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July 12, 2012

Without Facebook

Filed under: Celebrities, News, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 12:54 PM

I recently deactivated my Facebook account just to step away from ONE FORM of social media while I prepare for dental school finals. I was wasting my time on Gizmodo when I came across an article titled “Without Facebook, We’d Have No Sense of Self: Agree or Disagree?” and it immediately caught my attention. The article just makes a point or 2 about how Facebook reassures us about our very own existence. What I really liked was a comment made by Andrew Tarantola:

…I don’t think Facebooking prompts any form of meaningful self reflection. Logging the minutia of your life isn’t a self-reflective act, it’s self-adulation. It’s you thumping a virtual chest, screaming into the darkness of the Internet that “Hey, I’m here! I did this! Ain’t it cool?”

Does simply listing every single thing you do help you mature or grow in any manner? Is the cataloging of your existence accompanied by critical thought on those actions with an eye for future improvement? If not, then all you are doing is seeking approval–a cheap slap on the back from your FB friends to convince you that your place in the universe isn’t as insignificant a speck as everyone makes it out to be.

Disclaimer: This opinion is coming from a guy who also was never, ever, never on Facebook until Blam told him that he couldn’t work here unless he got one set up.”

I feel like this is talking about me. Or the other 900 million users. I’m guilty of wanting to convince myself that I’m more than just an insignificant blip on the timeline of the universe. Maybe I just have self esteem issues. Do we have to assume that in 20 years it is the norm to have a Facebook – to have it represent and confirm your very existence the way old photo albums or stories from your aunt about how you broke your wrist as a kid while riding your bike did 15 years ago?

Where are we going with this and is it really making our lives BETTER? I don’t think EASE or CONVENIENCE was ever the issue. If anything, we’re becoming Japan: A socially inept nation who puts priority to interacting with any form of a digital display over making intimate human connections.

[Source: Gizmodo]

March 31, 2012

First Ever MW3 Commentary

Filed under: Comedy, Gaming — Tags: , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 11:47 AM

Dear loyal readers, all I ask is that you Like, Share, & Subscribe to this video. I would greatly appreciate it. Leave your comments and suggestions below!

March 27, 2012

Modern Warfare & Me

Filed under: Gaming — Tags: , , , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 2:00 PM

I’ll be honest with you, nothing’s impressive about going 18-9. Sure, a 2.00 K:D is cool, but it’s not spectacular. Still, I often feel that the end result isn’t as great as the experience and journey getting there. 

Modern Warfare and I go way back, being introduced to by my old housemate in college, but I really didn’t really get into it until Modern Warfare 2. It was a much more accessible and fluid, if not broken, game. My most memorable game was one on Rundown with my fellow co-workers from Apple. Unfortunately there’s no game footage, but I did take this picture with my crappy iPhone 3G afterwards because it was so amazing. I want to make it clear that I was in no way the best player on our team, but in the words of Bruce Lee “If I tell you I am good, I would be boasting. But if I tell you I’m no good, you know I’m lying.”

The game was very neck-and-neck. Kills went back and forth with no particular player dominating. I personally hated Ground War because it’s way too chaotic, spawning is awkward, and it’s far too easy to go negative. Still, our party was large and we had few options.

I thought we were going to lose and I’m pretty sure before I hit my memorable streak, I was 3-9 and hating my life. But with it winding down I unlocked a Predator Missile after killing 5 guys with my always trusty ACR. I killed 2 with that. Here comes my Attack Helicopter. Was the tide turning? 5 more kills from the Attack Helicopter. You hear that? The Pave-Low came in hot. The sky was filled with the sounds of gunfire and air crafts. Before I knew it: We won. The game winning kill? My Pave-Low. I was in disbelief, I received the “Transformer” title and the respect of my colleagues. Sure, anyone can go 18-9. But does everyone get shocked and amazed as I did? Probably not.

For fun, here’s another ridiculously silly game winning kill I got in Modern Warfare 3. I assure everyone: This was a total accident. I got the “Stickman” title for doing this.

What’s your most memorable moment? Share them in the comments below!

February 7, 2012

Proposition 8

Proposition 8 was overturned today in California by the Ninth Circuit Court. This means that the amendment to only recognize marriages between 1 man and 1 woman is considered unconstitutional. I will admit that I have mixed feelings. Before the flaming and trolling starts, I am what many consider a liberal. I believe in equality, a fair playing field, and all that stuff. What I’m confused about is what’s wrong with recognizing “MARRIAGE” as something between 1 man and 1 woman? I think that’s what “marriage” is.

In my OPINION, lesbians and gays should have the same rights, benefits, and services offered to them as anyone else. However, I PERSONALLY do not think that the word (and it’s just a word) “marriage” should be redefined as anything other than a union shared between 1 man and 1 woman. THAT BEING SAID, I think homosexuals should be allowed to have civil unions or domestic partnerships and should be allowed the same tax filing, spousal benefits, healthcare coverage for significant others just like everyone else.

Here’s the description of Proposition 8 from Wikipedia:

Proposition 8 (ballot title: Eliminates Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment; called California Marriage Protection Act by proponents) was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Unions between 1 man and 1 woman should be considered “marriages,” while ALL UNIONS should be RECOGNIZED by California for records, documentations, and programs. That’s my opinion. My problem is my obsession with the word. The problem with everyone else is a moral dilemma. UNFORTUNATELY, SINCE “civil unions” and “domestic partnerships” are not as “GOOD” (they do not receive the same benefits) as “MARRIAGE,” I’m glad this proposition was repealed.

Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” Judge Reinhardt wrote in the decision. The Court concludes that the law violates the 14th Amendment rights of gay couples to equal protection under the law. Gay marriage will still not be allowed in the state, leaving time for Prop 8 defenders to challenge the decision. “

If you think about it, scientifically speaking, homosexuality is unnatural. Not in the sense that it’s “WRONG,” but in the sense that homosexuals can’t procreate. It’s impossible. NATURALLY, your genes and your lineage ends because if you’re a homosexual, you can’t reproduce. It’s science. “Marriage” was something implemented by our human society (or the bible, whatever) to CLASSIFY or DESCRIBE the union of a man and a woman and their decision to be together and have children. HOWEVER, it’s NOT MY BUSINESS, or anyone else’s, to tell anyone who they can or can’t be with and who they can or can’t love. If they’re law-abiding, tax paying, hard working Americans, I say let everyone get the same recognition and benefits.

My conclusion is that all civil unions, domestic partnerships, and marriages should be recognized and considered equal in terms of all the benefits and hardships. At the same time, “MARRIAGE” should never be anything else than a union between 1 man and 1 woman.

[Source: WikipediaYahoo!]

February 3, 2012

Farewell, Japan?

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 3:33 PM

It pains to say me, but for years now researchers have anticipated a continual and scary population decrease to the great country of Japan.

New figures released by the government estimate people aged 65 and older will make up nearly 40 percent of the population of Japan 50 years from now. Even more troubling, the country’s population is expected to shrink by 30 percent, with birth rates showing little signs of improvement.”

The country seems to have little interest in growing big families. Commitments to work and the economy takes emphasis away from marriage and having children. It’s a country of aging elderly who have no one to take care of them but robots made by Honda. When the Empire of Japan vanishes into the ocean all that will be remembered are robots and really crazy pornography.

[Source: Yahoo!]

Desirable Indeed

Sofia Vergara was named AskMen’s Most Desirable Woman of 2012. There shouldn’t be any surprises. She’s absolutely gorgeous, extremely funny, and clearly wonderful to be around (as seen here on Ellen). She’s amazing on Modern Family and looks like she’s getting hotter with age.

In doing so, the actress beat out a number of younger leading ladies and newcomers to lead the Top 10, such as Victoria’s Secret favorites Miranda Kerr (#4) and Candice Swanepoel (#10), rapper Nicki Minaj (#5), and actresses Emma Stone (#6) and Scarlett Johansson (#7).

Meanwhile, perennial favorites like Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie were left off the list entirely in 2012. ”

Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel aren’t too surprising considering they’re both Victoria’s Secret models, but I have mixed feelings about Nicki Minaj (who’s talented, but not entirely desirable) and Emma Stone (who’s very girl next door). Aniston is still very pretty, but I guess you don’t get points for being crazy. As for Angelina, I liked her when I was a little boy, but I grew out of that after she adopted all of Nigeria.

[Source: Yahoo!, AskMen]

January 26, 2012

Haywire

 

I’m super excited to watch Gina Carano in Haywire. Reviews have been good if not mixed. What’s BETTER than watching a very attractive woman beat the shit out of people? Maybe having sex with her. OR letting her beat you up so maybe you can sneak in a feel. The picture is OBVIOUSLY not Miss Carano. I THINK it’s Candice Swanepoel, I stole the picture from the Victoria’s Secret Facebook page, but I’m not sure. In any case, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, so the gentleman-like thing to do is buy your girlfriend sexy underwear. It’s science.

[Source: Victoria’s Secret Facebook Page]

January 2, 2012

Hello, 2012!

I’m back, bitches. Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all my beautiful readers had a good year during 2011 and I hope all of you have an even better year in 2012.

So after nearly a decade of breaking hearts, the San Francisco 49ers are FINALLY back in the playoffs! I’ve been a loyal fan forever and all that hard work, disappointment, and team rebuilding has finally payed off. Although I still have my doubts about Alex Smith, I think they have a really good chance of making it to the NFC Championship Game, but let’s not kid ourselves: Aaron Rodgers is a monster. Considering their back-up Matt Flynn can throw 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in relief, I have a gut feeling Rodgers is going to shit all over San Francisco in his sleep. To make all my fellow San Francisco fans feel better, above is the 2009 San Francisco Gold Rush Cheer Squad.

I’ll try to update my blog more this year, but I’m not making any promises because let’s be honest: no one reads this shit.

[Source: San Francisco 49ers]

May 31, 2011

Come at Me, Bro!

Filed under: Comedy — Tags: , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 10:38 PM

Last I checked it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you shouldn’t press the buttons of an angry gorilla. Or worse, a greased up Italian from The Jersey Shore. People are speculating that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino acted like himself and pushed juice-head Ronnie Ortiz-Magro to the edge. The results were “The Situation” with a busted face, and Ronnie with a busted hand. Right now none of this can be confirmed, but let’s not kid ourselves. If you had to spend 3+ seasons with “The Situation” don’t you think you’d be tempted to cut off his dirty penis or make him suffocate in hair gel? You can’t blame Ronnie. Pretty fucking stupid of Mike to think he had a chance, we all saw Ronnie in season one shouting the famous, “COME AT ME, BRO!” Come at him he did.

[Source WhatWouldTylerDurdenDo?]

April 30, 2011

The Aikido Kid Is Back

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 11:27 PM

Everyone probably thought Steven Seagal was just a washed up overweight direct-to-DVD movie star. You’re half right. However, when he’s not sitting around being way too serious, he’s a part time MMA master. He works with the likes of Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. If anyone caught UFC 129 they saw Machida put Randy Couture into permanent retirement with an insane cane-style kick. You only see that shit in movies. That or when you watch someone trained by Steven Fucking Seagal fight. Good times. I think he’s making a come back, Machida even went out of his way to immediately thank Seagal after the fight. Looks like front kicks to the face are the new thing in MMA. Thank you, Steven Seagal, first you gave us Above the Law, now this.

[Source Yahoo!]

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