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Friday Links – November 11, 2011

→ Arnold Schwarzenegger Complete Japanese Commercial Filmography

Arnold lifting cars. Arnold plowing ramen. Arnold licking his lips. Arnold pounding coffee drinks. Arnold emerging from bottles. Arnold laughing in money. Arnold rowing a boat. Arnold folding a napkin. Arnold giving a piggy back ride.

I love Japanese culture so much.

→ Ubisoft Releases Early Concept Footage for Rainbow 6: Patriots

Nightriff on Nov. 4, 2011 at 7:01 p.

Enjoyed it up until throwing a guy over a bridge, THAT makes sense and happens in real life

Cool concept footage not something you normally see released. Looks like a strong blend of the interface from Splinter Cell: Conviction and combat from RS:V. Really liked the idea of playing as one character then swiftly moving to another. Most games seem to really hammer the idea of “you” as the player character where I’m don’t find that always important. Also clever idea to hold the detonator shocked a Call of Duty game hasn’t done that already.

→ Chevrolet Cruze’s success shocks the auto industry

In its first 12 months of sales, the Cruze compact ranked 10th among all U.S. vehicle purchases. The car’s Lordstown, Ohio, plant has been running three shifts plus overtime Saturdays since late spring and has still had difficulty meeting racing consumer demand.

The Cruze is a rather slick car. Looks like a domestic BMW 3 Series. For the price it looks like it can’t be beat and I’m not shocked to see it selling well. GG for GM making a car that competes in the same class Mazda 3 still one of my dream cars.

→ Netflix – Watch Lake Mungo

When a series of inexplicable supernatural events strikes their home, Russell  and June Palmer try to figure out exactly what is behind the tragic drowning death of Alice, their 16-year-old daughter.

This is the Halloween movie we should be watching instead of the Paranormal Activity’s. A great movie with a smooth sense of dread throughout with only one earned scare. Strongly recommended.

→ 1TB Hard Drive Prices up 180% in a Month


  • 1TB SATA hard drives went from $50/TB to $140/TB, +180%, almost triple the price
  • 1.5TB from $47/TB to $93/TB, +100%
  • 2TB from $40/TB to $72/TB, +80%
  • 3TB from $67/TB to $87/TB, +30

That’s crazy. Right now might not be the best time to upgrade that desktop or gift an external hard drive. Damn monsoons.

→ Michigan Papers Consolidate, Speed Transition to Digital

All eight of the papers, including the largest in Grand Rapids, will now drop home-delivered print editions; the paper will be printed daily but home-delivered only two or three days a week outside of Flint, where it’ll be delivered four days. MLive, long the cover name for the chain’s websites, has been incorporated as a company, subsuming Booth, and will co-ordinate production of all print and digital versions of the papers (with some job loss as a result).

Didn’t hear about this one locally. Also everybody should follow the Romenesko+ . Run by the former editor of retired Obscure Store I used to love so they cover media industry news and have posted a lot of good stuff recently.

→ Chevrolet Speedometer Design

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. During these 100 years the company developed over a hundred different types of cars, vans and trucks. All of those cars, vans and trucks have something in common: they all contain speedometers.

The Cobalt and the Nova are personal favorites of mine. Would really like a wallpaper size of the Nova picture it would look cool on my Mac withe the meter photoshopped to the 120mph.

First Look At The Next Alan Wake

Below is the first screenshot of the next Alan Wake title, a downloadable adventure available through Xbox Live Arcade.

Sad to see Alan’s trademark stylish outfit go the wayside but the improved color palette looks great. Be interesting to see how gross they get with the downloadable episodes and the pricing structure.

→ TGV – Gun slingin’ badass win – YouTube

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Guy matching Ocelot’s gun slingin from Metal Gear Solid 3 move for move. Sweeeeet.

Deprecation of Gmail App for BlackBerry

Beginning November 22, 2011, we will end support for the Gmail App for Blackberry (installed native app). Over this past year, we’ve focused efforts on building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser and will continue investing in this area.

Sure Blackberry usage I’m sure is in decline but Google is just on a role boning large groups of users recently.

→  Call of Duty Elite Service Notice

Many of you are trying to get in and unfortunately, you can’t right now. You’re frustrated, we know it, and we know we need to fix it. Our teams have been working non-stop to identify issues and resolve them as quickly as possible.

Worth every penny.

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6 Responses

  1. Jeffrey says:

    No comment.

  2. chouse says:

    Vanlandw. Please make these separate posts so we can comment individually. Kthx.

    Since you won’t, I will comment on multiple things here.

    - I drive a 2011 Cruze. it’s awesome. I hope to get another one when this 2-year lease is up. 2 year leases suck. Too quick.

    - Michigan paper consolidation was covered in the GR Press. Please become a paper subscriber and support your local news!

    - GMail on blackberry was meh. I only used it when I needed something historical. Ef blackberry at this point.

  3. vanlandw says:

    jja – I am glad I rendered you speechless

    chouse – I’m thinking about reformatting this page. I would like to do it as like a featured post then do links in between so I can post them timely. That would require a new theme and some work so right now that is a in the future thing. Posting links here before even the reader ef up was something I wanted to do. The Friday links thing is somethin one of my favorite blog writer does so I figured I would try it here so anybody could see them rather then the 15 or so that got them in reader.

  4. burgetta says:

    Although not “actual gameplay footage” that RS: Patriots vid was pretty amazing. The scared civilian who gets blasted on in the back seat of the cab at 5:20 actually made my jaw drop

  5. vanlandw says:

    burgetta – yup it’s a good concept video. Parts of the Vegas games were kinda cool but the tone was hammy. In Vegas one you play as some hick sounding dude it was so annoying I didn’t finish the game. You should blog more often burgetta

  6. chouse says:

    gg vanlandw you are the man. tyvm for “Copyright © 2011 vanlandw.com. Hosted by The-BOB”

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