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Is The Ipad A “Game Changer”?

March 30th, 2010 by Gary

If you follow technology news the way I do, you probably know that the Apple iPad will be arriving at people’s doors on April 4th. There seems to be a lot of opinions on this new device and I didn’t want to be left out, so I’m going to share mine with you now.

Before I go too far into this, let me start out by disclosing a few things. If you are looking for someone that is an Apple fan, you’ve found him. I currently own a Macbook, an Apple tv, 2 regular iPods, an iPod touch, an iPhone and an Airport Extreme. Ive embraced the “Apple ecosystem” and my home is fully surrounded with Apple products.

Now, there is a reason for all the Apple insanity in my home. It’s not because I hate windows or because I think apple is the only company out there. It’s for one reason only: Apple stuff works great with other Apple stuff. For example, my Apple TV is connected to my TV and stereo system. My computer, iPhone and Apple TV are connected to my Airport Extreme. If I want to play some music that is stored on my computer, I can pull my phone out of my pocket and open the “remote” app. With this app, I can choose the music I want to hear and have it start playing on not only my computer, but also on my stereo system in my living room, too. The music will play from two places at once, filling my whole house with sound.

This is not a great technical feat, either. As a matter of fact, it required absolutely no setup at all. It just works.

OK. Now having told you all of that, let me get back to the iPad.

The iPad is essentially a huge iPod touch, right? It has all the same apps as the iPod and iPhone, it has the same features and it essentially does the exact same things, just on a bigger screen. When I first saw the iPad, I thought “What is the point of a huge iPod?” and kinda shoved it into the back of my head and decided that I didn’t need one.

Until about a week ago…

I was sitting on my couch watching TV and something popped into my head that I needed to look up on the Internet. As I would usually do, I grabbed my iPhone out of my pocket and went to the necessary website. I started trying to complete my task and quickly realized that I needed some more power. I put my iPhone in my pocket, went upstairs and got my Macbook. After getting the laptop I was able to accomplish my task in just a few seconds. After I finished, I got back up, went upstairs and put away the laptop. As I was plugging in the laptop it hit me.

I need an iPad!!!

What was I thinking?!?! If I would have had an iPad at that moment, I would have totally avoided having to go and get my laptop then go and put it back. I didn’t need my whole computer to complete my task, I just needed a bigger screen than what my iPhone could offer.

I think the iPad definitely has a place in the computer world. It fits right between the laptop and the smartphone. If you just want to browse the web or check email and don’t need the full power of a computer system, the iPad is the answer.

With that said, I will not be buying the iPad when it comes out on April 4th. For all of the times I’ve watched Apple release products, I know that this version of the iPad is only the beginning. After a year, they will release a new one and it will have all of the features that are missing from this one. One of them being a front facing webcam. In summation: I will be buying the second generation of the iPad.

Some of you may be reading this right now and thinking “I would never spend $600 so I don’t have to go upstairs and get my laptop”. I’m not arguing with you. You’re right. Spending that kind of money to fill a gap between smartphone and laptop is not for everyone, but it is for some people. Apple is taking a risk and assuming that there are enough people that are looking to fill that gap. So, I’m interested to hear, do you have a need for an iPad?

~Gary

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Time For Some Fun – Win A Flash Drive!

March 25th, 2010 by Steve

I wanna have some fun today. Not that I don’t have fun most every day, but this time I’m gonna drag you in on it too!

So here’s the deal. I have this nifty little SanDisk Cruzer 8GB Flash Drive and I’m going to give it away to some lucky guy or gal. Brand spankin’ new in the wrapper and everything.

How do you win? The rules are simple – just leave a comment below telling me why YOU are the one who deserves to win.

Easy as pie. OK, it’s actually easier than pie, at least for me, since I couldn’t bake my way out of a paper bag. Or something like that.

Anyhow, we’ll shut down the comments sometime next Tuesday around noon or so and pick our winner at random. Now, we’re gonna send you an e-mail when you win, so make sure you are looking for it, OK? If you don’t respond to our e-mail within 48 hours, you forfeit the prize and we’re gonna give it to someone else. Got it?

Good!

So, go on, click the Comments link below and tell me why you are oh-so-deserving of this amazing little flash drive.

Have fun :)

~Steve

PS – Hey, by the way, we DO moderate comments to keep the spammers from tricking you into a lifetime supply of Viagra, so don’t freak out if you don’t see your comment posted right away. I’ll get to it. Promise. Right after my nap, and once I’m done walking the dog, and I think the cat just choked up a furball…

Where was I?

