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Weekly Shenanigans #2

Against all odds (and by all, I mean the previously-mentioned 28% chance that this wouldn’t happen), Weekly Shenanigans is back for its second installment. I’ve got plenty of juicy, nerdy tid-bits for all you good little boys and girls, so let’s dive in.

  • Three Mile Island

    Score: Three Mile Island

    I had an irresistible urge this week to watch a movie absolutely devoid of meaning or any emotional significance. Pure visual and auditory stimulus without the need for any of that messy thinking nonsense that other movies demand – that’s what I was looking for. After much hemming and hawing, I ended up going home with a copy of Hellboy II. Believe it or not, I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie  was moderately enjoyable – maybe even good. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing but respect for Guillermo del Toro, but the original Hellboy was such a lackluster film that I didn’t have very high expectations for this one. Instead, I found a superhero movie that didn’t take itself too seriously (thank God), poked fun at all manner of stereotypes, and actually had a bit of character development. Unfortunately, the film faltered a bit near the end, but it was overall a very enjoyable work. I give it a rating of Three Mile Island. That might not sound like a good score, but it is. I think.

  • There was quite a lot of chatter on the interweb this week about ionic fanless cooling. Tessera, the company developing this technology, is claiming they can use ions to move air over a heatsink, yielding silent cooling that is also 30% more effective than traditional air cooling with fans. It remains to be seen whether or not this lives up to the hype, but we shouldn’t have to wait long – Tessera has plans to commercialize the product next year. You can bet that if this is even remotely affordable, scaleable, and cheap to manufacture, we’ll see it showing up in all sorts of systems, from HTPCs to laptops. Assuming this doesn’t mysteriously turn into vaporware, I’ll definitely be looking to try it out in my own rig.
  • Gang Garrison 2. It has absolutely nothing to do with Team Fortress 2.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Team Fortress 2.

    Valve has been pretty busy this week, dropping announcement after announcement and causing quite a bit of hilarity in the process. We’ve got new weapons for the Sniper and Spy, found out jarate is real, watched the Meet the Spy video, and saw achievements announced for both classes. I’ve been making plans for how to counter-act the Spy’s new abilities when I return to the US; until then, I’ll have to be satisfied with this. It’s an 8-bit re-imagining of Team Fortress 2, that game that some gamers love to hate and others hate to love (how would that work, exactly? like an addiction?). Me? I love to love it, and seeing it in 8-bit glory is just awesome. Matt, this should be the next game you cover on The Last Level, for two reasons: 1) I know you’ve got a weakness for retro and/or indie gaming, and 2) I said so. Also, your face. Burn!

  • Speaking of TF2, I’m trying my hand at a bit of TF2 fan-fic slash parody slash sketch slash I’ve got absolutely no idea what it is exactly. I’ll give you a hint, though – it’s about the Demoman, and there are explosions. Got you on the edge of your seats, rights? No? Give it a few days.
  • PC Mag had an absolutely amazing op-ed piece this week by Sascha Segan that called for a tv channel devoted to 4chan. Really, it was about the various merits of digital TV and how to best use the available bandwidth, but I’d prefer to think that Sagan just wants to watch a tv show about 4chan. Of course, it goes without saying taht we would all need therapy if something that meme-tastic ever happened.

Another week, another Weekly Shenanigans. I would say that I’ve defied the odds, but that’s not actually the case. Given that 28% (which I totally pulled out of the air, by the way. I have never, nor will I ever, actually do any sort of mathematical calculation for this blog), I’ve been told that I should at least make it through one more installment of WS without wimping out on all of you. Notice that I didn’t do any calculating there. I had someone else do it for me.

Until next time, gang. Try not to die this week.

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May 24, 2009 - Posted by | Tech, Weekly Shenanigans | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. You know me so well. *sniff*

    I’ve always wanted to give TF2 a shot, but I get a little nervous playing competitively online. Maybe a 2D version of the game will get me in on the action?

    Comment by Matt | May 24, 2009 | Reply


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