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Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Grey’s Anatomy Book Review

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    Amazon reviews are pretty hilarious a lot of the time. I ran into this gem looking through some classical book reviews and I really thought long and hard… Is it trolling or is this person really this confused? What is your vote?

  • Golden Ratio is Bullshit

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    There is no evidence to support people prefer golden ratio artwork to non-golden ratio artwork. Also, the ratio itself can be retroactively applied to almost anything. Read more via Fast Company.

  • Vanity Plates in Abu Dhabi

    In Dubai, or Abu Dhabi whatever, people spend big bucks on license plates. Smaller numbers are more exclusive and go for millions. I express my feelings of distaste about people being showy and arrogant with their fortune. Yury challenges me, asking if it turns out the same person who spent 2 million on a plate also donated 20 million to charity that year. Does that still make him a bad person? Read more.

  • Frustration Playing Retro Fighting Games

    I found myself hungry for the fun of some of the older MK games, particularly Deception and Deadly Alliance on the original XBox. I used to love these games and I still have them both. So I plug it in, ready for a wild time … Well problem is 50% of the roster is locked. I have to play the bullshit single-player campaign to earn KOINS unlock all of the KHARACTERS from the KRYPT. Who has time for that shit? I just want to play Mortal Kombat with my friends, not log 8 hours playing the half-assed single player tag along.

    We discuss if there is a better way for video game companies to create games with lots of playability on first release but also to have good playability for the retro scene.

  • Woman Calls for Help Through Pizza Delivery

    While being held against her will by her boyfriend a woman orders pizza on her mobile device and comments in a help message. Plan works.

Picks of the Week

  • Furious 7

    Yury says this movie is what the Expendables wishes it was.

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  • Kingdom Rush

    If you like tower defense and you have no played Kingdom Rush yet… Stop fucking around!

  • Avengers Age of Ultron

    Yury says this is a great movie. Check it out if you are into hero movies!

  • Dracula

    I am reading the Dracula audio book and I think it’s a really unique horror story. Check it out if you are looking for a good read.

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  • Big Hero 6

    Yury says this movie is awesome.

  • Chrontendo Youtube Channel

    Dr. Sparkle is on a very long quest to showcase and review every Nintendo game in chronological order. If you love vidoe game history, this is your new favorite channel.



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  • Video Game Music Podcast

    Inspired by the pioneering works of the Legacy Music Hour podcast, and another push from Player 2 Press Start I am more motivated than ever to have a video game music podcast episode. Just a single episode where we bring up some of our favorite video game tracks and discuss why they are important to us. Please let us know if this is an idea you are interested in. VOTE NOW!

  • Troll Face Owner

    I was totally shocked to discover that the iconic “Troll Face” actually has an owner, and this guy actually collects money for other people using it. I read about it originally on Kotaku who wrote an article about him and his legal battle with the creators of the game Meme Run.

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  • Bad Cop

    What do we have here? Another story where an officer goes totally off the book and just blasts a guy who is helplessly running away from him in an unarguably non-threatening way. The whole this is on video and it would be hard to interpret it any other way except murder. The good news in this story is the cop is actually now on trial for murder instead of taking a paid-leave vacation while the department “investigates.”

  • Good Cop

    In sharp contrast Yury brings the opposite story to my attention. In this amazing video a cop’s chest cam catches him being verbally and physically assaulted by a man who is thought to be armed and dangerous. Instead of pumping him full of bullets (which we both would have done) he keeps his cool and doesn’t fire a shot! Kudos to you officer. You are strong than I am.

  • Color-Corrected Man of Steel

    If you’ve seen Man of Steel, you know it has it’s fair share of problems. One of the bigger complaints by Superman fans is how drab and lifeless the movie makes one of the most vibrant, colorful superheroes in history. So VideoLab took the movie and used special software to restore the color that was taken of the movie in post-production. The results are pretty dramatic – take a look for yourselves.

