Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Fallen

[immediate nerd news]
It's official. Torrent capital of the world The Pirate Bay has been sold off to a Swedish software firm. The firm (no Nas) Global Gaming Factory X has agreed to the deal which will net the founders of TPB a cool 60 million in Swedish crowns (~ $7.7 million in real money aka USD). The money will come in handy as the founders were fined $3.6 million last year as well as sentenced to one year in jail for their world domination scheme, one torrent at a time. So as we send one torrent site into the night, torrenters will only have a limited amount of about hundreds of torrent sites to choose from. What ever will they do???
[/nerd news]

Transformers 2: Electric Boogaloo Revenge Of The Fallen attacked the box office with what seems like a Cybertronian plasma ray and blew it to bits. In it's first day (last Wednesday 6/24), it grossed $60.6 million (along with close to $100 M world wide) and went on to gross $112 million over the weekend. It is the new the highest gross in the history of Wednesday openings and is the second highest gross of all time behind The Dark Knight. Criticism is seemingly split down the middle with either a love it (me & stan gable) or hate it (goldyn child) mentality. This led me to challenge the golden one to a Twoint/CounterTwoint for which he happily accepted but eventually had to back down from because he was getting embarrassed asked to not spoil the plot. We later battled to a stand still on AIM.

In news that actually means something, today is a very important day for the war in Iraq as US troops are starting to withdraw from cities and towns. The Iraqis have declared this day a public holiday known as National Sovereignty Day. Remember, combat ops are to end by September of next year with a full withdraw (pause) by the end of 2011, just in time for PrObama to start his re-election campaign on a platform of true victory in Iraq. Am I psychic or actually from the future? I'll never tell.......(Hint: neither)

I don't know if you've heard but uhh, there was a military coup in Honduras over the weekend. Former Pres. Jose Zelaya was ousted (while in bed and in his red feetie pajamas) and in his place now sits Pres. Roberto Clemete Michelette. Keep your eye on this story as it's going to be another coal fire walk for our new President.

[nerd news redux]
Today is the release of FireFox 3.5 to much fanfare and it seems like it was well worth the wait. There have been ALOT of great updates made under the hood but the point is that it's faster and smarter than the current FF3 and is waaaaay better than the load of crap* that was FF2. Mozilla still has an up hill climb as Internet Explorer is still the top dog but with a modest 22.5% of the market place, you can't say they are in the slums anymore.

That's not all either. Mozilla over the weekend also loosed two updated versions of it's mobile browser codename Fennec. Alpha 2 is now available for Windows Mobile phones with VGA resolution (mainly the HTC Touch Pro) and Beta 2 for the Maemo, which is a platform used for the Nokia N800 and N810 internet tablets. Beware if you want to try WM Alpha 2, these are not for the faint of heart as my Fuze literally donned it's fedora and brief case and left my house for about 2 days.

*FF 2 at the time actually wasn't a load of crap.
[/nerd news]

It's release date time:
DVDs: Street Fighter: Legend Of Chun-Li (Stan Gable's movie of the year) w/ Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein & Moon Bloodgood; 12 Rounds w/ John Cena; Two Lovers w/ Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow & Vinessa Shaw
Music: Wu-Tang Clan - Chamber Music; AZ - G.O.D. (Gold, Oils and Diamonds); Jeremiah - Jeremiah; Ace Hood - Ruthless (how'd this guy get a second album?)
Games: BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (X360, PS3); Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood (X360, PS3); Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (All); Harry Potter & The Half-Blooded Price (All)

Lastly, check out our new Tweetboard on the left hand side of your screen. Hopefully from now on you will be treated to the live tweets of the day's writer and will be able to respond to them directly. Thank you 140ware for coming up with such a (allthats)fresh idea. If you want Tweetboard on your site check out their page here.

We outta herrrreeeeee. Follow your boy on twitter for more hilarious antics: @cthecatalyst

Hot Shit: Transformers 2, Firefox 3.5, President Obama being cool as a fan with this world going crazy
Not Shit: RIP Mike Jackson & Billy Mays, Kim Jong Il (I ain't forget about you), my Xbox 360 catching the red ring of death

-- The Catalyst aka Dwayne Wade Wilson

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Better late than never...

