Thursday, June 27, 2013

Doctor Who - Taste the Time Vortex

These Awesome Doctor Who Cookies where made by Cookie Cowgirl.  The sets feature feature all 11 Doctors, Daleks, Sonic Screwdrivers, the TARDIS, a Cyberman, Adipose, a Weeping Angel, The Doctor's Bowtie, and the Union Jack.  It would be hard to choose saving this over eating them!








via BTPB

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Twinkies will be back on shelves starting July 15

Hostess, the company that went bankrupt is back in operation with new owners, management and leaner operations.

In what is being called, 'The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever', Twinkies will be back on the shelves starting July 15th. 

Hostess will also now deliver to warehouses, instead of directly.  So you Twinkies aficionados may be able to get your Twinkies fix in more places.  When Hostess used to deliver directly, they were only able to reach 150,000 convenience stores, which is about the number of Starbucks in a small housing development.   





The company also noted that they may experiment with different flavors and textures, such as crunchy, gluten-free, added fiber, low sugar, and low sodium, as well as different flavors.  Personally, I'm hoping for a low-carb stevia sweetened version.

Oh, and for those of you who have been hording the last know batches (pre-bankruptcy), Hostess says the cake's fabled indestructibility is an urban legend...Forty-five days - They don't last forever.  Of course, you're taste buds are the final authority on that.

Microsoft Xbox One - No More 24-Hour Online Check-in and Improved DRM Policy

Good news!  It looks like all the bad press has encouraged Microsoft to change its position on the XBox One DRM and connection policy.  Just like you can on on the Xbox 360 today, you will now be able to rent, trade-in, lend, resell and give-away disc based games.

Likewise, the console also no longer requires a 24-hour online check-in to play games.  The only time you’ll need to connect is at system set-up.

Purchase options will also be expanded, with both retailer and downloadable purchase options; including the purchase of games for download via Xbox Live on day of release.  In both cases, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today.

Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions, aka region-free.

This nerd thanks Microsoft for listening to its fans and customers.


-Pre-Order the XBOX One Here



[source: Xbox.com]

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wide-Body Wars: The A350 vs. Boeing's 787

Despite the fact that flying is not as fun as it used to be, the little boy still comes out in me whenever an airplane flies overhead...or even better when I'm on one. Below is an interesting video on the differences between the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Personally, I hope to wait a few years before flying on one, just to make sure all the kinks are worked out. Overall, I'd say competition has been good. It is keeping Boeing on it's toes, but the results have been worth it.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Xbox One vs. PS4 Comparison Chart


"This is a comprehensive comparison between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware. All facts are limited to what has officially been announced. Tech analysis comes from Anandtech.

More powerful chips and/or any features exclusive to a platform are colored blue. Any restrictions or features that were removed vs prior generations will be in red."

-Pre-Order the PS4 Here.

-Pre-Order the Xbox One Here.


Source: yamamoto114 | Via Technabob]

The Secret Life of a Cat

The Secret Life of the Cat. The makers of the show fitted 50 cats with highly sensitive GPS collars and miniature 'cat cams' that recorded their every move.

It's amazing to see their territorial boundaries, and how they slip across into enemy territory!




Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2340714/The-Secret-Life-Cat-What-mischievous-moggies-gets-owners-backs.html

Bitchy Resting Face PSA

For those who suffer in silence...


Operation Talk Like a Terrorist

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Top 1 Percent of Americans Are Richer Than You Think

A very well put together video on the distribution of wealth in the United States

Why did Mandy Patinkin Leave Criminal Minds?

Mandy Patinkin, a genuinely good person and great actor, left "Criminal Minds" abruptly about six years ago.   I've wondered for years why he left, and finally found an answer. 

During a speaking stint a YMCA in New York (back in 2012), he was asked and opened up as to why.  Frankly, I find his answer reasonable, understandable...and most of all, not surprising.  I too have wondered how shows like Criminal Minds, Dexter and even Law and Order effect society.  I don't watch horror films because I can't stand watching people being hurt.  I don't find it entertaining to watch human suffering.  Looks like I'm not alone.

His answer...It was, he says "destroying my heart and soul."

A: I made a mistake. And I'll tell you what the mistake was, 'cause I've never spoken about it publicly other than little snippets in interviews.

The mistake was my fear. I was always worried about money, which I'd never in my whole career have ever had to worry about. But I was brought up to worry about it even if you don't have to worry about it.

And I guess that 's what runs greed all over the world. No matter how much is enough it's never enough so let's keep worrying and worrying and worrying and making all kinds of mistakes because of it. And I certainly made mine. That was part of the mistake.

The other part was, I didn't pay attention to the material, because once you get yourself locked onto the one need that you think you have, which was the security of the job and having the job to go to every day, which I love, and the economic false security, 'cause I wasn't in trouble, I was doing fine - I ignored the fact that there was a woman in a cage being tortured. I thought, "Well, this is just the pilot.

You can't do that every show, for God's sake. How long would that be interesting?" Yet it remained interesting for now, I think, seven or eight years they're into. And the way I work is I infuse my own reality underneath what I'm saying. There are actors, if you read Rosemarie Tichler's book about actors and interviews - it's extraordinary - I read some of these interviews about how actors like Claire - I don't know what Claire's process is, but others - they just believe so thoroughly. I can't believe it. I can't believe what I'm saying in these scenes. I don't - I tried - it doesn't work for me.
So I have to find my own story to live underneath it, that absolutely matches and connects to what - the words that the writer wrote, that mirror it, that metaphor it, that work for me, that connect me to it. And in the case of "Criminal Minds" and these horrific misogynistic tales, told over and over again, and the torture of women and children, where I had to go mentally was beyond darkness, to be there 16 hours a day, to stay alive and connect.

