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Editorial | A Geek’s Christmas List

Today is December 1st, and those of us Christmas fanatics can joyfully embrace every awesome hallmark of the season without feeling guilty for neglecting Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I managed to keep my excitement in hand enough to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up my Christmas tree, but that took an inhuman helping of patience (see what I did there?).  In honor of the official beginning of the Christmas season, I’ve scoured the internet for suggestions for any geek to add to their Christmas list (for themselves or for someone else) at nearly any price point. Continue reading

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Geek Services Review: Comixology

Recently I’ve made a pretty significant change to my life. It was a difficult decision, and it took me quite a while to think everything through. I’m talking, of course, about going all digital with my weekly comic reading. Since I’ve made the switch, I’ve been taking a closer look at the quality of the comic reading apps available, and by far the best one is Comixology.

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Around the Web April 11, 2014

In a rather surprising announcement yesterday, Comixology announced that they are becoming a subsidiary of Amazon. The digital comics outlet has made quite the name for itself the last few years, and even has the distinction of being the highest grossing non-game app in the iTunes store. It’s currently unclear what this acquisition will ultimately mean for users, but details will likely be coming soon.

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While I’m a fan of both companies, I do get concerned when too many things that I enjoy get clustered under one company. There is always a risk of the market being run by edict instead of by competition to be the best service.

Over the last couple decades there has been a consistent push to blame violent video games for the various violent events that occur in real life, such as the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook shootings.  While events such as these are tragedies to be certain, it is wholly incorrect to blame video games for the actions of these deranged individuals. In a recent article by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund  two more studies to the existing mountain of evidence to support the fact that violent video games do not increase violent tendencies in individuals.

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In the end, the only “evidence” to support the idea that video games cause violence, is anecdotal, which is, in fact, not evidence of any sort.

There has been some speculation lately about the fate of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and whether or not the show will get a second season. I think it’s safe to say that the show hasn’t been performing quite as well either ABC or Marvel would like, but that is not to say that the show isn’t performing. It has the highest ratings of any ABC show that night, it is not too far below the network’s average, and to be fair, they’re directly competing with N.C.I.S. which is one of the highest rated shows on TV right now. In all likelihood we will get at least one more season out of the show and if the ratings can turn around, maybe more.

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Hopefully the end of the season will gain some last minute momentum, thanks in part to its tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Webcomics are a wonderful thing. Personally, I start off my day by reading several rather enjoyable ones. The only real problem is that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them, especially the ones that come out daily. For those of you who have this issue, here’s a list of 17 webcomics that have wrapped up their runs and are available for you to read at your leisure. Among them is Starslip, which is one of my personal favorites, and 8-Bit Theater by Atomic Robo’s Brian Clevinger.

 

 

 

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Around the Web January 10, 2014

Throughout this week I am sure you have all been bombarded with new and interesting tech updates coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show. With all of the shiny new 4K TVs you might have missed the fact that 3D TVs are becoming a dying breed. When Vizio (who sells the most TVs in the US…who knew?) announced their new model lineup for 2014 there were no 3D TVs to be seen. Now you may say to yourself “It’s only one manufacturer, who cares?” but this is a big deal. With the largest US seller getting out of the 3D business, it’s only a matter of time before the higher end brands start to bail as well. It also doesn’t help that the few content providers who created 3D entertainment (ESPN chief among them) are abandoning the format.

I've always felt this looked more than a little stupid too.

I’ve always felt this looked more than a little stupid.

I’m personally glad to see this fad go. I’ve never been a particular fan of 3D since it requires me to wear a pair of glasses over my glasses, and I was dreading the thought that all entertainment would be headed that direction.

If you are anything like us, you’ve been salivating over the wait for season three of Sherlock. The bad news is that the season will come to an end once again, after its usual three episodes.  The good news is that seasons four AND five have already been plotted out. That’s right folks, we are definitely getting two more seasons of this fantastic show. Not only that, but the creators are claiming that these seasons will be some of their best work, full of exciting twists and turns. If you are in the UK, tune in Sunday for the season finale and then let the waiting begin. If you’re in the US, just… keep waiting.

If I promise to be very, very good can we have more? Please?

If I promise to be very, very good can we have more? Please?

If there is any rhyme or reason in determining the length of a British TV show, it has eluded me thus far.

Thanks to our wonderful Editor, I’ve got an awesome site to share with you all. Whether you’re a poor college student, hard working professional, or just thrifty, Sh*t You Can Afford is the site for you. The site provides a nice mix of useful and novel items, all available on Amazon for around $20. I’ve already started my random crap want list.

Think of all the random crap you can get with just one bill.

Think of all the random crap you can get with just one bill.

Maybe if I were the proud owner of  that portable door lock I could have prevented a couple of embarrassing moments involving bathrooms in Manhattan.

Finally we’d like to share with you the experiences of one of our fellow bloggers. It’s no secret that we are in love with books and that a great customer service experience makes any retail transaction, online or in person, that much better.  Our fellow bloggers The Leather Library share their pretty awesome experience with The Folio Society. Without having purchased anything, I’m already a fan.

Sooooo pretty...

Sooooo pretty…

For those of you in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas, come join us for MarsCon in Williamsburg next weekend. Despite living in the area for six years, this will be my first MarsCon (my timing has been off the last couple years).  I’ve heard great things and I’m really looking forward to it.

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