Sunday, December 20, 2009

Win Romulan Ale!!!


Star Trek has been entertaining people since 1966.
In the episode 'Balance Of Terror' the Romulan race was seen for the first time.
A well known beverage of the Romulan's is the Romulan Ale.
A magnificent blue colour, this drink was banned by the Federation for quite some time despite being openly traded.

To win your own souvenir bottle from the currently closed Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas, just head over to our forums to find out more!

Thanks goes out to Gifts For The Geek for these great prizes!!!

Chaotic Geek are proud to call Gifts For The Geek friends, and we know you'll love your shopping experience with them and their incredibly friendly service :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Win copies of "Take Away" on DVD


Take Away is the story of Tony Stilano (Vince Colosimo) and Trev Spackneys (Stephen Curry), two long-feuding take away store owners, who decide to take on the corporate big boys when they try to open a chain take away store in the same shopping strip that Tony and Trev already share.


This 2003 Australian film is one that we at Chaotic Geek adore and we’ve watched it many, many times.

If you’d like a chance to win one of the three copies we have here waiting for fun loving homes, check out the forums for our latest competition!

Good Luck!
~ Rogue

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Review - Babylon A.D.


Babylon A.D. (2008)
Score: 3/10

Did I enjoy Babylon AD? Yes.  Would I recommend it to anybody else? No.

Read the IMDB Trivia Page for Babylon A.D., and you’ll find out why this movie seems like it could have been so much more. Kassovitz has gone on record as saying that the studio (20th Century Fox) refused to allow him to shoot anything as it was scripted, or as he imagined. Add to that the fact that his 166 minute film was then cut down to 96 minutes, and it’s easy to see why this move leaves you with a feeling that there was just so much more happening that we didn’t see.

I enjoyed it, but mainly because it reminded me of so many other things. The Cage Fight scene is pure Johnny Mnemonic (Gibson’s short story, not the film), the cityscape is so Blade Runner you’re just waiting to hear a voice preaching the benefits of a life in the off-world colonies, and visually the whole film looks like it just jumped off of the pages of Heavy Metal (or, since the director is French, Metal Hurlant) magazine.
I’d never claim that Vin Diesel is one of Hollywood’s greats, but I’ve always enjoyed his hard-arse characters. Toorop never seems to rise above “just another Vin Diesel character”, and in the scenes where he’s supposed to be particularly hard, it’s too easy to remember that he’s the mercenary with a heart of gold. Michelle Yeoh is woefully underused as Sister Rebeka, which again leads me back to imaging how much was cut out. Surely you wouldn’t cast Michelle Yeoh and then restrict her to one serious fight scene? Melanie Thierry may have been hamstrung by a poorly written character in Aurora (Is she the mother of the Messiah? A genetically engineered superbeing? And what was with the random scene where, out of nowhere, she hits on Toorop, and why is this never mentioned again?), but in the end, I just didn’t care enough about the character – she’s just the macguffin, and not much more.

If you’re a card-carrying Cyberpunk/Vin Diesel/Michelle Yeoh fanboy with an hour and a half to kill, Babylon A.D. may fit the bill, but otherwise you may be left wondering how to get your evening back.

Geek Cameo – Lambert Wilson – The Merovingian from The Matrix: Reloaded & The Matrix: Revolutions

-Chris

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Win passes to "The Box"

From Richard Kelly (director of Donnie Darko) comes "The Box".

Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur (James Marsden) Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world… someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.

To win two passes to The Box, check out the forums for our latest competition.

Happy Comping :)
~ Rogue

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Toshiba Cell REGZA 55X1 unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2009



Almost eighteen months after buying Cell chip manufacturing facilities from Sony, Toshiba have stepped forward to show the world what it’s created with that US$835 million dollar acquisition.

The Cell REGZA has been unveiled the day before the official start of CEATEC to the oohs and ahhs of all... and with good reason! Utilising the Cell Broadband Engine jointly developed by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM, the Cell REGZA is a television full of fantastic capabilities.

