Quick thoughts: the OG PS4 design is the best

Today Sony officially announced 2 new PS4 consoles: a new, slimmer standard PS4, and the more powerful PS4 Pro. At first it was to make out the console case designs on stage; the stage was dark and the camera was far.

But of course, journalists were on hand at the event, and with Sony now eager to release marketing photos, I finally had a better look at the consoles. After looking at the designs for a good 10 minutes, I had to decide that the OG PS4 design was best. The Slim looks like Lenovo knockoff. The Pro looks like an unnecessary floor was added to a house.

The PS4 looked sleek and fast when it was first announced. And it still does! It looks like something Nathan Drake would want to steal if he lived a few centuries from now.

See Polygon for some good images of the consoles.

PlayStation Vue channel lineup

PS Vue

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s competitor to traditional cable/ satellite TV services, has been in beta in limited markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami). Earlier this month it was expanded nationwide in the US. I won’t be writing a review, but like many of you, I wanted to see if this service was for me. (You can find plenty of reviews online, like this one.) Would it provide me all of the channels I want while being cheaper than my cable provider?

PS Vue’s page lists all of their channel packages and what they include, but there isn’t an easy way to compare. What additional channels do I get if I move up a tier? Well I’ve gone ahead, did the grunt work, and put together that list. Continue reading PlayStation Vue channel lineup

All 2016 NBA Dunk Contest dunks, ranked

Ok, it’s not all of them. I only ranked Zach LaVine’s and Aaron Gordon’s dunks, because if we’re being honest, those are the only ones that matter. This is the best dunk contest I’ve ever seen. There were at least 3 life-changing dunks that I’ll never forget and have yet to get over.

Don’t give me Jordan v Dominique. First of all, I was barely a toddler when that happened. Secondly, their dunks were all power, and the flash they showed would be considered ho-hum nowadays. Don’t give me Vinsanity.  While his dunks were ridiculous, the (non) contest was all Vince and no one else.

These dunks were so good, I had to watch it several times. As far I’m concerned, they both won, we all won.

I mean, look at it. You can’t even do that in a video game.

  1. *Championship round 2 – Aaron Gordon (2:25 in the video) – “Sitting down” over the mascot, under the legs, and bonus points for almost hitting his head on the rim, which is almost behind him at this point.
  2. *Championship round 1 – Aaron Gordon (1:35) – 360, cupped behind the back, other hand behind the back of the head, off a rotating mascot.
  3. *Championship round 2 – Zach LaVine (2:55) – tomahawk windmill from the free throw line.
  4. Championship round 1 – Zach LaVine (2:00) – same dunk as Gordon’s from #2 but without the mascot. Also cupped the ball behind his back.
  5. Second round – Zach LaVine (1:20) – alley oop from the free throw line (he can probably do a 360 from the free throw next year)
  6. Second round – Aaron Gordon (1:07) – over the mascot, between the legs. I thought this was the best dunk of the night at the time.
  7. Championship round 3 – Zach LaVine (3:41) – backwards, under the basket, between the legs, off a bounce.
  8. Championship round 4 – Zach LaVine (4:24) – between the legs from the free throw line. I thought this would be higher, but here we are.
  9. Championship round 3 – Aaron Gordon (3:18) – off the side of the backboard, double pump, 180.
  10. First round – Zach LaVine (0:48) – behind the back reverse.
  11. Championship round 4 – Aaron Gordon (3:56) – double pump, behind the back, then brought it really low, almost hitting his head on the rim. This is a really impressive dunk, but it has to be here with all of the other dunks.
  12. First round – Aaron Gordon (0:40) – between the legs reverse.

I’m going to lose my mind if someone does a 360 from the free throw line next year.

*Life-changing dunks

Bonus: this dunk

All 17 Lucas Bros Moving Co episodes ranked

Last weekend I watched all 17 episodes of Lucas Bros Moving Co. It was instantly one of my favorite shows, and I felt like ranking them all while they were still somewhat fresh in my mind.

  1. Lucas Burgers
  2. Willdependence Day
  3. 420
  4. Kazaam
  5. Karaoke Night
  6. Beeper Beeper
  7. Big Head Mike
  8. For the Love of Moving
  9. Before & After Models
  10. Sister Sister Sister
  11. Freedom Town
  12. Honey, I Shrunk the Bros
  13. Soul Food
  14. Tales from the Hoodie
  15. Escape from Momma
  16. Nutopia
  17. DDT
  18. A/C Tundra

Disappointing: the only way to see The Force Awakens in IMAX is also in 3D

Yes, it’s Back to the Future Day, but I want to talk about Star Wars.

Like many of you , I’m a big Star Wars geek and I’m excited to see The Force Awakens. I was even more excited to learn that it was being filmed and screened in IMAX format.

And like many of you, I also went online during Monday Night Football right when the trailer hit to try to buy tickets. Regular screens be damned, I went right for IMAX screenings. And not just the “IMAX Experience” but full blown IMAX theaters.

However, my excitement was quickly subdued a bit to learn that in order to see it in IMAX, I’d also have to watch in 3D. Bummer.

Star Wars The Force Awakens IMAX

You see, while The Force Awakens was filmed with IMAX cameras (yay), it wasn’t filmed with 3D cameras. That means that the 3D effects were done in post production. While I don’t care about 3D much to begin with, if I’m going to see a 3D showing I’d rather see one done with real 3D cameras. (Read why I prefer this)

Star Wars cinematographic

Eventually I found and bought an IMAX screening that wasn’t yet sold out (and when their site wasn’t crashing). But I also bought tickets to a regular non-IMAX, non-3D screening just so that I can get the non-3D experience. While I guess I’m ok with that, I was really hoping to see Star Wars in IMAX and not have to deal with post production 3D and 3D glasses.

So here’s to hoping the 3D (and the film itself) doesn’t suck.

Adventures in upgrading my SSD (it’s finally working!)

Background

Around February of last year I built a gaming rig. If you don’t know, the first rule of building a PC should be to determine what you’re using it for and come up with a budget from that. If you don’t know that, you can go crazy and spend way more than what your needs dictate.

My budget was around $1,200-1,300. I spent decent money on the CPU, graphics card, motherboard, and memory. That forced me to cheap out a bit on the case, hard drives, and everything else. Continue reading Adventures in upgrading my SSD (it’s finally working!)

Rewatch: Following

I wrote before that I wanted to rewatch all of Christopher Nolan’s feature films while I worked my way up to Interstellar. While I realize Interstellar has nothing to do with his other films, I nevertheless really enjoy his movies, so why not? I’ve also wanted to write movie reviews. Not just new films, but any one I might come across or watch again.

The main character breaking into a flat
The main character breaking into a flat

Continue reading Rewatch: Following

Intro to git: From crash course to fearless development

Several teams at work had transitioned from using SVN to git as their version control system. While they’ve been humming along, there had been some growing pains: unfamiliarity with concepts and terms, confusion around reading the revision tree, unsure where they were using it correctly, fear around messing up the codebase – just general learning curve stuff. Continue reading Intro to git: From crash course to fearless development