Friday, December 6, 2013

RIP Nelson Mandela

It been quite some time since I ventured to post anything here, but given the magnitude of loss that we have experienced with the death of Nelson Mandela I feel somewhat compelled to post.

Growing up as a young black man the story of Nelson Mandela has always seemed inspiring to me. From Mandela’s imprisonment for nearly 30 years, to his rise to power following his release in the early 90s, Nelson Mandela stood as a symbol of what a person could do to change the world.

As a Christian I found his amazing ability to forgive and bring people together to be most inspiring.  When Nelson Mandela was elected the expectation was that he would move to punish those responsible for much of what happened to him and others that were involved in oppressing the black people of South Africa.  Instead he moved to forgive those people, having set up a "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" to investigate any crimes and allowed people first the opportunity to confess their crimes in order to receive forgiveness for them.  This was truly an extraordinary move on his part as nowhere else had this been done before and for most people they would want the people responsible for what suffering that you endured to be punished and not forgiven.

Even though I've never meet him before, his example has been a great influence on me that will be greatly missed.  RIP Nelson Mandela.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  May all of you have an amazing Christmas with friends and family.  God Bless you.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Google Acquires Motorola


Engadget is reporting that Google is going to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. This works out to about $40 a share and follows a $56 million loss by Motorola.

As I woke up this morning, I must admit that I was taken by surprise with this story. Motorola has probably been one of the worst Android phone manufactures and was a manufacture that really wasn’t going anywhere phone wise. I know a number of people that will not buy Motorola phones due to experiences they’ve had with them from the past. So news of Google buying Motorola was quite shocking to say the least and brings up the question, why would Google consider buying this troubled company?

After some consideration, it appears that it’s not necessarily the cell phone manufacture that Google wants, but their patents. Over the last several weeks Google has been complaining that Microsoft, Apple and Oracle have had an agenda to take Android down, as each of these companies have been filing patent violation lawsuits against various Android manufactories seeking licensing fees from them. By Google buying Motorola, Google gets their hands on a list of patents that they can in turn use to help protect their Android brand.

Also, I think Google owning Motorola gives Google more control over the fate of their Android operating system. Google in the past has partnered with other manufactures to make their Nexus line of phones. The first of which was quite revolutionary for Android phones, but the Nexus S wasn’t so much. There were rumours that Google didn’t make a better handset due to pressure from other manufactures as many complained about how far ahead Nexus One went above other Android phones when Google made it available. With Google owing Motorola it could give them more of a reason to want to push forward. But it could also unfortunately lead to more complaints if manufactures feel Google is giving Motorola preferential treatment as it comes to updates or early access to new versions of the Android operating system. This is probably why Google has stated that they plan on running Motorola as a separate company and haven’t planned to fold it into Google.

Whatever the case, I’m just happy that Google finally has some patents to protect Android. Having watched these patent lawsuits roll in for Android manufactures has been troubling to watch and so I’m happy that Google can finally protect them. What do you think? Is buying Motorola a good idea for Google?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

X-men First Class at 91%

X-Men-First-Class-Teaser-Poster-20-1-11-kcWith just a day until the release of X-Men: First Class, reviews for the film have started to come in and they appear to all be positive. As of the writing of this post, X-men: First Class holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with some reviewers being as bold as to say that X-men: FC is the best of the X-men films, (well, at least IGN has been that bold).

I take all of these reviews as good news for X-men: FC, since up until now I had low expectations for this film. None of X-men: FC’s marketing has really worked to draw me into wanting to see the film. I would have probably gone to see it anyways since it’s the X-men. That being said, a film like this can’t rely on being an X-men film alone to sell the film since many people didn’t really like the last film. If anyone were go off of their impressions of the last film, X-men: FC we could see a decline in people going to see it even though, according to the reviews, this is actually a pretty good film.

Hopefully, I’m wrong and this weekend X-Men: FC will make bank because I would hate to be right about this one. What do you think? Are you looking forward to X-men: FC?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

memorialday2011I just thought I should drop in and wish our American Friends a happy Memorial day.  I hope you all have a safe Memorial day and that you honour your great soldiers that are fighting to protect your country.

Have fun guys.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Posts Coming

I'm back. Ok maybe.

For anyone that has been reading this blog for some time you may have found it somewhat surprising that I stopped posting. Why did I stop, you may ask? The truth is I've been working more lately and so my blogging kind of got a sidelined because of it. Also, I found that as I blogged it kind of became my second job, just without the pay cheque. For me, I want blogging not to be jobbie, but to be more of an expression of myself and perhaps even fun.

Over the time that I have been gone I found myself being reluctant to return to this blog, but now I kind of feel that perhaps it time that I return. I'm not promising to post daily, but I want to try and get some level of consistency going. So stay tuned, I should be throwing something up in the next few days.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed

No surprise here.

After 14 years of development and tons of delays Duke Nukem Forever gets delayed once again. As if we couldn’t see it coming.

For years, many of use online have joked about how Duke Nukem Forever will never be released. It’s been delayed and cancelled prior to this, and now that the game has some momentum behind it and they have decided to delay it again, albeit through a funny video.

At least no one can say that Gearbox doesn’t have a sense of humour on these sorts of things. What this says about the quality of game we could be seeing, no one knows. My feelings are that it can’t necessarily be good. With all of those interruptions and delays I have to think this may not be the greatest game when it comes out, even though it should probably be after this many years of development. Truth be told, I’ll just be happy if they release it, not that I am a Duke Nukem fan.

What about you? What do you guys think of this new delay? Do you even care if Duke Nukem gets released at this point?