Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

Siri …Perfect for Everyone…Unless You’re Scottish

Siri has been noted as one of the best things to ease the use of daily task keeping, and has rave reviews from tech writers everywhere. She even gives iPhone users a little sass, thanks to humorous Apple developers. USA Today has a fun video showing responses to different prompts, including, “will you marry me,” to which Siri replies, “My End User Licensing Agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies.” She even answers age old questions like “what is the meaning of life” and “how much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood.”

As pioneering and revered as Siri has become she has one small drawback for some users. She can’t understand a Scottish accent. Watch this video of a very patient Scotsman who finds the humor in what appears to be one of Siri’s only shortcomings.

(newser)

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January 31, 2012

New Alien Invasion Short Film

A new alien invasion short has hit YouTube, in first person raw footage, Cloverfield style. The film is about 9 minutes long, and chronicles the beginnings of an alien invasion in Britain through the eyes of four different groups of people. Filmed with full production, story boarding, scripts, actors, a BAFTA nominated director, and even some cool CG alien creatures. The visual effects are really good. So, what’s the catch?

The catch is it was all filmed as part of the Xperia Studio project, on an Xperia arc S phone, but you can’t tell. You wouldn’t know it unless you read it. Click here to read about the Xperia Studio and how they are giving innovators their devices to capture “Reality remade.” Check out their videos and be impressed. There is some gorgeous footage available, and they look like high quality documentaries. To add to the radness, it’s less than $400, so it’s obtainable. Want!

Watch Swarm and the Making of Swarm to see what this awesome little Android phone is capable of.

January 30, 2012

Google Thinks I’m a Man

Google has done it. They have finally killed my belief that living in a small town was the reason that I feel so out of place being a dorky girl. My love of video games, music, Star Wars and all things fabulously geeky, along with the fact that I watch fan films, drool over collectibles on the Kotobukiya website and watch Sumo has apparently made me a stereotypical male. Yep, you read that right. Google thinks I’m a man.

Google’s Ad preferences cookie, the bot that figures out what to flash randomly on the right hand side of my web browser (usually, there is an ad for World of Warcraft and a dancing goblin in the ad bar), took it upon themselves to determine my age and gender based on the websites I’ve visited…I’m a 25-34 year old Male. (Click photo above) That’s rad, Google!

With the new privacy practices that Google just unveiled, I was worried about something like this happening. I am no longer allowed to check out amazing cosplay and “accidentally” happen upon the Red Tubes, while checking out ehow’s tutorial on building Cloud’s Buster Sword,  without Google deciding that the best ads for me are some funky fetish porn.

Want to check out your ad preferences? Go here! If you get an awesome one like me leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

January 30, 2012

Music for the Masses

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Have you heard of DigSin? It’s new and modern, and it is going to make you very happy. DigSin is a new record label that is breaking off from the norm of making gobs of money by bringing free music to the masses. The past few months have brought about their website and friends and followers can sign up to receive news and information, follow them on Twitter or Facebook, and get a link to their free downloads straight to their inbox. I have yet to meet them, but any friend of music is a friend of mine. The first download they sent me is quite fun, NNXT‘s “DRNK TXTNG.”

DigSin, which stands for Digital Single, will be focusing on “single song releases,” according to an interview conducted with Hypebot. “DigSin is the result of years of examining the new ways music fans find and listen to music,” Executive Jay Frank told Hypebot. “We are committing ourselves to expose new songs in a targeted, organic way that enables us to be a trusted filter to music fans.”

In the height of the controversy over copyright infringement and piracy, I say Bravo, Sir! Bravo for fulfilling a need and taking the time to understand your audience and find out what they want.

If you have a minute, pop on over to DigSin, see what they’re doing, watch their video about why they’re doing it, and be their friend. I’m excited about the possibility of change that DigSin is creating here.

(hypebot.com)

January 28, 2012

A Moment with Jack Wilson

Photo credit: Fluff and Gravy Records

Jack Wilson’s self titled debut album is set to release in March. Jack gave me a few minutes to find out a little more about this prolific song writer, how he has created a beautiful marriage of Seattle and Austin sounds, and how he managed to write an album on the handlebars of a bicycle.

DD: The songs on your self-titled album are presented like pages from a storybook. Would you say that you are telling your audience a story about your life or the influences in your life?

