The Lord of the Oscars

The 84th Oscars have finally come and gone.  The golden statues handed out, the envelopes grasped in sweaty palms and the parties have finally ended this cool, gray morning in California…and the world awaits the question burning on the minds of the populace, who won the bragging rights from The Techmenteers.

We have received the final count from Dice, Powerhouse and Hooper the three unemployed accountants I found at the local home improvement store for $20.00.  Here are the results:

 

Category Matt Kerr Joe
Best Picture X X X
Actor in A Leading Role X X
Actor in a Supporting Role X X
Actress in A Leading Role
Actress in A Supporting Role X X X
Animated Feature Film X X
Art Direction X X X
Cinematography X
Costume Design X X
Directing X X
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short Subject X X
Film Editing X
Foreign Language Film X
Makeup X X X
Music (Original Score) X
Music (Original Song) X X X
Short Film Animated X
Short Film Live Action
Sound Editing X X X
Sound Mixing X
Visual Effects X
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) X X
Writing (Original Screenplay) X X
TOTALS: 16 14 11
66.7% 58.3% 45.8%

 

So bragging rights for the next year has been passed from Kerr to Matt as he put all his money down on The Artist, while Kerr backed Hugo and Joe grumbled in the Captain’s Chair about needing heated cup warmers.

Our Oscar Picks (Joe doesn’t like the Oscars…)

Entertechment Episode # 96 Date: Feb. 26, 2012

Podcast Audio:
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Kickoff Question:

Who will win the Oscar? OSCAR PICS!!

Best Picture

Warhorse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud
and Incredibly Close
Best Director

“Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life”

Best Actor

“Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball”

Best Actress

“Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor

“Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress

“Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help”

Gaming Trolls and Boxing Robots

Entertechment Episode #95 Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012

Podcast Audio:
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Kickoff Question:

What would drive a 7 year veteran of World of Warcraft away from the game?

Gaming/Games/Console/Tech

Who’s ready for the iPad Mini?

I’m in! http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/02/16/brian-fargo-turning-to-kickstarter-for-wasteland-2/

Mass Effect 3 – Collector’s Edition sold out at GameStop :*( sad panda
Joe is playing Mass Effect 1….
Remember Karateka? You will soon be able to play it on your Xbox 360 or PS3 http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/15/jordan-mechner-remaking-karateka-for-psn-and-xbla/

Could this mean that there will be three giant robot games in 2012? http://kotaku.com/5885797/this-teaser-probably-means-that-a-new-mechassault-games-on-the-way

Books/Magazines/News
Forever Peace/Avatar for Real http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/darpa-wants-to-give-soldiers-robot-surrogates-avatar-style
Wahoo! One more step towards self driving cars! http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400400,00.asp

Movies/TV Shows

The Walking Dead is back!
Real Steel packs a punch!
Game of Thrones Season2: ICE ICE BABY http://io9.com/5885165/jon-snow-goes-to-iceland-in-the-new-game-of-thrones-making+of-video
Avengers Clip with Hulk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE09rUdpB94
Chapped Apps

Gateway drug = Ticket to Ride – Pocket Edition (Free)
Healthy Addiction – Ticket to Ride iOS Edition ($6.99)

Winamp for Android

From The Captain’s Chair
New Blender Short Films: Is this the fall of Hollywood?
http://www.blendernation.com/2012/02/14/potential-movie-and-interview/#more-26114 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1tvBJI4y2g&feature=player_embedded
http://www.blendernation.com/2012/02/15/the-invasion-animated-short-in-3-days/#more-26243 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zwpqy_obbKM
The Voice of Experience

ST:TOR – The Adventures of FennShea: Now at level 38 and have a crew of four manning the good ship Mantis. Bioware announces what people will be able to do with the Legacy System in the 1.2 patch. http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/02/14/star-wars-the-old-republic-qa-reveals-plans-for-legacy-races-and-dual-spec-support-in-1-2/

Come on everybody let’s train Karate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJSZ1TwjcsQ

Tales from the Bunker

Trolls (1): Me (0)

Today I had to say goodbye to several good friends who I have spent many good times, excitement and adventures with over the last seven years.  We have spent long nights awake till dawn broke, drank, sang, danced and ate together.  They were great fun, but they have been deleted out of my life….literally, I ended my World of Warcraft subscription that I have had for 7 of the 8 years WoW has been around.

Why? Why would I do this act to my friends, in a word “trolls”.  The Urban Dictionary has a descent definition of what a troll is:

Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.

Yes the bane of the casual gamer of any type is the troll.  Some great boogeyman of common decency who leaps upon his victims using slurs, racial epitaphs and general rudeness to make fun of someone they have not met and with the bulletproof mentality of having a screen Avatar and no way to be tracked down and called on their brutality they can transfer their bullied lives to others.

I was a hard core WoW player for a while and worked on getting into raids and working my characters to have the ultimate gear and the right raid groups, necessary add-on’s, read the internet tactics on defeating bosses, scoured videos online to make sure I could reach the pinnacle of the game.  Then I took a few months off as work and economic pressures required me to change my life a bit.  Then I came back to my sweet second home, to have it been invaded by trolls.

Snarly, mean spirited and now with the ability to have cross server players in dungeons allowed even more “troll” like behavior towards your fellow Avatar characters.  Do something dumb because you were not paying attention and suddenly you were being called everything from “n00b” to horrible names, people dropping out of the party because they wanted the left handed sword of death from the 2nd boss of a dungeon and the magical ring of pure energy dropped for a caster class and the trolls would scream about how you sucked, the game sucked and possible incestuous relations between our parents, small animals and Satan.

