Category Archives: Entertainment

Microsoft Office Plays Detective in New Novel

Crush

In "Crush," a crime thriller by chiropractor-turned-author Alan Jacobson, Microsoft’s Office suite plays a central role in helping track down a serial killer.

From CNET:

Without giving away too much of the plot, it’s fair to say that a certain PowerPoint file becomes a key piece of evidence, with a worker at Microsoft finding central clues within the document’s metadata.

Product placement aside, from reading the product description at Amazon, it actually looks like a decent mystery .

Shelf Life Chapter One

Shelf Life

James Spencer from pixel eyes productions alerted me to a new machinima series they’ve posted called Shelf Life, it uses the models from Half Life 2. I honestly think this stuff is a masterpiece! The quality if this video blows me away.

The audio is spot on and the music adds to the creepiness factor of this mind-bending thriller. The cinematic aspects are something you’d expect right out of Hollywood movie, not a machinima. For instance there’s a couple of pan shots early on, one of them is pretty complex that occurs outside the protaganist’s house and i recall thinking at the time ‘now this is what’s cool about this medium, there aren’t many films that attempt something like this’.

Synopsis:

It’s about two scientists, one with the ability to visualize advanced theories related to the power of memory and the human brain, and one with the determination to do whatever it takes to reach a scientific breakthrough. They are both parts of one big puzzle, a puzzle that is a project that poses a bigger danger to humanity than anything else in history, and it’s up to one of them to expose the danger, even if it means putting himself at great risk.

Here’s part 1 below, go to their youtube channel and subscribe to keep up with each part to this thriller.

New Sherlock Holmes Trailer

I’ve always loved the Sherlock Holmes stories whether in book, radio theater or cinema form. I can hardly wait for the next chapter in the great detective’s life later this year. And according to IMDB, this is the first Sherlock Holmes movie to reach US cinema in 20 years! It’s about time! 🙂 Here’s the details on this one:

Release Date: December 25, 2009
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly
Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

`Watchmen’ Sequel Unlikely

Watchmen

No sequel? Yeah right. Whether it makes big $$$ is the determining factor.

Here’s a snippet from the Associated Press story:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans should plan to savor every visual morsel when "Watchmen" swoops into movie theaters Friday because the subversive superheroes of the landmark comic book series may never return to the big screen.

"There’s no way I would be involved in a sequel or prequel," said director Zack Snyder, who turned the graphic novel "300" into a 2007 blockbuster.

"Will they make one? I have no idea how you would. The work is the work. This movie is about ideas. Anything else you would do, if you did a sequel to it, misses the point entirely of what ‘Watchmen’ is," he said.

CBS Releases TV.com iPhone App

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From NetworkWorld:

Pining for instant access to episodes of "MacGyver" on your iPhone (and really, who isn’t)? CBS Mobile has you covered with its new TV.com app (iTunes link) released on Thursday. The app offers free streaming video content from CBS (including CBS News, Sports, and Radio), the CW, and Showtime, as well as CBS-owned Cnet and some other places (CBS aquired the TV.com Web site along with its purchase of Cnet in 2008).

I’m not going to apologize for apparently not being among the masses pining to watch TV on a handheld device. Is there really a desire for this and will it generate enough revenue to pay for the bandwidth?

Watch the MST3K Cast….Live On The Web Jan 15

MST3K 

On January 15th, 2009 at 6:00 PM PST and 9:00 PM EST, RiffTrax will be hosting its inaugural RiffTrax Live! Webcast, featuring the former stars and writers of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Mike Nelson, Kevin “Tom Servo” Murphy and Bill “Crow” Corbett) doing what they do best—sitting in front of a terrible movie and making fun of it.

With all luck, viewers around the country and the world will get a free, live look at how these three comedians practice their craft, courtesy of UStream.tv’s webcasting technology.

The film to be screened is the 1951 short, “Self-Conscious Guy,” one of those unintentionally hilarious informational films. Afterwards, Mike & Co. will participate in a live question and answer session with viewers.

Full details and the event itself will be available at: www.rifftrax.com/live

Fans can also submit advance questions for Mike to the RiffTrax Facebook page.

