Brian’s Brain: Environmental Fixers

Save The Frogs Day” is April 30, 2010. What’s that you say? You didn’t know that the frogs needed saving. I was not aware myself  until I was channel surfing recently and stopped on one of the local ETV channels where I caught this episode of Nature – Frogs: The Thin Green Line. You can watch the full video here:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/frogs-the-thin-green-line/video-full-episode/4882/


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The episode mostly deals with scientist in the field who are trying to save many species of frogs from extinction due to a naturally occurring disease and predators as well as man influenced environmental changes such as introduction of trout into the ecosystem where there previously were none as well as chemical runoff into the the frogs natural habits.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself: I didn’t know Brian was a tree hugging hippie! Well, I’m not. But I also am no fool. When you start messing with the food chain I start getting concerned. Because, I like to eat. Not frog legs of course. That’s just nasty. Do you know where those legs have been!

Anyway, this got me to thinking. When do we cross the line between fixing what we broke and interfering with the natural order of things? I love frogs. I think they are beautiful to look at and they are very important to our ecosystem as we know it. I think we should be correcting things like the pollution we are introducing to these frogs that are causing mutations (are mutations always a bad thing? That’s another article I’ll have to cover later.) Also, we should try to remove the trout we placed unnaturally into the frogs habitats years ago. But should we be stopping chytridiomycosis.

The Chytrid fungus is naturally occurring in the environment and may play a role that we are not aware of. Nature has a way of evolving and replacing things that are removed from the ecosystem. It’s very resilient. As a human I value life and I think frogs are beautiful and I would love to always have them around. So I support saving the frogs. But I also question how much and how far our good intentions will swing before we stall the natural evolution of things.

I’m no expert. I’m just a guy who likes to question things. I also value your opinion. So be sure to comment below even if it’s to say “Brian. You are an idiot and you don’t know how to use commas.”

Brian D.

Comics Coast To Coast: Caldwell Tanner

On this episode of CC2C, me and John Sanford (Chippy & Loopus) talk with a very energetic Caldwell Tanner of loldwell.com about his webcomic career and his new job at College Humor dot com (NSFW) out of NY.

We cover topics from people typing with no thumbs (highdeas) to using Caldwell’s globe with dragons on it to geomap our locations. However, we do get around to staying on topic from time to time (purely on accident) and learn about Caldwell’s background and go onto talk about his webcomics and his experiences in working in a team environment.

With any good podcast meal you need to throw in some appetizers and dessert. That’s where Music To Draw By and Webcomic Pick Of The Week really shine. Music To Draw By features 11 year old Canadian artist dZ and Webcomic Pick Of the Week showcases Australian Dean Rankine’s webcomic WOTUGIVIZWOTUGET.

Even if you aren’t a huge comic fan, there is plenty on this episode to entertain you. Check it out.

Comics Coast To Coast Episode 90: The Caldwell Tanner Interview

Gauntlet: Buying Adventure

Over the weekend I setup mameui and figured out how to record the games we are reviewing for our Retro Gaming on The Final Score. While I was testing Gauntlet, I discovered what must be a bug or a cheat. I’m unsure if this is well known but it was unknown to me.

I was about to take on the huge group of ghosts behind the second wall on the first level that allows you to get to the gate warp that takes you to level 8.

You will see in the video I never picked up the key required to open the door. But I did insert a ton of virtual coins. When my health reached around 20,000 the door just magically opened on it’s own.

I’ve never seen such bravery!

The Final Score: Episode 2

On this episode of The Final Score, me and Scott Johnson discuss the latest gaming news, what we are playing, retro gaming and read some emails in the segment we like to call Force Feedback.

If you missed being in the chat room during this episode, you can check us out every Friday night at 6pm EST/ 3pm PST on the Frog Pants studio stream http://frogpants.com/podcasts/the-frogpants-live-stream/

We depend on our chat room to keep us honest and to answer those nagging questions of "What was the name of that game" or "What was that guys name."

So check in with us on this second episode of the gaming podcast The Final Score. www.finalscoreshow.com

Latest News (discussed) :

Gears Of War 3 announced: http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/04/gears-of-war/

God of War III, Pokemon & More Battle It Out For March’s Bestseller Crown: http://kotaku.com/5518299/god-of-war-iii-pokemon–more-battle-it-out-for-marchs-bestseller-crown

Final Fantasy XIII PS3 ‘Nearly Doubles’ Xbox 360 Version In U.S. Sales: http://kotaku.com/5518301/final-fantasy-xiii-ps3-nearly-doubles-xbox-360-version-in-us-sales

Microsoft shows how Natal recognizes players gender: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/04/15/microsoft-shows-how-natal-recognizes-players-gender/

Latest News (not discussed) :

7,500 shoppers unknowingly sold their souls: Thousands of shoppers unknowingly signed their souls over to a computer-game store after failing to read the terms and conditions on their website. http://newslite.tv/2010/04/06/7500-shoppers-unknowingly-sold.html

PSN Deals: Wipeout HD: WipEout HD is on sale for $9.99 (regular price $19.99) Offer good through Wednesday, 4/21. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/04/15/playstation-store-update-132/

Blizzard selling armored horse in WoW for $25: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/04/15/blizzard-selling-armored-horse-in-wow-for-25/

PLAY TIME (what are we playing):

Scott – Finishing GoWIII, Warpgate HD

Brian – Lead and Gold, Plants VS Zombies, We Rule, Birdstrike, Doodle Jump

OLD SCHOOL GAMING:

Hexen: Beyond Heretic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexen

Bonus!! Watch me try to remember how to play Hexen for about 5 minutes before I give up. Warning!! It’s kind of boring watching me run into walls as I couldn’t get my mouse to map and I had to use the arrow keys. Also, my video capture didn’t catch the great audio that defines Hexen. Instead you will get to listen to Drowning Pool that ends half way through the video. I’M STILL LEARNING!

You have been warned:

 

Thanks to all those who sent in Force Feedback questions and comments. I love those. Reminds me of the reader feedback in the front of gaming magazines. CALL US OUT!podcast@finalscoreshow.com

 

Film Sack: Labyrinth

This week on Film Sack me, Scott, Randy and Ibbott gave our take on the 80’s classic movie Labyrinth. The movie stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and a whole lot of puppets from the Jim Henson Studio.

Sarah (Connelly), in a moment of frustration, wishes her half-brother baby Tobey would be taken away by the Goblin King (Bowie). Sarah leaves Tobey’s room after she is unable to get him to stop crying. Suddenly, Tobey stops crying and Sarah returns to the room to find Tobey is no longer in his bed. Jareth the Goblin King appears as a barn owl at Tobey’s window. The barn owl enters the window and transforms into his human form and along with his Goblin minions explains that he had done just as she had wished. Sarah begs to have Tobey returned but Jareth insists that “What is done is done.” After Sarah pleads her case, Jareth finally gives her a chance to retrieve her half-brother by navigating the labyrinth that leads to Jareth’s castle. But she must do it in 13 hours or the child will be the property of the Goblin King forever. Sarah sets out on her quest to save her half-brother and meets many unique creatures along the way.

I loved this movie! Both as a kid and as an adult. I was glad to see that this movie held up fairly well, despite David Bowie’s occasional song that seemed out of place. Jim Henson rivals anything being done today in CGI. This was Henson’s last feature film and really shows where he was going when he was taken from us at a much too young of an age. Catch this movie on Netflix streaming when you can and listen to the whole review of this movie on Film Sack.

Film Sack #24: “The one about Labyrinth”

How do you laugh on the Internet?

Before the invention of the colon followed by the end parenthesis to create an ASCII smiley face, it was hard times on the Internet for sarcastic comments. Personally, I have had several discussions with people that ended in arguments because I had forgotten to add the :) at the end of my comments. I have also had on-line conversations where people end everything with a :). That really makes me angry. >:(

Now, onto the thing I want to really discuss today. Just like in real life, everyone seems to have their own laugh on the internet. Personally, I have always preferred the easy to type ‘hehe.’ To me, it says “What you said was funny or clever but I am not rolling on the floor. I do not do that in real life and I am not about to do it on the Internet.” However, I have been known to throw out the occasional “LOL” but that is sacred to me. Do not expect to get an “LOL” out of me unless I really “laughed out loud.”

Please take the poll below and let me know your preferred laugh on the Internet. if you do not see your laugh in the poll, add it to the comments.