So, my dog and a skunk had a grand ole fight and long story short, my work space smells like someone brutally murderer a rancid cabbage. Thank the universe for laptops. The rest of my day is packed but I will endeavor to update because it’s Tuesday!
Thank you for your patience audience.
With the rising popularity and power of Kickstarter.com, independent game developers have the power to directly ask their fans for financial support. And with the escalation of online game platforms such as Steam and Green Man Gaming, consumers can easily buy their downloadable games right on the internet. These powerful concepts are making indie games vastly more popular than they once were. What games are excellent? I would love to tell you about Orcs Must Die, Bastion, and Magicka.
Orcs Must Die is one of the best tower defense games I’ve ever played. Normally, in this genre of games you’re building the defenses but not partaking in the combat. Orcs Must Die has the player directly in the fray! The levels are unique and challenging. There are a plethora of ugly monsters you’ll need to learn how to defeat. And Orcs Must Die is pretty funny too.
Bastion is one of the most creative and imaginative games out on the market. The story is presented by a narrator who’s character is actually in the game. Levels build themselves in this frantic yet methodological puzzle-piece fashion. Bastion’s music is a rustic country symphony. And the game as a whole was obviously developed with love and care. This game is a must have!
Lastly, I present Magicka to you. Magicka is a top down action roleplaying game. It’s full of nerdy jokes, great action, and frenetic mouse clicking gameplay. My favorite thing about Magicka that these other games lack, this game has multiplayer. Multiplayer adds a new layer of strategy and hilarity. Also, when you’re using volatile magic as a weapon you’re bound to blow a fellow wizard up. I’m just saying.
Orcs Must Die, Bastion, and Magicka can all be bought at their respective websites or Steam. This is just the first bite of a giant indie video game pizza. I wonder how many hidden gems will flow down the video game pipes as years pass. There are plenty more games I obviously didn’t mention. If you have an opinion on a game that’s not here or would like to make a suggestion on one, leave a comment. We all want to know what you have to say.
This weekend I’ll be doing some errands. I won some art in an auction that I need to pick up. At some point i’ll get my hair done since dreads don’t twist themselves. And of course I’ll be exploring the world of technology to bring you some articles for next week.
Don’t get too crazy this weekend audience! Who am I kidding? Go nuts!
Technology at it’s core is about two things. There is the idea of convenience and turning an hour long project into something of a small 10 to 15 minute chore. And the second reason is because it’s cool and we can. When it comes to shopping, whether for groceries or for entertainment, is it better to shop online or traditionally? Do we shop online because it’s more convenient and simply to save time? I shall try to weigh each idea.
With the power of the internet we have wonderful places we can shop at. Amazon and Barnes&Noble come to my mind immediately. If I go to their websites it would be very convenient to stay at home yet browse products at my leisure. And while I do sadly lose the tactile sense of feeling the item before I buy it, the pictures representing it are usually quite detailed. They will also send me whatever I buy. I don’t have to leave my house, which is the ultimate in convenience.
The downsides of online shopping can be a little annoying though. If you don’t have a large order shipping can be a pain because it will cost more. What if something breaks on the way to your place? Returns with online shopping tend to be more hassle than their worth even though many sites do “turn around” returns. However, if you waited a couple days to a week for said item and then opened the package only to find a broken present inside, I can imagine the anger you would feel.
If you were to do some traditional shopping there are some definite benefits. You don’t have to grab the broken box that’s been tampered with on the left side. That cabbage you bought was personally inspected by your eyes. Plus, who doesn’t love the instant gratification of going to purchase what they want when they want it! That’s the best. And sometimes you need something right away. Maybe I don’t want to set up a schedule to order more groceries. Although, I admit that I hate having to go to returns to at some point argue with a person over something broken.
What say you on this? The convenience of online shopping in many ways can’t be matched. You point, you click, you pay, and you receive a bit later. That’s a pretty easy system. Or is traditional shopping better? We can inspect our purchases before they go home with us and feel that sense of a good shopping experience. But maybe traditional shopping is a way of the past in this fast moving world. Is it ancient or ageless?
