Who’s Ready for a 18-day Marathon of Mister Rogers?

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood since the streaming platform Twitch will be hosting a 18-day Marathon of Mister Rogers. Now the reason for this is actually for a good cause. The channel running the marathon will have a donation panel where the viewers can donate money, and all the proceeds will go towards local PBS stations.

This isn’t the first time Twitch has something like this. Twitch is mainly known for it’s live stream of video games, but little by little they have been branching out. They’ve done a few live stream like this with Bob Ross  The Joy of Painting and Julia Child French Chef.

Earlier in March, Twitch did a stream that’s still going on today, with all 23 seasons of Power Rangers.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Jane Weedon the director of business development hinted this marathon is to take a jab on President Trump. Solely because his administration proposed to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Weedon went on to say, Mister Roger not only brings a different type of show into the mix, but it’s coming at a time when the importance of PBS is very topical. It’s a beautiful day on Twitch.”

Mister Rogers Neighborhood made it’s debut in 1968 and aired until 2001. The shows targeted demographic was for preschoolers, and hosted by yours truly Fred Rogers. The show intention was to spread positivity and show children how unique and special they are.

 

That’s actually how the Fred Rogers Company got Twitch to be on board with all of this. They saw it as a well to get more people to visit their website and get more traffic, with children who wouldn’t usually go on Twitch. Even in the chat, they will be introducing new emjoi’s that you can use exclusively for this stream. King Friday, Queen Sara, X the Owl, and even the Trolley are some of the emojis that will be available for people who subscribe to the Twitch Mister Rogers Channel.

The Value Of Life

This last week taught me a how quickly a life could be taken away, as well on how much you should value everything you have.

Last week I took my mother to the ER due to stomach pains she had. From the time it took me to get into the car to the ER it didn’t really hit me what was fully going on. But the moment she sat in the hospital bed being injected by all sorts of different medicine, It was right there it hit me what exactly was going on, and how severe this could be for everyone in my family. They had informed me that she had a infection in her stomach and it needed to be removed as soon as possible with an emergency surgery.

The feeling I had was something I hope to never feel again in a long time. All of the emotions in my mind felt like a giant wreck; I didn’t know what to do next. all I knew was that I was going to be there for my mother and hope she comes out all right. I didn’t want to leave her sight; even going use the restroom felt wrong leaving my mother for a second, it didn’t sit right with me. I couldn’t bring myself to leave her because my whole life even till now, she has looked after me. So I felt it was only right I muscled through and be strong for her

I was in a room with her for hours, but the moment I decided to get out and catch some fresh air they took her and began to prep for surgery.  I never felt so ashamed just the fact that I wasn’t there to be with her when she was taken into surgery. I wanted her to see a familiar face before she left. I didn’t want to lose her just like how I lost my father and grandfather

As I waited for her to return back into her room, I had time to think about life. So I started to ponder and I realized how quickly something you love so much could be taken away from you, just like that in a heartbeat. Everything you have in life should be cherished no matter what because you never know how or when it will be taken away from you.

 

The value of life is something that isn’t easy to grasp but you begin to get a handle on it once you’re put in a difficult situation. It’s a situation people shouldn’t have to face but when you do, you emerge a better person with more of an understanding of things.

And then I had that moment of peace, I had finally seen her fresh out of surgery. I couldn’t hold in tears not only for joy but because of how it reminded me of my father and grandfather. It was a pain I didn’t want to have. But after I got over that hump I spoke to her and told her how much I loved her. Throughout that whole experience, i had realized that she’s not going to be here forever, and that I should never take her for granted. She did raise me and love/support me with everything I did in life. Even though she knows I’d do anything for her, I know I should always make her feel loved and appreciated.  Â

Google Buys Owlchemy Labs

Early today (May 10th) Google announced their purchase of Owlchemy Labs. For those of you who don’t know who they are, they’re the creators behind Job Simulator, and Rick and Morty:Virtual Rick-ality. They’ll be releasing a few VR games for a couple of different platforms. It’s also important to add that Google has bought a couple of other studios such as Tilt Brush, Skillman, & Hackett back in 2015. Other VR companies.

“We have a slate of original games that we have in production and prototyping phase, and we’re going to continue to do that” said by the co-found Alex Schwartz.

Schwartz then added“We’re very excited to continue to do that with the support of Google behind us”

Owlchemy is mostly known for developing games that mimic real hand movements. They try there best to give you a real immersive VR experience. And with a recent blog post it seems that they’re going to keep true to their roots.

Schwartz stated “Continuing to focus on hand interactions and high quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator.” -”Kind of our key factor”

This goes hand in hand with google current VR platform, Daydream which uses a remote that involves moment. Much like the Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. The VR and AR(Augmented Reality) engineering director Relja Markovic has high hopes for his this purchase. Stating “ We have a pretty big vision”. Markovic then went on to say “Daydream’s a great production-I love daydream. But there will be many, many things that come after that.”

What he truly meant by that is anyone’s guess and could be interpreted any way. Even though Google is making all these big moves it has made some VR experiences for people who do not own Google headsets like Tilt Brush, and Google Earth. But with all the recent moves made by Google it seems to be that they are moving into making something bigger with their current Platform Daydream.

