Archive for August, 2010

The Puertori.co Dilemma

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

A few months ago, my cousin and I were up late one night in his Arlington, Va., apartment. He was on Reddit.com.  I was on morewords.com. I was searching for every word combination that ended in ‘co’ because earlier that day my brother had told me that the .co domain registry was open for business. The registry, which is the property of the Colombian government, was accepting bids for domain names. Like a kid in a candy store, I tried every single domain name combination I could think of. Here are some of the addresses I struck out on:

  • moroc.co
  • dis.co
  • ta.co
  • tobac.co
 

I had just about given up when my cousin asked, “Have you tried puertori.co?” I nearly fell off the couch. How could have I forgotten about my heritage? Blasphemous, I know.

I plugged the website address in and found that it was available for $300 as long as no one else was willing to pay that same amount. With little hesitation, my cousin broke out his credit card while I broke out my check book to split the cost in half.  The whole experience was a rush. We felt like we had won the lotto. I spent the rest of the night on lamborghini.com while he priced some Azimut yachts.

Three weeks ago, my cousin got the distressing news that he wasn’t the only person to come up with puertori.co. After numerous conversations with the people at the .co registry, I found out that we were one of a handful of people or businesses who could bid on the website when it went to auction on September 1st. That day is now here and we’re still unsure of what to do.

If we bid, how much is too much? According to a story on dotweekly.com, the domain imbd.co was auctioned off for more than $5,000. If we don’t bid, we keep our $300 investment.

What do you all think?

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The worst music video ever– My First Kiss

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Should we be talking about our first kiss?  Is it “proper?”

Emily Post etiquette aside, this video is as boring as talking about the first time we did multiplication in grade school.

What inspired 3OH!3 and Kesha to sit in a basement, throw up some early 1990s backgrounds  on the walls and sing  about that special moment. 

This is the worst music video ever.

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Field Test: Netflix iPhone App

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

It was 9:15 a.m. I was sitting in a Starbucks in Chappaqua, New York drinking a tall hot chocolate. My brother was at work and I was waiting for him to pick me up around noon. While men in seersucker shorts and women in spandex pants ordered their favorites beverages, I passed the time on my IBM laptop.

I visited the New York Times, transcribed some interviews and watched Whale Wars. Like my hot chocolate, my computer was uncomfortably hot. After awhile, I sat the machine down in front of me and grabbed my iPhone. As I perused some unread e-mails, I came across one that my brother had sent me. It was about the new Netflix application for the iPhone.

Using Starbucks’ free wi-fi, I downloaded the free app in no time at all. In less than a minute, I fired it up, logged in and started watching an episode of The Office. The picture quality was perfect and I didn’t need to buffer at all.

Since I don’t have the unlimited data plan, I can’t comment on the 3G viewing experience.

Never the less, the Netflix app is a terrific download for any subscriber. Get it while it’s free.







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The Walking Dead trailer released

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The trailer for AMC’s The Walking Dead is online and it looks very promising. It’s the same trailer that leaked earlier this month, but instead of the shaky handheld video from the crowd at Comic-Con, you can finally see the trailer in all its beautiful, zombiefied glory.

If the production values in the trailer are truly indicative of the show, it might just be another hit for AMC. The show has a powerful pedigree: Based off Robert Kirkman’s hugely-popular The Walking Dead comic series, the show has a stunning list of producers and writers. From the AMC website:

Robert Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) will also serve as Executive Producer, and Jack LoGiudice (Sons of Anarchy, Resurrection Blvd) will serve as Co-Executive Producer.

 

The six episode season debuts on Halloween, but if you can’t wait that long you’ve got 7 years of books to mow though.

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Reviewed: The Expendables

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Snoop Dogg has his shades. Snooki has her poof. Terry Crews has his abs.

In an act of unbridled machismo, Crews popped his shirt off at the New York Stock Exchange last Thursday when he and the stars of The Expendables rang the opening bell.

Crews’ excitement accurately reflects all the hype surrounding The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone’s new $82 million film. Dolph Lundgren, Crews’ co-star, stood behind Crews looking handsome and moderately bored. The scene was an accurate representation of the film itself, all sizzle and no steak.

