March 12th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, March 12th Playlist

C Cause = Time – Broken Social Scene
C Cath… – Death Cab for Cutie
C San Francisco – Foxygen
C Apocalypse Dreams – Tame Impala

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C Let It Happen – Tame Impala
R Devil Out – Ådub
Z Go!!! – Flow
Z Danger! High Voltage – Electric Six
Z Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Z I’ll Be Gone – The Oblivians
N Glory – Mademoiselle K

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S Baby Blue – Fishmans
S Through the Grass – Wild Nothing
S She Loves You No Less – My Bloody Valentine
R Taj Weekes & Adowa – For Today
S Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States (Snippet) – Death Grips
Z Always Late – Pizza Tapes

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C Testament To Youth In Verse – The New Pornographers
C Blue Boy – Mac Demarco
R The Metal East – Lightning Bolt
R Gabriel – Roy Davis Jr.
R Let’s Get Roland – Dave Roland
R Girls Like Us – B-15 Project

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R Stone Cold – Groove Chronicles
R Midnight In A Perfect World – DJ Shadow
C Strangers – Portishead
R Wet Dreams – The Growlers
R Look Out – Polysemy
R Warrior Sound – Rockamovya

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R Extreme Ways – Moby
R Sonic Youth – Brother James
R Reckoner – Radiohead
Z When I’m Small – Phantogram
R Enjoy Yourself – Saint Pepsi
S You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat – Death Grips

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner

Geek Life: Webcomics and You!

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about webcomics. I’m not in the habit of talking about what makes a real geek, except facetiously. So I’ll begin with this: A real geek checks their daily webcomic. If you don’t have a webcomic, you better get one! Or else!

This being said, I want to talk about some of my current webcomics, and some of my all-time favorite webcomics. And some webcomics you may have been hearing about. Without further ado:

 

CURRENT WEBCOMICS

There is a subreddit called r/webcomics. If you don’t want to be responsible for your own consumption of delicious webcomics, I suggest you subscribe. This should provide you your daily minimum dose. But I follow a handful of these comics all by myself.

Dumbing of Age

Updated daily! (Which is awesome, because weekends are usually quiet in the webcomic world – making this a viable option to maintain your addiction daily!) I started this one relatively recently (Summer 2014), and right now, it’s fairly easy to catch up since it began in September 2010. Slice-of-life webcomics are my bread and butter, and this one is awesome. The right amount of drama and comedy to keep you coming back for more! This is the third iteration of these characters, each iteration being unique in its own way. This one follows the cast as they start college and find themselves. So much coming of age, such angst, many problem. The main character Joyce comes from an ultra-religious and conservative background, so hijinks definitely ensue when she starts her freshmen year at the state college!

Questionable Content

Updated M-F. This webcomic starts out following Marten and his android companion, Pint-size! There are other characters that have come and gone along the way. Questionable Content has been running since 2003. One of my favorite aspects of webcomics is that you can follow the artist for, in this case, over a decade and watch as their art progresses and evolves!

Gunnerkrigg Court

Launched in 2005, still updated three days a week. This is a science-fiction/fantasy webcomic, one of the few I really enjoy, actually! I began this one last week, reading over two hundred pages at 3am one morning when I couldn’t sleep. It’s quirky and bizarre and the world it takes place in is definitely engaging. The main character is Antimony Carver, and she’s just begun attending a strange and mysterious private school called Gunnerkrigg Court.

 

Invisible Bread

Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sometimes Wednesdays! This is the least regular webcomic I follow, and is probably more suited for those who like newspaper comics as many of them are one-shot plot & punch lines. I met the artist at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 and he was really humble and completely flattered reddit loved him so much. Since then, I have been a dedicated reader.

 

WEBCOMICS n00bs

These are webcomics that everyone has read at least one of, and if you haven’t, you should probably change it. These are webcomic stables – think of them like the five fruits and vegetables you’re supposed to eat every day!

XKCD

Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Simultaneously the smartest and sarcastic thing you potentially could read. Drawn and written by a CNU graduate, the artist is intelligent and witty. Perhaps the nerdiest kind of comic strip you could partake of. The geekdom holds this one close to its heart. Remember to read the alt-text!

