Archive for March, 2011


Stuff

Okay, so, a couple of things.

 

First off, a little more than a month ago, Felicia Day, star and creator of the widely popular web series The Guild, announced that she indeed has plans for a 5th season of my second favorite online show (Red vs Blue comes first)! The upcoming season will begin this summer and hopefully answer some questions raised by last season’s cliff-hanger ending. Felicia Day tells Tubefilter, “Expect more characters, more color more…fast quips! I’m not sure, let me write the season first.”

Click here for an article and here for the last episode of the 4th season.

 

I don’t really feel like I’m allowed to be excited for this, seeing as how I’m not the biggest comic book nerd, and I hadn’t even heard of Captain America before news of this movie, but since it looks just plain awesome, I decided I’m going to risk the anger of any hardcore Marvel fans. The video above is the first, full-length, Captain America trailer that was released 4 days ago. And holy crap does it look good. Definitely going to be a midnight premier for me.

Captain America comes out July22, 2011.

 

And as an extra tidbit, I decided to share a game called Hex Empire that I’ve been addicted to for years. When I have nothing but a laptop and endless hours of traveling by stuffy car, I whip this out and sink into my own little world of, well, conquering the world! The game is a bit like Risk, but different enough that it can claim that it is its own thing.

Click here to play. My record is winning in 27 turns on the hardest difficulty. Defeat me!

You’re Welcome

 

Most of us could agree that the Internet is composed of the worst breed of humanity all gathered into one giant community of face palms. If you ever forget this fact, one conversation with a fellow Internet dweller will refresh your memory. Of course, you yourself are the only decent and mature person in this unending ocean of 13-year-old trolls, so why continue to immerse in this scum of society?

 

For things like this: http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix that make the Internet worth browsing.

 

This Tone Matrix is a synthesizer that can never sound bad. It is the pinnacle of human potential! Well, okay, that may be going too far, but still, this thing is awesome and you should try it out. I probably sat at my computer for an hour just messing with it the first time I was introduced to this glorious creation. Now we can finally put faith in humanity and know that maybe, just maybe, the Internet isn’t completely void of decent people like yourself.

 

Look! I made Tetris!

St. Patrick’s Day

Hey, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! And guess what? I’m Irish! That makes this a holiday completely centered around me! I love today!

 

So I supposed now you’ll be expecting a bit of interesting information that incorporates both nerdy stuff and St. Patty’s Day. Sorry to disappoint, but I just don’t feel like searching for hours and hours trying to find a video game that features leprechauns or a nerdy movie that has a lot of green. The Matrix. I think that had a sort of green feel to it. Moving on.

 

Today is dedicated to that lovable Nickelodeon show that a recent M. Night Shyamalan movie killed, but we won’t mention that. Calling it by its proper name, The Avatar had the perfect blend of innocent humor, drama, action, and all-around fun. With a great story and happy ending, The Avatar is remembered fondly by groups of all ages.

 

But to many of you, this is all old news. Perhaps, then, you did not know about the new Avatar series! Well okay, the news was released in July of last year, but I only recently discovered this. The new series will be made by the same guys who made the original cartoon, not some crap director who watched it with his kids. “The Legend of Korra” will be about a new, female avatar named Korra that succeeds Aang. Yes, that means Aang is dead. But he has a son who trains the Korra, an earthbender, in the ways of airbending. There will be a whole new main cast, although there are hints that suggest we will be seeing some of the old crew.

 

This new series will debut some time this year, and to find out more about it, click here for a link to an article with an interview.

Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14, or 3/14, which is also Pi Day! Join me in celebrating everyone’s favorite irrational number by eating cake! …What? I don’t really like most types of pie.

Wait, what’s this? The cake is a lie?! Fine, then I’ll just eat my banana bread… You guys just do what you want.

 

Did you know that pi isn’t just the number 3.1415926535897… (phew, did that from memory)? It stands for the the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

 

If you’d like to know more about pi’s history, here’s a handy little video:

 

A couple of pi facts:

-Albert Einstein’s birthday is today! How fitting.

