Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sequel madness, and Kinect goes open-source? It’s almost too much for a gamer to bear. The point-by-point breakdown:
A hefty number of additions to big-name video game franchises have been released for the holiday season, most prominently including the long-awaited Halo: REACH and Call of Duty: Black Ops shooters. Gritty science fiction versus covert Delta Force-esque action – which reigns supreme? (Insert squabbling fanboys here).
Lagging just behind them is another highly anticipated sequel, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Considering Ubisoft’s almost laughable showing at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Brotherhood may be the company’s saving grace as other, lower-quality games fail to do well in the market.
Little news of Portal 2, planned sequel to 2007 smash-hit 3D puzzler Portal, is coming out of Valve Corporation. Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve, promises a more in-depth storytelling experience and cross-platform support for both SONY’s Playstation 3 and personal computers. No news is good news, I suppose?
Conversely, things are far from quiet on the Microsoft front. Electronics retailer Adafruit has awarded a bounty (only a few weeks ago after this writing) of $3000 to an unnamed hacker for delivering open-source drivers of the Xbox 360’s new motion-control system, dubbed Kinect. In response, Microsoft subsequently declared Kinect was meant to be an open device all along – a suspicious heel-face turn on Microsoft’s part, but this endorsement of the drivers’ use means we can expect to see good things coming from indie game developers for Kinect in the near future.
When you go to a concert headlined by a band named fun., you expect to have some fun, and that is exactly what was delivered on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at The Music Box. Opening for the entertaining band were the diverse artists Jarrod Gorbel and Steel Train. Gorbel, previously of The Honorary Title, started the show with some lovely ballads consisting of just a guitar and violin. Following the mellow frontman, the boisterous band hailing from New Jersey, Steel Train, came to the stage. Their fast-paced songs, catchy guitar riffs, and one song written for the children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba! got us amped up for the band we all came to see. When fun. hit the stage, the crowd went crazy. There is never a dull moment at one of their shows, and this one did not disappoint. Frontman Nate Ruess (formerly of The Format), guitarist Jack Antonoff (frontman of Steel Train), and pianist Andrew Dost, combine their unique sounds to bring a show that envelops their moniker perfectly, and fans do not expect anything less.
Head-to-Toe Fashion Review
These new fashion trends are so hot they are going to melt the snow out of winter.
Because of the latest fashion week in Paris, new trends were spotted. This winter is filled with ivory coats, feathers, and pattern play.
As seen on the streets of Paris, fur, feathers, and leather are making their way into fashion. Mostly, feathered skirts, either white or colored, are chic to wear as long as the outfit is dressed down so it doesn’t turn out looking like an ostrich. Fur is in! Fur on purses, coats, even shoes! If fur is too scary to wear, try faux fur (also much cheaper). Leather is coming into fashion again, especially shorts and pants that can be joined with lace-up boots.
Coats have broken out of their conservative form into mixed colors while remaining classy. Ivory and tan coats are in.
Patterns are hard to choose, instead just throw them all on. Play with different patterns and fabrics; it may turn out better than expected.
Bright make-up makes the perfect accent to any outfit while adding a little spark. Try orange nails or magenta lips.
Monday, November 15, 2010
|Gates Millennium Scholars Program Scholarships (Deadline: January 10)|
The 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship application is now available. GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. For more information visit or to nominate an outstanding youth, visit www.gmsp.org
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation recognizes fifteen year old Rikki Nicole Segura of Pacoima, California and Henry J. Kaiser High School, as one of our Everyday Young Heroes for her volunteer service and efforts.
Rikki is a member/volunteer at her local Recycling Center. She feels very strongly in supporting her community, and she also volunteers with her school’s band program, and she tutors fourth and fifth graders in her neighborhood.
In addition to her volunteer responsibilities, Rikki also enjoys Acting, Listening to Music and eating frozen Yogurt.
Rikki enjoys Hollywood, California because she feels it is her calling to be an actress there. “I love the feel of the environment and the Hollywood life, in addition to the lifestyle I adore the persistence I can achieve to follow my dreams.”
For her efforts to provide a healthier community we honor Rikki as an Everyday Young Hero!