The Toshiba Cell REGZA 55X1 is a 55 inch, 2160p (able to upconvert 1080p), 240Hz LCD with 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, self-congruency technology, peak luminance of 1250cd/m², 512-zone LED backlight, 7 speaker horizontal sound bar below the screen, eight window simultaneous multi-display (that can move through them without delay), Opera-based HD web browser, DNLA support, HDMI, USB, SD card slot, tuner, and 3TB HDD (2TB used for time-shift recording of up to 26 hours in 1080p, and 1TB used for long-term storage) with the ability to record eight channels simultaneously.

The HDD, along with the Cell technology itself, is housed in a separate box to the TV. A keyword search facility is used to locate exactly what you’re hankering to watch amongst your stored recordings. Toshiba have also stated that YouTube videos viewed on the Cell REGZA will display in near HD quality through their technology correcting noise compression on low resolution videos.

The remote, HDD box, and television all come in the popular, and almost standard these days, smoked aluminium finish. The set measures 133.3 x 96.3 x 40.2cm, including the stand, while the HDD box measures 43.6 x 10.9 x 38.7cm. It has an estimated price on release of 1,000,000 yen (US$11,140), and has a start of December 2009 release in Japan with other countries to eventually follow.

Guess I've got some saving up to do :D
~ Rogue

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

iTunes Single Of The Week: I Knew Your Name by Matt Walters

I Knew Your Name by Matt Walters is a sweet melodic song, from the Echo On EP, that is perfect to listen on a quiet afternoon. The song’s slow pace and soft sounds are gentle enough to be listened to and enjoyed on it’s own merit, or as the backdrop to a peaceful day off. Matt’s voice is wonderful and a joy to listen to. His accent when singing keeps him from being lost in the crowd, and matches the spirit of the music and lyrics perfectly.

I fell in love with this song from the moment I listened to the first few seconds of the sample whilst waiting for it to download from iTunes, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since.

Matt Walter’s I Knew Your Name is the Single Of The Week on iTunes and available to download for free, but if you happen to stumble upon this review after the week is over, I highly recommend you pay for this beautiful song.

Click here to listen to and/or download music by Matt Walters from iTunes.

Happy Listening :)
~ Rogue

Friday, January 16, 2009

How to build a social media site on next to no budget - Part 2 - Google Apps For Your Domain

Google Apps For Your Domain is a set-up hosted by Google, allowingyou to brand a suite of Google-hosted services with your own domain, which the wacky folks at Google will even help set you up with - the ones I have are hosted variously by Godaddy and enom. Domains through Google Apps cost $US10/year - most of us spend that on lunch.

Google Apps allows you the have e-mail, Websites, Google Docs and Calendar all branded with your own domain name. Branding is incredibly important when you're trying to set yourself up as a place people visit when wasting time on the internet. Do you want to go to www.ChaoticGeek.com, or www.somebodyelsesdomain.somerandomwebhost.com/miscelaneoususername/ChaoticGeek? I thought so.

So you've got a web page at www.YourDomain.com set up, and all of your e-mail goes to you@YourDomain.com. What comes next?

Well, If you do things the way I did it, you'll realise that you messed up, break the DNS for www.YourDomain.com, get yourself a blog at Blogger, and start everything all over again with www.YourDomain.com pointing at the blog. This can get a little technical and tricky, but the instructions at Blogger's help site should see you through.

Yep. I messed that up first time around.

I'm a big believer that the first page people drop at when they come by your site is the one that has the latest news. People should be able to find the latest gossip onthe first screen that they see.

AND NOW THE IMPRESSIVE PART - You use the domain that you got through Google, and you go back to the Lefora Forum (Remember setting up a forum at Lefora?) and pay for their Premium service (Again $US/year) and change yourforumname.lefora.com into forum.YourDomain.com.

So there you go - You've now got a branded blog/website, forum, e-mail account and (for your users) shared document service and calendar.

All that remains is for you to let people know that your site is out there -

But that, my friends, is a tale for another time!

Boomshanka,

-Chris

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Google Apps For Your Domain