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Have opposing teams CPU play in alt jerseys in Madden NFL 25

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(NOTE: This is a secret that was supposed to be posted on GameFAQs but the admins are too stupid to know it fits their guidelines. Anyway...)

Go to Creation Center and then Create/Edit Uniforms. Select the team you're facing. Then either select or create the uniform you want your CPU-controlled opponent to wear. Now click the Left Analog Stick to set it as default. Now enter Connected Franchise Mode and click the Right Analog Stick to create new character. Choose player, coach or owner but make sure to pick the team you're facing. Now go back you your team and play a game. Your CPU opponent will be in the uniform you want.

See, I told you so!

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I warned you, Gamespot! I told you if you get rid of unions you'll lose members who only participate in unions. Personally, I wouldn't bother wasting your time bringing them back as regular boards because they'll be dead anyway.

When I heard Gamespot was going to use the engine Giant Bomb uses I went to the Giant Bomb Website and nearly died laughing. Why? Because Giant Bomb looks like crap. I know it wouldn't look any different, even after Lark Anderson insisted it would.

Now we still don't have our most basic features. It's not possible to delete posts or blogs. We can't view first unread posts. We have no way off knowing which topics we've read or posted in.

I saw people abandoning ship even before the change officially took place. I warned you and you did nothing. I told you Gamespot would die and you laughed in my face. Now look what you've done.

You've killed Gamespot.

Glad to see page numbers back! (More work to be done)

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  1. Please fix the typo when I scroll over Spoiler Block. As I said in another topic, the roll-over popup reads "Mark large section as spoilter". I know it's a minor typo but as a writer/editor it's starting to get on my nerves. I can do a screen capture if you'd like. (Fixed!)
  2. Would really like a way to tell the difference between read, unread and posted in topics.
  3. Really want to be able to jump to the first unread topic, rather than first post, last post, or now, first post of insert page number here.
  4. Would like to see the profile forum post page more organized.
  5. Please fix the topic title on the dark layout. The bar is practically the same color as the text! (Fixed!)
  6. Would like emoticons back!
  7. Allow us to edit a blog after jumping to it from the forums.
  8. Change the search font color. Light grey on white (dark theme) is impossible to read!
  9. A way to read blog comments without having to go to an individual blog.
  10. Get rid of "You posted too many messages in a row".
  11. I want to see more/all of the board forums up and running (Pumpkinboogie)
  12. Add font styles and coloring back (Pumpkinboogie)
  13. I wanna see everybody's sigs and avatars fixed (Pumpkinboogie)

Feel free to add.

Impressions.

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Pros:

  1. It's now easier to quote or embed video. We can even embed tweets if we use Twitter. The only feature that's missing for this blog is Zemanta. That and a way to make money. (Kidding.)
  2. The site is cleaner. There's no ads cluttering up the space.
  3. There's only quick quote/reply. It even includes the editor.
  4. We can see if a post had been deleted.

Cons:

  1. No unions.
  2. No sports board.
  3. Site is too soft. There's too much empty space. It's too plain.
  4. We can't go to the first unread post.
  5. We can't select a specific page.
  6. We have to go to either the first post of the topic or the last post of the topic.

The Seattle Screwjob

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After tonight's debacle by the replacement officials I don't know if I can continue watching the NFL anymore, at least until the real refs are striking.

First, the refs called Packers cornerback Sam Shields for pass interference when he was trying to play the ball with the intended receiver all over him. It was the worst pass interference call I've ever seen and I've been watching football for 30 years.

Next, and this REALLY pissed me off, at the end of the game, Seahawks quaterback Russle Wilson threw up a Hail Mary pass and M.D. Jennings, a Packers cornerback (I think) came down with it. However, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate grabbed at it a few times, trying to pry it free. It was the strangest play I've ever seen, and while I've always believed something like that was possible I had never seen it and I had always wondered what it would look like. Anyway, Tate was awarded the game-winning touchdown.

