Club-Admiralty

v6.2.1 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Battlefield 3 | Done

Once I finished off Max Payne 3, I dove deeply into another game of a similar genre, Battlefield 3.  The campaign side of the game (which is basically what I play since I am not a networked player for most things) was rather short comparative to other games, but if I were to compare the game to games of the same genre (such as the previous two Battlefield games I played and the Call of Duty games
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This week in mexican music charts

I don't think I've explored the mexican charts before.  Let's see what they have in store...Adiós Amor by Christian NodalVerdict: Interesting, but definitely not my kind of music.
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Babar married his cousin?!

This past weekend's last week tonight (on the topic of the upcoming french elections) was pretty awesome. Love the film noir ending ;-).  I didn't remember that Babar married his cousin...
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Max Payne 3 | Done!

 A week or so ago I completed Max Payne 3, the most recent game in the Max Payne series of games.  This game trades in the comic book feel of the first two games for a more new (or trendy?" cinematic feel with game cutscenes and voice over by none other than Max himself.The game starts off with Max (at the end of the game) doing some introspection, a "how the hell did I get here?" type of
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This week in isreali music

I was watching Reza Aslan's Believer series the other night when I saw a bunch of high energy "hippie" Jews (for lack of a better description). The interesting thing is that they come from conservative background, which I found a little conflicting with the 'liberated' hippieness on camera. So these guys where they were pumping some serious high energy music from speakers on their little van and they
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Competitive Wargames Reputation - STO

Well... Just as I finished one reputation (Lukari), and have enough marks to get the gear...and now there is a new reputation coming along.  More grind....more grind :p   This one has several different types of sets that can be mixed and matched, which means a ton of grinding ahead.  But hey, there are capes!
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Colony WOAHs!

Most shocking moments of Colony this season?  Here's a wrap-up in the video (spoilers).  I can't believe that Bob is alive.  The former proxy and current "I am out for myself" man Snyder is a wild card.  Personally I think that he is more cunning that people give him credit for and I think he'll do the right thing in the end.So are they aliens?  Humanoid AI?  Aliens with
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This week in Greece

This appears to be #1 in the Greek charts, according to GreekBoston anyway ;-)Σιγά by Χριστίνα ΣάλτηVerdict: Pretty typical music and beats.  I like it, I would listen to it (has a good beat).  Sounds a little cookie cutter thought
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Star Trek First Frontier trailer

I came across this trailer for a fan film which seems to be following the Enterprise's first captain, Robert April.  Looks interesting and well made.  Wonder what the final one episode will look like :-)
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ThinkGeek Fools!

I completely forgot to have a look at ThinkGeek's April Fool's lineup. Usually some of their April Fool's products make it to production (and some are actually just jokes).  I picked three of my favorites.The Hot Pockets burrito  sleeping bag.  I picked this (even though I don't particularly find Hot Pockets all that appetizing) because I think that there are enough people who want
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The artisanal sound system

When I logged into Star Trek Online I heard a bunch or BLIM, BLORP, SWOOOOSH sounds.  I thought Q was at it again.  Well, it turns out that it was just the new artisanal sonification system :p (Happy April Fools)
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This week in the italian charts

I don't think I've listed to Italian charts for a while...so here we go - this week this is #1 in ItalyDespacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy YankeeVerdict: Nice beat.  I could do without the Autotune though ;-)
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Best patch note ever!

STO is down for maintenance.  Last night the First Contact event was hard to get into, which I assume is one of the things being looked at.  I loved this patch note today:  Resolved an issue where the Heavy Escort Railgun was healing enemies instead of damaging them. Healing your enemies would make for some really long battles - but this gives me a good idea for a console: 
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First contact day is upon us!

I saw, on the the STO blog, that First Contact day is almost upon us! For the event, STO will be doing the following:Captains who participate will search the area for useful parts, just like Cochrane scavenged the pieces for the Phoenix. Using these parts in conjunction with a basic hull assembly, captains will make their own model of the Phoenix by combining engines, hull, and stabilizer parts found
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Mass Effect Andromeda is here

Need to finish my 360 backlog so I can get an Xbox one start playing these ;-)
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This week in facebook found music

No charts this week, but rather facebook found music.Storm the Sorrow by EPICAVerdict: Generally this is not the type of music that I seek out (epic metal?), but it's got a good tune if you've need to be psychologically pumped
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Max Payne 2 | Done!

Continuing on the theme of going through video games that I've wanted to play (but haven't), the next game that I completed was Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.  This game was originally released on the original xbox (you know, the one before the xbox 360), and it is backward compatible on the 360, so I decided to take it for a spin.  [SPOILERS]The story of Max Payne 2 picks up a little
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This week in Canada

Seems liked Ed Sheera with Shape of you is #1 in Canada this week, as elsewhere, so here's #2 in Canada.It ain't me by Kygo with Selena GomezVerdict: It's OK. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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Millenium | Done

Back in the last 90s there was a show on Fox, a spin-off of the X-Files, made by the same folks as the X-Files. If it wasn't a spin-off, it just took place in the same universe as the X-Files and the Lone Gunmen.[SPOILERS]I had started watching the series when it was originally on the air (you know, before DVR, streaming, and all that) back in 1996 but I wasn't really sure how much of the show I had
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Sister Hazel - All for you