Yea yea, so I'm extremely late and will probably be short. Wanna fight about it? (c) Patty Tanager, the Caddy Manager.

Rest in Peace to those 9 who lost their lives yesterday in the fatal and deadliest Wash DC Metro accident EVER ( in all 33 years). This hit home hard for me and a few of my ATF/Cov cohorts as we all attended Howard University starting in 2001 and we super avid Metro riders. I use to take the Red line almost everyday from 04-07 since I lived literally across the street from the Fort Totten metro. I can't tell you how many times the Red line disappointed with super delays between the Tacoma Park and Brooklyn-CUA stations. I'm hoping that this tragedy will not be overlooked and that a complete overhaul of the DC metro system is already in the works. The rear train didn't even have dash board video yet and needed brake work! What type of peanut butter & jelly bullshit is that?!!?! Mayor Fenty better tell them dudes, get they shit together cuz for real, I can tell you there are PLENTY of metro trains still running right now on the Green, Yellow and Blue lines that need to be taken out of service (the Orange line always got the new hot shit)...

Iran is STILL falling apart more than a week later and with good reason. Today, Iran's ruling clerical regime put an end to any doubt by ruling out any annulment of the election and putting forth a date on which President Ahmadinejad will be re-sworn in as Pres for a second term. The streets were quiet today as the Iranian rule started cracking down hardcore (even going far enough to say "We will make examples of those who were picked up") and people start caring about their freedom and safety. After the terrible sniping death of Neda that was caught on a cell phone camera (no links here, respect the dead), some are definitely staying indoors and I don't blame them. Like I said last week, I wish there was an easy answer to this but unfortunately, I don't see this ending anytime soon.

Your favorite dictator's favorite dictator Kim Jong Il has hinted that North Korea will be testing missiles between June 25th and July 10th. This dude is so wild, we really have no reason to doubt that. The rumor is NK will test launch a missile towards Hawaii on July 4th! Hopefully Hawaii can complete their secret genetic experiments to create those Ring of Fire volcano monsters to protect the islands and eat those missiles.

R.I.P. Ed McMahon. He's the latest winner of the Heaven's Clearance House contest.

Coke is committed to China Expansion. Kilo is a thousand grams, it's easy to remember... (c) Ghostface

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen has leaked to the internet. According to the reviews, you're better off getting it there anyway.Little known fact, Megatron stated sometime around 2002 that Nas's "I Gave You Power" is his theme song. (If you're a hip-hop head + transformers stan, you should be laughing right now).

Release Dates:
DVDs: The Code w/ Morgan Freeman & Antonio Banderas, Confessions Of A Shopaholic (Diggs McCoy's favorite movie of the year) w/ Isla Fisher & Hugh Dancy, Pink Panther 2 w/ Steve Martin, Inkheart w/ Brendan Fraser, War Wolves (Special Forces unit tracks down werewolf-infected soldier.) w/ Mike Worth
Games: The Conduit (Wii), Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires (X360, PS3), Fight Night: Rd. 4 (X360, PS3), Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen (All)
Music: DJ JS-1 - Ground Original 2: No Sell Out, Ginuwine - A Man's Thoughts, Al B. Sure - Honey I'm Home, C-Thug - I Am Arizona, F.L.Y. - Jamboree, Willie Northpole - Tha Connect

Finally, I'd like to send a shout out to the ATF Sweethearts: @bellaluna23 (my love!), @ayeallybea, @jamisoncassette, @sodamntamtastic, @theduchessofart, and @diondramarie. These women know what's fresh!

Hot Shit: Still playing [Prototype], Wale's "Back To The Feature" free mixtape full of fire, following @cthecatalyst on twitter
Not Shit: Iran, North Korea, short post

-- The Catalyst aka Derek Luke Cage

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Post of Fury

The world at complete unrest right now and surprisingly Russia doesn't have anything to do with it (In Soviet Russia, the world unrest YOU).

We start in the cradle of civilization with the Iranian Presidential Election debacle. Literally thousands or protesters took to the streets today which is the second day such has happened. They are rallying and marching for their candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi whom they believe was cheated out of more than a few votes. The evidence is somewhat in their favor as current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have pulled a fast one as John Steward so eloquently explain it last night.