Dinosaur Comics

A more traditional type of comic – one which I have apparently named newspaper comic. It’s funny. There’s a Utah Raptor. Dinosaurs are cool. And snarky. Another comic with alt-text!

Cyanide & Happiness – Explosm (sometimes NSFW)

Starting in 2005, C&H is written and drawn by four different artists (Rob, Kris, Matt and Dave), all with their own unique cruelty and humor, and they update whenever they feel like it. They also all inhabit different parts of the world. Just give it a try. People laugh, people cry from laughter, people are shocked… It’s an internet experience you probably shouldn’t be missing.

 

WEBCOMICS LEVEL 2

A Softer World

Updated at least once a week, and started in 2003, A Softer World is a special kind of webcomic that uses photography and typerwriter font to convey an empty and juxtaposed feeling. This is also a classic for most corners of the internet.

Awkward Zombie

Started in 2006, this is a webcomic based on videogames. Almost exclusively Nintendo. It is updated whenever the artist has recommitted to semi-regular updates. Some of my favorite strips include Pokemon and Super Smash Brothers.

CTRL+ALT+DEL

DJ Solar’s favorite webcomic (as far as I know). The main character, Ethan, is a sometimes socially inept gamer who doesn’t understand social practices. This comic started in 2002. Too many narrative arcs to count, some featuring Wintereenmas, Players 1-4, and other worldly adventures, it always comes back to friends playing videogames and having shenanigans. I just like catching up on this one while I’m supposed to be doing other things. In fact, the first time I started reading this comic it was during my finals week of my freshmen semester.

Megatokyo (a classic)

Currently updated Tuesdays and Fridays. This webcomic started in 2000, and was my very first webcomic ever! Crazy! It begins with a man who moves from America to Tokyo and has to adapt and make a living – the story parallels with a young woman named Yuki who does voice acting in dating sims! I haven’t kept up to date, since it has clearly been a long time since it started, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is one of the longest running, and largest webcomics out there!

 

ALL-TIME FAVORITES (discontinued, or on hiatus)

Hanna is Not a Boys Name

Not usually do I talk about art as far as webcomics go. Sometimes it’s spectacular as is the case for HiNaBN, sometimes it’s secondary to the charm of the overall comic. This comic is on permanent hiatus due to the artist falling off the face of the planet.

Pictures for Sad Children

Pictures for Sad Children is a life-changing comic for me. One week during finals my love of webcomics was reignited. John Campbell is responsible for creating Hourly Comics, and he used to do daily hourly comics during the months of December and January. Unfortunately these are now unavailable due to John Campbell having a meltdown and taking all of his things off the internet, including a fully funded kickstarter and all of his merchandise. It’s a real shame that you’ve missed out on the Pictures for Sad Children era, but here you can find the internets salvaged remnants of John Campbell’s brilliant work.

 

COMPLETED

Problem Sleuth – MS Paint Adventures

You’ve probably heard of … Homestuck. Now. Don’t get me wrong, Homestuck is probably awesome. But to me it will always take a backseat to MS PaintAdventures other work of art. Problem Sleuth is pure genius. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Especially if you already think that the phrases “tootsie roll shotgun”, “candy corn revolver”, and “PEZ uzi” sound awesome.  And this one is complete. So if you don’t want to be checking back on something every day, something that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight…. This is the webcomic for you.

 

NSFW

Shades of A (not complete)

The story of Anwar (who is asexual) and his self-exploration and budding relationship with Chris.

Khaos Comix (complete)

The best collection of queer comic characters, ever! Just kidding, since I’m not impartial. But this is at once heart-wrenching and funny.

Oglaf

Ridiculous mini-plot lines. Updates Sundays.

The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal (complete)

It starts with a roadtrip. Love happens.

Geek Madness Week 2!

Welcome to Week 2 of GEEK MADNESS! You guys voted on the first 32, so welcome to the Sweet 16! This week, members of The Geekwave debated for their picks, and recordings of the debates can be found below. Keep scrolling down for a graphic of the bracket so far and a link to this week’s results page. And, without further ado, this is where you can vote!

