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By Jestin Kimmet
Written: Paul Bales
Directed: Joseph J. Lawson
Produced: The Asylum
Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.
Style: Action/Adventure, Horror
Staring: Dominique Swain, Jake Busey, Joshua Michael Allen
by Shirley Niedzwiecki
App: iphone, iDevices
- Price: Free
- Category: Lifestyle
- Version: 1.0.5
- Size: 15.8 MB
- © 2013 Tophatter, Inc.
Okay. So, I wasn’t looking for sparklies to add to my non-existent jewelry collection when I stumbled upon “Tophatter.” I saw it in my Facebook feed on my iPhone. I am attracted to large sparkly rings that won’t look good on my hand. Yea, I know this. That’s why I look and don’t purchase. Smaller rings, good. Big gaudy rings? BAD.
by John Quiett
So recently we all got together for a game night, a thing we don’t get to do often enough in my opinion. Anyway, at this game night. I got to try a game that I have been trying to check out for nearly a year. I saw “King of Tokyo” (published by IELLO) at Gen Con 2012 but never found an open seat. The game is designed by Richard Garfield, the guy who designed Magic: the Gathering, so I expected big things. I was only let down a little, but I’ll talk about that in a bit.
By Matt Quiett
“When Nerds Collide” is a weekly podcast hosted by Tom and Dan. The topic is usually comic book related, but occasionally the hosts veer off to other topics from video games to cartoons. The shows run right around an hour. You can find the podcast on iTunes.
The podcast only has a total of seven episodes as of this writing. The two hosts make it clear at the beginning of the first episode that their podcast is really just the two of them recording their normal conversations. The result is both good and bad. Often the duo get off on tangents and while they’re usually entertaining, they sometimes drift away from the main topic. It’s clear that both hosts are still getting used to recording and staying on topic. I feel that, with time, that will improve greatly.
For a brand new podcast, these are pretty good. There are a few audio quality issues, usually just the peak of the audio being too high and causing some distortion. Overall that’s the only audio issue I’ve heard and it’s something that’s learned as time goes.
The topics are usually a little loose, with the structure of the show being very fluid. This seems to be something that the hosts are working on as the episodes go on, and it’s partly due to the tangent issue mentioned above. Normally, the episodes sound great and it’s clear both hosts are having a great deal of fun.
The only other issue I had with the podcast was the intro. I know the hosts are Tom and Dan but there is never a last name used for either that I could find, including on their website. This is likely just a personal issue but it’s something that I didn’t hear that would have drawn me in a little deeper.
For all my complaints, this is a good podcast. It’s a learning process and Tom and Dan seem to be making changes to better their podcast as they go. They’re only seven episodes in and it takes time to really find your spot in both structure and flow.
I recommend this podcast to any one who enjoys comics and comic-related material. I give “When Nerds Collide” a 3.5 out of 5.
By Jestin Kimmet
Author: Carl Sagan
Publication Date: 1977
Publisher: Random House
Page Count: 228
Awards: Pulitzer Prize
The book’s effect on me:
People always say never buy a book on its cover. I was young, maybe fourteen, when I found a book called “The Dragons of Eden.” On the cover of this book sit a male and female with greenish skin under a tree looking upon a dinosaur. In the background, more dinosaurs do their dinosaur’ish things. The name Carl Sagan sounded familiar, but I could not place where so I figured he had written something else I liked. This coupled with the fact it was fifty cents meant I had to own it. “The Dragons of Eden” is book number three that changed my life. After two pages, I could tell this had nothing to do with dinosaurs, dragons or green men but it was too late I was already trapped. It delved into the human mind in a way that woke a love of science in me like no teacher was ever able. This was the first scientific book I picked up that did not try to talk down to me or force me to learn anything. It was just information presented to me and if I wanted it I absorbed it. If I didn’t, I knew I could put the book down anytime I wanted. “The Dragons of Eden” was the first book I read that was about teaching you something outside of class and it was liberating to know I read this because I wanted to. While this did not put me down the scientific path, it did make me want to learn more. And follow the works of Carl Sagan and others. All that being said, Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar gave me nightmares far worse than any horror story I have ever read. It will keep you up at night…
By Shirley Niedzwiecki
Starring: Shad Gregory Moss (better known as Lil’ Bow Wow), Jonathan Lipnicki, Crispin Glover
Ever get that feeling that you were just made for something, well, more?
“Like Mike” is a hilarious but poignant movie about a boy whose dream is just to belong. But along the way to his dream hilarity ensues.
By Jestin Kimmet
Price: free (“Draw Rider Plus” 1.99)
Rated: 9+ infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence
Developer: Anton Vazhinsky (17 studio)
What is it: “Draw Rider” is a game where you drive a bicycle across an obstacle course trying to get to the finish line within a set amount of time.