Now our leader PrObama does have to be careful in how he assesses and criticizes this whole situation. As of now he's only stated that he believes "something has happened in Iran" and that "there are people who want to see greater openness, greater debate and greater democracy." He cannot overstep the line and actually say "those elections were rigged" because you & I know that if Ahmadinejad had said the same thing we'd be in a complete uproar.

Iran's main problem at this point, however, is not outside influences but the protesting and what seems to be the uprising of young Iranians who want fairness and balance of power. In case you have NO clue of who actually runs shit in Iran, it's the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his cleric regime. Believe it or not, the President over there is just a figurehead; someone people can feel as if they put into power and speaks for the country but doesn't make any important decisions at all. So why is rallying and protesting for 2 days straight so far important if it's only for a meaningless position? It's because the more pressure the people of Iran put on Khamenei, the more he actually has to loosen his power. Khamenei actually issued a "limited" ballot recount, something that would have been unheard just a few years ago. THAT gesture could actually be the first crack in what use to be a stone wall of power for the top of Iran. IF (← that's a big if) this continues, we could see a revolution the likes of which haven't been seen since the Berlin Wall fell. Keep your eyes glued to this story as this could have long lasting implications in the Middle East.

From there, we head over to North Korea, who's crazy sonofabitch leader Kim Jong Il and his officials have publicly gone on record as saying they will weaponize their plutonium in defiance to the "tough new" sanctions leveled against them by the UN. This news also came with a bit of extra insane since satellites in orbit around the Earth have confirmed that North Korea did conduct a "probable" underground nuclear test in May. They have since threatened Nuclear War on the Korean peninsula if the U.S. and South Korea keep on "fuckin wit'em" (my terms). I usually have something of an answer for stuff like this but honestly, I have no freaking clue of what to do. North Korea will ignore any sanction (they have a class system so the people who can't eat aren't eating or living well won't anyway), condemnations by any leader of any country doesn't mean squat (your mom may not like me dealing drugs but that won't stop me) and any threat of military action against the country will ultimately result in World War 3 (Iraq did not have China, Russia & Japan involved to the extent they'd be in this beef). All I'll say is make sure you're ready for whatever might go down.

Lastly, it's just been reported that Pakistan (with it's crumbling government and everything) is preparing an offense against Taliban strongholds. They are going to hit South Waziristan to see if it can help curb al-Qaida attacks on our forces in Afghanistan. Hopefully it works because we REALLY could use the help and Pakistan finally seems like it's growing a pair of Bollywood Balls (yes I know that's India...prick).

The FDA says Zicam can make you loose your sense of smell. Nigga what?! Well believe it or not Zicam NEVER passed FDA approval because it's actually defined as a homeopathic remedy. Yes, it's in the same class of quackery as Airborne and other "natural remedies" that have actually been proven to not be effected at all. Time to return that 50 pack you bought from Costco.

In non-important news, Usher is divorcing Tameka. That would explain his super wack "I Want My Swagger Back" song...

Last month Facebook surpassed MySpace in terms of total U.S. visitors. Today MySpace announced that it's laying off 30 percent of it's staff. Who'll be the first to drop a "D.O.M.S. (Death Of MySpace)" song over Jay's "D.O.A."?

Release Dates:
Games: GhostBusters: TVG (X360, PS3, Wii, DS), Guitar Hero: Smash Hits (X360, PS3, Wii)
DVDs: Madea Goes To Jail w/ Tyler Perry, Derek Luke & Keisha Knight Pulliam, Friday The 13th w/ Dereck Mears & Amanda Righetti, The Transformers: The Complete 1st Season (25th Anniversary Ed.) w/ Optimus Prime, Megatron & Starscream, The Cell 2 w/ doyoureallycare?
Music: Incubus - Monuments & Melodies, Terrance Trent D'Arby - Sign Your Name

You want the real ish? Well I gotcha...

Hot Shit: Slaughterhouse's recent media blitz, [Prototype] on X360, the How To Succeed In Evil podcast coming back off of break
Not Shit: The Hangover (yea I said it), Iran's cleric rule, North Korea's leaders

-- The Catalyst aka Lex Luthor Vandross


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