  • Comcast and Time Warner Deal Busted

    Looks like Time Warner and Comcast will not be creating the evil corporation from every bleak sci-fi movie ever made just yet. The deal has been abandoned (via the Verge). As promise, please check out my Comcast livechat livetweet for your entertainment.

  • Video Game Prices Vs Inflation

    Pretty much everything has increased with inflation, however video game prices have remained mostly steady over the same time period. The costs associated with creating video games, have gone up dramatically. To compensate, many developers have come to rely on DLC to supplement the cost of creating games.

    So is this the preferable model? Would you rather have games come packed with features and content but cost $100+ at release, or have games stay at $60 but have an abundance of DLC, in-app purchase content, and pre-order bonus material.

Picks of the Week

  • Librivox.org

    Tons of audio books totally free to download and listen too! Get all of the classics and probably a bunch of other books also.

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  • Barnes and Noble Classics Collection

    Barnes and Noble has released a bunch of classics books (except Moby Dick). They are beautiful and amazing and I feel like I really need all of them on my shelf. Start collecting now!

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  • Ready Player One

    In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like most of humanity, escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia. Like others, Wade dreams of discovering a virtual Easter Egg that lies concealed within one of thousands of virtual worlds by the OASIS’s creator, the late James Halliday. Halliday stipulated in his will that the person who discovers the egg will inherit his entire estate, including management and control of the OASIS itself.

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  • CEO of Reddit Abolishes Salary Negotiations

    In an effort to level the playing field between men and women Reddit CEO Ellen Pao cuts salary negotiations. Apparently women don’t do as well as men in salary negotiations. The solutions chosen here is to cut that aspect of the employment process. I don’t like this move because it takes a tool out of the arsenal of talented negotiators. Read more via Vice.

  • CEO of Gravity Payments John Price gives everyone a raise

    One of the best stories I have read in a long time! This CEO reduced his own salary down to 70k and gave all 120 of his employees a minimum salary of 70k as well. If every CEO did this it would solve all of America’s problems! Read more via ABC News.

  • Subway Cuts 3-Inch Breakfast Sandwich

    Yury likes to get a 3-inch breakfast sandwich at Subway. Too bad for him they JERKED it off the menu just as he was getting into the flow. Why does Subway hurt us like this?

  • Robots and Food

    This new auto kitchen robot can cook anything he is programmed to cook. What if this becomes the norm of many restaurants? A noodle cutting robot is already the norm in China.

  • Fuck Steak

    I am sick and tired of these pompous chefs charing $50 for a steak. Making a steak is easy and I don’t think people should fall for this bullshit anymore! All you need to do to cook an amazing steak is buy a good cut of meat, season it to your liking, and then don’t burn it.

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Picks

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Yury likes this show. I think it FUCKING SUCKS.

  • Japanese Craftsman Fixes Book

    Watch as an old book gets repaired by this old Japanese craftsman.

  • Mortal Kombat X

    Yury got MKX on PS4. We try it out after the podcast and I will report back. Meanwhile enjoy 20 minutes of the most graphic violence ever seen in a video game!



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  • Revenge Porn Site Owner Gets 18 Years in Prison

    This guy is running a website that encourages people to upload pornographic images of other people. Then when the victims contact him to remove the images he extorts money. In my opinion this punishment is much to harsh. Essentially his life is over, and it’s a shame because he is obviously a talented business-minded web developer that could probably have had a great future. This is not the kind of violent criminal that should be removed from the population. Read more.

  • Fast Food Workers Are Bad

    People who work fast food are often terrible at their job. Generally the issue isn’t skill or talent based, but attitude based. People think that working at fast food is below them and the job isn’t important or valuable. They also often don’t feel like they are paid enough. Anyway, I expressed my grief on Twitter after a particularly annoying exchange at Taco Bell and ran into this amusing exchange.

