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JPG Podcast – Episode 22 – And Now His Podcast has Ended

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Episode 22 has landed and it’s Game of Thrones related again as Adam is still playing too much Playstation again. It could be work related, but it sounds more adventurous if I pretend he does what he wants rather than acts like a responsible person.

Anyway, Charmaine joins me once again for the discussing of the first half of season three.

Music by Jez Aditore 

Discussion points:

- The Queen’s continued quest for power.

- Our love and hate relationship with Stannis. Is there a devil and an angel on his shoulders?

- How Stannis’ story changes from the book and TV series.

- Storm’s End and Dragon Stone (I get the castles mixed up sorry, but you’ll understand).

- I sussed out what Theon did to the two boys correctly.

- Littlefinger vs Varys.

- Dany vs slavery.

- End of episode music.

- There is never a good sword fight at the right time!

- Nitpicking at the introduction of new characters with significant actors.

 We quickly discuss a TV series that I’ve introduced to Charmaine (Deep Space Nine), the first five episodes to be exact. But also we touch on how it has aged as a series. It has been 20 years now.

 Then we get back to GoTh discussion with our stand out moments from the series.

- Finding out who the King beyond the wall is.

- The introduction of the White Walkers.

- Theon’s torture.

- Mormonts death.

- Margeemry and her relationship with Joffery.

- More female characters as the series progresses.

- Dragons and people’s lack of reaction to them.

You can find the show on iTunes here.

Written by jonathanjk

December 4, 2014 at 05:30

Former Amazon Employee Set for Hunger Strike At Seattle Headquarters

This is from the Guardian:

“A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls “deceptive and fraudulent”.

What did Amazon do? The article doesn’t say.

“Amazon has called for the claims to be dismissed, stating in court documents that Varghese was an “underperforming employee who had a difference of opinion with his employer”.

What did the former Amazon employee do? The article doesn’t say.

“I think if Amazon customers took a few minutes to look at this and see how Amazon treats employees they’d be shocked,” he said. “My goal with stepping it up with a hunger protest is really to drive more awareness of their practices and really what happens when people buy from Amazon. Every dollar that is spent at Amazon is going to fund this bad behaviour.”

So what is Amazon doing? The former Amazon employee doesn’t say.

Fuck all details have made a story front page of the Guardian.

There was this:

“Amazon has just announced a “long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage” for its global infrastructure footprint”.

Though I’m not sure how that’s relevant to the story about supposed mistreatment of employees.

Disclaimer – I don’t shop at Amazon, I have an account, but don’t shop with them.

Written by jonathanjk

November 22, 2014 at 15:01

One Star Reviews Flood for ‘Monument Valley’.

One Star Reviews Flood ‘Monument Valley’ Following Paid Expansion Release 

Monument Valley is such a brilliant game ($4US) and I’ll gladly pay for the expansion ($2US). What I don’t understand is how people can have a disconnect from the price of an app and what it takes to make that app.

Only last night, I had a friend sorta grumbling about the price of iMovie for iOS. WHY? iMovie has amazing value, it doesn’t matter if you’re one of those who need to buy it*.

People who better understand the economics of app development will compare an app purchase to a cup of coffee for a reason, a cup of coffee costs more and has a one time use, but people gladly walk into coffee bars everyday for repeat cups. But that attitude doesn’t translate for apps.

Who are these people who buy cups of coffee, but complain about the price of iOS apps?

On the opposite end of the scale. Who are these people who want to be first sporting the latest iPhones, but complain about the price of iOS apps? Who are these people buying Beats headphones, but complain about the price of iOS apps?

There isn’t a direct relationship, but there is definitely an overlap between using these products, but there isn’t a generally fair one towards the shopping attitudes with these products. Ridiculous.

I just don’t get it, because at the same time we generally feel, freemium games aren’t worth it either. We can’t have it both ways, but $2 expansion for a $4 game? I remember lusting after a $70 Star Wars game for my NES back in the early 1990s for Come on people.

*There is also the perception problem that if iMovie has a low price or is free, then the bar is lowered further for indie devs who don’t have as many resources as big software houses. Those things that consumers obviously don’t give a shit about. For Apple, iMovie is a sugary coating on top of their other products and services whereas for a game or competitor to IMovie, it could be that company’s sole bread and butter product.

Written by jonathanjk

November 13, 2014 at 05:39

A Five Hour Back to the Future

This is the entire Back to the Future trilogy presented to you in one edited chronologically movie. The power of love for these three films have made me combine them all into one gigantic five hour spectacular. Hope you enjoy what could have been.

The hardest parts to edit were the “Enchantment Under the Sea dance” scenes. Both the first and second movie have some moments that are out of order. It isn’t realised watching each movie individually.

Scenes in particular are when George McFly is dancing alone before confronting Biff and when Lorraine kisses Marty. In this edit, these scenes and many others are integrated with the first movie taking precedence. The actor who stood in for the character of George McFly isn’t actually very good once you edit his parts. It’s best to keep the original scenes.

Otherwise the movie was very uncomplicated to edit. Enjoy!

Update: Pulled without a single view, that was quick. How is that when there are hundreds of other copyrighted content still on Youtube?

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November 1, 2014 at 23:45

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Honest Intentions.

Guy Fawkes is sometimes toasted as "the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions". - Sharpe, J. A. (2005), Remember, Remember: A Cultural History of Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes is sometimes toasted as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”. – Sharpe, J. A. (2005), Remember, Remember: A Cultural History of Guy Fawkes Day

Written by jonathanjk

November 1, 2014 at 14:24

Xi Jinping and Pro-Democracy

Xi Jinping’s image has been hilariously appropriated by Occupy Hong Kong protesters much to the confusion of Chinese mainlanders who are visiting Hong Kong and see their communist leader seemingly supporting the pro democracy protests.

confusion

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October 31, 2014 at 03:24

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