Aug 13 2014

Doctor Who: The Animated Series

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This is a (sadly) fictional animated series that takes Doctor Who from real life to cartoon form. It’s by animator Stephen Byrne, and even though it’s only a short snippet, gives insight into what it might look like if Doctor Who ever decided to embrace its more childish side, and create a cartoon version of itself.

I may not be the biggest Clara fan, but I can’t deny that the animated version of her is quite adorable. Though I guess the same could be said of Capaldi. Watch for yourself above.

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Aug 13 2014

2D Glasses: Helpful Solution or Foreboding Omen?

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I once had a friend who was intrigued by a limited-run tropical flavor of Sprite. When he purchased the drink, he quickly discovered he didn’t care for the taste. Then, for some reason, he began to shake up the bottle to get rid of the carbonation, opening the lid slightly to let it escape.

This process of shaking and eking out the gas went on for a couple of minutes. Finally, when the soda had gone completely flat, he took a swig and declared, “Wow! This is almost as good as regular Sprite!”

The very next day he bought the tropical version again, and went through the same process.

I use this as an example of the perplexing behavior of consumer culture. What about the tropical Sprite prompted him to go through the trouble of making it uncarbonated when he could have just as easily bought a regular Sprite by pushing the adjacent button?

I experienced the exact same reaction when I heard about internet-famous Youtube host Hank Green’s invention: 2D Glasses. They take the optical information from a 3D projected movie and reflect half of it, resulting in a regular 2D image.

My question is: “Is this a natural evolution, or should this be taken as some sort of sign?” Continue Reading »

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Aug 13 2014

Back Off My TMNT

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Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? Well apparently the critics out there in the movie world don’t have a clue. I won’t be coy about this, I have been anxiously anticipating the release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “reboot” like a kid waits for Christmas. Needless to say, I was there this weekend alongside all the other kiddos in their bandanas and costumes – though my wife didn’t let her 32 year old husband wear his.

Some of you might consider me an idiot for going out and spending my hard earned money to go see something that sites like RT (rotten tomatoes for those in the dark there) deemed rotten at 19%. But I remember what it was like to be a kid. Don’t worry Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – I’ve got your back!

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Aug 13 2014

All Pokemon as Alpacas

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Am I supposed to have some sort of deep explanation as to where there are 152 Pokemon in alpaca form above here? An explanation other than “well, this is the internet?” I didn’t think so.

Artist Lopaki is the one who sat down and decided that alpaca variants of all original 152 needed to be made, and yes that includes glitch-paca, Missingno. Was there every a cooler moment in childhood gaming than discovering Missingno and the rare candy trick when you were a kid? I would argue no.

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Aug 13 2014

The Joker Trilogy

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Artist Chris Brake has made his own Batman trilogy with mugshots of the three most famous live-action Jokers from popular culture. There’s Ledger above, and you can see Nicholson’s and Romero’s below. If I had to include one more, it would be the Mark Hamill-voiced animated version, as that was the one I grew up with, and that laugh is burned into my brain forever.

When do you think the next time is that we’ll see a live action Joker? Namely, will Zack Snyder’s movies with Affleck Batman, or FOX’s Gotham get there first? Gotham is planting little hints about the arrival of the Joker all throughout the first season, and I can’t imagine they’ll be able to restrain themselves for more than a year, so that’s where my money is.

Check out the other two below: Continue Reading »

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Aug 13 2014

The Morning Link: Everything We Know About Age of Ultron

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“With Guardians of the Galaxy having ooga-chakad its way onto our screens and into our hearts, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie* we’ll be shelling out too much of our hard-earned money on (thanks, movie ticket prices) is Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Go here to see the list.

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Aug 12 2014

The Final Countdown: Celebrity Talents, Outlander Thrives and 1 TB Xbox One

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Go here to see celebrities that are great at something surprising.

“Tom Cruise would probably be a shitty plumber. The truth is, most people are only extraordinarily great at one thing (if that) and celebrities are no different — Shaquille O’Neal was a fine basketball player but would likely not have become famous if he’d focused entirely on acting and rapping.”

