Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray; HOLY CRAP, GREAT GOOGILY-MOOGILY, OMG-BBQ!!!!

So yeah, this happened TODAY!!!

After the May 4th, 2011 announcement (“May the Forth be with you;” get it?), I have been looking forward to this release in possibly the worst way.  Finally, I picked it up today at my closest Wal-Mart (one of the last two available before they had to restock), and took some pictures to serve as a walkthrough or unboxing.  Enjoy!

**by the way, the movies look AWESOME; I’m watching “Ep. 4: A New Hope” right now**   Continue reading Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray; HOLY CRAP, GREAT GOOGILY-MOOGILY, OMG-BBQ!!!!


I Need More Superheroes Tees….

…because three just isn’t enough.

I got my eye on “Spider-Man,” “The Flash,” “The Punisher,” “X-Men,” and countless others.

But yeah, more superheroes tees are needed….

LG’s Passive Clip-On 3D Glasses (HOORAAY!!!!)

Yes! Yes!! YESSSSS!!!  This Must Happen MORE!!!

Now, THIS is a definite entry into my “PROS” columns on my personal list for becoming a future adopter of a 3D television!  Actually, this may be the case for anyone who already wears glasses on an everyday basis (like myself); and hates having to wear those bulky glasses to watch any type of three-dimensional content; and hates having to charge the stupid glasses constantly.  See, those are some of my “CONS;” those, and the price of 3DTV’s.

A few weeks ago at Berlin’s consumer electronics show, Internationalen Funkausstellung, LG presented a pair of clip-on 3D glasses, which were handed out to anyone who entered the company’s booth. LG has already introduced three-dimensional televisions with passive glasses (similar to the ones you get a theaters to watch 3D movies), which are awesome because the full 3D technology is running actively on the TV screen, while the glasses work passively, requiring NO batteries (insert to “PROS” column).  LG’s strategy for these passive 3D clip-on glasses is simple: there are people (such as myself) don’t look forward to stacking those 3D glasses ON TOP of my NECESSARY pair of glasses just to watch any movie, TV show, or video game in the third-dimension.  I know; first-world problems, right?
LG’s clip-on glasses provide a similar 3D experience with traditional passive glasses, they simply clip on top of your normal eyeglasses, and they also offer UV protection.  You can find these awesome little suckers online for about $20 (not bad, right?), sold as the “LG AG-F220“.

[Thanks Engadget & IFA2011]

A SEGA OutRun arcade cabinet, that ACTUALLY DRIVES!!

Above is the creation of Garnet Hertz (with a little help by SEGA; I would assume), who, along with his UC-Irvine colleagues, developed this video game concept car that combines a car-shaped arcade game cabinet with a real world electric vehicle. In a nutshell, Hertz and his team produced an OutRun arcade video game system that actually drives. I’m serious; this is a driving videogame, in which the actual game cabinet itself ACTUALLY DRIVES (I know, right?!?)!!!   Continue reading A SEGA OutRun arcade cabinet, that ACTUALLY DRIVES!!

The NEW One World Trade Center: The Soon-to-be Greenest Skyscraper Ever!!

In New York City, a golden phoenix is rising out of the ashes and rubble of Ground Zero. It is……..a brand, spanking-new skyscraper.  The new One World Trade Center Complex (1WTC) is on the way to being the most environmentally and technologically advanced structure ever attempted at this scale.   Continue reading The NEW One World Trade Center: The Soon-to-be Greenest Skyscraper Ever!!

Presenting, The "Men In Tights"!!!!

Why, you ask? Simple:
1) Because “Robin Hood: Men In Tights” is an AWESOME movie!
3) For the LULZ, that’s why!

G4 Network previews "WWE ’12"

G4 corespondent (and MTV Road Rules alum) Blair Herter was in Los Angeles last month to not only attend the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view, but also to speak with WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio, R-Truth, Natalya, and Kelly Kelly to discuss the upcoming “WWE ’12” video game.  The main topic of discussion in the video below is the new game’s simpler and faster gameplay, as well as the new “Predator Technology” animation system.
Yup, formally named “SmackDown vs. RAW,” the series is undergoing some changes, the most visible change being the title, which is now more streamlined to just “WWE ’12” as opposed to what it could have been called: “WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2012.” The new title is quick and to the point.  While many gamers poke fun at the people who always purchase the newest iteration of the “Madden NFL” series every year, I cannot do so; even though I probably buy a new “Madden NFL” game every 2-3 years, I buy EVERY ITERATION of the WWE SmackDown series game year after year, going back to “WWF SmackDown!” on the original PlayStation back in 2000.  So yeah, I’m a HUUUUGE sucker. 😛

“WWE ’12” is scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii on November 22, 2011 in North America, and on November 25 in the United Kingdom.  If you pre-order the game, you will be able to play as The Rock and receive alternate attires for The Miz. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

Christchurch, New Zealand to Get a Cardboard Church

Back in February of this year, an earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand that was measured at a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter’s Scale.  During that quake, the town’s Anglican cathedral (which had stood in Christchurch since 1864) was completely demolished and needed to be completely rebuilt.  Commissioned to design a new temporary cathedral until then, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is looking at a particularly interesting design material: cardboard.  Now personally, this takes me back to the days when I was in elementary school, and I would build toy car ramps, houses, miniature arcade stands, replicas of the temple from “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” and other varied things with only cardboard and Scotch tape.  Once I read this story, I was IMMEDIATELY interested.

