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Film Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America Poster

After being deemed unfit for military service multiple times, 90-pound weakling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.

Set during World War II, Rogers must battle military public relations agents, Nazis, and finally a threat far worse than even Hitler -- The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) whose target is not Europe, but the world itself. Marvel continues to enhance their cinematic mileu with another worthy comic book adaptation.

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'The Whisperer in Darkness' Trailer

Produced by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, the same people who made 'The Call of Cthulhu', this one looks to be promising. Sure, it's black and white, but it works!



Get Your Tweet ON!

Get Your Tweet On

Because it is undeniably true that any really important message can be distilled down to its essential 140 character limit, BuriedPlanet is now 'on' Twitter. What this means is you can 'follow' BuriedPlanet using your Twitter account.

BP's twitter feed (for now) will be updated every time new content becomes available -- for now I'm sticking to blog entries, movie and video game reviews. If you would like to follow us, just click on the link!

We may also implement a rotating list of tweets that BP is following, just for kicks.

Apollo 18 Trailer

Apollo 18 poster

Saw a trailer over the weekend for the film Apollo 18. It intrigued me enough to seek out the full trailer online. It is set for release on September 2, 2011. The tantalizing tagline: "There's a reason why we never went back to the moon."

Short premise: Archive footage has been discovered of a secret Apollo mission that was thought to have been cancelled and never flown. Why was it covered up, hidden away from the world?

For those that don't recall, the Apollo Program was effectively cancelled after the successful Apollo 17 mission, such that the Apollo 18 equipment had been reassigned and used for the Apollo 17 launch. NASA had a limited number of Saturn V rockets - 15 - and the Skylab project took away some that were intended for moon missions. Rather than order more, or update the rocket technology, the missions were cancelled piecemeal as other needs were deemed a higher priority.

In any event, Apollo 18 looks like it could be an interesting example of speculative historical fiction.

Super Mario = Personal Finance Manager

Super Mario is My Personal Finance God

Lifehacker has a great article discussing whether there are ways to make personal finance decision-making into a more gamelike experience. Imagine if we could focus the same kind of passion and energy devoted to video gaming towards personal finance? Or is that absurd?

Honestly, I think it's a great idea for a game. The keys are nicely laid out in the LF article, but should go into more detail. The article correctly points out that the key to 'gametizing' (not actually a word) personal finance is scoring. How can you gauge your progress? The article goes into good detail on how to mentally impose a gaming mindset on personal finance decision-making.

For example: if you've got a debt you want to reduce to zero, picture it as a boulder or endgame boss that you plan on defeating. Your net worth can be considered your 'score'. But what about more complex decisions -- should you rent or buy a home? Can these decisions be gametized?

But what about making personal finance into an actual game? Could it be done? And if so, what form would it take? Would it be fun to play, or feel like Quicken with fireballs?

Some observations after the jump.

Hi! I'm a new person!

Video games: why waste good technology on science and medicine?

 Ello! I said I'd write a quick intro post, so here it is. It will be quick, mind, because I'm not really sure what to write.

I enjoy playing video games, and have done since I was pretty young. My older brother was nuts for video games and used to collect them like some people collect postage stamps. I actually have no idea how he afforded it to be honest. I guess EVERY birthday and Christmas was dedicated to expanding the selection. In any case, it worked out pretty well for me because it meant I could have a whale of a time with this big ol' games catalogue for free! And without dedicating any of my own birthdays etc. to it! Back of the net.

I play games a lot less these days, which is just a by-product of (supposedly) being an adult, which involves lots of those horrible responsibility things. Still, I generally prefer to chill out either by playing a game or writing (pretty rubbish) music as opposed to watching TV, so there's still ample game-time for me. 

Republican Surrender on Debt Limit Increase

Republican Bravely Run Away

The title says it all. The GOP surrendered (bravely ran away) in the process, and got a much less desirable bill than the Cut, Cap and Balance bill that had originally passed the House. In exchange for pushing the next vote until after the 2012 election, the bill that passed increases spending baseline at 8% a year, or over $8 Trillion in new debt over 10 years. "But, but, but... we cut $2.4 Trillion!" some say. Paring down the increase in spending by that much is not a true cut, just a decrease in the amount of growth.

Don't get me wrong --  the Democrats didn't win this battle. President Obama didn't win this battle either. There are two losers in this battle, three if you count the American people - President Obama and the Congressional GOP. Both exhibited a lack of leadership, albeit for different reasons.

Game Review: Super Street Fighter IV

Everyone who plays video games regularly has heard of Street Fighter. The majority of those who play video games only occasionally have heard of Street Fighter. I would even go so far as to suggest that most people who deliberately avoid video games will have heard of Street Fighter, and probably have a vague idea of what it entails. It's safe to say, then, that this is one of the daddies of video game franchises, and the daddy of one-on-one fighting games. With this being the case, I won't waste time introducing Street Fighter as if it's a new concept.

It would, however, be worth looking at what distinguishes this franchise from the countless other one-on-one 'tournament fighters' as they are often known. The heavyweights of the beat-em-up world each have their own unique selling points; Tekken's realistic mechanics and representation of real-life martial arts, Mortal Kombat's spectacularly gruesome 'fatalities', and Dead or Alive's... breasts. Arguably, Street Fighter's most celebrated characteristic is its fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled dynamic. The real question here is whether Super Street Fighter IV retains its predecessors' superiority over the competition in this and its numerous other defining areas.

Workflow Reminder

We have a new writer aboard, who will try his hand at video game and movie reviews. Please welcome him aboard everyone. His handle is Trizaic, and he's a Brit -- like Rojo. I'll let him introduce himself.

In the meantime, here are some links that may be of help to Trizaic:

Writer's Workshop

Film Review: Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

When a young girl (Emily Browning) and her younger sister lose their mother to illness, they are subsequently abused by their stepfather. In an attempt to defend her younger sister, Baby Doll (Browning) fires a gun at her stepfather and inadvertantly kills her sister. She is sent to a mental institution where her stepfather puts her under the control of a corrupt orderly named Blue Isaac (Oscar Isaac) who pimps the girls out to wealthy clients. As Baby Doll listens to her stepfather and Blue Isaac discuss her 'future' she learns that she will be lobotomized in just five days time. She formulates an escape plan that requires her (and her new friends) to enter an alternate fantasy world and do battle with dragons, steampunk zombie Nazis and robots.

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