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vrijdag 29 april 2011

HUMANCENTiPAD

South Park is back for its 15th season.

HUMANCENTiPAD starts out with Cartman bragging to everyone about how cool his iPad is. However, we soon discover that Cartman glued a piece of glass to an iPad cover and doesn’t really have an iPad.

This begins the first storyline of the episode, Cartman’s manipulation of his mom. Rather than blaming himself for lying to everyone about having an iPad, he blames his mom for making him wait until his birthday to get one.

Meanwhile, Kyle is being hounded by Apple. Apple informs Kyle he agreed to the terms and conditions on the last update for iTunes. Kyle must fulfill that contract by doing whatever Apple wants, including letting Apple shoot Kyle’s dad with a Taser and being a part of Apple’s new product.

This was a fairly good opening episode of South Park. The jokes about not reading the agreement were spot on, and Cartman went to great lengths to have the upper hand on all his friends.





woensdag 27 april 2011

"There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge."

Banksy (1974 -- ) is a graffiti artist from Bristol, UK, whose artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Despite this he carefully manages to keep his real name from the mainstream media. However, many newspapers assert that his real name is Robert or Robin Banks. Banksy, despite not calling himself an artist, has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, often in combination with a distinctive stencilling technique, to promote alternative aspects of politics from those promoted by the mainstream media.




zondag 24 april 2011

Hunted The Demons Forge


You might remember the developer inXile from their work on The Bard's Tale way back when we were still playing PS2 and Xbox 1. Along with that send-up of the classic dungeon crawler the developers talked about their love for a genre that in recent years seems to have fallen behind both visually and mechanically. Their goal with Hunted was to bring some visual flair to the dungeon crawler while keeping the soul of the genre intact.

The game centers on two characters, Katic and Allura. Katic is a brutish warrior (think Kratos with an accent) and Allura is an Elvin archer who also happens to be a knockout. The duo have a brother and sister-like dynamic, but it's been promised that their relationship will become more of an issue as the game progresses

Hunted was built from the ground-up as a co-op experience with mechanics that extend far beyond the simple "ranged versus melee" styles of the main characters. For example, both characters have access to magic that can be used against enemies and also to "battle charge" their teammates for an offensive boost. Players can also revive each other with potions from across the battlefield, meaning that saving your buddy doesn't require you to hike across terrain.

Along with slaying revived skeletons and collecting ever improving weapons the two characters come across a series of puzzles that also require teamwork. This might entail using Allura's fire arrows to ignite a series of torches while Katic takes care of grunt work like pushing large stones into place. There are environmental obstacles like these that block the progression of the main quest, but there are also more difficult "deathstone" puzzles scattered throughout the world. The two heroes use deathstones to converse with the dead who will provide audio and visual clues to push players towards the game's toughest challenges. The deathstones also lead to the biggest rewards and if you'd rather stick to the action, they can be skipped entirely.

vrijdag 22 april 2011

Jef Soto vs MARS-1

Jeff Soto is an artist, illustrator and muralist who has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. The artist’s distinct color palette, subject matter and technique resonate with a growing audience and bridge the gap between Pop Surrealism and graffiti. Inspired by youthful nostalgia, nature, graffiti, hip-hop and popular culture, his bold, representational work is simultaneously accessible and stimulating.

In 2002, Soto graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2008, his work was the subject of an exhibition at Riverside Art Museum. Soto was born and raised in Southern California, where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters.