Debates Intro –

 

Darth Vader vs. George Lucas –

 

Linux Penguin vs. Patrick Stewart –

 

J.R.R. Tolkein vs. Joss Whedon –

 

Batman vs. Gandalf –

 

H.G. Wells vs. J.J. Abrams –

 

Harry Potter vs. James Bond –

 

Stephen Colbert vs. The Flash –

 

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Here is this week’s results page.

 

Geek out!

March 5th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, March 5th Playlist

C License to Capture – Mr. Graceless
C Enemy Destruct – Thee Oh Sees
C Human Gift – LITE
C Today More Than Any Other Day – Ought
C Pleasant Heart – Ought
C Can’t Complain – A Giant Dog
C Do You – Spoon
C I’d Have It Just The Way We Were – White Denim

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S Salad Days – Minor Threat
R Distant Relative Salute – White Denim
S What We All Want – Gang of Four
S Bulldog Front – Fugazi
S It’s All Bad – E-40
Z So Quick – Because of Ghosts
Z Tick Tick Boom – The Hives

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R Book and Cover – This Withered Heart
R ilovethe90s – fatherfake
Z No Room to Live – Times New Viking
N Mr. Li – Mr. Graceless
R Isn’t That Your Loli – RVFS

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R Sobai – Efferat
R O Meddle I am Knee Deep in Tar Pits Again​/​/​If Anything Breaks Off in You I’m Going to be Very Put Out – Soma
R Spiritual State (ft. Uyama Hiroto) – Nujabes
R Oakley Sunglasses – Lanza Manza
R Lemon – U2
R Crashless Tendencies – Jopator
R Grocery Store – Domina

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R 1 – Home Movies Vaporwave
R The Bends – Radiohead
R Neighborhood – Zed Bias
R Return To The Carnival – Dave Roland
R Out of Time – Blur
R Friendzone – Dayruiner
R Living Zoo – Built To Spill

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R Pretty Girls Is A Motherfucker – Son Of Salami
R The Best Room – Modest Mouse
R Fire of The Mind – Coil
C Underground Up – Mr. Complex
C The World Is Yours – Nas

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner

Mars One? More like Mars Dumb

Hi guys! I’m Allie, your science correspondent. I have a lot of strong feelings about a lot of things, one of which is how the news is very bad at reporting science. So, I’m probably going to be writing a lot of Op Eds. Here we go.

Mars! People have been enthralled with the idea of exploring worlds other than our own since we knew there were other worlds. We conquered the first leg of that journey in 1969, when the Apollo mission landed people on the moon for the first time. Mars, being a planet, is the next logical step.

But why Mars? Why not Venus, which is quite a bit closer? One reason is that Venus is extremely inhospitable, more so than Mars. We didn’t know this 120 years ago, though, when Percival Lowell, the Neil Degrasse Tyson of the day, mistranslated an Italian astronomer’s writings about river systems into man made canals. He took that idea and ran with it, imaging that the canals were sending water from the ice caps to the rest of the planet as the last hope of a dying race (the Martians) to save their planet from being destroyed by drought. He captured the public’s imagination by writing books about what he thought their societies must be like. These books influenced many science fiction writers we know today such as Edger Rice Burroughs, Robert Heinlien, Phillip K Dick, and eventually my introduction to Martians, the Warner Bros.

Going to Mars would be awesome, so why am I against it? The answer to that is that I’m not against the idea, I would absolutely go, but Mars One, a privately funded manned mission, is not going to be the one to get us there. What is Mars One? From its website, “Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One’s mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide.” The idea is to send unmanned ships to Mars to set up a base camp, which will be ready for people to land on in ten years.

The first suspicious detail is that this mission will be primarily funded through TV networks; as it will be broadcast live, which makes me think of some horrible mash-up of The Truman Show and Lord of the Flies. Beyond the moral issues, and almost as troubling, this mission is more than likely going to cost a lot more money than what they say. Its proposed budget is six billion dollars, which may seem like a lot, but is absurdly small. To compare, NASA’s mission to Mars, Orion, is estimated to cost at least eighty billion. Where is this money going to come from? Not Indiegogo, where it raised less than half a million dollars.