-1337% of pi is 42. Yeah, I know! Bet your heart skipped a beat for that one!

-If you hold “3.14” up to a mirror, it spells out “pie.” This shirt will demonstrate:

 

Click here for a Pi Day website.

 

So, how are you celebrating Pi Day? And how many digits of pi can you recite off the top of your head? And no, you can’t look at a calculator, memorize a couple more digits, and then start typing. I see you there, sitting at your computer. You think you’re so clever…

Red vs Blue Season 9!

 

ZOMG!!! It’s really happening! Like really for real! The guys at Rooster Teeth confirmed yesterday at their PAX panel that the 9th season of Red vs Blue is officially going to happen. There were a lot of indications, like the RvB PSAs, that season 9 was coming, but I never found anything from Rooster Teeth to confirm it. I was especially worried by how season 8 ended: it was a really nice and emotional finish that could have ended the whole series, as well. I would have been mad if this were the case, because, well, I don’t want to spoil anything, but just trust me, you don’t want it to end that way.

 

With this new season confirmation, Rooster Teeth showed the trailer exclusively during their panel. It was an unfinished product that they want to continue working on before they officially release it to the public on April 1st, Rooster Teeth’s anniversary (this better not be an April Fools joke or I will murder someone). Of course, someone taped the trailer with her(?) video camera (there’s one in every crowd), so you can catch the really low quality and shaky video of the season 9 trailer here (I love how you can hear her crying after they announce it). Rooster Teeth probably won’t like their work in progress on YouTube, so better watch it fast before it’s removed! According to the trailer, the new season starts this summer! Best summer vacation ever!

 

What is the deal with these shaky cameras, anyway? How hard is it to hold a light weight object in the air for 5 minutes? Some people hold it like they’ve just drank ten 2-liter bottles of Mountain Dew after inhaling a box of caffeine pills! The earthquakes are in Japan, guys, come on!

 

It’s Chuch Norris’ birthday today! So how old is he this year? Well, the easiest way to determine Chuck Norris’ age is to cut him in half and count the rings. Since he won’t allow that, he claims he’s 71. But his roundhouse kick killed all the dinosaurs, so the math doesn’t seem to work out… Wait, it’s okay, because Chuck Norris can divide be zero.

 

So I scoured the Internet for the life of Chuck Norris, and this is what I found:

Chuck Norris got his drivers license at the age of 16. Seconds.

Chuck Norris used to work at Disneyland as a teenager. His beard was one of their rides until the “accident” that killed 30 wuss boy scouts.

Chuck Norris has the greatest Poker-Face of all time. He won the 1983 World Series of Poker, despite holding only a Joker, a Get Out of Jail Free Monopoly card, a 2 of clubs, 7 of spades and a green #4 card from the game UNO.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on a true story: Chuck Norris once swallowed a turtle whole, and when he crapped it out, the turtle was six feet tall and had learned karate.

James Cameron wanted Chuck Norris to play the Terminator. However, upon reflection, he realized that would have turned his movie into a documentary, so he went with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In fact, when Arnold says the line, “I’ll be back” in the first Terminator movie, it is implied that is he going to ask Chuck Norris for help.

A man once asked Chuck Norris if his real name is “Charles.” Chuck Norris did not respond; he simply stared at him until he exploded.

So there you have it! The totally true life of Chuck Norris!

 

It would be more appropriate to place this into a category called “Nerdy Stuff You Can’t Buy,” but I don’t envision there being too many other posts to accompany this one.

 

This one guy named Jason Gayer was asked by Lucas Arts to come up with concepts for Star Wars merchandise, but not all his ideas were accepted, so he posted the creative and rather wacky rejects on his blog. And then I stumbled across it and found the rejects to be freaking awesome. Check these out:

WANT!!! I want these so bad! AHHHHRRRRGGGHHHH!!!

