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The Legacy of Jobs Being a Square

Steve Jobs had a sense of humor.  And if you have an iPhone, you look at it every day.  Ever wonder about the design of the home button?  It is a recessed circle with a square icon on it…

One of my favorite notions that he expressed is that people do not know what they really need until it is shown to them.  He meant to say that sometimes we work with a deficiency or handicap we don’t even realize until it is pointed out to us.  Out of habit, we can get used to compensating for a shortcoming in our position.  Or overcoming a hole in our lives never really seeing it is there…

Steve also believe that his products didn’t have to do everything.  As a matter of fact, he insisted that they should not do everything.  When they do something, they should do it simply and completely.  So rather than stretch his products to cover all possible options, he built a very solid square product…

So in honor of these two philosophies, Steve left a reminder in the design of the iPhone.  Every time you look at it, just remember that Steve solution is to put a square peg in a round hole.

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I’m Guest Blogging Again

If you’ve been following the site for a while you’ve probably seen that I’ve done a little bit of guest blogging in the past.  It all started in January of 2010 when I did a guest post for Tom Baker all about Battlestar Galactica.  The post was titled Battlestar Galactica: Best Show on TV and was a lot of fun to write.

Part of the reason it was fun was because I’ve always enjoyed BSG and writing about nerdy things is one of my common things.  This time around I am guest posting for Tom once again but I’ve decided to flex my creativity and steer away from my normal posts of nerdery.  This time I’ll be delving into the NCAA Football conference realignment and my opinion on it.  Its different than my normal posts, but I hope that it will be enjoyable.

I fully admit I’ve been a little behind and haven’t hyped my guest appearance as I should but I hope that you all will swing by Tom’s blog tomorrow when the post goes live and take a look at my guest post and hopefully at the rest of the fine content that Tom is putting out.  To Tom, thanks again for giving me the chance to guest blog… hope you aren’t tired of me yet!

One Weekend Of Mario For One Year of Play

Mario Marathon 4 Is Under Way

They are back, again, for the fourth time.  A growing group of friends is going to play as many Mario game as humanly possible for your amusement…

MARIO MARATHON 4

For those of you not familiar with this group yet, these guys have web cams set up as well as a video feed in from their consoles so that we can watch them via uStream as they play through the levels of various Mario games new and old.  Why play Mario?  Because it is fun, that’s why.  Why share it?  The fun of video game is not to be kept to yourself.

Don’t think these guys are playing for no reason.  They have a very good reason to play: Child’s Play.  That’s right, the Penny Arcade charity.  Child’s Play supplies toys (including video games) to hospitals around the world.  As a charity, the gear their events and requests toward gamers.

If you have any question about how successful this event has become, go to the Child’s Play main page and scroll down to see the sponsors.  You won’t find them under Silver or even Gold sponsors, this event has reached Platinum Sponsor status.  Child’s Play even calls it out on their Events page.

So take a few minutes (or hours) to watch, listen, chat, and maybe even donate to keep them playing.

- Ferg

Occasional Blogger of Mediocre Recognition

ferg@nerdsoftheroundtable.com

Super Bowl Sunday

This is almost like a holiday for me.  I love the Super Bowl, but I love this year’s Super Bowl because my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, are playing in the big game.  I’ve been a Packers fan for years so I’m pumped that the Pack is back in the Super Bowl.

This has been a rough week for me, mostly because I’m a Packers fan that lives in North Central West Virginia.  Needless to say I’ve been hearing alot of  trash talk regarding the Steelers.  But I’m sticking with my Packers for this game.

It should be a great game tonight and on a nerdy note there are quite a few commercials to look forward to.  Its been floating around the web that there is going to be a 60 second Captain America TV spot on tonight.  Should be good.

Oh and one last thing, I wanted to share my wardrobe choice for the evening.  Go Packers!

CFL Safety and Disposal

The unthinkable happened. They told me they would outlive me, their light would go on forever. They lied…

A CFL (Compact Florescent Light) bulb burned out on me.

A variety floruscent light bulbs.

