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Editor's Note: Due to some technical hiccups, New Music Monday is going up a bit late this week. We'll be back on schedule next Monday, sorry about that! -R
Hey everyone gather 'round. It's time for another peek at what music you'll be using to soothe all the savage beasts you encounter this week... It's New Music Monday! This week we've got some gothic horror debauchery, some French and British rockers, post rock from Kansas and old timey soul funktions from Minneapolis.
May the force be with you! Live long and prosper! Bazinga! There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t. Ever wonder what makes a geek a geek and a nerd a nerd? While I’m no fan of sporting labels, there’s definitely a spark recently in sporting the title, almost like a badge of honor. So, in celebration for everyone who proudly declares their geek factor or nerdiness, here are the differences.
Welcome to another Marvel vs. DC fight to the finish. Before we go over last week's winner in the fight between The Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), let me just say that I was pleasantly surprised by the types of responses we received. Also, if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out part one HERE and find out why this battle was just so hard to judge. For those of you who have been waiting to hear just who won, let me just say it was so close I almost had to declare a draw. Without further adieu, here is your winner...
Batman. I'm not saying DC shouldn’t have Batman. DC without Batman is like McDonalds saying "what fries?" Batman can easily play a lot of different roles in your story. He can be camp, depressing, an action hero, a ninja… heck he works as a communist, a vampire, and even as a Green Lantern. But he simply doesn’t work if you make no sense.
Here’s a fun “Would You?” question. Would you hire an incredibly sexy woman who only dressed in tight miniskirts to raise your kids, BUT, she would have to have an equally annoying voice that would make Steve Urkele sound like Morgan Freeman? It’s quite the conundrum. Luckily for you, we here at Channel Surfer have run across a simulation, or “sitcom,” that helps answer this very question. It’s called, The Nanny.
With the spring season now coming along, it’s time to find some new anime to watch. While writing on four shows is much easier to handle, I did try my best to involve a variety of shows that are directed at different tastes; except for mech fans. Sorry, I’ve just never been that into them. With a good balance between light hearted comedy and dark depressing drama, it seems that this season is going to be an eventful one. As always, these shows, these shows can be streamed for free by Crunchy Roll.
After another annoying wait, The Vampire Diaries returns with the prom-centric episode, Pictures of You. Overall, the episode felt a little lackluster compared to my expectations, mostly because the prior episode was full of deceitful twists and turns, heart-stopping action, and seeing complex layers of many of our characters that we don’t always see in them. As in most episodes of The Vampire Diaries, these things were present here, but some moments were richer than others that were a little slow and didn’t have quite the same effect.
Title: Grand Turismo
Version Played: Playstation (1997)
I’ll openly admit that I’ve never really been into racing games (or racing in general), outside of Mario Kart and the occasional Burnout title I’ve never actually owned a racing game. But then I stumbled upon Gran Turismo for 50 cents at a library book sale of all places and figured, whatever, at least I’ll get a column out of it.
I have to agree with my fellow writer and co-podcaster Dylan for the most part. The SyFy Channel seems to have put all their money on Defiance, spamming us with ads for months! I’m not sure why they chose this approach. I have a feeling combined with the game and big(ish) name cast members that this is one of their most expensive shows. And if you have a marketing campaign as massive as theirs, you better deliver.
The Syfy Channel doesn't have the best reputation, but you have to admit that it's released some cool shows over the years. Painkiller Jane, Warehouse 13, Being Human (US version), Battlestar Galactica, and Eureka are just some of the channel's more awesome moments. In the past few months, Syfy has spent a lot of time and money trying to get some buzz going for a new program. Defiance is SyFy's ambitious transmedia project, functioning as both a TV show and a video game. The video game half is an entire review unto itself, but as for the TV series, is it the new Battlestar SyFy is clearly hoping it will be?