Like I mentioned earlier, Shigeru Ban’s new temporary structure, which costs about $3.5 million, will be made of cardboard, which involves using 86 locally-built water/fire resistant cardboard tubes that create the roofline (weighing over 1000 pounds), a like-wise locally-built stained glass window, and a foundation constructed from old shipping containers (hmm, shipping containers, huh; that sounds familiar).  The temporary church will stand at approximately 80 feet high (almost as high as the original cathedral), its dimensions will also match the old church’s original dimensions, will be able to seat up to 700 people, and be utilized by local community and musical groups.  Mr. Ban stated that the structure should take only 3 months to erect and complete.
As of now, the Christchurch city council has not decided on a location for the building,  but hope to have the structure erected by the one year anniversary of the earthquake on February 22nd, 2012. The temporary structure is expected to remain standing for about a decade, until the original Anglican church can be rebuilt. 
[Thanks to The Telegraph, Architizer, and Gizmodo]

The LPO celebrates "Video Game Heroes" with a special concert!

Classical Music, Popular Music, and VIDJA GAEMS!!!  OH HECK YEAH!!!!

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom and is renowned around the world. Ever since 1932, the group has played the classics of Back, Mozart, Beethoven, the later ventured out to popular music of Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Oasis, and now, after sporadic performances of the genre in the past, they have a concert completely dedicated to video game music.

During the Vision Sound Music festival that took place at the Southbank Centre in London, the world famous LPO put on a concert of a special nature, as its playlist consisted of music from video games.  The concert was titled “Video Game Heroes,” and it features a collection of music from classic and modern games.  As it turns out, the LPO’s conductor of this particular concert, Andrew Skeet, is very fond of video games and music in gaming in general.

LPO’s “Video Game Heroes” concert actually took place this past Saturday on September 2nd, however an album is in the works, and it should be released sometime this Fall.  Below is some footage from that concert with the LPO performing the theme from “The Legend of Zelda,” as well as the setlist.  If you want more additional information about the special concert, check out Andrew Skeet’s blog.

Set List:
Advent Rising: Muse Tommy Tallarico
Elder Scrolls: Oblivion Jeremy Soule
Call of Duty: Main Menu Theme Stephen Barton & Harry Gregson-Williams
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Theme Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe
The Legend of Zelda Koji Kondo
Super Mario Bros. Theme Mahito Yokota & Koji Kondo
Little Big Planet: Orb of Dreamers: The Cosmic Imagisphere Daniel Pemberton
Splinter Cell: Conviction Michael Nielsen, Kaveh Cohen, Amon Tobin
Battlefield 2: Theme Joel Eriksson
Final Fantasy: Theme Nobuo Uematsu
Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme Harry Gregson-Williams
Dead Space: Welcome Aboard the U.S.G. Ishimura* Jason Graves
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Greg Edmonson
World of Warcraft: Seasons of War Jason Hayes
Halo 3: One Final Effort Martin O’Donnell & Michael Salvatori
007: Blood Stone: Athens Harbour Chase* Richard Jacques
Bioshock: The Ocean on his Shoulders Garry Schyman
Mass Effect: Suicide Mission Jack Wall & Sam Hulick
Fallout 3: Theme Inon Zur
Tetris Alexey Pajitnov
Super Mario Bros. Gusty Garden Galaxy Koji Kondo
Final Fantasy: Liberi Fatali Nobuo Uematsu
Angry Birds Ari Pulkkinen
Enemy Zero: Last Movement Michael Nyman

BEWARE: The Biggest SCAMS on the Internet

Oh Internet, how do I love and enjoy thee; the abundance of information and service you provide and the ability to accomplish and finish tasks at a very convenient fashion. However, this ability to make an abundance of information and services readily available also attracts ne’er-do-wells looking to make a quick buck at your expense.

Below is a video from one of my favorite web shows, “Tom’s Top 5,” hosted by Tom Merritt. Tom is a former executive editor for CNET, and currently works at This Week in Tech (or “TWiT,” for short) as a host of Tech News Today, Current Geek, FourCast, East Meets West, Top 5 and Sword and Laser. In this episode, Tom discusses the top 5 Internet scams that, unfortunately, have duped many innocent and unsuspecting people and made a some selfish and greedy *wagging my finger* con-artists very wealthy. You watch “Tom’s Top 5” on YouTube and on the Revision3 internet television network.


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