Another song turning 20 this year... Is this now retro?
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Kingsway OS - the RPG OS

OK, not really an OS, but an RPG in the style of an old GUI OS... pretty interesting!
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This week in the French charts

Seems like Ed Sheeran is everywhere in the charts - even in France, so here is #4 on the French charts this week.Be Mine by OfenbachVerdict: I actually liked the music quite a lot. I wasn't expecting to (given the slightly odd music video with the potentially psychotic serial killer ;-) ), but it was quite up-beat in terms of a tune which makes it a pleasure to listen to (even as background music).
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Joining the Breach

The Breach came back as an event queue in Star Trek Online last week.  This comic sums up exactly how I felt about it. Although to be honest, it's much shorter, and the rewards seem better as compared to the original Breach queue, and I need to get enough Lukari marks to finish off that reputation... (original here)
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Presidential Spam

Somehow I got on the White House's mailing list (must have been some petition I signed at some point), and now I get spam like this.  I guess the White House is seriously pushing their new reality show "Presidential", but it faces steep prime-time competition from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, and El Rey. I think Sharnado probably does better than this new reality show ;-)
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Runaway, a short film

One of the film related kickstarters that I had supported a while back released their film.  I actually like it a lot, and it could easily fit into the Humans universe!Have a look, share far and wide :) And, if you like it, and are a Trek fan, have a look at Tommy's prior work (Star Trek Horizon)
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This week in music charts

This week I was looking at the general billboard charts.  Didn't recognize this #1, so I took it for virtual spin...Shape of you by Ed SheeranVerdict: It's alright. I think this emoticon sums it up ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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The perfect pac-man score (and the guy who beat it)

Woah!  that's all I have to say! (via Alec Couros on Facebook)
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Max Payne (PC) | Done!

A while back I had bought Max Payne 3 on super sale for my xbox 360, so I thought it a good idea to go back and play the previous two.  Even though I have the original xbox discs for Max Payne, and Max Payne 2, it seems that the backward compatibility was throwing up some hiccups for the original Max Payne.  Luckily Humble Bundle had it on super sale ($2?) so I got it for steam.Max is a
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This week in Russian Music

I don't know if this was something that was on the charts, but I've come across Leningrad (the band) before, so it might be something that's bubbled up.  This comes across from The Verge.  As with the Verge's warning: graphic video content ahead.Кольщик by ЛенинградVerdict: Liked it.  Wonder if I should get an album (or two) of theirs...
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Portal, on the Apple II

I love seeing retroisms like this :)  Someone programmed portal on the Apple II using Applesoft BASIC!
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This week in Greek music

On top of the Greek charts this week...Όσο θα λείπεις by Kings & Γιάννης ΠλούταρχοςVerdict: Sort of what I expected to hear from Ploutarchos.  Not bad, but I feel like it blends with other songs of this type.
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Mass Effect Andromeda: Trailer 2

While I do miss the original crew of the Mass Effect Universe, this trailer looks awesome.  Can't wait for the game to come out (PhD productivity plummet in the future :p ?)
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Μιθριδάτης - Γλυκιά Ολντ'Σκουλιά

Γλυκιά Ολντ'Σκουλιά by ΜιθριδάτηςVerdict: Haven't heard an Imiskoubria (or Mithridatis song) that I don't like.  This one does not disappoint either.  I like mashup of music genres. It's also easy to sign along to which makes it much more of an earworm than most songs :-)
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This week in KPOP

For some reason I was looking up PSY on youtube and this video came up. Technically not new- but new to me (or at least I don't remember it if it's not new to me...)Daddy by PSY (feat, CL of 2NE1)Verdict: Definitly my kind of music :) No idea what the lyrics say in Korean (definite drawback, guess I need to start learning), but the music carried me through (some happy hardcore elements in there too).
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Battlefield Hardline | Done!

Well, this game didn't take all that long to complete the campaign side of the game!  What do I do in-between class stuff? Obviously play games ;-)  This was my first foray into a Battlefield game. Even though I have Battlefield 3 and 4, I was intrigued by the cop mechanic where you can arrest people instead of blowing them to bits, which really gave you an incentive to play the game in
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Star Trek Online: Reckoning is live

And...just in time to tempt me to not do my homework over the weekend and spend time playing this game...such poor timing in life :p
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This week in Turkish charts

I don't think I've listened to any Turkish charts since I started this project, so this week I tried looking up some popular songs in Turkey. Gök Nerede by Mabel MatizVerdict: Way too slow for me.  This is really sleepy-time music for me ;-)
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Gaming with cats...

A little found humor this week from Gamercat.  Describes perfectly my gameplay while Ezio (my cat) is around...
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Huzzah! More grinding!

That title is a bit heavy on the sarcasm ;-)A new season of Star Trek Online has been announced, coming to us on PCs next week.  The new season, titled "reckoning",continues the Lukari story arc, introduces the Tzenkethi (of Animated fame?), and of course introduces a new reputation titled "the Lukari restoration initiative", with new traits and gear you can get.I'll most likely get the gear
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This week in television theme song music...

