11/05/2006

Ewan's Home


That may be the longest 7 days of all of our lives. We're all home now and trying to nest a bit...

10/29/2006

Ewan Thomas Bazar Brewer

Ewan Thomas Bazar Brewer

Born at Cambridge Birth Center at 2:39pm on October 28th, 2006. He weighs 7lbs 9oz and is 20" long.

9/02/2006

Star Trek Gets Upgraded

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel: "The original 1960s Star Trek series will receive a high-tech makeover and return to broadcast syndication for the first time in 16 years, with digitally remastered episodes, Paramount announced. In honor of the show's 40th anniversary, CBS Domestic Television is releasing all 79 episodes with new special effects and music on 200 stations, beginning Sept. 16. The first batch of episodes will be chosen from a list of fan favorites. "

7/06/2006

EA offers Stock Swap to Keep Employees

Electronic Arts offers extra stock incentives

Electronic Arts is currently beefing up its employee benefits in response to a slowly sinking stock that has slid 18% over the past two years and killed employee options. EA has developed a new plan to fix the sinking options and to boost employee portfolios along with moral.

6/30/2006

Had to Pick this Picture...


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Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

I keep looking at it.

William Shatner Has Been

I have to recommend this album. It's touching and often I listen to it all day long lately - and yes it's William Shatner. I can't tell you how amazing it is unless you listen to it and realize and know it was recorded right after his wife was found dead in their pool. Amazing.

6/23/2006

BACK TO THE 'FUTURAMA'

There is a TV god...

BACK TO THE 'FUTURAMA' By DON KAPLAN - New York Post Online Edition: Entertainment: "The quirky animated show from 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening was canceled by Fox about two years ago, but will return with at least 13 new episodes on Comedy Central by 2008.

This is only the second time in television history that a show sent to TV's trash heap has been resurrected. Curiously, the first was 'Family Guy,' also an animated Fox show.

The tale of 'Futurama's' dramatic revival roughly follows that same path that 'Family Guy' did."

Blogpire Featured at Marketwatch.com

Blogger amazed at what people will read - MarketWatch: "Thousands of people love to read about, as well as eat, fast food. And Jay Brewer's here to fill that appetite with Fastfoodfever.com.
It is one of 14 blogs produced by his Arlington, Mass. company, Blogpire Productions. Each is capitalizing on Americans' hunger for news, gossip, humor, and most importantly, stuff to buy. The blogs don't cover the Middle East or politics or business. They focus on products or hobbies which instill passion, such as high definition TV ( tvsnob.com), shirts ( shirtsnob.com) and organic food ( reallynatural.com). 'Weblogs for the product oriented consumer,' is the company's motto."

6/13/2006

Consumer-Product Blogs Spark a Web Empire

I'm proud to say my company Blogpire Productions was featured in the Wall Street Journal today. Link and snip below...

StartupJournal | Extra bucks: "Consumer-Product Blogs
Spark a Web Empire

The entrepreneur: Jay Brewer, 34 years old, is a former Web designer and product designer from Arlington, Mass.

The business: Mr. Brewer is founder of Blogpire Productions, a group of 14 consumer-product oriented blogs. Each blog focuses on a specific niche category such as single-serve coffee products, shaving products or poker products, and generates revenue through direct advertisers, Google Ad Sense and Web affiliate programs.

The idea: During the late 1990s and early part of this decade, Mr. Brewer worked at Abuzz.com, a portal bought by The New York Times Co. in 1999, and later at Affinnova Inc., a Boston-based consumer-products company, where he helped design the Dunkin' Donuts' coffee bag, he says."

6/10/2006

James Cameron Making Massively Multi-Player Film

Cameron spoke to BusinessWeek, saying his new film was code-named "Project 880." Moreover, he said a MMO would be tied to the film. This week, a casting notice for Project 880 appeared.

