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Tanked Episode 171 for Tuesday Sep. 13, 2011 


- Beers
- Hiller parking tirade
- Hiller's looking for a new car.  What should he get?


WACOM unveils Cintiq 24 HD to the delight of me (sort of)

As an avid digital illustrator I love working with pen-to-screen tablets like WACOM's Cintiq line.
What I don't like is their smaller size and somewhat dated resolution.  Well with WACOM's new
Cintiq 24 HD 1 out of two isn't that bad.  The 24 HD brings a welcome 24" widescreen size with
an "ehh" 1920 x 1200 550:1 contrast display.  The previous Cintiq's cumbersome adjustable stand 
has been replaced with a whole new cumbersome spring-loaded stand (so long screen rotation 
and removal) which conceals the cables at the expense of having a hefty footprint (the thing is
65 pounds people!).  WACOM standard express keys and scroll wheels are now accompanied by
a button that calls up a virtual keyboard for those looking to immerse themselves in the digital
pen experience (been asking for that feature for a while now).  The Cintiq 24 HD is available 
for order today for $2,500.



'Wi-fi refugees' shelter in West Virginia mountains
Dozens of Americans who claim to have been made ill by wi-fi and mobile phones
have flocked to the town of Green Bank, West Virginia
Green Bank is part of the US Radio Quiet Zone, where wireless is banned across
13,000 sq miles (33,000 sq km) to prevent transmissions interfering
with a number of radio telescopes in the area.

Symptoms range from acute headaches, skin burning, muscle twitching and chronic pain.

Diane Schou says she was forced to live in a shielded cage in Iowa, prior to moving to West Virginia

"My face turns red, I get a headache, my vision changes, and it hurts to think. Last time

[I was exposed] I started getting chest pains - and to me that's becoming life-threatening," Ms Schou says.

Ms Schou is one of an estimated 5% of Americans who believe they suffer from Electromagnetic
Hypersensitivity (EHS), which they say is caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields typically
created by mobile phones, wi-fi and other electronic equipment.


Is GameStop back in the Game?
U.S. video game retailer GameStop will soon sell its own GameStop-branded Android tablet.
The company is not building a device from scratch and will instead re-brand an existing model. GameStop has
not disclosed which manufacturer it partnered with but the company is testing the device in Dallas,
Texas where Samsung Mobile is also based.
President Tony Bartel recently told GamesIndustry “There’s not a lot of tablet/Android-based games for the consumer
that are designed to use an external controller,” Bartel added, noting that the company has created a special controller
that may be used with the device. “As it stands now, I think we’re seeing developer interest in developing immersive
games that use the controller as well, but our first foray is to really be working with developers to create an install base
of devices with the controller to allow them to develop immersive games.” The tablet will initially run mobile games but
Bartel hopes to eventually stream console titles to to the device, too.
GameStop expects to begin selling the tablet next year.

The Quest for the Golden Nintendo Game

And then there's the Holy Grail.

Every serious collector knows about it; many dream of finding one, but few have ever seen one in person.

It's covered in shining gold—well, gold paint, actually—but to a Nintendo collector, it's more rare and valuable

than any precious metal. The Nintendo World Championships cartridges contain the unique three-game,

six-minute triathlon challenge the company used to find the best Nintendo players in

America during the summer of 1990.

"That cartridge is infamous," says Nintendo collector Jason Wilson. "Everybody is aware of the

1990 World Championships. It may not be the rarest item out there … it's just the most well-known."

There are two versions of the cartridge: There are gray-colored ones that were given to the 90 finalists in

the Nintendo World Championships, hard-won prizes for a grueling gaming competition that consumed the

lives and thumbs of thousands of Nintendo maniacs one long summer in 1990. Many remain undiscovered.

And then there are the 26 gold cartridges awarded in a Nintendo Power magazine contest. These became

the most valuable Nintendo games in existence, valued at somewhere between $15,000 and

$20,000—and rising. Of the 26 gold cartridges Nintendo made, only 13 have been found. tracked down some of the Nintendo World Championships participants and serious video game
collectors whose lives have touched by these coveted artifacts of a bygone 8-bit era. It can be read over at Ars Technica
Youtube Playthrough

Reviews or Red State on Video on Demand and Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

1988 supernatural comedy starring Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and
Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice will be getting a sequel. Maybe even 2. 
David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have set up their new production company
KatzSmith Productions at Warner Bros in a two year deal that
includes a sequel to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. This could be fun!

I am tempted to create a segment of my movies news each week called. Re-make announcement.
So starting this week with Point Break.
Yup, the Kathryn Bigelow directed action bank robbery flick will get a re-make. I just don't think
Hollywood cares anymore. Let's make it and hope we make money.
No Director as of yet and no actors either.

Starwars Blu-ray
people pissed and memes flood interwebs

Han Shoots First?
Control Pannel


You belong up with Ford in the clouds

The Frankfurt Auto Show is going on right now and Ford wants you to think about having a car 
that knows everything about you.  Creepy.  The Mitsubish...errr...Ford Evos is ol' Blue Oval's
first foray into "cloud-connected" automobiles.  The Evos yoinks the standard auto related info
off of the intertubes as would be expected (traffic, construction, locations, etc.) but also analyzes
your driving ability and adjusts the suspension accordingly.  Being a hybrid the vehicle reads
road layouts and shifts between electric and gas.  Being rather stylish with it's gull-wing doors
and all you know that this otherwise good looking automobile is only a concept for the cloud
components and will never see the light of day.  Thanks Ford.



Not even the elderly are safe from vampires
In St. Petersburg, Florida a woman claiming to be a vampire was charged with battery after biting 
the shit out of an elderly man in a wheelchair.  69-year-old Milton Ellis told police that he met 
Josephine Smith (22) on the street and went to the porch of an empty restaurant to escape the rain.

Ellis said he fell asleep in his motorized wheelchair only to awake with Smith on top of him saying

"I'm a vampire. I am going to eat you."  She then violently bit him on the face and arms only to have
the bloodied Ellis escape.  Authorities later found Smith bloody and half-naked nearby with no
recollection of what happened.  She also recounted any afiliation with being a vampire.  She's now
in detention with bail set at $50,000.




Corpse Flower near blooming in Texas

HOUSTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Houston Zoo announced its corpse flower, a large plant that gives off the

stench of rotting meat, is expected to bloom in the coming days.

The zoo said the Amorphophallus titanum plant, native to Western Sumatra, is expected to bloom and begin

giving off the insect-attracting corpse odor by the weekend. The plant, dubbed Pewtunia by the zoo, is currently

about 20 pounds and measures 2 feet, 6 inches tall. Officials said the flower could eventually grow to 8 feet.

Pewtunia will be on display at the zoo's African Forest walk beginning Monday.

Jet-powered school bus reaches 320 mph

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The creator of a jet-powered school bus with a 42,000-horsepower engine

says he has reached a top speed of 320 mph during test runs in Nebraska.

Paul Stender, a native of Big Bend, Wis., said he and his team created the jet-powered bus in Lincoln, Neb.,

by taking an F4 engine and building the school bus around it, CBS News reported Monday.

Stender said he was clocked at 320 mph during a recent run.

"When you do a full throttle run, you hit full throttle and then the afterburner," he said. "It sets you back in the

seat with a couple G's and you just launch, and before you know it you're up to 300 miles per hour.

It's really a neat feeling," he said.

Stender said he went with the school bus design to help interest children when he and his

team talk about their work at schools. "Plus we got three seats in there so we can give rides, too," he said.

Man dressed as Gumby tries to rob store

(Reuters) - In the world of animated TV, it's no stretch to say that good-natured Gumby is far down the list of characters that would commit armed robbery.

But a man clad in a full-figured Gumby costume has made a botched attempt to rob a 7-Eleven store in California, and authorities are looking for the suspect, police said on Wednesday.

It happened early on Monday when the man came into the San Diego store dressed as the green claymation figure, accompanied by an ordinarily dressed accomplice, San Diego Police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen said.

The costumed man announced he was robbing the store, but the clerk thought it was a joke, police said.

"Gumby said, 'You don't think it's a robbery? Let me show you my gun,'" Hassen said.

The suspect then tried to reach into his Gumby outfit but experienced a "costume malfunction" and could not fit his hand in a pocket, he said.

Instead of a gun, the costumed suspect pulled out 26 cents in change which he dropped on the floor, police said.

The accomplice, who had left the store and gotten into a minivan, honked at the man dressed as Gumby. He, too, walked out of the store without managing to take any money, police said. Both men left in the minivan.

After their getaway, the store clerk was still not certain an attempted robbery had occurred and did not call police. The store manager, who arrived later that morning, reported the incident.

Police were treating the episode, which was captured on surveillance video, as an attempted robbery and not a prank, Hassen said.

Gumby, a green humanoid figure who looks like an elastic stick of gum with limbs, was created in the 1950s by the late Art Clokey and his wife, Ruth. Gumby had a sidekick, the talking orange horse Pokey.

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