Friday, May 18, 2012

Time to dust this sucker off!

Yup, I think it's time to get back to this long neglected part of my life. I really miss doing the Nightly Nerdlinger News posts. Life got hectic and work has been overwhelming the last year and so I had to lay this burden down. But I've decided that I need a place to rekindle my love of all things Geeky and Nerdly and this is the best place to put it. I'll link to it from both my Facebook and Google+ profiles and see if that helps generate some interest, now that the Yuku nee' EZBoards I used to frequent are pretty much a deadzone. I plan to focus on Games of all kinds and to a lesser extent Movies, Television and websites in a nerdly vein. So stay tuned true believers, I'm comin' at ya!

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Arizona immigration law

Re: the new Arizona illegal alien law. While I certainly believe that illegal means illegal and any people here illegally should be deported, I can see a LOT of legal aliens and even citizens being at least inconvenienced if not outright arrested for not having handy proof of citizenship on them at all times. This law wont stand legal challenge I'm sure, but it should force the federal Gov. to enact legislation that will, sooner rather than later. Whether or not that future law has any teeth or is just a "come and get it" pass for even more people to enter the country illegally remains to be seen. No politician on either side really wants the flow of cheap exploitable labor to stop, regardless of thier public stance. They are merely mouthing the words that the more extreme sides of thier party want to hear.

Before anyone starts to scream "racist" make sure you read what I said carefully. I have no problem whatsoever with people that follow the correct channels and enter this country with visas and work permits. If they like it here I welcome them and wish them luck in thier bid for citizenship; this is a great country and all legal immigrants should be able to strive towards being a citizen here. But we all need to follow the law, a person that flaunts it once to enter illegally is likely to flaunt it many times while here. The need for many false documents and the fraud associated with being here illegally supports a huge criminal industry and is a drain on our taxes and resources. It strains the resources of local law enforcement and adds to federal costs as well. So before we all take sides, let's stop and think about the issue like rational adults. There has to be a better way, a way that works to keep illegals out but does not discriminate against legal aliens and citizens that are of any ethnicity. remember, there are illegals here that come from European countries and other mostly white/black countries. How can we tell if they are here illegally when they apear as American as you or I? We can't. So the only real way to secure our borders is tighter control of entry. Add to that an actual willingness to deport those found here illegally, heavy fines for bussinesses found to be using illegals and maybe we can curb the rush to come here illegally. I don't know, but there has to be a better way.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Nightly Nerdlinger News, MMORPG Edition

Raised on a steady diet of comic books, you grew up to be an unstable lunatic, whose wacky ambitions are only matched by your delusions of grandeur. You're too crafty to get caught, otherwise you'd certainly be locked away in the loony bin!

Take the quiz!

Yup, I'm most like Foxbat, no big surprise there.

So, thanks to my on again off again job at Gamestop, I'm in the closed beta for Champions on-line. Mostly because no one there was interested in it and I was the only one that wanted the key. This is the second beta I've participated in, the first being Star Wars on-line, meh.

Some of you will know I was a City of Heroes player since launch, with a couple of lengthy hiatuses. This game is, of course, produced by the same company, Cryptic. I've played one long night and got a mystical energy-blaster/healer to level 11 and teamed up for a bit to see how it worked. So far I like it a lot, and I've experienced only minor beta-type problems that didn't effect game play whatsoever. Due to the NDA, I'm not at liberty to say much ATM. If you want to know more specifics, well, the forum over there is full of chatter.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Nightly Nerdlinger News Epi 18

Hey all, Verm here with a quick bit of buzz about a little retro-cool sci-fi flick that all true nerdlings need to support that came out Friday, June 12. The movie is called Moon and it's one and only character, Sam Bell, is played by Sam Rockwell, who you may know from such films as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where he played Zaphod Beeblebrox and Galaxy Quest where he played Guy Fleegman, the nervous "redshirt" crewman.

Moon is about a Helium-3 miner under a three year contract on the moon. Helium-3 has become the leading source of energy on Earth and there are mining outposts dotted around the moon extracting it from the rock. It seems to be a largely automated affair with an AI and one crewman running the entire operation at each widely spaced outpost. The suspense kicks in when, with only 2 weeks left on his contract Sam's health has been deteriorating and he's in an accident. He awakes back at base to find a younger him has rescued him. The question is, well, who, why, what and all that jazz. So suspense and deep internal probing are the theme of this movie, along with a lot of interesting takes on moon mining and solitary survival.

The work on this movie is very old school with tons of model work and sets and minimal CG. So it looks like Silent Running, 2001 and original Star Wars. Which is a good thing. Unfortunately it's an independent film and is only going to be in limited release, so if it's showing in your area, go see it! Maybe it will get a wider release if it gets a good response.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Nightly Nerdlinger News epi 17

You gotta love a guy that doesn't take himself too seriously. I'm not totally sure yet if Babylon AD is going to rock or suck ass, but if good ole Vin Diesel can put his stamp on a funky little piece of viral marketing like this then I gotta say that there's hope for it. Thanks goes to those nuts at Twitch for the embed.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Nightly Nerdlinger News epi 16

Just a cool site that a friend turned me on to, whether she knows it or not.

xkcd





The above cartoon is awesomeness in it's most concentrated form.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008