The Best & Most Thorough Homepod Review We've Seen

So, I'm not actually writing a review. I don't own the Homepod, and to be honest, I wasn't really planning on purchasing one. I have an impressive home theatre set up at my apartment, connected with a pretty impressive analog vinyl system that I spent a pretty impressive amount of money on. I also own a Google Home device that I only really use as a "$100 Weather and Timer Machine." So it's safe to say that I'm not really the right demographic for this product. But that might change after reading this one Redditor's rigorous and thorough review.

Click here to read the review by /u/WinterCharm

If you're looking for a TL;DR, let me try and break it down, while keeping the integrity of the original post. /u/WinterCharm is a well known audiophile that reviews products on /r/audiophile. With the help of a couple other redditors, /u/Arve and /u/Ilkless, WinterCharm was able to take a Calibrated Microphone to analyze the sound coming from the Homepod, to allow other audiophiles to compare against their favorite speakers and home assistants. There's a lot of technical language used, so if you're more of a casual music listener, the gist is this. The Homepod produces exceptionally crisp highs, with true to life vocals, but the real impressive part being the tight bass response being rendered at high volumes. Other reviews from less advanced audiophiles all agree the Homepod is easily the best sounding Home Assistant to back up the scientific data. While the price tag and value is ultimately up to the consumer, it's safe to say, this thing sounds great. And as someone who own's almost everything in the Apple ecosystem, it's caught my attention. God damn you, Apple.


No Life Tech: Ep. 33b - Devilman Crybaby is What Wayne's Been Waiting For; Homepod is BORING

Ol' School Anime

In this episode of NoLife Tech, Wayne talks about how he's been waiting for an anime like Devilman Crybaby for years, Trump looks to implement government into 5G (even though that's exactly opposite of a conservative ideal), and the homepod bores us.

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No Life Gaming: Ep. 33a - Monster Hunter World Lives Up to Hype; Future of Gaming

Monster Huntin'

In this episode of NoLife Gaming, Loco finally gets a full playthrough of the released version of Monster Hunter: World. And long story short, he's completely enthralled. Check out the full review and other news topics above.

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No Life Tech: Ep. 32b - Beware of Facebook; Don't Drink and Tesla

FaceBook Monster

In this episode of NoLife Tech we find out the Facebook Creators are regretting their decisions and telling people to stop using Social Media, and then we find out that it's probably not a good idea to drink and get behind a Tesla and claim "it's on autopilot".

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No Life Gaming: Ep. 32a - Rimworld is COMPLEX; Black Knight is Martin's BEST!

RimJobbed

In this episode of NoLife Gaming, we take a look at the complex yet addicting game, Rimworld and we also debate which Martin Lawrence movie is the best (hint; it's Black Knight)

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No Life Tech: Ep. 31b - CES 2018 Case Fever; NZXT Z370 Mobo is SEXY

Cased In

In this episode of NoLife Tech, we take a look at the myriad of PC cases that were displayed at CES 2018. We also talk about the new NZXT Z370 Motherboard and jump into some other tech news.

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Biohacking a Bitcoin Wallet is Easier than Ever

Biohacking is a phenomena that’s been gaining more traction lately, as technology becomes more vital to the success of our lives. Infusing technologies into our bodies to improve the human experience sounds like science fiction, but it’s starting to become even easier. So easy in fact, kits are now being built to help bridge that experience gap. One of the more interesting use-cases to me, seems to be implementing digital currency into your being. Cryptocurrency, or bitcoin to be more specific, is a currency that lives completely in the digital. This means there’s no cash, and no tangible backing. It’s perfect for a bio-hacking experiment. What if we could implant a chip that could hold all of our currency, as well as be used to make transactions, while being completely encrypted not just in the code, but in human flesh. Well now it’s easier than ever.

The Tag

Meet the xNT NFC Tag from Dangerous Things, a well known biohacking shop. The cost - $99. The main component of this kit is the NFC Type 2 compliant NTAG216 chip. It’s encased in a biologically safe bioglass tube that’s been laser sealed for safe delivery. What this chip does is read any type of NFC modules (given the parameters). In the video below, you can see how Patric Lanhed touches the NFC module to his xNT NFC tag - which is implanted in his hand - to transfer Bitcoin to a differing wallet. The first to have ever done it.

This isn’t the only use cases for this chip. There are tons of NFC use cases out in the wild already. The reason this intrigues me so much is because of how benign it is. You’re not strapping together a fully automatic laser rifle replacing your arm. You’re just implanting a tiny little chip that can hold and transact your money, something we do already hundreds of times a week. While it’s still in its infancy, it’s still something that I think will become less taboo as time moves on. Who knows, I may even personally implant this chip in me once I finally hit big with DOGECOIN. The first DOGE bio-payment is a title I’m looking to hold.

BTW, I do not recommend nor encourage anyone to implant this device into your body. This article is strictly for entertainment purposes only, and any medical procedures should be performed by licensed professionals only. 