I've been watching a series called Berlin Station recently. The series uses Bowie song that I hadn't heard of before, and it's been stuck in my mind. It's not new...but it's new to me.Afraid of Americas by David BowieVerdict: Obviously I like this since it's been stuck in my head :p
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A temporal captain!

Finally! I've now become an old school temporal captain ;-)About five years ago when I first started playing Star Trek online what I really wanted was to fly around in a Wells Class temporal science vessel (and sport the 29th century uniform).  The problem?  The Wells was a lockbox ship, and before I knew the odds of getting one I ended up opening a whole lot of temporal lockboxes with nothing
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This week in the Greek charts

Haven't gone to the Greek charts in a while.  So, this week I hit up GreekBoston.com to see what's new in Greece.Αίνιγμα by BlaséVerdict: I like the mix of more traditional(ish) music and beats with hip hop.  I was not aware of Blasé. I guess I need to look them up :-)
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Wolfenstein: the New Order | Done!

Compared to how long it took me to finish Bully, Wolfenstein: the new order on the xbox 360 took almost no time to complete.  The game is a fast-paced first person shooter (action obviously) which takes place in an alternative 1960 timeline in which Nazi Germany has won World War II and has gone on to become the super power of the planet.  It is a bit like the TV show the man in the high
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This week in German Charts

I started watching Berlin Station this past week, so Germany seemed like an appropriate stop for this week's charts. This is #3 on the charts this week Chöre by Mark FosterVerdict: Quite energizing. I like it. No idea about the lyrics  - need to really brush up on my German...Still, I'd listen to this again (maybe even sing along to it...). ;-)
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Assassin's Fail...

Ubisoft was having a sale on the UPlay store recently.  Since an Xbox One is not in my near future, I decided to get the Assassin's Gold Pack (on sale of course) which included both Unity and Syndicate.  After about 2 days of downloading Unity (approximately 50GB) I discovered that the game is unplayable on my Surface Pro 3.  Even on the lowest settings (which I was pretty content to
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Bully (Scholarship Edition) | Done

Well...it took about a year but it is done!  I had started Bully (a game which my friend Rob gave me before he left for lands far far away) last year just before classes started (EDDE 804 to be more specific).  Between school projects, work projects, side projects, and everything else, this game fell by the wayside for the most part; until this holiday when I had some more time to just finish
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Super Mario Holidays

Just before this year ends...a little video game humor which made me smile. Even Boos need a little holiday cheer!
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Xbox year-in-review, now with a crest!

With all of the social media sites doing year-in-review infographics from the data that they've collected from you over the period of the year, I thought I would check out xbox to see what sort of year-in-review they have in store. This year, along with the statistics that they provided me with, I got my own - customized and customizable gamer crest (presumably based on the games that I play). 
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Assassin's Creed (the movie) | a brief review

Last week I headed off to the movie theaters to see the new Assassin's Creed movie, which I have been waiting for with great excitement for a while (now, if only the Splinter Cell movie were to come out soon!). We also went during the day when there were only about 10 of us in the movie theater (seems like a waste, but I did like having more room to spread out, and if I laughed out-loud it wouldn't
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Crayon Pop 크레용팝 꾸리스마스

Saw this on facebook earlier today. Some interesting K-Pop that is holiday themed (at least from the visuals) ;-)  I guess  I need to go back and discover new K-Pop.  This song is by Crayon Pop 크레용팝 꾸리스마스 and it's called Lonely Christmas
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This week in Χριστούγεννα Μιούζικ

Λίγο νωρίς για Χριστουγεννιάτικα, αλλά βρήκα αυτό το συγκεκριμένο τραγούδι (καινούργιο για μένα αφού δεν το είχα ξανακούσει) οπότε το βάζω ως νέο και γιορτινό ;-)
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Alphas | Done

One might think that my brain is rotting from too much TV these days ;-)  I've been continuing on my quest to wrap up old TV shows that I had started to watch at one point or another, but I had either stopped watching, or they were cancelled and I had not read the comics that came out as continuations.  This time around there is a show called Alphas.  The show was on the SyFy network,
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This week in Japan

Every so often I log into Mixi, a Japanese social network akin to Facebook.  I got an invite to it back in the day when I was learning Japanese through JPod (and before they clamped down and required a Japanese cell phone number to join). I guess the Japanese don't like gaijin joining their social networks ;-)  In any case, Asian Kung-Fu Generation was advertised when I logged in so
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Need more Jericho!

Back in 2006 there was a new show on TV which was good (which means that it was cancelled - HA!), called Jericho.  It was an action, mystery, drama type of show where a number of nuclear devices were detonated (simultaneously I think) throughout the continental US. Since the seat of government, DC, was destroyed there was some understandable chaos.  What emerged were the Allied States of
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3D printing...a mild success...

The other day I decided to test out my university's maker space where they have a varied assortment of 3D printer sizes.  I've always wanted to 3D print something...well...since I saw one at a conference, but I didn't have the opportunity up until recently.  We've had the maker space for a while, but it hasn't been high on my priorities.So, now that the semester is coming  to an end,
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LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It

Not quite "retro" but it's been a while since I've heard this song.  Before I looked this up this video for this post, I am not sure I had seen the official video (so I guess a potential NSFW warning here?)
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Art imitating life?

