Welcome to this week’s edition of The Word.  We’re only a week from Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner.  Soon after that we’ll be saying goodbye to 2010 and ushering in 2011.  Just wanted to let everyone know that there will not be any posts next week.  I am taking the week off for the holiday.  I will be returning the week after with a few new posts I am working on, so be sure to check back in.  But this week I have a full slate of great links for you including some new Call of Duty: Black Ops info, so let’s get to it.

Tech Nerd

Chrome Crowned As Buggiest Software
When the votes or in this case bugs were counted, Google’s Chrome browser ranked number one as the buggiest software.  With 76 known flaws found by a study conducted by the National Vulnerability Database, Chrome was atop the list of “The Dirty Dozen”.  But the other guys shouldn’t get too cocky because they too made the list with Apple’s Safari coming in second.  You can see the full list at Network World.

12 Places to Find Free Wi-Fi
If you’re like me, you feel out of touch whenever you’re disconnected from the Internet.  The onset of Wi-Fi has made it easier for nerds like us to keep a constant connection to our online lives; but what about when you’re not sure you’ll have a Wi-Fi connection available.  Wireless connections are being offered just about everywhere these days to help lure customers in.  When was the last time you were in a Starbucks and didn’t see someone there with a laptop?  Check out this great article at Unplgged.

Windows Media Player Power Tips
There are literally dozens of media players out there.  But the one that always comes through in a pinch is the old reliable Windows Media Player.  Let’s face it, it’s already installed on your PC so why wouldn’t you us it?  And although it’s not perfect, there are ways to tweak it to perform.  From the great minds at Maximum PC, a list of 14 great tweaks for Media Player.  Check it out here.

Manage Multiple Libraries in Any Media Player
Sometimes your media library just doesn’t fit neatly into one huge category and a jumbled up mess is often the result.  But there is a way to manage multiple libraries within a single player and keep your media easy to maintain.  Courtesy of Lifehacker you can check out this great how to.

Speed Up Antivirus Scans
We’ve all experienced a time when your PC is running dead slow for some reason; and when investigated you find your antivirus software is in the middle of a scan.  If you tend to store a lot of files on your PC, a scan could take several hours to complete.  There is a way to ease the burden of your routine scans by excluding certain folders deemed as ‘low risk’.  Check out how to set your antivirus to ignore folders and speed up scanning at How-To Geek.

Movie Nerd
Battle: Los Angeles Trailer
The first trailer for next year’s Battle: Los Angeles has been released.  The movie looks like a new take on Independence Day and Skyline.  It stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) and Michelle Rodriquez (Avatar) as two soldiers caught up in a battle against alien invaders.

Ford says Han Solo Should Have Died
In a recent interview while promoting his new movie Morning Glory, Harrison Ford said that Han Solo should have died at the end of Return of the Jedi.  Usually not one to talk about his past involvement with the Star Wars franchise this comes as a surprise that he would be so open about it now.  “As a character he was not so interesting to me. I thought he should have died in the last one, just to give it some bottom. George (Lucas) didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”  Generally it’s not wise to kill off one of the most popular characters, but I do agree it would have made sense.  You can read more of the interview with Harrison Ford at On The Red Carpet.

Wolverine Sequel Update
Director Darren Aronofski announced a couple of new details about the Wolverine sequel.  First, the title will simply be The Wolverine.  Second, Aronofsky is saying it will not be a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Scratching of the head and confused look aside, how could this not be a sequel?  Based on what is known about the plot of the new movie it closely follows where events of the previous movie left off with Logan with no memory finding his way to Japan.  You can read all about it at Hitflix.

TV Nerd

New Spawn Series Will Be For Adults Only
In an interview with MTV, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane said the new series will still be geared toward adults.  The previous series which aired on HBO from 1997 to 1999 won an Emmy and McFarlane stated the approach for the new series will be more of the same dark themes, sex ridden and violent.  You can read more about it at MTV.

Young Justice Preview
I’ve been waiting for the next big DC Universe series since Justice League Unlimited ended its run a few years ago.  Now Bruce Timm and his team are bringing us Young Justice.  The sidekicks of the Justice League’s members team up to form their own super powered team.  The series kicks off on November 26 at 7pm with a one hour premiere.  Check out a six minute preview below.


