Tuesday, July 28, 2009

7 Minutes In Atavan Heaven

udge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination was approved by Senate Judiciary Committee today. Congratulations to her for becoming the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. She still has a final Senate confirmation vote but unless she shoots Dick Chaney then performs necrophilia...she still might be confirmed.

I have nothing to say about the Texas Baby Tragedy. Some people just really don't deserve to breathe the same air as the rest.

Biker beef! (pause) Who will be the first to drop a record on Hot 97?

Jupiter was recently chin checked by a space object. Awesome pictures but now the question is, could it happen to Earth? Short answer? Yes. Longer answer? Not likely because we have Jupiter. What a lot of people don't know is that Jupiter is so massive, that most comets and asteroids that enter our solar system get caught in it's gravitational field and get flung back out into the universe. Think of Jupiter as the big brother to all the little brother planets inside of the asteroid belt. Now if only the God of Thunder could do that for you guys & gals who can't avoid drama.

R.I.P. Vernon Forrest.

Sprint has acquired Virgin Mobile for, ready for this? $483 million! Whuuuuuaaaatttt? Well for the 10 of you out there still on VM, it looks like you will be paired with Boost Mobile soon. Where you at?

[Nerd News]
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will hit stores September 29th. Think of it as Ninja Gaiden 2 with less blood and gore and more PS3. Ghost fish and electric sword dogs will be intact, along with 2 new playable characters and an all new co-op mode.

Seems Microsoft really will open retail stores. You'll finally have a human face to complain to about your BSOD and RROD. You'll then go to the neighboring Apple store and not be able to afford anything.

2 words: Tron Legacy.
[/Nerd News]

Release Dates:
DVDs: Fast & Furious w/ Vin Diesel & Paul Walker; Dragonball: Evolution (Stan Gable's movie of the year) w/ Justin Chatwin & Chow Yun Fat; Miss March w/ Zach Cregger & Trevor Moore
Music: Fabolous - Loso's Way; J-Kwon - Hood Hop 2.5; Z-RO - My Favorite Mixtape
Games: King Of The Fighters XII (PS3, X360); Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (XBLA) !!!!!

I'm Swazye...unless you follow me on twitter @cthecatalyst.

Hot Shit: MVC2, Tron Legacy, Sotomayor getting confirmed
Not Shit: Decapitating babies, lack of enthusiasm to write

-- The Catalyst aka Patrick Steward Scott

Subscribe to the YRTO RSS Feed

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lucky Blackjack

Good afternoon...ladies.

I do not want Whitney Houston on a Swizz Beatz track. No jokes or clever wordplay, just DO NOT WANT.

Today, Kelis went into labor in NY, delaying a divorce proceeding, but apparently SOMEBODY didn't get an invite. Cold-blooded. Regardless, congratulations you two rascals.

Rumor has it that the next iPod Touch will have a camera and a microphone so basically, when you add Skype, here's your Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile iPhone.

In keeping with iPod Touch/iPhone news, there's a new app out now that will turn your iPhone into a medical marijuana finder. It was created by AJNAG (Activists Justifying the Natural Agriculture of Ganja) and is on sale for $2.99.This should help you sniff out the stickiest of the icky with no problems.

Rolling off that and into more mobile news, professional mobile application developer Handmark has just released their new Twitter app for Blackberry's called TweetCaster. It promises to shorten links automagically, track @replies, locate twitterers close to you through GPS, and let you see trending topics. Version 2.0 will eventually link to your brain so you will not have to type anymore. The best part? It's FREE as long as you send this tweet update* "Just got #TweetCaster by Handmark FREE for my BlackBerry in exchange for this tweet. Get yours:

More internet for you, Mozilla has released Firefox 3.7 mockups. Check it out when you can because not only will it help you score with the chicks (women just LOVE a man with an updated browser, true story) but it will fully integrate with Vista/Win7 aero technology. It's looking to go the more menu-less route that IE8 and Google Chrome has taken previously. Keep an eye out for that.

[Nerd News]

New Xbox Live Dashboard update will be hitting August 11th. This promises Games On Demand, better Netflix performance game ratings and more. Seeing as tho how I just got my 360 back, I'm hoping for "mor red ring of def protekshun".