That's what I, and the vast majority of fans, don't get. Even 60% of Seahawks fans. Jennings landed on his back on top of Tate. Jennings had the ball clutched tight to his chest. He had full control of the ball, and by rule, it's considered a catch of you land inbounds with full control of the ball. The receiver had is hands on the ball, yes, but he didn't have possession.

I'd also like to point out that before Jennings and Tate had their scuffle with the ball, Tate shoved Shields out of the way, which should've been ruled offensive pass interference.

Furthermore, you should see some of the tweets by Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang:

Got ****ed by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl

TJ Lang

**** it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.

TJ Lang

Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.

TJ Lang

It is because of the sloppy officiating that I can honestly say I'm not sure if I'll be watching next week. :evil:

Pat Summitt retires

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Pat Summitt is retiring from her women's basketball head coaching position at the University of Tennessee, according to the Associated Press.

She will serve as a mentor to Holly Warlick, who was promoted from assistant coach to head coach of the Lady Vols.

Summitt is the sport's winningest coach. She supports Warlick, who has been her assistant for 27 years and is a former three-time All-American who played for Summitt, as her replacement and would like to see the success of the program continue.

Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type last year, and the illness forced her to give coaching responsibilities to her assistants. Warlick handled games and postgame interviews, while the entire staff did the bulk of practices and recruiting.

Summitt, who wanted to continue coaching as long as possible even with her illness, wanted to prove to the world that it was possible to function and had been going as business as usual.

She finishes her career with an overall record of 1,098-207, 16 Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.

Full story here.

Well, it looks like it's time for me to update my resume...

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I've been having a blast, serving as staff writer this semester for the Daily Titan at Cal State Fullerton while helping the copy desk in an unofficial capacity. Well, today my Editor-in-Chief informed me that I was promoted to Assistant Copy Editor, with only a few weeks away from the end of the semester.

God, this feels good!

The Simpsons: A Cultural Icon That Won't Quit

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NOTE: This was an assignment I had this past semester in a writing for art class. I received an A on it.

More than two decades ago, James L. Brooks and Matt Groening's The Simpsons goofed its way on the Tracy Ullman Show as thirty-second "cartoonlettes," as Groening called them (spotnitz, ew.com). A couple years later, the Tracy Ullman Show show was gone and The Simpsons was a hit half-hour, regularly-scheduled program after its first Christmas special. It has been a cultural phenomenon ever since. The show sells books and music. It sells video games. It even sells clothes and children's toys, though it is not exactly suitable for kids, due to Bart's misbehavior at school and Homer's constant stupor; they do not make good role models for children. The Simpsons has become a cultural icon because of its brazen parodying of everyday life.

In fact, a couple years after her show was canceled, Tracy Ullman sued Twentieth Century Fox because she wanted her share of the fifty million dollars The Simpsons had made in the short time after Ullman's show had been canceled. Fox maintained that as a hired performer with barely any creative control, she was not entitled the merchandising rights to spinoffs (Spotnitz ew.com).

In what many considered a bad move at the time, The Simpsons was placed in the "suicide slot" on Thursday afternoons to compete directly with The Cosby Show, which was, at the time, number one in the ratings. The two shows were almost exact opposites, with The Cosby Show being wholesome and The Simpsons being raunchy. This resulted in denunciations all over the United States for the first few years of its run after it became more popular once it moved to Sundays, according to Mark I. Pinksy. All over the country, the show was selling merchandise, especially shirts with Bart Simpson and his disrespectful catchphrases "Don't have a cow, man!" and "Eat my shorts!" In fact, a school in California banned students from wearing such shirts, while a New Jersey mayor asked retail stores to stop selling them. J.C. Penny stopped selling such merchandizing entirely in the early 90s (Pinksy, p. 5).

