On the day of the inaugural New York Cup, a quick mock up of a MetroStars inspired RBNY kit. None of the elements I used are great, so the bulls and the crest are a bit jagged. But here’s proof that it would work. The red and yellow were a big part of the MetroStars crest, so in the end, even if they did put the honking massive bulls on the chest of the shirt, it still works. Please, RBNY FO, consider this for next year.

I went with an outlined crest because the star here is supposed to be the kit itself and the history it invokes, so showing the red and black through the crest helps with that.

A note to the old-schoolers:
I am aware that the original Metros shorts were black. Unfortunately, Adidas doesn’t offer that as a base option on the shorts in their kit creator, and I’m too lazy to mock up the kits by hand. Plus, it keeps Adidas’ heavy handed design influence as a part of the kit.

I redid the shirt with a red sleeve and a white sleeve after a reblog and suggestion.

From the Archives: Matrix from Amazon (July 13th, 2014)

So, Shiny Entertainment was the company that made the very weird, very trippy Matrix game, Path of Neo. Then it merged with The Collective to make Double Helix Games, which still mostly did licensed games, and did the new Killer Instinct tile. Then Amazon bought it (which I’m personally still not happy about). So, thusly, in a round about way, Amazon made a Matrix video game.

Basement Jaxx, on their slow trek towards Junto, released “Never Say Never,” the 4th track on the album. They also released a music video that I’m not the most comfortable with, so I present the song to you via Soundcloud.

Junto is set to release on August 25 on all major digital retailers, with the standard and special editions currently available via shop.basementjaxx.com and iTunes. (Hint: if you’re in America, go with iTunes. The difference between British pounds sterling and American dollars is astounding.)

I’m starting to realize that I am going to realize the pain that my mother feels as a Mets fan translated to my RBNY fandom. I said it to someone deciding who to support in MLS, and it’s finally hitting me. Right now, RBNY is the team everyone hates on, but given the hubbub around NYCFC, they’ll fade off and be the team that never really challenges. I hope that’s not the case, but I’ll take less abuse that way.

For Throwback Thursday, a thing that I typically avoid, a bunch of young people and a middle-age man play a really old children’s game show.

YouTube Brits, musicians Emma Blackery, Dan Howell, Phil Lester and psychologist-cum-comedian Dr. Stuart Ashen join some of the original cast of Knightmare, a children’s VR style game show from Britain in the late 1980s. As such, Dr. Ashen is the only one who would likely remember it, but they all still seem to have fun.

And, as a secondary fun fact, Stuart’s Vinnie Vole shirt, a reference to his days at the BBC doing Ashen’s Tech Dump (see here), is available for purchase on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/nerdkeyz

Continuity is always a challenge in a thirty-year-old franchise, but as long as people stay sensible about it, recognize the constraints and that it won’t ever be perfect, and treat it as fiction and not a religion, then we can all have fun. When the continuity matters more than the stories and themes, the saga will be over.
Karen Traviss, one of the three Legacy of the Force authors, whose work now is considered non-canon after the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm and all attached properties.

Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto

This is mostly for my personal usage, but if you wish to, keep an eye here for a list of the vehicle manufacturers supporting these standards.

Abarth, Alfa Romero, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opal, Ram Trucks, Subaru, Suzuki, Volvo

Apple CarPlay:
BMW, Citroën, Citroën DS, Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Toyota

Android Auto:
Acura, Bentley, Infiniti, Maserati, Renault, SEAT, Škoda, Volkswagen

My First Doctor


My first Doctor happened to be Paul McGann. My generation falls into the Doctor Who-less gap, and when I was in elementary school, I caught a rerun of the 8th Doctor’s movie. Of course, at the time, it gave me the heebie-jeebies. But it did cause me to come back later, and to see the 8th Doctor again in “Night of the Doctor” gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.