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Nerd Lunch Episode 144 – Adventures in Craigslisting

Posted in internet, podcast, pop culture, technology, websites with tags , , , , on August 12, 2014 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

And we meet again. This week the nerds are joined by former Atomic Geek and current Classic Film Jerk Andrew Bloom to talk about that ancient bastion of Internet classifieds, Craigslist.

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We all delve into our local Craigslist Classifieds and find some nerdy and weird ads featuring VHS tapes, compulsively curated comic book collections, the Fun TV portable videotape player and Bill. Who makes deliveries.  It’s a fun discussion with lots of Internet craziness.  Come check it out.

Download this episode from iTunes, Stitcher or listen to it on Feedburner. Or listen to it online right here.

The new Coke Freestyle soda fountain + other bad ass Coke machines

Posted in Coca Cola, hackers, internet, soda, technology with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by Paxton

Sodapalooza

Coca-Cola has started test marketing a new soda fountain called the Coca-Cola Freestyle.

Coke Freestyle machinesCoke Freestyle logo

It is run by computer and controlled through an LCD touchscreen.  The soda dispenser has the ability to mix up over 100 different types of sodas, waters, teas and energy drinks.  The menu even includes items not currently sold in the US like Grape Vault (yes, please!) and Raspberry Coke.  As of right now the Freestyle is only being test marketed in Atlanta and Southern California (list of locations here) but further test markets will be opened up in the Spring of 2010.  Don’t worry, that sound you hear behind you is a chorus of angels in the background singing “Ha-lle-lu-yah!”  Now, whenever I approach the soda fountain at Subway, I’ll immediately have brain shutdown due to the ridiculous amount of soda choices at my finger tips.

There have been rumors about this very thing for years. Coke and Pepsi have so many flavor variations around the world and the US really only sees a SMALL portion. Grape Vault? Are you kidding me? I really want to try that.  I’ve heard of Raspberry Coke in New Zealand, but it doesn’t sound THAT appetizing.  How about the discontinued Coke with Lemon?  It’s all up for grabs with this new machine.  However, don’t expect things like New Coke and Surge to be available, because this isn’t a time machine, it’s a soda machine.

Check out a video demonstration of this glorious machine here.

Now that the technology is here to let the dispensing machines do all the work for us, how long is it before we get into a SkyNet situation? I mean, are we just a lightning strike away from one of these machines going Johnny Number 5 on us? Will this be fun Johnny Number 5, or laser weapon fry your ass like a Roman Candle Number 5? How long before we see this:

Robot Coke Machine

Run tiny, Japanese children!! Run like the wind from the giant Coke branded inhuman monstrosity!!!! Save yourself!!!  It feeds on CHILDREN!!!  CHILDREN!!!!

Speaking of bad ass Coke dispensing Terminator machines, people have been hacking vending machines for years to make them better. One of the more popular things to do to a Coke machine is to connect it to the internet. Connecting your Coke machine to the internet allows you to check inventory levels and dispense sodas remotely from your computer. While this is quite awesome, it also calls onto the carpet not only your laziness, but the fact that you can’t even wait 30 seconds to put money in the machine and make a soda selection.  No surprisingly, this trend was started by Computer Science students.

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Bait and Switch: Horrible movies that had great trailers

Posted in humor, internet, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , on May 27, 2009 by Paxton

preview_screenIt’s happened to all of us. You are sitting in the theater, watching the coming attractions, waiting for your movie to start, and a trailer comes on that blows you through the back of the theater. You think, “That looks AWESOME!” and mentally make a note to check it out later. When the day comes that you can finally check out the movie you’ve been building up in your mind for months, you are disappointed. Maybe more so, maybe you are pissed. Perhaps even outright hostile towards the movie which did nothing to you except suck the will to live out of you.  It’s called the “bait and switch”.  Offer you one thing to get you in the theater, then give you something completely different.

Cutting together a trailer has almost become an art form in today’s Hollywood.  How many times have you watched a trailer and one funny line kills you, then you go see the movie and that was the only funny thing in the entire flaming pile of “poo doo”?  Too often.  Movie trailers should be considered a social contract.  If you promise to deliver an ass-melting action movie, then you better damn well deliver or I get to go to the director’s (or actors’, or producers’) home  and suplex them through their glass topped living room table.  It’s only fair.

