I’m no gamer, but even I’ve heard of Grand Theft Auto.
Candy Crush Saga, it’s not.
It’s criminals or criminal-wannabes in the big city, trying to rise through the ranks in organized crime. Underworld kingpins give you different missions to complete, and violence ensues.
It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, and I’m sure a lot of parents wouldn’t want their kids playing it either.
But Grand Theft Auto V has another problem — it allows players to ‘run over, behead and kill animals’ as part of the game.
Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, is calling for a boycott of GTA because of this senseless inclusion of animal violence.
If you agree that there should be a GTA boycott — as I do — vote “YES” in the poll at the end of the TMZ article.
Speak up for those without a voice!
Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Children, Games, Internet, Life, News, Technology
Tagged animal violence, animals, automobiles, Candy Crush Saga, children, criminals, gamer, games, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA, GTA boycott, IDA, In Defense of Animals, Internet, Jack Carone, kingpin, life, news, organized crime, technology, TMZ, underworld, violence
Today I survived a closed MRI.
For someone who is intensely claustrophobic, this is a red-letter event.
I did my homework on the procedure, so I knew what to expect. That’s why I opted for an open MRI when I needed imaging on my left shoulder a couple of years ago.
But an closed MRI was the only option today, which meant I had to face my fears.
I began by taking a light sedative, at my doctor’s advice — to take the edge off. And the technicians were great, walking me through the device and the actual procedure step-by-step. But the greatest help during what would have been 30 minutes of hell?
A series of mirrors that bounce images in the exam room back to me, so I always felt like I could see the outside world clearly…regardless of my position within the tube.
Hey — mind games are welcome here.
Posted in Commentary, Education, Health, Humor, Life, Technology
Tagged claustrophobia, closed MRI, commentary, conquering fears, doctor, exam room, fears, Health, hospital, Humor, imaging, life, mind games, MRI, open MRI, phobias, sedatve, technician, technology
I live in New York City and am a Time Warner Cable customer.
That means, when I return from Atlanta Saturday and try to watch the episode of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that I am DVRing tonight, I may be greeted instead with….
If the goobers from CBS and TWC can’t come to an agreement by midnight tonight, that is.
You guys had better get your sh#t together…’cause if I miss my Craigy Ferg –
Heads are gonna roll!
Thank you for your attention.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Technology, Television
Tagged Atlanta, cable, CBS, commentary, CraigyFerg, DVR, entertainment, Humor, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, life, New York City, static on tv, technology, Television, Time Warner Cable, tv episode, Twitter
Ever thought, “I wanna go out with a bang?”
Now you can. Literally.
Ask your family members to have your cremated remains ‘scattered from within a beautiful fireworks display’ by Angels Flight.
The company, based in Castaic, California, places you (or your loved one’s) ashes into a specially designed fireworks shell and shots them skyward during the lights show. You select the color, brilliance and pattern of the fireworks used; Angels Flight transports your remains from the mortuary to the service site and takes care of all licenses, insurance and permits.
You can also choose to hold your final fireworks display over the ocean — from a yacht, no less — on the beach or on a lake…at prices ranging from $4,250 to 5,500. (Still photography or video is extra.)
I gotta admit — the more I think about it, the more I like it. Who wants to shoot for the heavens?
Posted in Death, Humor, Life, Technology
Tagged Angels Flight, beach, Castaic California, cremation, death, fireworks, fireworks shell, go out with a bang, heaven, Humor, insurance, lake, life, mortuary, ocean, permits, photography, scattering ashes, seen the light, skyward, technology, video
During the pre-show at my local AMC theatre, an oft-run promo asks, “Do cell phones dream?” Personally, I want to know…
Do cell phone apps turn themselves on?
Nine times out of ten — when I swipe the screen on my Samsung Galaxy SIII — a random app is ready and waiting instead of the home screen that I expect.
Sometimes my camera is open and pointed at my face (which can be scary when you’re not ready for it). Or the Seamless app is offering me restaurant choices to peruse. More often than not, Fandango is open to their current movie push ad, which I quickly skip.
(And we all know it doesn’t take much for me to decide that going to the movie is a very good idea.)
What is making these apps pop open? Is it something in the way I swipe? Simple chance? Or evil marketing genius at work?
If there are any app developers out there reading this blog — and if you are…really? –
I’d love to know.
Posted in Advertising, dreams, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Technology
Tagged advertising, AMC theatres, app developers, apps, cell phone apps, cell phones, cellphone camera, do cell phones dream, Fandango.com push ad, homepage, Humor, life, marketing genuis, movie promo, Movies, pre-show, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy SIII, seamless.com, technology
I have more than one friend and/or family member who records their beer consumption on Twitter.
Why yes, I am very proud.
The app shows the beer name, where they were when they swigged it, and how long they breathed — if indeed they did — between frosty brews.
Now, I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I find myself looking forward to this digital diary…and wanting to participate even though I don’t like it!
Luckily I found the perfect way:
The Random Beer Name Generator.
Just click the button, and it generates a way cool beer name. For example, it just gave me “Irish Elvis Dubble”…
So let’s pretend that’s what I drank this round.
Posted in Foods, Humor, Internet, Life, Technology
Tagged alcohol, app, beer, beer consumption, beer drinker, beer name, buy a round, digital diary, family, Foods, friend, frosty brew, Humor, Internet, life, random beer name generator, swigged beer, technology, Twitter
The best thing I saw at the movie theatre yesterday was an ad during the pre-show.
No offense to the movie.
I really enjoyed Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It had great action, an interesting conceit and an ending that I did not see coming.
But this commercial for Windows Phone made me laugh aloud.
Truth is funny.
Posted in Advertising, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Technology
Tagged ad, advertising, comedy, commentary, commercial, entertainment, Humor, life, Morgan Freeman, movie theatre, Movies, Oblivion movie, pre-show, technology, Tom Cruise, truth is funny, Windows Phone
Happy 40th Birthday, Cellphone!
That’s right. Forty years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first cellphone call — to one of his rival engineers at Bell Labs, no less — and made telecommunications history.
Looking at your ‘baby photo’ at left — a cellphone model that I see turn up in old movies and television sitcom reruns all the time — I can honestly say…
You look even younger today.
(You really do.)
Posted in History, Humor, Life, Museums, Technology, Television
Tagged 40th birthday, baby photo, Bell Labs, cellphone, engineer, history, Humor, life, Martin Cooper, mobile phone, Motorola, museum, old movies, redial, technology, telecommunications, television reruns