It's like Doc Oc but then with real arms!

Ok when I first heard I was like;'ZOMFGWTFBBQ?!, I was afraid that it would be some horrible little guy but my first reaction to the photo was "That Frikin Awesome!"

It says that Jie-jie (thats the name off the kid) has some health problems but the feeling I get from the article is that it's nothing big! I really hope that this kid is gonna be healthy, cause he has some very cool arms!

Link

New Look and Super Heroes art

So I wanted a new look, and here it is! How do you guys like it?... Please guys please give me some comments :P

Anyway, I also found this very very cool art photoshoped thingy's with super heroes.
There's jezus as superheroe, Xena as Mona Lisa and tons of more fun stuff! Check it out. I Think there are some very cool stuff between there. It's fun watch material just to kill your time. Click here!

Ohw BTW, sorry but I'm not continuing the whole big Bittorrent thing (if you don't know what I'm talking about then don't even mind).

Starters guide to Bittorrent

Ok so I just love Bittorrent. It’s easy, (mostly) save, free and popular (which causes that everything you want, you can find as a torrent). But not everybody digs it, or gets it to work. So that’s why I’m (again) providing a little guide here. One thing I do ask of you is that you know the regular jargon, all the words that I will use when I guide you to the wonderful world of Bittorrent. So for a little terminology I direct you to this page!

A torrent?!
Okay, I will explain a little bit of technical info here. If you don’t know how Bittorrent works you probably will never really get the whole picture, and often get confused when your downloading stuff. So with Bittorrent you don’t just download the actual file you want. With programs like Kazaa and Limewire you do, for example when you search in Kazaa for the movie ‘Ice Age’ and you find it, then you are downloading the movie directly.
With Bittorrent you are going to search for torrents. Torrents are certain files which will, let’s say, give you access to the actual file. You first download a torrent which is never more then a few kilobytes and then you open that with a certain Bittorrent program and then you begin downloading the actual file you want (Mp3’s, movies, whatever!).
And one more bit of techinfo; when you download the actual file, you don’t download it from one person or place. The torrent is shared by seeds and peers. Seeds are those who have finished downloading 100% and are only uploading. Peers are the people who are also downloading but are sharing (uploading) the parts that they already have.
So let’s start the Guide!

Client
First things first, you need a program, a so called client. With that you are going to open the torrents that you download, and download the actual files. Just like my Guide to Infinite Crisis I will guide you to the programs and places that work for me and will probably work for you as well. But don’t complain when it doesn’t I’m just speaking from my own experience.
Ok so the Client which is, in my opinion, the most efficient is called ‘uTorrent’ pronounced as micro torrent. It’s a stand alone program, which means that you don’t have to install it. It’s small and doesn’t suck up all your CPU. There’s also Azureus, Bitcommet and a whole lot of other stuff out there. They maybe have more features but most offend are also more complicated and they’re bigger programs which will suck up more CPU.
In the preferences, one of the most important things to set up is where to save the incomplete and complete downloaded files and how much torrents are allowed to be active at the same time
For a good, in-depth tutorial on ‘How to set up uTorrent preferences’ check this site.

Where to get Torrents?!

So where the fuck am I going to find those torrents you are constantly talking about?’ That’s the question I’m going to answer for you right now. Torrents are always hosted on certain sites called trackers. Just to name a few of them; Piratebay, Mininova, Seedler. But it would be inefficient to have to search all the different trackers out there to find what you need. So off course there are a lot of search engines that are specialized in torrents and searches all the trackers for you. Two off the most useful ones in my opinion are Torrentz and isohunt. Although I find isohunt a bit better. Torrentz only gives you results if your search term is in the name of the torrent. Isohunt also gives results if your search term is in the files that are in the torrent.

Closing Comments
Okay well that’s pretty much it I guess. Pretty simple huh? Ohw for a little bit more jargon; When you search for movies you will find mostly Xvid and Divx coded files. To be able to play those you need Xvid and/or Divx codec installed so just do a Google search for that and you will find plenty of codec install packs. And for a little bit more help on the search results in movies; Dvdrip are movies that contain good, or maybe even perfect quality, cams and alike often indicate that the movie is recorded in the movie theater so you don’t want to see that, really bad quality!

Okay well, have fun leeching and if you need any help you can always give me a call or mail me!

Guide to Infinite Crisis

Ok so before you start reading this little amateur guide I want to play open cards with you here. I’m 15 years old, and I don’t have enough money to buy everything I want… who does? So I download comics, yes indeed, it’s true, I download comics. But not be to mad yet because I also buy them, the ones I really like. It’s just that I can’t buy everything that gets a good review or looks cool because some times there not and then I’ve spend my money on something worthless to me. So rest assured, I’m not a total n00b I also buy comics.

