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A Video Teases a Breaking Bad Spin-Off

POSTED ON October 8th  - POSTED IN Community, country, Entertainment, music, news, Opinion, television, videos

Junior Brown – Better Call Saul, A Breaking Bad Spin-Off

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To be truthful, I am not a fan of Breaking Bad.  While I think it is well written, produced, and directed with a great cast, I just could not get into the series. In other words, I can understand why so many people are crazy for the series.

AMC has announced a spin-off, Better Call Saul.  It is a prequel to the hit series. While there is not much being said about the series as of yet, AMC did post a video featuring Junior Brown. The lyrics are by the show’s creators. I think the song and the video are both excellent.

You can find out more about this upcoming television series at AMC. They have a few teaser videos there as well.  Better Call Saul will launch in February of 2015.

TGGN 2013.04.30

POSTED ON December 6th  - POSTED IN Entertainment, games, Gaming, news, Opinion, Podcasts, Through Gamer Goggles
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TGGN 4-30-2013 Through Gamer Goggles News 2013.04.30

 

Blinded by Science

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The music to open and close this week’s episode is Thomas Dolby.

 

Magic: The Gathering has been selected to be featured in a new fantasy exhibit debuting at Seattle’s EMP Museum this weekend. The Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit will display several key pieces from Magic’s archive of incredible world-building imagery alongside artifacts from other pop-culture and fantasy phenomenons including Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and more. The exhibit kicks off with an opening celebration tomorrow, Friday, April 26.

During the exhibit fans will get a first-hand look at some of Magic’s unique elements and rich illustrations, including original alpha and beta cards and key art from Magic’s top fantasy artists and designers. In addition, visitors who attend the opening night celebration on April 26th will have the opportunity to meet some of Magic R&D’s most creative minds, including Senior Designer Mark Rosewater and Senior Director of Magic R&D Aaron Forsythe.

Please let me know if you need anything else and, in the meantime, I’ve included some additional information about the exhibit below.

Best,

-Mark

 

About the EMP’s Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic Exhibit:

 

Organized by EMP Museum, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic is the first exhibition of its kind to examine the proliferation of the fantasy genre in literature, film, television, and video games.  From classic folklore to epic tales of good and evil, the exhibition content spans more than four centuries and includes an authentic 16th century suit of armor, rare costumes from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, and original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Contemporary works are also featured with artifacts from Xena: Warrior Princess, Game of Thrones, and the Harry Potter series.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://www.empmuseum.org/.

Evaluating Dragon’s Maze

 

AnCon Special Guests

Tabletop RPG to tablets

EA lets go of more Key employees

Just to share:

robotech RPG interviews from MTV Geek:

Scented oils

 

 

Good Luck MJ!

POSTED ON November 30th  - POSTED IN news

We here at Indie Nation couldn’t be prouder of M.J. who is up for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award from the NASCAR Foundation. If M.J. wins tonight the Starlight Children’s Foundation will receive $100,000. Regardless of the outcome however, Michael and the Starlight Children’s Foundation are already winners, as Michael placing in the top four means the foundation has already been awarded $25,000.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation  offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and web offerings that enable them to provide ongoing support for children and families – from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. Their programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families with others facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.

 

In Communities:

Starlight hosts family activities and outings that give families a chance to have fun together away from the hospital so they can relax, regroup and return home with a renewed sense of strength and hope. The events also build connections between families struggling with similar issues to combat feelings of isolation.

In Hospitals:

Starlight partners to bring entertainment technology that helps kids fill hours in hospitals or treatment centers with therapeutic fun; find distraction during long or painful medical procedures; access Starlight’s online educational programs and communities; stay connected with the outside world and keep up with school work during extended hospitalizations.

Additionally, they also partner to build custom-branded playrooms, kid-friendly treatment rooms and special events that help ease the loneliness, fear and boredom that accompany hospital stays

 Online:

Starlight delivers educational programming via online interactive games, ezines, webisodes, a comic book and websites to help sick children understand common hospital procedures and manage illnesses and injuries such as cancer, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, asthma, Crohn’s and colitis, severe burns and kidney disease.

