Wow, has it been a week already?  Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend.  Summer slowly gives way to fall, my favorite time of year.  The days get shorter, the nights get cooler and there is a great feeling in the air as the holidays are just around the corner.  The leaves on the trees change and the whole world outside is alive with brilliant color.  But what I enjoy most about the fall is the beginning of football season.  Yeah, I am a nerd who enjoys sports, what can I say?  But this week’s links have nothing to do with sports, just all the geek goodness you’ve come to expect from The Word.
This week’s first link is a follow up to a story that was posted last week.  Gamestop is bowing to pressure from AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Services) and pulling the new Medal of Honor from it’s stores located on military bases.  Customers who want to by the game will have to go off base to purchase or reserve it.  In addition, Gamestop has also removed all marketing material from those stores.  This was done “out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform.”  Electronic Arts refused to comment any further on the matter.  You can read the full article here.
Keeping with video games, actors Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and Ed Harris (Apollo 13) will be lending their voices for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops.  Not that the COD series needed anything like this for street cred; it’s nice to know that games like this are actually being considered serious forms of entertainment.  Another big surprise for the series is the writer of The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, David S. Goyer is also on board for script consultation.  You can read the full story here.
 Dirty Harry as Superman?  Yes, you read that right.  Clint Eastwood recently revealed that he was offered the role of the Man of Steel that eventually went to Christopher Reeve.  Eastwood turned down the role out of fear of being typecast.  When asked if he would have considered any superhero role he said, “The Sub-Mariner, that’s the one I always liked.  I had all of those comics when I was a kid.”  You can read more of Mr. Eastwood’s interview here.
I never get tired of watching videos of Star Wars clips made to fit into 70s sit com intros.  Check out this one Han and Chewie: The Odd Couple.
A West Virginia man was suspend by Microsoft on Xbox Live for listing his hometown as Fort Gay.  In an effort to protect us all from homophobic idiots, Microsoft struck a blow for decency that resonated around the world.  The only problem is that Fort Gay, West Virginia is a real place.  In spite of the 26 year old’s attempts to convince the Microsoft enforcement team that Fort Gay was real, they suspended him for a few days.  Even the mayor of Fort Gay, David Thompson was unable to convince them.  After a few days, the Xbox police  pulled their heads out of their collective asses, reinstated the user and apologized for the incident.  Read the full story via The Associated Press here.
 
Robert Schimmel
Some sad news to pass on, comedian Robert Schimmel died Saturday after sustaining injuries from a car accident.  He had battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000 and talked openly about it in his act since his recovery.  A frequent guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Howard Stern radio show, Schimmel was 60.  His daughter was driving the car at the time of the accident and is still hospitalized.  You will be missed Bob.
Think you’re a real power user?  Put your skills to the test!  29 Crucial PC Skills, Courtesy of Maximum PC.  How do you measure up?  Post a comment on just how many you really know.
Have you ever wondered when you buy a 2.4GHz phone what that actually means?  The good people at Maximum PC have explained beautifully.  I never knew what that perforated metal shield in the door of my microwave was for, until now.  Check out the full article here.
The How-To Corner this week has several handy links for you.  The first two are security related; since most average PC users are relatively clueless when it comes to securing their PC, The Nerd is always on the lookout for tips and hints to help keep you safe.
Does your PC have a problem and you’re not sure what it is?  Is your regular go-to PC guru not answering your calls?  Fear not, here is a basic troubleshooting guide to common PC problems.  Check it out courtesy of Lifehacker.
 
For you Mozilla Firefox users, a list of 20 must have extensions to help make your browser better.  Check out the full list courtesy of Maximum PC here.
This next link started out as something small, then grew into something a lot bigger and a lot more funny.  Not being up on organized religion, I found the mere idea of this website humorous.  But as I read more and more I realized it is sheer genius.  Check out The Church of Optimus Prime.

Want to know the status of upcoming comic book movies?  Click on this link via blastr to find out when your favorite superhero is due to hit the big screen.





For some strange reason I have a fetish for looking at other people’s offices and workspaces.  Lifehacker has an entire section dedicated on their website to showing off your workspace and it’s like porn for me.  Having to make the jump to move my office soon, I am facinated by how others choose to organize and design their workspace.  Here is a neat article on how one reader chose to organize his cluttered office.  Check it out here and try not to drool too much.


Photo of the Week

Source: imgur

52 supervillains and their favorite lines

Check it out full size here.

And with that, another edition of The Word comes to a close.  I am always eager to get reader feedback, so please feel free to comment on what you see here.  It will only help to make this better in the long run.  It’s been a short yet hectic week for me but I am glad to have made the time to get this all together for you.  If you like what you see here, please let me know or better yet tell your friends.  Help me spread The Word.  Until next week, play hard and play fair.
The Nerd says, “The capital of Yemen is Sana’a.” 

Advertisements