Nerdery in Brief: 10/11/11

In today’s news…
  • Season 5 of The Guild wrapped up with today and can anyone say, “Cliffhanger’d?”  [my bad]
  • Meanwhile, Felicia Day’s new webseries Dragon Age: Redemption premiered and I loveeee it. Just when I thought Felicia Day couldn’t be more awesome, she pops up as a badass elf assassin and makes me want to play Dragon Age!

    Felicia Day as Tallis in 'Dragon Age: Redemption'

  • The full Avengers trailer also came out today, so watch it now and get hyped about May 4, 2012. It ultimately says one thing:

... or Jossome

In not-so-recent news…

  • X-Men: Destiny came out on Sept. 27 and playing it was a bit like X-Men Origins: Wolverine — disappointing. I recommend at least renting it.
  • Spider-Man: Edge of Time was released on Oct. 4 and my only major complaint is the inability to skip certain cut scenes and dialogue. I have the tendency to die a lot, so not being able to skip those gets a little annoying when I can begin to quote along with Miguel and Spidey.
For more on X-Men: Destiny, come back later this week!

Inspector Spacetime: Community’s homage to Doctor Who

I find Community funny enough on its own, but this is what keeps me watching.

Quirky pop culture references scattered throughout the series, but this is by far my favorite. Abed represents “every-nerd” and the fact that a Doctor Who parody is Abed-approved validates everyone who’s ever been ashamed of loving Doctor Who, which is indeed the best show I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

The only thing better than this was Saturday night’s Doctor Who episode, “Closing Time,” which I must say was the best since the mid-series premiere.  For more on Doctor Who, come back later this week!

Is Google+ worth leaving Facebook?


Facebook made some major changes to the News Feed. It now features “top stories” marked with a blue corner and a floating Twitter-like real-time feed of status updates, wall posts, photo tags and everything else that shows up in the normal News Feed (Facebook is calling it “ticker”).

I’m surprised “Facebook” isn’t trending nationally or worldwide on Twitter (as of 2:00 a.m. Sept. 21). However since Facebook users discovered that you can get the old News Feed back by changing your language to English UK, “English UK” and “Account Settings” are fifth and seventh, respectively, worldwide. Judging by the tweets and statuses, social networkers are not at all happy with these changes. 

I remember nearly three months ago my friends were abuzz with excitement for Google’s newest product: Google+. At the time the social network was invite-only, but you can wave that bit goodbye. As of today, Google+ is available to anyone “of legal age to form a binding contract with Google” (18+) with a Google account.

Google+ is all about you the user (and being better than Facebook.)

When I got my invite I couldn’t wait to sign in and be apart of the potential downfall of Facebook. I honestly didn’t know what to expect.

The biggest draws to Google+ for me were 1) Hangouts looked cool, 2) “Circles” were easier to manage than Facebook lists, 3) I didn’t have to mess with too many privacy settings and 4) I can access Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader and Google Calendar from my social network page.

On the other hand, Facebook’s latest updates seem to be in direct response to everything that makes Google+ a viable rival. Facebook launched its Skype-powered video chat shortly after. Just last week, they introduced improved friends lists which automatically sort your friends. Unfortunately, FB seems to have gone backwards in intuitive privacy settings, but I can deal with that.

I don’t have many complaints about Facebook. I’ve been using it for nearly five years and it’s served me pretty well. Despite the many changes since 2004 — the addition of fill-in-the-blank-ville, the facelifts, new useless features, etc. — I still turn to Facebook when I want to know what my friends are doing. While I can do the same on Google+, I have significantly I have fewer friends on G+ than on Facebook and most of them use Facebook more than Google+.


© The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman

Perhaps now that anyone can join Google+, it will gain momentum and prove to be better than Facebook — or perhaps it will fall by the wayside like Google Wave (which I thought was brilliant). For now, I’m sticking with good ol’ Facebook… at least until its updates become too unbearable.