Jack Wilson: Absolutely. I think the writing process is different for everyone. Some people have no problem taking on the mantle of another human, or persona and speaking through their voice. For them writing a more personal narrative might be more difficult. For me, the writing process has always felt more like an exorcism, like something that had to come out. Maybe I should have gotten into metal at a young age, who knows, it didn’t go down like that.

I grew up a scrawny sci-fi nerd, and guitar and songwriting became my outlet for telling my own personal mythology, some codex for my trial and successes.

DD: You’ve taken an Austin sound and mixed it with your Seattle roots to create something completely original. Have you created a new Seattle music movement?

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January 27, 2012

Torchwood Isn’t Gone…

Torchwood fans rejoice. The beloved series isn’t gone, its just sitting in a holding pattern. Cultbox, a UK television site, recently did an interview with Eve Myles, Gwen Cooper to Torchwood fans, and she explained that Torchwood isn’t gone, its definitely not forgotten and they will be back…just not this year. Eve told Cultbox interviewer Will Martin:

As far as I know at the moment, everything’s still very much on hold. Russell [T Davies] has things happening in his personal life. John [Barrowman] is very much on the same page as me, in that if and when they need us, they can just pick the phone up and we will be there before they’ve even put the phone down, because it’s something we love doing. Nothing’s going to happen in 2012, I know that much for sure. But who knows what will happen in 2013. Maybe a movie, to kinda draw a line under it. That’s the thing about Torchwood, every series we’ve changed our format. We’ve always had a gap in between, so fingers crossed, because we’ve got such an outstanding loyal fan base. They deserve Torchwood to go ahead with something else to draw a line under it, for the fans to have a bit of closure.

I think this is good. We fans need a little space to understand why you’ve done the things you’ve done, and we will forgive you. These things just take time. (sobs)

I love Torchwood. When hubby and I found out about Torchwood we watched every episode back to back Portlandia style. However, Miracle Day was rough on us Torchwood fans. It was too commercial, too whiny, Gwen was this weird gun toting, baby packing bad https://i1.wp.com/www.cultbox.co.uk/images/160x90/T/TorchwoodMD/tmd%20trailer%20gwen%20baby.gifass, and they tried too hard to make sure we knew Captain Jack was gay. He couldn’t possibly just be pleased as punch with every gender and every species in the universe. HE IS GAY. They just tried too hard to be American. It didn’t work. We want our old Torchwood back. Back in Cardiff where you belong. Back to being a little insecure with yourselves, oh and don’t bring that Rex guy with you. You just leave him right where he is. We will find a Ianto replacement eventually. He is not it.

Here’s to looking forward to what Torchwood 2013 has to bring us. Fingers crossed it will be filled with Welsh goodness.

January 27, 2012

Valentine’s Day is Coming Soon. Treat your geek right.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you are still looking for that perfect gift for the fanboy in your life, then check these awesome gift ideas from Strapya World:

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For those of  you who thought that fanboy wear consisted of only t-shirts and beanie caps. Look again. You can dress that boy up and take him out. That’s right, kiddies, Star Wars tie clips and cuff links. Whether he’s a member of the 501st or Rebel Legion, he will be sure to love you for nourishing his geek side.

But wait…there’s more. The business attire would not be complete without…Business Card Holders

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I can’t decide which I love more, R2D2 or Han Solo. These are unisex, so I am so ordering both. One for him and one for me.

Let me know if you find any fabulous Valentine’s gifts for your dork, geek or nerd. Send me a pic and I’ll even post it on the site. (Deeming its appropriate. Not sure I want to know those Sith bedroom secrets) Let your geek flag fly this Valentine’s Day!

 

January 25, 2012

Blizzard to Add In Game Advertising?