PPS – By the way, if you put a link to a website into your post in any way, shape or form, I’ll probably think it’s spam and toss it into the trash-o-la. Just FYI :)

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Rebuttal – Internet Explorer 9 Won’t Run On XP!

March 20th, 2010 by Gary

I couldn’t just let this slide by without posting my own opinion on the matter.

After reading Steve’s post (below) about IE9, I have to say that I TOTALLY DISAGREE with Steve’s opinion on this one.

I know that there are a lot of people out there that still use Windows XP. Heck, some of the computers in this office still use XP. While that may be the case now, this fact should have no impact on MS’s decision to no longer support the operating system.

Windows XP is, at this point, a very old operating system. Have you used windows 7? If you have, you know what i’m talking about. Windows 7 feels “new” compared to windows XP. It has much better performance, a lot better looks, tighter security and stability that I could only dream of a few years ago. By the time that Internet Explorer 9 comes out (2011), windows XP will be even older.

You see, I think that MS is doing the right thing by stopping the support of all things XP. MS should focus on the future, not the past. Continuing to develop software while having to ensure backwards compatibility will do nothing but hinder the evolution of computer technology as a whole. I know that this may sound a bit radical, but I strongly believe that forward progress is far more important than trying to appease some users that refuse to accept change for the better.

If you are still using windows XP when software starts to become incompatible, maybe its time to upgrade.

~Gary

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The Early Days of Grief

March 19th, 2010 by Andy

Griefing, trolling, flaming -it all started in one place; an early multiplayer game called MajorMUD. Anyone who plays an online video game or been on a forum or message board probably already knows what those words mean, but I’ll skim over them really quick for anyone uninitiated.

MajorMUD – The MUD stands for “Multi-User-Dungeon” and the “Major “part refers to the type of bulletin board software it was meant to run on -in this case Major BBS. What it was was a text-based multiplayer video game, kind of like the uber popular World of Warcraft we’ve got nowadays, only without the pretty graphics, sound and anything else visually or audibly appealing. You just got different colored text. e.g. You are standing knee deep in stagnant water outside of the graveyard. The wind whips across your face, tickling your whiskers and bending the dead branches of the bony willow trees that flank the front gate…”

”A skeleton shambles in from the South.”

It’s like Dungeons and Dragons, minus the know-it-all at the end of the table telling everyone what to do. Here, the game was in control, and because you were playing with other people at the same time, that meant human interaction in an all new semi-anonymous frontier. Thus leading us to:

Now, I’m going to prefix this next part by saying that all of these words can be summed up by simply calling the perpetrator (or perpetrators in the case of flaming) big fat jerks. It’s how the jerkery is applied that defines the offense, however.

Continuing on…

Griefing – Griefing is killing another player over and over again. No matter if it’s MajorMUD or World of Warcraft, it means the exact same thing. It’s like bullying, but in the case of MajorMUD things could get serious pretty fast because all of the items and loot left on your corpse when you died automatically became free-range and were most likely already in the clutches of another player. Real-life fights have broken out because of this, but only because back then you had a better chance of meeting a fellow MajorMUD player who was on your local BBS, than the South Korean teenager who just killed your World of Warcraft character for the millionth time in a row. Wow players don’t have to worry about item theft, but they do have to worry about hoofing it all the way back to their death site. Even then, your killer may be waiting next to your corpse waiting to kill you again. This is called “camping”, for anyone curious.

Flaming – Yes, I realize I’m not going in any particular order with these, but I’m saving the most heinous offense for last. Besides, flaming is an easy term to define. Basically, flaming is any text-based fight between two people. It’s usually a disagreement that turns rude and then eventually degrades into name-calling and slurs. This phenomenon usually occurred in MajorMUD after the aforementioned Griefing encounter, with one party saying all is fair in love and MUD and the other adamantly disagreeing in a battle to get his stolen Manticore Tail +5 back. “Your mother” jokes were soon to follow,and both parties ended out getting banned from the BBS for a week or two as a result. Good fun -if you don’t want to play your favorite game for weeks, that is.

Trolling – Like the evil under the bridge, trolling is the concept of being a @#%$ because the anonymity of the Internet allows one to do so. Whether it’s going into a forum and deliberately responding in an offense manner, antagonizing someone in a video game or in a chat room or making liberal use of racial slurs, this is the bottom level of Internet user. MajorMUD was unfortunately the grand-daddy of this, too, because some people would specifically create characters just to mess with people and nothing more.