The Black Mirror Shared Universe Explained

If you haven’t watched Black Mirror, you need to leave your bubble, turn your fucking Netflix on, and binge the shit out of this show until every hour, minute, and second is consumed into your brain. It’s a show that challenges the technological constructs society now leans upon, and show developer Charlie Brooker writes it in a dark, dystopian, yet absurdly realistic manner. Think of it like a modern day Twilight Zone with a lot more of an apocalyptic feel. Not too mention, the show is produced as an Anthology. Or is it?

The latest season of Black Mirror has basically turned what we knew as an Anthology, on its virtual head. Now, fans of the series have been trying to tie a connection to each episode since its inception. A lot of them are a bit far fetched - like how the show itself is just a BETA test of future technologies to come, by people in the future. But up until this latest installment, some of the conspiracies seem to be too coincidental to ignore.

So what’s the story?

Well it all starts with the “cookie” or the device that harbors a person’s consciousness as clone AI data. You can download a “person” to the cookie, whether its you or someone else, and that code is basically a conscious generated AI meant to mimic the original. We see it used as inconspicuously as a smart home device, having your personal AI know the exact room temperature you’d like. Or as nefariously as pure torture, forever electrocuting “you” for crimes you may have committed. We first got a glimpse of this in “White Christmas” where Jon Hamm’s character acts as some type of mind-hacking bounty hunter trying to extract the truth from a prisoners “cookie”. It might be a bit confusing to read, but just go watch it. I promise you’ll be enthralled. Anyways, that “cookie” makes an appearance throughout many episodes, and seems to be the cornerstone of season 4 entirely. What are the ethics of digital subconscious? What are the limitations or the dangers that could arise from this technology? These are all questions Black Mirror tries to exploit in Season 4. Now because of that “cookie” technology, we can try to string together a shared universe, though we still need a bit more context to fully prove the point.

That’s where Black Museum comes into play. The final episode of Season 4. This is an episode where there is definitive proof of past episodes. This “Black Museum” houses much of the props and technologies we saw in older episodes such as balaclava in “White Bear”, or the lollipop in “McCallister”, or the tablet in “Arkangel”. Almost every previous episode makes some type of appearance in this piece. But none more important than the company that “owns” this museum. The company TCKR. We can assume that TCKR is the company that created the cookie, thanks to this episode, and now the pieces start to fall together. So here we go.

The Chronology

  • We start out with Play Test. This is where a gaming company does testing for its new subconscious VR game. We can see it as a primer to introducing this technology to the masses.
  • Next is “Men Against Fire” where soldiers are using the technology before the public, to mask their own “humanity” through covering enemy humans with VR imagery of monsters.
  • Then “USS Callister” comes into play, where the gaming technology improves to commercial success, finally breaking out into the mainstream. But shows the start of how consciousness and being are two different things. It also calls back to “Men Against Fire” by the brand of chocolate milk Daly drinks.
  • Then we can move to San Junipero. This is where the elderly can transmit their consciences to their “cookies” (developed by TCKR as seen in the episode) and live out their days in a young, VR, cloud connected bliss.
  • Next, “Be Right Back” shows how you can use cookie-tech to revive a deceased person’s thoughts, almost as if they’re still with you.
  • Then we move to Hang the DJ where cookies are used to find your perfect match in a super simulated VR dating world. But then things start to go awry with the cookies and digitized consciousness.
  • In Arkangel, we see how cookies can be too invasive for privacy, something quickly scrapped as children with the technology implanted too soon, rebel. Similar to “The Entire History of You” where recording everything you see or hear almost certainly ends in abandonment.
  • Then we have “White Christmas” where the government can now utilize cookies to not only extract information from unwilling participants, but also to punish by simulating years, even decades, subjecting the consciousness to unbearable boredom. Remember, its just consciousness displayed as VR, so theres no need to eat or sleep, but the thoughts and consciousness remain the same. Anyways, this torture was something that we know was protested against in “Black Museum”.
  • Next we get to Crocodile. This is again, where cookies, and their constant “always on” consciousness can be an issue for criminals, and not just a tool for prosecutors or insurance claimants.
  • And then we finally get to “Black Museum” where all this unfolds and we see how this technology was developed, the ethical struggles it faced, how pervasive it was in the mainstream, being implemented in almost everyone, and the rebellion the common folk had towards it.

 

Hiccups

There are obvious weird time jumps between some of the episodes. Like in “White Christmas” we don’t know exactly when that cookie technology was developed, because there were flashbacks within that episode that showed it being used in more “smart home-esque” environments. Also, there are a bunch of episodes that might live in the universe, but are so far behind in the timeline they don’t quite serve the story. Episodes like “Shut Up and Dance” and “The Waldo Moment” feel very present-day. But it’s that final episode in Season 4 that definitive proof there’s some strand that runs through most episodes in Black Mirror. In fact, I personally think it was to specifically serve the purpose of tying things together. It didn’t have much story, and it had too many obvious cues to past events to ignore. From the actual call backs of the props, to the timeline, to the different ways TCKR implemented cookie tech. It’s all there and it now makes the show more intriguing on a level we’ve not yet experienced.

