Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Great Eclipse Teaser Interview

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Twilight: How it should have ended

Text Speed Test

A Million Dollar Idea

Tonight, while running, I came up with the greatest company name to ever grace this planet.
The name was SynApps.
It occurred to me immediately that I should sell this name to a prospective iPhone app publisher for precisely one-million dollars.
I was really looking forward to it.
Then, I got back, and being the avid researcher I am, I issued a standard google search.
I discovered, of course, that not only is the name already taken, but it is taken by no less than four individual companies since at least 1991.
I'm thinking I could rebrand this as "SynApps Games" (registered trademark, copyright Finn Haverkamp 2009), or, "SynApps Software"  (registered trademark, copyright Finn Haverkamp 2009), and I might get somewhere.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

30 Second Bunnies: Twilight

"Where the Wild Things Are" Box Office

I feel like there was a conversation some time ago about the prediction of how "Where the Wild Things Are" was going to do at the box office. I'm pretty sure I said that it wasn't going to sell well at all, while the other person in this conversation was convinced it was going do quite well. Anyway, here are the facts.

The movie was only domestic. It made $73,977,299.

Nedroid: Future Comics

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Why Cremation Goes Against Christianty

According to the historical records, the idea of reducing a dead body to ashes originated in heathen lands. The Romans, who also invented a crucifixion kind of death, were among the first to practice this abhorrent custom. The Hindus in India have always burned their dead and then sprinkled the ashes on the Ganges River Since they believe in reincarnation they want to dispose of the body quickly so that the next incarnation can take place. Should Christians emulate the Hindus? Interestingly, Christians in India believe that cremation is as pagan as idol worship, and therefore always bury their dead. 

Cremation came to America via the uncivilized and non Christian peoples of the Middle Ages. These same pagans bored out the eyes of Christians, tore out their tongues, burned them at the stake, and fed them to the lions. 

The first crematorium in America was built in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1876 by some very ungodly and atheistic men. The Roman Catholic Church responded very quickly to the spreading of this evil practice by banning it in 1886. Long before that date however, Christian pastors spoke out against this practice and condemned this pagan way of disposing of a Christians body.

It is therefore a rather recent development in our country, and sadly, it has now been adopted by many Christians as just another way to get rid of a dead body. Some Christians respond to this revelation by saying: "We know that cremation doesn't cause anyone to by-pass the judgment as some believe, and therefore it doesn't matter how we dispose of a loved one's body.' Oh, yes it does! 

For a person to request cremation for themselves or another person is to go against the Bible and all of sacred history. Burial is the only biblical method as we await the resurrection, and no amount of reasoning about burial space, the sanitation of this method, and the high costs of funerals can change that. The question of cremation is not debatable, for God has spoken the final word. 

The Word of God is very clear on this subject, both by direct statements and spiritual examples. As Christians we are not permitted to do with our bodies as we please. Indeed, we are challenged to exalt Jesus Christ in our bodies, 'whether by life or by death.' (Phil. 2:20).

Somali Pirate Hostages

Friday, November 20, 2009

Google Chroms Operating System

Google has announced they are entering the operating system business.
Other operating systems (OS) you may recognize include such greats as: Windows XP and Mac OSX.
The trick with Google's OS is that everything you do and save is stored on the ole' interwebs. Meaning if you lose your hard drive, then essentially you lost nothing, because its all on their servers.This will be perfectly awesome until, one day, some genius cyber terroirst completely deletes all of google's server. That will be quite a day.

The Rings of Earth

Last Night

The Sims 3: New Moon Trailer

A New Moon Trailer made with Sims 3

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Want This Costume

Advent Conspiracy

Pandemic Studios Closes Down

 Pandemic Studios is a 3rd party developer owned by EA.  They have made many games over the course of their existence.  Just yesterday, EA shut down the company.

The following is a post on a popular forum from a former employee of Pandemic Studios

I was one of the affected today.

Having worked at Pandemic for close to 5 years, it's a bittersweet moment. We literally just finished Saboteur and are extremely proud of the game it turned out to be, considering the amount of hardships we had during development. On the other hand, we now have no job and are forced to part our ways with people we hold dear to our hearts.