Actually, now that it’s all laid out in front of me, I think MajorMUD was more like an incubator for such activities and not the whole reason online interactions suck. Stupid, intolerant people are the reason it sucks…

I guess the moral of the story and comprehensive umbrella for all these terms is: Just because nobody knows who you are doesn’t mean you have the right to be a total (expletive deleted).

~Andrew

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Internet Explorer 9 Won’t Run On XP!

March 18th, 2010 by Steve

You heard it here first (OK, unless you’re  cheating on us for where you get your cyberspace news)!

The next generation of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser will not, I repeat, NOT run on your faithful old XP computer.

This was announced at Microsoft’s Mix conference in Las Vegas, NV earlier this week while they were busy showing it off to the crowd. “Yeah, it can do all sorts of really cool stuff and well, by the way (talking really fast and soft) it doesn’t work on XP”

They say it’s built from the “ground up” to run on Windows 7 (and Vista if anyone is still running that by the time it gets released).

If you want more info, feel free to check out the FAQ on the “preview” site. Looks like you can even download what appears to be the  Beta of the Beta for this browser.

If your knee jerk reaction to this news was something like, “What the hell are they thinking?”, then you and I are pretty much on the same page. The BIG question is, if you use Internet Explorer and are running XP, just how long will version 9 be out before you can no longer get updates for version 8?

And once the updates stop, you KNOW the hackers will swarm in and discover a whole bundle of new ways to get into unpatched little holes. Soon, they’ll be no limit to the amount of viruses, malware, spyware, and all kind of other “wares” they can slip into your XP computer.

As an added bonus, XP users get left out in the cold for HTML 5. Why do you care? HTML 5 is the next generation of the “language” that lets web pages work. It will allow video, games, and cool new types of interactivity without ANY extra plug ins (like Adobe Flash, or MS Silverlight for instance). Web developers can’t wait for this stuff, so you KNOW you’ll see it sooner rather than later.

But XP users won’t get to play. Sorry…

See, MS says that most XP computers are too old to support HTML 5 anyway. True? In some cases, sure, but there are plenty of people running XP on Vista compatible computers that WOULD be able to run HTML 5, no problem. They just didn’t want Vista.

Can you get around this problem? Sure, run FireFox like I do. Give it a try, it’s not just for geeks anymore, ya know.

While the browser issue is bad enough, I think the upshot is pretty transparent by now – MS is using this to pressure users into upgrading. XP was simply too good – or at least good enough.

Things are becoming more and more web based, and it scares the poop out of Microsoft. Even for those of us here at WS, 90% of what we do is 100% internet based. I’m even typing this up inside of the online WordPress interface – no word processor required!

The time is coming when all we’re going to need to be more or less happy with our computer is a web browser. MS doesn’t like this idea at all, so since they have the world’s most popular web browser, why not make it mandatory to upgrade to Windows 7 in order to use it? THEN you’ll have a reason to upgrade.

Or will you?

I think Firefox, Safari, Opera, and even Google Chrome (OK, maybe not – Chrome kind of sucks), are going to find a whole new following. This is just the chance they needed.

Yup, I think MS just took out the revolver, pointed at their foot, and pulled the trigger.

~Steve

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Gary vs. The Cart – Epic Tale

March 16th, 2010 by Gary

So… Have you seen our new shopping cart????? Have you????

No, this isn’t a sales pitch to try and get you to buy something (there are other people here in charge of that). I am just super excited about this cart and I would really like everyone to check it out. I built it from the ground up with you in mind, so I really hope you like it.

“Why?”, you ask? Well… where do I begin….

I guess I’ll start from the beginning. On a bright morning in 1981, I was born and from that very day I knew that it would be my destiny to slay the hideous, evil shopping cart at worldstart.com.

Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration. I’ll tell the real story now.

Like I mentioned in my first blog post, I am the person at worldstart that makes the website do stuff. Over the last couple years, we have re-vamped pretty much everything including the whole WS tips site, the worldstart wallpaper and the worldstart message board. The only thing left to do was the software store.

I don’t know how many of you shop with us, but if you do, you have probably had some sort of issue with our old cart at some point in your life. The old cart had some issues that just could not be fixed. Let me rant about some of those right now.

