Thursday, December 30, 2010

Respect and Obey Authority

I'm linking this just because I think this video, all four minutes and twenty-nine seconds is what sums up what is wrong with North American society today. When the citizens take brainwashing into their own hands, you know something is wrong.

This video didn't even make me mad... more like disappointed that people can actually drop to this level. The fact that they're Christians doesn't play a part in it for me... but the fact that they're willfully accepting and even encouraging people to be blind sheep... yeah... anyways, let me know what you guys think.

Duke Nukem Forever (Really, no joke.)

Duke Nukem Forever is now available for preorder on Amazon. The release date is slotted as February 1st, 2011. This is no joke, this is for real. I hope I'm not the only Duke Nukem fan in here (I love playing these games growing up) but I've been looking forward to a modern reincarnation for a while now. Now this can either go really bad, or good... and it's really hard to say. It's been dropped and picked up so many times, it's going to be interesting to see if this game just has too many bruises.

However, the positive Putin inside of me hopes it is awesome.

A trailer for those who have no idea what I'm talking about;

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best Robot/App Ever?

I may not be a fan of the iPhone... and I'm not a real big app person... but this simply put is pure awesome. It even comes with a list of features;

Vends 4 types of beer
Broadcasts temperature
Adjust temperature via iPhone
Aim via webcam
Auto tweet video per shot
Fire beer with 50psi

I want one!

Monday, December 27, 2010

First Person Real Life Shooter

Saw this and thought it looked kinda cool, so I thought I'd share it. I definitely love the tbagging though, can never go wrong.

What do you guys think?

Friday, December 24, 2010

I Just Had...

Check it out. I wouldn't really rate it safe for work, but if you do, at least have headphones on. I love this video, and I love Lonely Island. If you don't already know these guys, climb out from under your rock and listen to the rest of their stuff. This was just released this past Saturday and already has 13 million views on Youtube. Love it.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Be A Man, Man.(Part 1)

I decided to do something a little different than a piece of news tonight. This one is for the guys, so ladies you'll have to wait for my next installment.

This is for you guys out there that haven't quite figured 'life' out yet, and face the struggle of being a 'beta' in this society. Before you dismiss this as common ramblings you've heard a million times, take a moment to realize the weight of the words and you might actually take something away.

For the too long didn't read bunch, sorry guys, but here's a picture of Jeff Bridges.

Also, depending on how this is received, I may elaborate on more 'Alpha' things you can do with a follow up post in the coming days.

So without further adieu,


First step you need to realize is nobody is born an alpha male. While our genes and upbringing do have an influence, what ultimately decides who is an alpha and who isn't is simple; attitude.

Alpha males don't just wake up in the morning and flick a switch and go into 'alpha mode'. Being alpha is something you consciously (and eventually subconsciously) do every time you are faced with an obstacle or challenge. Listen up, because this is what you need to read. The difference between an alpha and a beta can ultimately be boiled down to how they handle themselves when faced with obstacles.

A beta male faced with a problem he doesn't fully understand reacts in  the following ways;

He lashes inward, attacking himself and instead of trying to find a solution, questions what he possibly could have done to instigate such an issue to begin with.

He lashes outward, at the environment or the people around him, either emotionally or physically, out of anger or confusion, blaming others for his problem instead of searching for a solution.

The most common mistake guys make is assuming that beta's are all pacifists and wimps, and alpha are these mean angry dudes that beat everyone down for their position on top. This couldn't be further from the truth. What makes an alpha is a guy who is in complete control of his emotions, and doesn't let them sway his decisions. A man who is confident that he can resolve an issue isn't going to get angry or sad, because he knows things will work out. Or, if the situation doesn't work out, he realizes he's still alive and still capable of pushing forward afterward. A man who's unsure or weak will lash out and react badly because he doesn't have confidence that he can conquer the problem.

So, big walls of text aside, what do you need to do to start becoming an alpha?

You can do this at any point in your life regardless of your current state. Jobless? Friendless? No girlfriend? Doesn't matter. Stop making excuses, stop blaming others around you, realize that every single person, regardless of how weak and pathetic they may seem, has a fighting spirit inside of them that is capable of success. You cannot expect to be 'awesome' and have an awesome job, girlfriend, and lots of friends, without having to fight for it first. When I say 'fight for it' I don't mean being faced with hard times in your life that you survived through. Passively laying their and curling up in a ball while life's problems pass you by doesn't count. You need to first consciously make the choices and tackle each and every issue you are faced with head on, and realize that failure is going to happen, regardless of how much you try, but learning and growing from it instead of crying about it or blaming those around you is what separates the lambs from the lions.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FCC Passed Net Neutrality Rules

Today, the FCC passed a list of net neutrality rules. The actual list of rules has yet to be released to the public. There is a very mixed response on this. That being said, the intention of the government (based from what I've read) seams to be to put laws in place that govern and limit what ISP's can and can't do.