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MARS-1 (aka Mario Martinez) is a left-handed artist who spends most of his time in the right side of his brain, communicating through a visual language. His unique imagery explores possibilities of otherworldly existence through highly developed, multi-layered landscapers. Often employing a fuzzy-logic aesthetic.


donderdag 21 april 2011

SoftStep Foot Controller


Everything you ever knew about foot controllers is about to change. SoftStep is a leap forward in the portability and functionality of footpedal controllers. Whether used with an effects rack, MIDI keyboard or popular music software, this innovative device frees musicians from heavy footswitch pedals while expanding their control. The SoftStep application works with the SoftStep hardware controller to manipulate sensor data for finely tailored control. These modified control sources are mappable to any MIDI or OSC destination, giving the player unlimited potential for creative expression.

woensdag 20 april 2011

Xbox Kinect


The Nintendo Wii made waves when it came out in 2006. It wasn't because of an exciting array of incredible launch titles - there weren't any. And it absolutely wasn't due to the Wii packing dazzling HD graphics - it doesn't. It was all down to the motion-controlled gaming interface which put players inside games for the first time. Playing a tennis game suddenly became about swinging and hitting a ball, instead of using your fingers to hit the right buttons on a control pad in the right order. Gaming was revolutionised. Four years and 75 million worldwide Wii sales later, Microsoft and Sony have now both released their high-tech answers to the Wii-mote, and they couldn't be more different.


While Sony's PlayStation Move uses the PlayStation Eye camera to detect and measure the location of high-tech and spatially-aware handheld controllers, Kinect has no physical controllers to speak of at all.

The idea is that your body is the controller. It's up to the Kinect games and apps to use the camera and microphone to work out what you're doing and what you're saying, and to interpret your commands in the appropriate fashion.



dinsdag 19 april 2011

Widespread social networking by youth




Social Networking, Age and Privacy

Social networking sites (SNS) are popular among European children: 38% of 9-12 year olds and 77% of 13-16 year olds have a profile. Facebook is used by one third of 9-16 year old internet users. Age restrictions are only partially effective, although there are many differences by country and SNS. One in five 9-12 year olds have a Facebook profile,rising to over 4 in 10 in some countries.

The report also shows that:
- Younger children are more likely than older to have their profile ‘public’. A quarter of 9-12 year old SNS users have their profile ‘set to public’.
- Parental rules for SNS use, when applied, are partly effective, especially for younger children.
- A quarter of SNS users communicate online with people unconnected to their daily lives,
including one fifth of 9-12 year old SNS users.

- One fifth of children whose profile is public display their address and/or phone number,
twice as many as for those with private profiles.
- The features designed to protect children from other users if needed are not easily understood,
by many younger and some older children.




maandag 18 april 2011

Purity Ring - Ungirthed | HD


Created by multi-instrumentalist Corin Roddick (drums, guitar, keys) and Meghan James (vocals), Purity Ring is a new synthpop project that has been gaining momentum on the internet in the past few weeks. Their excellent debut single, “Ungirthed”, is starting to pop up on every decent music blog.

A truly pop-infused electronic anthem, “Ungirthed” is hard to classify. With ghostly vocals and pleasing bleeps and bloops, this is a smile-inducing, toe-tapping, head-bopping tune that is as addictive as can get.

zondag 17 april 2011

Elevate your mix

TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the world-renowned, rock-solid 4-deck DJ program that gets you mixing straight out the box. Now with TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside, this version boasts a new interface with TruWave colored waveforms for a visually rich experience of your music.

New Creative Weapons

TRAKTOR’s intelligent features now allow for even easier remixing of tracks on the fly. Switch any deck to a Sample Deck and load up to four loops or one-shot samples each – 16 in total.

Get In The Mix

Crate Flick cover art browsing and full iTunes® and iPod® integration makes finding the right track effortless. TRAKTOR’s acclaimed sync concept ensures that your tunes beat-match perfectly so you can focus on the more exciting performance aspects of DJing. TRAKTOR PRO 2’s built-in mixer integrates multiple EQ and filter types, giving you full control of the frequency spectrum.

Total Flexibility

TRAKTOR PRO 2 is highly customizable with multiple, saveable layouts and flexible hot key selection to suit your needs.




vrijdag 15 april 2011

What is your favorite scary movie?

Saturday, time for a movie ... enjoy

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.


Make Money Fast Online: Poker


Hey guys,
Is being addicted to poker a bad thing? Can you earn the big money with it? I've searched on the internet and I could only find articles that talk about all the possibilities and all the money you can earn in a short time. Is this true? According to this article, not much can go wrong ...