I have been reading some Star Trek related literature and comic books over the past year (figured that there is plenty there to keep me entertained since there is no trek on TV...yet).  I came across this in a comic book recently (I think it's from the Year Four missions):
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This week in the US charts

Back to the US for this week's music sampling.USABlack Beatles by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane Verdict: Interesting...but in the end it was a bit m'eh for me...
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles : Russia | Done!

добрый день товарищ!Man...that's DONE!  Holy smokes!  What the heck?  Whaaaaaat?OK... I guess that I need to collect myself better before writing posts and game reviews.  I just finished playing Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (just now for me, a few days ago chronologically) and all I have to say is "Effff yoouuuuuu!"  This game was one frustrating piece
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seaQuest DSV | Done

When I returned from Greece (back, a long long time ago...) a seaQuest DSV was a TV show that I happened to catch while channel surfing, but I never really watched it when it aired.  Now with Netflix I thought it was a good time to catch up.  Initially I called the show "underwater star trek" but with all the crazyness that the writers threw at the show I don't think it ended up being underwater
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Nerf Herder (I don't wanna be no) - The Younglings

This song has been sticking around in my head these past few weeks (and I am not a huge Star Wars fan!)
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4k pixel goodness!

I really don't get the whole craze around the NES classic.  I never had an NES (but I've played games on it).  I've played enough games on emulators, and granted the keyboard isn't as satisfying as a gamepad,  if I felt like playing those games more often I'd go the Sweets route (orange cat here) - just get the original console and a CRT ;-)
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This week in Romanian music

Not sure why I thought of Romania, but I don't think that I've head music from the Romanian charts before...so I looked around.RomaniaYalla by InnaVerdict: This is definitely my kind of music.  Need to find more of Inna.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear Arabic as well  (didn't seem like the kind of singer who would be multilingual). Can't vouch for the accuracy of the Arabic, but
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This Week in Portugal

I am not sure if  I've heard anything from the Portuguese music charts...so here it goes! This was #1 in the charts in Portugal this past weekPortugalAté pensei que fosse minha by Antonio ZambujoVerdict: This song is probably good for a cold and snowy day, sitting by the fireplace. Other than that, for me, it doesn't really strike a cord (pun intended) ;-)
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This week in the Norwegian charts

Just like before, there seem to be a lot of English language tracks on the Norwegian charts. The top for this past week is as follows:The Weeknd by Starboy feat. Daft PunkVerdict: Not bad. I like the music video (visuals).  The song itself seems, to me anyway, as a good song to drive to.  That said, I am not sure I am crazy about the "hey! here I am! Look at me! I am the new kid on the block!
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India | Done

I had started this game in Madrid, once I had finished with the first in the series (China), but being back home also means a lot less time for games ;-) In any case, picking away at it a little at a time means that progress was made in completing it (sounds like a parallel for dissertation writing, eh? ;-) ).The game follows Arbaaz Mir in Amritsar (India) in 1841, in the midst of a war between the
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Watchdogs 2 - trailer

One of the reasons to get the dissertation done sooner rather than later ;-)
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This week in Japan (?!)

I don't know if this technically counts as a song...but it's got a beat, and it's got words...so I guess it might be one? This was discovered while watching @midnight (a comedy web-culture show) this morning. Japan (?)PPAP ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン「ロング」バージョン by PIKOTARO(ピコ太郎)Verdict: No words are sufficient to describe this... just "LOL" I guess?
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Happy N7 day with the Andromeda Initiative

The Andromeda Initiative website is currently up and active!  This game looks like it's going to be great (and full of lore continuation for in the Mass Effect universe!)
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Mass Effect Andromeda Initiative

Need to wait for November 7th for more details, but this looks cool! I guess people were saved from the galaxy-reseting events of the original Mass Effect trilogy by going to another galaxy...
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This week in Italy

This week I (virtually) swung over to Italy to see what is new in their charts.  Benji & Fede's new album 0+ is out, and this song seems to be popular there.  Let's hear ItalyAmore Wi-Fi by Benji & FedeVerdict: Catchy song.  It's slow enough to keep in the background while working, and from a language learning perspective quite easy to understand. Maybe I need to check out their
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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer

A new call of duty game is coming out soon! (well it might be out, but without a current generation console I can't play it yet).  This trailer looks good, and it appears to tackle the topic of alien invasion of earth :)  I wonder if it keeps within the continuity of the previous CoD games I've played...
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In-flight entertainment...