To be entirely fair, the bulb now rattles. It sounds like it is in the base which may mean that the connecting wire in the base burnt out. That isn’t very reassuring, but it means to me that the bulb itself would have still functioned.

So, my next step was to dispose of the bulb, but how? I know I cannot put it in the garbage. That is a really big no-no. CFLs contain mercury. Not very much (less than 4 milligrams), but it is mercury none the less. Most states have laws prohibiting the disposal of mercury in normal trash due to environmental impact. Like a diligent nerd, I checked out the packaging for the replacement bulb (Great Value brand) and was pleased to find a website: lamprecycle.org. The site is actually very handy, but not quite what I needed. In the lower left corner of their main page, they had an external link where I found my answers: earth911.com.

Earth911 is exactly what I need for all my disposal issues. Simply put in the separate search terms of what you want to get rid of and where it is located and let their database tell you how. They list drop-off, pick-up, and mail-in services. Some services will even send you a box for you to fill and send back. The services listed range from simple things like burned out CFLs to industrial pick-up like ezcyclebox.com. Note that the search results don’t specify if there will be a cost to the owner and NotRT and Earth911 are not responsible for any expenses incurred during recycling. It isn’t always free to be green.

So then I began thinking about broken bulbs. They contain mercury (the reason you can’t just put them in the trash), so why are they safe for my home. This time I went back to LampRecycle and found their Broken Bulbs Page. Now, I won’t go into all the details of dangers or cleaning, but I will say this: we survived decades with mercury thermometers in our lives and they contain a higher mercury poisoning risk then CFLs. Both LampRecycle and the EPA agree that there is no immediate danger to being in the same room as a broken CFL. If you do break a CFL and find this article in a panic, here are the basics:

  1. Open a window (regardless of the weather).
  2. Shut off any airflow systems (like central air or heat).
  3. Take your computer and exit the room and visit http://epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html

Well, I think that covers my CFL adventure today. For more reading, I have a list of off-site links for you:

  • http://lamprecycle.org/ – A great reference for some basic CFL ownership and usage information.
  • http://earth911.com/ – From CFLs to televisions and beyond, this is a great source to begin your search for recycling support. Just remember, not all recycling is free and call before you go.
  • http://epa.gov/cfl/ – The government also has a lot of CFL information, if you trust them.
  • http//energystar.supportportal.com/ – Contains some valuable information about why you might want to switch to a CFLs.

Happy New Year Nerdverse!

Hey guys, its Jessica from One Nerdy Cupcake. Got a couple of updates from my side of the ‘verse for you!

First off, I’m still stuck in Epic Mickey. I’m finally past the Colosseum and  I actually made it past Mickeyjunk Mountain all on my own! I’m currently teamed up (sort of) with Oswald to fix the paint thinner problem. What I have realized through this whole game? Man, Mickey is a dick! He doesn’t remember anybody and is pretty full of himself!

Secondly, outside of Green Lantern in my comic life, I’ve picked up reading the older Neil Gaiman Sandman series. I know that I’m late to the game with that, but they are absolutely gorgeous and I’m completely loving the story. I’m hoping my job situation changes soon so I can read them outside of sitting inside of Barnes and Noble getting weird looks from people as I sip water and sit for hours on end.

Thirdly, I am retarded for Invader Zim. Have been since it came out in 2001. (Oh wow, we just hit the 10 year mark. I’m old!) A few months ago, creator Jhonen Vasquez finally put to rest all of the rumors of the reboot of one of the greatest cancelled cartoons here. Honestly, he said everything, but I wanted to share with you because  don’t know if it was ever said.

I will hopefully have more little updates soon, I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and I will see you soon!

The Year in Review Part 2

Happy 2011 everyone and thanks for joining me for part 2 of the year in review.  I hope everyone had fun last night and made it back home in one piece.  To those still recovering from last night’s festivities, I feel your pain, I’ve been there before.

The blog was not updated for a little while but kicked back off in September, so that where we will start for this year.

