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Monthly Archives: March 2013

IRS’s Star Trek Parody gets them into hot water

So, I saw this parody video on youtube the otherday. It was a tax – Star Trek parody.  It wasn’t very good, but it was sweet – like most fan productions. So I dismissed it as some tax people making something to blow off steam. Then I found this news article:

IRS: Mistake to Have Filmed a ‘Star Trek’ Parody

Then I was interested.

What was this video and why was it making the IRS blush? I had to know. So, I found it again and rewatched it:

All I could see what bad jokes that turned into boredom – exactly as it was the first time. Now it could be funny if you edited it a bit differently, but does such a video exist? Well, yes it does . . . I think . . .

Hmm . . . it’s not good, but at least it’s funnier. Of course, it cut out one of the best jokes, so I dunno . . .

WAIT >>>> OH, CRAP >>>>

I forgot that this was made using tax payer’s money. Now, I am all for letting IRS people have a little fun at Star Trek – even if it is bad. So, long as they use only the minimum of tax payer’s funds. They could have used Greenscreen for the sets or had it entirely set on a planet and used real places for sets. But they didn’t and they wasted a crap load of money doing it. This isn’t a normal fan production and I have to remind myself of that.

It’s okay for fans to make bad films based off of the show they love so much. Being creative is a part of fandom. (Don’t believe me? Watch William Shatner’s Get a Life. Also available on netflix.) It when you waste public money on this that I take issue. I get that they require training videos and that Star Trek is a great medium to communicate that with. They just didn’t need to spend 60,000 dollars of our money to do it.

But don’t take my word for it, take theirs:

Yahoo News Article (click on the video – it’s good)

MSNBC’s Article

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Videos That Make You Smile: Nostalgia Critic – Top 11 Dumbest Superman Moments

Now you should know –  I HATE MOST OF ALL THESE MOVIES!!!!!!!!! I dislike 1 & 2, hate 3 &4, and can’t stand most of Superman Returns. For the most part it is because of the reasons he states in this video, however, my feelings go beyond what he covered. Generally, I thought that Lex Luthor was an idiot, Superman a dick, and that the movies generally made no sense. So logically, I don’t like them very much and would prefer to pretend that they didn’t exist. I have no idea why anyone would want to make a “sequel” to any of these movies 20+ years on. They just weren’t that good.

Now here’s the part where I insert a video of him reviewing at least ONE of these craptastic films – but alas it appears that he hasn’t done this. GET ON IT MAN!!!! Seriously, at one of them is worth going into more depth about. ONE!!! I suggest 3 or 4 (or both) but feel free to go over 1 & 2 as well. They have plently of bad moments to go around. You could even make an exception to your rule and review Superman Returns. That would be awesome!!!

I did, however, find a similar review of Supergirl – so we’ll have to live with that . . .

Still, make one! These movies must be discussed!!!! They are bad and I could go into why, but then you wouldn’t make one of your own. Do it!!!! NOW!!!!!

AlJazeera: Quebec fears immigrant influence on French

So, this story has been played out over and over again in so many countries. And it is ironic that in countries such as Canada or the US that this would even be an issue. Immigration is a part of their core, it is how these countries were founded. And to baulk at it is ironic. Yet I understand their fears – French could be lost in Quebec or it could not. If that is what the majority speak – then it will be like English in countries such as the US – French will gobble up the other languages. Then again, it is Canada so all bets are off . . .

Extra Credits: Kinect and Move

So, blame Wolf for this since he showed me the first Extra Credits episode that saw. Now get out there and enjoy this:

Aquaporko Has Been CrowdFunded!!!!

Do you remember the crowdsourcing project Aquaporko? Well, they have reached their target and are now in the process of receiving their money. My account has been charged and I hope my 20 will help them a bit. Good luck to you and I hope to see the finish piece soon!

Great Headline!!!!

Jedi could perform marriages, says Free Church of Scotland

Jedi school in California
A Jedi knight training school in California
You need to see the rest, then follow this link!

Should You Use The SNOOZE Button?

App Science, a channel full of useful tips and explanations as to why things work the way they do. Haven’t seen their stuff? I know I have posted about it somewhere . . . oh darn! I can’t find it!!! Just watch this video, k?

The Way The NES Zapper Works

GOD DAMMMITTTT!!!! MY ZAPPPER WON’T WORK!!!!!
Now you can find out why!!! With this short and easy to understand video. Buy today!

Nice McDonald’s Commercial ( . . . I think . . .)

So, this looks like a commercial for McD’s. And I believe it is, I just don’t know where it was aired or if it was intended for the internet. Either way it doesn’t matter because it’s a nice story – told in pictures. It displays the power of the commercial as it as evolved. Now get your ass out to McDonalds!

SimCity (2013) Reviews

So, the original SimCity was released in 1989. Since then 4 games have tried to recapture the magic that was SimCity, with only one succeeding. Which was my favorite game of the 90s, SimCity 2000 (If you haven’t picked up a copy of this game – do it!!!! It’s cheap – either on ebay or on GOG.com). But, that’s not what this post is about – it’s about the new game SimCity released just over three weeks ago.

Now, of course, I know about the launch troubles. And I would suggest staying away from SimCity for at least a few weeks to allow EA to work out all of their bugs. But once you get past those issues, you may find a game worth your time. It has certainly peaked my interest. And who knows, I may end up buying it within a year or so.

But don’t take my word, take these people’s. After all, they actually played the game! That’s more than what I can say. So without further ado, allow me to present several video reviews of SimCity (2013):

gametrailers review of SimCity

Rev3Games review of SimCity

GameSpot Review of SimCity

So these are a few opinions of the game. Is it worth picking up? Well, possibly. I just plan to wait. Hopefully the bugs will be fixed and it will be the best in the series. If not, I can just fire up SimCity 2000 and have fun. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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