Ep. 1411: Don't Hate the Zynga, Hate the Game! Video
Ep. 1411: Don't Hate the Zynga, Hate the Game! Video Transcript
Zynga tries to trademark the use of -ville as a suffix in everything from games (including the games it shamelessly ripped off) to clothing stores. Won't someone stop the madness? Please? Also, Goldman Sachs states from its highly compromised position that Facebook could be a credible threat to Netflix, and credulous reporters and shareholders eat it up. Plus, HP makes a SERIOUS move: putting WebOS on all new PCs. --Molly
AT&T has a MiFi to call its own, a Japanese vending machine uses facial recognition to sell you a soda, and the makers of FarmVille are set to launch CityVille, a social game that lets you build a metropolis of your own.
Bonnie's back, and this week she brings the Samsung Omnia and the Mio Knight Rider GPS system to the set. There's a new Rubik's Cube...on the block. Plus, Brian hates heart-shaped mice, and we give Bonnie a surprise!
"Her," by Spike Jonze, is a movie that follows a modern man as he falls in love with his operating system. Naturally, we'll need an entire show to review it, and CNET's Ty Pendlebury and Sarah Tew sub in for Jeff to join the conversation. Warning: This episode contains spoilers!
Yahoo has a new program to spread kindness. But Cooley hates it. Why? There's no app for that. We also discover the true meaning of holiday hate when Tom and Brian fight over the rights of the customer when shopping. And we review the JooJoo and Boxee. And Natali lets on that she hates Brooklyn. At least when Brooklyn has no food.
Dance of Electricity is a short animation by Guy David. The electricity people are dancing. The whales come and start dancing with the octopuses. The open cats join the dance. The electricity people spin with the octopuses and conus men. The whales spin with the octopuses and conus men. A yellow wire man is running in front of a dark pulsating sun. A ring of octopuses spins around him. A wall of melting water apears. Four blue running men are transformed into various shapes. Software used in the creation of this short animation: Photoshop Elements, iPhoto, iMovie The music of Dance of Electricity is available at www.cafepress.com/guydavid.37220014.
Tom and Rafe discuss what they love and hate about Apple computers.
On this week's show, Jessica Dolcourt joins us for some hands-on time with the Galaxy Nexus--and that peek is all you get, since there's still no U.S. release date for that sucker. Ridiculous. Also, Google Music recapped and a tag-team SOPA rant, plus Stephen Beacham's awesome new segment: Into It or Not Into It. You will love it, and you will dance. All that and Computer Love, to boot! Settle in!
"Why Dance?" is an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the world of dance. It examines what attracts so many to this wondrous art form, including young students, former ballerina?s, and current dancers. It explores why they dance and what drives them from their early introduction to the neighborhood dance studio to the stages of Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, a professional dance company in San Jose, California. The full-length documentary discusses the benefits of dance competitions, including substantial footage of one of many competitions and conventions held in many cities throughout the country every year. It includes interviews with various winners including Peter Chursin (Mr. Dance of America 2003) and Ashley Canterna (Miss Dance of America 2002). The rigorous training, stretching, and rehearsing is also shown, as many of these young people put everything they have into trying to impress the judges during a 2-minute dance routine. Parents discuss the benefits of both dance and competing with respect to the positive influence it has had on their children?s scholastic achievement and self confidence. Not only do ballerina?s (including former dancers with American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem) share their early experiences growing up in the world of dance, but we get insight from such notables as Dennis Nahat(world renown choreographer/ Artistic Director), Karen "KB" Brown (Artistic Director of the Oakland Ballet), and Daryl Gray(choreographer). Other contributors to the film include photographers Roger Ele, Hubert Worley, Christopher Jean-Richard, and world renown Martha Swope. It examines the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi which is held every four years where dancers from all over the world attend and compete for "The Gold". Dance as a career is discussed in numerous conversations with current professional dancers and former dancers with such notable dance companies as American Ballet Theatre, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Stuttgart Ballet. Advice is given freely and quite candid in format. The darker side of dance is also explored including injuries, eating disorders, and insecurities, issues that all dancers will face sooner or later. This film goes behind the scenes of a professional dance company?s production of "The Pirates of Penzance", a ballet staged by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. Behind the scenes footage includes actual choreography being set in the rehearsal hall as well as footage of the actual performance and extensive discussion by the choreographer, Daryl Gray. Included is a heart-warming "Billy Elliott" type story of a young boy who not only overcomes the objections of his father, but turns him into one of his biggest supporters at the same time. This film is not only an informative look at the world of dance, but often times an entertaining look as well.
This week on Always On, check out the director's cut of our road tests! Plus, Molly's half marathon results and a music video dance remix!