Saturday, June 24, 2017

FBI D&D investigations

This is a fun read.  In the 80's and 90's the FBI investigated TSR and D&D creator Gary Gygax.  They considered Gary "armed and dangerous".  They also tracked some D&D groups including one that was somehow connected to the unabomber.


Monday, March 06, 2017

Call for more R rated super hero movies

I saw Logan over the weekend and it was decent.  Historically I don't do super hero movies because they are all kinda the same basic formula but I did like Deadpool and noted that Logan was rated R. So I gave it a go.

I'm not going to rave about Logan because it wasn't as entertaining as Deadpool was (which paved the way for R super hero movies) but Logan was definitely a step up from all the other "standard issue comic/super hero movies". I do hope to see more of these R rated movies...I think that is clearly a better direction. Though I think it might also be confusing to parents and kids...

Finally, I thought the swearing was excessive. I'm no saint but everyone in that movie talks like they are were straight out of Compton...seemed forced at times and unneeded.

The Nintendo Switch taste challenge

People are literally licking Switch cartridges because they taste funky due to a bittering agethe that the cartridges are coated in. This was intended to discourage kids and pets from eating them. But now people, being people, are taking it as a challenge to lick the cartridges.

The coating is a chemical called denatonium benzoate that makes it taste as such. Allegedly this chemical is said to be harmless but I know for sure it's not harmless.  Strongly recommend you skip the taste challenge.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

Making a rare post on here to say goodbye to Princess Leia whom died of heart failure age 60.

I had never read/heard much about her in my travels until I read her bio today.  I think I preferred my more wholesome image of her over what I have read....while not anything too bad, really, it still would have been better if I left her on the high pedestal of goodness my childhood memories placed her upon.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Protesting against the election results

From New York to Illinois to California, in red states as well as blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump's election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets.

Here I thought Clinton supporters were more cultured than to stoop to this level of behavior.

WTF do they think is going to happen?  Trump is just going to say "OK, I'll resign."


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Couple of new shows coming of note...

Stranger Things is being filmed right now.
My gut tells me that one season of this show was all that it should have done. Cute, well put together but the charm will have worn off by season 2. However it's got me steaming again so mission was indeed good enough for two seasons.

Man in the High Castle Season 2 is released December 16th.
Looking forward to this one coming back.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Question about iPhone 7's headphone jack

I get the intent here....out with the old (headphone jack) and in with the new (room for more tech). But here's my question:

What do I get RIGHT NOW for losing the headphone jack?

Cause I'm not seeing anything new here that hasn't been done already by a half-dozen companies in the past....and they managed to do it all WITH a headphone jack!

I think Steve J is rolling over in his grave right now.  You know what else he'd have told them not to do? Make $160 wireless ear buds that can't make it through the work day on one charge.  Am I supposed to have music only part of my work day and then go with out? I see, I'm supposed to buy two sets....sneaky!

Anyway...a bunch of last gen "upgrades" and a truck load of security issues. No thanks. But I do like the stereo speakers. About time on that one...have not heard them yet but anything has to be better then audio of all the apple devices up to now.

Steven Seagal's latest movie

Everyone is a target....including your sandwich.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Trump Names Mike Pence As Vice Presidential Running Mate

Can you imagine Mike "Do little" Pence as the president?
I'd vote for Hillary first.

This election just went from two really bad options; to one really bad option and one completely stupid option.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Overwatch sells 10 million copies in 3 weeks

I have to say, Blizzard outdid themselves.  I wasn't expecting to like this game and yet I have barely stopped playing it in the last 3 weeks.  Stupidly addictive....I need to go find me a crack dealer, I'd be better off.


Oh and a little bonus link for you:  A very informative near and long term future plans for the game.

AMC threatens to sue fan site if they release any Walking Dead spoilers

Apparently these people are right so often that AMC is repeatedly threatening to sue them if they say anything to spoil the next season.

I guess you can sue anyone for anything, right? It's America and all...  Anyway, these people appear to be properly cowed and have decided to STFU.

