Aug201428

Can you believe Parks and Recreation is down to its final freaking season?  WTF?  While Parks never was as funny as say The Office was at its peak, Ron Swanson, Aziz Ansari and co have really grown on me.  Chris Pratt was always hilarious, and now that he’s pretty much reached mega stardom thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, the final season of Parks and Recreation will surely be off the charts rating wise, which brings me to the question, if ratings do skyrocket, do you think this really be the final season?  Don’t you just love run-on sentences?  It feels good to throw those out there every once in a while.  You know what also feels good?  Watching the hilarious Parks and Rec blooper montage video above!  It will be the second-best ten minutes you’ll spend today; what’s the first, you ask?  The ten minutes after the video you spend getting lost here at SQ!

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Aug201426

I remember back in high school in my very first political science class – I got my undergrad in poli sci as well – having a huge debate about if missile defense systems were worthwhile.  At the time the technology wasn’t quite proven – I’m talking about circa 2000/2001, so 13 or 14 years ago – and the entire argument about how the systems would simply lead to an arms race was heavily held as well.  Today I think it’s safe to say the technology is quite effective, however the argument regarding the arms race matter is still on the table.  The video you are about to see – and I’m not here to take sides on this crazy, eternal conflict – is absolutely insane.  The rocket sirens are numbing, and I’ve been to Afghanistan: can you imagine waking up to that daily living in Israel?  No thanks.  Please do not pass this video up, and be thankful that the country you live in is not in a continual state of domestic war – for those of you over in this mess, stay safe.

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Aug201421

While I know this video got passed around the Interweb by almost the entire world yesterday – I saw it just when I had to leave for work in the morning, so I wasn’t able to publish it – I just have to make sure this gets thrown up on SQ.  If you’re one of our faithful SQ regulars, you’re probably well aware of my deep affinity for anything Goldeneye; a while back I posted a Goldeneye 64 speed run challenge on 00 Agent (the Aztec bonus level), but still am waiting on a brave challenger.  Goldeneye, just like Jimmy said in the beginning of this awesome video, is hands down one of the best video games of all time, and I would be hard pressed to not drop it in my top three. If you grew up with a Nintendo 64, you likely spent most of your time playing Goldeneye – do not pass up on this video!

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Aug201419

No, it’s not #TBT (that’s Throwback Thursday there boss), but this one is just too good to wait another 52 hours!  Yesterday we brought you a Zach Galifianakis stand-up video gem from 1999, but today we are going to not only go back one whole year to 1998, but we’re going to add the legendary Ken Jeong – aka Mr. Chow – to the stage.  Yes, you read that right: this is Alan and Mr. Chow 9 years before they would become absolute mega stars with the release of The Hangover.  For the love of all that is funny, do not pass up this video.  Please.

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Aug201418

Raise your hand if you knew who Zach Galifianakis was before Y2K hit?  Seriously, be honest now – did you?  Most people remember or think of Zach’s first role from the highly underrated movie Out Cold, but that didn’t come out until 2001, when your’s truly was just a freshman in college.  If you guessed The Hangover, well, you’re way off.  Try 1999ish, folks.  Crazy, right?  Well what you’ll find above is the mega-star that is Zach Galifianakis doing stand-up way back in that very year, just before his meteoric rise began to take shape.  The setting is Luna Park in West Hollywood, and I can’t think of a better or funnier way to kick off your Monday morning!

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Aug201415

Who is John Daker you ask?  I’m still asking that very same question, but for now just realize that this dude is now a front page star here at SQ – so he must be popular, right?  Well with nearly half a million views over at YouTube, John Daker appears to be the most popular church singer you’ve never heard of – until today.  As if your Friday morning couldn’t get any more weird!

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Aug201415

Is there anything scarier than a freaking tornado?  Growing up in Illinois I have had my fair share of tornado warnings – I’ve even been driving with my old man on two occasions in which the tornado siren was going off and we had to hide out in gas stations.  While I have never seen a real one in person, the crazy Marine in me wants to … from a safe distance away; I think it would just be a monster rush to see one live, but that’s just me.  This video, folks, is incredible – old, sure, but still incredible.  More after the jump!

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What Command & Conquer Taught Me About Business
Aug201414

As I built my outline for this editorial, I nearly halted the piece altogether because of a little known gentleman named Sun Tzu – you may have heard of him.  While The Art of War is sitting on my home office desk’s bookshelf right now, I decided to follow through with this article because while there will be similarities, I am writing this through my own lens – a lens which arguably pulls the worlds of business and war together perfectly through maybe my most beloved gaming series of all-time, Command & Conquer.  While I am still a fanatic of the series, this post could easily be re-titled to encompass the entire RTS, or real-time strategy, game genre since fundamentally they are all pretty much the same.  That being said, as I approach the end of my MBA, and having been in the business world now for nearly six years, I bring you six key tenants that Command & Conquer has taught me about business – there are actually dozens more, but I’ll leave those for the comments!

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Aug201413

Shark Week Debunked, The Video0

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How do you know it’s Shark Week?  My Facebook and Twitter feeds are my yearly reminder, and I think that goes for most other people as well.  While my chances for tuning in to Discovery Channel increase during Shark Week, it’s not a guarantee; I think the last time I actively searched out the Discovery Channel on a one-time basis for as part of a weekly routine was either for a war documentary or when Deadliest Catch first aired, but Shark Week?  Eh, it’s cool, but not stop-what-I’m-watching-or-doing cool.  If you’re with me on your shoulder-shrugging level of excitement for Shark Week, then you will particularly enjoy the above video from Vox that effectively debunks Shark Week, and how crazy it has become over the past few years.  As always more after the jump!

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Aug201413

It’s still hard to believe Robin Williams passed away – I think it will be a long, long time before it really sets in for anyone.  Just after I heard late last night, I thought of some of my favorite movies with Robin in it and thought, “man, what a great career he had.”  It wasn’t but a few minutes later as I read the breaking news on his death that I came across about 10+ more hilarious movies that I loved him in that I had completely forgotten about; Robin easily ranks, and will forever rank as one of the funniest human beings ever to walk the planet.  Since he brought so much laughter to everyone, I can’t think of a better way to honor him then by showing some of his best stuff right here on SQ.  Why you may not have caught him on Whose Line Is It Anyway – an excellent show btw – it was of course yet another gem in his insanely hysterical and accomplished career.  You know you’re doing a good job on Whose Line when you’re not only making the audience laugh, but the entire stand-up crew as well.  Enjoy the video, and we miss you already Robin!

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iOS Games We Loved Then Hated: Battleheart Legacy
Aug201412

Not counting the Final Fantasy 8 and 16-bit ports, great role playing games on the iOS platform (iPhone and iPad) are extremely rare – and by rare I mean they just do not exist.  But then I came across Battleheart Legacy, a highly rated iOS RPG sequel from Mika Mobile that turned the downtime on my recent vacation into an amazing mobile gaming experience … until I got to the end of the game.  While BH Legacy is a blast to play, and a pleasant surprise when compared against the rest of the iOS RPG library, there are just too many fatal flaws that sadly makes me never want to pick up this game again.

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Aug201410

Just a few days ago we posted an awesome airstrike video from the Iraq Air Force as they continued their air campaign against advancing ISIS targets, but now after President Obama authorized American airstrikes, we have footage of our own US Navy putting warheads on ISIS foreheads.  The bomber of choice: the highly advanced F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, courtesy of America’s finest naval service.  Don’t pass on this video folks, and you can be sure there will be more footage like the above to come as ISIS targets continue to get bombarded – that is until they’re all destroyed!  More combat footage and ISIS discussion as always after the jump!

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