I can tell you one thing. The reason why the studio closed down has everything to do with the existing Pandemic management. From what we were told, Pandemic management was given free reign to do as they please. Time and time again, they dropped the ball with bad decisions (promoting/keeping people based on loyalty, no production accountability, misallocation of resources, poor milestone objectives, no mentoring, etc.). It's a true shame, as there was a lot of talent and passion at the studio.

I wouldn't necessarily hate on JR and EA's execs just yet. In my eyes, they probably made the right decision as Pandemic cost a lot to upkeep and, quite frankly, the last few products weren't up to snuff. I think many of you would be surprised how much a game like Saboteur costs to make (think ~100 people for 3 years + ~20 people for ~2 years). Add overhead cost to incompetence in management/direction and you have a pretty convincing case to cut your ties and call it a day. It probably doesn't look good for JR considering he made a cool 5 mil off of the sale of Pandemic/Bioware.

One more thing I will say: EA is totally sending Saboteur out to die. And it's a fucking shame. It's easily Pandemic's best game yet. Of course, I am a bit biased having worked on the game for so long. If you were disappointed with Mercs2 and LOTR (who wasn't) and enjoyed previous Pandemic games, give Saboteur a shot.

Gonna pour one out for my homies:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

rock paper scissors

this is awesome. i figure our family trip can be around next years championship. and maybe, just maybe the prize money will pay for the whole vacation.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Stormtrooper Tokyo Dance

Good Times

Video Game Review

Hey, I posted a review of a video game called Borderlands on my blog.
If you like to see what it is I do, then feel free to check it out. Thanks.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Prisoner Mini-Series

Tonight at 8:00 PM AMC.  Watch It.

Up In The Air Trailer

The trailer might tell you almost everything, but the movie still looks great.

Link Here

Thursday, November 12, 2009

for host fans

hannah, were so ahead, they better make a good list,
btw/fwi- eclipse comes out in june, not even a year away

September 23, 2009
Hey guys, great news! The Host is on its way to the big screen: "Twilight's Meyer..."
I'm so excited to be working with Nick Wechsler, and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz to bring The Host to a visual format. They've all been a dream to work with, so lovely and collaborative, and I feel like we're in a really good place to make a great movie together. And then to have Andrew Niccol writing and directing? Truly awesome. If you've never seen Gattaca, go watch it now. One of my favorite movies of all time. It's such a great example of character driven science fiction, which is ideal for The Host, no? I'm having an absolute blast imagining different dream casts, which I would post if people didn't take my silly blogs so seriously these days. I'm looking forward to seeing the cast lists you come up with in the fansite forums, and if any of them match mine.
So, very exciting. Yay Host!

Movie of the Year: "Leap Year"

<a href="" target="_new" title="Exclusive: 'Leap Year' Trailer">Video: Exclusive: 'Leap Year' Trailer</a>

Who Should I Choose?

As usual, click the image to make it full size.

Lou Dobbs Leaves CNN

Last night, Lou Dobbs of CNN announced he was leaving and that it was his last night.  You can watch the video below.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Modern Warfare 2 Sales

There is this game that just came out on Tuesday.  If the reports are true, it sold 7 million copies, day 1.  This means that 7,000,000x$60 =$420,000,000.  Development studios get about $8 of each game sold.  So... $420,000,000/8=$52,500,000.

The game was announced around September of 2008.  It took probably 3 years to make since conception.

Oscar Best Animated Movie Submissions

There will be 5 movies actually nominated.

My prediction of the 5 to be chosen
Princess and the Frog

The 20 Submissions

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Astro Boy
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary and Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic

Credo Phone Company

Jill and I want to sign on to Credo and leave Verizon. Verizon is on the political right as I understand. Credo is clearly left, 1% of charges going to nonprofits like the ACLU, Greenpeace and Global Fund for Women.
We want to make sure they have good coverage though first. According to their coverage map, seen here

service is good in our area, but not available a little to the north of us for what seems like long distances (polkadot area). Anyone have any knowledge about Credo or Sprint (which provides their service)?

