In the face of internet activism and anti-SOPA protests, perhaps there is no better time than now for Julian Assange to launch his own TV program. Assange is best known for creating wikileaks in 2006, and went on to make headlines as the cyberactivist who blew down the doors of “internet regulation” by openly publishing leaked stories regarding the U.S. War in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and practices of the Church of Scientology, among others.
That’s right, for a mere $300 to $800 dollars, an actual BPRD training facility has opened in Portland. In case you’re not a Hellboy aficionado, BPRD stands for Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and is essentially comprised of Hellboy’s buddies — Johann Kraus, Liz Sherman, Kate Corrigan, Roger the Homunculus, Abe Sapien, and Captain Ben Daimo. Dark Horse Comics themselves have teamed up with and outdoor education and training company to create the camp, which trains you in skills of survival (duh), martial arts, weaponry, forensics, folklore and mythology, potions, charms, telepathy, physiology of monsters and gadgets of the occult.
How bad-ass is that?
According to a new poll on Fox News.com, the fastest growing demographic of the video game-playing public happens to have a habit of pooping their pants and belching uncontrollably. While that may sounds like most male gamers in general, we’re actually referring to toddlers.
Based on our past coverage, it may seem like the last news outlet you want covering video games and their impact on youth is FOX News, but in a poll conducted by the NPD Group — a well-respected market research and polling group — the number of toddler video game players has jumped to nearly 20%. making it officially the fastest growing video game-playing demo in the country. Keep Reading
A new campaign called We Can Be Heroes announced today by DC Entertainment alongside Time Warner and three NGOs will see Superman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman working together to fight famine in the Horn of Africa.
Throughout the two year long campaign, DC Comics will be using its legendary superheroes to raise awareness and match donations up to $1 million made to Save the Children, MercyCorps, and the International Rescue Committee through WeCanBeHeroes.org. Time Warner and DC will also be matching employee donations. Keep Reading
“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Smith (R-Texas) said. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”
If you yell loud enough, you’re bound to get someone to hear you Keep Reading
This past week’s unveiling of D.C.’s brand new logo seems to have pissed off quite a few people. Some argue it’s the logo itself that sucks, but perhaps their P.R. department could use some work as well.
What it perhaps comes down to is that D.C. Comics seems to have been dismissiveto fans as of late.
Last year, for example, when the re-launch of Starfire prompted an outcry on the behalf of longtime fans — including a concerned mother looking out for her comic-reading kid Keep Reading
It’s no secret that today’s internet blackout is unprecedented in the history of the internet, albeit still a fraction of what Y2K was supposed to represent.
Today’s blackout symbolizes more than solidarity between some of the internet’s most popular sites, it points out just how many of our everyday activities revolve around the same sites. How many of us have gone to our favorite web portals out of habit only to remember that they fail to exist today, forcing us to crawl back to Facebook or potentially worse, productivity? Keep Reading
DJ Magic Baron’s made a serious skill out of mashing up classic top 40 dance/electronica hits with various other talented acts. Fresh off his mutant molding of with LMFAO, the Baron has teamed up with singer Lana Del Rey for a cybernetic hybrid of Lady Gaga’s genre-bending country song, “You and I.” Instead of celebrating love unrequited to an androgynous alter-ego, however, Del Rey and Baron have created — what else? — “You and I Video Games”, a ballad for all things console-related.
Del Rey’s made a name for herself with her own unique styles of singing, which sometimes include country, alt rock, R&B, and pretty much whatever she wants. And with the help of videographer VJ Remedy, Baron and Del Rey (and Gaga) have created a clever little tribute. Not much else to it, as this video will attest, but we thought you’d enjoy it anyways. See what you think. Keep Reading
Apparently, Energy Now — a company that as you most likely assumed is focused on energy now, rather than later — is just now realizing that video games exist beyond Pong and Atari basketball and may have discovered some practical uses for them.
Video games may actually regulate our environemnt, more precisely, they could condition individuals to understand the utility of how “efficient ecosystems work.” Keep Reading
According to a Parks Associates study, which may or may not have been conducted via skype, the stereotype that men use technology more than women may have just been debunked. Not only that, females may be more diverse in their gaming habits, as well.
It’s no secret that women have a proclivity to shop and make more purchases than men, but for whatever reason, this mindset has always limited itself to clothing, fashion, and design. But consumer electronics has become no exception to this trend: Keep Reading
Say what you will about Kevin Smith’s past few movies — Cop-Out got a sh*tstorm of hate from critics and longtime KS fans alike, while Red State got both equal amounts of love and loathing — he’s been pretty stalwart about refusing to take himself seriously. I met him at a smodcast a couple years back, and it’s rare that a guy will take time to hang out and shoot the shit with pretty much everyone waiting to meet him, not to mention really put his money where his mouth is and devote himself to comic book fandom.
Slashfilm is reporting that Smith’s jumping into the surging reality show TV market and maybe even do something good with it: AMC’s ‘Comic Book Men’ will take an in-depth look at the different characters who frequent Smith’s Jersey comic book shop. Keep Reading
Got to hand it to the minds behind the live-action version of Akira: despite budgetary, planning, and personnel issues, they trudged onwards.
