Ok, so I’m doing this as a public service announcement to anyone who is (like myself) doing their holiday shopping online. Just some very basic protocols to follow to keep yourself out of trouble. It’s really one protocol… if it sounds too good to be true it is. Don’t think that your google search for some impossible to find item turned up some place that not only has stock but also has a great deal… it didn’t, and you’re about to be scammed. ProTip: Buy from reputable sources.
You take this blog — and likely all of the internets — too seriously.
So we’re clear, we all post here for fun! It’s not a profession… Yes, sometimes we will get information wrong; sometimes we make the error, other times we pass along someone else’s…
We’re sorry that we posted a Weezer cover once, that was really by Deftones.
We’re sorry some of you think Iron & Wine wrote “Such Great Heights.” (They didn’t.)
We’re sorry some of you think we can’t tell the difference between the real Neil Young and Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation. (We can.)
We do not actually think every cover or remix we post is good. Sometimes they’re just awful and it’s kind of funny.
But for 10 different people, with different tastes in music, living in different parts of the world amassing close to 2000 posts now — I’d like think our track record is pretty solid.
Thank you all for following, subscribing, listening, linking, and submitting. If you’re not there — then there would be no point.
I applaud direct conversations with readers. That said, you should check out Copy Cats if you’re not following them already. It’s usually not as funny as the above post, since it’s usually strait up music… You literally have nothing to lose.
Don’t act so surprised. We all saw this coming. Too many companies use Twitter as an email blast, letting customers know about deals, or products, or tech help. It’s about time that Twitter as a company started seeing some money for this very convenient service. The real question is are companies going to play ball. Starbucks has one of the most followed Twitter accounts, but will they stick around if they have to pay?
“At a hundred and twenty dollars, [DJ Hero] rests on the same lofty economic perch as the recently released Tony Hawk Ride. It is as though Activision came up with the price point first, and then arrayed products against it, in some feat of holiday tactics.”—Jerry Holkins (aka Tycho from Penny Arcade)
"Star Trek" fans know there were two pilots for the original series. The first, “The Cage,” was rejected by NBC for being “too cerebral” (ah, some things never change). The second, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” replaced the actor who played the captain with William Shatner and was more action driven. That pilot had an alternate version which was largely lost and has never aired. Apparently, a film collector in Germany acquired the print and “recently brought it to the attention” of CBS/Paramount. CBS is now releasing this version on Blu-ray Dec. 15. The alternate version is in three parts with 1970s-style act breaks, an entirely different version of Captain James T. Kirk’s opening monologue (“But now a new task. A probe out into where no man has gone before”) and music that contrasts from the famous opening theme and an extended action sequence.
So the Vimeo uploader app isn’t here yet, but it seems close. Vimeo just updated their Staff Picks and HD video showcase with content so that it will play on the iPhone and Android handsets.
Blake Whitman, community director at Vimeo and all around cool guy, told CNET, ”This is sort of the prelude of offering Plus members iPhone support; and in the future, an app, … In the future, like the next several weeks—maybe longer, we’ll be offering Plus users the option to transcode their videos to an iPhone version too.”
Great news all around. A mention of the upcoming iPhone app and word that people will be able to encode their videos to work on iPhone. As for now, head on over to Vimeo.com on your phone and enjoy.
The machines contained several copyrighted video games, which are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and recorded with CBP. The video games found on the coin-operated machines were Frogger, Scramble, Time Pilot, Ms. Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3 and Donkey Kong. CBP seized the items when the importer was unable to provide authorization from the owners.
Useful spending of our tax dollars? Not sure. It should be known that the machines were valued at $138,000 could be sold for as much as $672,000. That’s a pretty hefty prophet.
Robots, robots, robots. They’re going to kill us, we all know it’s going to happen. It’s far more likely than a zombie attack, and I’ve come to accept that. I do my part in preventing the robot uprising by NOT building robots and sending them off to war.
The same can’t be said for Foster-Miller and (hilariously named) iRobot. Both companies received hundreds of millions of dollars to build robots to put on the front lines in Afghanistan. Really a company named iRobot makes robots for the military? What happened to “A robot may not injure a human being?”
1984 is a book that managed to escape me in high school. I had to read the Odyssey 3 times, but I was never assigned 1984. I think that’s important to note. I knew a lot of the themes going into this book and have used the term ‘Orwellian future’ in conversation. Good, I’m glad that’s out of the way.
As far as dystopian futures are concerned 1984’s Oceania isn’t really that bad. Maybe it’s because I play videogames and feel I have lived through worse. City 17 seems much more oppressed to me than the world in this book. Yes, 1984 shows more of the grit and the deception that really makes an oppressed society oppressed. For that I salute it. Close quarters, the mental oppression, fixed lottery, public executions, and the constant rewriting of history just scratch the surface of making 1984 more tangible as a future than any videogame could hope for.
The conversation this week covers new technology we’re using, like Instapaper, and Reel Director as well as the games we’re playing (Borderlands and Eliminate). We also talk home networking, Apple TV, the future of RIM and those new Verizon commercials. All in under an hour!
“You know perfectly well that I don’t have a problem with the concept of “premium” game additions, I’m unique among amateur industry observers in that I don’t ladle up populist bullshit in an effort to make myself appear a man of the people. I like buying things. But jeezy creezy, guys. The timing, execution, and decision making here are fucking cavalier.
Now, we’ve reached a new threshold, where Day One DLC and the promise of Two Years of unrelenting premium offers are the goal - where pitchmen emerge unbidden in our role-playing games and try sell us valor a la carte.”—Jerry Holkins (Tycho from Penny Arcade) Talking about Dragon Age: Origins and DLC in a recent post.
You have to admit, it’s getting better. After going dark for much of this week I’m getting better about posting. Things in my real life have been filled with moving and doing all the things you do in a new apartment. I’ve been reblogging too much. And I’m not providing you with the type of original content you’ve been used to.
Also I started playing Borderlands… and that’s been taking up my time the past few nights. Anyway, enjoy the return of an irregular feature later today and I promise I’ll be back on track next week.