 

The 2012 Betty Jane Humanitarian Award will be awarded tonight LIVE on the Speed Network at 8/7 c tune in to see if Michael wins!

We wish you the best of Luck M.J. and we are proud to have been a part of your journey!! 

2012.02.27 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Episode 011

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We started tonight’s show off with some music from the wonderful Polina Kourakina.

We played:

  • Dance With Me
  • Not Done Dancing Yet
  • Liquor and Wine

You can find Polina Kourakina at:
Polina’s Web Site
Facebook
You can buy her music at:

You can buy her CD at CD Baby:

Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry

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In a recent story, wired.com has announced that Anonymous and Wikileaks will be working together to release 5 million e-mails that were retrieved from servers at Strafor, a private intelligence firm.  Anonymous states that releasing this information on Wikileaks will allow for sifting through the mass of e-mails more efficiently.  In a statement from Stratfor, they claim that the e-mails should not publicly embarrass the company.

Our next news article came from Arstechnica.com

FBI turns off 3,000 GPS trackers after Supreme Court ruling

Andrew Weissmann, the general counsel for the FBI, announced that they are switching off thousands of GPS devices that are used for surveillance after the recent Supreme Court decision this past month.  The recent ruling states that GPS devices attached to the underbody of a car require a valid warrant.  The FBI is developing new guidelines in how they will use these devices.

Plesk control panel bug left FTC sites (and thousands more) exposed to Anons

A very serious vulnerability has been found in versions of Parallels Plesk Control Panel software.  This is very troubling due to the fact that this is one of the most popular control panel software programs currently available.  The vulnerability allows a hacker to make significant changes to user accounts and files.  This allows them to gain root access and install custom software.  Anyone that uses Plesk and does not keep their control panel up to date on a regular basis is encouraged to upgrade to the most recent micro-patch of your available version.

We went to some music by The Hush Now

  • Cameraphone
  • Sitting on a Slow Clock
  • The Glow

You can find The Hush Now at:
Myspace
Facebook
Twitter
Mevio’s Music Alley

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47 million

Cnet.com reports that Google recently sold off their $47 million dollar stake in Clearwire.  Google has not made a public statement on why they have decided to unload Clearwire, but, the huge losses Clearwire has been seeing in recent years might be an indicator.  Clearwire is hoping that the 5,000 LTE sites it plans on having operational mid next year will change their current course.

Google Aims to Offer Kansas City TV

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Google, Inc. has applied in the past week to provide video service to residents of Kansas City, Missouri.  This sets the stage for Google offering a Cable-TV like service in addition to the high-speed internet service they plan on marketing later this year. This would place Google into competition with satellite and cable TV providers.  They are looking to launch this TV service in the coming months.

Google, Apple sued over Street View Technology

According to CNET, a recent lawsuit has been filed against Google and Apple stating that they infringed on a patent filed in mid-2003.  The patent covers an interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images.  The law suit claims that Google’s street view product is in violation and that Google and Apple were both aware of this before releasing their Street View product.  The company filing the suit is named PanoMap Technologies and they don’t even have a website.

Then, we had music from Beatnik Turtle
We played:

  • How Did I Google This?

You can find Beatnik Turtle at:
Beatnikturtle.com
Myspace
Twitter
The song of the day.com

Then, we played some music by Tom Smith:

  • Cruisin’ For Chicks On Google Maps

You can find Tom Smith at:
Tom Smith Online.com
Mevio’s Music Alley
Tom Smith at The FuMP.com

Then we had some more music by Beatnik Turtle

  • Beatnik Turtle – On Her Blog
  • Beatnik Turtle – Cube Farm

Buckyball Solids Found In Space

Extragalactic Space Balls

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Last year, scientists found gaseous clouds of buckyballs.  Astronomers have now discovered these carbon balls in solid form about 6,500 light-years from earth.  Buckyballs are microscopic spheres where 60 carbon atoms are arranged with alternating patterns of hexagons and pentagons in a football like pattern.  This makes the structures incredibly strong and perfect for making superconducting materials, medicines, water purification systems, and armor.  The particles they have discovered are miniscule and are much thinner than the width of a human hair.

Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results May Be Due to Bad Cables

This one comes from wired.com.  In past broadcasts, we discussed tests that claimed to have sent neutrinos faster than the speed of light.  This, however, seems to not be due to a scientific breakthrough, but, due to bad cabling.  The issue they detected was a faulty fiber optic connection that brought the GPS signal to the experiment’s master clock.  This caused the GPS to provide the wrong timestamps during the synchronization between events.  The OPERA collaboration is looking to perform new measurements of the neutrino velocity as soon as they continue operations in March.
Then, we played some music from Chris Ayer. 
We played:

  • Starfish In The Front Yard
  • Evaporate
  • The Center Ring

You can find Chris Ayer at:
Myspace
Facebook
Bandcamp.com
Twitter
Mevio’s Music Alley

Code Hero raises over $100,000 for shooter that teaches Computer Programming

Our last news of the night was from Arstechnica.com.  Code Hero recently completed its Kickstarter project and successfully raised over $170,000.  Over 7,400 backers showed support for the product and are able to download and install a beta version of the game.  Code Hero is a co-op first person science shooter that allows you to manipulate code with a code gun.  Code Hero uses a gaming atmosphere in an educational manner to teach programming concepts.  The game uses the Unity Game Engine and is actively being developed.

Next we played some music by Bill Mecca

  • Grover’s Tune

You can find Bill Mecca at:
Billmecca.com
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2012.02.17 – The LumpCast with Special Guest Jamie Gray

Welcome to this week’s LumpCast. Remember, you can always join Lumpy live for the stream of the show on Fridays at 10 PM to Midnight almost every Friday night. This week, Boz stayed on the show with me and we are joined by guest Jamie Gray…. Read the show notes! At some point and time, I will tell you how to get some FREE stuff!

Read More and Listen!

2012.01.23 – Pick of the Day – Heart to Heart

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Often, I feel totally overwhelmed by my in-box.  If I took these companies up on their offers, my schlong would be so large that I would need a wheel barrel to walk about, I would know secrets that would make any woman want to choke on it, and I would be able to keep it stiff for weeks on end. I would also be debt-free and obscenely wealthy likely by helping people in Nigeria funnel millions from estates with no living heirs.   That, however,  is not the type of mail I am talking about though, Thunderbird eats that stuff like bees do nectar.

2012.01.09 – Tech Net News and Opinion

POSTED ON January 14th  - POSTED IN site
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Tech Net News and Opinion – 2012.01.09

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Tonight’s live streaming news show staff members and participating listeners will share and discuss, a WAP security flaw, an app to help you boycott SOPA, Gorilla Glasses and Ramnit. In between it will feature the music of Andrew Bonnis, Polina Kourakina, Sea Monkey, Mercury Project and many more!

2012.01.03 – Pick of the Day – Rob Montague

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Rob Montague and The Flat Earth Society, January 4, 2012  at The House of Blues, Cleveland, Ohio

Rob Montague photo by Eric Leiser Photography

We don’t really need a reason to do a pick of the day, short of having a reason to do one.

It could be that the artists is just good, they might have a track that is relevant to what day it is, or they might be doing a show.  Maybe we just felt like it… The only standard is the, same as at the station, it must be great independent music.

In the cast of Rob Montague and The Flat Earth Society, it is a case of two out of three. He is playing a live gig in Cleveland tomorrow and he is a very good musician. Join us for this pick of the day as we feature his songs; And She Said Hello and Brand New Day from his Album “Farewell Song”.

Tech Net News and Opinion 003

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Greetings Listeners, In this episode we will spin some great indie music and discuss OpenDNS, Native Client, debunking of the bandwidth hog, more woes for Adobe, and browser security.

