Gabbing Geek 52: Fantasy Season

Gabbing Geek 52: Fantasy Season
Gabbing Geek 52: Fantasy Season

While everyone else drafts Fantasy Football teams, the Gabbing Geek podcast is doing something a bit geekier.  We’ve got robots and Chinese movie thieves and fantasy box office and trivia!  What more could you ask for?  How about Watson’s voice going up two octaves?  Oh, it’s in there!  Give the episode a listen right the heck now or jump after the break to read more.

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Speed Art Drawing of Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

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Artists are amazing in their own right, but watching an artist work – especially over a time-lapse is even better. Check out Youtuber Jeanne D’Art as she draws a portrait of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The tools she used were: Prismacolor Premier, Derwent Coloursoft, Faber Castell and Zest it for blending. See it all come together in the video after the break:

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Amazon Prime Now Lets You Download Videos!

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“Do you know how many Video division employees I made cry at their desk with this download option? ALL OF THEM! HA!”

In a bold move on the streaming video front, Amazon yesterday announced that users of its Amazon Prime Video streaming service (which is part of a Prime annual subscription) can now download videos to mobile devices.  They’ve also dropped the word “Instant” from their video offering–perhaps as a nod to the ability to watch a video without streaming it that moment.  Downloading videos is currently supported on both the iOS and Android Amazon Video apps but will not be supported on laptop and desktop computers.  Not every title will be available for download but Amazon original series (Transgender and others you haven’t heard of) and several key properties that Netflix is about to lose (such as Hunger Games, 24, and Star Trek Into Darkness) are all downloadable today.

Netflix has been the industry leader in the streaming video space for years but Amazon has been pushing back hard both on the pricing option (comparable by itself but there are other benefits to Prime such as free shipping and streaming/downloadable music) and the original programming front.  Now that Amazon is pushing the functionality gameboard piece, we will have to wait and see if Netflix responds.  Netflix has always said that they would not support downloading content but they also didn’t have a major competitor offering downloads.

Will Amazon Prime Video’s new feature make it attractive to travelers and influencers?  Are you more or less likely to use this service now?

 

Gabbing Geek 50: The Big 5-0

Gabbing Geek 50: The Big 5-0
Gabbing Geek 50: The Big 5-0

Holy smokes!  It’s the one year anniversary for the Gabbing Geek podcast and we celebrate it in style with The Big 5-0.  Traditional one year anniversary gifts are paper so we cover some comic books; modern one year anniversary gifts are clocks so we cover some time travel movies; and we also celebrate our birthday with an epic trivia challenge that must be heard to be believed.  Listen to the episode now or jump after the break to read more!

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Tropebusting! One Thing I Dig About The Song Of Ice And Fire

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My wife is, as I have often said, not a Geek.  She doesn’t like superheroes, Star Wars, science fiction, or a host of other things that routinely appear on this site.  She has two exceptions.  One is YA distopias.  We always go see a new Hunger Games movie.  Actually, that’s the only one she’s really interested in.  She watched The Maze Runner but wasn’t overly impressed.

Her other, bigger weakness is high fantasy.  If it’s based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, she’ll be there.  She loves Harry Potter.  And, though it took me a lot of effort to convince her to give it a shot, she goes for Game of Thrones in a big way.  Why did it take me so long to get her into that one?  Well, I had to sell it for what it was:  the opposite of Tolkien, and in a good way.

Explanations and SPOILERS after the cut.

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Awesome Cosplay Of The Day: KATNISS

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Say hello to Jennifer Lawrence cosplayer Shmuberry. We think her depictions of Katniss Everdeen from the Hungergames is quite exquisite. This cosplay is a little more than meets the eye. The breastplate was 3D printed! It was modelled by Wilbert Pierce Designs and printed by Kevin from madein3d.ca. Shmuberry insists that they are both really open to work with cosplayers so make sure to contact them if you are interested in 3D printed cosplay items. 🙂 May the odds be ever in your favor (after the break):

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Infographic Wars! The Badass Score Of 30 Fictional Weapons

4711898-fictional-weapons1Ever wonder what was more badass, Cap’s shield or Wolverine’s claws?  A light saber or a wizard’s wand?  The bride’s sword or Zelda’s, uh, sword.  Find out on the infographic after the break.

 

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Trailer Time: Mockingjay Part Two: The Thrashening Of Peta

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The Hunger Games is coming to an end soon.  Or, you know, the movie version.  I read the books, you know, all three of them.  There didn’t need to be four movies.  That last one was just set-up, really, ending with Peta thrashing on a bed.  Wasn’t that thrilling?  Peta thrashing?

I hope they do another TV commercial where they flash all the actors who’ve been at least nominated for an Oscar that are appearing in this movie like they did last time like it’s some sort of art house flick.  That’s some hilarious stuff right there.

Anyway, trailer after the cut.

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Gabbing Geek 46: The Comic-Con Game!

Gabbing Geek 46: The Comic-Con Game!
Gabbing Geek 46: The Comic-Con Game!

Our latest podcast looks back at the San Diego Comic Con with a fun twist!  Give it a listen right this very second or jump after the break to find out more!  So much geek news!

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Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones Is On Fire!

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Gabbing Geek’s own Jenny is a big fan of Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame.  Looks like she’s have “a moment”!

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