1. The coupon code box was in the most ridiculous position known to man. Do you know where it was? It took me 10 minutes to find it the first time I used the cart.

2. The login process was a disaster. - I have spent literally hours on the phone with people trying to help them log in. The worst part was that you didn’t even have to log in to make a purchase, but you sure as heck couldn’t tell that by looking at the thing.

3. Paypal didn’t like us. – I’m sure there is someone reading this right now that knows exactly what I mean. You could try to pay with Paypal, but your order would be rejected and your shopping cart would be emptied.

Those are truly just a few of the issues that we had with the old cart.There are many more, but I’m not trying to write a novel here. What I’m really trying to do is tell you about how we fixed all of these issues!!!!

I started building our new, shiny cart about 2 months ago. I started with one blank page on my computer screen and just kept typing until I was done (I’m tired now, LOL). There is nothing from the old cart that was brought into this new cart. Everything is brand new.

First, the checkout process has been streamlined so there is no account confusion. When you begin checkout, you will simply be asked for your email address. NO MORE GUESS WORK. If you have an account, you will be asked for your password. If you don’t have an account, you will be taken to step one of the checkout where an account will be automatically created for you. We did this so you could always find your order history and every order made was organized in one place for you.

Second, usernames are no longer just names. Your username is your email address. Again, NO MORE GUESSWORK. If you know your email address, you know your username.

Third, store credits are managed on your account. For those of you who have taken us up on our very easy to use return policy, this will become very useful. For those of you that don’t know, Ill explain now. We have a 60 day, no questions asked return policy. If you buy something from us, you can return it within 60 days for any reason. When you return something, you have the option of receiving your refund back to your credit card or as a store credit.  In the past, we would issue store credit in the form of a gift certificate. These certificate numbers were hard to use and often lost. With the new cart, there is, you guessed it, NO MORE GUESS WORK. All store credits will be issued to your account. When you make your next purchase, you will simply check a box to indicate that you want to use the store credit on your order.

Finally, paying is simple. I have worked hard to make sure all of the errors are gone. Now, I know that it’s a big claim to say that all of the errors are gone, but I’m willing to say that 99.9% of you will never see an error from our cart.

There are lots of other things that we have done to make this cart better. I know that I am probably not even mentioning half of them. That’s why I say you should just check it out yourself.

I truly hope that you enjoy the new cart that we made for you. It has taken months of hard work and late nights.

With that being said, this cart will always be a work in progress. We have lots of new features that we are still working on. When we get them up and running, I will be the first to let you know, right here on the blog.

~Gary

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Yo’ Momma?

March 12th, 2010 by Andy

What am I supposed to do?

I mean, my mother lives in the technological Stone Age; calling me every other day with some random problem or concern. Admittedly, most of the issues she challenges me with are good questions like, “My, that screen is a pretty color blue! What does that mean?” or “One of our relatives I don’t know at all is stuck in the UK; should I send them money?”

The answers to those questions are “Oh my, you are potentially screwed.” And “No, that’s just some criminal trying to scam you; much like the guy with the fake Rolexes in Toronto a few years back.”

But the other day she asked me a question that fell far deeper than any other computer bomb she could drop on me…

”Will you help me figure out Facebook?”

Pale white. Honestly, my face turned into a 600 thread count Egyptian cotton expression of  disbelief. My mom on Facebook? What could this mean? Is my social networking life doomed?

Why would I think that? Why do I suddenly feel like a 14 year old kid who’s too embarrassed to walk near his parents in the mall? Hey ma, drop me off a few blocks away; I’ll hoof it the rest of the way, and so on. And here I am, doing this all over again …and at twice the age, too!

I just want to keep my social goings on to me and my circle of friends, that’s all. Facebook is my playground, where I make plans with friends and talk about the rabble-rousing we did the weekend before. And it’s not necessarily stuff I want mommy dearest reading about. Like anyone, I just want my privacy. I don’t even think I’m FB friends with anyone else in the family, either, come to think of it. Why should this be any different?

So, at first I though everything would be fine because I figured her technological handicap would prevent her from even making her own account. I breathed an easy sigh of relief.

Until I saw that another friend of mine had accepted a request from her… perhaps I underestimated the woman. It’s only a matter of time befo-

”(Your mother) wants to be your friend on Facebook!”

Oh, snap! She’s figured it out! Now what? Do I accept and basically give up Facebook, or do I just wait and hope she loses interest in it altogether?

