Zombies and Patterns and Androids, Oh My!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | Author: Mad Typist
Lots of nerd-ariffic tidbits for you folks today.

Videogames: Microsoft just announced the new red Xbox 360 Elite bundle, and boy howdy, is that a nice deal for gamers who still haven't taken the plunge yet.


From ars technica, here are the details:
  • Xbox 360 Elite Console with Exclusive Red Finish
  • Matching red wireless controller
  • 120GB hard drive
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Exclusive Resident Evil Premium Theme
  • Xbox 360 black wired headset
  • HDTV-ready component HD AV, HDMI and Ethernet cables
Sometimes you'll see game consoles packages with throwaway crap games, but in this case, you're really getting a deal as a gamer. Resident Evil 5 is looking to be a stellar game, so you're saving $60 right there. Plus, SSF II Turbo HD Remix is supposed to be tons of fun, so you're getting a really great quality arcade game for free (it's about $20 to purchase on XBLA).

TV stuff: Well, Fringe continues its quest to become the X-files's true successor by announcing that season 2 will be shot in Vancouver (the home of the X-files for most of its run). The show was already renewed back in the fall, so at least sci-fi fans know they'll have one good show to look forward to next season (since BSG is going off the air). Again, if you missed this great show the first time around, do yourself a favor and go find the episodes online. If you're already a fan of Fringe, love Anna Torv, and don't mind soapy Brit shows, you might want to catch the BBC show Mistresses that just started airing on BBC America here in the states. Anna guest-stars as a lesbian bride-to-be who ends up having an affair with one of the female leads of the show. It's nice to finally hear Anna speaking with her normal accent (I often think that some of her early dialogue on Fringe felt stilted, because she was struggling to do an American accent).

Unfortunately, it seems Dollhouse is a little more on the bubble, as ratings dropped for the second episode. Still, hopefully Fox will stick by the show, keep promoting it this season, and give Joss a chance to continue next year. While you wait news of the show's eventual demise (or resurrection, in the form of a renewal), go here to enjoy an interview with Steven DeKnight, who wrote last week's excellent episode, "Target".

General techie stuff: Ars Technica has a really interesting article up on Google's mobile OS, dubbed Android. It's pretty technical stuff, but if you like programming talk, this 4 page article is for you. I'm hoping that Android will continue to evolve, so that the iPhone has a legitimate challenger to their growing smart phone domination.

However, if Android develops fast enough, you may see this little platform start to show up other places. With the release of the new Cupcake version of Android, it may be possible to start envisioning Android someday driving the next generation of netbooks, PMPs and so on.
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1 comments:

On 10:33 PM , Brownie said...

I've been worried about Dollhouse before the first show even aired. Friday night is a terrible night to debut a show. Hopefully, Fox is checking to see how many people using DVR/TIVO to record and watch it later. Oh yeah, the 2nd show was much better than the first. I definitely want to see where the show is going.