[/Nerd News]

Greatest. Commercial. Ever. Gives a new meaning to 'Obey Your Thirst'...ladies.

Release Dates:
Games: Wii Sports Resort (Wii); G-Force (All)
DVDs: Watchmen (with a half hour added to the movie) w/ Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman & Patrick Wilson; Coraline w/ Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher & John Hodgman; Echelon Conspiracy w/ Shane West, Ving Rhames
Music: Jordin Sparks - Battlefield; Eyedea & Abilities - By The Throat (pause)

Lastly, I have to give a shoutout to Chaundon (@Chaundon) and Joe Budden (@mousebudden) for being two artist that truly continuously reach out to the fans by having almost daily live streams and answering questions constantly through it. These are good dudes.

Hot Shit: Technology, Slaughterhouse "Cuckoo", Treadmilling
Not Shit: Scare tactics opposing health care reform, Verizon

-- The Catalyst aka Lewis Black Caesar

*I, like Goldyn Child, have too much man pride to call it a "tweet"...ladies.

Subscribe to the YRTO RSS Feed

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ATF Special: To Catch A Fanboy

Fanboys. These bias bastards, these internet idiots, these...troubled trolls of the web have always been, but it only seems recently with the advent of Web 2.0 that they have been given a voice unlike any other period in time. They have infiltrated every category of aggregate site from music to politics to movies to video games to science to technology. If there is an entry written on a blog about a particular subject, you can almost always count on a fanboy to show up and devolve the conversation into a flame war.

At this moment you may be asking yourself, "What exactly is a fanboy and do I know whether or not it has affected my family, or even me?" A fanboy is a person who is extremely passionate about and loyal to something (subject, object) and will defend said "thing" at every turn, even when proven wrong with hard evidence and facts. As a simple example, an Apple fanboy may say, "The iPhone innovated 'cut, copy and paste' on mobile and now everybody is going to follow." But when presented with evidence that the original Palm Pilot was able to perform 'cut, copy and paste' back in the late 90's, along with every PDA/Smartphone since then, they quickly retort with immature insults, often accusing the accuser with being a fanboy themselves.

Why do they do this? Some would say attention, others say purpose, but it might just break down to the basic need of wanting to be on the winning team; a longing to belong and be accepted. Ask yourself, why does one feel such astute loyalty to something inconsequential like the iPhone; in hip-hop Jay-Z over Nas and vice versa; in movies Scorsese over Coppola and vice versa, etc. One may never meet Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter or Nasir "Nas" Jones but yet feels the need to defend to the death one over the other with heightened passion with no compromise possible.

As this is site tends to focus more on entertainment and technology, I'll stick to these areas. The latest showings in fanboyism is the latest schism are two new hip-hop feuds between Joe Budden & Inspectah Deck and Jay-Z & Game. Fans on both sides of both feuds are furiously throwing out the usual taunts such as "dick rider" and "idiot" and completely misrepresenting facts.

First up, Jay-Z versus The Game. Fans of the Game (or more accurately, anti-Jay-Z fans) hurl insults such as "camel face" and "sell out" but never mention the music they like from Mr. Carter, or how successful his solo business ventures have been and the accomplishments he's achieved. Fans of Jay-Z look down up The Game as if he's a worthless nobody but fail to recognize how his debut reignited the West Coast hip-hop scene above the ground. Jayceon debut with fire in his stomach and a passion for hip-hop that hadn't been seen on a commercial level in a while. Intelligent hip-hop fans who like good music may not like the Game's antics off the mic, but usually have some praise for his body of work and at the same time feel the same for Jay-Z. It is ok to like both of their music at the same time.

Second, Joe Budden vs. Inspectah Deck. Wu fans (and there are an abundance) are quick dismiss Joe as an "internet rapper" who is a talent less hack. They don't recognize that Joe's self titled debut was certified gold (selling over 500k) by the RIAA and that even in the pits of defeat after being dropped from Def Jam, that he has developed a cult following (not unlike the Wu in the 90's) through this new media. Budden fans' #1 argument is that the Rebel INS only has one classic verse and is now a has-been languishing in irrelevancy. They don't give INS credit for crafting verses on some of the most influential and genre changing albums along with his solid streak of solo albums. His latest "Resident Patient" has plenty of what the hip-hoppers call "bangers" and showcase a man who isn't at the end of his career, but still enjoying it. It is ok to like both of their music at the same time.

