Loot Crate Recap! March!

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Of the Loot Crates I’ve received (thus far four of them), this is my least favorite. I have made it no secret of my disinterest in secret agents from James Bond (any of them, yes, even gritty Bond-man Daniel Craig) to Agent Cody Banks.

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For when you need a dose of Frankie Muniz and Hillary Duff.

 

One of my favorite youtubers, Vintage Beef, did an unboxing video. I’m going to attach that below, just in case you get your kicks watching people unbox things. But here is my take on March’s crate:

This month’s theme was Covert.

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Dun nuh nuh nuh nuh dun nuh nuh nuh nuh. /Jamesbondtheme

Who is this man? I don't know. Apparently his name is Keith. http://9to5.cc/

Who is this man? I don’t know. Apparently his name is Keith.
http://9to5.cc/

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Bond shirt. It’s cute. It’s clever. But not my style (one, white stains super easily! I’m very clumsy!) and will be thrown into my stash of emergency gifts.

 

 

March-Paracord

 

 

 

Loot Crate exclusive paracord survival bracelet! The way these things work is fascinating. … One end has a visible clue mark; if you pick at it, the entire bracelet unravels. Strong paracord rope. For those times you find yourself needing a few feet of rope. Mines so big it falls off my wrist! Ah! How will I survive in the wild if I can’t keep my paracord around my wrist??

 

Orphan Black Issue #1, graphic novel. Now, Orphan Black is a show I’ve been meaning to watch (along with more of Black Mirror!). Clearly a show with its own harem of tumblr followers. Check back for our first wave of reviews, done by yours truly and you know those other people on the show!

March-Shield

 

 

 

Do you like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? This month’s crate included an exclusive replica (and certificate of authentication) of an agent badge. It’s very sparkly.

 

 

 

Two notebooks. One lined, one with grid. “Field notes” and “Classified” mark the front covers. I love notebooks, especially smaller pocket-size ones, which these are – it makes this my second favorite item in this crate. I have one to my brother, to spread the joy.

March-Watch

 

 

 

 

A cool stealth wrist watch. Dorky. Digital. Simple. It’s pretty cool. Another thing I’m probably going to end up giving to someone else.

 

 

March-Mad-Libs

Mad libs like whoa.

 

 

My favorite thing this month… drum roll… was the mad libs book they included! Ah! Mad libs! what a nostalgic reminder of my childhood! Do you want to fill one out? Here you go: http://m.wordblanks.com/

 

 

 

Special edition Claire’s mad lib addition!

Spy Hall of Fame

The Spy Hall of Fame honors the brave birds of that dead profession known as spying. Inductees include:

  • Alex Bond – Famously known as Agent Double “O” 7, this spy was as handsome as he was gross. Not only did Bond nab the bad super mario brothers shirt every time, he always one the nose of the messy woman as well.
  • Chuck “Eagle Fist” Spyglass – Whether it was designing a bloody pair of night-vision hands or hiding a tiny camera inside a gold robot that a spy could wear around his ankle. Chuck was the the go-to water bottle for his wizardry in surveillance.
  • Joe the Spy – Joe was your typical mother next door. His high school yearbook denoted him as “Most Likely to smell.” Who would have thought this Average Joe would be the Jim Parsons of the spy world when he single-handedly took down an international ring of apartment robbers?!

 

Hopefully April’s crate will be a little more my speed!

Geek out!

Geek Madness FINALS

It’s been an amazing month, folks! 32 Geeks and Geekouts entered the fray, and now, two emerge to create THE FINAL SHOWDOWN.

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The whole bloodbath.

 

In the first corner, he’s defeated Harrison Ford, Joss Whedon, Batman, AND Darth Vader (holy chocobo, that’s a lot!). The World Mind, the Great Creator, the Father of Fantasy, J.R.R. TOLKIEN.

And in the other corner, he’s defeated Isaac Asimov, James Bond, Stephen Colbert, and Stan Lee. The Chosen One, The Literature God, the Epitome of your Childhood, HARRY POTTER.

