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The Geek Life #238: CurrentC vs NFCs, Comic Book Movie Mayhem, GamerGate, Science, and More!

“Raw Chicken Beer”

More discussion on CurrentC, with its affiliates turning off NFCs so ApplePay and Google Wallet don’t work. Also DC finally gives us a big list of movies they are planning, only to have Marvel give us an updated list. We also talk a bit about #GamerGate, and more!

 

Beer:

  • Summit Winter Ale is out… Surly Darkness is out there…stuff. – Paul
  • Franziskaner Weissbier – Fes
  • Eric’s Ale – New Belgium Lips Of Faith series. – Mike
  • Ebel’s Weiss – Two Brothers – Melissa

Video and Film:

New

  • Snowpiercer

Catalog

  • Nightbreed (blu)
  • Planet of the Vampires (blu)
  • Fedora (blu, Billy Wilder)
  • Gorky Park (blu)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (blu)

Criterion

  • Jacques Tati box set
  • The Vanishing
  • La Dolce Vita
  • F for Fake

Title of the Week

  • Joseph: Close to Jesus
  • Raging Boll: a documentary in which Uwe Boll challenges critics to boxing matches. “Not an Uwe Boll film”

HBO says, “Yeah, f**k cable.” (paraphrase)
Well, not really. But will soon offer full HBO over web. (The Verge)

Comics:

DC and Warner Bros: “*sigh* Fiiiiiiiine….”
Wonder Woman gets a solo movie… and Flash… and Cyborg…. and Aquaman… And Shazam. (The Mary Sue)

Captain Marvel announced too.
(The Mary Sue 1The Mary Sue 2)

Comic of the Week: Table Titans

Tech:

Fusion Reactor? Fusion Reactor.

News Flash: Rocket Explodes on Launch for Space Station Supply Trip
Ooops… No Casualties though. (ABC News) (ariel view)

Nexus 9, 6, and “Player”

Some retailers disabling NFCs to avoid ApplePay
Because those retailers are part of CurrentC. (The Verge)
CurrentC is grabbing your MAC address, wifi network name, number of processes running, and pinging home every 2 seconds… could be due to beta, or who knows… (iMore)

HOVERBOARD! (kinda)
Well….  magnet repulsion technology on metal surfaces. (The Verge)

Gaming:

GamerGate
Felicia Day now threatened for “daring” to speak out. (Raw Story)

I don’t care what side of the actual argument you are on. If you make such violent threats, YOU are the problem, and your argument is invalid. – Fes (Tumblr post)

Agreed the hashtag is irrelevant. On The Media even covered it, from the ‘the group is so amorphous its pointless’, I think Newsweek also ran stats on the amount of hate speech towards women vs. journalists, etc. It’s not about ethics in gaming. – Paul

Peeks:

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Network News

Webfiction World is on official “Indefinite Hiatus”

Webfiction World is on official “Indefinite Hiatus”. This means it will not update in the foreseeable future.

It’s just down to me, Fes, to run things here. Friends and colleagues have long since moved on to other projects (aka didn’t have time for Webfiction World), and that is fine. However, I can’t run everything myself.

I need to focus on other projects, and keep this one out of mind. It takes QUITE a lot of work to scout for webfiction to read and get permissions to read. Not to mention that I’m a little dyslexic, and I need to prepare each reading in a certain way for me to follow; then of course recording multiple takes on the read, and editing it all together, etc. It’s a lot of work.

Especially when it’s only me, and I have other projects I need to work on.

So, unless I can find a couple of enthusiastic people willing to basically take over the podcast (though I could still produce them), I just can’t work on this podcast right now. I wish I could, but I can’t.

If you may be someone willing to take over the podcast (Ideally, I’d prefer 2-3 people), then please, EMAIL ME! I would love to see the show continue!

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