Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Halo god complex

The game that honed my Halo skills.
I noticed something strange as I was playing Halo 4 online today. I am really good at Halo! Like, too good. Like, killing guys with a sniper rifle without zooming in from across the map good.  Before I start to sound too conceited, let me take a step back and provide you with some context. 

Back in ye olden days, I used to play Halo 2, the first game in the series to provide an online multiplayer experience, religiously. I'm taking all day every day. I was never one of the best players in the world, but I was respectable. This pattern repeated itself, to a lesser degree, with Halo 3. Though I didn't play that game as much as 2, I was still pretty damn good.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Top Seven Songs in Doctor Who

Murray Gold has released a number of wonderful tracks for Doctor Who. Some are sad, some are inspirational, and others are everything in between. Here's a list of my top seven!

If seven seems arbitrary, deal with it ;)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Don't expect faster computers any time soon

Intel's Core i7 processor. 99% of you reading this article won't need the kind of power provided by this baby.

I've written here previously about the diminishing returns of smartphones. To summarize what I said there briefly, the processors within smartphones are so good at what they do that each subsequent upgrade feels like less of an improvement over the previous model. Or, in other words, the iPhone 4S felt much faster than the 4, but the iPhone 5S felt minutely faster than the 5.

A similar trend is occurring in the world of personal computers. If you bought a PC or laptop during or after 2007, you probably still own it to this day. Or, if you don't, it wasn't because it became too slow to perform the tasks you needed it to, but because it broke down.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mark Levin botches introduction to book

Let me be clear: I have not finished reading Mark Levin's book, The Liberty Amendments. However, something caught my eye in the introduction that was so perplexing to me that I had to write about it.

As you may or may not know, Levin is an influential conservative pundit, talking head, and radio host. I bought his book mainly because, at the time, it was highly rated and I was sick of what was going on in DC, and thus wanted to see some of the solutions he proposed.

Unfortunately, however, after reading his thesis, I do not know if I will be able to make it through the entire book. Why? Essentially, his entire argument is based on one giant hypocrisy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Doctor Who: Vale Decem vs. Infinite Potential

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I absolutely love the show Doctor Who. One of my favorite aspects of it, besides all of the zany storylines and fantastic characters, is its music.

The composer for the modern series, Murray Gold, really knows how to ramp up the adrenaline and emotion of what is occurring on screen with his music. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the scores he created for the 10th and 11th Doctor's regenerations, dubbed "Value Decem" and "Infinite Potential," respectively.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

True Detective: starring Bryan Cranston and Jensen Ackles?

The first season of True Detective ended a few weeks ago. Because the series is an anthology, actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, pictured above, will not be reprising the roles of Marty and Rust. The show will instead be introducing two new detectives. That leaves us with the question: who should play them?

Not even taking into account what the showrunner is planning as far as the storyline and theme of season two, I think two great options would be Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame), and Jensen Ackles (one of the leads of the hit show Supernatural).