Doctor Who: 11 thoughts after “The God Complex” [SPOILERS]

  1. What does the Doctor believe in?
  2. What is the Doctor’s most primal fear? Yeah, yeah, we hear TARDIS sounds when he opens room 11 (get it?) and perhaps it was himself, but I really want it to be more than that. Could it have been his death? River Song? The Silence?
  3. Who were the Weeping Angels for?

    (they were for you)

  4. Why didn’t Rory find his room… or did he have one?
  5. (Similarly) Why doesn’t Rory have something to believe in? What about Amy?
  6. Why is Gibbis such a pansy? I mean, he is from a planet where they thrive on being conquered and oppressed, but still. I wish he died instead of Rita.

    Ugh... Gibbis (left)... what a pansy.

  7. “An ancient creature drenched in the blood of the innocent drifting in space through an endless shifting maze, to such a creature death would be a gift.” Is this prophecy (like the Oods’) or observation? Does the Doctor know he’s going to die?
  8. What DO Timelords pray to? (Good questions, Amy Pond.)
  9. How could he possibly just leave the Ponds behind? They’re not like Susan or Sarah Jane. Eff them. They were lame. The Ponds are… antilame.

    "I'm ditching you, but here's the car Rory's always wanted. Cheers."

  10. The Doctor effed up Rose, Martha and Donna. By travelling with the Ponds, he already made his own killer, how much worse could it get with them?
  11. WHAT ABOUT THE SILENCE? …which is a question I’ve had since the mid-series premiere. In “Let’s Kill Hitler,” we learn they are a religious order and they have something to do with the Question.

There will be two more episodes in series 6 and, although I am plenty happy with the return of Craig in next week’s episode, I can’t help but feel just a little disappointed in the second half of this series. The episodes are good…ish, but “Let’s Kill Hitler” did little other than introduce Alex Kingston as Melody Pond, “Night Terrors” was a little scary (especially the singing dolls), “The Girl Who Waited” was good, but pretty obviously filler, and now this week’s episode does what… gives the Doctor the opportunity to ditch Amy and Rory? I’m not buying it. After all, “Backpedalling is [the Doctor’s] middle name.”

Overall, I thought it was suspenseful and witty, but I really miss the arc of the Doctor versus the Silence. Hopefully everything will fall into place within the next two weeks… or I’ll pitch a fit.

[Photos: BBC]

What the heil?: Doctor Who mid-series premiere (may contain spoilers)

Doctor Who’s Series six mid-series finale answered some major questions then opened up so many more.

After three years, we finally know who River Song is. (The lead up made me wonder why I didn’t figure it out sooner. River Song? Melody Pond? I see what you did there, Steven Moffat.)

How does Melody Pond become the River Song we meet in “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” and in “The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone?” Is she the impossible astronaut? Who taught her to fly the TARDIS?

If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the prequel to tonight’s episode.

After I saw it the first time, I was screaming at the Doctor. Why won’t you answer the phone, you dolt?!

Hopefully, we’ll get all these answers as series six continues with “Let’s Kill Hitler” tonight at 8 p.m. CDT on BBC America.

Guild Wars 2 gameplay: “So sexy it hurts”

After Guild Wars’ sixth annual Dragon Festival, I discovered a video to keep myself stoked for Guild Wars 2 (concept art can only hold me over for so long).

The video features “dungeon action” and shows off the game’s new professions: guardian, engineer and thief.

Of course, being a video from YouTube, I got sucked into the suggested videos where I found these:

IGN: Guild Wars 2: Thief – Guns Gameplay

IGN: Guild Wars 2: Thief – Swords Gameplay

Um… drool. I don’t know how the what it took me four months to see this. Since the thief was announced, a few of my guildmates were a bit wary of the guns. They look weak in the video, which makes me wonder if it’s even worth being a thief dual-wielding pistols when you could have a sword and a pistol or daggers or –even better– be an engineer with a rifle.

In other news, the interface looks so sexy it hurts. It looks so much less chunky and 10 skill slots? Brilliant.

Sure, maybe I am just a fangirl, but I believe Guild Wars 2 is definitely Game of the Year potential.

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