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  • Tidal Is a Joke

    Tidal is a music screaming service started by Jay-Z, with support from artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Deadmaus, Nicki Minaj and other artists. It’s meant to compete with streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio. The problem is that it sucks. It’s unattractive, costs twice as much as Spotify, is barely useable, and completely commercialized. The only benefit it claims to have at this time is that it offers better sounding audio, which is questionable. Check out this article. Read more.

  • Yury’s PS4 Review

    Yury loves the PS4. They get everything right. You have the ability to share your gameplay or stream it easily. You can edit the button layout system wide and override bad style from games. Games can be put to “rest” and then resumed later. Spotify can be played. Controllers have unique features like lights and vibrations.

Picks

  • EscapeMSP

    EscapeMSP is a roleplaying secret agent activity you perform with 4-8 friends. It costs $25 per person and they have two different missions which they change up about every 6 months.

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  • TwitShot

    If you want an easier way to share links on twitter AND add an image, look no further than the Chrome extension TwitShot.

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  • New Job For Krasny

    I have been job hunting for a while and finally got a bite. My last day at my current job just happened and I am looking forward to some new scenery next week.

  • Recruiters

    I have done plenty of work with recruiters and, generally speaking, I despise them. I have had two interactions with recruiters that I wold consider good. The other 35+ I would consider absolutely atrocious. Please let me know what the problem is!

  • Get A Raise

    There are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t ask for a raise at your job. The timing is wrong, the company isn’t doing that well, I just got a small raise recently etc… Forget all of that. You need to go for it. People fear there are negative consequences to asking for a raise, but there aren’t. You can only win/tie. Sounds like a good bet to me!

  • Sexism Battle on Twitter

    A girl says on twitter:

    Looked at my bank account… Time for the “last resort” options. I am so upset.
    This exchanges follows
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    It ends with her calling me stupid and small minded and the blocking me. What comes to mind for you when a girl tweets that? YOU BE THE JUDGE.
  • The Roofie Fantasy

    We have mentioned this in a previous podcast but I decided to bring it up again. Here is the scenario, if you are a man, your significant other admits to having this fantasy of being roofied. She wants you to roofie her and have sex with her, but give her no indication of when it’s going to happen. If you are a girl, flip it around and not your male significant other admits to you that his fantasy is to roofie you and have sex with you while you are unconscious. What are your thoughts in regard to both situations? We bring in Yury’s girlfriend Chloe to help us figure it out.

Picks

  • Hotline Miami 2 Wrong Number

    Make sure to get the soundtrack, it’s the best part of the game!

  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse

    A fun DBZ based fighting game with RPG elements and an interesting story mode!

  • Dishonored

    Yury is back into Dishonored.



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Picks

  • Magic Touch

  • Alto’s Adventure

  • If Wes Anderson Directed X-Men

  • Arrow

AVDP EP30 | Cancer | Bieber | Back at One | Walmart | Tap Titans



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Cancer Treatment or Death?

    This is a questions from listener Chris Chavis and he wants to know if we would go through the Chemotherapy for a tiny chance of survival or simply let terminal cancer take us down? What would you do? If you know someone who really made this choice, what happened?

  • Bieber Roast

    Justin Beiber is the next Comedy Central roast victim. Does he deserve it? Is being roasted a great honor that should be respected or is it just a marketing scheme to get viewers and sponsors?

  • Back at One Theory

    Yury explains to true meaning of the song Back at One.

  • Tap Titans WTF is this Addiction

    Dopamine loops — With the internet, twitter, and texting you now have almost instant gratification of your desire to seek. Want to talk to someone right away? Send a text and they respond in a few seconds. Want to look up some information? Just type your request into google. Want to see what your colleagues are up to? Go to Linked In. It’s easy to get in a dopamine induced loop. Dopamine starts you seeking, then you get rewarded for the seeking which makes you seek more. It becomes harder and harder to stop looking at email, stop texting, or stop checking your cell phone to see if you have a message or a new text.