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Hollywood Producer tricks San Francisco in to "Death Documentary"

"For an entire year the cameras rolled, capturing death amid the eerie fog and shifting tides. One by one, filmmaker Eric Steel documented the final moments of nearly two dozen despondent men and women, and the agonizing, four-second fall after they leaped off the Golden Gate Bridge...."

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5/27/2006

Why There Are No Indie Video Games

Today's game industry is like Hollywood in the first half of the 20th century, when an oligopoly of studios controlled the business. Instead of MGM, Paramount, and Universal, we have Electronic Arts, Sony, and Activision.

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9800 Free Fonts

9800 fonts free to download with a nice preview feature.

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5/15/2006

GameSpy: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Preview

GameSpy: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Preview: "I don't envy the job that Turbine has in front of it. The MMO developer whose most recent release was Dungeons & Dragons Online is currently taking on another of the most beloved fantasy universes ever created: Middle-Earth. The universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien isn't just another generic fantasy; it's the original, the prototype for all the modern fantasies that followed in its footsteps. Compared to the passion shown by Tolkien fans, the Dungeons & Dragons crowd is just a bunch of weekend hobbyists. "

5/10/2006

Turbine Announces Beta Program for The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM): Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Turbine Announces Beta Program for The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM): Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Turbine Announces Beta Program for The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM)
Wednesday May 10, 8:01 am ET
Players have an Opportunity to Win Coveted Beta Slots at E3 2006

WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2006--Turbine, Inc. has officially started taking Beta player registrations for the highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM), the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien. To sign up for their chance to be selected for The Lord of the Rings Online(TM) Beta, players should head to http://beta.turbine.com/signup. The Beta Program will launch later this summer."

5/09/2006

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach | Game Reviews | SCI FI Weekly

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach | Game Reviews | SCI FI Weekly:


Thirty years ago, Dungeons & Dragons was radical stuff. Geek or chic, its character sheet and graph paper scribblers were combining algebra, cordiality and prose (if purple) by the pound in what amounted to composite narrative jams. Huddled in small dorm rooms and musty basements, these egghead dice slingers might expound on the most arcane minutiae: Does a barbarian's naturally tough exterior benefit his +3 adamantine armor? What's the precise angle of attack for a green slime lurking one hex "around the corner"? Or my favorite: Why cast a "Time Stop" spell if it stops you, too?

4/28/2006

Fast Food Fever on Slashfood

If you don't live in the UK, you might be saddened by the thought of missing out on the Bigger Big Mac and wish it would be available in your neighborhood or if you were intrigued by Sarah's post about the real "secret menu" at fast food restaurants, we have the site for you. Fast Food Fever is a site dedicated to the creation of new and unusual fast food combinations, mostly achieved by deconstructing existing food and putting it back together. They have "recipes" for combinations like the Pop N' Taco - a combination of popcorn chicken from KFC and a taco from Taco Bell - and the Surf N' Turf - a hybrid sandwich with a Filet o' Fish patty inside a McDonald's Big N' Tasty. The biggest creation is the Triple Threat, which combines burgers from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King. It's hard to say whether the Triple Threat is for people who like all fast food or don't like any one enough to eat it alone. Most likely, it is for people with big appetites and too much time on their hands. It's a fun read, though.

4/25/2006

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar E3 2006 Preshow Impressions

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar E3 2006 Preshow Impressions - PC News at GameSpot: "The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is set for release on the PC in November 2006, and we met with Codemasters to see the game before it moves into alpha stage. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game is being developed in Boston by Turbine, with Codemasters handling distribution, service, and payments. The US release schedule is exactly the same, with Midway covering distribution and Turbine maintaining the service side."

4/14/2006

Get the Latest Each Week from BlogPire Productions


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We know you have a busy life and a busy schedule, and that's why everyone here at BlogPire Productions wants to make it easier for you to get the latest news from any of our sites and not just the one you visit everyday. We've provided below a list of all our sites and a short description along with a link for you to use if you'd like to receive news from any of those sites each Monday morning. It's really easy - just click the link - sign up and you'll get the list of headlines sent to you via email. Thanks again for reading us and check out some of the other great news from BlogPire Productions.

