Thursday, August 12, 2010

Major League Modern Warefare on PS3

Do you have what it takes to make it in the big leagues?

The other day, while shooting Osamas, I received a message from another PS3 user. It was an invite to participate in the draft for Major League Modern Warfare. The league is not directly affiliated with Activision or Infinity Ward from what I could gather. In fact, a quick search found that this league might be the spawn of a high school student. This is a genuine grass roots effort to build a league from the playground up. 

Is that such a big deal though? 

If any one has the time to put in the required effort for a project like this, it's a high school student. When I was in high school, I spent hours and hours messing with Photoshop and learning web design by slapping together a fan site for the band Garbage. It was completely pointless, but fun. As an adult, I wish I had that kind of time to devote to my current hobbies.

That being said, I think this has a good opportunity to actually take off, given enough support. Sure there are plenty of Xbots out there who are going to get their Master Chief panties in a wad over the fact that it's a PS3 only league. Sorry Tsquared

The seasons are going to be about three months long with three games a week for a total of 28 games. The play offs will feature the top four teams from each conference.  There's an eastern and western conference with an as yet undefined number of teams. Regular season games will go for 3 rounds of 5v5 Team Deathmatch to 1500 points. Each round win earns the team a point. All games will go for the full three rounds, so it's possible for a team to lose a game but still earn a point. One of the coolest things about the league is that each team gets to pick a "home" original disc multiplayer map.

So, what makes this different than Game Battles?

"...MLMW cares more for single players and will match them with teams. Additionally, MLMW focuses solely on MW2 on the PS3 and thus provides a stronger community as there is a definite focus."

 You can apply to be a player, or a team owner. The draft begins August 14th, make sure to go sign up now if you want to get in on the action!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fear of What's Up There

This is a short teaser trailer about my worst nightmares. Despite this, I'm looking forward to it. I love good sci-fi and these days, there isn't enough good stuff out there. Just take a look at what Netflix has to offer. Most of what's out there is down right pathetic.

When I was a small boy, I was terrified of aliens and Bigfoot. I still am, to some degree. To this day I tell my wife that I'd literally shit my pants if I ever ran into Bigfoot in the wild. I suppose all of this has a lot to do with TV.

The first thing that instilled this fear of aliens was the 1993 movie Fire in the Sky. As a nine year old boy watching HBO late at night, this movie struck deep. What really got to me was the fact that this was supposed to be a true story. Notice how Ridley Scott's Alien isn't what set this fear ablaze in my psyche. As gruesome as the Geiger beasts were, even my nine year old intellect was able to dismiss them as just movie monsters. This movie however scared me not because of what was on the screen, but because what was on the screen depicted something supposedly true. Truth is often more horrific than fiction.

This scene in particular...

... was truly hideous to me. How terrified would you be if you were stuck under that film? I can imagine waiting for the frail little monsters to cut me up and invade my mind.

But this isn't where the fear really began. How was I able to imagine myself, a little boy, in these types of scenarios? It all goes back to more TV.

Sightings was a paranormal TV show in the early 90's that took a newsroom approach to the subject. Now that I think of it, that time period was full of this stuff. Anyway, there was just one scene that set this whole fear in motion.There was an image of a small boy asleep in bed. The camera pans up to his window where something like this was there...

From that time on, I couldn't sleep next to a window. I was too afraid.

This all, ultimately, was responsible for my love if Science Fiction. Without these terrifying boyhood experiences, I would have never discovered Isaac Asimov, or any of the other awesome authors I enjoy today. I wouldn't have gone on to have a genuine love of science itself.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I Hope These Mississippi Men Haven't Bred

There are some amazingly brilliant criminals down in Mississippi. Actually, not so much.

Two men were recently arrested in Jackson for trying to pass off wood blocks as Toshiba laptops. They cleverly disguised the blocks with duct tape and carefully placed Toshiba stickers.

- via The Miami Herald

There aren't a lot of excuses for why these guys thought this scheme might work. The most believable excuse would be a lack of know-how. According to Wikipedia (spare me the hate mail), "...Mississippi students scored the lowest of any state on the National Assessments of Educational Progress in both math and science."

These bafoons should take a note from this guy: 
Man Pulls Off Robbery Using Craigslist, Pepper Spray

Google Images Gets Touched Up

Google has recently updated it's image search feature, and I must say, it's pretty awesome. The best new feature is the continuous scroll. Instead of clicking through pages and pages searching for the right image, the pages load as you scroll. This creates a more fluid work flow (oh snap, corporate buzz words!) The effect allows one to concentrate more on what they are looking for rather than breaking that concentration to operate the mechanics of the search. Now, this may seem like a minute detail, but it's very significant. 
All technology should endeavor to enable human capability and creativity.  User interface design is on the verge of changing dramatically and this new feature is a step forward in the right direction. It's good to know there are developers out there who think of these small details that make life in the 21st Century easier. Now, if only Microsoft could get on board I might be able to finish school work without screaming at Microsoft Word.