Things like raising your rates because you visit certain sites, forcing you to pay faster speeds based on what you're using the internet for... these are the types of things the law is intended to prevent. That being said, the law may also be an influence over how bandwidth limits are handled, and how ISP's are allowed to charge for different bandwidth limits, which means bad news bears for anyone who either games or downloads a lot.

I haven't quite decided my position on this, but I definitely will quickly once I see the list of regulations.

I'll let you guys know when I find out some more.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

US Army Tests Solar Powered Tents

The US Army is currently testing solar powered tents. Hauling a generator up a mountain isn't very convenient or practical, so that's where this idea bloomed.  They are testing three tent models currently; 

The first, TEMPER Fly, 16 by 20 foot tent that can generate 800 watts of electricity.

The second, QUADrant, is a smaller version and can generate up to 200 watts.

The third is Power Shades, able to generate up to 3 kilowatts of exportable power.

This is kind of cool. Just another reason for me to escape to the middle of nowhere and live out the rest of my days playing my Xbox 360, while I'm not out hunting and fishing.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Blizzard Confirms 'Titan' As Next MMO

This document was 'leaked' several weeks to about a month ago. This document shows 'Titan' as the new MMO Blizzard will release in 4th quarter 2013. However, the authenticity of this document has been highly speculated. That being said, today Blizzard confirmed 'Titan' as the name for the new MMO they are developing. For 'recruiting reasons'. This sparks the question that this document could in fact be legit.

I personally think it is... the dates are logical and make sense. That being said, we all know Blizzard is notorious for delays, so expect months (and potentially even years) added on to these expectations.

Other than that, no further details were released. Just thought I'd share with any of you gamers out there.

Is Your Desk Messy?

Mine is, and it could definitely use the help of 'Thanko's Monitor Hub'. This may look tacky here, but be honest... your desk might look nice when it's clean, but how often is that really? This would hopefully keep it clean all the time. It even has 4 USB ports on the bottom to help eliminate cords.

Some may find this distracting, I find it awesome. When I get purchasing details, I'll post them in the form of a comment, check back later!

EDIT: Found it already. Found it on this awesome website (geekstuff4u);

Selling for 5120 Yen, or $61.95.

May be a little pricey, but I'd still get it I think.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mass Effect 3

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I loved Mass Effect 1 & 2. This is shaping up to be my all-time favorite game series. Knowing Bioware and the sheer quality of games they've pumped out, I highly doubt #3 in the installment will disappoint. If you haven't played either of these games already, and if you like RPG's at all, I beg you to go out and buy them, either on PC, or on Xbox 360 (Preferably on the 360). I really know very few people who don't love these games.

Guess The Source of the Song

I just wanted to share this with you guys. Bonus points if you can guess what recent movie used this song. For me, this song linked to an unforgettable scene in a very bad ass recent movie that I fell in love with. Also, on the note of movies, some friends took me to go see the new Narnia movie in 3D tonight (hence my late post). It was alright, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the last movies, as I preferred the other actors. The 3D effects were actually well done. All around it wasn't a horrible movie, but again not as good as others.

That is all for tonight, more tomorrow!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Your Highness

An awesome trailer for Your Highness. I can't wait for this movie. It's obviously a parody movie, but it seems higher budget than garbage like "Epic Movie" or "Meet the Spartans". I've enjoyed James Franco in the past, and Natalie Portman is very hot. Last but definitely not least, Danny McBride. He was great in Hotrod (watch this if you haven't already seen it) among other funny movies.

Looking forward to it!

LEGO Black Ops

I found this to be pretty damn awesome. I used to mess around with stop motion when I was a kid and we had a  webcam... this takes me back.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cataclysm: Review

Well, it was here on Tuesday in the early AM, and it certainly has taken over the lives of many around it already, I'm sure. I myself picked it up and have been playing it like crazy ever since. I'm of course talking about Cataclysm.

I thought I'd offer a brief review and summary of my feelings about the game. Let me say this... if you previously played WoW (Vainalla or BC or even Wrath) you will certainly be aware of how the things that made WoW a really fun game have been slowly slipping away. This was most true in Wrath, as the game became very easy in a lot of ways, grind heavy, and just plain boring. Well, let me say this. Blizzard clearly must have got this... because Cataclysm has made WoW into a new fresh game again... full of fun, challenge and the wonder that the original held.

You can really tell that a huge amount of work was invested... clearly more work than previous expansions. Questing for one is actually fun and interesting, and the lore elements are awesome. There is usually a 'massive event' at the end of each of the new zones once you complete the quests, culminating the progress you have made. It's really cool to watch the events unfold and see the fruits of your labor (or the smoke from your destruction).

