Earthereal – time-lapsed photos from the ISS

In this video, Earthereal, you have several high resolution photos taken from the international space station strung together to make a beautiful series of time-lapse trips around the earth. I suggest turning OFF the “HD” mode to watch it once, then turning it on to watch it again. I don’t know if it was my end or Vimeo’s, but the HD video did NOT want to buffer for me. Let’s hope you all have better luck.

When did movie tie in games get good?

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A couple of years ago, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released. This game was the beginning of Marvel Comics’ rebirth in the video games industry. There had been some decent games (Marvel Ultimate Alliance), and there had been some crap (every other Spider-Man game in recent years, with some exceptions) before then. But when I played X-Men Origins Wolverine, I found myself replaying it over and over. The story was alright, engaging enough, but the game play mechanics and the violence levels really let everyone know the game was not your run of the mill “fun for the whole family, lets make a buck off the movie franchise” tie-in game. The game made you feel like a bad ass. The mechanics were simple, it was an old school beatem up brawler, but with long leaps, visceral thrashing, and adamantium claws. More recently, the Captain America: Super Soldier game was released. Now, I’ll admit I’m behind the times finally getting to it (several months late at this point), but I’m already hurting when I see it in bargain bins. It’s a fantastic title, with relatively good graphics, far voice acting, and (once again) EXCELLENT gameplay.

What the games lack in some triple-A game franchise appeal, they more than make up for in being down right good games. For anyone shying away from comic book or movie tie in video games, I have to say don’t stray too far away. You might want to give them another look (especially at their discounted prices). You may find something that surprises you.

Nothing exciting, but planning…

No, today I have no exciting news of any kind. These things happen. However, I am excited to start laying the plans of my E3 coverage. This year is interesting in that Sony and Microsoft have both already made plans to stream their announcements. Microsoft even says they will have a way to stream it over Xbox Live. This is very exciting, but considering I will be away from home I will look to stream through the web. Worst case scenario, I’ll be on a friend’s couch using his Xbox 360 to stream the show as it happens.

Where will you be?

WhoIsServer – domain registration info on the go!

If you’re a web-geek like me, you spend an abnormal amount of time trying to figure out who owns certain domain names, if they’re going to expire any time soon, or (only if you’re very lucky) if they’re not taken at all! I stumbled on to WhoIsServer on my Windows Phone by complete chance (I don’t even rmember what I was searching the marketplace for!) and when I did, I couldn’t believe it was free. Then I downloaded it and didn’t expect it to work (and I thought I knew why it was free)… but it functions flawlessly.

It queries a whois database (likely WhoIs.net, but I’m not positive on this) and sends back the results. Now it’s true that sometimes you get a result with a URL you have to visit (networksolutions is notorious for doing this in their public WhoIs records) but that’s not the developer’s fault. It would be nice if you could click those links when they come up and load the page in Internet Explorer. But feature requets aside, this app is a freebie, and it does exactly what I need it to do!

Would I pay for this app? I’ll be honest, probably not. But if they put ads at the bottom I certainly wouldn’t complain, it’s quite useful. I’m telling you, if you’re a geek, go download WhoIsServer from Windows Phone Marketplace, you’ll be glad you did.