Cats. — by Ryan

What’s an internet blog doing without any cats on it? Lets fix this. With Amber’s video about “Cat-vertising” taking over the new internet market, I figured we could use a little bit of that magic for ourselves. I was doing a quick run down of my local cat-tastic internet sites. This is what I found, and it is wonderful.

I must be purrfect.

"I love you Bella, become a werecat." "No, I will be a Catpire."

Up where they sleep, up where they sleep, up where they sleep all day in the sun.

Mr. Tabby, Mr. Siamese, Mr. Calico...

The last lesson is the closest. How to kill with just a claw.

Sometimes Furball moves slow. But that is because Furball doesn't have to move for anyone.

And this one is to take home to the wife and kids. 

Gamers Delight. — by Ryan

To all those avid gamers coming to Thailand (I know you are) fear not. While internet gaming might be out of reach, there is a plethora of gaming that can still be had here with the simple use of your computer. You may not get some platform specific games or the next gen 3d gaming consul, but you can still get yourself some pretty fun games from fps to rpgs downloaded right to your computer without the need to go buy the game from a store!

Steam Powered is here.

Steam. Get your head in the game.

The revolution in gaming has happened and it is Steam Powered. You sign up for a free account then you can download thousands of games right to your finger tips. Steam has been around for a while, but the new steam powered is helping to save money, get the games to the people, and assist indie gaming companies to put their foot in the door. Also, they have sales and deals on the games constantly, so you want to check the site daily to see if they have some cool game you were thinking about buying for half price. It’s the ideal way to stay connected to the gaming community. That, and g4tv.com, the most trusted gaming website on the web. Really.

The most recent download for me was the game Portal 2. It’s a first person strategy that combines puzzles and portals (go figure) with the outcome of an amazing game. To say the least it’s one of my top 4 games played this year. This sequel does the first portal justice in the fact it still have fun loving and evil robots, with hilarious banter and a great but simple storyline. It’s a game you can just fall into and not know you’ve spent 4 hours playing. I suggest it.

If that doesnt make your geek stomach grumble, I dont know what will.

The Carleton. — by Ryan

I was thinking back to some of my fonder childhood memories recently. Obviously when thinking of these things, you would obviously come across “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” This show has a moving storyline, engaging plot, and pulls at your heartstrings while not being to serious. In all honesty, it could be one of the greatest TV shows of all time. But we all know that.

I wanted to dig deeper. Find out some of the amazing things that were created during that show. One thing in particular struck my fancy. I wanted to know how “The Carlton Dance” came to be. After researching for many hours (more like 20 minutes) I came across startling news.

Not only do I now have more respect for Carleton, I have a renewed awe for Bruce Springsteen.

Its hard to believe right?

Wrong.

You go girl.

Flip that hair back and forth Will.

And the Oscar goes to… — by Ryan

It’s that time of the year again. Time for actors to see if they’re going to be getting bigger paychecks next year. I only hope they all do, they deserve it. It’s also that time for those of us in Thailand to get our dvd screener downloading on. All in all, I need to get my ish together. I need to see all these best picture movies. As of right now these are my tentative oscar picks. I left out the categories where I didn’t know enough of the movies to make a good guess.

Best Picture – Moneyball

Leading Actor – Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Supporting Actor – Jonah Hill in “Money Ball”

Leading Actress – Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain in “The Help”

Animated Feature – Kung Fu Panda 2

Sound Editing – Drive

Visual Effects – Rise of the Planet of the Apes

If I make any changes due to movies I see soon, I’ll get back to you. Pc

Weekend weather. — by Ryan

As we’re bringing in the new year, I’m sure you are all are doing well. I’m hoping your lists of resolutions are being quickly checked off while still maintaining some of the old you inside.

I just wanted to bring your attention to the change and surprise in weather for this weekend upcoming! From what I can see off the radar, we have scattered thunderstorms possible on friday with highs in the upper 80’s and lows around the low 70’s. For saturday we have a cloudy day with a 20% chance of precipitation. Highs are going to be in the mid 80’s with lows in the low 70’s. This Sunday we are going to have possible scattered thunderstorms with highs in the low 80’s and lows in the low 70’s.

Like Ollie Williams says, “It’s gunna rain!”

I just wanted you to prepare for this drastic change in weather that we’re going to have this coming weekend. So get your rain jackets, ponchos and umbrellas out because it looks like it’s going to be wet and hot one! I know, very unusual stuff coming up. Prepare for the great weekend!

❤ Smelly

Rains a coming. Watch out!

Music to set the Mood. — by Ryan

When arriving to Thailand, you suddenly find out that most of your favorite and highly frequented websites are suddenly inaccessible. For some reason, websites like Hulu and Pandora have something wrong with Thailand. Maybe Thailand bullied these sites when they were growing up. Regardless, we need to adapt and overcome. So there are a few music sites floating around that will work regardless of your Thai location.

1. Stereomood.com – An emotional internet radio.

This site has a list of different emotions you may be feeling at that moment. You click the emotion and are taken to a 20-30 song playlist of songs that the website feels emulates the mood. It’s a quick way to get a bunch of different artists playing one certain mood type, as opposed to artists that sound similar/other people like this band when they listen to this song. It’s a nice way to either keep feeling blue, or get out of your funk and into a romantic feel. My favorite mood is obviously sexy. I can’t wait until they get “Just killed my first man” mood. I’m going to need that realllll soon.