September: In September my excitement for Smallville was re-ignited.  There were some awesome promos that hit the web, but perhaps the coolest one showcased the fables Superman costume.  Needless to say, this was big news for Smallville fans.  If you’ve enjoyed the show you can’t say there isn’t a little part of you that gets excited to see the iconic red and blue costume encased in ice?

October: This was both a good and bad month for fans of Battlestar Galactica.  Lets start with the bad news first.  In October it was officially announced that Syfy was cancelling Caprica.  The worst part is that they abruptly ended the season and are holding the remaining 5 episodes to be shown in a mini-marathon in January 2011.  I found out the show was cancelled via Bear McCreary’s Twitter feed.  That was not the first time this year that a show’s cancellation became known to me via Twitter, but more on that later.

The good news for BSG fans is that another BSG spin-off was announced.  This mini-series would take place during the First Cylon War and follow a young William Adama.  If it sounds familiar, thats because I called this back in March.  :p  If the mini-series is succesful then there’s a chance this might become a regular Syfy show (cynicism until they cancel it /cynicism).

In October I got to write another fun article about Smallville.  This was my chance to rant and rave a little about the evolution of Clark Kent’s superhero costume on the show.  It was fun realizing that everything is evolving to eventually lead to the iconic Superman costume that everyone recognizes.  Clark’s current red leather jacket is pretty cool, but I like the fanart thats been floating around the web.  Especially this one I found on the net.  Still looking for the original designer, if it’s a reader please leave a comment so I can credit you properly.

Continuing the Smallville trend, the 200th episode of the series aired this month.  Honestly, it was probably one of my favorite episodes of the series.  Some of the coolest things to come out of this episode was seeing Lois and Clark in the future.  But the biggest thing to come from this episode is that Clark finally flew.  I love this episode so much that it’s still on my DVR so I can re-watch it whenever I want.

The final piece of news for this month is that Transformers 3 was officially given a title.  The title leaked at first but was eventually confirmed to be Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. Needless to say it doesn’t make much sense, but I’m still putting money on the fact a certain Pink Floyd song makes it on to the official soundtrack.

November: This month we welcomed a new writer to the Round Table.  Bob debuted with his first post on the top 5 All-Time Thanksgiving Movies.  I’ve learned there’s some movies that I need to go out and see.  Thanks to Bob for all this hard work this year!

This month I also wrote about variety of methods being used to try to save Caprica.  As of now the show is still cancelled but as fans continue to voice their displeasure there’s still a slim chance something might happen.  To all those that have made their voice heard thanks for the effort!

The first trailer for DC’s Green Lantern movie hit the web this month.  I’m still not 100% sold on it, but the trailer made things look pretty cool even if the CGI might have been a bit rough.  I still think Ryan Reynolds would have been a better Wally West Flash, but his Hal Jordan looks to be pretty cool too.  Lets hope he’s still able to make a Deadpool movie at some point!

Finally, Conan O’Brien returned to TV with his new show called Conan on TBS.  The first show was awesome and I’ve been hooked ever since.  It’s a fun show and Conan seems to enjoy putting out a quality show each week.  In what is perhaps the coolest move all of the episodes are available on the Team Coco web-site for viewing.

December: Perhaps the biggest news of the month was that the Syfy Channel cancelled Stargate Universe.  The fact they cancelled the show wasn’t too terribly shocking however the manner in which they did so left a lot to be desired.  Syfy announced the cancellation to everyone, including cast and crew, via Twitter.  Seriously, that was how the stars of the show found out that it was over.  Classy way to do it Syfy Channel.

The cancellation of SGU lead to my rant/article about how Syfy was moving away from their core fanbase.  I still think that eventually Syfy is going to turn into a poor man’s SpikeTV.  Only time will tell though.  At this point I really have nothing to watch on Syfy channel until/unless BSG: Blood and Chrome comes out.