Compared to this summer’s super-blockbuster Inception, Stallone’s new action shoot-’em-up is so simple my 7-year-old cousin could’ve written it.

You get a bevy of over-the-hill action stars — Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, and Eric Roberts — who are one fake gun fight away from a hip replacement. You also get Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis jabbing at one another with words.

The film’s script and cinematography are unoriginal. In the most interesting scene, Crews is filmed at a distance, down a cavernous hall, while he mows down bad guys with a big gun. The rest of the movie has the run of the mill car chases, shootouts, and stabbings common to the action genre. Nothing to e-mail home about but enough to write home about.

So what if Stallone looks like his face is falling off? He’s a 64-year-old juggernaut who suffered a hair line neck fracture while filming his own stunts. His heart and determination are an homage to the old school action movies I grew up with — the ones where actors put their lives on the line for a movie that had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning any awards.

The Expendables is great because it doesn’t require a fancy graph to understand. It is exactly the type of mind-numbing entertainment America needs during all this mosque madness and Wiki wackiness. Turn off your brains and spend some change on a film worth its weight in thick, veiny muscles.

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Catchy. Fun. Mildly Offensive. Cee-lo’s new single, F**k You

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Cee-lo Green of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley fame has a new single, and it’s the perfect funky, pop music to end your Friday at work and start your weekend. In fact, if you play it loud enough it will probably help you end your Friday at work a little early.

The song is from his (yet-to-be-released) Ladykiller album.

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Metroid: Other M

Friday, August 20th, 2010

My first video game system was a gray brick called the Gameboy. One of my first games was Metroid II: Return of Samus. I never beat the game nor did I ever figure out what it was about. Until now.

Nintendo has released a kick ass trailer for Metroid: Other M, the 12th game in the 24-year-old franchise. The trailer is a trip down memory lane. It features crisp game play action from Metroid classics, including the Return of Samus. It also answers some questions I’ve been mulling over for more than 10 years:

  • Is Samus Aran a man or woman?
  • Who are the bad guys Samus fights against?
  • Where the heck is planet Zebes and how do you spell that?

 

Get ready to have your mind blown.

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New feature: Michael Cera vs. the Ladies

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Michael Cera is a one powerful geek. Fact. Check our latest feature to see more.

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Michael Cera vs. the Ladies

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The rough plot of every Michael Cera film: Cera is a quirky geek who is in love with a beautiful woman. Cera channels all his geek power into wooing the lady through awkward conversations and self-deprecating humor. Boom. The lady can no longer resist his charms. They fall in love. Credits roll.

This week Cera utilizes his powers of attraction in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The Edgar Wright-directed film has Cera playing the titular Scott Pilgrim in a quest to romance Ramona Flowers. Cera has to fight the evil ex-boyfriends of Flowers through a blend of karate film stunts and video game effects. Forget Shakespeare, some women just can’t resist the cooing of that romantic prose we all know as the Konami code.

Cera has been honing his powers of geek seduction since his early days in the banana stand on Arrested Development, and now he’s becoming a full-on leading man. One can only assume it is only a matter of time before we see Angelina Jolie whispering into his ear, “You’ve passed every home console-based Zelda game?! Help me get my pants off.”

Don’t mistake this for Hollywood fantasy. This is the power of the Michael Cera SuperGeek. Below we’ve created an infographic to help you hone your own skills of romance. And remember, if all else fails, ↑, ↑, ↓, ↓, ←, →, ←, →, B, A is generally a free pass to second base.

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Worst music video ever- 两个婆娘一个郎

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Music has the ability to connect people across cultures, continents and even across political and ideological lines.  Just remember how David Hasselhoff  ended the Cold War.

Although I cannot understand a word of this week’s video, I get the message loud and clear:  Singing talent, creativity, or even good looks aren’t always  necessary for a career in music.

Maybe the goal for 两个婆娘 was to bore the listener with as much music as possible.   They achieved it with more than 13 minutes of lip synching, hip shaking and general cheesiness.

Forget about the many bad American music videos this weekend.  两个婆娘一个郎 is the worst music video ever.

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