Rumor: New Batman Series Being Developed
Still a rumor at this point but with the end coming to Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, Warner Bros. is looking to continue the momentum of the franchise.  Sources are saying that Warner is working on a new TV series based off Nolan’s Dark Knight movies.  With few details and no hard facts it is rumored that Star Trek’s Karl Urban is being considered to play Batman.  The rumors continue with word that someone to portray The Joker is also being looked for.  I have mixed feelings about a live action Batman series.  I think I’d rather see a darker, more serious animated series.  You can read more about it at Comic Book Movie.

Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick to Develop New Hulk Series
What once brought be great concern now gives me hope.  The new Incredible Hulk TV series is being headed by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica).  I don’t think you could ask for a better “dream team” to develop a new series than those two.  With Del Toro’s talent for magnificent imagery and Eick’s experience and success with television, this new Hulk series might actually be good.  You can read more about it at Deadline.

New Promotional Video for ‘The Cape’
NBC’s new superhero series The Cape, set to premiere January 9 has its first footage released.  The series will star David Lyons as a good cop framed for crimes he didn’t commit; who’s forced to go into hiding and assumes the identity of The Cape to help clear his name.  The show also stars the reigning princess of nerdom Summer Glau, Keith David and James Frain.  You can read more about it at ENI and watch the video below.

Comic Nerd

Marvel Announces ‘The Death of Spider-Man’
In another big shake up in the Marvel universe, Marvel Comics announced a new story arc beginning with Ultimate Spider-Man #153.  Does this mean the end of Spider-Man?  It’s not all that uncommon these days with every publisher bumping off major characters left and right.  The story will arc through the Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates titles beginning in February.

20 Favorite Comic Females
Kelly Thompson over at CBR gives a list of her favorite female characters in comics.  The list contains a number of surprising choices and a few rather obvious ones.  Check out the full list of Kelly’s favorites here and be sure to check out comments by yours truly.

Doomsday Returns to DC Universe
One of the most popular and most powerful of Superman’s foes is returning to seek revenge.  Doomsday was responsible for Superman’s death and has always been a source for great drama in the DC Universe.  His appearance will come in January in Steel #1 and continue in at least three other titles.  You can read more at The Source.

Gaming Nerd
Atari Preps New Yars’ Revenge Game
This is kind of cool.  One of my favorite Atari 2600 games was Yars’ Revenge.  The story as complicated and bizarre as it was is now somewhat simpler but no less confusing with Yar as a female anime character.  The game will be a Xbox Live download with no word of a release date yet.  Check out the very short trailer below.


Diablo III Will Likely Come To Consoles
This comes to no surprise that Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo III might be available on console platforms.  The first two were around while console gaming was in its infant years.  No there was no doubt in my mind that Diablo III would be available in console versions.  This might give me the opportunity to use my 360 for games other than Madden NFL.  You can read more about it at Gamasutra.

Is Steam Killing The Retail Biz?
There are pros and cons to buying your games through Steam.  No disks to keep up with and protect from damage.  You can generally pre-order your game, pay for it in full and download it on release day.  But there are those of us who prefer to have that shiny box in our hands, with the manuals and the disk.  Call it personal preference, but anyway you look at it Steam is a big presence when it comes to purchasing games online.  Does Steam present a threat to brick and mortar retailers?  Read more about it at Maximum PC.

Activision Donates One Million to Veterans
A lot of other companies should follow this shining example.  Activision donated one million dollars of the proceeds from Call of Duty: Black Ops to aid veterans with job placement.  This is a subject very near and dear to me because I feel that veterans are largely neglected in this country.  It’s good to see that someone cares and is doing what they can to help.  You can read more about it at Ripten and C.O.D.E.

