Category Archives: Informative

Wikipedia Blackout Announced: Public Protest of SOPA

WordPress takes a stand with other online giants

The Wikimedia Corporation recently added a new banner to their website, and no, this time they’re not asking for a donation. By general consensus, the Wikipedia community has decided to initiate a blackout in approximately 3.5 hours, in order to protest SOPA legislation proposed by the United States government. The official comprehensive explanation is offered, as well as a simple homepage notice.

It is understood that although this legislation may have its benefits, it also comes with a price of providing the government with the power to remove websites after a court’s approval and restricting online freedom by placing strictures against suspected pirate websites and requiring domain owners including search engine giants such as Google, to remove any possible links related to the alleged pirate/s – a note upon which the Wikipedia community has taken a stand, claiming that the legislation is a form of censorship, and as other popular websites have stated, the likes of which China and Iran implement. Supporters of the bill dismiss these claims, yet Congress has taken note of these criticisms and the bill would appear to be losing ground. [1] [2] [3]

The time is ticking… now what am I going to do when I have some last minute research for the next 24 hours (the duration of the blackout)? I’m sure I’ll survive, but the impact of Wikipedia’s message, combined with the efforts of Yahoo!, Tumblr, Google, etc. is sure to be substantial. [4]

Even our beloved WordPress has joined the strike, all it takes is a visit to WordPress.com and visit one of those “censored” blogs.

I, for one, am a staunch supporter of action which may hinder the efforts of pirates and rightly secure an owner’s content under their copyright. However, the ramifications SOPA presents brings up many questions: do we want the government to have more power? Will the legislation really do good? Will it really effect the economy, or this simply being blown out of proportion? Will it hinder innovation and quench online entrepreneurship? 

Many of the Internet’s chief innovators are on strike, where do you stand?

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The 3DS’ Shocking Price Drop

In an e-mail to Nintendo DS News subscribers today, Nintendo announced that it would be lowering the new Nintendo 3DS system’s retail price from a hefty $249.99 to

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Nintendo 3DS Logo displayed on 3DS System

an unforeseen $169.99, closer to that of the DSi’s $149.99. Although this is great news for potential buyers of the 3DS, it presents a potential aggregation to current owners which have already paid the originally immemse sum. To this, however, Nintendo has an answer.

The Ambassadors Program, in effect September 1st, will be open to all current 3DS owners that visit the Nintendo eShop at least once on their 3DS systems before midnight (EST) on August 11th (day of the price drop is Aug. 12th). This program will provide ambassadors with twenty (20) free Nintendo eShop games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, both before and after they are released to the public. The remaining ten games, Nintendo states,

…will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public [outside of the program] on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

These titles include Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™.

At the end of the announcement, Nintendo adds,

More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Which will provide for some great anticipation as to the other unnamed titles.

You can read the full article posted by Nintendo here.

As a member of the ambassador program, I’ll provide details and reviews on these releases as they happen in the month of September.

Reviews Galore

Quill pen tip

Image via Wikipedia

Are you ready for back-to-back movie reviews?

Hope so, because in a few days I’ll be reviewing some of the following films:

  • Transformers III*
  • Unknown*
  • The Adjustment Bureau*
  • The Soloist
  • Green Lantern: First Flight
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • Prince of Persia
  • Captain America “
  • Iron Man
* definitely going to be reviewed
`` movie has yet to be released - most likely TBR (to be reviewed)

Gmail Introduces Handy New Sidebar

(-From the Official Gmail Blog-) Next to every email message you can now see contextual information about the people in that conversation including recent emails you received from them,

The People Widget

relevant Buzz posts, shared documents and calendar events. You also have quick access to a variety of ways to communicate with individuals, start a group chat or schedule a meeting with groups of people.

AW Blog: This new feature is certainly quite handy as it is of  great aid when locating contacts, contacting those contacts, and adding events to your calendar corresponding with e-mails.

Nintendo 3DS: Post Update

Remember my longest review, the one on the Nintendo 3DS? Well now it has gotten even longer! And there’ll be even more to come in the future.

Recent Updates:

10 Things to Do This Summer

Wheat in the Hulah valley, 2007

Image via Wikipedia

In response to today’s Daily Post topic, here’s some things I plan to do this summer (in no particular order).

1. Read: Lots and lots of books

2. Finish writing my book

3. Exhaustively revise my book

4. Attain a copyright registration for my book

5. Locate an agent

6. Strike a deal and publish my book

7. Review upcoming films

8. Spend time with friends and family

9. Review up and coming novels

10. Make it through summer with the WP Post-A-Day 2011 Challenge!

AW Blog comes to Twitter

Free twitter bar

Image via Wikipedia

A few months ago I linked the Adventure Writer Blog up with Twitter account AW Blog. Now, utilizing WordPress’ new Twitter interface, I’ve added a Twitter widget on the sidebar! Want to add your own? Simply select the new Twitter app under your Widgets, and customize it!

Kung Fu Pand 2: Review Coming Up!

Look out for the Kung-Fu Panda II: Kaboom of Doom review sometime tomorrow! If you’re unfamiliar with the Dreamwork’s series, be sure to check out my review on the first film: Kung Fu Panda.

Thanks for reading! -Adventure Writer

Learning a Foreign Language

Pierre-François Bouchard discovered the Rosett...

Image via Wikipedia

This summer (I constitute summer as “anytime after this Friday until August”) I’ll be finishing my second, and hopefully third and fourth years of French with Rosetta Stone. It’s a lengthy process, but it’ll definitely be worth it! I’ve always found other languages most intriguing and exciting to learn, and French is no exception! This way, if I receive a chance to go to France again, I’ll actually be able to speak fluently.

In our last visit to France, it was evident that most of the city populace spoke English, while people in regions such as Bayeux, Rouen, and Giverny tended to speak very little. A baker could understand what we wanted, interpreting a few English words, but it helped when we counted in French, identifying the quantity of items. It’s always nice to know some of a language when you go travelling, and the natives will certainly appreciate it.

Simple phrases such as “Je voudrais” (I would like), “s’il vous plaît” and various common nouns and figures of speech were invaluable in communicating, and additional words can be picked up along the way. After all, the supposed “best way to learn a language,” is to live where it’s spoken – although that wasn’t a possibility for us.

More Movie Reviews Coming Up!

On Sunday I’ll try and get another movie review up and posted on the Adventure Writer’s Blog. Perhaps the new Source Code film, or another older film if possible – only tomorrow will tell. Right now I have only this post to concern myself with! And it is a short one, to be sure.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

-Matthew 6:34 (New King James Version)

(The above verse came to mind when writing this post)