Let’s start! So I assume that you are a total newbie in Infinite Crisis, or you just don’t know much about the current state of the DC Universe. Either way, you’ve come here for a reason; You want help in how and where to start if you want to read and understand the Infinite Crisis. I’m only going to tell you what I’ve read, and what worked for me. If it’s not working for you, then don’t blame me for it.

For starters you are going to have to read DC Countdown (to Infinite Crisis). It’s a single issue, and it contains 80 pages for only a single buck! If you can’t find it anywhere in a comic store then you can always visit Wikipedia which is a very helpful friend in our journey to Infinite Crisis. So read the summary of Countdown, or buy the single issue and then you’ve pretty much read the prologue to Infinite Crisis.
Although it was enough to start for me, I’ve heard comic readers (who had much more knowledge then me) saying that another great jumping on point is Identity Crisis, which is a miniseries. So choose what ever works for you.

Next up is the Countdown to Infinite Crisis. After the 80 page single issue prologue thingy, DC published a few Mini Series which were all other aspects of the development of the crisis itself. I have chosen for the OMAC project, and until now I haven’t read any other mini series. That means that for me OMAC project was all it took, but again what ever works for you. There is also Day of Vengeance, Rann-Thanagar War, Return of Donna Troy (now Wikipedia) and Villians United. And yet again, for these comics also applies the rule;
If you can’t get a hold of it in the store, read a summary at Wikipedia (click on the miniseries name for a link).
On little side note though, that I’ve stumbled upon while reading OMAC project. The sneaky thing is this; If you get to OMAC project number 3, or actually the end of it, you discover that you can’t just start reading number 4, oh no! DC made sure that you would spend even more money because there is a sort of tie-in miniseries if you want to understand OMAC project #4. This tie-in/miniseries is called Sacrifice and Sacrifice starts in Superman number 219, part two is to be found in Action Comics #829, followed by Adventures of Superman #64 and to end this all; Wonder Woman #219. Now you are ready to continue the OMAC. (Too bad that it’s probably very hard to find those exact issues and besides that Wikipedia doesn’t have a summary on this either. But remember, every thing I tell you today is downloadable via Bittorrent).

Now we are almost there, the Infinite Crisis is only few comics away. Because although I thought after reading OMAC project that I was ready for Infinite Crisis #1, I was wrong! There are just 5 other issues of comics you need to read. It’s called Crisis of Conscience and it’s a story within the JLA comic. Although you do have to find 5 issues of the JLA, be glad full that Crisis of Conscience isn’t jumping from one comic series to the next (such as Sacrifice does). Okay so this all starts in JLA #115 and wraps up in JLA#119. Now it is finally time to start the actual Infinite Crisis!

Okay so I’m sure that I don’t need to help you with the actual Infinite Crisis miniseries… Just look up the minisiries, it’s 7 isseus and I’m sure you can also find a summary on Wikipedia, download it via whatever download method you desire and off course, no doubt about it, very soon there will be a trade paper back version off it.
But I do want to give you just a little bit more advice; Infinite Crisis issue 1 can give you an unfamiliar feeling, as if your not going to get the whole series. Relax! In Infinite Crisis #2 there is a whole lot of history telling that might be boring for the DC fans but is very helpful for us n00bies.

And then my final words; After Infinite Crisis you might be thinking about starting to read Superman, Wonder Woman and who knows what comic series your interested in. But be aware, when DC released Infinite Crisis #5 they made a big change in there regular comic series; they all skipped one year. So the Superman series, Batman, Green lantern and all those funny books are not, and I repeat not directly continuing where the Infinite Crisis ended. For the missing year, the year that does directly follow up the Infinite Crisis DC is launching a new series which is pretty intense.
It is called 52, and a new issue appears every week for a year long. They call it a real time comic. It should be a very good series and that for a year long! At the time I’m typing this DC released just 2 days ago week two of ‘52’. So enjoy and I hope I have helped you!