Dungeons are challenging... and news flash - CC IS BACK! Love it. Then you hit 85, step in your first heroic, and prepare to face your greatest challenge since well... as long as you can remember. Even with an all-guild group, with coordination and teamwork, not standing in the fire and all that jazz, you will still get pooped on. A lot. A lot a lot. These are harder than Burning Crusade heroics. By a long shot. There's no way the average "scrub" will ever complete this in their current implementation.

The whole atmosphere has shifted, and the game just has a different feeling now. Guild achievements, leveling, and perks are awesome. The perk you unlock at guild level 2 is 'Fast Track' which gives everyone in your guild 5% more xp from quests/kills. This helps a lot for your slower levelers and helps everyone, even lower level alts. Guild reputation is a mechanic put in place to help guild loyalty. There are rewards you have access to based on your reputation with the guild, which takes a long time to increase and everyone starts at neutral. So if players guild hop they'll never unlock the cool stuff.

Anyways, I could go on forever talking about this game... but I don't need to. It's just simply amazing. If you were considering, or debating at all... stop. Just go out and get it. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Drive Green

2011 is shaping up to be a very green one... at least in the auto industry. The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf are the first two to be kicked off in 2011. There are 8 hybrids, and 12 plug-in electric cars that are slated to be released in 2011. 

These green cars could very well change (or at least have an impact) on a debatable dying industry. I am very curious as to how these cars are received and if they make the necessary impact they need to establish a solid foothold in the market.

With the prices of gas consistently rising, these new cars could be the solution to a growing problem... I hope.

What do you guys think?

Monday, December 6, 2010

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Yes, I realize you are probably seeing this everywhere, but I am super pumped! Cataclysm holds some promising changes such as guild reputation/levelling, rated battlegrounds, higher difficulty, the return of CC.. just to name a few.

I've been playing WoW since about 5 months after Vanilla was released, and I must say this seems to be a return to familiar territory.

I lead a raiding guild on the Shattered Hand server, and I absolutely can't wait to jump in head first and start conquering bosses. If everything goes according to plan, we'll have our first raid this Saturday. Wish us luck!

How To Measure Cancer By Fingers.

If you're a guy, hold up your hands. Is your index finger longer than your ring finger? If yes, you're a third less likely to get prostate cancer. Why? Well finger length is influenced by testosterone levels (among other things) which in turn effect prostate development and functionality.

This was the case for me! Hurray! I'm curious as to whether or not -higher- testosterone levels are better for your prostate than lower, or if it's the other way around. As much as I love being a manly man, if it means I'm a third less likely to get prostate cancer, then where do I buy my Twilight t-shirt?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Androids So Exciting, They'll Blow Your Ear Off.

Aron Embry was so excited when he made a call on his Motorola Droid 2 phone, that it literally exploded on his ear. As he ended a call, the phone 'popped' loudly. He pulled the phone away, he felt blood dripping from his ear, and the screen of the phone was cracked. 

Aron went to the doctor where he received stitches, but had no hearing damage. The Motorola Droid 2 just launched in August, making it a  new phone... so the cause of the problem is unclear.

Motorola is denying that the phone could have exploded. They claim it couldn't have 'exploded' as it only the display was cracked, but the phone was still operational and intact. Certainly an interesting subject... what do you guys think? I've never heard of 'exploding phones' before, save a iPhone cases in Europe that were few and far between.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Chrome On It's Way to the Top

From October to November, IE dropped 1%, a drop bigger than the last four months. Firefox fell 0.07%. Safari went up 0.22% and Opera dipped 0.08%. Finishing first, Chrome gained 0.78%. It may sound like it's so little to matter, but if you look at the steady rise Chrome has been taking, I imagine it'll take over unless it slips or Google stops investing their resources in it.

Both seem unlikely, so therefore, prepare for a new king in my opinion.

If you don't already use chrome, give it a shot! I previously used Firefox, but the speed of Chrome is soooo much faster, it really is. If you use IE, it's night and day.

Try it out!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Interpol issued 'Red Notice' for Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange

Yes, the title says it all. A 'red notice' is an 'international wanted poster' of sorts, aimed with encouraging any country that may be harboring the individual to extradite them for punishment. As you can see, Julian here got in big trouble for 'Sex Crimes in Sweeden' (alleged rape)... and now he's got Interpol after him.

At this point, he may as well give up. While normally it is doubtful the US would extradite a citizen, Julian here already got on the US governments bad side when he leaked of a quarter-million US State Department diplomatic cables that revealed the private views of US diplomats towards foreign leaders around the world.

The Obama administration is exploring possible criminal charges against Assange under the Espionage Act... meaning he's pretty much a wanted man wherever he goes, and it's just a matter of time before he's arrested for one thing or another.