Let’s take a look at a list of movies that had really awesome trailers, only to not deliver on said promise of awesome.

Snakes on a Plane
Snakes on a Plane (2006) – When the trailer for this movie started making the rounds on the internet in 2005-2006, it blew up big. Everyone was talking about it. People thought this movie was going to open HUGE. It didn’t. Turns out the movie kinda blew. The best part of the movie was Samuel Jackson and his one line about muthaf’n snakes which, by the way, was not originally in the film and added during post-production.  The expectations were too high for a Grade B horror movie that works better late at night, on HBO with like 5 drunk friends.  Surprisingly, it’s not as entertaining when you’ve just paid $10 for admission, $20 for concessions and aren’t completely bombed.

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New Mountain Dew flavor decided by the people; And the people, are wrong!

Posted in Mountain Dew, Pepsi, pop culture, retail, soda, websites with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by Paxton

Sodapalooza

I’m sure everyone by now has tried the three test flavors of Mt Dew; Supernova, Revolution and Voltage. I mentioned them at the bottom of an article back in May.  Pepsi released the three flavors and promoted a contest where people would try all three flavors and then vote for their favorite. Each flavor was designed based on people logging into the Dewmocracy website, playing a game, and deciding what types of flavor extensions they would like to see. After testing the flavors, the people would log back into Dewmocracy.com and vote for their favorite.  Well the flavor battle was waged and it was a tough battle indeed.  Since the people would decide the outcome, propaganda and campaign posters and images promoting certain flavors were put up everywhere.

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Hulu: New video site ROCKS!!

Posted in humor, movies, technology, TV shows, websites with tags , on April 4, 2008 by Paxton

I got lazy/busy this week and couldn’t finish the article I was working on that I planned on publishing today. Sorry about that, however, I have become completely infatuated with the new video site NBC launched a while back. It’s called Hulu.

Hulu Video Site

NBC got tired of their content getting streamed on YouTube and they weren’t getting a dime, so they decided to open their own video portal. I believe Fox is also a partner in this. They offer high resolution clips and episodes of popular tv shows from both NBC and Fox. It’s unbelievable some of the stuff you can find out there. They have episodes of Doogie Houser, MD and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For free. They even have 2 seasons of one of my favorite shows of all time; Arrested Development. It’s awesome.

The site is very different from YouTube in many ways. Like I said, the resolution is higher. Also, users can’t upload videos so, thankfully, you won’t see some jackass trying to light his own farts on fire or some idiot in face paint singing to his favorite ’80s metal ballad. You get nothing but good content from NBC and Fox tv shows. They also have a fair amount of movies to choose from. You should check it out. The site was in beta testing for a while and I became a member of the hulu beta testing team a few months ago, but it looks like anyone can go out there and watch videos now. Go, see what I mean. It rocks.

Here are some awesome clips I found on Hulu that I found today. Some of these I’ve never been able to find on YouTube.

Unfortunately, WordPress won’t let me embed Hulu videos yet, so I’m just providing the links.

EZ DateSaturday Night Live – E-Z Date– One of my favorite fake commercials from Saturday Night Live. Advertising the “dating” service EZ-Date, which lets you “make connections that will last a lifetime…in one hour increments.” Hilarious.

Really with Seth and AmyReally?! with Seth and Amy– Great segment from Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. Seth and Amy tear apart Michael Vick after he gets busted for marijuana possession at the Miami airport. See the two other Really?! segments here.

MacGruberMacGruber– From Saturday Night Live. Great take-off of the tv show MacGuyver. MacGruber’s drunken rendition of his own theme song kills me everytime.

Al Queda9/11 Conspiracy Theories Ridiculous claims Al Queda– From the great fake online newspaper, The Onion, comes their video “news” segments which look like a CNN news show. This one interviews a conspiracy theorist who believes the US Government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks even when confronted by a member of Al Queda who claims they did, in fact, do it. Really funny skewering of 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Wife DiesWhite House Press Secretary Spins Wife’s Death into Positive– Another video from The Onion. This video involves the White House Press Secretary giving a news conference after his wife’s death. When reporters begin asking questions about her death, he keeps trying to spin it back to the President’s agenda. Sad but funny, too.