Public outrage over the show even affected churches. One church member was upset with his son imitating Bart, so he complained to one of his ministers, Lee Strobel. Strobel then preached a widely reprinted sermon called, "What would Jesus say to Bart Simpson." Preachers and other moral leaders spoke out about how this troubled fictional family was evidence that Western civilization was falling (p. 6). An anti-drug czar visited a rehabilitation center in Pittsburg, where he saw a Bart Simpson Poster with the caption "Underachiever and Proud of It." He asked someone there, "You guys aren't watching The Simpsons, are you? That's not going to help you any" (6) He later backed off from his criticism because he didn't watch it. Then President George H.W. Bush once told the National Religious Broadcasters, "We need a nation closer to the Waltons than the Simpsons" (6). In an episode three days later, Bart Simpson sat watching the speech and remarked, "We're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the depression too" (6). Barbara Bush replied, "The Simpsons is the dumbest thing I've ever seen" (6) A few years later, the show took its final shot at the former president with a parody of Dennis the Menace, where Bart messes up Bush's memoirs, resulting in Bush spanking him. This enrages Homer, who pulls a prank on Bush, further agitating him. The two brawl under the sewers (6).

Commonly referred to as The Simpsons Christmas Special, the first official episode after being spun off The Tracy Ullman Show "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was about Homer and Bart going to a dog race to win money. They bet it all on Santa's Little Helper, thinking his name was a sign that they were going to receive a "Christmas Miracle". Well, the dog lost the race and the track owner told the dog to get lost. Homer and Bart took him home and he became the family dog, despite their thinking the dog ruined their Christmas. This episode was seen as stereotypical of everyday life among lower class people. Homer, a boorish oaf, is desperate for quick cash after not receiving his Christmas bonus. Marge spends all the family's Christmas money on getting Bart's tattoo removed after seeing him get it. To make up for it, Homer finds a job as a mall Santa, only to become distressed when he sees his net earnings are almost nothing compared to his gross, an over-exaggeration of this country's real-life high tax rate. So he does something foolish and bets on something he thinks is a sure thing, hoping for his Christmas miracle. He does this rather than betting on a dog his best friend, Barney, tells him to bet on. Homer bets a dog named Santa's Little Helper after Bart tells him it's a sign. That sign doesn't bring about what they hoped, but at least the family gets a dog out of it (The Simpsons, 1989).

A few of the character designs and concepts were no accident. Homer's head sports Groening's initials. In some angles, you can see his hair on the back of his head form an M, while his ear below it is a G. The show's characters are also blatant stereotypes of real-life society. Ned Flanders is a Mr. Rodgers-type of character, an Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian who thinks everything is a sin and can take things too far, such as banning the Fox Network from his house because it supposedly shows debauchery and violence. Carl is an African-American stereotype. In "Great Wife Hope" – an episode ripe with sexist and racial stereotypes – Homer asks him if he knows Drederick Tatum (a parody of Mike Tyson). Carl answered, "What? Just because I'm black I know all other black people? Actually, yeah, Drederick and I are very good friends. I met him through Dr. Hibbert at a party at Bleeding Gums Murphy's house." Dr. Hibbert and Bleeding Gums Murphy are also African-Americans in the show. Tatum also has a picture of President Barack Obama tattooed on his chest, as if African-Americans only support him because he is African-American (The Simpsons, 2009).

The Simpsons has appropriated characters from other Fox Network primetime cartoons. Hank Hill from King of the Hill, Bender from Futurama and Peter Griffin from Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy have all appeared in the show at one point. In fact, The Simpsons has actually taken comedic shots at Family Guy. However, MacFarlane once attempted a gag on his show where The Simpsons was advertised at the bottom of the screen with Family Guy character Quagmire raping Marge. She then decided she liked it and invited him back to the Simpson house, where Homer found them. Quagmire went on a rampage, killing the entire Simpson family. The network edited out the entire gag, which, according to MacFarlane, rendered the entire first act less funny. However, he went on to say the entire gag can still be seen whenever the episode runs in syndication on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. MacFarlane said that the two shows were feuding and that it was not exactly fair that the other show could poke harmless fun at his show but he could not poke fun at them (OMMITED). Still, Family Guy took a shot at The Simpsons in a recent episode when a corrupt cop planted Marijuana in Peter's car and arrested him and his friends for possession. After they were convicted and they were being transported to prison, Joe (a paralyzed police officer) remarked, "I don't believe this. Two weeks in prison on trumped up charges. The trial was a total sham" (Family Guy, 2011). Peter replied, "I knew we were in trouble the minute I saw the jury" (Family Guy, 2011). The jury was all Simpsons characters (Family Guy, 2011).

