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The Internet, or is it the Interview of Everything? The Future is Connectivity

20 Mar

Broadcast Premiere
March 22, 2020
on CBC Docs

9:00 PM EST
and will stream on CBC GEM afterwards

The cyberpunk revolution is here. No, we don’t have massive corporations in control yet, but the Internet–the backbone of what drives data back and forth between the user and computer systems–is considered everywhere. Brett Gaylor‘s The Internet of Everything nicely explores where we are at presently and perhaps where it will go.

His documentary suggests two possibilities: It will either be a surveillance nightmare or an eco-utopia. The outcome is based on what start-ups in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen will offer. Gaylor is a tech junkie much like how I am. We both hail from Victoria, British Columbia with its own unique tech scene. This city has a technology park interested in creating a future for all to enjoy.

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Before Watching Locke & Key on Netflix, IDW’s “Welcome to Lovecraft” is available free!

7 Feb

Joehilllockekey.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Mention Joe Hill, and most fans of his works will most likely think of NOS4A2. It premiered last year to critical acclaim, and to follow up on this tale of terror is the Lovecraftian inspired Locke & Key on Netflix!

The series follows the adventures of three siblings– – who, after finding their father killed, move home to live with their mother Nina (Frances O’Connor). They discover the ancestral home is special, and gives them powers though possession of magical keys. When a sinister evil wants those artifacts, just what dangers they face means staying ahead …

The comic book ran from 2008 to 2013, and for those who have not had a chance to read the series that started it all, Graphite has an app and made the first story arc available to read for free! Five more volumes are available, and anyone subscribing (prices can begin from $6.50 on up) will have full access to Graphite’s library of over 25,000 comics, webtoons, manga titles, webcomics and strips, early access content and a fully ad-free reading experience!

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Is 3DRudder Rubbish for VR Users?

18 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The 3dRudder is finally available for the PS4! It’s been available for a while for PC users, but when I’ve been virtual reality gaming on a console, I can’t think of any other uses other than to drive a tank instead of actually walking. Although I am still skeptical of using your feet (while seated) to emulate motion in an imaginary world, I feel the idea is not perfect in the long run.

It’s a shame navigating VR space for the home consumer is primitive. Go to CES, a military base or an arcade in South Asia, the likelihood of finding a hamster ball to walk around in for that illusion is better. Dedicated centres are not available worldwide. The better idea is to wait for holodecks which sadly won’t be coming anytime soon.

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It’s the Same Ol’ with Luigi’s Mansion 3 & Shinier Too!

12 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a ghostbusters style video game where the protagonist is definitely afraid of ghosts! When he and his friends—Mario, Peach and Toad—are given an invitation to a lavish hotel, little does he know it’s a trap. Everyone is captured (frozen into a painting) and it’s up to Mario’s brother to save the day.

This sequel to the original GameCube program and Dark Moon (part two) picks up some days, if not weeks after his last Scooby-Doo adventure. After more than a week of casual play, I’m still not done. I’m enjoying exploring every nook and cranny. On a big screen, this game is very richly detailed. On Nintendo’s latest handheld (I tried it on the lite and first edition), I was squinting to admire some of the details. I’ve (pardoning the pun) switched over to the latest handheld just because of this game. Continue reading