SCaM Show – Episode #53


The Christmas Dragon from Arrowstorm Entertainment

On this week’s show: Comic books are taking over TV, a major star returns to one of his best known franchises, and we talk with one of the founders of Arrowstorm entertainment about their upcoming film The Christmas Dragon. Help support them by visiting their Kickstarter page.

How to Write an Unbiased Review

In case you might have missed it, Apple decided to eat humble pie and build a phone with all the features they said no one would want.  It’s called the iPhone 6 Plus, though it honestly might be better suited if it were named “iPhone meToo”.  So, let’s get into the latest round of PR for a new Apple device, shall we?

iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone – Tech Crunch by Darrell Etherington

iOS 8 Review: Refinements And Relaxed Limitations Add Up For A Better Experience – Tech Crunch by Darrell Etherington

iPhone 6 Review: Meet The New Best Smartphone – Tech Crunch by Darrell Etherington

“But Zuke, those aren’t from Apple’s Public Relations!  That’s from Tech Crunch; a respected source of tech news and reviews.”

Well, no.  These three articles are a cross between opinion and a sales pitch.  Or, in less flattering terms, it’s link bait trying to pass itself off as tech journalism.  And it has got to stop.



Batmobile Revealed

A couple days ago, some unofficial pics of the new Batmobile came out on the web and people started to loose their minds.  Since the bat was out of the bag (as it were), director Zach Snyder decided to one-up the internet and released an official photo.  Anyone else feel a funny tingling sensation when they see this?



Now, it’s no surprise that the Batmobile is getting this level of buzz; next to Batman himself, the machine he rides around in is often the most anticipated part of any movie.  I posit that Dark Knight Rises would have been a better film with a better Batmobile than the . . .  whatever that thing was.  There’s even a documentary on why people love the Batmobiles and our fascination with a fictional car.

Now, to the purists out there who are going on about the gun turret . . . you can stop.  Batman himself doesn’t use a gun (though he did used to carry one back in the day), that doesn’t mean his vehicles aren’t equipped with anti-vehicle measures.  Do none of you remember the Burton Batmobile using tommy guns to raid Joker’s factory?  My only issue with this design is that the front end doesn’t seem very well armored.

But who cares:  It’s the frakking Batmobile!

SDFiles #012 – Bigfoot, Skinwalkers and Aliens

This week we travel to Salt Lake Comic Con and interview experts in the fields of the Skinwalker, Aliens and Bigfoot.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum


Zohner interviewing Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Microsoft; Mojang; Minecraft



(This post was originally going to be a rant, but I’m trying to keep cool)

The Purchase

Sometime last week, a rumor started milling around that Mojang, known best for creating Minecraft, and Microsoft were in talks of a huge contract to the tune of $2 billion.  The thought of a large corporation buying out a small partially-anti-corporate-minded company was absurd.  When the weekend was coming to a close, it was becoming more and more apparent that this was not only not a rumor, but the deal was going to go down for $2.5 billion.

Mixed thoughts of anger, confusion, and shock went through my head.  I am a huge Minecraft fan; I play a lot more than I probably should, I host a few of my own servers for friends, and I have even raised my kids with the Xbox 360 version.  I figured this deal could go one of two ways, and both are hinged on the idea that Minecraft is mostly well known for the huge modding community in the PC world.  There are thousands of servers run by thousands of Minecrafters, and very few of them run Vanilla Minecraft.  The worse case scenario would be that Microsoft completely locks down Minecraft and *POOF*, there goes the modding community.  On the other hand, there is a chance that Microsoft could even make the game better, while keeping the same attributes about the game that people love.