Bah, who am I kidding? I know I’ll end up being the good son and accepting her request.  Of course, I do have her computer in my shop right now…it could always suffer “and unfortunate accident”…

~ Andy

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Ahh, My First Computer…

March 10th, 2010 by Steve

You know, I was just thinking about computers. I know, probably not the earth-shaking revelation you were expecting when you stopped by today, but hey, I’m only about as deep as a kiddie pool.

Anyhow, I wasn’t thinking about just any old computers. OK, actually I was daydreaming about old computers – I was thinking about my first two, and how far we’ve come since then.

Let’s take a little stroll down the information superhighway when it was just a back alley, shall we?

My very first computer was a Timex Sinclair ZX-81. I was ten or eleven years old at the time (circa 1981 / 1982) and I begged borrowed and, well, I didn’t steal, but there was a sketchy plan for a bank robbery jotted down on a napkin someplace to get one.

Turned out that with enough whining, birthday money, and grass cutting I was able to scrape together the $100 or so it took to buy that little computer. Mine looked like this, less the memory expansion kit that took the 1K of built in memory and cranked it up by a whoppin’ 16K, totaling 17K (BTW – 17K is about 1/60th of a Meg, but back then it was a seemingly infinite amount of memory to work with):

Although even the lowliest of calculators of today would consider it quite a pathetic little device, it was a dream come true for me. I remember taking it home, hooking it up to an old B&W TV (we didn’t use no stinkin’ monitors back then) and turning it on – and being greeting by a little cursor blinking up in the corner of a black screen.

Yup, no Windows, no fancy splash screen, no software – just a black screen with a blinking cursor. We’re talking the Model-T of computers here folks. If you wanted to make it actually DO something, you had to program it. It’s “operating system” was a primitive form of the BASIC programming language, and one that I became as fluent with as I could.

Before long, I was writing my own programs. Sure, nothing very fancy at first, just running infinite loops and giggling as it repeated “My sister is a dork” hundreds of times down the screen. Later, I started making a few primitive games, but as my programs became more complex, I wanted to save them. Just grab a disk, right? Uumm, no.

Grab a cassette recorder and a blank tape.

Seriously.

In order to save anything on this computer, you had to record it to a standard cassette tape deck! Yeah, not a computer tape backup device, just an average, everyday cassette deck. You’d pop out your WhiteSnake cassette, tape over the little holes cuz they sucked, then record over it.

Sounds strange, but it was actually pretty ingenious. The computer used a type of modem (or what sounded like one) to record to the tape. If you played the tape back and listened, it sounded the way a dial-up modem does today – squealing like a digital pig.

To load your program, yup, you guessed it – you simply rewind and play back. The unfortunate truth is this wasn’t an exact science (surprise), and it normally took 3 or 4 tries before it actually worked, and sometimes hours and hours of my little 10 year-old efforts were lost in an analog to digital conversion abyss.

After a time, I outgrew that computer and moved up to a RadioShack TRS 80 – that bad boy had 4K built in! – And 8 colors too! That old TRS 80 now only survives as a fond memory, but these two computers probably did more to contribute to my future than anyone could have realized back then.

The sad thing is, the little Timex / Sinclair ZX81 and its kin are only good for one thing now – doorstops (and it turns out they’re really not very good at that either)

The most amazing thing? When you think about just how far we’ve come in less than 30 years.

I know, you’re probably thinking that’s nearly 3 decades to come up with new technology, and what the heck did I think was going to happen, and haven’t you ever heard of Moor’s law, yada, yada, right?

Well, I’m comparing it to all the time we’ve been on the planet up till the birth of the ZX81.

From that point of view, it’s really pretty amazing how quickly things have progressed, ya know? No doubt 30 years from now we’ll look back on today’s powerhouse machines and be grateful we don’t have to deal with those old battle wagons…

~Steve

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The Good, The Ugly, And The Bizarre

March 8th, 2010 by Mike

What do most of us think about when we think of hybrid and electric cars? Most likely you think of a small car with a futuristic look to it. More often than not this futuristic look also heads down the path of, in my opinion, “extremely strange.” Today’s technology and designers have taken leaps and bounds in both the look, feel, and overall efficiency of these vehicles. Some of these designers have been able to rid themselves of the stereotypes of hybrid/electric cars, however this is not always the case. I thought it would be a bit interesting to take a look at what is out there today… the good, the ugly, and the downright bizarre.

