Posts tagged entertainment

Coffee & Multitasking v.134 

1. Band News 

Alexisonfire’s vocalist has announced a new band is on the way! Dallas, Wade, and now George…I’m all for these guys being more involved with music! [altpress.com]
As I Lay Dying, well…the band…has announced a new project on the way. Right after Tim Lambesis leaves a fake message saying that AILD will be reforming…awkward [metalsucks.com]

2. Late Night News 

Stephen Colbert is taking over The Late Show, since Letterman is retiring…which I didn’t know about. It’ll be weird to see Colbert switching styles, but “mainstream” TV desperately needs it. [cbc.ca
The Tonight Show online; Jimmy Fallon knows the importance of entertaining the internet. And if you haven’t already, he created a helpful video to get you onboard with their YouTube channel… [video]

THE AVENGERS [trailer] SUPERBOWL XLVI

2011 Xbox360 Dashboard Update
I won’t have this for at least another week or two, but what are YOUR thoughts on it?that’s not my gamertag in the picture
From what I’ve heard/seen it’s fantastic; the further integration of Kinect looks fun, and all the new added features will make it a powerhouse system!Partnerships with YouTube, ESPN, UFC, Hulu, Netflix, and Last.fm will further integrate the system into everything you do entertainment wise. And Bing is in there too, but seriously who’s going to use that? Essentially, it’s another step in a potato couch world. Micro$oft doesn’t want you turning off the Xbox, and they surely don’t want you using a competitors system to get your entertainment. What I chuckle at is…computers have been doing all of this since…well forever. Those computers were made my MS. People couldn’t figure out computers, so they jumped on consoles. Now consoles do what computers do…see where I’m going with this?It’ll also be interesting to watch how this plays out with the rumored switch to a newer console in the near future…
Check out all the new features [here]And all the partnerships [here]

2011 Xbox360 Dashboard Update

I won’t have this for at least another week or two, but what are YOUR thoughts on it?
that’s not my gamertag in the picture

From what I’ve heard/seen it’s fantastic; the further integration of Kinect looks fun, and all the new added features will make it a powerhouse system!
Partnerships with YouTube, ESPN, UFC, Hulu, Netflix, and Last.fm will further integrate the system into everything you do entertainment wise. And Bing is in there too, but seriously who’s going to use that? Essentially, it’s another step in a potato couch world. Micro$oft doesn’t want you turning off the Xbox, and they surely don’t want you using a competitors system to get your entertainment.
What I chuckle at is…computers have been doing all of this since…well forever. Those computers were made my MS. People couldn’t figure out computers, so they jumped on consoles. Now consoles do what computers do…see where I’m going with this?
It’ll also be interesting to watch how this plays out with the rumored switch to a newer console in the near future…

Check out all the new features [here]
And all the partnerships [here]

R.I.P. Jack Layton & “Uncle” Frank

Leader of the Canadian NDP party, Layton's death (from cancer) has been all over the net since the official statement made yesterday morning. I wasn't going to post my regards, because I live in a very Conservative area, however I just want to take this time to say I was a supporter. [ndp.ca]

For those of you who didn’t watch the show; Frank was the retired police officer who gave the big thumbs-up on the Jimmy Kimmel latenight show. Like Conan’s sidekick Andy, Frank was just 100% enjoyable. I’m not a big fan of the show, but I’m a fan of loveable tv characters. [tmz.com]

Ritalin vs Entertainment

Grade1 was an important year for me; I started wearing glasses, I made a sweet laminated-poster with 20 different dinosaurs on it, I took a test that determined I understood the English language at a 10th grade level, and I was also diagnosed with ADD (attention deficit disorder). The doctors promptly placed me on a hefty dose of Ritalin to calm me down and make me manageable. By Grade4 I had been up’d to ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) and given more pills. In Grade6 my pill dosage was up’d once again, and by Grade7 I made the decision to toss the pills, hoop the doctors, and take on life using my own abilities…
Since then I have become an “A” average college student, youth ministry leader, and successful concert coordinator. Take that Ritalin.

Where else do we see such constant need to pump people full of attention-control?

Assassin’s Creed: 8 games in 4 years, 2 more in the next 2 years, 4 of which are major console releases (don’t forget the film+animated shorts).
Call of Duty: 14 games, 1 more coming, plus a comic book series. They’ve made it clear they want to release one game every year…
James Bond: 23 games, 22 movies (1 more next year) with 4 offshoots. Daniel Craig has stated he wants to sign a contract in order to release a Bond film every other year, with a new book to coincide every off-year.
Spider Man (movies): They’re rebooting a movie trilogy that isn’t even five years old yet!
Batman (movies): 7 movies spanning 2 different franchises, and DC has stated they’ll still reboot it a third time once Nolan has walked away.

