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September 10, 2014 at 11:23pm
Reblogged from staff

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

April 26, 2014 at 8:46pm

Zombies, Run! App Review

//archive from March 20, 2012

I just got back from being chased by zombies, and boy am I tired.

Joking aside, the Zombies, Run! app is a brilliant idea that made its way into the appstore through KickStarter. It achieved massive success, with $72,000 in donations which surpassed its goal of $12,500. And I can understand why.

The essential idea of the app is to provide motivation for running by simulating a zombie attack. Through the use of short audio clips interspersed in a playlist of songs, the app perfectly simulates the dangerous situations that it inflicts on the runner.

The audio clips are organized into missions that range from about 25-30 minutes, depending on the length of songs in your playlist. Afterwards, a couple of guys operating the radio come on to discussion the comings and goings of the surviving township, Able.

The first mission starts off in a helicopter, but it is mysteriously gunned down near Able township. As the zombies begin to decend on the crash site, you must run as fast as possible, as the Zombie Alert message kicks into gear. Seemingly random points in the game spawn Zombie Chase mode, which differenciates itself from merely a glorified audiobook.

Zombie chases force the runner to pick up speed or drop all of their virual goods that they picked up along the way. As the game progresses, you pick up virual items, like a shirt, medicine, or books, to resupply Able township. And averting a zombie chase allows you to keep them to distribute to the various buildings in the township.

As each building in the township levels up with more supplies, the more missions you unlock. So it behooves you to avert the zombies at all costs, to keep your supplies intact.

The voiceover work for all of the characters in this game are fairly superb, though I doubt anyone is getting an acting award. Disappointingly, the voice that recites the virual item collected is not good, considering its volume is low and hard to understand sometimes. But I suspect that the developers did not want to distract the runner, especially since they can just see the items collected after the run.

Most of the things that are missing have been addressed by the developers, like RunKeeper integration, multiplayer, more missions, and celebrity voiceovers. But right now, it is a fantastic app that really motivates a casual runner into getting out there for a great run.

Even the price maybe a high for a mobile app, it is certainly worth it, especially considering that all new missions will be included. I would recommend this app for all runners and walkers alike. Just becareful out there. Zombies are everywhere!

8:39pm

Trip to Wildwood with Kiara

//archive from May 15, 2012

I have gone to the wonderful beaches and boardwalks of Wildwood many times in the past. It is a fun place to hang out and enjoy the summer. A couple days ago, I spent the weekend with my girlfriend of more than two months, Kiara, at Wildwood.

It was quite the experience, from paying for a hotel room, walking and running on the boardwalk, grabbing some breakfast, eating some pizza, and just having a fantastic time.

The weekend began with a long, crazy drive, one that I do not plan on repeating anytime soon. Getting a bit lost is not fun, epicially on a busy highway. But once we got near Wildwood, it was smooth sailing. The real problem was finding a hotel that was still open and had a vacant room, considering we got there at 11pm.

Luckily, Isle of Palms was open and had a room for a modest price of $85, with tax. Not too bad for a night at the beach.

The room was nice; nay, perfect. It was clean, not too big, and the beds were amazingly comfortable. Not that I was worried. I had been there before with my family. But of course, this was the first time with only a pretty girl by my side.

From night to dawn, it was pure pleasure. A pleasure of the finest kind, if I may say so. It was a transformation that night, from awkward nerd to sexy beast. And I do not have any regrets; in fact, I wish I would have made this transformation many years prior. But of course, I would never have met Kiara.

The morning was just as glorious. I went on another mission in Able township, outrunning a couple hordes of zombies on the boardwalk. It was awesome, to say the least.

Before I went back to the hotel room, I picked up some sandwitches and donuts from Dunkin Donuts. Delicious of course, especially considering I was eating them with Kiara.

The following day was spent holding hands, strolling along the boardwalk. Shopping, playing arcade games, eating pizza and water ice, drinking some sodas encompassed the many hours together. I loved every minute of it.

And that was how I spent my trip with the wonderful Kiara Rodriguez. I am glad I wrote it down, so I will never forget this weekend. But something tells me that will never happen.