As a slightly obsessed, yet don’t find it difficult to stop for bathroom breaks and interact with the outside world, World of Warcraft player, I have the utmost respect for Blizzard Entertainment. I love that I can escape to another world, kick some much needed butt as a stress reliever and for once in my life have some pretty rad super powers (I can make it rain fire). With this in mind, I was a bit disheartened when I heard that the powerhouse that is Blizz is going to be adding in game ad content to their new project “Titan.” According to Blizzard’s current job board (sad that I read them, I know, but one day…) they are looking for a “Franchise Development Producer-NEXT-GEN MMO.” This job will be filled by someone who is able to

“Be the key liaison between the development team and other functional teams within Blizzard Entertainment (e.g. creative development, licensing, marketing, legal) to create brand-extending merchandise for the next-gen MMO franchise, including:

  • Books / Novels
  • Action figures
  • Comics
  • Short movies
  • Apparel”

Yay, I am so glad they are going to keep with the tradition of their other games, even though this “Titan” is rumored to be a casual MMO possibly leaning toward a more social aspect, and bring us merchandise. I am a collector. Merchandise is my thing. BUT wait…there’s more! This job will also need to “Work with major consumer brands to facilitate product placement and licensing within the world of Blizzard Entertainment’s next-gen MMO that enhances the gameplay experience.” Wait. Wha…Huh? I play games to escape to another world, not to be reminded to “Have a Coke and a Smile” while I’m doing major damage to a giant monster, or in some cases a giant mechanical chicken. How is this going to “enhance the gameplay experience?”

Is Blizzard short on cash? Because I know how much I’ve contributed to their profit margin. Is this game going to be free-to-play? Every day I deal with ads stuffed into my Android gaming apps, and I ignore them, because I am a cheap bitch who doesn’t want to shell out 99 cents to play an ad free game. Is this going to be a Warcraft with Friends type game? Fingers crossed. I know that having little social extras like World of Warcraft Remote on my tablet has made my game play experience all the better, or my obsession a little more worrisome, but I think having a more socially interactive piece to games is awesome. It also gives me something to fiddle with on my downtown, without firing up WoW.

At this time, there is nothing more that can be done but speculate. Some believed that Blizz would have an announcement at BlizzCon, but since they just announced there will be no BlizzCon 2012, they get to keep the “Titan” carrot dangling for as long as they want. I’m always looking forward to the brilliance that is Blizzard, and will look forward to whatever project “Titan” has in store as well.

January 24, 2012

The Doubleclicks Let their Geek Flag Fly

Blatant Pandering Cover Art

The Doubleclicks

Portland natives and sister musical duo Angela and Aubrey, better known as The Doubleclicks, have combined witty lyrics, a guitar, some ukulele action, with a cello and some geek girl flare to exact the perfect recipe, a new EP Blatant Pandering. With lead vocals, guitar and ukulele by Angela, and Aubrey on cello and harmonies, The Doubleclicks are deeming Blatant Pandering “an album of our geekiest of songs.” With songs about the Worst.Superpower.Ever, a true romance between two Dungeons and Dragons players, and why a Spock Impersonator would “not make a very good boyfriend,” this album is a riot that appeals to nerds or geeks of any variety.

Taking their geeky fascination with gaming (of the tabletop RPG persuasion) and their raw “nerd folk” talent, The Doubleclicks give listeners songs about iPhone users, a hatred for beatboxing, and my favorite breakup song, Always Be here (WoW), from their album Beta Testing 1-2-3. This sister act lets their geek flag fly proudly. “Most all of our songs are based on stuff that’s happened to us, or, failing that, stuff about which we feel very strongly,” says Angela about the brilliance behind the writing. I know I laughed out loud when I heard A Song about EVE online, from their Song-a-week project, a “songwriting/motivation project” that took place from February to August 2011.

I spent an entire evening listening to every one of their songs and you should too. Head over to their Bandcamp site, where you can download their new EP Blatant Pandering in name your price fashion, and look for a new full length CD out soon. For show dates and times check out their website and look for them at Norwescon in Seattle.

Here’s my favorite song. It’s time for you to find yours.

January 24, 2012

Comediva is Pure Genius

If you haven’t yet stumbled across the talent of Comediva you need to spend some time clicking around on their site, so you too can find out how Nickelback is really a possible super villain in disguise, 10 uses for Wolverines claws that you never knew existed or my favorite find today, the web series Geek Therapy. Everyone needs a therapist like this. I just love when I stumble upon girls that are as geeky as I am.

Side note: I couldn’t pick my favorite of the Geek Therapy “sessions” so I picked the one that went with a conversation that started my day. My best friend is a guy who can’t figure out why he isn’t finding the “right” girl. He needs a little of this Geek Therapy.