Month: May 2020

Geek Culture

Dynamite bundle: Get $60 worth of comics for just $1

The Dynamite bundle features over 70 individual issues and a dozen graphic novels.

Dynamite Entertainment, the publisher of comic books featuring Xena, Army of Darkness, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Elvira, and more, has teamed up with UK-based online video game retailer Fanatical for an incredible digital comics bundle.

The Dynamite bundle, which is available right now, features over 70 individual issues and a dozen graphic novels. If you avail of the whole Dynamite bundle, you will enjoy 95 percent savings on over US$300 worth of great comics. This Dynamite promotion is part of Fanatical’s BundleFest, which offers deals for all kinds of fans, across comics, video games, and more. This offer comes in three tiers, starting at one dollar. Yup, just one dollar!

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Science

NASA, SpaceX make history with Crew Dragon launch

NASA and SpaceX make history. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA and SpaceX make history. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Not too long ago, many considered Elon Musk‘s SpaceX a joke. Today it made history with NASA. The company successfully launched the SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.

For the first time, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft. SpaceX Crew Dragon is now on its way to the International Space Station.

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Entertainment, Geek Culture

‘Snowpiercer’ Episode 2 review: Prepare to glaze

The "Snowpiercer" TV series stars Jennifer Connelly as first-class passenger Melanie Cavill.

Of all the different kinds of TV shows they could have turned “Snowpiercer” into, was cop drama on your wishlist? Then maybe you will enjoy the “Snowpiercer” Netflix series. As for me, it just makes my eyes glaze over.

In my review of Episode 1, I said maybe the show will get better. I will be giving more details about the show starting with this review, which some might consider spoilers. Episode 2 is called “Prepare to Brace”. And if you’re a fan of the 2013 movie like me, then you really should brace yourself because this TV series is going in a whole different direction.

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Geek Culture

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 3 review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a Serial Box exclusive.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 3: “Never Saw It Coming”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire is about the reluctant superhero Jessica Jones. But it’s also an examination of what it means to be human. And to be human is to learn to live with pain, sorrow, and loss.

“There is no right demographic for depression and suffering; there is no archetype for the need to self-medicate. She, of all people, knows that despair can sometimes run so deep it hits bone, regardless of what’s happening on the surface.”

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Technology

Lenovo laptops galore: IdeaPad, Yoga, Chromebooks

Now is the best time to take a look at a wide range of new Lenovo laptops and promo bundles.
The IdeaPad Slim 5 can have up to a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor or AMD Ryzen’s Latest 8-Core 4000 Series processor.

Now is the best time to take a look at a wide range of new Lenovo laptops. At the Lenovo Summer Sale Tech and Music Festival, Lenovo Philippines introduced new IdeaPad and Yoga models. Not only that, but the vendor also launched several Chromebook devices.

“PCs have now become an essential tool, regardless of the user’s background or whether they’re utilized for work or recreation. Our new devices combine what customers look for in those areas to become the ultimate companion tools that provide the reliable performance, connectivity, and entertainment needed as we move forward in this period where technology has become indispensable in daily life,” said Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager Michael Ngan in a press statement.

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Geek Culture

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 2 review

Jessica Jones is not your usual superhero.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 2: “The Boy Under the Bridge”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

“Her psych might say she takes on other people’s pain to avoid dealing with her own. But who else is going to?” That passage from Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Season 1 Episode 2: “The Boy Under the Bridge” really sums up Jessica Jones for me.

Jessica never asked for superpowers. She doesn’t want to be a superhero. And yet every time she has a chance to walk away instead of helping someone, she chooses to get involved. Because someone has to.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Cyberbullying: Toxic online culture kills Hana Kimura

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Hana Kimura died at age 22. A victim of cyberbullying.

The news broke my heart on Saturday, May 24. Hana was one of my favorite pro wrestlers, even though I didn’t know her until she became a housemate on the popular Japanese reality TV show on Netflix, “Terrace House”. Hana is half-Japanese, half-Indonesian, and a second-generation pro wrestler, being the daughter of retired pro wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Kyoko Kimura. Later I would find out that her Indonesian dad left before Hana was a year old, and that his identity isn’t publicly known.

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Technology

Bank On Wheels: UnionBank brings digital branch to you

Henry Aguda, SEVP, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer of UnionBank, says Bank On Wheels is a moving version of of their fully digital bank branch called The ARK.
Henry Aguda, SEVP, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer of UnionBank, says Bank On Wheels is a moving version of of their fully digital bank branch called The ARK.

Find it a hassle to go to your bank branch, especially during this community quarantine? With Bank On Wheels, UnionBank of the Philippines has been bringing the branch to its customers.

Bank On Wheels is the country’s first 5G mobile banking kiosk. UnionBank launched it shortly before the announcement of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). This was actually serendipitous, according to Henry Aguda. Aguda is UnionBank’s SEVP, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, and Chief Transformation Officer.

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Technology

Lenovo mobile phones make a comeback in PH

Lenovo Philippines is bringing back Lenovo mobile phones to the country. The Lenovo S5 Pro is one of the three models that it is introducing.
Lenovo Philippines is bringing back Lenovo mobile phones to the country. The Lenovo S5 Pro is one of the three models that it is introducing.

Lenovo mobile phones are back in the Philippine market, brandishing AI capabilities and bringing smart home devices like a robot vacuum cleaner along for the ride.

The new smartphone models and smart home devices were unveiled at the Lenovo Summer Sale Tech and Music Festival online launch on May 26. This is the first time that Lenovo Philippines is introducing its range of smart home devices in the Philippines. The products will be available in Lenovo partner stores nationwide and online. You can also purchase them through the Lenovo Mobile Flagship store on Lazada.

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Entertainment, Geek Culture

‘Snowpiercer’ Episode 1 review: The quality changed

"Snowpiercer" started streaming on Netflix on May 25.
Image credit: Netflix Facebook page

“Resistance is never futile but Wilford’s train is a fortress to class.” This kind of dialogue is typical of the “Snowpiercer” Netflix series — at least based on Season 1 Episode 1: “First, the Weather Changed”.

“Snowpiercer” seems so desperate to be a “serious show” that it’s almost too painful to watch. It spells out everything and beats you over the head with an explanation of the important things it’s tackling.

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Geek Culture

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 1 review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire is a Serial Box exclusive.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 1: “The Big Easy”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

Jessica Jones isn’t your usual superhero. In fact, she doesn’t want to be a superhero at all. Even if you’ve never read the comic books or seen the Netflix series, the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire does a great job right off the bat with establishing this.

Season 1 Episode 1 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire is called “The Big Easy”. But as with most things involving Jessica, nothing is ever really easy.

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Technology

Online launch to unveil latest Lenovo PCs, smart devices

Viewers will be treated to a special performance by OPM icon Bamboo during the online launch.

With virtual events now the new normal, how can your online launch stand out? If you’re Lenovo Philippines, you hold the Lenovo Summer Sale Tech and Music Festival to introduce your new PCs, smart devices, and smart solutions. And then you invite OPM icon Bamboo to the party.

“Lenovo wants to make smarter devices more easily accessible to the public. In our Lenovo Summer Sale, we will be offering the latest PCs, smart devices, and smart solutions, and bundling them with the perfect accessories that will make day-to-day life easier. We’re kicking off the Lenovo Summer Sale with an unforgettable online event,” said Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager Michael Ngan in a press statement.

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