As usual, we started with some music:

  • We started with a few from Brother Love
    • Soccer Girl
    • Push
  • From Alice Cooper
    • I’m Eighteen
    • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • From Chance
    • Independent
    • Finger on the Trigger Makes a Man Feel Bigger

Band Width Hog Myth Debunked

A study done by DSL Reports seems to beating up a falacy. TechDirt reports that the myth of the “bandwidth hog” has long been used as a justification for band width caps. To be brief and short, the study can find no data to back the ISPs claims. The article at TechDirt also states that, since many ISPs will not provide any data to back their claims, they are and have been well aware of the fact that the bandwidth hog is not disruptive.

Back to the queue for more music:

Google Chrome Reported to be the Most Secure Browser

Ars Technica tells us of a study done by Accuvant Labs regarding the security of Explorer, Chrome and Firefox quote:

The research was funded by Google, which might make any reasonable person suspicious of its conclusions. Accuvant insists that Google gave it “a clear directive to provide readers with an objective understanding of relative browser security” and that the conclusions in the paper “are those of Accuvant Labs, based on our independent data collection.” Accuvant also made the supporting data available as a separate download so that it can be scrutinized by other researchers.

The article states that the 102 page report is very fair and the lab stated it will update the report as the browsers continue to develop.

Introducing DNSCrypt

Quoting the OpenDNS web site:

DNSCrypt has the potential to be the most impactful advancement in Internet security since SSL, significantly improving every single Internet user’s online security and privacy.

Although only currently available on the Mac platform. The design uses encryption but not SSL to communicate with OpenDNS and keep everything private and confidential. It is described as lightweight and the site claims it would eliminate spoofing, spying and any man in the middle attacks.
More music:
  • Three from Jeff Ronay
    • Michael Angels Cosmic Grab Bag
    • Someone Took the Money
    • Open the Pod Door Hal

More Woes for Adobe and Flash

CNET is reporting the the troubles for Flash just won’t seem to stop. The Adobe company’s Reader program has vulnerabilities. Similar problems are reported in Flash Player In both the Mac and Window versions the program can be hacked to crash and the culprit can gain control of the computer.

The article states that it gets around the Internet Explorer sandbox on windows machines. It also states that it is unknown how or if it works in other browser. While some versions of Adobe products have fixed the problem, others are not expected to be mended for about a month. The article suggest using alternative products.

New Windows Defender Runs Outside Windows

CNET reports via an instructional article that the newer version of Windows Defender will be able to run outside of the Windows OS. The malware protection software will be available in both 32 and 64 bit versions and could be run off a thumbdrive, CD, or DVD. The program is under 300 MB in size and also offers the option of saving it as an ISO file vs. an executable program.

A few more songs:

  • From Pale Hollow
    • Rolling Through The Days
    • Satisfied Mind

“Native Client” Showcased at Google

After hearing about this one, I asked “how can one not be impressed”. According to a post at CNET, Google had unveiled a project it has kept under wraps for three years. Native Client, as it is called, is claimed to improve browser performance by by two to ten times.

To demonstrate this, they played games in a browser tab… games normally played in a console. Those who viewed the demonstration claim that the games moved smoothly and performed well. Native Client, also dubbed NaCl, is open source.

The goals, according to the Google spokesperson are to bring more to the web and security. They state they are in the “prove it” state of the technology. The review at CNET is more extensive and has a very impressive video of the platform in action. Native Client is to go public in 2012.

Mother Refuses to Give up on Baby Pronounce Dead

This one was a last minute addition thanks to Cleta and Meshelly.

We closed it out with three more songs:

  • From MC Lars
    • What Is Hip-Hop?
    • Distant Planet
    • The Giving Tree

2011.11.04 – Boz and Lump – Live

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Mostly from Lumpy’s Live Archives

Paul and Storm performing a song on the thrust...

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This is a show that originally streamed live on Friday, 4 November, 2011.  We went with mostly material that Lump captured Live. We must caution the listeners that it originally streamed late at night and that the material should be considered “NSFW” or Not Safe for Work.

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