Category Archives: Misc

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

OBG Random Rant of the Week: Gawker Nerd Rage

By now everyone has seen, or at least heard about, the email exchange between Apple boss Steve Jobs and Gawker’s Ryan Tate. As a fellow blogger trying to make a living writing for a handful of newspapers and websites, I’m embarrassed for the guy.

In a world where online media continues to strive to be taken as seriously as print journalism, we have the editor on one of the biggest blog networks on the internet dropping a few choice words and dealing some low blows to a tech company.

In first email to Jobs he mentions that the iPad isn’t a revolution (as Apple calls it) because “Revolutions are about freedom.”

Tate somehow believes that he is being oppressed. Somehow, his choice to buy a device that cost him anywhere from $500 to $829 is being beat down by the man. Tate seems to believe that Apple closes off their devices to Flash because, in his words, “Adobe tried to fuck” Apple in the late 90s. However, none of that is relevant here.

Tate is resorting to nothing more than schoolyard insults because he doesn’t like the way Jobs & co. are running their devices. I can understand that, but most people just jailbreak their device if they want to play by their own rules. Apple has been selling the iPhone since 2007; he already knows its restrictions. And it was made clear long before the iPad’s launch that the device would not run Flash. He wasn’t restricted of his freedoms; he made the decision not to use Flash on his iPad when he made the choice to buy it. The iPad, after all, isn’t a necessity. It’s just a hot gadget.

What’s worse is that Tate resorts to curse words and insults that border on personal attacks. Where’s the professionalism? Then again, Gawker’s CEO doesn’t seem to want his network to be labeled as journalism. Yet, somehow, they still want to hide behind shield laws. Can’t have it both ways.

Mega Man Meets Hollywood

These peculiar images are renders of what a big budget Mega Man cartoon might look like. Though I might not like the American cartoon style as much, they’re still designed incredibly well. I mean heck – if they look this good, I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie like this in theaters.

Mega Man and his robot master companions, were done by pro artists David Espinoza and Yoshi Vu.  As you can see they’ve recreated some of the featured characters from Mega Man 2, and better yet, Yoshi Vu, a friend of Espinoza, promises that you will see more.  I for one, certainly can’t wait.

Digitolwonder.com – Works of David Espinoza

Somehow I Forgot to Mention This…

OBG turned one this month. Check out our first post:

Well, Jay here.  I figured I would start a free blog.  Just for fun.  It will let me get my thoughts on the gaming biz out, and all that other great stuff.

Enjoy!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 2:26 AM and is filed under Uncategorized.