TV Times

TV Times published on 3 Comments on TV Times

The new remake of “V” sucks!

I am a fan of the original series and remember watching it as a young boy. I eagerly awaited this remake of the series, based on my memories of the original story. However, so far, I have been pretty disappointed.

Not much of anything has happened, and I have not seen the bits that I am really waiting for.
I want laser gun shootouts, groovy sunglasses, aliens revealing the lizards underneath their skins and plenty of small rodents being eaten.

Is it really to much to ask for more of the good stuff like in this image below?

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CSI : Google

CSI : Google published on 4 Comments on CSI : Google

Will this CSI show be the lamest of them all?

As nearly everyone on the planet already knows, there are three CSI shows going already, as well the Law & Order / SVU types shows, which really go hand in hand with them.

These shows are popular, but I would challenge you to find someone who is not expecting, in the back of thier mind, to see another one pop up in the near future.

As it is, the shows are shown in 200 countries with an audience of around 2 billion people.
They have had a large cultural impact, creating what has been termed “the CSI Effect“. This effect has created many situations in which juries often have unreasonable expectations of real-life forensics because of what they have seen on CSI.

However the CSI effect has a negative side too.
Criminals are learning form the shows, and are frequently covering up evidence that could be used to trace them

Due to all these shows, the numbers of people looking to study forensic science, has jumped dramatically worldwide.
All of these future Crime Scene Investigators are expecting the job to be just as glamorous and challenging as they see on TV.

Well, since I have a background in science, and also have friends involved in Forensics, I can tell you that they are all in for a serious shock.
Most of the time, these crimes are solved by labwork. And the ones doing the labwork are scientists.

Forensic Science is what it is called, and there is a good reason for that.
IT IS SCIENCE. You wear a lab coat, measure with pipettes, prepare agar samples and look at specimens under a microscope.
Of course, there are some exciting times too –  like burning stuff with a Bunsen flame, or when you unevenly balance samples in the centrifuge. (Science guys will know what THAT is all about)

But, you are not going to be running around, being the one who finds the single stray hair or miniscule drop of blood, which cracks the case. And even if you do, you won’t get the recognition. That goes to the Law Enforcement Officer who in charge of the case.

So, just be warned (again) that Television is NOT real life.
Real life is more boring and has less close-ups.

Internet Cookies

Internet Cookies published on 11 Comments on Internet Cookies

Would internet cookies taste like chips?

This comic is my way of saying Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street!
Like many other children around the world, I grew up with the Sesame Street Gang.
They taught me the following important life lessons:

– vampires are only really interested in counting, not blood sucking
– monsters are friendly & always hairy
– if you leave garbage on the sidewalk, grouchy creatures will infest the bins
– counting should not stop at ten. It needs to go to twelve.
– a bath is not complete without a rubber ducky
– waiters have the most amazing memories & can get everything wrong without fear of being fired
Super Grover is the most awesome, yet useless superhero ever (and he is cute too!)
– Mr Hooper is not coming back 🙁

Thank you Mr. Henson.  Thank you all the actors, producers, writers, puppeteers, techies, and musicians that have brought Sesame Street to life for so many children for so long.

By the way – what the hell is Snuffleupagus anyway???
Leave me a comment if you know.

Augmented laziness

Augmented laziness published on 4 Comments on Augmented laziness

This is what happens when augmented reality becomes too accessible.

How long will it be until we all rely on augmented reality way too much?
Like we already do, with mobile phones, internet, social media and google.

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery – creating a mixed reality. The augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements.

Augmented reality has actually been around for years (eg: sports scores overlaid on TV during a match screening, or a “heads up” display for a Fighter Pilot).

However, having it accessible through mobile devices is about to take this to a whole new level.
This will be the new way to get information. Having this technology integrated with mobile devices makes it so easily accessible that we will not think twice before accepting what it says as the truth.

Augmented reality is already abeing used in many different iPhone apps and online.
Check out these 35 Awesome Augmented Reality Examples.

It is going to offer us a whole new world, which s ome will choose to keep their distance from, and others will attempt to live inside of constantly.

For me, I look forward to the day that I can use the technology to guide me to where I left my car keys.