Poker players say they are making fast money by playing online poker. Some online poker players say they make enough money to call it a job. These poker players say the best site to make money online fast is www.PacificPoker100.com. Online poker players prefer this site for a couple different reasons.

One of the main reasons online poker players make an extraordinarily unusual amount of money at this online poker site is because players believe pros stay away from this online poker room. Players say pros stay away because they can not play more than one table simultaneously at Pacific Poker.

Online poker players also rated this one of the best online poker rooms to make money fast online because the fact that the software was not all that great. Winning money players say this keeps good players away as well.

Pacific Poker (www.PacificPoker100.com) also gives new money players up to $ 100 up front and beginners take this money and almost always lose it to the more experienced players. Many average poker players record winnings of over $ 100 an hour. Pro online players make even larger amounts of fast money.

Pacific Poker has a tournament every day called the $ 30K guaranteed tournament with a buy in of $ 33. This gives players a realistic chance to make around $ 5,000 in about 3 hours of work with low risk and high probability with proper strategy to make fast money.

Players believe there is a specific strategy used for each online poker site. Online Pacific Poker players use a more tight but aggressive approach. Good players know most players that play at Pacific are really bad and will call bluffs. Winning money players use this to their advantage by over betting pots and getting the new players to call off all their money. Good online players know, “You can’t bluff a sucker but you can take down their entire bankroll with a good hand.”

Online poker always sees a large influx of new players during the broadcasting of the World Series of Poker. Many online poker players know this is the time to make money fast online so they may play even more than usual to generate increased revenues.

This press release was written by Online Poker Strategist Roger Shriver. All research for this press release was done by interviewing poker players to find the best poker room to make money fast online.

donderdag 14 april 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution PC


You are Adam Jensen, head of a security at Sarif Industries, a biotech company on the verge of a massive breakthrough, one which could see the benefits of cybernatic augmentation fall within the reach of ordinary citizens. Not everyone wants to see this happen - a powerful cabal works against Sarif from the shadows hoping to retain its elitism, while anti-augmentation radicals clamour for a return to human purity. But is all as it seems? (Edge)

As good as the gameplay is, visuals aren't one of Deus Ex's stronger points. Since it's built on the Unreal engine, Deus Ex isn't as pretty as other first-person games like Quake III or Soldier of Fortune. The graphics are blocky, the animation is stiff, and the dithering is just plain awful in some spots, but overall Deus Ex certainly looks better than your average game, and I'm certainly willing to sacrifice graphics in favor of solid gameplay, which this game is overflowing with. While the graphics engine isn't the best out there, Deus Ex does excel in creating atmosphere. The entire game takes place at night, which is the perfect setting for an eerie, conspiracy-laden adventure. As you can see from the screenshots, the game is dark, but that's part of what makes it so mysterious. Plus, with your eye-mounted flashlight, you're never completely in the dark as long as you have a bioelectric cell or two in your inventory.

One of the worst problems I ran into with Deus Ex was the high system requirements. Deus Ex ran choppy even on some of the higher end computers we played it on. I had to turn the detail down on my PII450MHz with a Voodoo3 to get a fluid framerate, but after I installed one of the new Voodoo5s, it was smooth sailing with full detail. Of course, I hope we're not getting to the point where you have to own a PIII600 with a $300 video card to play a good PC game quite yet.

To its credit, its brilliant design and elegant follow through make Deus Ex the best game I've played this year, and I think it's safe to say it's one of the most versatile first-person games ever.
(Pc Review at IGN)



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woensdag 13 april 2011

The XX

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my new blog. As the name suggests I'm going to post a daily message with the latest trends I have noticed. This can range from games to lifestyle, music to health and so on.

Today I am talking about the cooking programs. You turn the TV on and you will be flooded by programs that have anything to do with cooking. You have the usual cooking programs where the viewer can learn something and competitions between the best cooks in your country.Well, no matter what your mom might say, television can be educational. Why this sudden interest in cooking? Tell me!

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