2/24/10

Flynn Lives

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Just got an email from the underground organization fighting to reveal the truth about the whereabouts of Kevin Flynn, gifted programmer and game designer.
To all those who passionately believe that Kevin Flynn, digital pioneer and legendary game designer, is still alive... LISTEN UP!

Our last event at Flynn’s Arcade was a call-to-arms for those of us who won't buy into Encom-driven public propaganda about what happened.  We're not crazy - there's more to this story than they are letting out.

Today, we have the chance to find out more... to get closer to the truth.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!

PREPARE FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF OUR MISSION

We need operatives in 25 different cities around the world on Wednesday, February 24th. Organize now. For more information visit:
FlynnLives.com/ZeroHour

ALSO…

The Flynn Lives website is about to launch private Member Profile pages to better organize our group. If you haven't already,click here to set up your username and password.

2/23/10

The Future isn't What It Used to Be

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Sometimes I really wish we were following Star Trek's timeline. Don't get me wrong; I'm glad we skipped out on the Eugenics Wars (or did we?), but by this time we're supposed to be sending probes to Saturn and other planets on a regular basis, sleeper ships are supposed to be commonplace and by 2012 we're supposed to have made the world's first man-made self-sustaining environment serving as a model for Martian colonies. In a short 53 years we're supposed to come up with warp drive and meet Vulcans. Before that time we're supposed to go through a nuclear World War III. We're getting closer to holodecks than to warp travel, and a manned Mars mission by 2032? Here's hoping.

...And Better All the Time

I know, I know, I'm changing the interface more than Rowsdower's litter. Just call me Facebook. But I decided the Green Asterisk needed a more unified social structure, so, while DISQUS is all well and good, I've gotten rid of it in favor of Google Friend Connect, which was connected to the blog already. This change may be a little bit more tricky to pick up than the previous enhancements, so I made a bit of an instructional video to show you what's up with that funny little blue bar down at the bottom which you can view after the break.

2/20/10

Shutter Island

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Here's the thing about Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island: it may be utterly predictable, but the storyline that can only really end one way is delivered in such a way that it successfully makes you second guess your predictions.

I can't really say much about the movie without going into spoilers, but I can tell you that it is beautifully shot, brilliantly conceived and very well performed. The way this movie is edited completely enhances the sense of paranoia and insanity that is supposed to be rampant at this mental hospital for the criminally insane.

But there's also a part of this movie that is a little more mundane, a little more typical, a little less great. On one hand, you have a movie that is beautiful, riveting, mysterious and magnetic. On the other hand you have a subject matter; insanity, conspiracy, multiple personalities; that is done to death in Hollywood, and usually done completely separate from actual scientific studies of these psychiatric cases.

2/19/10

You've Got to Admit It's Getting Better...

A few new features here at the Green Asterisk...

For one thing, you may have noticed a lot fewer articles on the front page. This is due to a variety of reasons, one of which is that in a lion's share of these articles I've mostly just been commenting on other articles I've seen throughout the web. Not really very original work. So, in light of this, I've been trying to figure out the best way to share those actual articles with my short commentary in the most efficient way possible. The solution was to share these articles in Google Reader and have the Facebook fan page pick up the RSS feed, but that's not the end of it. There is now a "Other People's News" page on the site. Go there and you can find everything I found interesting over the past few days with a short little blurb of my own opinion. This is one of the biggest things, but that's not all...

2/16/10

Star Trek: Asterisk

Inspired by my journeys through the galaxy in Star Trek Online, I've decided to start a story blog centering around my captain and crew. This will not be your normal Star Trek-style story, but all Trek fans will be able to enjoy it. This will be a character drama mixed with action and adventure and a healthy sprinkling of comedy all wrapped in a delicious bacon-wrap of sci-fi. It's called Star Trek: Asterisk. And hopefully it goes on for a good, long time. I'll be updating it every Friday, barring any unforeseen circumstance, and if you play Star Trek Online you'll notice a high correlation between the episodes and the quests in the game. So, sit back and enjoy a good read starting with the introduction to Captain Matthew Arkin and the principle mystery throughout the series. Invite all your Trekkie friends to read along and, if you really want to witness the adventures of Matthew Arkin first hand, get Star Trek Online and join the fleet! It's gonna be quite awesome.

2/13/10

The Wolfman

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I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time on this one because that's exactly how much time it spent on plot.

The Wolfman wasn't a very bad film. It may have successfully brought back the classic monster genre, but it could have been a much better film in general than it turned out to be. Don't get me wrong: if you don't care about a shallow plot, expendable characters and predictable twists, you'll quite enjoy being creeped out by Anthony Hopkins, watching werewolves tear the guts out of people and jumping at false-scares.

2/2/10

Why Google is More Awesome than Apple

Ok, granted, this isn't a far stretch for a lot of people. Lots of people are already anti-fans of Apple. Even if they develop something good for a reasonable price, these people will still find something to complain about. Regardless, there is a step above Apple, and they haven't even made their own computer yet. Yet.

While everyone else was drooling (or spitting) on the iPad, Google released some UI designs for a Chrome Tablet. And while this is obviously not something that's in production yet, the very fact that this information is out in the open represents one of the key reasons that Google is so much more awesome than Apple.