Also, anyone interested in joining? The prices look comparav=ble to Verizon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Need immediate feedback

One of the professors from Johnson is taking a group of graduate students to Puerto Cabezas, Nicarauga next winter break. He has two openings for anybody else to go, and I am seriously considering going with the group. He only let us know of this opportunity a couple of days ago, and literally needs to know whether I want to go by tomorrow morning. So, I haven't had much time to mull it over. Basically, I am looking for anybody's quick two-cents on whether it seems worth it. Price is cheap (~$1600.00), relatively speaking, but it is only for one week away and no more time to think it over. Is there any reason why I SHOULDN'T just make an impulsive decision and go with them? With all your experience traveling, thought you might be able to help me make this decision. Really, I need to know what you think ASAP!!!

I have pasted the email from the professor below, and you can also check out the link for the organization through University of Vermont that we are working through/with.

Hello -Next spring I’ll be offering a graduate counseling course (Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling) which will involve a trip during our winter break (February 21-28) to Puerto Cabezas (Port), Nicaragua. Approximately 10 students will be in the course.We have 2-3 additional spots available on the plane, and I would like to invite you to consider joining us on the trip (no, you wouldn’t have to take the course).We will travel under the auspices of a sister city program – a relationship between Burlington and Puerto Cabezas. We will be helping to celebrate the 25 year history of this partnership. You can visit the website: , which explains some of the history of Port and of the relationship, as well as previous JSC activities in “Port”. Some people involved with the sister city program will also be traveling with us.We have many good friends in Puerto Cabezas, and they will be helping us put together visits to local social service agencies and schools, as well as a visit to the area’s university. Music, dance, and good eating (lobster is the local specialty) are also definitely on the agenda. We will be officially hosted by the mayor’s office while in the area.Puerto Cabezas is on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. It is comprised primarily of indigenous peoples (Moskito Indian, mostly), and it has a complex and interesting history and relationship with the central government in Managua. It is a rich and vibrant culture, with significant social and political challenges...again, the website can give you a lot of good information about the area.Finally, we plan on spending a day in Managua, getting an "alternative" tour of the city, a tour sponsored by Witnesses for Peace. We'll visit the free trade zone and other areas not typically on the tourist route. The estimated cost of the trip is $1600, including airfare, accommodations, and food.

Un-Athletic Haverkamps stand a chance!


The Only One

I know 9 Years would seem like an eternity to some of you. But when you have someone like this to share it with then an eternity isn't enough time.

oh, and Fletcher notice the smile....and i might add everything else...

5 People

5 People I would marry in a heartbeat. 
No offense to any individuals portrayed within this post.  Every one of them are truly incredible people.  I will add that I was awake in bed last night for literally 20 minutes because I was laughing so hard about this.  I don't know why I thought and still think it is so funny, it just is.

Monday, November 9, 2009

oh! and

so, did i forget to mention that hannah, our beloved future nurses of america
for got to tell us, her family, that families were there for this,
as kinda support, and cheering backup.
like when your kids get awards and parents go,
but she forgot,
oh, my does she owe us,
hannah, i've put you down for the cellar cleaning on dec. 15th.!
and that still''s not even steven,
but i know you will do it, with joy,
and you can wear your nursing pin,

congratulations hannah banna

hannah was inducted into the national honor society for nurses!
whammo, cheers, whoppie, snap, zippers plus,
announcement, hannah did it!
lvoe, mom

SNL: People Getting Punched

Prisoner Trailer

Prisoner Mini-Series

AMC - Sunday, November 15th at 8:00 PM Eastern


Friday, November 6, 2009


Try out this game.
You only get one shot at each level (I would have made a pun, but its a bit too gross). The game ends when you fail to meet the level requirement. I made it to level 8.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Remi Gaillard: Tarzan

First Android 2.0 Phone: The Motorola Droid

For Hans: The Veronicas: Untouched

I'm sure you've heard this song and know this band.  But here it is anyway.

stephen colbert donate today

donate for colbert to support the US speed skating team, the number one medal winners at olympics for the US. they just lost their big sponsor, and colbert, being as awesome as he is, has taken the reins and is looking out for our beloved wicked fast team.