The Bro Code

What is this, you ask?  Some lame attempt at chauvinism?  An awesome codex of life for your fellow man?  No, my friends.  This is a book that carefully details the rules that all Bros must live by; a subtle collection of clarity and wisdom passed down through the ages by your fellow Bro, and all contained within the pages of a single book.  This lexicon of empowerment can help you solve such situations as “A Bro will, in a timely manner, alert his Bro to the existance of a chick fight.” or “A Bro only claims a fart after first accusing another Bro (Exception: “Pull my finger.”).”

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I asked my wife to get this for me during the recent holidays, because I felt it was time to rebolster my “Inner Bro” – He has been beaten down and oppressed for a while now, and now I feel it is time to let him shine through!  Women, buy this for your man!  Men, embolden yourselves, and claim your Bro status for all eternity 🙂

Based off the musings of Barney Stinson in “How I met your mother” TV show.

Buy this at Amazon.

Geeky Christmas Gift – Dr. Horrible @ US$9.99

Dr Horrible

Looking for a cheap geeky Christmas gift? Then look no further than Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on DVD. At US$9.99, this one’s gotta go on my wish list! 🙂

Not familiar with Dr. Horrible? Here’s the synopsis:

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) stars as Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, a budding super-villain whose plans for world domination continually go awry.  His two goals: getting accepted into the Evil League of Evil, and working up the guts to speak to his laundromat crush Penny, played by Felicia Day (The Guild).  

The only thing standing in his way is Captain Hammer, Billy’s superhero arch-nemesis played by Nathan Fillion (Firefly).  With one big score, Billy could get into the E.L.E. and earn the respect of Penny, but only if he can keep her away from the dashing Captain Hammer…

Santa Gets Intel on your Friends and Family

 iamstnick

Yeah you heard me, Santa is lending himself out as a force recon operative, so you can get some valuable intel on your friends and family.  Bounce on over to IamStNick.com, plug in your targets phone number and your e-mail.  Then an automated service will call the target number and play a premade message asking them for their wishlist.  After the recording is made, you receive an email from the website with your targets wishlist!

Sounds pretty nifty to me!  Go try it out…I know I will 🙂

An Epic Story Told Through Verse

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A while ago, Andy asked me to review a book, The Unicorn Man, a collection of stark poetry and short stories with a skewed view toward the (supposed) coming apocalyptic end in 2012.

To be honest, not my bag of tea.  But, in order to give it a fair shake, I read through the book with a feeling of trepidation, and a cocked eyebrow to the intense nature of the authors’ focus on the prevalent darkness forever omnipresent in man.  Unless your state of mind closely follows the author, don’t expect this to be an easy read.  I found it difficult to keep a constant train of thought throughout the read, and had to break it up into several pieces, allowing myself to absorb what I’d read before continuing on.  Despite the content, I actually did enjoy Vox Anon’s writing style; it will be a bumpy ride in the beginning, but after figuring out what’s going on, its easier to follow.

So, first you follow the protagonist through three short stories – first as he has to deal with the spontaneous growth of a unicorn-like horn from his forehead, and the trials he has to deal with in trying to have it removed, and then finally realizing what significance it may bring into his life and society around him.  The second reads like a mythical tale following the conventional idealisms of a fairy tale unicorn and his tenuous relationship with a beautiful princess.  And finally, the third tale is a journal of the unicorn man in the future that describes his actions and events leading up the final moments before the end.  In all, very well written, provided you can follow the rhythm and intent of the tales.  In my opinion, the author uses these as a springboard to launch the reader into the fantastic worlds of grotesque and suicidal situations of the poems that follow.

Definitely the poems are the product of a mind entirely sunk into a dark process that has been bent by an imagination that I had seen very seldom to date.  Get ready for a journey through the mind of a person that holds nothing back!  Also of note are the last few dozen pages full of mystical collages of images ranging from the simple, to ultra-confusion with the unicorn as the main theme.  Truly a glimpse into the mind of a person with a lot of time to contemplate the future as he sees it.

Grab your copy at Amazon.com!