Picks

 

  • PC Game Marathon

    Marathon is a first person shooter created by Bungie back in the good-old PC gaming days. The game is remarkable mostly for it’s story. The plot is exposed to the player in the form over computer terminals scattered about the levels. The colony Ship is under attack by hostile alien forces and 3 artificial intelligence, and you, are responsible for the lives of all the colonists. The good news is you can download and play the game RIGHT NOW on Mac, Windows or Linux!

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  • PC Game Myth

    A lesser-known Bungie game, Myth (and Myth 2), is a RTS. But what sets it apart from other popular RTS games like Starcraft or Command and Conquer is the lack of city building. You get a set amount of units every level to work with and casualties are permanent. Units that gain kills become more powerful over time.

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  • XBox 360 Game Bulletstorm

    What an awesome shooter! Buy it now.

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  • TV Show Arrow

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  • 50 Shades Movie Overview

    The took one of the worst things from the book out of the movie: Anna’s “inner goddess.” Anna’s conversations with her inner goddess was some of the WORST dialogue every written. I was happy when I realized it was not carried over to the movie. The problem, however, was that inner dialogue was the primary conflict in the book. Anna had to talk herself into being with Christian and her own self doubt and fear of entering the relationship was what she had to overcome. In the movie she doesn’t need to overcome anything. It is like a single episode of a reality show in which a boy and girl meet. It’s actually quite dry. I give this movie a 0/1.

  • Keurig DRM

    Keurig pulls an ultimate dick movie and installs real life DRM on their K-Cups. With the Keurig 2 system, all of your old 1.0 K-Cups and any third party K-Cups wills not work anymore. They are getting some backlash for this obviously. We take the discussion to a larger scale and consider what will happen in the future if more companies take a stand like this. What if Apple makes all 3rd party cords not work on their products for example?

  • Two-Party Consent

    In the state of Minnesota, only a single party needs to consent to recording a conversation for it to be a legal recording. In some states two-party consent is required. It is because of those state you often hear automatic messages telling you that a call may be recorded. I question why two-party consent is ever required. Isn’t it JUST an extra layer of protection for criminals?

  • Social Media After Death

    I sent an mass email at work and one of the auto replies I received was a message telling me this person has passed away. This got me thinking who is going to set up my auto-reply that says I have passed away? What about all of our social media? Facebook, staying ahead of the problem releases a legacy contact feature. Bravo.

  • Pono Audio Quality Shame

    Pono player was one of the most successful Kickstarters ever and it made some bold claims. Pono is a music player, similar to an iPod, except it plays better sound. The Pono player has it’s own music store which offers a special premium music file made specifically for the player. The albums are $25. But is it actually any better? Well most people can’t tell.

Picks

  • Saga

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  • The Cuckoo’s Calling

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  • Man of Tai Chi

  • Tap Titans

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  • Flannel Sheets

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AVDP EP28 | Super Bowl | Commercials | Gamer Gate



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Super Bowl Madden 2015 Prediction

    I had no idea about any of this, but I guess Madden the game franchise simulates the Superbowl every year, and the game has been right 9/12 times! It did more than just choose the winner this time, it also got the score perfect, predicted the MVP, and knows how many touchdowns Tom Brady would throw. Read about it at Business Insider.

  • Super Bowl Commercials

    There were some strange commercials during this year’s game. Check them out and tell us what you think.

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  • Gamer Gate

    The discussion of Gamer Gate is a true vortex. You cannot talk about it without getting sucked into a truly epic conversation. It is going to be impossible for me to summarize all of the directions the discussion goes. Suffice it to say my bottom line is Anita Sarkeesian makes plenty of good points and I think it’s important to think about. If you want to disagree with her points, by all means. However the childish threats and name calling aren’t doing anyone any good. You need to be a logical human being.

    Here are the two specific videos from Thunderfoot which I feel completely miss the point, and do a truly terrible job of refuting points Anita has made. How or why he has so many followers is beyond me, but it is a shame someone this out of touch with logic has such great influence.

