`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.

Greening the World of Warcraft?

Green Eco Friendly WoW - World of Warcraft

From PopSci.com we learn of a media expert at Stanford that details the ways in which online multiplayer games can reflect and reward real-world eco-friendly behavior. The idea is to tie in your home power usage and metrics to an online game, like World of Warcraft is an example the expert touts as one vehicle to encourage people to reduce power consumption.

A scenario might be this: Within the game the user receives feedback on their home’s power consumption, let’s say that you left a bunch of lights on. If you then turn the lights off, the game detects the decrease in power and your character in the game is rewarded somehow to reinforce the eco-friendly behavior.

The concept of rewarding people for reducing power consumption is good, and I think being able to provide live feedback to consumers is also great. But the implementation details this expert gives are screwed. A WoW player, most any MMORPG or online FPS gamer for that matter, is not going to be motivated to alter their real world lifestyle to impact their online experience.

Now maybe if there was a way to tie the reduced power usage to a reduced WoW subscription fee or for free online game time, that is something I’d consider useful.

CBS Releases TV.com iPhone App

television

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?

Doodling Can Help Your Memory

 Doodle

You might look like you’re not paying attention when you doodle, but science says otherwise. It actually keeps us on track with boring tasks.

Researchers in the UK found that test subjects who doodled while listening to a recorded message had a 29 percent better recall of the message’s details than those who didn’t doodle. The findings were published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Read more at ABC News.

 

[Flickr ‘doodle’ photo courtesy of karindalziel]

Interview of Lord British

Old School geeks will recognize the name Lord British immediately as the game author/designer for the Ultima series of RPG video games. I have fond memories of playing hour upon endless hour of Ultima on an Apple //e back in the 80’s so getting to see this interview set is a real treat for me!

This interview is in 3 parts, part 1 is below. Head over to VBS.tv to watch the entire series (Part 2, Part 3) of interviews and take a tour of his home which is a geek’s dream come true with gadgets, secret doors, magical gear, a full sized rotating telescope in the roof and more.

VBS.tv chose a great topic to launch their new technology series of videos they call Motherboard…tip of the hat guys.

Laptop Information Heaven

LaptopLogic

Time for a little Link Love for a site I bookmarked this week-

I recently learned of a laptop reviews and news site called Laptoplogic.com as being almost a one-stop shop for reviews, news and more for laptops and their accessories. They have a blog and forums as well so they have a whole community around their review website. They also link to Pricegrabber if you want to purchase reviewed HW directly. The best part is the quality writing so they appear to use some pretty good editors and/or writers.

One of my favorite articles recently is Top 10 Laptops for Geeky Girls because they showcase some stylish laptops that will fit with many feminine wardrobes like the Pink Prada Leather Laptop and the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition seen below.

Check them out.

Girly Laptops

Dear Obama: Please consider open-source a waste of your time

Linux

The Register has an opinion piece counter argument to the recent open source request to President Obama by OSS advocates.

From the article:

Last week, several big names in open source tossed a letter at American President Barack Obama, urging him to mandate that no government IT purchase be made without someone scrutinizing the software license. "Dear President Obama," it read, "please consider open source."

The letter contained all the classic elements of an open source group hug: freedom, interoperability, community, and transparency. This letter was signed by higher-ups at companies we know and love, like Red Hat, Novell, Unisys, and a handful of other smaller players who want to suckle from the teat of a federal contract.

Facebook’s Fine-Print Fiasco

Social Networking

Businessweek is reporting on the Facebook issue of the week and this particular issue has privacy groups up in arms.

When social media site Facebook casually slipped in a clause that gave them rights in perpetuity to users’ content, consumer watchdog groups and privacy experts cried foul.

Essentially Facebook owns everything you upload to the site…forever, no matter what you do with the content after it’s touched their server.

Nice.

Obama Inauguration Giga-Photo

Okay, so there’s a billion ways to gain fame by riding the coat-tails of Obama.  This photo is just one of the cooler ones that I’ve seen so far :)  This is a gigashot, a culmination of 200 seperate shots taken at one second each with a 1,474 megapixel Cannon robotic camera.  That’s some power!  I had a load of fun zooming in all the way to see the reactions on people’s faces during the event.  Follow the link HERE.

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Bonus points if you can find the person in the tinfoil suit 😉

Alien Invasion In Your Home!

My friend Louie, over at the Brando Toy MFG in Hong Kong sent me this little jewel I thought I’d share with you guys.  They have all sorts of cool little games and gadgets there, but this one is one of the niftiest I’d seen in a while.  It’s a small IF RC UFO they you can fly around in your home or office!  Think of all the fun you could have…  Louie promises me that he has one on the way to me, so when I get it, I’ll post a more in depth review.

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Here’s the Brando press release:

*It’s the World Smallest Infrared RC Indoor "UFO"*.
You can use the Wide Range IR controller to fly the Tiny & Super Light Weight Design "UFO" around your room. This Tiny "UFO" is rechargeable, while you are operating the "UFO", a LED Light will be flashing on the top of the "UFO". It’s Cool when you Fly it in the dark!* Just get one to join the Super Fun RC "UFO" Group in this New Year!

Check out the product page HERE.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this 😉