Cars are a tool of man that are already very technologically advanced. Driving is our primary mode of transportation between walking in America. We already know cars could use the everythingness but what about a different mode of movement? What would a bike be like if it had the everythingness inside of it? Let’s inject a little technology in our bicycle!
If we were to construct a screen between the handle bars about the size of a new cellphone, then the bike becomes something more than just a bike. With bike2.0 we can now create an app called “Cycle gps”. Imagine having a bike-centric global positioning system so you don’t find yourself lost while cycling around. Since we have a screen now we can also add an app I like to call “Heavy Stuff”. This app would show you the heavy things around the area that you could tether your bike too for security.
A bike needs a security device. Every smartcycle would be equipped with a password when trying to use the screen feature when you came back to it. It would be reminicent of a password on your computer for your screensaver. And if you entered the wrong password in over and over the bike would start to yell “dude I’m stolen, save me!” Smartcycle has several sound features as well. There is a warning horn of course. It would also have an mp3 player so you can listen to your favorite tracks on the go!
Now if you get the deluxe version of this bike of the future you can have full access to the internet. This means you can save money biking to your office job and be up to date when you arrive because you can then check your email. This also means you can tweet or facebook right from the cycle. Although, please text and bike responsibly. There will be no sort of insurance for smartbike.
Smartcycle would have many features and it’s a little silly. Admit it to yourself now though, you want a smartbike. I definitely do now! If you could install the everythingness into a device like a bike, what would it be? Tell me in the comments! I can’t be the only person who enjoys this game right?
In a world so technologically advanced there is a question I’ve been asking lately. “Why don’t we have super heroes?” Seriously, we have the technology to make the gadgeteering vigilantes who could run across roof tops and solve crime. I went searching on Gajitz.com and found some things I may need to purchase. It’s purely for research of course. These are three gadgets I found online that could be used to create a super heroes in our age.
Batman has some of the toughest gauntlets we’ve ever seen. And now we have super hero gauntlets too! I give you “the bodyguard“. This glove and gauntlet are made with a heavy duty armor. The gauntlet itself holds a taser, laser pointer, a camera, and flashlight. A wrist mounted piece of armor perfect for stopping bad guys!
Whenever I see Captain America in his movie using his super strength I get so jealous. I want that power and I would use that! This interesting exoskeleton gives the wearer the power of super strength and endurance. The man in this article has been immobilized, however because of this device he can not only walk himself but also has the strength to easily carry other people. Now we just need the arm version so we can throw cars!
Wouldn’t it be awesome to read someones mind or feel their aura? We are getting closer with these new tinted shades. The O2Amps glasses are specifically designed to judge peoples emotions. They use the blood oxygen levels and how they are altering before your eyes to do this. And they can also be used to help find your veins as well. Basically it’s the start of x-ray vision.
Our world is full of super hero technology and it’s your job to seek it out for me. Please? I’m just saying at the end of the day I’d love to be able to fly around, run super fast, or stick to walls. Can we please make that happen? All of these gadgets can be found on Gajitz.com If you do see any kind of device or gadget out there or simply have a comment, go ahead and leave it. I want to know what super powers you wish you had!
I’ve just seen the new Batman movie with the evil Bane and I’d like to give you my thoughts on the movie. And while the idea of doing a really in depth review tickles me ever so slightly, I’m actually going to try to keep this fairly concise. To sum up the movie in a word I would call The Dark Knight Rises decent. Out of the now trilogy of Batman’s movies though, it’s for me definitely the weakest. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of this new movie. Oh, And spoilers, there may be spoilers written below.
What’s good about The Dark Knight Rises? When Bane and Batman do square off, they are epic events. Fist fighting, wrestling moves, and heavy damage are a huge part of the cinematic combat. It’s that full-frontal battle that two great characters should have in a movie like this. The music is also good. You feel the dark tones and tunes of Gotham city. Hans Zimmer is a master. Most of the performances from the actors were really good. I enjoyed Anne Hathaway as Catwoman even though she didn’t strike me as correct for the role.
What’s bad about The Dark Knight Rises? The pacing in this movie was terrible in my opinion. I understand the idea of suspense this movie tries to create however, most of the movie I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. There is too much plot. It reminded me of the third Pirates of The Caribbean movie with all the random subplots. Finally, I don’t think they should have tied Bane to the first movie at all. The plot ultimately feels contrived and unnecessary because of this.