OK...yes...I am still talking about Spain even though I've been back for two weeks now ;-)ID4: 2I am catching up on some things that I wanted to blog about while I was away - namely in-flight entertainment.  Heading over to Europe is usually sleep-time on the plane, so I don't get to see a ton of movies, but coming back we're going back in time (so to speak) and that allows for some additional
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This week in Spain

Another one from MTV spain while on vacation.I liked the energy of this song and the clip itselfSpainKiss the sky by Jason Derulo
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China | Done

A while back, during a Humble Store sale, I got Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (as well as India and Russia). I had downloaded the China version of the Chronicles when I first got the game, but it had quickly gone into disuse since I was focusing mostly on Star Trek Online and on Bully on the xbox. While I was on vacation, with little access to good wifi, I ended up going to the only game
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Nintendo Switch - pretty interesting

Nintendo's new gaming console seems like a mix of mobile and at-home console gaming.  Seems pretty interesting, and it reminds me of the stuff that OQO tried to do with computing. Let's see how it goes :)
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This week in Spain

Another song from MTV spain discovered while taking a break from museums. This seems a lot like one of those songs that is in mind but the music video makes little sense. I tuned in during the spin-exercise scene and I was like "WTF?!"SpainSide to Side y by Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
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This week in Spain

Something from the music channel Sol Musica in Spain. I liked this song, but I am not a fan of the vocals (frayed voice?)SpainBetter than he can by  Shawn Mendez
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This week in Spain

This is something I happened upon on MTV spain one day when we were taking a break from visiting museums. Interesting video clip and the  music is upbeat enough for me.SpainFiesta in el infierno by Fangoria
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This week in Spain

I heard this song in Barcelona this week while having Tapas at a local restaurant. I think the song was the versione arabe, but this seems to be the regular version.RussiaNe me jugez pas by Sawt el Atlas
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This week in the Russian charts...

This is starting to become a segment in the blog...maybe I should add a label to the blog lol #TWIR. The song from the last 2 weeks (Твои Глаза) is still number 1 this week, so here is number #2 on the charts this week. RussiaMy Way by Calvin HarrisVerdict: This song reminded me that I don't know the lyrics to the original My Way, so I need to look those up.  As far as this song goes
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Starship drydock clean-up

While my alts in STO don't have a ton of ships, my main character has had both the main shipyard and the dry docks filled to capacity, leading to an inability of testing out new ships.  So...I guess it was time for some early-semester cleaning.  I went through and I got rid of ships that were either received by leveling up the character (Tier 1 through 5 ships), and ships that I could reclaim
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This week in Russia(n music)

This is starting to become a segment in the blog...maybe I should add a label to the blog lol #TWIR. The song from last week (Твои Глаза) is still number 1 this week, so here is number #2 on the charts this week. RussiaЦелого мира мало by Полина Гагарина feat. БастааVerdict: A bit too much on the melancholy end for my liking.  It's not bad,
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Off to the races...

Some esoteric video game humor from this past week...
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Woah! STO ships to be available as models!

Well...that's some news!  Last week Cryptic announced that models of their ships will be purchasable in the future since they just started a partnership with a 3D printing company for fulfillment.  What it sounds like is that you'll be able to purchase a 3D printed version of a ship you own in the game (so I guess  I need to either own, or have owned, C-Store and Lobi ships... dang...)
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This week in Russia

I think I'll be staying with Russia for the next few weeks (maybe September is charts-in-Russian month ;-) ), both because I can actually understand the language a bit, and I like their pop music. RussiaТвои Глаза by ЛободаVerdict: The title of the song translates to 'your eyes'.  The video sounds as good as one would expect of a live recording.  A better audio version
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Adieu SWTOR & Defiance, hello WoW

In the most recent lootcrate there was a code for World of Warcraft, for all expansions (up until the most recent Legion expansion that just hit) and a month's worth of free playtime.  With my hard drive a bit short on space I made the decision to get rid of Defiance and SWTOR and try to recoup some space for the 40Gb installation of World of Warcraft.  After a couple of days of trying to
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Revolution story wrap up - a bit of a let-down

[Spoilers] Recently I found the series of four digital  comics which wrap up the television series Revolution which I has been watching on Netflix (see related post from a week or so ago).  The second season ended in a bit of a cliffhanger, so the story was just dangling out there.  The linked video on youtube is a commentary by the writers on the first comic book.So, what happens in
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Meanwhile Thor was being a normal mortal...

What Thor was doing during the events of Captain America: Civil War.  LOL.  :-) This came by way of faceboook...
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This week in Music: Russia

This week, on the spur of the moment I decided to have a look at what's on top on the Russian charts. In previous weeks I think I had come across many American songs on the charts (at least the ones I found) but this week I saw one chart listing that seemed more local.  That said, I might be visiting these charts more frequently since I like Russian, as a language, even though I haven't studied
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Free-to-play? or pay-to-win?

GamerCat explains mobile F2P gaming :-)
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Inventory management

Reminds me a lot of my own experiences managing my inventory in games..LOL (from this week's comic strips)
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This week in music: Brazil

This week, in light of the closing of the Olympics, I am visiting Brazilian musicBrazilTudo Com Você  by Victor & LeoVerdict: Interesting song.  Sounds like something I've heard before.
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New MacGyver

I am conflicted about this new MacGyver.  I will watch it, considering that I grew up with the original one, however this doesn't really strike me as MacGyver-y.  While MacGyver worked for the "foundation" he was more or less a lone wolf.  Any support he got in the field seemed incidental.  There was no team involved.  This trailer makes it look more Mission: Impossible, and
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This week in music: Ghana

I was trying to think of a country that I haven't 'visited' yet in my music explorations and Ghana was it!  Seems like this track recently got the music video released, so it seems to be at the top of the charts (I guess viewer discretion is advised?)GhanaOne more time  by MzBellVerdict: Catchy tune.  Wouldn't mind if this were playing in the background.
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Star Trek Discovery: 10 years before Kirk