December was also a month for a lot of rumored plot leak from Marvel movie.  To start out, a possible script was leaked to the Spider-Man reboot.  More than likely its fake, but it did present an interesting plot for the movie.  I wouldn’t be shocked if parts of the movie are similar to the ‘leaked script.’  Additionally, a paper in New Mexico might have leaked the plot of The Avengers film.  Supposedly the Avengers will be battling the Kree and Skrull in the movie.  Is it true?  At this point who knows, but I’m leaning towards no.  The new Marvel movies have been working on developing one over-arching world and there haven’t been any hints of either the Kree or Skrull.

This was also a big month for movie trailers as the trailers for both Thor and the new Pirates of the Caribbean hit the web.  Both looked good to me, but I’m more excited for Thor than Pirates.  Really its just cause Thor is new and I’ve already seen 3 Pirates films.

And finally in December we welcomed another person to the Round Table.  Jess, from One Nerdy Cupcake, gave us her take on Epic Mickey.  To be honest I still need to play this game which is going to require me to get a Wii again.  Anyone want to let me come camp out on their couch and play Epic Mickey so I don’t have to buy a Wii?

Well everyone, thanks for staying with me through the final part of the year in review.  Its been a lot of fun this year bringing you news and my opinions on a variety of topics.  Thanks to everyone that comes by, and another thank you to everyone who leaves comments.  Its feedback from everyone that really adds to my enjoyment on posting articles.  I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in 2011, hopefully its just as much as last year with the exception of all the shows I like being cancelled.  Thanks everyone and Happy New Year!

The Year in Review Part 1

Well folks we made it another year.  And its been a year filled with all sorts of interesting stories  and events.  I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the things I’ll remember from 2010.  I’ve gone back through the archives and pulled the stories I’ve found most interesting.  Part 1 will cover January – June.  Part 2 will cover the remaining parts of 2010 and will be posted early tomorrow morning.

January: January marked the end of Conan O’Brien’s run on The Tonight Show.  Like many other young bloggers and 20 something year olds I came down firmly on Conan’s side on the entire debacle.  It makes me quite happy to see Conan doing so well with his new show on TBS.

January was also the long-awaited debut of Battlestar Galactica’s spin-off called Caprica.  We know how well this show turned out in the end, but in January there were many people, myself included, who had high hopes for the show.  There’s still 5 episodes left but sadly the story will remain largely unresolved.

Mass Effect 2 was released in January.  I think this was my favorite game to be released in 2010.  I’ve done multiple playthroughs with renegade and paragon characters.  Not many games can make me play them multiple times.  In fact it seems to be mostly BioWare games.

One of my biggest personal highlights of the month was being Tom Baker’s first guest blogger on his blog entitled Morning Erection.  Tom was gracious enough to post my article on why Battlestar Galactica was the best show on television.  I was quite the honor to be the first guest blogger for Tom and to this day I greatly appreciate the opportunity.  Thanks Tom!

In possibly the biggest news of the month Sony Pictures announced they were rebooting the highly successful Spider-Man franchise.  The intent was to bring everything back to the beginning and get a fresh start with new actors.  I’m still a little wary of this decision but I will give the producers credit that they have brought on a lot of quality actors.

February: We’ll start off February with all of the casting rumors that were floating around on who would play Captain America in the upcoming movie.  I threw out a few names… none of which ended up turning out in the end.  I’m happy with the casting of Chris Evans as Cap, but I still stand by the thought that Ryan McPartlin, aka Captain Awesome on Chuck, would have been a great Captain America.  Don’t believe me, check out the picture below.

Continuing on the comic book movie theme it was announced that Christopher Nolan was being brought on to oversee the upcoming Superman movie.  As I said in February, I Christopher Nolan will be the ‘Godfather’ of the picture.  Conspiracy theorists thought that Nolan would end up directing but he has stuck with directing the 3rd Batman film and given directorial responsibility on Superman to Zack Snyder.

This was also the month that I realized the NBC series Heroes had failed me.  I stuck with the show to cancellation despite my better judgement.  Sadly it was never able to recapture the greatness of season 1.  Just imagine how different things would have been if the writer’s strike hadn’t shortened season 2.