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Picks

  • The last cheesburger in Iceland

    Check out the live feed of the last value meal in Iceland looking not a day older than then when it was made over 5 years ago!

  • Gone Girl

    Yury finally watched Gone Girl and he thinks it’s pretty good.

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  • Grand Budapest Hotel

    Yury rates his favorite Wes Anderson movies. I have hardly seen any of them.

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  • Wes Anderson Makes Symmetry cool again

    Just in case you don’t know what I am talking about with people’s erections for Wes Anderson’s symmetry fetish. Here is one of MANY demonstrations.

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  • Jeff Birdges - Sleep Sounds

    Jeff Bridges made this silly album to help people get to sleep for a Square Space commercial. You can download the album for free, or pay what you want and all profits will go to Jeff’s favorite charity. I downloaded it for $1 and I think it’s very funny and excellent. Check it out.

  • Super Oleg

    Check out Super Oleg’s sweet Adobe tutorials and videos.

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Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Pricing poverty out of America

    A new take on my original sterilization idea. What if we sterilize all newborns like before. Except this time instead of the antidote being very affordable, it is prohibitively expensive? I realize this is very tyrannical and insane and nobody would be for it. Even I am not for it. However I want to explore this as a thought experiment. How would this effect society? Would it stop American population growth? How would it effect the economy?

  • McDonalds needs a vegetarian option

    Recently Ikea joins the Vegan bandwagon with the announcement that it will release vegan meatballs joining the ranks of Chipotle, Burger King, White Castle and many others. Who is missing from this expanding list? McDonalds. Why is the largest fast food chain in the world doing nothing to embrace the growing vegan/vegetarian movement?

  • Mental sentencing for prisoners

    Imagine we have the same technology as the matrix and we can plug people in to a virtual world. The word can be constructed to the specifications of the experts. What if we use this technology to rehabilitate prisoners? In the same way Neo can learn Kung Fu and how to fly a helicopter in a matter of seconds, criminals can be lead through a comprehensive rehabilitation campaign in a matter of seconds. The difference between the Matrix and this system is, brain actually feels like real time is passing. So 60 years in prison would still FEEL like 60 years even though it only take a second… Eric and I explore this topic in a variety of ways.

  • Should a doctor be able to refuse to perform on someone?

    Based on a real situation in Mosul in which doctors who refused to treat wounded ISIS soldiers are executed by the other ISIS members, we ponder the implications of letting doctors choose who they treat. I point out how crazy it is for combat doctors to treat the wounds of enemy soldiers, which are only wounded because allied forces attempted to kill them. I also bring up the dangers of discriminating doctors refusing treatment to citizens they don’t like.

  • Being healthy in America perceived as an art form

    Eric’s out-of-country friend said something thought provoking. She said in her country being healthy isn’t treated like an art form. I have never looked at it that way, but I can see it.

Picks

 

  • Zite News Reader

    Zite is an intelligent magazine that helps you discover interesting things to read. It functions much like Pandora but for stories. You can seed it with some magazines or publications you like, and then it will spin up a feed based on similar sources and stories. You can thumb up or down as you go to refine your feed. Totally free and ad free. Try it now.

  • 8Tracks

    This was already my pick last week. I spent a week enjoying exploring playlists on my drive to work. This week I actually dove in and MADE some playlists of my own and had a bunch of fun. You guys should check out my playlists! I think they are great:

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  • Matt Taibbi

    Matt Taibbi is a writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He covers the financial world and its intersection with American politics, typically focusing on Wall Street. His ability to take complicated financial news and parse out the hypocrisy, inequality, and bravado of this sector of the American Economy is a service to us all in the wake of the financial collapse. Whereas Malone enjoys the droning dullness of The Economist, Taibbi’s blog at Rolling Stone is my pick of the week for AVDP style “in your face with the issues” reporting. Add it to your news rotation or die.