 This past week the rumor, or leak, is that the new Star Trek series (Discovery) will take place 100 years after Enterprise, and 10 years before the original series.  I've seen a lot of  "bah! humbug"-ing in the various facebook Trek groups I follow (mostly because of fan films).  It seems that most people would prefer something set in the post-Voyager and post-Nemesis era, which
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Television rewind: Revolution [spoilers]

Another of the TV shows that I caught up on (thanks Netflix!) is a show that aired a few years ago called Revolution. The series kicks off with someone coming home and instructing their family to fill up all empty containers with fresh water, fill the tub, fill the sinks, and so on. He looks at this pendant he's got and...power goes off!  Oh snap!Flash forward to 15 (or so) years after the power
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Resident Evil: The final chapter trailer

Woah!  I think I need to do a marathon re-watch of all resident evil movies in preparation for this ;-)
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This week in Music: Sweden and Greece

Going to try doing one song per week from now on.  This week, for some reason Sweden came to mind. There was also a song from Greece that seems to be in the news, but it seems rather poor taste to embed that music video here. Good weekend to all!Greece Elektrisk  by Marcus & Martinus ft. Katastrofe Verdict: It's funny that this is #10 in the Swedish charts this past week
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Summer show catch-up: Agent Carter

One of the shows that's been flying under my radar for a couple of seasons is Marvel's Agent Carter. Since it's summer, and fairly quiet on the new TV show front, I thought it would be great to catch-up and see if this show was any good. The show follows Peggy Carter, from the Captain America movies, after the conclusion of World War II.  The SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) still exists,
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Simpsons 3 a.m. call

ROFL!  Some political humor from the Simpsons for this electoral period:
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This week in Music: Greece

Not quite new-new, but new enough for my Friday Music category. Good song for the weekend :-)Greece ΣΠΙΤΟΥΛΙΝΙ ΑΡΑΧΤΟΥΛΙΝΙ by ΜΙΘΡΙΔΑΤΗΣ Verdict: Like! Like! Like!
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More on achievements and trophies

A little gamercat humor for you :-).  While playing Star Trek Online I don't often think of achievements (since my achievements/medals aren't visible anywhere).  This past week though I started playing Bully again on my xbox and I started wondering what achievements exist, and what I need to do to get them :-)
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8-BIT CINEMA // Show Reel by David Dutton

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Star Trek Beyond thoughts

Last week I went to see the new Star Trek movie in the theater, called Star Trek Beyond. Oh yeah - spoilers ahead - you've been warned :-)So anyway, prior to going to see it I heard from some that it was so-so and I heard from others that loved it.  I was prepared to be disappointed but I actually liked this film a lot!  The saddest part of the film was watching Anton Yelchin on screen as
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This week in Music: Finland

This week, once more in my quest to keep up with pop culture, my music homework from the Finnish music charts:Finland Snadi by Roope Salminen & KoiratVerdict:No music video for this. I don't understand Finnish, but the song seemed catchy enough to listen to it more than once :-)
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Here's the new ship --> NCC 1031

The ship for the upcoming Star Trek TV series (Star Trek Discovery) has been announced at comic con this year!  Given its ship registry (NCC 1031) it seems like this series will be taking place before the original series.  Wonder if we're going to be seeing the beginnings of Captain April...The ship, the Discovery, seems a little reminiscent of the ship designs for Phase II - the Star Trek
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Fun-O-Rama - A Futurama Fan Film

This came across my radar recently: a live action futurama fan film (probably just a trailer, but still).There is something odd and creepy about it, but it did get a laugh out of me :-)
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Animal behavior explained...

Now this explains my cat's behavior...
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Now that's some fine lootin' !

I received this month's lootcrate last night (woohoo!) and the physical goods were pretty cool.  A planet express ship model, star trek decals, a comic book for 4001 AD (not sure what it is, so I guess I'll need to read it) and some Rick & Morty stuff (which again, not familiar with the series, but considering I've received Rick & Morty gear before, I might need to check out the series).Recently,
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This week in music: Austria, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam

This week, once more in my quest to keep up with pop culture, my music homework from the billboard charts:AustriaBeauty Sucks by KezzyVerdict: Interesting song in the top singles this week for Austria.  I actually liked this one a lot (music and lyrics are good, the vocals though...I guess I am a fan of the nasal sounds...)New ZealandM.I.L.F.$ by FergieVerdict: Not on the top 40 yet, but it was
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Megaman fan film

Seems like this month's LootCrate futuristic theme comes with a MegaMan fan film to pump us up ;-)  I haven't seen a megaman fan film before (or have I?)
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This week in music in Greece, Russia, Brazil, and Portugal

This week, once more in my quest to keep up with pop culture, my music homework from the billboard charts:GreeceLost on You by LPVerdict: I actually liked it a lot. It's a bit odd to have an English language song as #1 in Greece, but the beat and tempo of the song is very right for Greece.RussiaSub Pielea Mea | #eroina by Carla's DreamVerdict: It's a little odd to have a song in Portuguese
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This week in Music - USA, Austria, Korea, and France...

This week, my music homework from the billboard chartsUSAOne Dance by Drake feat. WizKid and KylaVerdict: M...eh. It's OK as background music, but not really to my taste for music. Too "sleepy" and dream sequence. AustriaThe sound of Silence by DisturbedVerdict: I like the visual of the music video, but this song is way to melancholy for me. KoreaNot spring, love, or cherry blossoms (봄,사랑,벚꽃
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Agents of Yesterday official trailer

I was not convinced that I would be starting up a new character for this expansion, but after this trailer I am pumped!  I may just create a new UFP character, do the faction specific missions, and then just use DOFF missions to level up to level 60.  I might even skip most missions that I've done (at least) 4 times already. I guess this character falls into the tertiary category because
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Art imitates life: GamerCat

I had a good chuckle at this comic the other day.  I used to be like GamerCat - must collect all the trophies and badges...now I feel like I just want to enjoy the story, and any badges are incidental :-)
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Australia, Canada, Japan, and Germany - Music this week

In the quest to keep up to date with new music - this week I went with the charts for Australia, Canada, Japan, and GermanyMeghan Trainor - Me Too#1 in AustraliaVerdict: upbeat and cheeky.  I like it!Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners - This Girl#1 in GermanyVerdict: Reminds me a lot of early 2000s music that I listened to (or maybe it's just German music...). Either way - I like it! It's got a
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Star Trek Bridge Crew - pretty cool!

I was not expecting a game like this from UbiSoft (and, what the heck? is this blog turning into star trek all the time?!).  In any case,  this game seems quite interesting in terms of what it does with virtual reality.  Also seeing Star Trek Alumni getting into the game and seeing their enthusiasm about this is pretty infectious ;-)I tend to be more of a solo player, even within MMOs
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Star Trek Online - temporal Defense Reputation

Hey!  With the advent of a new expansion, coming later on this summer, we will have a new reputation! The Temporal Defense Reputation (how many reputations is that now?).  Along with the reputation you can earn, and the active and passive abilities,there is gear to be had!The ship gear actually looks pretty interesting.  Considering that my main character is flying the Lobi version
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Super Mario Maker - the movie

A little humor found recently on the interwebs...
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Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice

It is a little odd, for me, to be seeing a sonic game on a nintendo platform - but times have changed :) I am looking forward to this!
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Titanfall 2 trailer

Another interesting game coming out soon. I have the original TitanFall in my collection of games that I have yet to play, but the trailer makes it look promising ;-)  Maybe once I am done with Bully on the xbox I'll pick up Titanfall.  I still have loads of time before I get an xbox one LOL. No rush.
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Dishonored 2 looks interesting!

The trailer for Dishonored 2 looks pretty interesting!  The interesting games for xbox one keep piling up - I wonder if I can make it to the end of dissertation to buy one ;-)
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Risa Rising!

The Risa summer event is back on Star Trek Online!  I think that the event goes until July, at which point Agents of Yesterday drops. Risa and the Winter Wonderland are both seasonal favorites of mine :-)  As much as people look down upon playing "space barbie" (i.e. focusing on how your character and ship look instead of DPS), I am looking forward to rounding out the summer outfits for
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Watchdogs 2!

Nice!  There is a follow up...of some sort, for the game Watchdogs.  It seems that this game is not following the story of Aidan Pierce, the protagonist of the first Watchdogs. It also isn't taking place in Chicago, but rather it takes place in San Fransisco.   I think I'll have a ton of games to play once I am done dissertating if this keeps up ;-)
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Friday Music - Some Greek, some French, some English, and some Korean

In my quest to stay current with music, world music, I am looking at top 40 from around the world and randomly picking songs to sample.From the Italian Charts: Maître Gims - Est-ce que tu m'aimes ?Verdict: not bad.  Don't quite get the French (need the lyrics to get acclimated to sung French).  I'd listen to this again.From the US charts: Drake - One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)Verdict:
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Stargate Atlantis comic out!

A while back, on Kickstarter, I had seen a campaign to fund a continuation of Stargate: Atlantis.  I was intrigued, but the campaign had already ended.  The other day, while browsing the sci-fi section of my local comic book store, I saw the first issue of this comic out.  I don't generally buy comics in their "floppy" form, and I opt instead of buying collections that are more in book
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Independence Day humor

A little humor in comic strip form about the movie Independence Day 2
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2NE1 - 내가 제일 잘 나가 (I am the best)

I fell like I don't listen to a ton of new music lately - so I think every Friday I will look for something that's been released in the last couple of years and expand my music horizons... Maybe I'll keep Sundays as the music-rewind day. To kick off my "new" music - here's some KPOP from 2NE1 (twenty one?)
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Mandalorian's Revenge (SWTOR)

I am still working on the original content (haven't even gotten to expansions!), but the new chapter coming in a few days is looking interesting!
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Assassin's Creed: Discovery | Done!

In my quest to play through as many Assassin's Creed games as possible, I got a Nintendo 3DS last year (well, I've been wanting one for a while and this was just a good excuse), and hit eBay for cheap (used) copies of the game.  There have been 2 Assassin's Creed games for the DS, one taking place in Altair's time, and one in Ezio's time.  I chose to play Ezio first, and go with the other
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Star Trek Beyond: trailer 2

Now THIS trailer looks way better than the first one!  Of course the main question in my mind is this:  If the Enterprise gets destroyed in this one, what will the NCC 1701-A look like? ;-) And, will it come with new uniforms, sort of like Wrath of Khan, or will they go in an alternative direction?  Imagine if they went sort of like the uniforms that they (almost) used in Star Trek:
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Robbie Williams - Rock DJ

A little blast from the past (probably one of my favorite songs - love the beat)
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Nintendo Playstation

Back  when I was a teenager I was reading about this collaboration in the gaming magazines of the time (the few that I could afford to buy from the UK when I was living in Greece) and I could only imagine! Engadget did find one of these layout around the video is below.  Pretty cool to actually see one.  The rumors behind this (and the lack of internet to verify this info) also made
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24: Legacy

Woohooooaaaaa!  Fall semester is looking aweeeesome!  Working on my dissertation proposal AND a new 24 series! This looks pretty amazing!  Wonder if there will be some Jack Bower action in some part of it :)
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Daredevil | Season 2 done!

The other day I finished off watching Daredevil season 2 on Netflix.  I managed to steer clear of all of the spoilers  from friends and acquaintances on facebook talking about this.   In season 1 the main introductions (as far as super heroes and super villains go) were the Daredevil and the Kingpin.  This time around we were introduced to the Punisher, and got his backstory,
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Assassin's Creed Movie Trailer (woah!)

The trailer for the Assassin's Creed movie is out (with a date of December 21, 2016!) I can't wait!  I love that it's taking place during the Spanish Inquisition (so the games can't be messed up and completely mangled).  I wonder if that's Desmond or some other assassin.  Can't wait! (giant grin!)
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The Tamperer feat. Maya - If You Buy This Record Your Life Will Be Better

Music Friday! This week's pick (reminiscing) is The Tamperer feat. Maya - If You Buy This Record Your Life Will Be Better.  I think that this was the first Tamperer song that I head that summer I returned to Greece after a long hiatus :-)
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Renegades on final approach

Seems like the whole Paramount/CBS Lawsuit vs. Axanar is having additional ripple effects (at least that's my take on it). Along with the two cancelled fan productions I mentioned last week, Star Trek Renegades posted to the Kickstarter announcements yesterday some bittersweet news.  First, they will be making both episode 2 and episode 3 (now called Part I and II of the episode), even though
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Still going on with SWTOR...

You know... When I started playing SWTOR, I didn't think the game would be this long!  After playing Defiance for a bit (still playing, but not as much - maybe an hour or so per week), I thought that SWTOR would be light on story, and heavy on the end-game stuff (that requires people to subscribe for goodies). I am pretty happy to report that there is still a ton of story left in this game!I
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"The War of 1996” | A United World News Special

I love this Independence Day sequel promo.  Looks and feels like a news reporting segment. It gets you immersed into the alternative reality of the world. Can't wait for the movie to hit theaters!
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Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday

Woah! The third major expansion to star trek online has been announced! Taking advantage of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Star Trek Online is  doing a TOS themed expansion. This sounds pretty exciting as players can start a character from the start and explore strange new worlds through that lens. One of the starter packs also comes packed with ships from  the TOS era, as well as some
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Assassin's Creed Identity

I don't know how this escaped my notice (maybe too busy with school and everything else) but there is a new (to me) mobile game that was released this year.  I am actually wondering if there will be any more Nintendo 3DS games coming out that are assassin's creed games.  Seems to me that this would be a good candidate (along with the Chronicles lines of games).
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Woohoo! EGO upgrades based on XP :)

I like Defiance (the game), but as someone who usually plays solo, and has not joined a clan, leveling up can be a pain since leveling up (EGO level) was tied to pursuits that you did throughout the game (kill this many of this, level of that many of that, do all the missions in this arc, and so on).  That works fine for those who want to pursue those game goals, but for me, as a solo point-and-shoot
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Daredevil Season 1 | Done

I am most likely late to the party, but recently (just as season 2 was released) I started watching Daredevil on netflix.  I was curious to watch this made-for-streaming show, but the informal reviews I'd heard from friends made it sound marginal (at best).  In any case, having finished season 1 (spoilers to follow) I can say that I am actually liking this show much more than I thought I
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Stalled Trek: Prelude to Ax'd-We-Are (Parody)

A puppet based parody of Prelude to Axanar (a fan film).  Pretty funny ;-)
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Jason Bourne is Back!

Woot!  I can't wait! :-) Seems like Greece is in the movie ;-)
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Finally made it to level 9!

After 3 years of playing Ingress on my phone (on and off), I've made it to level 9.  Technically speaking I had already earned enough points to be promoted to level 9 several months ago, but since my achievements weren't keeping up with my XP I only now got a silver badge (in distance traversed I think) that allowed me to level up.  I guess I'll need to go out and do some event days.  I
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A little castlevania humor

This isn't laugh out loud funny - but it did manage to get a chuckle...
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Gameboy Zero

What a difference 20 years make :-) When I was in high school this would have seemed so awesome. Well, it still does, but the super nintendo and the genesis were the thing back then, and shoving it all into a gameboy form factor would have blown my mind!
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