Monthly Archives: May 2010

Sinkholes Scare the Crap Out of Me

OK, so this isn’t gaming-related. Still, it’s worth mentioning, because there is some bad stuff happening in other parts of the world, and stuff like this makes me  feel a bit more fortunate.

Sinkholes are scary. Just imagine walking down the street and having the ground collapse below you. I have no idea how deep this sinkhole is, but it goes way down. It’s definitely not a fall anyone could survive.

Here’s an excerpt from a CNN article describing the cause:

(CNN) — At least 115 people have died after a tropical storm battered Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the weekend, officials in those countries reported.

Guatemala was hit hardest, with at least 92 deaths, 54 people missing and 59 injured, emergency officials said. Nearly 112,000 people have been evacuated and more than 29,000 areliving in temporary shelters, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said in an address to the nation late Sunday.

The devastation has been widespread throughout Guatemala with mudslides destroying homes and buildings and burying some victims. At least nine rivers have dramatically higher levels and 13 bridges have collapsed, the nation’s emergency services said.

In the northern part of Guatemala City, the downpour created a giant sinkhole that swallowed up a space larger than the area of a street intersection. Residents told CNN that a three-story building and a house fell into the hole.

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Nerdcore Rising

Nerdcore Rising is a documentary on the rising popularity of nerdcore. It follows the father of nerdcore, MC Frontalot, and his live band through their first US tour through to their last stop at Penny Aracde Expo (PAX).

Throughout the tour and concert segments are interviews with other nerdcore rappers, more traditional hip hop artists, and even “Weird Al” Yankovic.

The music is fun, the personalities are funny, and it’s a pretty damned feel-good film. Rent it, buy it, or check it out on Netflix Streaming, which is what I did. Nerdcore Rising is great stuff.

MC Frontalot :: Nerdcore Headquarters

Nerdcore Rising: The Movie Official Facebook Page

Inflatable Race Kart For Nintendo Wii

From the Internet to smart phones and those kick-ass shoes with the built-in wheelies, kids today have it so awesome. Of course typing this observation makes one soon sound like a crotchety old man, even as someone young as myself. Yet when you think about all the advantages our youthful counterparts have these days, it kinda makes you a bit jealous. And well, once I saw this inflatable race kart for the Nintendo Wii on Go Nintendo, I was back into crotchety-old-man mode. I’m sure later today I’ll be yelling at kids to get off my lawn.

Made by CTA Digital, a company that specializes in accessories for gaming and multimedia devices, has created this cool inflatable kart racer, for kids, with a working steering wheel that cradles the Wii Remote. The production of the inflatable kart was made in partnership with Kids Are Heroes, an organization that nicely supports kids doing remarkable feats to help make the world a better place. A cause any of us can get behind, for sure.

Overall, it’s pretty neat accessory, and one that I wish was available in adult sizes. Although, that kid in the picture seems to be my around my height… so perhaps there’s hope yet!

CTA Digital Announces Inflatable Race Kart For Wii – [GoNintendo]

Do The Dew! With Solid Snake!

What’s better than a cold can of Mountain Dew and sitting back to enjoy your favorite stealth-action series Metal Gear Solid? How about a can of Mountain Dew featuring an awesome mug shot of that gritty box-loving hero Solid Snake.

It’s all thanks to a timely friendship by both Konami and the PepsiCo Japan branch, as cans of that citrus-flavored juice, which has so much sugar that you could probably pick up a mid-sized sedan after drinking one, will be promoting Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PlayStation Portable. The set of eight cans will individually be graced with a character photo from the game, and better yet, will also have a special code that you enter into Peace Walker to receive a Mountain Dew designed shirt as a secret item for your in-game inventory.

Now without being actually in Japan, the only other way to get your hands on a special edition Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Mountain Dew can is by ordering from an importer. JBox, and no, not that burger place with the Clown, is an online importer of many Japanese goods, mostly Anime related items and the like. There you can get your hands of a set of Mountain Dew cans, or how many you like, but hurry the cans are limited in number.

Mountain Dew featuring Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker [JBox]

Guile Theme Goes With Everything!

Does the Guile Theme, from the iconic fighting-game Street Fighter II, go with everything? The provided You Tube videos below say yes, emphatically. Enjoy.