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Round up #3: War of the Worlds recognized, Star Wars got game

December 29, 2011

Round up #3: War of the Worlds recognized, Star Wars got game

Darth Gamer

Watch out, WoW!

World of Warcraft may have a serious challenger on its hands.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

is an MMORPG…a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Some people might also call them a “black hole for your life”. 😉

In this new one, you play in the Star Wars universe. Unlike a typical videogame you might play, many of the characters with whom you interact are other actual people playing the game.


Daily Mail article

has some interesting stats.

The game was officially released on December 20. Since then, there have been 810,000 Jedi created…and 850,000 Sith.

Of course, at one point, in England, you could tick a box to mark your religion as Jedi in an official census, as I recall. 🙂

There have been millions of hours already played…and according to the article, billions of enemies killed.

I’m going to recommend that you read the article. In addition to nice screenshots, they have some good speculation about where the MMORPG world is going.

War of the World Selected for the 2011 National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the movies selected to enter the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for 2011.

George Pal’s 1953 version of H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds is classic science fiction. I think the effects still hold up and its smart and thrilling at the same time.

It’s also a clever adaptation…differing significantly from the book (and from Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast).

Among the 25 inductees were Disney’s Bambi and Forrest Gump.

You can nominate movies for next year

Note that the winners aren’t just given a statue, but are selected for preservation by the government.

Good-bye, Cheetah

Honestly, this one makes me sad.

There’s been a campaign for some time to get Cheetah (‘Tarzan’s chimpanzee friend in the movie) a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cheetah wouldn’t be the first animal, but one of the things would have been that one of the apes who played Cheetah could have actually attended the ceremony.

Cheetah reportedly died Saturday (Christmas Eve) at age 80. He had continued to be in the news…and was supposed to be enjoying life. He watched TV, listened to music, and was still entertaining people he met.

You can donate to the foundation where he lived…they are trying to raise funds to build a medical building in his honor:

Giving us the Yeti finger

Loren Coleman, a writer in the field of cryptozoology and Forteana whom i particularly enjoy, has written this

report in Cryptomundo

about a recent DNA analysis of the Pangboche Yeti finger. Coleman does a good job of recounting the story, and it may be familiar to some of you. It’s a fascinating tale, but I’ll just sum it up by saying that a supposed part of a Yeti hand was smuggled out of Tibet in the late 1950s. I don’t want to take too much away from Loren, so I’m going to leave you with that and recommend you read the article.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Round up #2: seal of “a-roof-full”

April 27, 2010

Round up #2: seal of “a-roof-full”

Seal of “a-roof-full”

A Los Angeles man found a live baby seal on a second floor roof.  While all sorts of animals have been reported to fall out of the sky (especially fish and frogs), but in this case, there do appear to be stairs.  Oh, the article called it a seal…but it has visual external ears, which should make it a sea lion.  This might have been just a fish (eater) story, but there is a


Oh, and I love a good animal name: they called this one “Fiddler”….get it, Zero?

Legend of the Sought

Legend of the Seeker, based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, will finish with this season.  It was an attempt by ABC to get into the syndication business.  It had a good pedigree (in addition to Goodkind), being brought to you in part by Sam Raimi (Hercules and Xena). 

I watched several episodes of it and while I didn’t mind missing one, I did enjoy it.

Bruce Spence (who will forever by the Gyro Captain from The Road Warrior for me) plays a wizard in the series.

New episodes are still being broadcast: Tivo link, and you can see older episodes on Hulu.  It’s also available instantly through Netflix, which means you can watch it through your Wii with a free disc, through your Roku, and/or on your PC.

Keep your ISIS on the prize

Speaking of streaming Netflix, the first season of Archer is now available!  This is an edgy show, so consider yourself warned…but I do think it is one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a while (cartoon or otherwise).

Houston, we have a UFO

Texas has a history of space objects, of course, and the famous Marfa lights.  You can watch this

home video

of…something…over the Medical Center last weekend.  Suggested explanation by the “expert”?  Space junk…


Oh, Harry Potter…you do make people money!  J.K. Rowling is worth 1.1 billion dollars, according to the Sunday Times annual “rich list”.  She tops the authors list, reportedly.  However, that’s not at all: Daniel Radcliffe (who plays Harry in the movies) is worth 89 million, Emma Watson (Hermione) is worth 47 million, and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is worth 42 million.  So, when people say that J.K. Rowling should allow her books to be in e-book form because it would make her money…um, I don’t think more money is high on her list of concerns right now.  😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Round up #1: DWTS, PS3, and shorter days

March 2, 2010

Round up #1: DWTS, PS2, and shorter days

The days are getting shorter, literally…no wonder you can never get your work done 😉

The tragic earthquake in Chile may have actually knocked the Earth off its axis a bit…maybe 8 cm (about three inches).  This happens in big earthquakes…and it doesn’t heal itself.  The interesting thing here is that the day may be shorter, by a tiny amount.  Changing the Earth’s rotation (which is what happens with an axis change) could obviously change the length of the day.  You can read more about this here.   Idle speculation…could climate change affect the number of earthquakes, perhaps by changing the moisture in the Earth?  I have no idea, I said it was just idle.  😉

Leaping glitches!

Sony’s popular Playstation 3 had a problem yesterday.  Apparently, some of the systems thought 2010 was a leap year, which messed it up somehow.  Apparently, it’s resolved now…and 1.26 microseconds faster, thanks to the earthquake (just kidding).  CNET article 

What do Buzz Aldrin and Pamela Anderson have in common?

So many puns, but too much good taste to use them.  I’m not a big Dancing with the Stars fan, although I’ve watched it.   We like So You Think You Can Dance better…it’s better dancing, and it’s nice to see folks trying to come from nowhere (same is true of ABDC, Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew).  However, it’s also fun for me to see people out of their normal element.  I liked Battle of the Network Stars, even though I’m not that much of a sportswatcher. 

The latest line-up was just announced, though, once again redefining the word “star”…sort of like when Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet.  Some of the names are certainly well-known, but I wonder how many people could identify all eleven.  By the way, announcing eleven seems a bit odd…wouldn’t it normally be ten?

I hope most people know that Buzz Aldrin was one of the first people on the moon.  I think most people know who Pamela Anderson is (an actor best-known for Baywatch).  I’ll give you Shannon Doherty.  While I don’t know how many know her last name, Kate (late of Jon and Kate plus Eight) Gosselin has gotten a lot of publicity.  With eight kids, she’s presumably light on her feet…otherwise, you’d step on an awful lot of Legos.  🙂

Here’s the challenge, though…match up the rest with their descriptions:

A. Jake Pavelka

B. Nicole Sherzinger

C. Niecy Nash

D. Aiden Turner

E. Chad Ochocinco

F. Erin Andrews

G. Evan Lysacek

1. Lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls

2. Gold medal figure skater

3. The Bachelor who was an airline pilot

4. ESPN reporter

5. Reno 911! actor

6. Wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals

7. All My Children actor

So, how many did you know?  How many did you guess?  Would you define a star as somebody that you can sort of figure out who they are based on their names?  Can you have fifteen minutes of fame if nobody notices?  😉  Nothing against any of these folks…it just says something about our fragmented culture.

Answers: A3; B1; C5; D7; E6; F4; G2

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.  If you are reading this blog for free and would like to support it, just click here and then shop at Amazon.

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