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Thursday
Dec092010

Hear Matt Hasselbeck During the Carolina Game

The NFL has a feed up of Matt Hasselbeck’s communication to his teammates on the Seattle Seahawks during the win against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 5th. It is a fun listen if you are a Seahawks fan. After hearing how he communicates with players on the field, during huddles, and on the sideline, you can see why players want to play on a team with Hasselbeck, and why Pete Carroll has so much confidence in him as the starting quarterback.

 

Since we are on the subject of football, here is a round up of other football related posts and articles I’ve done.

The 10 Best Football Films Ever

Why Professional Football Players Are Worth the Millions They Are Paid

18 Games of Glory

 

 

 

Wednesday
Dec082010

Geekistry Reviews Daft Punk's Score of TRON: Legacy

With the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in our rearview mirror, the other big behemoth of a film this holiday season is barreling down upon us for a December 17th release in the U.S. That film of course would be TRON: Legacy.

I’m not sure how this film will resonate with today’s teens and twentysomethings, but I can guarantee that you will see Generation X in full attendance at this film. Generation X *loved* the 1982 film that told the story of a software engineer who became trapped in his own virtual world. Quite frankly, with the advances in movie making technology, I was shocked that it took Disney this long to get around to making the sequel. From everything we’ve gleaned so far, it sounds like this sequel is going about telling the next chapter in the right way. I, unlike it seems everyone else, was not shocked that Daft Punk created a score this compelling for TRON: Legacy. This story goes perfectly with their style, and their French electronic roots.

While we still have to wait for the film, Michael Gaines, of Geekistry has this review of the score which was created by Daft Punk. I just got the score today, but rather than have you wait for my two cents, I think Mike does a great job of explaining some of the challenges and nuances involved with creating the score of this sequel. He also has a link over to an interview that Jason Bentley conducted with the director about the challenge of the score and the selection of Daft Punk to create it.

Mike’s review and the additional info at KCRW is well worth the read and listen.



Wednesday
Dec082010

Blizzard Product Release Schedule Leaked: A New Blizzard Game in Tail End of 2014

Normally when I see a report of a leaked document from Blizzard Entertainment who produces the hit games of World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, I’m a little bit skeptical,  but after the recent reported firing of a manager from Blizzard’s Chinese Management team for the leak, I took a bit more notice.

A real product slate projection, or a fake?

 

The leaked document (courtesy of MMOgamesite.com) is a spreadsheet that claims to indicate the target dates (in terms of fiscal quarters) that Activision-Blizzard is aiming in terms of getting the games actually out to the public. Blizzard, of course, is famous for pushing back the release date of a game, if they feel the game is simply not ready for the masses yet, so it doesn’t mean that these dates are carved in stone, and therefore they may be worthless.

But, in any case, it does reveal two WoW expansions coming in 2012 and 2014, which is not a big surprise. A few years ago a Blizzard upper employee said that they were trying to “target a major expansion to be released every year…” They haven’t been quite able to match that, so it is not a surprise that they are looking at about a two year gap between each major expansion, not including large content patches like the Tournment of Champions patch that kept a number of players satiated for another couple of months in 2009.

Nor is it big news that Blizzard is aiming to have Diablo III released during the fourth quarter of 2011. We’ve known from Blizzcon announcements that they must getting pretty close to completeing the game. What is more interesting is that they intend to have two expansions for Diablo III to be released in the second quarter of 2013, and the final quarter of 2015. 

The biggest news is that there is a completely new Blizzard game, possibly the MMO game that has been rumored to have been in development for at least the past 3 years, code named TITAN, to be released during the holiday season of 2014. If that is true, it would be exciting news. If Blizzard maintains that schedule it would mean releasing a brand new MMO game at the same time as they release a 5th major WoW expansion, which would be quite a feat from a managerial and creative team point of view.

What do you think? Have you tried Cataclysm yet? Do you see WoW remaining relevant in 2014? Will MMO games even be relevant in 2014, or will interest in them have waned after nearly two decades of existence in one form or another?

Are you even looking forward to another MMO game from Blizzard?