It was in February that Captain Phil Harris passed away.  Captain Phil was found for his part on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.  Phil allowed cameras to follow him through his ordeal which in turn lead to huge ratings for the Discovery Channel.

March: March was a big month for me to hype Iron Man 2.  One of my favorite posters for this movie was released in March.  Originally it was available only at WonderCon but has since been released to the public.  This poster featured Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.  I mean seriously I do love this poster and it has been the wallpaper on my phone since March.

This month I wrote a rant on how TV rating systems were killing TV shows and that it was taking extraordinary efforts to save shows from cancellation.  Networks were just beginning to embrace the internet as a method for delivering content.  Now I think things are getting a little better as shows are available streaming on sites such as Hulu and network web-sites.  DVRs are being factored into ratings and shows that were continually in trouble in the past, such as Chuck, are thriving now.

One of my favorite posts of the year came from this month.  Rumors were flying that SciFi Channel might be looking for another Battlestar Galactica spin-off.  I suggested that the first Cylon War would be the perfect setting for a spin-off series.  This series would follow a young William Adama through the war.  Fast forward a few months and we get the new mini-series Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome that is basically what I had theorized.  I don’t like to pat myself on the back but I will on this one.  :p

April: This was a short month with only a few posts.  The biggest news was adding Nathan Fillion as the next member of The Man Series.  On Jimmy Kimmel’s show he affirmed his geek cred, There’s not many movie stars I know that want to get in a lightsaber duel with his neighbors… plus he’s Captain Mal.  How can he not be included?

May: The biggest news to me this month was first trailer for The Force Unleashed II hit the web.  The game looked like it would be fantastic picking up where the first one left off.  Fast forward a few months later and I was fairly disappointed by the game.

June: This is where the site went on hiatus for a little bit.  Looking at houses to buy and eventually moving in turned out to be rather time-consuming.  However the first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I came out this month.  Boy did it look good and in turn make me rather excited for the movie.  It turned out the movie was fantastic and the darkest out of all the Harry Potter movies.

Well folks, this concludes part of the year in review.  Looking back its pretty cool to see what all happened in just this 6 month span.  Its been pretty fun looking back and seeing what I thought was important.  It’s also been fun to see how wrong I was on some of my guesses.  Everyone stay safe tonight as you go out and celebrate the beginning of a New Year.  Thanks for stopping by the Nerds of the Round Table, and please come back tomorrow morning for part 2 of the year in review.

Merry Christmas

From all of us to you, Merry Christmas.  Hopefully Santa Claus was good to everyone this year!  As for myself I think I’m off to watch some Christmas movies from my childhood (i.e. The Santa Clause series and maybe Home Alone 2).  Whatever you do today, make sure enjoy some time with family and friends and have a great day!

EDIT: Just found out SpikeTV is running a marathon of the original Star Wars trilogy.  Looks like my day just got filled up!

The Man Series Continues With Bob Saget

After a brief hiatus we bring the return of The Man Series.  The newest inductee is none other than Bob Saget.  Many people might be familiar with him from playing Danny Tanner in Full House and as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos.  However, Bob Saget is not at all like those characters he has portrayed on TV.

Saget is a stand-up comic well known for his rather raunchy performances.  You might be asking, why would I add Bob Saget to the illustrious ranks of the The Man Series?  Simply put his comedy is hilarious and makes use of the fame he had gathered in the past.  And his comedy makes fun of the characters he used to play.  If you don’t believe me check out the videos below.  But fair warning, Bob Saget does use a good deal of profanity so if that offends you please don’t view them.  Oh and Saget provides the voice of Future Ted on How I Met Your Mother further cementing his status.  (I’m a fan of HIMYM so thats points in my book)

The first video is of a Bob Saget performance live in Florida.  The song is entitled Danny Tanner Was Not Gay.  Funny video but again very profane.  The next video is Bob Saget starring in one of Jamie Kennedy’s rap videos.  This video is hilarious because it completely rips on the Danny Tanner character and it even includes George Lucas in a blink and you’ll miss it cameo!

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