Nonetheless, if Brooker is able to string together a true chronology of events, that not only make sense, but serve the story and atmosphere of BM, I’d be rather impressed. The show is built upon new and interesting, yet almost unreal scenarios, each and every episode. Where tying things together so late in the series, almost 7 years in the making, would call for extreme care and detailed writing. What’s also funny, is that it doesn’t even matter. Black Mirror is such a great show, that has consistently entertained. Every single scene is deliberate, and every message delivered. I’m in for the long haul and I can’t wait to see what Brooker has up his sleeve, shared universe or not.


NoLife Gaming: Ep. 31a - Dragon BallFighterZ Turning Out Great

 

DoobieBall Z

In this episode of NoLife Gaming, we talk about how Fortnite is exploding, Doobie goes over how much he's enjoying (and kicking ass at) DB FighterZ, and then we look at how one of Smash's biggest players retiring leaves a power gap at the top.

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The Disaster Artist - Movie Review

The Room is a cult classic most notoriously known as the “Best Worst Movie Ever Made”. The movie is an amalgamation of American cinema tropes acted out by amateur actors following a plot that doesn’t make much sense. It’s also filled with an endless amount of hilariously cliche quotes, squawked out by leading man, Tommy Wiseau. Text won’t do many of the justice, so do yourself a favor and either watch The Room in its entirety, or find some of the thousands of memes and videos of it throughout the web to get a good understanding of this monstrosity of a film. You’ll leave with basically the same questions everyone has had after viewing even a small portion of the flick....why? Why did this movie get made? How did this movie get made? Who on Earth funded this project? Did the actors know how bad this movie was going to be, they must’ve, right? Did anyone think this movie would ever be successful? Who is Tommy Wiseau?

All these questions, well a good majority of them, are answered in The Disaster Artist. A movie based on the book written by one of the lead actors in the film, Greg Sestero, donned with the same name. The film’s lead is James Franco who plays Wiseau, his brother Dave who plays Greg, and a myriad of other known “Apatow” celebs, who fill in the other pieces. If you’re wondering if the Disaster Artist aims to just recreate The Room, you’ll be glad it isn’t. Instead, it’s an expose of Tommy Wiseau and how this movie in fact, got made. Much of the film’s success relies on surprising the viewer with unbelievable scenarios that Tommy puts his cast in, so I won’t go into much detail about any scenes. What I want to do rather, is give you my opinion on how I felt about the film, and also determine if The Disaster Artist did the original film justice.

The first thing I want to point out is James Franco’s acting as Wiseau. It’s almost spot on. He does an amazing job at portraying Wiseau in a way that doesn’t feel forced, hacky, or more importantly, disrespectful. Wiseau is a man that speaks with some type of heavy Easter European accent (his origin is unknown to everyone), tied together with American machismo, and somehow Franco nails it. Anyone who’s seen The Room always tries to recreate Wiseau’s dialect, mostly to no avail. In fact, I’ve never seen anyone do the famous “Oh, Hi Johnny” better than Franco. But what’s more impressive is how Franco becomes Wiseau. The way he subtly moves, his ticks - like how Wiseau moves his hair - even down to his odd hunched walk. The only way I can really explain Franco’s performance is impressive. Which is big for this film, because so much of this film is just how mysteriously odd Wiseau is. And I’m happy that Franco was able to deliver. But unfortunately, he’s the only Franco that does deliver.

Dave Franco, who plays the more “normal” Greg Sestero, doesn’t quite fill the role. In fact, it’s down right bad. Sestero is someone who is much more put together, even suave at times. His character screams 90’s all American beach boy and Dave Franco doesn’t even come close to portraying this. Dave Franco’s acting is much like every other role we’ve seen him in. Basically playing himself. In my opinion, he was terribly casted. I also couldn’t get passed how TERRIBLE Dave Franco’s facial hair was in this film. It literally looks like someone glued their pubic hair on to his face. You think I’m kidding? Look at the image below. Now, I know James Franco specifically casted his brother in this film because he “wanted his own Coen brothers” according to his Golden Globes speech. Unfortunately, it misses the mark. Easily the most disappointing part of the film. Though, Greg’s role isn’t as major as Tommy’s so it doesn’t impact the film too much.

Now, because of the great source material and the overall mystique around the film’s development, The Disaster Artist is a film that is entertaining from start to finish. Even if you’ve never seen The Room prior to this film, you’ll enjoy the absurdity of the story. That absurdity never runs dry and continues to get more and more gripping throughout each and every antic Wiseau happens upon. Though, the film starts to lose its grasp on reality towards the final moments, falling into similar cinema tropes we see in most comedies.

Now I really enjoyed my time with this film. I watched it with my brother, the both of us HUGE Room fans. Having that behind-the-scenes look into the making of The Room was something we never thought would’ve been possible. So you can imagine our excitement upon the release of this movie. And because of James Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau, and Greg Sestero’s hilarious and detailed account of his time as an actor in The Room, we left feeling relieved. As if all of our questions were answered. Well...most of them. So in my opinion, the film is not only an extremely fun and funny trip through one of cinemas most puzzling flicks, but it also does the original justice, almost being a companion piece that unravels and unpacks the mystery behind it. Even if you’re not a Room fan boy or girl, this is a MUST SEE.