I'd like to think I would have made a stand against The Evil Corporation but, at the end of the day, you never know what's going to happen when something goes to court.  Did the judge get his eggs cooked the way he wanted them that morning?  Does the judge like my hair?  Anything can happen.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

No Man's Sky delayed (again)

Now to June 21.

I tell you...I got this feeling that this game has been massively overhyped and they are working very hard to try to find a way to meet expectations....and failing.

In other news...
The game dev got death threats at the delay announcement.

But even more amusing (to me)...
The first reporter to report the delay also got death threats.

Imagine what's going to happen when it sucks?  Riots?  Mass suicides?  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bluetooth Tampon

When bluetooth goes too far!

Seriously, not everything needs to be bluetooth enabled.


Copperhead snake in tree bites Lowes employee

Worst. Nightmare.


Man arrested for training dog Nazi salute

The world is such a shit hole.  News like this disgust me.  

That is a really funny video and at no point did I get the feeling that the dude was doing it to be mean.  He stumbled on something funny and made a video...that's it.  But we, as a society, have to arrest people and make them lose their job.

Things like this make me wonder why I would risk myself even posting to this blog.  I mean, I am here saying that it was a funny video....I must be a bad man too.

Keep in mind these are funny little UK laws and I doubt that the guy spends much time in lock up, but still, he's likely in for troubled waters for some time to come.

Anyway....unbelievably funny video, if you haven't seen it yet.


Monday, May 09, 2016

'felon' and 'convict' is now mean to say

A Justice Department division will no longer refer to people released from prison as “felons” or “convicts” because of the stigmatizing effects of the terms, an agency official announced in a Washington Post editorial Wednesday.
Instead, Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason said the “disparaging labels” will be replaced by “person who committed a crime” or “individual who was incarcerated.” The new lexicon is set to be utilized in “speeches, solicitations, website content and social media posts” emanating from the Office of Justice Programs.

Wow, PC is reaching new and dizzying heights.  Maybe we shouldn't put people in jail at all, because its mean!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Google CEO says decline of mobile is the future

Jeez.  I was just joking when I said it yesterday but Google CEO is actually predicting the decline of mobile.  I was joking, he isn't.

Decline of mobile, rise of AI

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Audi concept car

It's a concept car so likely will never get sold but it's a neat idea.  That "smart board" that comes out of the rear bumper has three different modes of operation.  One of these is a mode that will follow you around with your groceries on it.

The board recharges when you put it back in its storage area.

I wouldn't buy one but it's still pretty freaking awesome.


Smartphone shipments fall flat

Wasn't there a cry on the interwebs that the 'PC was dead!' back when it's numbers stagnated like we're now seeing with Smartphones?  Are we now in the 'Post-Smartphone era'?

Of course not, there's still millions of units being sold each quarter of each.  But it did make for good internet drama didn't it?

I hadn't analyzed phone sales numbers in the last couple of years, until today.  I hadn't realized Samsung took such a strong lead (and climbing in it's lead)...

Steam now accepts Bitcoin

Well that's a big win for crypto currency.  Apparently it's easier to get some bitcoins in many countries then it is to get issued a credit card.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The age of VR is nearly upon us

Very soon now the world is going to be flooded with virtual reality hardware for the home.  Which I would love to embrace but 98.8% certain that I'm going to suffer from simulation sickness.

Companies that demo VR stuff bring with them ginger chews to combat nausea...if it's that common, then most certainly I'm screwed.
I learned recently that ginger candies effectively fights nausea
More than likely I'm just going to suck it up and deal with it....eventually.  After a bit of wide spread use; possibly even waiting for the eventual generation 2 hardware to start coming in, what I estimate to be, a year or so.  We shall see...a lot of cool games coming for VR though, that I would like to try.

Here's some of the best news related to the coming VR revolution:

Oculus VR tracking woes
First Oculus games bode well for the future
Neat VR party game: Werewolf
VR light saber battles!
VR Porn is exploding {the real reason I need VR}

Screams of thousands as Apple makes yet another 16gb device

I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the meeting where someone decides that Apple will release a new product in 2016 with 16gb of storage and no expansion options.  I just want to hear the logic for that decision.... because I think there is some angle there that I'm missing...some little bit of genius that I can't see.