The next and main criticism is that we simply do not have the technology. The Mars One website enumerates many of the technologies needed, but with no mention of if they actually have them, or when they are planning on getting them. The life support systems we have are not made for use on other planets, we have not yet figured out how to efficiently grow crops in space, so don’t know how to get drinkable water from Mars’ crust, and a thousand other little details. We don’t even know what ship they are planning on using, which seems like a big detail.

Basically, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Humans haven’t been outside of low Earth Orbit for more than forty years, I think we absolutely should get back out there, but in a safer way. I’m worried that this will fail horribly, and will delay exploration instead of prompting it forward.

The Sex Playlist to End All Sex Playlists

The Midday Mix celebrated Sex Week (and Valentine’s Day) by polling its listeners for the sexiest songs of their lives. In the mood for love? Try bringing some of these beats into the bedroom.

-Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On
-Prince: Raspberry Beret
-Salt-N-Pepa: Push It
-Frank Ocean: Forrest Gump
-Foxy Shazam: The Temple
-Marcy Playground: Sex And Candy
-Bob Seger: Night Moves
-Tupac: How Do You Want It
-Jimi Hendrix: Foxey Lady
-Journey: Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
-The Darkness: I Believe In A Thing Called Love
-Foreigner: Feels Like The First Time
-Warrant: Cherry Pie
-Def Leppard: Pour Some Sugar On Me
-Beyonce: Blow
-Billy Squier: The Stroke
-Flight of the Conchords: Business Time
-Drake: Hold On, We’re Going Home
-The Lonely Island: Dick In A Box
-Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up

GDC – What it is, and Why it's Important

Hey everyone! Solar here, filling in for Noah, talking about my geek specialty – Video Games.

This week is GDC – The Game Developers Conference. It’s a big deal in the video game community, advertising itself as the “World’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event”. For 5 days, over 24,000 attendees including programmers, artists, producers, designers, musicians, and business professionals will attend lectures, panels, and showcases.

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This year, GDC will have 8 major summits: Artificial Intelligence, Community Management, eSports, Free to Play Games, Game Narrative, Education, Independent Games, and Smartphone & Tablet Games. Each of these summits offer attendees opportunities to be taught by the best in the industry, including keynote talks by developers from Blizzard and Gearbox, and other experienced devs.

The choice of the 8 summits is fascinating to me, because it represents the areas that people want – and NEED – to learn more about in this industry. Indie Games are always a staple at GDC, but Mobile and Community games are rapidly becoming more and more popular, as major MMO creators are rethinking their processes and trying new things, and mobile games are becoming more and more community-based all the time. Free to Play games are an entirely seperate beast, but that model is starting to leave distinctive marks on the MMO and Mobile game industries, with huge games like Clash of Clans and League of Legends leaving their destinctive marks on the way we pay for games.

Speaking of which, an entire summit of GDC is dedicated to eSports. The scenes, the fans, and even the money are getting bigger every year in eSports, and companies like Twitch, Valve, Riot, and Blizzard are leading the way. With eSports teams and players both getting awards spots (albeit, fan-voted ones) at last year’s Game Awards, nobody is doubting anymore that eSports are a thing. But that’s a whole ‘nother article.

Let’s talk about what’s really important about GDC. It’s possibly the best conference where indie and triple-a devs meet together under a mutual understanding – how freaking hard it is to make games. GDC is home to the IGF – The Indie Game Festival, arguably the most prominant indie-only game awards. GDCPlay offers attendees chances to play games that are being shown off by developers trying to get their foot in the door. It also offers devs a chance to network with other indie devs who have made it further and programmers from companies like Sony, and get tons of advise, contacts, and sometimes even capital. And best of all, it offers students an inside look at the industry and the people in it. In fact, our own EAE Master Game Studio took one of 8 winning spots in the IGF Student Showcase for their game Cyber Heist last year.

Want to know more about GDC? Check out Gamasutra’s coverage of it here. Lucky enough to go to GDC? We’d love to see some pictures! Post to our Facebook page or email us at thegeekwave@gmail.com.

Geek out!