4/07/2006

The Best of the Blogpire


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April is going to be a great month but we musn't forget how amazing March 2006 was as well. Check out the monthly round ups from the following Blogpire blogs: Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: March 2006, Critical Gamers March '06 Roundup, GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for March 2006, Shirt Snob Monthly Round Up-March, March 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob, March Monthly Roundup for Shaving Stuff, Monthly Roundup for Kitchen Contraptions, and March 2006 Monthly Roundup for Single Serve Coffee.





Critical Gamers

Magic TG: Guildpact Draft Strategies Part Two


"Carcasonne: The Tower" Ships April 12th


Really Natural

Beet Borscht and Oatmeal Bread Recipe/Review

My favorite low-fat mid-morning snack: Yogurt, granola and raisins


Liquor Snob

It's All About The Heinekens, Baby

Will Generate Page Views For Beer


The Cooking News

Recipe News: Recipe ideas for Easter dinner

Food News: Doggie Dining


GPS Lodge

Wayfinder GPS for the Mobile Phone

NOVOGO Launches First Voice-Command GPS Navigators - NOVOGO V


Shirt Snob

Design for the American Red Cross, and New Threadless Tees!

Extra 20% off at Bluefly


TV Snob

How to Buy a Plasma TV

DirecTV Announces 750GB HD DVR - Yowza!



Shaving Stuff

Electric Razor Deals at Amazon

Free Brut Aftershave



Kitchen Contraptions

Intelliscanner Kitchen Companion

Peppermill with Light



Single Serve Coffee

Review: Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods from Single Serve Coffee

Limited Edition Bourbon Amarelo Espresso Capsules from Nespresso

3/26/2006

How to tell if you're an Apple Fanatic.

So, here on almost the 30th anniversary of the company's founding, how do you know if you're hooked on Apple? Well, you might be an Apple fanatic if...

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3/24/2006

Keep On Top of the Modern Board and Social Game Revolution at CriticalGamers.com


Criticalgamers BlogadIs your closet full of mid-century board game titles like Monopoly and Sorry!? Are you still answering questions about 1980's science and technology questions from a dusty version of Trivial Pursuit? The staff at www.CriticalGamers.com can help move you from the drab repetitive gameplay of yester-year into the entertaining world of modern Eurogames and social card games.


Blogpire Productions is pleased to announce the addition of www.CriticalGamers.com to our growing family of product- and category-specific Web logs. CriticalGamers.com will provide news and reviews of social board games, Eurogames, and card games. Critcal Gamer's goal is to weed-out the mediocre from the slew of modern table top game titles, and to keep readers posted on what's new and popular in the world of social gaming.


At CriticalGamers

3/19/2006

What Windows Vista will do for PC gaming

The launch of Windows Vista will not only fatten the pockets of Gates' but it will also bring with it DirectX 10. "It will offer six to eight times the graphics performance of DirectX 9.0"

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Pulling the plug on standby power

I was shocked to learn that leaving our appliances - DVDs, computers, etc, - in stand-bye mode costs energy worth $3 billion and causes pollution equivalent to 18 million cars. Interesting article that generates awareness for this issue (something more difficult than the technology needed to solve it).

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3/17/2006

True Cause of Alzheimerâ??s Discovered?

In a breakthrough that will give drug developers a target for creating medicine to treat patients with dementia, researchers have for the first time identified a substance in the brain that is proven to cause memory loss.

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3/14/2006

NASA releases the most comprehensive survey ever on global warming

With warnings that climate change "has really just started," the survey's release also signals a possible change in the Bush administrationâ??s policy.

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3/11/2006

NPR : Dungeons & Dragons Makes Online Debut

A good listen...