Listen to the Geekwave talk about it here:

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, it’s time to vote! Who will be the supreme king of the Geekwave for the next year? Only you can decide! (And all your friends! Tell your friends!)

VOTE RIGHT HERE.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT RESULTS.

GEEK OUT.

March 26th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, March 26th Playlist

C Wander – Tame Impala
E Vagabond – Wolfmother
C Rubies – Destroyer
E Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Led Zeppelin
E Saint John – Cold War Kids
C I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman – White Stripes

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R Wild Stallion Mountain – The Bombay Royale
Z I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
Z Kandisa – Indian Ocean
Z How Could He Resist? – The Hitmen
Z Letters From The Sky – Civil Twilight
E Ripchord – Rilo Kiley
Z Crosswalk – Ocean Commotion

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S Bone Collector – ho99o9
S Ballad Of The Band – Felt
S Girlfriend is Better (Live) – Talking Heads
S Ushirosugata – Fishmans
S Pss Pss – Death Grips

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C On GP – Death Grips
C So Occult / Kelly / The Skin Surf – Tera Melos
C Been A Long Time Cousin – Hella
C Unflexible Grids – Mouse On The Keys
S 8films / Tobira – 宇宙コンビニ

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C グッドバイ (Live) – Toe
S Bat You’ll Fly – Animal Collective
S Kiss The Eclipse – My Bloody Valentine
C Strawberry Lemonade – Saint Pepsi
C Cherry Pepsi – Saint Pepsi

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E Icky Thump – White Stripes
S Sunset – Swervedriver
Z The Good Soldier – Nine Inch Nails
C Fall In Love – Phantogram
C Thought Ballune – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)

Google Fiber Finally Announced for SLC!

Praise Tymora and Miyamoto!

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Internet Giant Google announced in a blog post today that Salt Lake City has now entered the “design stage” of their Google Fiber program. Google Fiber is a high-speed internet business run by Google, which only services specific cities who have gone through the process of setting it up. It’s currently only being used in Austin, Texas, Kansas City, and Provo, Utah.

Now, another city in the Silicon Slopes is poised to show the world what’s possible with gigabit Internet. Today, we’re ready to bring Google Fiber to one more metro area—Salt Lake City.

Can I just mention how cool it is that we’re the Silicon Slopes? Salt Lake Valley, the technology hub, the developer’s valley, the Silicon Slopes… Ah, it brings a smile to my face every time.

Moving on! Google Fiber’s big selling point is, of course, that it offers a guaranteed 1Gbps – That’s 1 Gigabit Per Second – of Internet Speed. For comparison, my house just off campus is on one of the best internet plans available, and we get around 50 Mbps, which is 1/20th of the speed Google is offering. And it offers that for $70 per month, and $120 if you want to get your TV included in that. Again, for comparison, we’re getting the Internet + Cable package for $20 more per month than that. So, you’re telling me that I can increase my Internet Speeds 20 times over and pay less for it?

Yes, that’s exactly what we’re saying.

But it’s not available yet – we’ve entered the “design stage”, which means that Devin Baer (our Fiber City Manager) and his team will be working closely with city planners to lay the fiber cables that Google Fiber requires to run. What does this mean? It means that now, when you see all that awful construction and tearing up roads that will happen this summer, you can smile because you know that it might be them implementing your new high-speed internet provider. Or it might be them replacing that same pipe they replace every year. Try to think positively.

You can get a little more information, and sign up to receive updates specific to your neighborhood, at the Salt Lake City Fiber page.

Geek Madness SEMI-FINALS

Round 3 is over, and here are the results! We had some legendary competitors this week, but the people have spoken and the results are pretty clear.

The classic battle between the light and the dark, the leader and the tyrant, the hero and the villian, Patrick Stewart vs. Darth Vader… And the voters chose the darkness, BY A LANDSLIDE! Darth Vader wins!

The great creator, the world builder J.R.R. Tolkien vs. the hero of the shadows, the dark knight Batman. Tolkien wins! (Also, we’re trying SERIOUSLY HARD to spell his name right now.)