EDIT:   I found a quote on why the 16gb.  Which I found not be all that genius after all...
"The belief is more and more as we use iCloud services for documents and our photos and videos and music that perhaps the most price-conscious customers are able to live in an environment where they don't need gobs of local storage because these services are lightening the load." 

I still recall the days of managing my daughters iPod with 16gb...every day she would bring it to be to make space.  I don't recall how old she was but she couldn't understand how to make it so she could get more apps.  Eventually it crapped out (she went through 3-4 of them btw; ain't the best quality devices) and I sprung for the 64gb model and my troubles went away.

Anyway, love the small screen phone coming out.  That's perfect for me...whom really only uses a phone to text and make calls with as I'm in front of a PC all day long...smaller is better in my universe.  Hell, maybe I'm the target market for 16gb as I install almost nothing.


Monday, February 01, 2016

Microsoft's undersea server experiment

With a goal to solve cooling in massive server farms, Microsoft sank a rack under the sea for 105 days.

Someone was really thinking outside of that box the day they had this idea.


Arcimoto SRK

Street legal electric vehicle for $11,000.  70 mile range or 130 with the extended battery.

That's really cool.  I'd like to have one...if only it wouldn't attract so much attention.  Attention = drawing sniper fire.


10 million African children obese or overweight

Looks like we over-saved the children here.


Here's a fun side fact:
Did you know obesity was very rare in America before 1980?

It's a good argument for why it has to be something other than genetics as to the cause.  Evolution doesn't move that fast.

Which was one of many datums that I found interesting in this long read on Why the Calorie Is Broken.

Debt collection and law enforcement partner with new prediction tools

Vehicle surveillance broker Vigilant Solutions has offered Texas law enforcement agencies “free” access to its massive automated license plate reader databases and analytical tools— but only if the police give Vigilant access to all of their data on outstanding court fees and hand the company a 25 percent surcharge from money collected from drivers with outstanding court fines.

They don't just stop there either:

The software’s “stakeout” feature gives the NYPD access to who was at a location (such as a protest, a church, or even an abortion clinic) at a given time, and can use both “predictive analysis” to determine where a person is likely to be, and “associative analysis” to determine whether someone is a “possible associate” of a criminal.

Pretty cool stuff... I'm sure not everyone would agree with me heh.  The near future silent police state marches forever forward.


Dutch Drone Interceptor

For reals, yo!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

FCC wants to unlock the cable box

The FCC seems to be attempting to shame the cable industry into allowing 3rd party cable boxes.   I guess they have no authority to force that end so they are trying the media shame game.  At least they are trying something.

Funny thing is that it was the hardware rental fees that actually caused me to say enough with cable.  I can't recall exactly what I was paying, somewhere between $60-$80 in hardware rental.  Which allowed me to pay a slew of other fees before we even got to the actual cost of cable.  $20 HD access fee, $10 additional outlet?!?!  I also love that I got the privilege of paying $10 for receiver rental on a cablecard device (a pc with a small card in it to allow the channels to be decoded aka my own hardware)...which isn't even a cable box.  WTF?

86% reduction in my cable bill was the end result and I've not noticed that it's was missing...nor have my kids.  Pretty shocking how good cable cutting is now.   Even the pay channels are on-board.

Sure I can call and they will "cut me a deal" but they keep raising rates and tacking on new fees...take for example they advertise $20 for basic cable but after the fees, taxes, rental of hardware you're lucky if your not paying $70 a month. Smarmy I believe is a good term.

Good riddance entertainment industrial complex dinosaurs/robber barons!

TIP:  When cutting the cord go directly to a Comcast store so you can return the equipment immediately and avoid the retention department completely.  Directly at the store is a much more pleasant encounter.

Want ad euphemisms

This is all the more amusing in its accuracy.