NPR : Dungeons & Dragons Makes Online Debut: "Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is released Tuesday, reportedly incorporating many of the things that made Dungeons & Dragons attractive in the decades before computer games."

3/10/2006

Learn to Pick the Most Luscious Wines on the Planet for Under $20 at CheapFunWines.com


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I've just launched a a new site to my growing list of blogs - Cheap Fun Wines.



How many times have you shelled out ten bucks for a bottle of wine only to have your hopes dashed when you poured the first glass? The staff at www.CheapFunWines.com is here to help. They're goal is to find the most luscious bottles of affordable wine on the planet for under $20.


Kim and the staff at CheapFunWines.com love wine. There is little in life that’s more fun for them than pouring a new wine or revisiting an old favorite.


What they don’t love is wine snobbery. At www.CheapFunWines they'll promise to write about wine in plain English and make fun of people who don’t. That said, they don't profess to be a wine experts. They're totally wine beginners - each with a keen sense of smell, a decent palate, a passion to learn, and a sense of humor.


For the past six years, the staff at CheapFunWines.com has often trekked to wineries in Napa and Sonoma, trying dozens of reds and whites. Slowly, they've learned what they like (Full-bodied Cab and peppery Syrah) and don't like (Bombastic fruity Zin and overblown Chardonnay).


At CheapFunWines the staff won’t always be right. They won’t always use the proper wine vocabulary. But that’s OK. They're all learning together. So pop a cork and join them on a fun journey to a cheaper, better bottle of vino. And send them your favorites!


At CheapFunWines.com

3/06/2006

NASA to Return to Moon

The US space agency NASA is preparing to return to the moon, 40 years after astronaut Neil Armstrong first left human footprints there. But this time, they plan to build a lunar space station.

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3/01/2006

GameDaily: Expert review for PC Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach

GameDaily: Expert review for PC Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach: "Put away the 20-sided die because D&D Online is all the D&D you'll need for a long time to come.

Another quarter, another large-scale MMORPG set to turn the industry on its head. This time it's offering up a fantastic franchise's label on its cover, as well as the promise of a new take on many elements that have been fixtures in the genre since its incarnation. Does it hold up to its word? Can it compete with the giants that hold the industry by the jugular?"

2/26/2006

Got a Mac? Get Camino.

It's fast and free. Way better than Safari.

Camino - Mozilla power, Mac style.: "The Camino Project has worked to create a browser that is as functional and elegant as the computers it runs on. The Camino web browser is powerful, secure, and ready to meet the needs of all users while remaining simple and elegant in its design."

2/22/2006

Oh, what a year (kottke.org)

Total bummer. I guess he did the math but did he do enough to make it bigger? Better? I read the site everyday and I'm not sure anything ever changed - and maybe for Jason that's why he ended it. In his mind new pursuits - new dreams were the things to do and not making the realized dream of kottke.org just another year upon year of blogging. Whatever the real reasons - it will be interesting to see what happens after the burden of kottke.org is gone.

Oh, what a year (kottke.org): "I'm not going to be asking for contributions again. Part of it has to do with the reasons outlined at the bottom of this post. I haven't grown traffic enough or developed a sufficient cult of personality to make the subscription model a sustainable one for kottke.org...those things just aren't interesting to me."

2/19/2006

Get Dungeons & Dragons Online

For the past 5 months I've been working at Turbine on Dungeons & Dragons Online. It was an amazing experience and one that I've always wanted to have - work on video games everday - all day and get paid to do it. I was brought on to redo most of the user interface after the product went alpha - from Character Generation to the entire hud, social, chat, short cut bars, and just about anything you see in the game UI was redone after September by myself and about 7+ other people dedicated to making the game UI the best it could be at launch. It was a lot of long hours, a lot of fun, and I'm really proud to say the game will ship in about two weeks. If you want to play something truly different in an MMO - then check out Dungeons & Dragons Online.