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Saturday
Apr072012

Tanked Episode 198 for Wednesday Apr. 4, 2012

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

- We welcome NatAnn back on the show. The people love you.
-Beers
-Chris will be in the UK and Paris for the next 3 weeks. Nat and Mike will fill in
-We have lots of news this week!



 TECH 
  
Instagram now available for Android
Just a few weeks after teasing an Android app at SXSW, Instagram just announced that it's making an Android version of its app available today in the Google Play Store. According to Instagram, over 430,000 Android users had signed up for the app on the company's waiting list a week and a half ago. Since its launch in 2010, the app has been an iOS exclusive, and today after years of waiting, it's finally up as a free public download.
The new Android will work on any "camera phone" with Android...
The Verge

No more swearing online?
Arizona House Bill 2549 is currently awaiting the signature of governor Jan Brewer, an amendment which would criminalize the use of "obscene, lewd, or profane language" through any digital communication, if done with the intent to "terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend." The amendment replaces earlier references that protected people against harrassment by telephone, but it seems that the amendment has simply replaced references to the telephone with the far broader "electronic or digital device" and "communications" without any thought to the difference in context between the two mediums.
While the changes to the bill are intended to make cyberbullying and online harassment illegal, some are concerned that they could be misused as a form of online censorship and threaten free speech. The bill also covers some elements of stalking using technology, but offers far more specific definitions of what is and isn't unlawful.
US pressure group Media Coalition has written to Brewer, urging her to veto the bill over concerns that the amendment offers no definitions of "annoy, offend, harass, or terrify." It also makes the key point that "H.B. 2549 is not limited to a one to one conversation between two specific people. The communication does not need to be repetitive or even unwanted." The group sees the intended aims of the bill are admirable, though worries that the current wording could threaten people's first amendment rights in Arizona.
The Verge
-Lets hope this gets thrown out otherwise we might Tanked is fucked ;-)



 VIDEO GAMES 

Journey

Scott reviews a wonderfull downloadable game from That Game Company, Journey

The pioneers that brought you the award-winning PlayStation Network titles flOw & Flower are back with another title that challenges traditional gaming conventions. With Journey, thatgamecompany (TGC) continues its tradition of delivering simple gameplay and accessible controls in a rich interactive environment that invites players to explore and experience emotional chords that are still uncommon in videogames.
An exotic adventure with a more serious tone, Journey presents a unique vision of an online adventure experience. Awakening in an unknown world, the player walks, glides, and flies through a vast and awe-inspiring landscape, while discovering the history of an ancient, mysterious civilization along the way. Journey's innovative approach to online play encourages players to explore this environment with strangers who cross their path from time to time. By traveling together, they can re-shape the experience -- creating authentic moments they will remember and discuss with others.

-This game is simply an experience. It envokes emotion.
-The score composed by Austin Wintory is one of the best i’ve ever heard
-One of my top 5 games of all time.
-$14.99 (only in PSN) for only 2 hours of gameplay. But it’s worth it 100%
- 10/10 If you call yourself a gamer then you must expirence this game!


Just a quick note for people that own a PS Vita out there

Sony releases (and pulls) PS Vita firmware v1.65


Sony has announced, released, and withdrawn the next firmware update for the PS Vita in the space of a day. Version 1.65 of the handheld console's software was set to make some minor usability tweaks including the ability to turn notifications on and off, extend the time before the system automatically goes to sleep from five to ten minutes (a welcome addition), and a caps lock function for the onscreen keyboard. Vita owners had a very small window of opportunity in which to acquire these features, though, as Sony soon pulled the update due to "a technical fault" — reportedly an issue with adhoc wireless functionality in PSP games. We'll be sure to let you know once the update goes back up online.
The Verge


 MOVIES 

Quick review of Wrath of the Titans

Review of American Reunion.

Dumb and Dumber 2 to start filming in September. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are both back to play the beloved losers. No word on Loren Holly. I doubt it, her being Carrey’s Ex and all.

Bully: This movies got a limited release last week. It is a movie that everyone really needs to see. It has no rating and that has caused some theatres to hold off on it. I know some people who have seen it and say it is powerful and everybody needs to see this movie. Lets hope it helps stop some of the bullying in this country.

Ted the Movie

Ashton kutcher to play steve jobs in the indi flick titled “Jobs”. This is not the film based on the “Steve Jobs” book by Walter Isaacson.

Facebook.com/ricmulligan



 WEB GEM 

Protine Powered Web Gem

If you thought semen was simply sexual, then you should check out Natural Harvest: A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes. While this book sounds like a joke, it's actually a serious cookbook filled with ejaculate-friendly recipes for adventurous chefs.
Digital Journal -- You may have heard about wayward kids contaminating salad dressing with semen. Or hair products infused with bull sperm. But what about a cookbook filled with recipes using semen? That's the basis of Paul Photenhauer's new book Natural Harvest, available only on self-publishing site Lulu.com. The book introduces its concept with a saucy teaser: "Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic.... You will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen. Semen is an exciting ingredient that can give every dish you make an interesting twist." While the cookbook may make some people throw up a little in their mouths, Photenhauer takes his sperm-esque cuisine seriously: he has published recipes for man-made oysters, tuna sashimi with dipping sauce (hmm, wonder what that sauce is made from?) and an "almost white" Russian. Also, on his recently created blog, Photenhauer posted a recipe for a cinnamon rice drink dashed with a tablespoon of semen. Photenhauer also said within a week of the book's launch, his Lulu page has accumulated 35,000 hits and he has sold nearly 200 books. As original as this cookbook may be, it may not reach mainstream success since its key ingredients can be, well, pretty hard to swallow for some cooks.
LuLu.com to buy the book


 
 
 ODD NEWS 
 

Colo. court won't accept coins as payment


FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 4 (UPI) --

A Colorado court has refused to let a college student pay
a speeding ticket with coins,
even though there is a coin-counting machine on premises.

Fort Collins municipal court workers said it would take
too much time to count the coins Ted Nischan brought
in to pay his $160 speeding ticket, The Coloradoan reported Wednesday.
"It's not prudent use of taxpayer funds to have one of the clerks
sit there counting quarters, nickels and pennies,"
municipal court supervisor Fran Seaworth said.

Nischan said he didn't understand why the court wouldn't
accept legal tender for his ticket, which he said he couldn't afford to pay
with funds from his bank account after paying rent.

"This is what I've got," Nischan said Tuesday at a court hearing.
"Please take it. It's real money."
He said the coins had been counted by his bank,
though he couldn't afford the fee the bank would charge
for transferring the money into bills.
Meanwhile, 20 feet away from court workers is a coin-counting machine
used by parking offices.

"If municipal court wanted to borrow our coin-counting machine,
I'd be willing to discuss that with them,"
said Randy Hensley, Fort Collins' parking services manager.
Seaworth said she was unaware of the counting machine,
but added that even though the two departments are part
of the same government, "we're totally separate."


Naked drunks ride cart through car wash

ABBOTSFORD,
British Columbia, April 4 (UPI) --
Three young, drunken and naked British Columbia men
escaped charges and came out squeaky clean after riding
a grocery cart through a car wash, police said.

Police in Abbotsford were called after midnight Tuesday
by neighbors who heard screaming coming from a drive-through,
24-hour car wash, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Constable Ian MacDonald said when officers arrived,
they found three 23-year-old inebriated men getting dressed.

The trio told officers they had stripped
and gotten into a shopping cart to ride through the car wash,
the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"Not knowing at this point whether they picked
'typhoon' or 'super typhoon' I'd suggest that either of those
and the combination of the brushes that would have
come past them would be enough to definitely leave you with a little
bit of a memory of what you had done the prior night,
" MacDonald said.
Police issued warnings, but didn't charge the men.



 

Fire sparked by vacuuming gas from car


ORNSKOLDSYIK, Sweden, April 4 (UPI)
-- Firefighters in Sweden said a man
who attempted to use a vacuum cleaner to siphon fuel
from his car ended up with an exploded vacuum
and a burned-out car.

The emergency responders said the man,
from outside the northern city of Ornskoldsyik,
was attempting to suck gas out of his car Monday night
to fuel his snow blower and he soon had to throw the vacuum
out of the garage when the appliance caught fire,
The Local reported Wednesday.

The man told firefighters the vacuum soon exploded
outside of the garage and he noticed the car had also caught fire.
The homeowner called for help and evacuated
his sleeping family from the house.
Firefighters said they extinguished the flames,
but the car was burnt out and the garage sustained damage
from the smoke.
No injuries were reported.