 

Monday
Dec062010

IGN's Ultimate Comics-to-Film Guide

IGN, the self described “everything that guys enjoy” site, has posted this massive guide to all of the films that are rumored to be, or are in development that are based upon comic source material. It is well worth the read. Its clear that authors Phil Pirrello and Jesse Schedeen really know their comic stuff. I agreed with most of their conclusions. We disagree about the Andrew Garfield starring - Sam Raimi-less Spider Man reboot (While I loved seeing Spidey make to the screen finally, I was not a big fan of who Raimi cast in the film, either as Spider Man or Mary Jane, and I thought he did a terrible job with the web-slinging etc. Here’s hoping that this next film goes back to a more traditional technology based web shooter, instead of the bio route that was in the previous installments). Plus the new film is rumored to feature some cameos of Martin Sheen (as Uncle Ben) and Sally Field (as Aunt May), so sign me up!

A cool bit of info: Darren Aronoksky, who directed The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, and Pi, has agreed to direct “The Wolverine”, as a one-off film.

It will be the story of how Logan travels to Japan, falls in love with Mariko, and even though she has already given her hand in marriage proposal to someone else, fights for her love anyhow.  I loved this story in comic format, it will be interesting to see if it translates well onto the screen. He is rumored to begin development in earnest this coming March of 2011. The big question that remains unanswered is whether or not they will shoehorn Jubilee into the story somehow?

 

Thursday
Dec022010

Sounds of Mass Production - A CODA to a Career

As 2010 wanes, our old friend Jason Bazinet, of Sounds of Mass Production, has offered this nice industrial/cyberpunk gift to keep our ears warm, and our hearts frozen with fear, over the long winter.

Check out my review of his great new album, CODA.

As a bonus, here is SMP’s music video for “This Perfect Day” from their release Crimes of the Future, which I reviewed way back in 2004. You can read that here.

 

Wednesday
Dec012010

Guilty No Wave Music Find of the Week

The Bush Tetras

I found this No Wave gem via Bryan Rutt over at That Was What I Was Going to Say (TWWIWGS). I can’t help it. I love it!. Below is a video of The Bush Tetras hit, “Too Many Creeps”. It’s great 1981 new wave/punk song that I somehow missed when I was growing up.

You can tell that it originated from the same scene as early Talking Heads. A recent band that reminds me of them is The Prids. I’ve included an audio only version of one of my favorites of theirs, “You As The Colorant”,  from their 2003 album Love Zero.

 

 

Wednesday
Dec012010

iPhone and Android led Black Friday Surge

In no large surprise, TheStreet reports that the best selling items this past Black Friday were smartphones. Flurry reports data that new devices detected (does that mean only those that were activated or sold I wonder?) were 57% over the previous week. 

The big winners were iOS devices from Apple, and the assorted devices from various manufacturers that use some form of the Android operating system. 

 

In a related note (via AppleInsider), Nielsen research seems to indicate that a survey of a little over 9,000 smartphone owners indicates that Women prefer the iPhone, while men prefer Android devices. 

So, I guess this means I am woman? j/k.

Of course you have to keep in mind that when respondents said they wanted an Android phone, they could have been referring to any of a bunch of models. So on a one to one basis the iPhone was crushing the competition in both genders. I’m also not sure that such a small sample size indicates much of anything.

 

In both of the articles, Research in Motion seemed to take a distant third. It seems that the Blackberry ecosystem really is doomed.

 

Monday
Nov292010

Irvin Kershner, R.I.P.

Irvin Kershner’s direction of Episode V of the Star Wars Saga: The Empire Strikes Back was a masterwork in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre that will likely never be topped in terms of sheer cultural influence.

He also did a remarkable job with Sean Connery when they remade one of Connery’s earlier James Bond films, Thunderball, in 1983’s Never Say Never Again. It wasn’t a cultural landmark as Empire Strikes Back was, but his use of video games in a pivotal scene between Bond and his Antagonist, is fun.

 

 

Monday
Nov292010

NPR's Science Friday flashes back to the Internet of 1993

Science Friday, as a part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, recently re-posted a show that originally aired in 1993, in which they discussed a new fangled technological development called “the Internet”. Its a fun flashback to what the expectations and hopes were for the Internet as it became more widely available to the public. Some of those hopes and expectations have come to pass, and others were way off the mark.

Photo by Flickr user doortoriver

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov242010

Top 6 Gadgets of 2010

Just in time for Black Friday here is my top 6 picks of gadgets that debuted in 2010! I explains the benefits and the negatives of each device, and give you the prices. Everything you need to know to find that perfect gift for the gadget lover in your life!

 

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