I would keep it as a pet dog.

Here’s another way to “blow up” the Death Star.

Stay on target…

This has got to be one of the best things ever invented!

That’s no moon… it’s my grill!

So this is how Vader built another one so fast… If the Rebels destroy the Death Star, he’ll just pop out another one!

Why freeze just Han?

Genius!

Why isn’t this real?!

Meh.

Even though the type of projector is outdated, I would totally still buy this.

I have one question: would they make it in adult sizes?

MASS EFFECT 3?!

 

Why didn’t anyone tell me about this???!!!

AHHHHH! Innards… exploding… from… excitement…

 

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/113/1139820p1.html?_cmpid=ign1161

Fall Releases of Awesomeness

Okay, so, there a couple updates in the gaming world you might want to be aware of.

First up we have the official release date for the Gears of War 3 beta! Gears of War is just one of those games where you can’t help but have fun. Something about those brightly colored, bloody chainsaws that make you glad to be a 360 owner. Those with the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm will have access to the beta a week early, and everyone else can join April 25. The beta will close on May 15, but don’t be sad; the game will be released 4 months later in September!

 

 

Well it looks like I’m only a couple months late hearing about this, but for those of you who are like me, always the last one to be told, here’s the news: ELDER SCROLLS V!!! The latest addition to the Morrowind/Oblivion franchise is called Skyrim, and it looks like it’s got a sort of dragon theme to it. If you haven’t seen the trailer, click here to watch it on their website. That wasn’t a suggestion; it was an order. I don’t care if you’ve never played any of the Elder Scrolls, I haven’t either, but this trailer is so epic, it’ll make you wish it was out already. I’ve been postponing the previous games for quite some time now, because I hear they take a long time to beat, but this trailer just convinced me to pick up copies of Morrowind and Oblivion this summer so that I’ll be caught up in time for Skyrim’s release on November 11, 2011.

Don’t you just love the music in these games? Jeremy Soule is a genius. I’ve got the Morrowind Theme on my iPod, and it moves me every listen.

 

 

Well those acts are hard to follow, but I figure this is worth mentioning anyway. Here’s an addictive and fairly new strategy game called Pandemic 2. I happen to be coming down with a cold, and in the game, you can be the cold virus! I’m currently attempting to exterminate all humans with my stealthy little disease …in the game, of course. So, if you like wasting time on pointless (but addicting!) games, this is perfect for you! Click here for the link.

3-Way Tic-Tac-Toe

 

The other day, I was sitting in my Human Geography class, and I was suddenly hit by a brilliant idea, nay, a stroke of genius! I had invented a new game! Instead of the normal, two-player tic-tac-toe, I devised the dazzling 3-player tic-tac-toe! I call it: 3-Way Tic-Tac-Toe! Whoa, watch out! We’ve entered the realm of Divide by Zero! Too… much… epic!!!

 

ANYWAY, here’s the rules: instead of the normal two vertical parallel lines and two horizontal parallel lines, you have three each way. A player can be Xs, Os, or check marks, and take turns in that order. Instead of trying to get 4 in a row (I’ve tried, and believe me, no one will win), you try to get 3 in a row, just like normal tic-tac-toe. There are two versions of 3-Way Tic-Tac-Toe, classic rules or the point system. In classic rules, the first person to have 3 in a row wins. In the point system, you keep filling the board until there are no spaces left, and then whoever has the most 3-in-a-rows wins. It is an automatic win, however, if a player does happen to get 4 in a row. 2nd and 3rd places are determined by how many 3-in-a-rows they have on the board.

 

I developed these rules when playing by myself (I’m not pathetic; I was in class!), and I just keep forgetting to try playing it with my friends. But what’s great is that I wasn’t getting cat’s games when playing against myself, which is something you can’t avoid when you play normal tic-tac-toe. So try this game out and let me know how it works for you! The only drawback is that you have to have more than one friend. Let me know how that goes, too.