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Ever wonder what google looked like the first day it went up? How about yahoo? facebook? myspace (the place for business connections)?

Well, wonder no longer. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine (for those of you who have yet to encounter its magnificence) allows users to input any domain they can think of, and chances are, there will be a litany of dates to choose from. Of course, the obscure website you visit every Saturday night alone in your room will probably not be found, but taking a look at the changes that have taken place on the more popular sites is definitely interesting.

The aesthetics and functionality of websites have definitely been increased over the years, but the most interesting things I noticed while using this program is that some of the major websites used today started off with very different purposes. Check it out for youself!
 
Ever get tired of looking at our boring dollar bills? Ever think: Why can't our money be as cool as the Swiss notes?

Well, you are not the only one. Designer Richard Smith feels so strongly that the drab dollar bill should be redesigned to reflect the modern age that he has set up the Dollar ReDe$ign Project. He has allowed any and all designers, fanatics, and amateur artists to submit their concept of new bills for the US currency.

He has also started a petition to get the government to consider a change in how the bills look; however, Washington has denied the request on the grounds that changing the currency would require a massive technological upheaval of ATMs, vending machines, and basically all money related bills, which would not be cost-effective for small businesses. (I find this surprising since the last change a few years ago also required a major change in how machines are programmed...)

In any case, this year's competition is over, but since the US has not agreed to any change, I'm sure there will be another one next year. What are your thoughts on this change?
 
That's right. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp will be working together for the first time in a remake of the French film "Anthony Zimmer" called "The Tourist" set to release this December.

The film recounts the action-filled romance that erupts between a heartbroken American Depp, who goes to Europe for a little fresh air, and a fierce Interpol agent played by Jolie. Set across the backdrop of stunning vistas across Europe, this film also includes some racy scenes between the two A-list actors.

According to wikipedia (if it can be trusted), "The movie follows the series of manipulations, as characters [realize] that they are merely pieces being played by an unseen mastermind of the game."

In any case, the film should be exhilarating enough to garner a good profit at the box offices. The trailer can be seen below:
 
Information on The Event has always been on a need to know basis... BUT I guess it won't hurt if I reveal some of my insights on it.

This show is probably one of the most gimmicky things I have ever seen. Basically, it looked at all the major successes of the recent past and meshed them into one. Very much like Lost, this show is playing with mystery and intrigue, trying to raise more questions than it answers (of course this was just the pilot episode, but the tone is pretty clear).

Aside from all the relevant political and historical references (9/11, Health Care Bill, Guantanamo Bay), this show operates on a pretty low estimation of viewer IQ. Over-explaining minute details and replaying similar scenes just makes it drag at times (which are meant to be highly dramatic).

If one thing is certain, The Event aspires to be Lost. Watch even a few minutes of the pilot, and you will see remarkable similarities in style.

There are plenty of gimmicky characteristics, but hey... It works. The Event has definitely peaked my interest, and people will be talking about this one for a while after they see it. As over-hyped as it was, The Event does not fall too far from its presented intrigue.
 
This show wowed me! The acting, story, writing, music, execution, EVERYTHING was done so well that I had to get off my high horse and actually give the horrible and uninspired concept some credit. I can honestly say that if it were not for the brilliance of JJ Abrams, any show based off a married couple going off to be secret agents would be an ultimate failure. However, Undercovers has enough redeeming qualities that I am actually looking forward to watching the next episode (although I doubt I will ever become a hardcore fan - just not my type of show).

While both lead characters displayed wonderful chemistry and great execution of lines, some of the supporting cast should reconsider their career aspirations (or at least put more effort into their work). The music was solid and played well against the action on screen. The writing was fantastic, and the editing was solid as well. Overall, Undercovers looks like it will last for a while (and having a beautiful cast doesn't hurt either).

While I cannot claim any multi-million dollar successes of my own, I do, however, have one piece of advise for Mr. Abrams: Learn to make better trailers that actually showcase the assets of your product. Because, quite frankly I had pretty low expectations after those sad, sad glimpses...
 
Hmm... What can I say about this show after watching the pilot episode?

Well, it was funny...

Will the series be as good as the movie its based off of was?

Probably never...

Basically, this show is dead set on making people laugh, and it's trying WAY too hard. During the show's time bracket, the audience is hit over and over with some bad puns and exaggerated comedy. The film had its comedic moments, but they weren't the focus. It was the endearing story that made audiences fall in love. While watching the show, I was smirking with amusement, but I don't know how many more episodes of this excruciatingly desperate plea for chuckles I can endure.

Aside from the forced comedy, this show irked me more than a few times with its racial slurs. By masking any form of insult towards a certain group of people and calling it comedy, this show crosses the line for me. There's funny, and then there's too much. This is too much.

To be fair, the set-up for a potentially great season is there. If the writers stray away from the forced jokes of the pilot and focus on more character development and non-biased cultural education, I can see this show sticking around as a real contender.
 
Ever get the urge to really go out and do something after seeing something that just makes you think? Ever get inspired to make a certain film or video? That's exactly what happened to me after I read through a short comic series on Penny-Arcade.

Entitled Blood and Oil, this short graphic really strikes an emotional cord almost as soon as it gets started. Reminiscent of iRobot and old detective films, this “automata” story is highly stylized and definitely has potential to be an epic short film, given the right budget. While it may not be everyone’s cup-o-tea, it is still worth checking out.

Drawn by the incomparable Ben Caldwell and written by "Book of Eli" scribe Gary Whitta, it s no wonder that the quality is profoundly greater than the average web-comic.

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Have I been slacking on this blog recently... Yes, yes I have...

Life's been pretty hectic recently, but I'm glad to say that I will be back to my usual posting within a week.

In any case, if you have a tumblr or a blogger/blogspot account, please go ahead and follow me on both! Both of the accounts actually redirect to right here, but if you want to have me on your feeds, be sure to add thesilentrogue.tumblr.com or thesilentrogue.blogspot.com to your feeds.

(I'm working on getting the wordpress account also, but someone apparently already has it... which I'd be fine with, except that they don't use it, and have not touched it in over a year... *sigh* - sadness).

Anyways, be sure to add me to your feeds, and until next time...
 
It's been almost two years since JJ Abrams released his alternate reality reboot of the Star Trek series, and there has been very little news about the planned sequel. Writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been very quiet about the plot, but they have revealed that the sequel will focus on the villain.

Does that mean the film will focus on Khan? Probably not... Orci stated, "We would never do a remake… it will be some time in the five-year mission. But that is a question. Should we pick them up immediately the next day or should it be later? We are still discussing that." However, he did say that the villain will be the most important part of the sequel.

Spock actor, Zachary Quinto, also remained elusive in his response to questions on Spock versus Khan by stating, "I don't know man, I don't know. I'm just excited. My focus is elsewhere and I know that when the time is right and they want me to be involved again ... Until then, I love to let them do their thing because I know that what they're doing is really exciting but also really fun. They're good people."

Whether the film will feature Khan or not, I'm sure that Abrams will be able to pull off a wonderful epic again. Definitely one of the few sequels I am excited about, Star Trek will roll out to theaters on June 29th, 2010 (expectedly).