The Good

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is my personal favorite. It is proof that you can design a fully electric car and make it look awesome.
Pro: All electric, more than 200 miles per charge, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds.
Con: With this much power and speed, and a nice bright red paint job, you’ll get more than your fair share of speeding tickets.

Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept
Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Concept

With its sleek design, the Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept mixes the practicality of a hybrid with the fundamentals of a sports car.
Pro: 400 horsepower, projected mid-price, and 0-60 mph in approximately 4 seconds.
Con: It’s a concept.

The Ugly

Chrysler GEM Peapod

The electric Chrysler GEM Peapod boasts four seats, an iPod/iPhone dock, a 6-8 hour charge, and an original design that says “I’m eco-friendly, but I haven’t gotten any since buying this.” (I’ll let you figure out what “any” means)
Pro: It’s electric and aimed at small community travel.
Con: You are basically driving around a smiley face. Don’t look at a pick-up truck driver wrong either… you could be run over.

Piaggio 3-Wheel Hybrid Scooter
Piaggio Scooter

Deviating from the theme of hybrid/electric cars, the Piaggio 3-Wheel Hybrid Scooter is a fresh design that can go nearly 141 mpg.
Pro: Packs a punch for its size: 0-60 acceleration in approximately 5 seconds.
Con: A scooter with 2 front wheels is something even the Europeans would laugh at.

The Bizarre

Aptera Hybrid
Aptera Hybrid

The Aptera Hybrid is truly an original. It is a 2-passenger prototype that shoots for nearly 300 mpg on a 3-wheeled design.
Pro: 300 mpg? Yes please.
Con: You are 2 wings and 1 prop away from being a single engine airplane (wait… that could be a Pro).

Pyramid… Thing?

This no-doubt bizarre design is the product of Greg Zanis’ mind. It sits on 4 wheels and uses solar power to run its 80 batteries and 4 electric engines.
Pro: Um…
Con: Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think there’s a market for a 45 mph pyramid on wheels.

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The Captain Returns (kind of)

March 7th, 2010 by Andy

Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge to set off a fireworks display of memories in one’s mind. For example, just today I was reading about how Disneyland (that’s the one in California) has re-released the 3D Sci-fi mini musical Captain EO as a tribute to the late king of pop, Michael Jackson.

Now before you go connecting my flood of repressed memories to Jacko in any way, let me clarify that it’s the movie I had forgotten about, not anything a top-dollar psychiatrist may or may not have hypnotized out of me. Reading about EO’s re-issue brought me back to my childhood for a fleeting moment and I re-experienced a day in my life where everything was brutally awesome.

I had seen the 17 minute film probably around 1989, although it was in Disneyworld (that’s the one in Florida), or, more specifically Epcot Center.  I can recall the artistic “jumping fountains” I played with on the path leading up to the theater and the amount of waiting me and my family did before we were issued our own sticky pair of 3D glasses. At the time I was too young to know who George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola were, and I really didn’t care. I just wanted to see 3D spaceships. My brother, on the other hand, did know who they were, and was chomping ravenously at the bit to see what happens when you hand the creator of Star Wars, the director of the Godfather series 30 million dollars and the biggest name in music to work with. That comes out to around 1.76 million a minute, for anyone crunching numbers.

Surprisingly, the plot for Captain EO was relatively simple. It’s about a rag-tag group of space travelers lead by Michael who are on a delivery mission. The mission is to bring a gift to an evil witch, ominously called “The Supreme Leader”. What follows is a display of dance and music, the likes of which only Michael Jackson could perform. It was quite a production, especially for a little kid to take in.

But make no mistake; Captain EO wasn’t the immersive high-technological achievement like James Cameron’s Avatar. This was rude, things-flying-at-your-face 3D, the kind that wets your shorts for you if it catches you off guard. In other words, my brother and I saw it four times that day. It was a baby blockbuster to us, and I’m glad to see it making a return to the screen after a 13 year hiatus. Yet I can’t help but wonder who’s in charge of marketing this thing?

My point is: where are the DVD and Blu Ray releases?

All I’m sayin’ is that this is 2010 and I’m genuinely surprised someone at Disney is missing out on the opportunity to cash in. I mean, they took a park attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, and made it into a multi-million dollar cash cow, why not do it with Captain EO? In this case it’s already filmed! Give me (and others) our memories on tangible media, Disney! We’ll buy it!

Although these are probably just the ravings of someone who wants the best parts of their childhood back, but really, who doesn’t?

~Andy

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