The latest teaser for the third installment of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series asks some intriguing questions: how far are we willing to go in the merging of humanity and technology? As usual, I can't wait for this game.
The series will return as "Fuller House" and will bring back Candace Cameron’s D.J. as the lead character. Unfortunately, the studio is still trying to ink deals with other original cast members (like Bob Saget and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) to return as cameos. I'm sure the milk man and the paper boy would agree that not having the entire original cast back might hurt the sequel's success.
I just died and went to nostalgia heaven. I'm not ashamed to say that this sketch made me giggle.
Growing up, Saved by the Bell was my favorite show, so a throw-back reunion packed with classic references like the lyrics of the show's theme song, Jessie's "I'm so excited", and not-so-subtle jabs at each characters' post-SBTB careers, made my day.
Too bad Screech couldn't make it.
Overall, I was disappointed by the caliber of ads during last night's Superbowl. The commercials seemed to be too serious, even depressing, as a whole.
One ad, however, shone threw with its quirky characters, nerdy dancing, broken glasses, bright red fanny packs, and the perfectly delivered line "Loctite glue saved our marriage".
Loctite's Positive Feelings wins best ad of the evening, in my opinion.
Runner up: Coming in a close second was the Avocados from Mexico First Draft ad.
As for the worst ad: Nationwide Insurance's universally reviled, child-killing, thought-it-was-going-to-be-fun-only-to-have-my-heard-ripped-out ad titled Make Safe Happen.
Seriously, though, this ad was a major buzzkill. I understand the point they were trying to make (and it was actually very effective) but coming from an insurance company, it just felt wrong.
"Hey, your kid was just crushed by a flat-screen TV, but you bought life insurance through Nationwide, so now you can finally take that trip to Fiji you've been dreaming of!"
I need a shower.
Memes Make Everything Better
The only redeeming factor were the memes that popped up, helping the world to cope with the disastrous ad. Also, Richard Sherman's reaction to the ad:
What were your favorite or least favorite ads from Superbowl XLIX?
I'm not a fan of Country music as-is, but it is pretty mind-blowing that these six songs could be made to sound so much like one.
This caught my eye during an NFL Playoffs commercial break. McDonald's latest TV spot, titled "Archenemies", features a number of iconic adversaries playing nice to the ebullient tune "Love is Endless" by Mozella. The spot's light-hearted tone, clear message, and smart pop culture references are topped off by its modern aesthetic style.
I'm lovin' it.
Extravagant use of slow motion has become a staple of big-budget film and television. This video, compiled by The Nerdwriter, highlights some of the entertainment industry's best uses of slow motion in 2014.
Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a consortium of retailers responsible for blocking Apple Pay from stores like CVS, BestBuy, and Wal-Mart, is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.
MCX is blocking Apple Pay in favor of its own payment system, CurrentC (goofiest name ever), which isn't set to launch until some time next year. Despite its pre-launch status, the system has already been hacked, leaking email addresses of beta testers.
If that wasn't bad enough, CurrentC's iOS app has been hijacked by fans of Apple Pay. At the time I'm writing this, the app has been rated 3079 times with 3047 of those being 1-star reviews.