What’s ugly about The Dark Knight Rises? Bane’s Mask is ridiculous and no where near familiar for comic book fans. He looks silly. What’s worse though is his voice. Instead of sounding like a Lochador or at least of Spanish origin he’s more like a classy English man. Worse yet, he doesn’t ever talk about, mention, or use venom. What’s venom? Oh, it’s just the steroid that Bane uses to enhance his muscular size and crush his foes.
On a whole, while I find the third installment of this franchise to be the weakest, it’s still a decent movie. What I would have liked to see is something much simpler though. How about Bane hits the city and he finds venom while simultaneously learning who Batman is. He uses venom to start his criminal empire and his brutal strength to punk any crime boss dumb enough to get in his way? It’s a simple plot, but the narrative of the second Batman was too. Regardless though, it’s still a decent movie and it really would be an injustice to miss it on the big screen.
Ps – Robin and Talia Al Ghul show up. Also ps – they have convoluted plots shoehorned in there too.
Sometimes the world doesn’t work the way you thought it would. Sometimes in the grand design we lose our way or some shmuck does. Sometimes your heart aches even if a tragedy isn’t close to home. Sometimes I think we do need a super hero.
There will be no real blog today. I’m going to think about the frailty of life instead.
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When I was a teenager there was a large emphasis on looking presentable when it came to getting a job. If you were filling out an application, every word and mark left by your pen had to look precise. Nowadays though we have electronic applications which are all seem uniform in the end . Which begs the question, are we done with paper applications? Are they more of a nuisance currently?
We as humans push our technology forward so of course the way we fill out applications is moving into a more digital realm. The electronic app is also probably stored in a database program which I imagine sorts and searches. They don’t waste paper or take up any physical room in the real world. And probably most important, anyone with a computer and the internet connection can find a job simply by visiting that store’s website. Very accessible on a whole.
But their are still some drawbacks on that same whole. For instance every potential new employee looks the same digitally. There is less attention to detail on both parts of the applicant and hiring manager because everything is digital. And while we do live in a more modern age, not every person has access to a computer or internet. And I think I just hate the idea of being a file in someones computer as well.
Plus, traditional applications carry their own story. Was the person a neat writer and did he keep the paper itself flawless? And further still, a printed resume and cover letter are far more impressive than their digital counterpart in my humble opinion. I would say the traditional application carries a certain amount of classy that can be diminished over time and use. It just depends whose hands it was in.
As a teenager sitting at home or on location filling out an application, I remember how painstakingly slow I wrote letters. The attention to detail was more important. This whole getting a job thing seemed more thought out. Are we in a different place now? Should their be paper applications? You tell me, is the traditional application exhausted or exceptional?
There are so many places to purchase computers and their parts nowadays it’s hard to keep up. And while most of the time you’re probably going to be fine, there are a few companies I would steer clear of. If you have a friend who can build a computer than it will almost always be cheaper to get parts than buy one whole computer. This list is just from my personal experiences. These are the three companies I wouldn’t buy from.
Don’t buy a gaming computer from Alienware. You can build a computer that’s just as fast and will play comparable games. When you get an Alienware you’re paying more for a shiny tower and their alien faced logo. For some consumers that is enough. But, you can build a great computer for about $700 and not pay that grand or two extra.
While we are at it skip Dell. Dell’s aren’t usually priced terribly from what I’ve seen. However, I’ve been around too many college students that told me their Dell broke. And it’s always broken in the same place which is the power cord connections. Seriously, just walk away. Dude you’re not getting a Dell.
Let’s not buy from Compaq anymore either. My last couple of computers were purchased from them and they were inexplicably slow computers. Maybe it’s just bad hardware or unfortunate luck on my part. Either way, I want to save you the trouble of owning a slow as dirt PC. Plus they aren’t very aesthetically pleasing computers either.
I’ve been so negative lately. Alright, my next post will be something cool and positive. Do yourself a favor though and put a computer together for yourself if you’d like to buy one. It’s much cheaper and can be far more reliable in the long run. If you do decide to buy from one of the above, hey, I warned you. If you have any stories you’d like to share about your computers feel free to put them in the comments.