So why is it that entertainment companies feel the need to constantly pump new and “fresh” visions of the same old crap down our throats on such a regular basis? Don’t get me wrong, I love Bond, SpiderMan, and Batman…but ACreed was ruined for me, and CoD has belittled the video game experience (in my opinion).
I guess the better question is, why do we keep falling for this? Why has our society accepted companies constant need for attention. Why are we okay with spending more and more money on products whose quality is going down while quantity goes up? Here’s some homework; go check out Valve and their “Half Life” series…you’ll see what I mean.

What does this have to do with Ritalin? Think of the doctors/teachers as being Hollywood or Ubisoft. They control your attention by constantly up’ing the dosage of their product…

X-MEN:FIRST CLASS [movie] Review
*Spoiler Alert*
Thankfully all my previous thoughts on how awful this movie was going to be were smashed. It was a fantastic Marvel movie, that had a lot of X Men characters…I word it like that, because much like X Men 3 we’re given another movie that threw in as many mutants as possible, went horribly off course from the comics, changed characters entire life-stories, but delivered a very entertaining bit of comic-movie cinema. It definitely ranks up there with Iron Man and SpiderMan in my books, but still feels like it’s taking place in a different universe from #’s 1+2…which sucks because this is supposed to be a prequel, not a reboot. The cameo’s from Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Rebecca Romijn (original Mystique) definitely added to the overall story arch, added laughs, and made me feel more at home with the movie. But doing things like making Mystique and Prof X adopted bro ‘n sis were horrible ideas (much like NOT making Juggernaut and Prof X bro’s in #3). Oh and by the way, writers, killing one of the coolest new-mutants in the movie, really!?? I get that he can adapt to anything thereby making a battle irrelevant…but c’mon!  The fight sequences and use of mutant abilities were/was exactly what fans have been waiting for, and WERE’NT delivered with any of the previous “X” movies. The CGI was clean, smooth, and added rather than taking away. For example the whole submarine, battleship, beach scene…perfect! Something I found to be really beautiful was how Erik spent the whole movie trying to kill Shaw, only to reveal that he wants the exact same mutant vs man war, but kills him for the simplistic (if you can call it that) matter of Shaw murdering Eriks mother. Then, in a very epic sequence, picks up the helmet and truly becomes Magneto…
Definitely go see it, and don’t sit behind the dork with the huge head that I was stuck behind :P  

X-MEN:FIRST CLASS [movie] Review

*Spoiler Alert*

Thankfully all my previous thoughts on how awful this movie was going to be were smashed. It was a fantastic Marvel movie, that had a lot of X Men characters…
I word it like that, because much like X Men 3 we’re given another movie that threw in as many mutants as possible, went horribly off course from the comics, changed characters entire life-stories, but delivered a very entertaining bit of comic-movie cinema. It definitely ranks up there with Iron Man and SpiderMan in my books, but still feels like it’s taking place in a different universe from #’s 1+2…which sucks because this is supposed to be a prequel, not a reboot. 
The cameo’s from Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Rebecca Romijn (original Mystique) definitely added to the overall story arch, added laughs, and made me feel more at home with the movie. But doing things like making Mystique and Prof X adopted bro ‘n sis were horrible ideas (much like NOT making Juggernaut and Prof X bro’s in #3). Oh and by the way, writers, killing one of the coolest new-mutants in the movie, really!?? I get that he can adapt to anything thereby making a battle irrelevant…but c’mon!  
The fight sequences and use of mutant abilities were/was exactly what fans have been waiting for, and WERE’NT delivered with any of the previous “X” movies. The CGI was clean, smooth, and added rather than taking away. For example the whole submarine, battleship, beach scene…perfect! 
Something I found to be really beautiful was how Erik spent the whole movie trying to kill Shaw, only to reveal that he wants the exact same mutant vs man war, but kills him for the simplistic (if you can call it that) matter of Shaw murdering Eriks mother. Then, in a very epic sequence, picks up the helmet and truly becomes Magneto…

Definitely go see it, and don’t sit behind the dork with the huge head that I was stuck behind :P  

Coffee & Multitasking v.73

1. UNPRECEDENTED FLOODING
Up here in Manitoba, the city of Brandon has been under siege from flood waters for a few weeks now. However the Mississipi is also devouring towns. Click the link to see a baseball game being played in-stadium surrounded by water…it’s bonkers!
[boston.com

2. R.I.P. AIM
Up in Canada we used MSN (which is just as useless nowadays) but AOL’s messaging system was the pioneer of online interaction, long before the days of social-networking. However this isn’t its death, but rather more like a rebirth
[gizmodo

3. ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE(s)
TV - NBC cancels Wonder Woman :P [ew.com
MOVIE - TinTin posters revealed :) [latinoreview]
MUSIC - New August Burns Red track!!! [ashleyranae

***EDIT BECAUSE I FORGOT SOMETHING HUGE***

4. THE FINAL SPACE LAUNCH
Today marked the end of space launches for NASA, as they make the leap into new ways of exploring the galaxy. I missed the livestream because of work, but click the link below to watch it over and over and over and over…
[huffpost