So you win Trolls, all of you and your snarly, mean spirited, self righteous viewpoint and your horrible attacks on us casual gamers.  This is one online gamer who is hanging up his virtual hat for good.  Oh I will play some nice online games out there, some still allowing for the occasional troll to raid my peaceful ways, but the fun and thrill of being part of something bigger has finally and forever been changed.  I know my characters are still there for me, but they are time-locked in a world where should I even then bring them out for the next expansion they will face a world where they will be shunned, ridiculed and generally hated by their fellow Avatars for not being perfect.

I miss my characters, I miss their adventures and shall miss wondering what is the next adventure is going to be like.  Goodbye my friends, goodbye my fellow adventures and for anyone else I wish you good luck with the slaying of the trolls.

 

Jimmy Stewart as Han Solo And Tommy Jordan, A Real American Hero

Entertechment Episode # 94 Date: Sat, February 11th
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Kickoff Question:

Want to make $1 million, tell people you’re going to make a game. Has the tide of game publishing turned? http://kotaku.com/5883871/double-fines-new-game-is-a-24+hour-millionaire
Mechanical Turk https://www.mturk.com

Gaming/Games/Console/Tech

Welcome to The Gamer’s Court: Who should get the rights to use the word D.O.T.A. http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/10/blizzard-taking-valve-to-court-over-dota-trademark/

December 12, 2012 needs to get here NOW! http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/06/hawken-brings-pretty-multiplayer-mech-battles-to-the-web-dec-12/
Hawken needs a Kinect Interface!

Darknet (From Daemon) comes to life! http://9to5google.com/2012/02/06/hud-google-glasses-are-real-and-they-are-coming-soon/

Movies

See It or Pass It? “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3D”

Please don’t suck http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/thebournelegacy/

Ladies and gentlemen… Sarah Palin http://io9.com/5883439/full-iron-sky-trailer-pits-sarah-palin-against-nazis-from-the-moon

From The Captain’s Chair

The Latest Viral Video. Tommy Jordan’s Facebook Parenting Post. Don’t mess with your Dad if he works in I.T. (and carries a gun) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl1ujzRidmU&feature=related

The Voice of Experience

The Adventures of Fenn Shea in SWTOR: Patch 1.1.2 – Now you can continue to run if you die and a bunch of classes got nerfed when fighting a boss. FennShea is now at level 34, I’m completed Act 1 and am off to take on the galaxy. http://www.swtor.com/patchnotes/1.1.2/272012

Entertechment Extra

Please let Will Farrell announce every basketball intro http://jezebel.com/5884170/10-things-you-may-have-missed-on-tv-this-week?tag=top

Superbowl Commercials

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Entertechment Episode # 93 Date: Feb 4, 2012

Kickoff Question:

Super Bowl XLVI – is it really super?

Best pre-game ad: # of views as of showtime
Volkswagon – pre-pre-ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ntDYjS0Y3w 11577750
Volkswagon – pre-ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-9EYFJ4Clo&feature=related 2984829
Honda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhkDdayA4iA 10529387
Or Acura http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUFSHzT2xuY 12417801

(or this Doritos commercial) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idIU8Htava0&feature=related 280818

Matt’s favorite – Flash Fans 2012 by Budwiser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0qZYqdsYAg 1016911

Joe’s Favorite – Audi Vampire http://www.youtube.com/user/FunnySBCommercials?feature=watch#p/u/36/XPJMUdPTbhA
Gaming/Games/Console

BlizzCon takes a year off, will this hurt the juggernaut that is Blizzard? http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/01/25/blizzcon-skipping-2012-due-to-jam-packed-schedule/
How to improve WoW and Other MMOs
EverCrack is now free to play…13 years later. http://kotaku.com/5880579/the-original-everquest-goes-free+to+play-for-its-13th-birthday

Star Trek Online is now free to play

Details starting to come out on Xbox’s next-gen console http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/source_next_xbox_wont_play_used_games.php#disqus_thread See “Open Letter to Microsoft”

ITS HERE..ITS HERE…..KINECT FOR WINDOWS http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/01/31/kinect-for-windows-is-now-available.aspx
Just in time for http://www.blendernation.com/2012/01/31/ni-mate-enters-open-beta-the-kinected-bunny/#more-25950
Mod my Skyrim Dragon! http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/03/skyrim-creation-kit-out-on-pc-this-tuesday-with-a-surprise/

Books/Magazines/News

Pen/Paper Games/
25years of AC/20 to the HEAD!! http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/Board%20Games/Battletech+25th+Anniversary+Introductory+Box+Set/Acc-CYTBattletech25thAnniversaryBoxSet/#Battletech%2025th%20Anniversary%20Introductory%20Box%20Set

Movies
http://www.archetype-movie.com/ Best mini movie seen for a while?????

Intresting http://io9.com/5878739/john-dies-at-the-end-is-the-closest-thing-to-this-generations-big-trouble-in-little-china
Can we recast Big Trouble In Little China? Homework Assignment

Chapped Apps

The Steam App is here. http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/01/26/steam-app-coming-to-ios-and-android/

Oscar app

Avid movie editor app

The Voice of Experience

SWTOR: The Adventures of FennShea Bought two mounts (vehicles) and now my B.H. is shooting Sand People. Hello level 31!

SWTOR: This isn’t the white saber crystal you were looking for. http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/01/31/star-wars-the-old-republic-white-lightsaber-acquired-through-exploit-will-be-added-officially-in-future/

Game of Thrones Season 2 Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOzXsqoJhtE