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You can't please everyone

A little humor from this weekend's video game related comics :-)
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Death of Halo

I came across this video on Reddit the other day. I thought it would actually be a much more in-depth analysis of the game series, but it just seems like a whole lot of kvetching about Halo 5.  Since I don't yet have an xbox one I can't really say much about Halo 5, but Halo 4 wasn't really all that bad - if I remember correctly.
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Launch trailer - Wolfenstein New Colossus

The launch trailer for the next Wolfenstein game, a game that picks up where the previous game left off - with a Nazi occupied american continent, is now available.  So many games to play once I am done with my dissertation ;-).  Make American Nazi-Free Again!
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The chemical brothers - Galvanize

I was reminded of this song this past week (usually comes to mind when technology misbehaves and you have to push a button :p )
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Street Fighter V arcade trailer

It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since Street Fighter was originally released... I am also surprised that there is no Xbox One release for the game.  I guess I will be playing it on Steam...(at some point in the way way way future)
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Music Rewind: Cranberries

Haven't thought of the cranberries in ages, but a show I was watching on Amazon this past week reminded of this song.
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Max Payne - 16 years later

Hard to believe that 16 years have passed since this game kicked off! Yes, even though I just finished this series of games (recently...within the last 6 months?) it's interesting to hear a retrospective :-)
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Halo Wars | Done!

This past weekend (and after about 20 hours of playtime) I finished Halo Wars on the xbox 360. I've been kind of avoiding Halo Wars because it's an RTS game (real time strategy) and I haven't really gotten very much into an RTS since Warcraft II: The tides of darkness (which I played back in 1996 on my Performa 635).  In this game, unlike most other Halo games, your protagonist is just a regular
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Music Rewind: Indila - Derniere Danse

Not all that old, but I was just reminded of the song the other day on a dance show.  It's funny that I was vaguely aware of the song when it came out, but I never bothered to put it on any playlists...and it was summarily forgotten (I blame MOOCs...and school :p)
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This week in new musis - Jiggy

This comes from a facebook recommendation. When I first saw the video (without music on) I thought it was people replicating the music video dance (a la macarena) - but nope. This is the video :pSilent Place by JiggyVerdict: Very riverdance-y.  Not bad, just not sure what to make of it...
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Review: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key

Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was the third in the "legacies" trilogy that I started reading this past summer. Fun book. I wouldn't say that the TOS crew is "my" crew (was introduced to Star Trek with TNG), but it was a fun novel to listen to (audiobook format), and it does give a bit more background into "number 1" (Majel Barrett's character
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Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory | Done

[Spoilers] My quest to complete all current Splinter Cell games is complete!  Last week (right before the semester start) I got to finish the last of the original Splinter Cell trilogy on the xbox. The game was originally released for the original xbox, but though the magic of backward compatibility I played this on my 360. This game played fairly well in compatibility mode. The compatibility
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Review: Best Defense

Best Defense by David MackMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting continuation of Captain-to-Captain. I was unaware McCoy had any kids. Fascinating - as Spock would say. I find this alternate universe quite interesting. No hunger, no pain, no being tired...is it all in their minds?  I know that Star Trek has explored the mirror universe (well, they just scratched the surface), but it would
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PS Vita revival? :p

I love the whipping that the Playstation Vita gets from time to time ;-).  It's not that I didn't want the system to succeed, but between the lack of support and the many proprietary features...well it was begging to be on top of the dirt pile :-)
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Terminator - A-Team Mashup

Well, let it not be said that the internet has not enabled people to be creative ;-).  Now I want to see the A-Team interacting with main characters in this A-Team universe ;-)
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Music Rewind: Mmmbop

😂LOL. Έκανα μια γρήγορη αναζήτηση στο google να δω τι άλλα τραγούδια από το 1997 είχα ξεχάσει και πέτυχα αυτό. Τι γέλιο! Όντως το είχα ξεχάσει επειδή δεν το έχω σε κάποια λίστα στο iTunes αλλά εδώ στον Βοστόνη το έπαιζε το ράδιο συνέχεια
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Music Rewind - Walking on the sun

Τα κοινωνικά δίκτυα αυτή την εβδομάδα μου θύμισαν άλλο ένα τραγούδι που είναι φέτος 20 χρονών… Λες να αρχίζω να ανησυχώ πως ξέρω παραπάνω “παλιά” τραγούδια παρά καινούργια;.
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This week in Russia

It seems that it's been a while since I've listed to Russian music...so I guess I'll make August Russian-music month. This isn't a new song, but I'm still looking for updated russian charts.  The song is Под звуки поцелуев, which translates to "the sound of kisses". Под звуки поцелуев by Ольга БузоваVerdict: My Russian is beyond rusty (falling part,
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Star Trek Online, Season 14

With Star Trek Las Vegas upon us, STO has announced some really interesting stuff coming down the pike, including captain Georgi LaForge, revamped Galaxy-class ships, and TNG Skants! I think that last one made me smile uncontrollably ;-)  The Lukari and the Kentari seem to be kissing and making up for past aggression, and the Jem Hadar are back! When I saw the trailer (below) yesterday I expected
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Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow | Done

Continuing with my exploration of "the classics" (of two console generations ago), I've been playing Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. The game originally came out for the original xbox, and I've been playing it on backward compatibility.  I didn't really notice any hickups in the single player game.   The title comes from the main bad guy of the series, Sadono, who calls his sleeper cells
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This week in Greece

I was actually looking to go to my mail the other day, when I mistakely put in μα in my URL bar... Instead of mail, it took me to search results where I discovered a new song...Μα Εγώ by Στέλιος ΡόκκοςVerdict: κλαψουριάρικο χαχα.  Εντάξει, δεν είναι και άσχημο, αλλά πρέπει να είσαι προετοιμασμένος για
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This week in US music

I came across this quite clip serendipitous while looking for something else.  It bubbled up I think while I was looking for some other music.  It's new to me... so - it's this week's new music for me ;-) I guess #nsfw if you don't want the "fuck" and its derivatives on your speakers at work :-)Woman by KeshaVerdict: Catchy and it's got a good beat. Something for the playlist
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New Discovery trailer

This one is from the recent San Diego comic con, for the upcoming Star Trek series.  It seems interesting.  While I do like Star Trek, and I will watch the broadcast pilot, I don't know if I am a hardcore-enough fan to shell out money for All Access.  Just put it on Netflix and Hulu and be done with it :p.  Looking at some of the consume designs, they seem pretty interesting, but
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This week in serendipitous music...

I came across this music video last week, by chance, while looking at my work's google alerts (one of them being for the term 'linguistics').  I guess  I had to listen to it!Switch out by Taim feat. LinguisticsVerdict: Not bad... the end was a little abrupt, and I am not sure why "linguistics" is the name of the vocalist, but whatever... Not a bad track, but definitely lacking in the connections
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive by Brannon BragaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting post-nemesis cross-over between TNG crews and Titan (how else would you get Troy and Riker back?). The story is pre-JJ (where we already see B4 as having morphed into data), and this comic sets the stage for that to happen. A future Locutus, after the Borg have conquered everything, sends Data into
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Miss Jane - It's a fine day

A colleague's facebook post reminded me of this song the other day.  I haven't heard an ATB song in ages.  Need to see if anything new has come out.
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The Crystal Method - Name of the Game

From the Splinter Cell soundtrack (and also the intro song for the first splinter cell). I didn't find an actual music video for this but here is a fan made video using the last game in the series (Blacklist).  I actually don't remember hearing this on the radio back in the day, I've only known it as a game soundtrack.
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Splinter Cell | Done! (again)

Damn it Fisher!  That's one alarm too many! The mission is over!  Recently I completed the original Splinter Cell - the game that kicked off the series - via backward compatibility on my xbox 360.  I've been wanting to go back and play these games to get the complete story arc of this game series, but on Windows you generally cannot find Pandora Tomorrow (or is it Chaos Theory?) because
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This week in Greek music

Αυτή την εβδομάδα είπα να ρίξω μια ματιά στο YouTube να δω τι παίζει ως προς το Ελληνικό. Αυτό το κομμάτι μου το πρόβαλε, βάση άλλων τραγουδιών που είχα ψάξει παλιότερα. Δεν ξέρω, είναι independent καλλιτέχνης η κοπέλα; ή είναι καινούργια
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Music Rewind - Ευρυδίκη: το μόνο που θυμάμαι

Κάτι, κάποιος, είπε στα νέα την περασμένη εβδομάδα που θύμησε αυτό το τραγούδι. Δεν θυμόμουν πως ήταν από το 1991!.
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Review: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars [SPOILERS] Quite an interesting adventure that kickstarts at least 2 new groups of crews in the Kelvin-timeline of Star Trek. I'd read more of this. The comic starts off with the TOS crew, when they were in their academy days (well Kirk, Spock, and Uhura...and a little bit of Chekov), but it really focuses mostly a new
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This week in Greek charts

Αυτή την εβδομάδα το MAD μου λεει πως αυτό το τραγούδι είναι το #2 τραγουδί στα τσάρτ στην Ελλάδα (το πρώτο δεν είναι ελληνικό τραγούδι). Ζητήματα Ζωής by Σάκης ΡουβάςVerdict: Γενικά μου αρέσουν τα τραγούδια του Σάκη, αλλά αυτό το
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Original castlevania, in Unreal!

The things one finds  on YouTube!Here is a play-through of a fan made remake of the original Castlevania in the Unreal Engine.  Pretty interesting!
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Coolio feat L.V. Gangsta's Paradise

Ένα τραγούδι που ήρθε στον νου από τότε που ήμουν στο λύκειο. Από το Soundtrack της ταινίας Dangerous minds..
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Review: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain

Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg CoxMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting kick off to the 50th anniversary novel special (if you'd call it that). This story deals with characters that were seen in the original pilot (the one that was never picked up), with Number One (Majel Barrett's character) coming to Kirk's enterprise to take a piece of tech that allow s for interdimentional
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Metroid: Samus Returns

One of the games I forgot to look for a trailer for last week was Metroid: Samus Returns, which is a modern version of Metroid II which came out in 1992 (25 years ago!!!) for the original GameBoy.  A good friend of mine had this game (and had beat it).  As was common back then, we traded game cartridges and I tried to beat this game by starting at the beginning, but I found it frustrating.
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Music Rewind - Eat it

Εδώ και κάτι εβδομάδες μου έχει κολήσει στο μυαλό το τραγούδι του Weird Al το οποίο λέγεται Eat It και είναι μια παροδία του τραγουδιού Beat it του Michael Jackson. Όχι πως είναι και κάτι που θα τραγουδούσε κανείς έξω (αν και θες να σε πάρουν
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Chasing the infinite sky

I came across this (really short) fan film a few weeks ago but I had not had time to watch it up until now.  The design aesthetic is definitely NuTrek, but that doesn't bother me.  It does fit within the CBS/Paramount fan-film guidelines, and in doing so it really lacks much engagement.The more brutal star trek fans out there say that it sucks, for a variety of reasons, including that it's
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This week in Quebec music

Δεν ξερω κατά πόσο είναι καινούργιο αυτό το τραγούδι, αλλά είναι κατι που ανακάλυψα μέσω χριστίνας αυτή την εβδομαδα.La folie by LGRVerdict: Αν και με τα γαλλικά δεν τα πάω και τόσο καλά, αρκετά καλό τραγούδι (και ας μην τα πιάνω όλα).
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Star Trek: Legacy by Patrick Collins

I came across this re-cut of Star Trek the Motion Picture using Daft Punk's soundtrack from Tron:Legacy.  Pretty interesting!
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Resident evil, all wrapped up

This past weekend I took the opportunity to wrap up the resident evil movie collection and saw Resident Evil: Retribution, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.  I had seen Resident Evil: Afterlife in the theaters in 2010, but I had been putting off the rest.  All movies pick up from another another (well, at least the last three did), so I think they are better seen consecutively :-).Resident
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Music Rewind - Bloody tears

The stuff one finds on YouTube! While looking up something else the other day I came across a compilation of all versions of Bloody Tears - the Castlevania theme song) from games that it's been composed in.  Here is the breakdown:Simons Quest: 0:00Castlevania IV: 2:40Bloodlines: 5:31Dracula X: 7:18Symphony of the Night: 9:47Symphony of the Night (V2): 14:44Legends: 20:15Chronicles: 22:22Dawn
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This week in trailer music

I was looking at the most recent Humble Bundle (E3 2017 games) and this was the background Duke Nukem's Bulletstorm Tour.  Killin' It by KrewellaVerdict: Definitely my kind of music.  Need to look up the album💓
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New from Nintendo at E3 2017

Some really nice looking games announced by Nintendo at E3 yesterday.  Some on the switch, some on the 3DS.  I like the concept of the switch, but I can't really justify getting one considering that most of what I want to play is on the xbox one...Super Mario Odyssey trailer: Yoshi Trailer: Kirby Trailer:
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Crackdown 3

I love Terry Crews ;-)  Now all this game needs is a Jake Peralta recruit haha.I wonder if I need an Xbox One X to run this.  I seriously don't see a reason to buy an xbox one X over an xbox one S given my own gaming habits.
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Wolfenstein II trailer (woot!)

Fresh from this week's E3There appears to be a sequel to Wolfenstein: A new Order coming out for the xbox one called Wolfenstein II: A new Colossus.  Looking forward to this installation of kicking Nazi butt in an alternative reality
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Assassin's Creed Origins

Yesterday, at this year's E3 conference, we got new of the next Assassin's Creed.  I guess the rumors (or wild wishes?) from some fans came true:  Old Egypt (looks like Roman times) is now the setting of the next game which will chronicle the beginning of the brotherhood.  Can't wait!  Wonder if it will have an Ancient Aliens vibe ;-)
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This week in Eurovision

I completely forgot about the Eurovision results a week or so ago.  This year Portugal won. It seems that non-pop songs end up winning (or perhaps songs that are not part of the pack), so when people bet on pop, they end up losing. Just an anecdotal observationAmar Pelos Dois by Salvador SobralVerdict: Not bad, but also not my cup of tea for day to day listening.
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Off to Mile End Summer!

Perfectly planned! or is this called serendipity to be here while this is happening without planning it? ;-)
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STO summer event is upon us!

Next week the summer event starts in STO.  Looks like a T6 Vorgon dreadnaught is the main prize (really wish I could get the first two summer ships that I never bothered getting....and not in a Phoenix pack!)
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Syndicate | Done!

Recently I completed the game Syndicate on the xbox 360 (continuing to make my way though my backlog of games) :-).  The game is based on the game which has the similar name from a little over 20 years ago, by developed BullFrog.  The original syndicate game was a DOS and MacOS game (I am pretty sure it was on the Amiga as well) where the player started their own corporation with the aim
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Castlevania - the TV Series!

It seems like Netflix  has a Belmont up its sleeve!  Soon (I hope) an anime-style Castlevania series will be hitting Netflix.  I think that this teaser trailer is well done (hope the series is well done too!).  I wonder how they will tackle the lore...
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This week in US charts

Number one this week in the US is a song I've heard before, so here is #2 (which was last week's #1).That's what I like by Bruno MarsVerdict: Interesting music video.  The R&B doesn't do much for me, but it's not a bad song. Something for the listen-while-drive mix.
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Throwing money at Nintendo...

From last week's gamercat...  As much as I want to throw money at Nintendo for the switch, I can't justify the cost and game availability (and cost thereof).  As a child of the 90s though....Nintendo! (i.e. irrational behaviors at times)
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Commendations complete!

Holy Chalupa, Batman!After close to 5 years of playing this Star Trek Online (since it went Free to Play basically) my primary character (Tolya Kotrolya) has finally maxed out all of his commendations!  The elusive commendation was the "recruitment" commendation which for the Federation folk it seems pretty hard to get (unless you want to sacrifice a whole bunch of uncommon and rare Duty Offices
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Review: The Butcher of Anderson Station

The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite an interesting background story for Fred. I don't remember if I saw this on the TV show, I guess I need to rewatch. Sets up an interesting juxtaposition between Earth/Mars and the Belters, and provides some history for the Belters. View all my reviews
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This week in Eurovision 2017 (Finalists)

Hey! It's Eurovision time again! Just like in previous years it crept up on  me.  This year both Greece and Cyprus are in, and here are their respective songs. Both songs are very eurovision-y. Don't get me wrong, I like pop songs, but they seem to lack a national character.  English has taken over as the language of communication, there isn't even a refrain in another languageThis
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GoFCCyourself!

Seriously, watch this.... and then gofccyourself.com :-) 
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This week in Mexican charts

The top song for this week seems to be the same as a few weeks ago...so let's bump down to #3Te Regalo by Ulices Chaidez y Sus PlebesVerdict: Definitely an acquired taste (sort of how certain Greek music is an acquired taste if you haven't grown up listening to it :-)  )
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Star Trek Online: Season 13 - Escalation

Escalation hit the interwebs last week, and having played a bit this weekend it's not bad!  The Smoke & Mirrors mission reminded me a little of Star Wars (the aesthetic), and a little bit of Captain Planet (the "don't mess up your planet by polluting, Kids!)I played a bit in the competitive warzone queues and the space one is definitely my favorite or the two. The ground missions (invisible
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Battlefield 4 | Done!

The other day I wrapped up the campaign part of Battlefield 4 (which is really the only part of most games I play).  I was originally thinking that it would pick up from Battlefield 3, but this game seems to be (more or less) self contained.  With the exception of meeting "dima" in one of the stages in the middle part of the game.  Dima being one of the characters involved in the previous
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This week in France

Seems like the #1 song this week in France (according to Billboard anyway) is a song I've heard before, so I dropped won to #5 to see something new to me.Chocolat by feat. Awa ImaniVerdict: I was prepared to not like this song (autotune seems a little overdone), but I rather liked it. Something to add to the playlist...
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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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