New The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer has Landed

Smaug and Beorn are still elusive, but we finally get to hear Smaug's growling voice, thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch. Out this December 13, 2013.

Christina Aguilera Unleashes 'We Remain' for Catching Fire Movie

Listen and sing-along to the heart-wrenching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack by Christina Aguilera entitled We Remain and know why she's still the best.

Official Cover Art of The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades

Percabeth are in trouble deep down in the chasm of Tartaus. Will they be able to come out alive and save the world at the same time? Find out on October 8, 2013.

Vintage Photos: A Glimpse On The Past Of The City Of Love

A period where nothing's too expensive, the air and rivers were not polluted and gadgets, like cellphones and iPads, were unheard of. Simple living was the height of existence by then.

Spice Up Your October With The Walking Dead Season 4

The unfortunate gang of living humans is back. See these delicious stills and character portraits of this much-awaited season, premiering October 13, 2013.

Updates On Jeff Kinney's Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid all started with Greg Heffley's desire to write a journal and eventually a phenomenal hit. Now, author Jeff Kinney releases the eighth title in the series.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Games Of Thrones Season 5 Outs Hair-Raising Poster, Featuring Tyrion And Drogon, And Two Clips

April 12 seems a long way ahead and I might be already growing some lichen on me for such a long wait. But thankfully we have an early taste of the season's offering though a wonderful documentary titled Game of Thrones Season 5: A Day in the Life, released last February 8, 2014.

Now this ultra priced trinkets are added by more goodies, one of which is the hair-raising poster of the show, featuring Tyrion aboard a ship on his way to escape, and the now grown black dragon -- which I think can now be ridden upon -- named Drogon.

Checkout the new hair-raising poster for Game of Thrones Season 5.

Game of Thrones Season 5

And how we have 2 new clips from the show, courtesy of The Sight bestowed to us by the Raven.

Jon Snow and Mance


Brienne and Podrick


Synopsis

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lust and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the 'Game of Thrones.'

Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres on Sunday, April 12 only at HBO.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How Gamers Can Reduce the Effects of Eyestrain

Games
There are currently over 34 million gamers in the United States that play video games for an average of 22 hours a week, according to BGR. With so much time spent in front of a screen, digital eyestrain is a common problem experienced by many gamers. According to Mayo Clinic the symptoms of eye fatigue are sore or irritated eyes, dry or watery eyes, blurred or double vision, increased sensitivity to light, difficulty focusing and pain in the neck, shoulders or back. If not treated properly, eyestrain can lead to recurring headaches and migraines.

WebMD says that computer-related eye symptoms may be responsible for up to 10 million primary care eye examinations each year. So, what can you do to ensure you don’t suffer from eyestrain? Consider the following precautions:

Position of Screen

The first thing you can do is ensure that the distance from your screen is a proper length away so you eyes don’t have to work too hard while you play. For a PC gamer, this means that the monitor should be directly in front of you at an arm’s length away, which is about 18 to 28 inches. Next, the top of the screen should be just below eye level. For a console gamer, the distance you sit from your television should be twice the length as the size of the screen. So, if you play on a 50-inch screen, you should sit a little over 8 feet away.

20-20-20 Rule

Mayo Clinic recommends adhering to the 20-20-20 rule, which states a person should look away from their screen every twenty minutes for at least twenty seconds at an object that is at least twenty feet away. This helps the eyes refocus and recharge during periods of extended use and helps your blinking cycle return to a regular rate.

Remember, the rule is a general guideline, so find what works for you. Stopping every thirty minutes instead of twenty will still be much more beneficial for your health than playing for four hours straight.

Blue Lights and Glare

Blue light comes from computer screens, mobile devices, indoor lighting and even from the sun. Blue light is on the low end of the visible light spectrum, meaning it has a shorter wavelength and produces a higher amount of energy than colors higher on the spectrum. Exposure to blue light could cause damage to a person’s eyes after extended periods of time, states Blue Light Exposed. Medical professionals also recommend staying away from blue light 2 to 3 hours before going to sleep as it can promote insomnia, according to WebMD.

One way PC gamers can deal with blue light is to install a program that changes the color of the light coming from your monitor. For instance, the program f.lux slowly shifts the color of your screen depending on the time of day. Another solution for blue light is to purchase blue light blocking glasses.

You'll also want to make sure the room you game in has the proper amount of light. If your screen or monitor is the only light in the room, add another light source to the mix by allowing natural light to come through a window or turning on a lamp. However, if the light from the window produces glare on your screen, install shades that reduce the glare without blocking out the sun.

Taking a Break

Even if you observe the 20-20-20 rule, it’s important to stop and take a break after extended periods of game time. Stand up, walk around, get a glass of water or walk outside for a few minutes. There are many apps that remind you to take breaks. One of the more popular ones is called Awareness, which works for both Mac and PC. Awareness reminds you to take a break based on time increments you set and even monitors your app and browser usage during the predetermined breaks to keep you honest.

If you try all of these tips and still experience symptoms of eyestrain, contact your doctor to seek professional advice.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Take A Look At The Fantastic Cover Of Mistborn: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

I became an official Brandon Sanderson fan the first time I read any of his books. Of course I started with his debut novel Elantris. And that fandom just solidified with every of his books that I read. I was left hungry when I reached the last pages of the mammoth Words of Radiance... and so I look for more of his books, even the ones especially catered for his younger readers.

And now another fantastic book of his is coming out that continues the Mistborn story: Shadows of Self. It is already the fith book in the entire series, but the second one on the second arc. And just recently it was also revealed that this one will be followed by at least two others: Bands of Mourning and The Lost Metal.

And before I stray away gain, the cover and synopsis for Shadows of Self have just been revealed. And there is nothing more that satisfies my little OCD -- alright, it's not the little, I admit...

Check out the new cover of Shadows of Self (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson.

Cover of Shadows of Self (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson

Just look how it matches with the cover of The Alloy of Law, the previous book in the Mistborn series.


Synopsis

With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a New York Times bestselling spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America.

The trilogy’s heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are “twinborn,” meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic.

Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.

Shadows of Self (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson will hit bookstores on