Schwartz and Markovic will still deal heavily the VR development community, sharing their knowledge and best practices. As well as potentially contributing to Google’s experimental Daydream Lab programs.

It’s important to note that Owlchemy didn’t start off as a VR studio at all. When they began back in 2011 they made indie games and they caught a lot of attention with their controversial game Smuggle Truck. But they decided to make VR games when Oculus released a VR kit, making Job Simulator that was available on all major VR platforms. The game did so good it passed $3million in sales at the start of 2017.

The Defenders Trailer Break Down

May 3rd Marvel dropped a pleasant surprise on all of us. It’s no secret that the Netflix division of Marvel has been building up for sometime now the Defenders with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They finally show us some tidbits of the actual defenders now.

Based off the first few seconds it seems like it’s going to mostly have a the darker tone that we’re used to seeing in Daredevil. From the camera angles to the usage of the song “Smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana.

It kickstarts with Jessica Jones in trouble with the law being integrated by Misty Knight who we’ve seen in Luke Cage season one. With out of the blue Matthew Murdock aka Daredevil coming in to defend her as her lawyer. It seems like the way all of our beloved heroes meet is going to be very natural and not forced at all.

On the other hand the way Danny Rand on Luke Cage cross paths is going to be solely on Claire Temple. Even though she is the one thing connecting all four of our heros directly she did play more of an emotional role to some more than others. With that said it doesn’t seem like those two first encounter is going to be all happy and thrilling.

The aftermath of Daredevil season two and Iron Fist season one are going to play a huge role in the Defenders, because of how heavily they deal with the hand. They even show off Stick who helped Daredevil take on the hand. From the looks of it he might play a role of a mentor or a teacher for them all. They even show Elektra looking as badass as usual.

But the trailer doesn’t confirm that the hand will be the major villain at all. It does tell us that they will be fighting a huge underground criminal syndicate, and whoever they are fighting is something that is much bigger than they are. The Netflix Marvel as a usual tone of being darker than it’s TV and Movies, and it seems to be the same with this one too. The Defenders will launch globally on August 18th, 2017.

UK citizen serves two years for DDos attacks

The United Kingdom has had enough. Making an example of notorious hacker they are giving a man two years for a DDos attack, and making an example of him for future offenders

Adam Mudd a citizen living in the united kingdom has been charged on three counts, of  computer of misuse. He was reportedly using a service called Titanium Stresser which is a service where people pay for DDos attacks. Which is a service where people pay to “hack” servers and or people. In simple terms a DDos attack is when someone or a large group of people, send massive massive traffic to a site in hopes to crash the servers that are being used. These attacks were made on some pretty big names such as MineCraft, RuneScape, and Microsoft Xbox Live services.

According to the prosecutor he built the Titanium Stresser, when he was around 15 years old. Since then estimately he has 1.7 million people use his service and earning more than $300,000. With about 53,000 being native to the UK. Adam went on later to confirm while he was studying computer science in his college, he breached his school’s security.

From how he manage to get so many users it turns out he was very flexible with payments. You could pay in bulk with $309.99 or 30,000 over the course of five years. He even had a refer a friend scheme to help pay for his service.

According to the records he didn’t live the high life at all, matter of fact it was simple the way he lived. When he got arrested he was sitting in his room on his computer and refused to unlock it, until his father got involved.

Mudd pled guilty to a number of charges. One count of doing unauthorized acts on computers, concealing criminal property, and supplying and offering an article for use in an offense contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.

His lawyer is defending him by saying he’s so out of touch with the real world, spending most of his time online. Due to him being bullied and mistreated at school he lost touch of what his actions could do. Trying so hard to gain friends via online gaming.

 

Women’s College Launches Varsity ESports League

Stephens College in Columbia Missouri is jumping into the wonderful world of Esports. Matter of fact they’ve just announced their Varsity Esports team, with full support with scholarships. According to ESPN the program will start in the Fall of 2017, and they’re going to be competing in OverWatch. According to the college they chose OverWatch specifically b/c of it’s strong female characters.

 

Similar projects like this have launched but with mixed genders colleges across the U.S. Even University of Utah became on of the forefront schools launching a League of Legends varsity Esports program. Other major schools seem to be jumping on board and joining this cause.

 

Since Stephen’s College is an all Female school, there Esports team will consists of nothing but women. Making it the very first all female Esports team. This has never happened in the history of Esports so expect a grand entrance for them. Even though gender segregation is not a problem in the ESL. A ESL player by the name of Stephen Harvey stated she’d love to play for them to be “stepping stone” towards a more diverse league. Many other famous female gamers agree with her and would love to play for them, to be remembered as the first all female team.

 

Stephens college Overwatch team is going to be a very organized thing. They will be recruiting only the best of the best, with a six women starting team. As well as a six women bench team that will be ready when needed for help. All the lucky contenders will receive partial scholarships for competing. So going to college to play video games doesn’t seem all that bad. All the women who compete will have all the same benefits as any student athlete would have.

 

So if you feel like you could compete in the big leagues try out, They’ll commence this summer.