Archive | April, 2011

Fast Five Movie Review

Fast Five is the latest in an increasingly implausible series that seemed to be running out of gas prior to this installment. Against odds, this fifth entry in the series has managed to get back on track to deliver an exciting if absolutely ridiculous thrill ride. After Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordanna Brewster) break […]

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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Movie Review

Dylan Dog is a supernatural thriller that cribs from a lot of sources, feels like a lot of other things and never quite manages to bring it all together properly but it does, impossibly, manage to entertain and provide a fun distraction on a hot afternoon. Adapted from an Italian comic I had never heard […]

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Sony, Why You No Encrypt My Data?!

In celebration of Sony putting all of our identities, personal information and potentially financial information at risk because our data “was not encrypted, but was stored on a very secure system“, I created this “Y U NO” pic:

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Understanding the Unix Epoch (in Java), Time Zones and UTC

It is funny (or maddening, depending on your mood) how long something can be under your nose until you come to assume you understand it. Only after you are forced to look at that thing in detail do you realize you have no idea how it works. That happened to me just now with Java […]

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Designing a Secure REST (Web) API without OAuth

Situation You want to develop a RESTful web API for developers that is secure to use, but doesn’t require the complexity of OAuth and takes a simple “pass the credentials in the query” approach… or something equally-as-easy for people to use, but it needs to be secure. You are a smart guy, so you start […]

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Patrick’s 10 Most Anticipated 2011 Summer Movies

Unlike last summer, this summer is boasting a pretty decent distribution of blockbusters and popcorn movies. Whether any of them will be quality is anyone’s guess at this point but at the very least we have a decent selection to choose from this summer. With that in mind, and given that the blockbuster season is […]

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African Cats Movie Review

Right off the bat, if you are into cute animals, particularly cats, then this movie is for you fullstop. If, on the other hand, you hate animals, particularly cats, then you will hate this movie and probably aren’t reading this in the first place. African Cats is a documentary film that follows the trials and […]

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Why You Should Consider the $1300 Expobar Office Lever Espresso Machine

DISCLAIMER: I have no affiliation with any company discussed in this post. I am just sharing the culmination of my thoughts over the last 2 years as it pertains to (what I consider) expensive-ass espresso machines. I don’t think I’d ever call myself a “coffee geek“, but after spending something like $4k in the last […]

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You Don’t Know Jack (XBox 360) Review

Summary [8.0 out of 10] After almost 10 years away You Don’t Know Jack is back  and updated for a new round of hilarious trivia. You Don’t Know Jack is set up like a game show with a host that asks you trivia questions and you compete for money either by yourself or up to […]

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Dragon Age II (XBox 360) Review

Summary [8.5 out of 10] Breaking away from the Grey Warden storyline from the previous entry, Dragon Age II follows Hawke, a human champion who rises to prominence from the abject poverty of the slums to play a major part in a fairly massive conflict in Kirkwall. Taking away the multiple origins of the first […]

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Win Win Movie Review

Win Win is a complicated comedy that isn’t afraid to be challenging while making you laugh. It isn’t super heavy but it has a lot more weight than other recent indy comedies like Cedar Rapids. Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a struggling small town lawyer with a private practice who moonlights as a wrestling coach […]

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Scream 4 Movie Review

After 11 years Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson return to the franchise that reinvented slasher movies in the 90′s and miraculously deliver a film on par with the original: scary, funny and innovative for a new era of horror movies. In the interest of full disclosure, I adore Scream. When it was first released in […]

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Arthur Movie Review

A remake of the classic Dudley Moore vehicle, Arthur recasts Russell Brand as the titular alcoholic in a funny and oddly touching film that manages to transcend the stigma of the remake and earn its place as a legitimately good film. I haven’t seen the original Arthur since I was a kid. I remember liking […]

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Your Highness Movie Review

Your Highness is a bizarre mixture of stoner comedy and sword and sorcery epic that manages not to be the complete disaster that it might have been but still falls short of the success that it tries to be. Everyone is pretty stoked when Prince Fabious (James Franco) rescues Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the evil […]

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