic arm. His girlfriend’s kitten decides to attack it. One can only guess who wins.

The iPad: Why not?

{ Posted on Feb 05 2010 by }
Categories : Tech

Hey guys, it’s time to talk Apple.

I’m here to tell you how amazingly awesome the new iPad by Apple actually is after reading all the negative press it has received. However, before I tell you how great it is, I want to get some things clear. No, the iPad does not have multitasking capabilities. No, the iPad does not support Flash. No, it does not have photo/video capturing capabilities either. So there you go, those are the CONS.

Now for the PROS.

The iPad has third party support, which means it is able to run third party apps, without the pesky modifications. Which means I can play Papi Missile on a BIG SCREEN!  I am definitely looking forward to that. Also, HTML5, the still-developing next gen version of HTML, is probably the best resolvent for the Flash problem. Although the internet is not fully HTML5 yet, this is a very promising factor for Apple.

The price of the iPad is not cheap, but it is also not over the $1000 price tag that was predicted. The cheapest iPad is $500 and it has 16 GB of storage. A 3G compatible iPad will be available, with which you will need to buy the AT&T $30/month for unlimited data. There is also a 32 GB and a 64 GB version.

So there you have it, folks. The iPad is better than you think. So please stop dissing it until it comes out, and we can see how great it truly is!

Skribit: Cure Writer’s Block

{ Posted on Jan 22 2010 by }
Categories : Tech

Skribit LogoSkribit is an Atlanta-based startup for bloggers that need help coming up with interesting topics to write about. Trying to start a community around your writing is hard, but asking for feedback and input is often one of the best ways to get the ball rolling. Skribit’s founders always ran into the problem of finding topics to blog about. They wanted to keep a regular blogging schedule to keep their readers happy but didn’t want to write about the same old stale news and such floating around on every other blog.

All you have to do is sign up for a Skribit account and then set up a simple widget that you can easily paste into your blog or website. Skribit then allows your readers to give a suggestion on a topic they want to read about, and vote on other suggestions that your readers have left. All of your suggestions are stored in unique interface that allows you to easily view all of your suggestions.

But what happens after your readers leave a suggestion? Once you see a suggestion you like, you can choose to link it with your blog post on the subject, and then any Skribit users interested in seeing a post based on that suggestion will be informed of your entry. You can also share suggestions through Facebook and Twitter to provide inspiration for your followers on those services.

Skribit has two types of accounts available for its users. A free account allows you to use Skribit with one blog and get up to 15 active suggestions at once. Skribit Pro accounts let you use the service on an unlimited number of blogs, take in unlimited suggestions and give you the ability to customize your widget or suggestions tab. Skribit Pro is $24 for a year of service, but if you use the promo code ackbar42 by January 27, 2010, you can get Skribit Pro for 50% off. Try Skribit out today!