Kanye West definitely isn’t known for holding back on Twitter. In fact, just yesterday, West went on a three-hour, 85 tweet, 8,806 word rant that National Post was kind enough to transcribe.
Rather than read the whole thing, we’ll save you the time and cut to the most interesting part — West is starting a new company known as DONDA and he’s hiring a team of tech industry heavyweights to help him.
Over several tweets, West described the company: Keep Reading
Bandai’s sort of like the MGM of the anime industry — among the oldest and one of the most (once) respected studios, and a purveyor of classics that are beloved by anime fans young and old. Ghost in the Shell? Distributed by Bandai. Cowboy Bebop? Been there. And Gundam, one of the earliest popular mech-based anime, (alongside Robotech of course)? Yeah, Bandai gave it to us. Yet this week, they were given their official death certificate.
A lot of people blame Bandai Japan’s bullying attitude towards their worldwide distributor, the worldwide/multinational Bandai Entertainment, which led to said clusterf*ck. The details themselves (while hard to dig up) are pretty fascinating Keep Reading
If anything, this collection of the most important events from 1911-2011 show that, well, the 21st century is already looking pretty familiar. A spectacular collage of some of the most devastating wars, assassinations, famines, natural disasters, and radioactive catastrophes is enclosed — these are the most important events of the last 100 years.
DerDon1234′s impressive YouTube video manages to capture all of these moments “on their climax” – in other words, it’s perfectly designed for the ADHD-afflicted, relatively educational, and also relatively unsurprising to see that, apart from a few bright spots — the first black president, some crucial space travel discoveries/advancements — the rest is pretty unsettling.
As we wade into the next millennium, nothing’s really changed. I dunno — anyone else think he left a lot of the good stuff out? Not to sound sentimental, but maybe 2012 can be the start of something a little more enlightening and maybe we can all leave the paranoia and cynicism behind? Or maybe we’ll all get hit with a Keep Reading
Google has launched a new site called “Politics & Elections” that serves as a hub for information surrounding the 2012 elections. With the Iowa Caucuses set to kick off tonight at Media Filing Center, the new site is now live and acting as a resource for voters interested in getting the latest breaking news and stats.
The site looks similar to Google News and contains articles related to the presidential elections that can be filtered by selecting a candidate or issue such as “healthcare” or “Immigration” from the left hand side. Along the right side you’ll find links to other various Google resources for staying up to date with politics including: Politics on Google+, the YouTube Politics Channel, and PBS’s 2012 Political Calendar. Keep Reading
With apocalyptic predictions and numerous signs that seemingly point towards man-kinds intellectual demise, it’s imperative that we point out the individuals who motivate us to THINK, not to simply REACT. Given that I am an avid blogger, I can be as guilty as anyone of trying to perpetuate a reaction, especially in an age where Huffington Post, TMZ, and basically anything on Yahoo! are referred to as the canon of internet information and are “the competition.”
But there is a columnist named LZ Granderson who I’ve been paying a lot of attention to, and if you are an aspiring writer or someone that is tired of reading articles that are driven by their headlines and not their content, I would recommend following his columns as well. Keep Reading
For those of you who missed it, Common was a guest on DJ Sway’s Sirius XM morning show yesterday on Shade 45 (http://www.siriusxm.com/shade45), and made a few points about a recurring theme in hip hop these days: MCs duking it out, exchanging disses, taunts and threats, and perhaps all in sacrifice of what some might see as the bigger picture — the music and lyrics.
After taking a few seconds to listen to “Sweet,” a new single from his new album The Dreamer/The Believer,Common even told Sway and his audience that he himself was fair game. “Any artist can be a target, especially when you get in and start saying ‘they’re dope’…for me, there’s some cats that are gonna come at me, but I’m a warrior so let’s go. That’s just what it is.” Keep Reading
Thomas Jane is a 42 year old actor who is probably best known for starring as the lead in Marvel’s 2004 adaptation of The Punisher. But he’s also a man who has been through his share of tribulations, namely, receiving a DUI in 2008 and spending many of his years before that homeless and on the streets.
The fact that Jane didn’t follow the proverbial path of some mainstream celebrities, be it pornography, reality TV or some combination of the two, makes him one of the few credible figures in Hollywood, who used hard work and resiliency to achieve his success. Keep Reading
Following their Zeitgeist 2011 report detailing the most popular search terms of the year (Battlefield 3 took #5 in the top 10 fastest rising queries), Google has released some similar stats for YouTube in the form of an interactive timeline, as well as releasing a video montage (Hosted by none other than Rebecca Black) of the top videos.
As part of YouTube Rewind 2011, they also announced over a trillion playbacks during 2011– equivalent to 140 views for every person on the planet.
When visiting the YouTube Rewind, you’ll be able to flip through the year’s Most Watch Videos, Most Watch Music Videos, and the Fastest Rising Search Terms. Not so surprisingly Keep Reading