American Public Wants Government to Ban Games
In a recent poll taken by The Rasmussen group, 65 percent still think that states should be allowed to ban the sale of violent video games to minors.  When are people going to wake up?  When are parents going to start doing their jobs as parents and control what their kids do instead of pushing it off on schools and the government.  If you don’t want kids playing violent games, then don’t buy the damn things for them.  Back in the day it was comic books, then rock and roll music, now its video games that are corrupting the youth of America.  Start being a parent and keep the government out of something that is clearly none of its business.  It’s called The Bill of Rights; people should actually read it sometime.  You can read more about this at Game Politics and G4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Nerd
Multiplayer Map Guide
Multiplayer drives games these days.  A bad multiplayer mode can crush a game’s appeal.  COD: Black Ops improves on its multiplayer game’s reputation and provides some of the best maps and environments I’ve seen to date.  But everyone can use a little help navigating your way through the Black Ops multiplayer maps.  This series of useful videos will help you get the drop on unsuspecting players and also help boost your kill counts.  Check them out at G4.

Killstreaks Guide
The Black Ops killstreaks are probably better balanced than any other version in the COD series.  With the small exception of the attack dogs, the killstreaks can help you turn the tide of battle.  The attack dogs are an unfortunate carry over from Call of Duty: World at War and was one of many reasons why I hated it with a white hot passion.  Here is a video of what each killstreak does and what they look like.  You can check it out at G4.

The Best Hiding Spots
Camping is not looked favorably as a tactic, but is sometimes a necessary evil depending on your skill level and type of game you’re playing.  Find all the great hiding spots and choke points can often be difficult to do if you’re having to duck incoming bullets.  If you feel the need to camp in order to get the drop on your opponents, then this video will help you find the best spots to hide and ambush.  Check it out at Ripten.

Pro Perk Challenge Guide
If you’ve played Call of Duty for long you’ll know that perks are a godsend in the multiplayer environment.  Being able to nullify an enemy’s advantage is often essential to winning.  Find out what it takes to achieve the pro status of the Black Ops perks.  Check it out at Ripten.

Black Ops Zombie Mode
Everybody loves to kill zombies, right?  And everyone loves to kill zombies as JFK, right?  Well if you answered yes to either question, you will love Black Ops co-op zombie mode.  Here is a preview of how to play the zombie mode courtesy of G4.

Customization Guide
This new Call of Duty is more customizable than any previous version.  All the new features and choices can be overwhelming and somewhat confusing.  To help you through tricking out your set ups G4 has provided a nifty guide to aid you.  Check it out here.

Pure Nerd
The Biggest Harry Potter Fan…Ever
This guy is just a little bit creepy.  I’m a nerd and we nerds don’t judge each other over our particular obsessions; but I think it might be a good idea for the cast members of the Harry Potter films to go ahead and file restraining orders.  He might even have some poor girl trapped in a pit in his basement.  It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.  At first I thought this was a gag, but I soon realized this dude is serious.  Source: YouTube

Hot Girl Eats the Ultimate Corn Dog
I’m not sure whether to find this extremely gross or wildly exciting.  It seems like the Epic Meal Time guys are at it again by creating the Frankenstein of corn dogs.  This new heart attack waiting to happen is consumed by a rather gorgeous young girl who only makes herself more attractive by downing the entire thing.  Check it out for yourself below.

Facebook Given 5 Years to Live
At a marketing forum in Sydney, consumer expert Jeffery Cole announced his prediction that Facebook would be gone within five years.  Much like MySpace and Bebo, the social network’s membership will splinter off to other sites in the near future.  This really comes to no surprise due to the fact that with all fads, digital or not, Facebook will soon be replaced by the next big thing.  Social networks will be around for quite a while, but they are constantly evolving and even the mighty must give way to newer and fresher blood.  You can read more about it here.

Make Your Own McRib At Home
The Nerd has always been a big fan of the McRib sandwich at McDonald’s.  I am giddy with excitement every time they announce its back; but sadly it’s only for a few weeks.  I have tried other copy cat attempts to recreate the delicious awesomeness but they always fall short.  This attempt might be the holy grail of McRib copies.  I will be stocking up on the ingredients for this as soon as possible.  Check it out at Saveur.

Pic of the Week

Darth Kitty

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The Nerd says, “While everyone else watches football on Thanksgiving, I watch all three Lord of the Rings extended editions then all six Star Wars movies.