The point I'm trying to illustrate and illuminate is that when you give in to fanboyism, you risk tearing apart yourself, your family, your country and quite possibly the universe. It can result in committing or receiving physical and mental harm, or even worse, death. We must remain vigilant, we cannot let fanboyism take over, and we must stomp it out everywhere it pops up. Only then will we be able to return to intelligent discussion, civil debate and understanding of both sides of the argument.

For this special report, I am Cannon for AllThatsFresh.

Release Dates
Games: NCAA Football '10 (PS3, X360, PSP)....It's official, we are in a summer drought
Music: Twista - Category F5; La Coka Nostra - A Brand You Can Trust; Yukmouth - The West Coast Don; Hell Rell - Hell Up In The Bronx; Lisa Lisa - Life N' Love; Joe - Signature
Haunting In CT. w/ Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan; The Edge Of Love w/ Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller; Horsemen (no Canibus) w/ Dennis Quaid

Find me here @cthecatalyst

Hot Shit: My first special report, my Xbox 360 is back, these nice ass days we've been having in Philly
Not Shit: Fanboys, trolls, idiots, stupid idiots, idjeets, this video game drought

-- The Catalyst aka Chris Handsome

Subscribe to the YRTO RSS Feed

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Michael Jackson's public memorial was today. If Stevie Wonder singing "I'd Never Thought You'd Leave In The Summer" didn't get your face turned up, then Marlon Jackson or little Paris Jackson HAD to. If you didn't catch it, the rebroadcast should be online somewhere or I'm sure some bootlegger will have it on DVD on the block.

Kanye & Lady Gaga are going on tour. Why not? I'll bring a portable tv to watch while Stefani's on stage...at least until she shows some cheeks.

Sarah Palin quit over the weekend but for some reason still has strong support among the GOP. Whatever, as long as she goes far far away and sooner rather than later.

In WTF news, last week (6/30) Green Party leader Cynthia McKinney was captured by the Israeli Navy and held until she was deported back to the US today (7/7). Apparently her boat was carrying some supplies and toys to the Gaza strip at the time of the seizing. Look, if you're going to get caught and detained by our ALLIES then at least be doing something gangsta like delivering keys of coke or crates of Halo 3 rocket launchers, then crate some type of metal exoskeleton to forcibly escape. Tony Stark had the right idea.

This week's country to have people rioting is China. Uighur protesters have been taking to the streets as they are accusing the Han Chinese of crowding them out and just generally not liking them. This is definitely not a good look for the Communist regime as it spits in the face of their philosophy.

Scientist have identified the coldest known object in space and it's not Kanye's ego. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Planck spacecraft actually cooled itself down to -459.49 degrees F (-273.05 C). Science geeks know that that is just 0.1 C above absolute zero and 1.2 C above Kanye's winter. Planck does it so that it can correctly study the Cosmic Microwave Background which unfortunately shares the same acronym as Color Me Badd...*sigh*

Release Dates:
Games: The Bigs 2 [no Ron Isley] (360, PS3, Wii, PSP)...seriously, that's it
DVDs: Knowing w/ John Travolta as Nicholas Cage; The Unborn w/ Gary Oldman, Odette Yustman & a bunch of upside down faces; Push w/ Johnny Storm & Dakota Fanning
Music: The Alchemist - Chemical Warfare (GET THIS!!), Royce Da 5'9" - The Revival EP (Digital Only) Charli 2na - Fish Outta Water, Maxwell - BLACKsummers'Night, LMFAO - Party Rock

Lastly, welcome my homeboy Big Steve to the Twuniverse. Follow him @trill_cosby.

Hot Shit: RIP Mike Jack, Palin hopefully leaving the Earth to live elsewhere, The Alchemist's Chemical Warfare album, my 360 is repaired, getting back on the treadmill
Not Shit: My short ass post, the BET awards (because it was that disappointing), Palin probably not leaving this Earth to live elsewhere

-- The Catalyst aka Nolan Ryan Reynolds

Subscribe to the YRTO RSS Feed