All issue I’ve read to dig the Infinite Crisis in chronicle order;
DC Countdown (Wikipedia)
OMAC project #1(Wikipedia)
OMAC project #2
OMAC project #3
Superman #219 (Sacrifice part 1 of 4)
Action Comics #829 (Sacrifice part 2 of 4)
Adventures of Superman #642 (Sacrifice part 3 of 4)
Wonder Woman #219 (Sacrifice part 4 of 4)
OMAC project #4
OMAC project #5
JLA #115 (Crisis of Conscience part 1 of 5)
JLA #116 (Crisis of Conscience part 2 of 5)
JLA #117 (Crisis of Conscience part 3 of 5)
JLA #118 (Crisis of Conscience part 4 of 5)
JLA #119 (Crisis of Conscience part 5 of 5)
Infinite Crisis #1
Infinite Crisis #2
Infinite Crisis #3
Infinite Crisis #4
Infinite Crisis #5
Infinite Crisis #6
Infinite Crisis #7
Continued by the series ‘52’

A crisis to get into 'Infinite Crisis'

I'm a Geek, so I read comics. I enjoy them very much and have always embrased them. But never have I really made it an hobby of mine. Untill now. I started visiting some forums and listening to some podcast about comics, hoping to find suggestions and opinions about good jumping on points in comic book series.

So right now I find myself reading Civil War (great jumping on point for the Marvel Universe) and reading some Dare Devil, the run done by Bendis and Maleev. Ohw yeah I also found some New Avengers and Marvel Zombies... a lot of Marvel huh?

Yeah I thought so too, so now I'm beginning to carefully get some grip in the DC universe, altough I'm not sure this was the best time to start. You see, DC is now having one of it's most biggest events off all; The Infinite Crisis. It's been going on for at least a year right now. The Infinite Crisis itself has finished, but i'm just starting. The deal is that you have to read a whole lot of diffrent comics to finally understand the story of the Infinite Crisis itself.

Anyway I think I'm almost there now, so you can expect a big feature soon here on Calculator giving you a helping hand in reading the Infinite Crisis!

Stay Tuned

Textcasts.. RSS feeds anyone?!

So this Slate.com news site already has 2 podcast; The Explainer and the Daily Podcast.
Both are daily podcast, and I don't have a clue what they are about. That’s not the point. Slate.com is now presenting a Textcast.. 'A what?!'

Yeah so the deal is that Slate is offering a daily recapturing off the most important news items in text format. The way you receive it, is by the way only compatible with iPod and iTunes, is as a regular podcast. The difference is that the audio is 15 minutes of silence and you can find the actual text (your newspaper as you can call it I guess) in the description of the podcast.

It's a funny idea and I might even subscribe but that’s not the point. My problem with this is that Slate is presenting this as something entirely new; After Podcast, Vodcast now Textcast! But hellooo?! Don't we have Pod2go (For windows also) which with we can subscribe to all our desired news sites that has RSS feeds?!

It’s a funny idea but it's a big detour for something we all know for so long now; RSS feeds!

When I say Macbook you say w00t!

There's the new Macbooks released by Apple today! We already were familiar with the 15 or 17 inch Macbook Pro's. Shipping at $1999 you would get an 15 inch screen, 2.0 GHz, 80 gb hard drive, 512 MB working space, an iSight and what not.

But where was the 12 inch?! Well today Apple came with an answer; the Macbook 13 inch.
So what's up with it? Apple threw away the 'Pro' tag, it's available only in 13 inch, either black or white (black being automatically the more expensive version, and white the cheaper version).

White (cheap); 1.83 GHz, 60 gigs hard drive, 512 MB working space, writes only CD and iSight. Shipping at $1099
Black (expensive); 2.0 GHz, 80 gigs hard drive, 512 MB working space, writes also DVD and iSight. Shipping at $1499

My Opinion; for 1099 dollars you get a very slick Macbook, with perfect specs, so you can't write DVD’s... So what?! But one thing is a pity; the cheap one isn't black... Although if the cheap one would be black, Apple probably would be sued for ‘racism’:P

Calcul8er.. ZOMFGWTF?!

Ok, so I wanted a new blog.. wait a NEW blog? Nooooo not another one..

Oh yeah, maybe you havent heard but I'm real good at making new blogs, I used to make a new one each month caus each month I made a blog about something else. But when I started Babbling Bryan Blog, a ripp-off Babbling Bryan Show, I thought I found solid ground. Eghhhh (Wrong anwser noise)!!! Guess again!

So I reaalllly hope that I do have a permanant blog with this. Simple Title, Easy to remember and totally topic related; GEEK!

So a little more info on the name. The adress (at the moment?) is http://calcul8ter.blogspot.com as in a g33ksp34k verion of Calculator.
And really, what is more geeky then a calculator? At least I thought. Well anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog.

Ohw btw, my blog is not about posting Geek news.. more about posting my opinion about geek news! Enjoy :D




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