2. Juksey.com – Internet radio with music videos.

Internet radio with music videos killed the internet radio star. This is a site that seems to have it all. A radio option for randomization based on songs you like. The ability to queue up any song after a search. And even music videos for many of the songs. The videos can be anything from to official video found on the artists website to a phone camera recording of the artist live in concert. The only draw back is the audio from that cam recording is the audio you hear. It’s cool to have music videos and also throw in live music sets from time to time.

3. Grooveshark.com – groovy baby

This is very similar to juksey.com found above, but without the music videos. While some find this a drawback, I find it more reliable. Without the videos, we know that we are getting a recorded version of the song, and the audio will be clear and crisp, unless the audio says “live.” Then even when it’s live, it’s a professional recording, not some dudes phone that thought Metallica had a sweet set and got 30 seconds of recording in during the fire explosions on stage. Also take into consideration that there is a giant lawsuit against grooveshark.com currently for copyright infringement. Talk to Evan, he’s got a friend handling the whole situation. Get at it while it’s still around.

Don't be so quick to challenge. — by Ryan

Whilst diddling away my hours on the blogosphere, I found a pretty interesting set of photos. There was a girl named Nico. She had a group of friends. She was going to be traveling around for 6 weeks. The last thing she said to her friends before she left was, “Don’t have too much fun without me.”

Her friends didn’t take this kindly, They saw it as a challenge. They proceeded to have too much fun without her. This is their story.

You can see their entire adventure here. It’s quite entertaining.

Own a part of "Back to the Future"?

I know right? To be able to own your own hoverboard, or be able to cruse around in a delorean. Well folks, now you can.

Yup.

In 1995, a Texas business man bought the rights for the DeLorean brand and all the inventory of the short-lived company. Thtough the Delorean Motor Company you can buy an original 1982 Delorean DMC-12, a brand new Delorean, built from scratch using new parts, or repair your used DMC-12. If this story wasn’t amazing enough, a guy built a replica of the Delorean used in the Back to the Future movies and is selling it on eBay for $450,000. Yes, you have it correct. According to the owner, it took him eight years to complete the project. The replica is really impressive, but the original kit was sold for $30,000.

You can check out everything about the delorean in this video.

If I had stupid money, this would be the second thing I would buy. Right behind a replica of the Black Pearl.

If you currently have stupid money, check it out here, and please let me drive it once. Or at least sit in the passenger seat.

Television: Up and Coming.

I know. Dexter has finished, Boardwalk Empire has blown your mind, Terra Nova is awaiting to see if it’s going to be picked back up, and lots of shows are doing a mid-season break to check on their ratings.

But fear not my internet downloading friends! Lots of great television is right around the corner, and coming soon with our Mid-Season January 2012 starts!

Here is a list of the top 5 shows I’ll be looking forward to in the early 2012.

5. Luck (HBO)
When it’s on: Sundays starting January 29
Who’s in it: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind
What it’s about: Winners, losers, and everyone in between at a local horse-racing track.
Why I’m excited about it: All you have to do is read the cast credits to get amped up about this show (but go ahead and also slap your behind with a riding crop if you need to). Dustin Hoffman,Deadwood creator David Milch, Hollywood hotshot director Michael Mann, Nick Nolte, and Dennis Farina are all involved in what’s sure to be HBO’s next critical hit.

4. Smash (NBC)

When it’s on: Mondays starting February 6
Who’s in it: Debra Messing, Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Huston, Uma Thurman
What it’s about: The buzz for this musical drama is off the charts! And with a cast that confirms its quality, I’m guessing this could be the next big hit that America falls in love with, even if it is on NBC. And check it out, Uma Thurman. Plus, who if you’re not a gleek, you can just get out.

3. House of Lies (Showtime)
When it’s on: Sundays starting January 8
Who’s in it: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Dawn Olivieri, Richard Schiff
What it’s about: A consulting firm grifts corporate fat cats into overpaying for its services.
Why we’re excited about it: Don Cheadle can act like no one’s business, and I’m always a sucker for a steal-from-the-rich-and-give-to-the-less-rich storyline. That is, until we get rich. Plus, Kristen Bellis in her underwear in the trailer. Done and done.

2. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)
When it’s on: TBD
Who’s in it: Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter, Eric Andre, Michael Blaiklock, and James Van Der Beek
What it’s about: A woman from the country relocates to New York City and moves in with a sketchy party girl.
Why I’m excited about it: ABC is currently on a hot streak with comedies, and I’ve had my eye on this ever since it was announced. Ummm… and James Van Der Beek plays himself. Plus it’s, uhh… a bit crass. Okay, okay. Krysten Ritter. There. I admit it.

1. Alcatraz (Fox)
When it’s on: Mondays starting January 16
Who’s in it: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Robert Forster
What it’s about: Inmates and guards who went missing from the famous prison decades ago mysteriously reappear and start doing weird things.
Why I’m excited about it: J.J. Abrams put his name on this project, so you know it’s going to be more than just your everyday sci-fi drama. And with the Lost‘s Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill visiting my computer every week, it has my attention. I love anything with Baby J.J.

Raaaa, Matt Damon, Raaaaaaa

So I was just googling what year this is for the Chinese (It’s the year of the Dragon) and came across something about North Koreans paying tribute to Kim Jong Il as the Lunar New Year came in.  I was then distracted from doing anything productive until I finished doing what I do every time I hear Kim Jong Il’s name… read his glorious list of “accomplishments”.  I’d have to think that by now most people have seen this, but if you haven’t, here’s a link…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/8965694/50-fascinating-facts-Kim-Jong-il-and-North-Korea.html

My favorite is how he shot 38 under par the first time he picked up a golf club… and then retired.  Rearry KJ?  Anyway, enjoy.