And I don't care whether I'm playing Hamlet or Gideon in "Criminal Minds," I go about it the same way. And 16 hours a day, nine-and-a-half months of the year, was destroying my heart and soul. It was very, very destructive to me and made me very sad. And there were scripts that came to me that I voiced disapproval of, I spoke to the studio, the network, I couldn't believe that certain people would accept that this would go out there, and I began to feel ill about being a part of a world - now it is a world - bedtime story which - the last thing that people watch before they go to bed. And it's married to fear, in fairness to it, and part of the theory of the success of these shows, in my opinion, and in some great psychologists' opinions, is the fear factor.

And part of why I think people might remain addicted to it, is that there is a theory that - "There but for the grace of God, go I," so if you drink your cup of fear every day, it won't happen to you. Well, maybe true. But I can't participate in it anymore. And as it turns out, you know, good luck, Mandy, because the first two years - there's 48 episodes and they're re-running them all over the world nonstop. Yes, I get paid for it, I'm glad I got the money, I'm not gonna lie about it. But I'm not proud of it, and I needed to leave to save my life. And I wanna just add, most importantly, that's how I feel. I have good friends in that show and I meet people all over the world who love that show and they - and I'm not here to tell them they're wrong for how they feel. It's how I feel, it's how it affects me. And it's a private matter for me and everyone's entitled to their own experience.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Troll the NSA

Well, you'd have to live in a cave not to know about the NSA Scandal...you know, the one where they "legally" violated the rights of all Americans under the guise of preventing the never-ending war on terrorism.  The scandal where they don't target Americans, but need all the call records of...you guessed it...Americans.

Well, there is a site that wants to have some fun with the NSA, called Troll the NSA.  Now, personally I have some mixed emotions on this, not that the NSA doesn't deserve it.  Let's say we do clog up the 'airwaves' with keyword loaded messages and it does clog up the NSA scanners.  In this case it would be a good time for a real bad guy to try and send his message as well.  That being said, the NSA should not be monitoring all communications anyway...they say they don't...so it shouldn't matter either way.  Anyway, head to http://trollthensa.com/ to read more and make up your own mind.



Friday, June 7, 2013

NSA Spying - Interview with Washington Post Reporter

Informative video with the Washington Post reporter that broke the NSA spying scandal.  Gain some insight into the scandal, the source of the leak, the vague responses of Facebook, Apple and more.
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Personally, I am sadden that a good percentage of the population has no problem with this; basically justifying their position that it's all done to keep them "safe". I guess people in China must feel the safest in the world.


Millennials in the Workplace Training Video

Remember those kids that got a trophy just for showing up?  Well, they are in the workplace now.  This guide will teach you how to co-exist with this challenging new generation of workers.

 
 
 
 

Say It With Bacon

In honor of Father’s Day, Oscar Mayer is offering this amazing bacon gift set for sale.

 
 
 
When words aren’t enough — say it with bacon.
 
 



 
I'm not sure what's going on, but bacon seems to be slowly creeping up as the latest fad.  Ok by me, I love bacon!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who

The BBC has announced that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who!   He'll depart at the end of the year, in the Christmas special, when he will be replaced by a new reincarnation of the Time Lord. 
Smith, who has been in the role since 2010, said it had been "an honour" to play the role.


Matt Smith has played Doctor Who since 2010, has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, USA and Australia alone!

The actor said: "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.
"I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I've never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I'm back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special! It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt."

No actor (or actress) was immediately announced to play the next regeneration of the Doctor, so, as Mr. Smith suggested, let the speculation commence.

Schadenfreude

Well, I feel guilty for feeling this way, but I'm glad to see After Earth bombing.  Maybe I'll get my wish and Jaden will choose another career.  No, this won't affect his piggy bank as he'll get paid no matter how the movie fares, but at least he'll have less to throw around.

Nine reviews say it all....

1. "Is 'After Earth' the worst movie ever made? Maybe not; there's always 'Battlefield Earth' to remind us how low the bar can go. But that's the wrong question, since it implies that this bizarre enterprise is a movie in the conventional sense." -- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

2. "Have alien body snatchers made off with M. Night Shyamalan? There is no small irony that this sci-fi action adventure is about surviving a serious crash. The scorched earth left behind by 'After Earth' is sure to leave a scar on everyone involved." -- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

3. "Once upon a time, Hollywood parents gave their children sports cars as gifts. These days, apparently nothing less than a big-screen vanity project will do for Junior." -- Manhola Dargis, New York Times

4. "Summer 2013 has its first bomb, and sadly, it’s landed right on Will Smith." -- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

5. "The level to which 'After Earth' is a catastrophe is amazing, but what’s even more impressive is the lengths everyone must have had to gone to for such an epic level of failure." -- Laremy Legel, Film.com

6. "Though he shares screenplay credit with Gary Whitta, Shyamalan is clearly a director-for-hire here, his disinterest palpable from first frame to last." -- Scott Foundas, Variety
7. "By the standards of M. Night’s Shyamalan’s recent films, 'After Earth' is surprisingly not horrible." -- David Edelstein, New York

8. "Not since John Travolta kicked the tires on 'Battlefield Earth' and pronounced it good to go has there been a big-name sci-fi flameout quite as disastrous as Will Smith’s 'After Earth.'" -- Kurt Loder, Reason

9. "Yes, it's that bad." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone