Blog Archives - Silent Rogue
 
Be careful what you post on your social media networks - it could cause you your job or land you in jail.

Earlier this month, a 20 year old juror (Hadley Jons) from Detroit posted "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're guilty" as her facebook status when the defense lawyer's son discovered it. The next day, the juror was confronted by the judge (Diane Druzinski) and immediately replaced by a different juror.

While she was not fined or incarcerated, the defending lawyer (Saleema Sheikh) did provide the following statement: "I would like to see her get some jail time, nothing major, a few hours or overnight. This is the jury system. People need to know how important it is." The court still ruled in favor of the prosecutor in the end, but it just goes to show you, anything you put up on the web is visible by anyone.

On a slightly related note, sports writer Mike Wise was suspended from his position with the Washington Post for the duration of one month. The reason? He tweeted a story that Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger (who has been accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college student) would get a five-game suspension. Other news outlets immediately picked up the story and ran with it. Just one problem... The story was made up by Wise to prove a point: No one checks the facts for themselves these days when reporting.

While he made his point (and was quite correct in his reasoning), the Post only saw his violation of social media policy and suspended him. He issued an apology later but maintained that he "was right about nobody checking facts or sourcing."

Social media members, post with care.
 
If you don't know about The Pirate Bay yet, you will learn. Swedish filmmaker Simon Klose has spent the last few years gathering over 200 hours of footage on the founders of the world's most iconic torrent tracker/site - thepiratebay.org.

As the film's site states, "TPB AFK is not a fan movie about the Pirate Bay, neither is it a journalistic piece on copyright conflict. It’s an observational, character driven film about three guys whose hobby homepage became the embryo of a global political movement." Following the history between the three founders - Tiamo, Anakata, and Brokep - this film promises to be one filled with revealings of the unknown details of how The Pirate Bay came to be and how it came to be so controversial.

A little recent history for those of you who do not know: The Pirate Bay has become a defendant in a case involving copyright issues against the Swedish government after the US RIAA threatened to take action. The case is still ongoing, and it will not be too surprising if the schedule is moved up to ensure that the jury is not swayed by the film's release a full year from now.

In any case, this film will be one of deep interest for anyone who follows politics, torrenting, underground activities, or documentaries.

Here is a trailer I got off the official TPB AFK site (http://www.tpbafk.tv/):
 
Bad at singing and want to make yourself sound better with ease? Well, there's an app for that! It's called LaDiDa...

The husband and wife duo behind the innovative Khush Intelligent Media Solutions has come up with a $3 app for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. This impressive application employs the use of "reverse karaoke." Basically what that means is that you sing into the iPhone's microphone, and the app records your voice. Then, it employs some interesting algorithms and adds some harmonic and rhythmic qualities to the a Capella to create a backing track that aligns perfectly with the vocals. Of course, it also corrects the pitch for those of us who are not so musically talented, so even the most heinous singing can turn into something bearable.

While this app may not make the employment of music producers a thing of the past, it is definitely worth checking out for the average citizen. As the CTO of Khush - Parag Chordia - mentions, this application can be very useful to record a nice Happy Birthday cover for a friend.

Here's a video showing the capabilities of the novelty:
 
So today was a nice day. I had a great time with some great friends and got some work done too.

I decided my old youtube channel should be used a bit more, so I went ahead and customized the look of it. I still haven't added any recent vids to it, but I will be getting to that soon. Check it out here.

I also finalized a design for my personal business card, and I am in love with it. Check that out here.


Also, I perfected my resume template to both highlight my skills and look professional and unique with a beatufil design. You can check it out here. Just kidding, I haven't had the chance to add all my stats onto it, but I'll put it up soon if anyone is interested.

Life's going good right now. A few kinks always persist, but I'm hoping to work those down and enjoy a bump-free ride.

Until next time, mates...
 
80's movie in 2010! Hell Yes! Such a great idea going back to what the mega-macho-men of the 80s were all about - kicking ass and taking names...

It's just sad that those days are gone. Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables attempted to restore the male-centric 80s guy movie, but it fell short. Instead of the expected feats of unbelievable physical human prowess coupled with man vs. world ideology, Stallone presents an image of a feeble attempt at resurrection.

The star studded cast failed to please as none of their individual strengths could shine through for lack of screen time. Stallone, though, did have enough screen time to display magnificence, but unfortunately, his prime hast past. Li and Stathom both failed to captivate as well, and let's not even talk about the WWE players. Rourke had the most success in his role, but unfortunately his character had no significance to the plot whatsoever.

The Expendables is one big star studded disaster with a boring plot full of holes with horrible cinematography and worse acting. This is definitely not the best work of anyone involved in the film. C+
 
Why do they keep making these movies??? Or, more importantly, why do people keep paying money to watch them?

The only thing that can be said about Step-Up 3D is gimmick, gimmick, gimmick. With a shotty story fueled by gimmicky dance moves and coupled with bad acting, this flick is a three dimensional disaster.

The only redeeming factor about this movie is the value of its mindless dribble. What I mean to say is that you can go into this movie and completely turn off your mind and let your brain rot in the dark theater.

If you're thinking about going to this movie consider these points: 1. Do you like movies with no real point to them except to (attempt to) garner to the masses and make some money? 2. Do you like movies with little artistic value? 3. Do you enjoy spending money to sit in a nice cool theater and try to take a nap while images and music are playing out?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may find going to the theaters to watch Step-Up 3D to be more worthwhile than I do. I'm sorry, but I do have some taste in movie viewing. Step-Up 3D gets a below average C.
 
Who knew Mark Wahlberg could do comedy well?! This film is a lot of fun. Without taking itself too seriously, the film presents a semi-parody of unpopular cops who must become heroes that save the day. Ferrell is finally back on his comedic pedestal after a long time, and Walhberg is surprisingly well attuned to comedic timing.

The film itself was a nice escape from the novel and comic book adaptation saturated industry that may be losing its spark... While the film was neither terribly artistic nor Oscar worthy, it was never designed to be.

I would recommend this film for anyone who doesn't take life too seriously. Like its title, this film is one of the other guys. A-
 
With its latest commercial featuring a monkey dressed like Evel Knievel, automobile company Dodge has landed within firing range of PETA. A spokesperson from PETA stated that "given the well-documented abuse that young chimpanzees and orangutans suffer in the entertainment industry... Dodge isn't going to dodge a bullet on this one. It needs to pull the ad — and we've contacted the company asking it to do just that."

The commercial in question is shown below:
In an effort to appease the PETA (and ensure their sales do not drop in the event of protest), Dodge pulled a truly ingenious move. They removed the monkey from their ad and replaced it with... well, nothing! Take a look below and see for yourself:
As you can see, Dodge pulled off a move that is impressive in that the image resonates even more within consumers' minds. Dodge managed to alter their commercial without spending too much money, and they were able to make the commercial still make sense (maybe even more so than before?). In any case, hats off to Dodge for their brilliant maneuver.
 
So as I was wasting away my life in front of the computer screen again, I ran into something that can be described as just one thing: 90s...

I can't remember how I landed on this gem, but it was definitely a very precious gem. So, in the ninties, alot of things went down. People went crazy over the weirdest things like Furbies (remember those? yeah, I don't either), Beanie Babies, boy bands, and basketball stars in other media (Space Jam anyone?).

Well, with such high celebrity status for ball players came endorsement deals, movies (Kazaam, Double Team) and even video game appearances. I'm sure you remember Shaq-Fu.

Keeping all those in mind, it's no surprise that Charles Barkley also made a game for himself. Entitled, "The Official Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden," the game follows a future Barkley after he allegedly performs the powerful Chaos Dunk which destroys New York City and kills thousands. Becoming an automatic criminal, Barkley must flee the authorities (and Michael Jordan) and clear his name before he is caught.

Sound something like the plot of a majority of movies coming out these days? That's because the state of creative movie creation has completely died in recent years, but that is an entirely different tirade.

Enjoy the trailer to Charles Barkley's official game below:
 
Alright, I'll admit it... I'm sure you noticed my quick posts, so I'll admit I have been slacking the last few days. All I can say is give me a few days and I'll be back to my old blabbering self writing way too much text and doling out unnecessary information.

For the time being, however, please enjoy this AMAZING flash game/recruitment application for the Swedish army. If the Americans used something like this, I'm sure more Call of Duty fans would enlist... It's a team based game, so don't slack off and let your peers die!