Streaming Media, Big Conglomerates, Disparate Parties, and YOU!!!

Today is a half-ranting, half-questioning the order of things type of day.  Ars Technica today has a story about Netflix losing the Warner Bros. portion of it’s catalog as WB plans to move forward with it’s own streaming media service.  This is a very mixed bag to me, and here’s why: On one hand, I […]

2012: A Space Odyssey (almost for real)…

I love space.  Not personal space (though I enjoy that, too, from time to time) but outer space, interstellar space, the sparkle-filled, infinite near-void that surrounds the little rock we call home.  I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi that discussed space travel, nonfiction that detailedspace exploration, and day-dreaming about what’s out there that we […]

Animal-based Food Additives… What’s the Big Deal?

From the vast number of news articles about vegetarian and vegan products, to news about “pink slime” and cochineal beetles used as food coloring, consumers are being overwhelmed with news about what goes into products.  This is good from a knowledge perspective, and bad because a lot of it is hype.  Wired has been doing […]

Cease-and-Desist Done Right

http://mashable.com/2012/07/22/jack-daniels-trademark-letter/   Jack Daniels Properties is my Hero of July for such a wonderful letter.  If you read the Mashable link above, there’s a great story about JDP not only being polite to the nth degree, but explaining why they needed to send the cease-and-desist letter, and even then offering to help cover some costs […]

Dear Carreons…

Dear Tara Carreon, I’m sure by now you are aware that much of the Internet citizenry finds you and your husband to be utterly out of line.  However, Tara, you especially seem content to name call and belittle people you do not know because they’ve chosen to take to anonymity.  Isn’t free speech and Constitutional […]

Double Fine? Double AWESOME!

  Double Fine Productions, spearheaded by Tim Schaefer of Day of the Tentacles and Psychonauts fame, has launched a Kickstarter funding project to produce a modern, reenvisioned point-n-click adventure game called “Double Fine Adventure“.  If you aren’t that old, are new to video games, or somehow just missed out on the trend, check out games […]

Eerie Similarities Found Between School Shooters, Youth Violence

On January 29th, 2009, Erik Salvador Ayala allegedly shot nine people outside of a nightclub called The Zone. It was noted in many news stories that Ayala was an avid video game player. In February 2008, Stephen Kazmierczak shot students at North Illinois University. He allegedly trained by playing Counter-Strike, a violent “First Person Shooter” […]

Blind Faith Justice is Worse Than Blind Justice

As usual, I will start with a news article. *LINK* KTVU.com Suspect, Mother Killed In Home Invasion Robbery POSTED: 12:36 pm PST November 25, 2008 UPDATED: 7:37 am PST November 26, 2008 SAN MATEO, Calif. — A gunman shot and killed 24-year-old Loan Kim Nguyen as she lifted her young children to safety through a […]