DJ Drop Trou

I can't tell what kind of mixing board he's rocking there in the background, but I know exactly which piece of equipment I want to play with most. I'll give you a hint: it's his dick.

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It’s Time To Put Your Wii Away

Well, it looks as though Nintendo is going to be the only major gaming company to release a new system next year. And quite frankly, given the Playstation 3 fiasco, they couldn't have picked a better time to go unchallenged. My only hope is that a photo-realistic Legend of Zelda game will be in the works.

To whom it may concern:

Re: Wii’s successor system

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.

Source: The Tanooki

A Tale of Two Princes

I think everyone in the world is well aware (and probably well fatigued) of the Royal Wedding that occurred over the weekend. Why, then, would I bring it up and rub it in your faces even more? Because, dear friends, we're talking about a pair of Royals who aren't just hot by Royal standards – let's face it, King Henry VIII's direct line hasn't always been genetically blessed – but hot by most standards across the board.

Diana's living legacies, Harry and William, have inherited a fair mix of both parents' features and for the most part, they work together surprisingly well. Granted, William got the baldness gene from his father which certainly isn't serving him well, but he's nonetheless easy on the eyes. Harry, while he didn't inherit many of Diana's features outright, there's a mischievous sparkle in his eye that she's directly responsible for. And I dare say, t'were her genetics that are responsible for giving him the body that he has today. Bless her.

Harry:

Harry certainly has the rugged masculinity and better body of the two brothers. However, we've never had the good fortune of seeing Harry expose much more than his torso. The same can't be said of William. While on his school's polo team, he showed off quite a bit of leg in his speedos. But that's not all. He's had his willie caught on camera. That makes him a future king with wang shots on the internet. Ultimately, he wins.

William

The following shot has been widely circulating Tumblr since Saturday. No one can vouch for it's authenticity, and to be honest, I can't imagine that Clarence House or the Royal Family would have allowed something like this to get out. On the other hand, if it's genuine, I have to say that Harry's knickers are brilliant.

Music Monday: Tyler James

A friend of mine turned me on to a Nashville-based musician who's part of a bigger project you might've heard recently, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Tyler is one hell of a talented young'n. Sure, he's a few years older than myself, but his music embodies a youthful connotation. His voice has an earnest yearning which when paired with his lyrics of love and loss, create a sense of an innocent wisdom. First track up is his best selling single thus far, "All I Got." Talk about a smooth talker singer.

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The video for "All I Got." While Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have a naturally grand sound, even on sparsely instrumented tracks, Tyler's album feels very intimate. It feels as though every song is being sung directly to the listener. Just as the girl in the video is the recipient of the song in that moment in time, so too does it feel as though James is crooning to each of us when we're listening. "Soapbox Shakedown" is an example of that innocent wisdom I spoke of earlier. He's lamenting the curse of being a part of a younger generation than those who've came before.

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"One More Chance" tells the story of searching for something greater than what you've been born with, and ultimately realizing that sometimes, the answers can be found within the familiar.

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As a bonus, watch this live performance of the song "Don't Leave" five years ago. His talent has obviously been with him for some time now.
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Sony Can Haz Your Forgiveness?

[Edit. Note: I am no fan of the Playstation 3, and as such, you'll notice a decidedly  biased slant to the following article.] So, you know how Playstation 3 and parent company Sony royally fucked everyone in the ass with their latest security breach? Oh, sure, they didn't mean for it to happen. And sure, they feel soooo super bad about what happened. But the fact remains that this breach is the largest of it's kind for any major home gaming console. I've had a relationship with Sony that can be described as cool at best. Their decision to follow up their wildly popular and successful – and more importantly reasonably priced – Playstation 2 with a hunk of machinery that was out of the price range of the majority of gamers has never set well with me. Gaming systems are always over-priced in comparison to other forms of entertainment, but this glaring slap in the face to the consumer stopped my interest in Sony's machine dead in it's tracks. While this may sound like some sort of classist lament, it's really not. Sony did eventually release a comparatively priced system to rival the XBox 360's $400 price point. But again, the 360 was at what I would consider the limit of reasonably priced systems. Then here's Sony, touting their upgraded-memory system at a cool $600. Utter shite. So, given that they effectively shit upon the chest of the American gaming consumer, surely they've since done everything in their power to rectify that misstep? Surely. What have they done since then? By my observation, not much at all. They finally released the pared down Playstation 3 Slim a mere 3 years after the original. In other words, they cut out all of the unnecessary hardware and dropped the price to the level it should've been all along. Oh, and the Playstation Network is free, so that's quaint. You don't have to have a paid membership to play games against your friends via internet connection. Of course there was that jailbreak hack that Sony had to go to the courts over, since they can't police their own networks. Please mummy, tell these bad men to stop hacking our software! So then comes this latest faux pas in Sony's Playstation security system. The day the service went down, no one seemed to know what happened and no explanation was being offered. Then days – yes DAYS – afterward Sony comes out and says, "hey guys, sorry PSN's been down but we're working on it, oh and your user information, including credit card numbers, probably definitely got stolen." Now I'm sure they had to consult with their lawyers before making a statement, but given the experience the PS3 has getting hacked, one would think there would be a team of lawyers on standby for just such an occasion. Legalities aside, that three days of silence following the outage leaving your consumer base in the dark creates a certain type of perception, and shoo lord it is NOT a good one. As I was describing the situation to someone last week, it's as if Sony is the petulant child who broke mommy's vase and promptly swept the vase under the couch, in hopes that the whole mess would just go away. Out of sight, out of mind. But I digress. Sony is attempting to make things right! You heard me! So what great deal do they have in store for you affected loyal customers!? Why... as it turns out, not much. A free month of Playstation Plus. Yeah. That's it. From CNN:

Once the PlayStation Network is restored online, users will have to change their account passwords before being able to log into the service. The update will require users to change their passwords on the PS3 on which the account was activated, or through e-mail validation.

To thank customers for their patience and loyalty, Sony announced it would offer PlayStation Network users 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus service, which provides access to exclusive games and beta trials for games.

The Playstation 3 is a technically superior machine to it's two closest competitors, there's no debate. It's just a shame that it's parent company employs a bumbling decision-making corps for what should be their best selling product. At this point, I don't think I even want that white PS3 anymore, even if someone gave it to me. Source: CNN.