The Simpsons has found its way into every part of life. It is in music. It is in video games. The show has even found its way onto stamps (newslite.tv) and even, somewhat ironically, into education. UC Berkley has had a few classes dedicated to the show, a feat few shows have managed to accomplish. According to Karma Waltonen and Denise Du Vernay, the show "can be used in any type of writing course," even if it is merely writing in a personal journal for one's own personal discovery (Waltonen, Varnay, p. 113). Part of this is its use of linguistics. Any English as a second language student knows the complexities of the English language and how hard it is to pronounce words sometimes, especially since letters tend to sound differently depending on the word. Homer tends to speak a dialect of English called Homer-ese, a stupid form on English. He tends to butcher words like "library" and change them into words like "libary." Homer shows this in "Apocalypse Cow" when he comes to a slaughterhouse. He calls it "laughterhouse" because the S is covered up (p. 160).

Homer can't spell very well either. In "Homer Goes to College", he finally gets into college (despite already being a safety inspector for a power plant). He burns his high school diploma with it still hanging on the wall, which of course, sets the wall on fire. All this is going on while Homer is singing, "I am so smart! I am so smart! S-M-R-T! I mean… S-M-A-R-T!" Linguistically, Homer forgets there is an A in the word "smart" because it sounds like "smrt" with the "A" as part of the "R". However, it is interesting to point out that this mishap wasn't in the original script. Actor Dan Castellenata, who plays Homer, misspoke while in the recording session. The reason the writers left it in the scene was because it fit Homer's character and made it even funnier. The accident has made the song one of the more famous jokes in The Simpsons (Castellenata, Groening, Al Jean).

After twenty-two years, The Simpsons has become one of the most popular shows on television. It has provided many memorable moments, from Homer risking his life to stop Bart from jumping Springfield Gorge on his skateboard only to comically roll down the canyon to Homer brawling with George H.W. Bush. The show may not be around much longer but hopefully the rest of its run will be just as memorable as when it first started.

WORKS CITED:

Groening, Matt; Castellaneta, Dan; Jean, Al. Commentary in The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season. 20th Century Fox. 2004.

Pinksy, Mark I. The Gospel According to the Simpsons. Westminister Jon Knox Press, 2007. p. 5-6

Waltonen, Karma and Vernay, Denise Du. The Simpsons in the CIassoom. McFarlane & Company, 2010. p. 160.

OMMITED

http://newslite.tv/2009/05/08/the-simpsons-stamps-launched-i.html

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,312110,00.html

"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" The Simpsons. 20th Century Fox. 1989.

"Great Wife Hope" The Simpsons. 20th Century Fox. 2009.

"Cool Hand Peter" Family Guy. 20th Century Fox. 2011

Finding ways to communicate with non-verbal people

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I joined a small club for people with disabilities, and I met the members for the first time today. The president of another on-campus club, Autism Speaks U, was in attendence. She said there would be opportunities to help spread awareness about autism, and because that's what I want to do, I spoke up.

However, when a group member asked me was I want to focus on, I was speechless and said I didn't really know. That's not true. I know exactly what I want to do with it.

We need to be finding ways to make it easier for people on the spectrum (and people with other mental disabilities) to live their daily lives. And part of that is finding ways we can better communicate with them.

I strongly believe it's possible to communicate with even those who are non-verbal. We just have to figure out how. Look at Carly Fleischmann. For much of her childhood, her family couldn't figure out how to communicate with her. One day she sat down at a computer and spelled "HURT". Then she spelled "HELP". Later, she threw up behind the couch. This meant she was trying to tell her parents she was sick. She was smarter than everyone thought.

This is what I'm talking about. If one person who everyone thinks is severely mentally disabled can find her voice, there could be others.

I look forward to working with everyone in helping other people with disabilities find their voice.

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