The Countdown

Outlander is actually very good – [Pajiba]
Microsoft debuts 1 TB Xbox One – [Insert Coin]
Boardwalk Empire releases season five trailer – [TVO]
Zoolander 2 may actually happen – [FilmDrunk]
Some amazing superhero beers – [GeeksAreSexy]
NFL rookies that could have fantasy impact – [TheChive]
Help if you’re overwhelmed at a new job – [SheBudgets]
Five things you didn’t know about Radio Shack – [Worthly]
The best news headline of the day – [WWIW]
Read my sci-fi books if you haven’t! – [Earthborn]

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Aug 12 2014

Hip to be Square: Why Our “Boring” Leading Men are Often Anything But

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I was watching Star Wars again recently (a habit that shows no sign of abating), and noticed something odd: Luke Skywalker is an awesome character. He’s just the kid who we get to tag along with while he journeys to find many cooler, more dynamic characters.

After all, most of us leave that movie wanting to be Han Solo. Heck, one of the many, many, many criticisms leveled against the Prequels is their lack of a smuggler analogue. If we don’t have a rogue in the mix, so the thinking goes, who are we going to sit here and be interested by?

This phenomenon is by no means limited to Star Wars. There’s a bajillion folks stuffed into that “boring” drawer, but a pretty solid lineup of them simply don’t belong there.

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Aug 12 2014

Guy Proposes to All Disney Princesses (It’s Not Me)

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One man lived out a childhood dream by attempting to marry all the Disney princesses in a recent trip to Disneyworld. He had his heart broken more often than not, but it was still a fun experiment.

I’m still trying to figure out if the end game was that Tinkerbell WAS actually his girlfriend, and she’s the one who ends up with the ring in the end. Because I’m not sure why else you’d have a ring in your pocket if you weren’t actually proposing to someone. Or if he did it just for this gallery, props to him.

Be sure to stay tuned until the very end… Continue Reading »

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Aug 12 2014

Why It’s Time to Start Recommending Deep Space 9 to All Your Friends


It’s time for space to be the final frontier again.

Repeatedly you’ll hear television fans sing the praises long and loudly about brilliant shows like The Wire and Battlestar Galactica, and rightfully so. But while we like to think the current TV renaissance we’re all celebrating is a recent rebirth, I have a theory that it actually began long ago in a far-off time period known as the early 90s. The actual birthplace? A broken down, formerly Cadassian space station formerly known as Terok Nor. But once the Federation took over it became known as…


Deep Space 9.

For those unfamiliar, DS9 followed the adventures of an extremely a-typical group of Star Trekkers. Instead of the standard crew aboard your run-of-the-mill Constitution Class, DS9 had a handful of Federation folk, a terrorist or two, a talking blob of goo, a tailor who may have also been an intergalactic James Bond, and the best bartender in the Alpha Quadrant. Things rarely went to warp in this show, but that didn’t mean it didn’t go places. Continue Reading »

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Aug 12 2014

Permadeath and Appreciating Randomly Generated Characters

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I bought State of Decay during the Steam Summer Sale recently and I only got the chance to play it now. I won’t be giving a long review but long story short, it’s worth every penny regardless if it was discounted or not. It’s everything an open-world zombie game should be. There are glitches and shortcomings, but that’s unavoidable. Resources are finite and controllable characters can permanently die. Timing and strategy are key factors to ensure survival. Sometimes you need to make tough choices that’ll force you to either mercy kill a survivor that’s probably infected or take the risk of waiting it out.The interesting about it is that you can avoid infection to begin with and never have to face this dilemma. In short, this game is pretty awesome and I’ll be discussing its best quality in my opinion.

State of Decay isn’t like Telltale’s The Walking Dead and The Last of Us. We don’t follow a duo or a handful of characters and see them evolve over time. There aren’t any heartbreaking cut scenes with intense voice acting and writing to move you to tears. It’s not even one silent protagonist for the entirety of the game. In this game, you could actually be playing more than 100 randomly generated survivors in one go since death is permanent. One survivor could be eaten by a horde, while one gets expunged from the community from being a freeloader. The game then gives you the opportunity to find replacements or additions to your little community. It seemed like the type of game that didn’t require much investment from the player. However, I was dead wrong three days later and 24+ hours spent playing.

I found myself heavily invested in the randomly generated characters in this game even when it was only the beginning. It’s an impressive feat considering a lot of AAA titles seem to have lackluster narratives and characters despite the massive production level.

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