Nickle

Super Smash Bros. BrawlI just wanted to take a moment to warn you all of the coming gaming apocalypse. On March 9th, 2008 Nintendo is prepared to release a game so completely full of mind-blowing content, it makes other developers (even Nintendo’s other first-party offerings) look like lazy button mashing tiddly-winks by comparison. That game is Super Smash Brothers: Brawl.

If you’ve been following the daily updates on The Smash Brothers Dojo (asyou should be), or have played any of the two previous Smash Brothers games, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect here. If not, go check it out, or read up on it via Wikipedia. Go. Now. No, it’s ok, I’ll wait…

For those who live in blissful ignorance of the approaching downfall of the gaming industry, Smash Brothers is a 4-player fighting game, using characters and stages from several different Nintendo franchises. In addition to the big three flagship franchises, (those Mario, Zelda, and Metroid, of course), tons of other franchises are represented. It would not be a rare occurrence to see Kid Icarus beating the crap out of (recently announced) Captain Olimar from Pikmin.

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7:35 de la Mañana is an Academy Award nominated short from 2003, directed by Nacho Vigalondo and telling the strange tale of one woman’s encounter with a quieter than normal coffee shop crowd.

Found via the now-defunct CBC show, ‘Zed

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For the people?

by Nickle on September 14, 2007 · 6 comments

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So, last night my television watching was interrupted by a presidential address, concerning our plans with the war, along with a democratic rebuttal. I didn’t change the channel, I was actually a bit interested. After watching it though, I thought ‘What the hell was the point of that?’ Why even bother stating your case on national television? It’s not like we have a a vote. The President came out and told us their plan for withdrawal, then the democrat came out and told us their plan, then some people talked about it. Great, so we, the people, have heard both sides of the argument, but why? IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT WE THINK.

Here’s my idea. America loves game shows right now, right? Next time they want to have one of these debates on television, Americans should be able to call in, or jump on the internet, and vote. Have them answer ten questions about the subject at hand, and then vote yes or no. The percentage or questions they answer correctly will determine the percentage of one vote that their vote counts for. For instance, if they answer 4 out of 10 questions correction, their vote counts as .4 of a vote. The cumulative vote of the people would then be some fraction of the total vote in congress.

The system need only be secured by a social security number/4-digit pin combo, and obviously as much protection from ‘hackers’ as we can get, though I’d hope we could count on good will, being as it’s an attempt to actually put some power back in the hands of the people. Also, this system would require increased transparency of our political system and the issues at hand, which would be quite the opposite of our current system.

The same could be done for elections, minus the whole ‘percentage of a vote’ thing. If we had a secure system that we could call in or vote on the internet, our voter turnout would rise tremendously. The main reason I rarely vote, aside from the corrupt nature of our political system, is all of the hassle involved.

Of course, the idea of letting real people have a voice in our government probably scares the hell out of elected officials, who would have to initiate such a program. So the chances of it ever happening are nill. A man can dream, though.

The funny part is, we, as a country, are always storming into other countries to protect the people from corrupt leaders. We question why those people can’t do anything themselves, yet we Americans never question our own government. At least never in a way that might bring about change. Sure, we joke about the corruption, in fact, several hours of entertainment are devoted strictly to pointing out the flaws in the system, but we never actually stand up and demand change. And things are only getting worse everyday.

I don’t know, what does everyone else out there think?

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Long before Harry Potter uttered his first words Turbo (Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers) was levitating brooms through sheer force of funk. And probably some string, or something.

But mostly funk.

As a sidenote, the world would be such a better place if we resolved our differences The Breakin’ Way.

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I was able to bear the fact that you’re a waste of a television slot. I was prepared to ignore you, and your ilk. I could understand that maybe someone, somewhere, might actually agree with garbage like Bill O’Reilly. Really, no skin off my back. I shrugged it off when you launched your pitiable ‘Half Hour News Hour’. As far as I was concerned, you had the right to think whatever misguided things you wanted to think. I would laugh at those who bemoaned your channel so, my feelings were ‘don’t watch it, then’. I took a position of indifference.

But now you’ve crossed the line. My God, how incredibly ignorant can you get? Seriously, Mr. Rogers causing a sense of entitlement by telling children that they’re special? How are you allowed to be on television? I’m aware there was some idiotic study at LSU, but that’s no excuse. This is honestly one of the most sickening things I’ve seen in a long while. I’m pretty sure you’re incapable, but you should feel ashamed.

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Geek Metal!

by Nickle on June 25, 2007 · 4 comments

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Leave it to a bunch of geeks to turn Nikola Tesla’s most awe-inspiring device into an engine of rock.  Behold the Solid State Musical Telsa Coil!

This clip details how the Musical Tesla Coil actually works (warning: super detailed nerdgasms inside), if you’ve got a hankering for some sweet, sweet science lessons, and you can click here for a collection of all their videos.

How hard does it rock?  Well, let’s just say that there’s a beautiful symmetry in using a Tesla Coil to perform John Carpenter’s theme from Escape from New York.

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You know, I’d say it’s getting a bit c liché, if it weren’t so awesome.

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Photosynth Demo

by Nickle on June 10, 2007 · 2 comments

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I’m still kind of letting this all soak in, so I’ll just quote the YouTube poster, ‘jayeshsraut’:

“Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo. Curious about that speck in corner? Dive into a freefall and watch as the speck becomes a gargoyle. With an unpleasant grimace. And an ant-sized chip in its lower left molar. “Perhaps the most amazing demo I’ve seen this year,” wrote Ethan Zuckerman, after TED2007. Indeed, Photosynth might utterly transform the way we manipulate and experience digital images.”

So, yeah, it’s pretty nifty, and you should check it out.

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In honor of Shigeru Miyamoto’s placement on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world (with a poorly written, self-serving article by none other than ’Fatal1ty‘, yippee!), let’s look back at the burgeoning days of the industry he’s had such an impact on.

Oh, how far we’ve come.

Also, bonus points for recognizing the anchor who seems ‘confused’ by these magical game devices.

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We’re having some wonderful weather in the Midwest this week, a welcome contrast to last week’s ‘Surprise, here’s some more snow, bitches!’. Every year, when the weather is warming up, I find myself drifting back to the sounds of Sublime.

I always wonder how the world of music would be different today if it weren’t for the untimely death of Bradley Nowell. I recently picked up the Everything Under the Sun box set, and have been playing it non-stop for the past week. Seriously, even if you’re a huge Sublime fan, and you own all of the albums, there’s still a ton of tracks that you haven’t heard before. From the CDs to the DVD to the book included, it’s an interesting look into the life and times of, what I feel is, one of the most influential musicians in history.

Here’s ‘What I Got’ and a list of available clips on the YouTube so kick back, and shake off the Winter doldrums. You might even see a porn star cameo, or two.

Badfish

Santeria

Date Rape

Wrong Way

Seed

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