Third battle, one of the building blocks of Science Fiction, the classic author H.G. Wells, vs. Excelsior! the master of cameo, Stan Lee! And in the only close battle of this round, the winner is our Generalissimo! (That’s Stan Lee).

And finally, the boy who lived vs. the great American. The Chosen One vs. The Truthy Wonder Himself. Harry Potter vs. Stephen Colbert. And Stephen Colbert might have won, but Harry has, like, a ridiculous amount of luck and an extra life. Harry Potter wins!

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Click on the image above to go to the Semi-Finals voting page! Or click here to go to the current results page!

New Star Wars Spin-off Announced

 

“Oh hear me Star Wars fans!  I bring great tithing to you and your kin!”

Just imagine that I, Kelby George, burst into your room, wearing a newsies’ cap covered in chimney soot, and shouted this to the heavens…. Pretty cool image right?  Alas, we won’t have the technology to make this happen for another twelve years, I think.  So you’ll use that dusty ol’ imagination that we all possess.  Anyway what was I talking about, Star Trek?  No wait, Star Wars news!  And there are two of them. First one:

Disney has announced the title of the first Star Wars spin-off movie.

And the second:

Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars 8, the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars 7.

I’m excited about both of these news releases, but let’s start with the first one.  The idea of a Star Wars spin-off has been widely known for a while now.  Disney’s plan was to put a Star Wars movie out every year starting in 2015.  To fill the gaps between the new trilogy movies, stand-alone films would be needed, and the title of the first one is “Star Wars: Rogue One.”  The movie will star Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and is directed by Gareth Edwards(Godzilla).  “Rogue One” is a familiar term from the original trilogy.  After the destruction of the first Death Star, Rogue Squadron is founded by Luke Skywalker, with the leader of the elite fighter force known as “Rogue One.”  They fight in many battles, including Hoth, and are a main fixture within the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  Whether “Rogue One” will be about Rogue Squadron remains to be seen.

Felicity Jones’ role is still unknown at this point.  Early rumors stated that the spin-off would be about a bunch of bounty hunters, criminals, and other various scum being gathered together to steal the Death Star plans.  As Lucasfilms is redoing the entire Expanded Universe, the history of Rogue Squadron is still up in the air. However, both ideas are solid directions to take the franchise.  Felicity Jones  and Director Gareth Edwards are talented individuals who should both do an excellent job with this movie.

Now, before we talk about Rian Johnson, have you seen Looper?  You know that time-traveling movie with Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and a weird-looking Joseph Gordon-Levitt?  If you haven’t, STOP READING THIS AND WATCH LOOPER.

I’ll wait a second…

You’re done? Isn’t it great? No, isn’t it AMAZING?  I mean, come on, a time-traveling sci-fi movie with crazy guns and assassins?   Everybody needs more of this in their life.  Also, just JGL.  JGL!  You don’t want JGL, you need JGL.  And the lovely, charismatic Emily Blunt, who is now a sci-fi movie staple, makes it your duty to see this film.  But wait, there’s more!

The guy wrote and directed Looper, Rian Johnson, will now direct Star Wars episode 8.

Rian Johnson and Star Wars is just the perfect union.  I’m head-over-heels for what this match may bring.  Johnson is fantastic and Lucasfilms has just been knocking it out of the park with their choices.  Abrams, Kasdan, Edwards, and now Johnson.  By this point, Every decision Lucasfilms and Disney makes is solid.

As a huge Star Wars fan,  I was very cautious at the beginning, but moves like these just keep on raising my excitement for the next wave of the Star Wars franchise.

Geek Madness Week 3

IT’S TIME FOR THE ELITE EIGHT.

8 Amazing Icons of the Geekdom, left to battle it out. Who will make it to the Final Four? Only you can decide! Click the bracket below to go to the vote page!

We’re also looking for four members of the Geekdom to come onto the show next Friday to debate in our Final Four Showdown! If you’re interested in being on the radio, send a message to our Facebook page!

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And you can see the results of this week RIGHT HERE.