Friday, December 26, 2008

Rickrolled IRL - I Think Reality is Collapsing...

The most rediculous thing just happened to me.  So I went out to get the mail today...and I got an oddly wrapped package from my friend Andrew (@mcandre on Twitter).  When I say oddly wrapped, I mean it was a media mailer very heavily bound in packing tape.  I knew the package was coming because he asked my address last week, but he told me it wasn't a gift requiring reciprocation.  That made me curious...

Now if you have ever tried to pull packing tape off of shipping plastic, you know it's no picnic.  I pulled out the kitchen scissors and after quite a bit of wrestling, I arrived at...more wrapping.  This time it was festive wrapping paper.  From the size and shape of the package, I could tell it was a CD case of some kind and I made quick work of the final layer.

Before I even got it totally out of the wrapping paper, I realized what it was.  I could see this logo [see left] very clearly and I felt a feeling I had felt many times before while surfing the web.  One of dread...I had just been Rickrolled.

This was not just any Rickroll though, this was a Rickroll "IRL" or "in real life."  I've heard of such things happening, but really, in my own mailbox!  What is this world coming to?

I have enlisted the help of the bear on my desk to help me document this crime against the memedom.  


Here you can clearly see that this is the album that included "Never Gonna Give You Up" as the top track.


If you have suggestions on how I can get Andrew back, leave a comment or message me on Twitter.  I cannot allow this kind of behavior to abide!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Big New Post Coming Soon...

It's been a while since I updated.  Never fear!  It's all because I'm working on a big post about something awesome.  Wait for it....wait for it....(keep waiting until your RSS reader says otherwise ;) )

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Ender Saga Fills a Plot Hole Nicely [Ender in Exile Review]

If you've been reading my stuff at all, you know I love sci-fi.  Specifically, older sci-fi novels have a special place in my heart.  A little while ago, I gave in and read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and was BLOWN AWAY by the story.  From there I read all of the other "Ender's Saga" books as well, starting with Speaker for the Dead.  

Well finally, another book for the series has come out, and boy is it a doozie!  Ender in Exile is a direct sequal to Ender's Game.  That being said, you pretty much HAVE to read all the other books that have come out already because there is a great deal of assumed knowledge.  The story happens primarily as Ender is leaving Earth and going to out the new colony he's to govern.  Essentially Card felt that there was a missing story between the end of the war and the beginning of Peter's time as leader of the united world.  Plus, we get to find out what happens to Bean's last missing son.

I have to say, I really liked this book.  It's told with exactly the same tone that Card uses in all of his Ender books and lets us once again into Ender's beautiful mind.

Speaking of the book...I didn't actually read it.  In fact, I haven't ever read one of Card's books.  I listen to audiobooks :)  Here's a link to the Ender in Exile Audiobook if you're like-minded.  It has the same cast of voice actors as in the previous books so you will feel right at home.  I wish it wasn't so expensive, but until audiobooks get cheaper, there's not a lot you can do.
Also, speaking of newly released content that's really great...the Dr. Horrible DVD is OUT!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Special Honor

This week I am exstatic that I have been chosen for "Worth the Follow" on Julia Roy's Tweet Week.  I had no idea I'd been picked until several hours after the post went live.  This is mainly because I had a post go up on MakeUseOf today that netted me a lot of followers on Twitter.  Many of those followers turned out to be from Tweet Week.  What a pleasent surprise!

Here's Tweet Week #5:

Thanks so much to @JuliaRoy and all of her fans :) - then again I'm one of her fans so thanks to me too!

P.S. - If you can spare a Digg, please help my Twitter article get on the front page!
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