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Ryan Beltram

Ryan Beltram

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.
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Where Did The Week Go…

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Hello again EDN readers. I hope you had a great Christmas and a fun New Years. It’s been a while since I’ve discussed stupid criminals, but it looks like my first column of 2013 will do just that as yet another “Social Media Bandit” as managed to surface.

An Oregon teenager was arrested after police found out about something he’d posted on his Facebook page (Seriously, another Northwest idiot). Sharing with his friends as if he had just won something, Jacob Cox-Brown boasted about his latest drunken bender.

The latest Facebook Idiot.

The latest Facebook Idiot.

“Drivin drunk … classic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P” said Cox-Brown. After his early morning post, two of the teenager’s Facebook friends contacted the Astoria Police Department to report it. The 18-year-old was later arrested at his home in the coastal city.

I’m not sure how many times this has to happen before people realize that breaking the law and sharing it with hundreds of people is not very bright. Maybe Cox-Brown and all the rest are really doing this on purpose just to get their 15 minutes. Anybody can be famous on the internet these days and it seems like people become short-term celebrities two ways; being really talented or really dumb. Cox-Brown falls into the latter category.

Dying fan gets to see new Star Trek film early

J.J. Abrams is known for being extremely secretive about his movie projects. In this day-and-age with trailers, movie blogs and people with cell phone cameras, there really isn’t any surprises anymore when you go to the theater. Abrams seems to be one of the few who makes a concerted effort to somehow hold on to that sense of discovery by withholding information about his films.

As someone who is guilty of consuming too much information about movies before they’re released, I can honestly say that there have only been two times in the past seven years where I’ve gone into a movie theater and seen a trailer for something I knew nothing about beforehand and they were both Abrams projects; Cloverfield and Super 8. The director seems to relish in creating brilliant marketing campaigns by giving viewers just a hint of what they’ll see when the movie is released.

But for once Abrams decided to ignore that level of mystery about one of his projects. In this instance, the Hollywood director decided to break precedent and allow one dying man the chance to see the new Star Trek film four months before its release date.

The highly-anticipated sequel.

The highly-anticipated sequel.

A man named Dan was diagnosed with a non-treatable form of cancer. On Christmas Day, his friends and family took to the internet, posting his story on Reddit, with one plea: Help get him an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness.

Upon seeing this, Abrams decided to make Dan’s wish come true. After the screening, Dan’s wife wrote about the experience and the director’s generosity.

“It was truly amazing that a filmmaker as secretive as J.J. Abrams was kind enough to show this to us. It is also so wonderful for his friends & family to finally hear some good news from us, they know how important film is to Daniel & could not think of a better way to please him. So this gesture really has brought a lot of smiles all around,” she continued.

“It was a wonderful thing to see with Daniel and a wonderful thing to see Daniel enjoy – Making someone as ill as he to smile for any length of time really makes a difference (At this point making me smile is good too). This is also so poignant as J.J. Abrams took so much care in the first Star Trek movie to at least TRY to get everything ‘right’ for the fans and we were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn’t 100% enjoy the screening as it’s still being worked on…… Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!

“We are so grateful thank you, thank you, thank you…..”

Abrams is known for being a really good guy. This story reaffirms that. What a great story to kick off 2013.

ESPN sports ticker includes Rex Ryan tattoo story 

Last night I was enjoying a lovely evening of NBA basketball when suddenly I looked down at the sports crawl on ESPN and noticed the headline: Rex Ryan Tattoo. I’m paraphrasing a bit, but this is what followed that headline: “A vacationing Rex Ryan was spotted and photographed Thursday with a tattoo of a woman who appears to be his wife, wearing only a green jersey with Mark Sanchez’s No. 6 on it.”

Rex Ryan Tattoo

It must have been a slow news day right?

This vital news story went on to say, “A person close to Ryan says that Ryan’s ‘had it for years.’” I don’t know which is more absurd. The fact that this person had to protect an un-named source about a tattoo someone got or that ESPN put this TMZ-esque story on its sports ticker in the first place.

Does Tim Tebow and anyone in the Jets organization have naked pictures of ESPN executives? What is it about this team that merits so much attention? The other New York team has won two Super Bowls in the past six years and they don’t get as much publicity as this overrated organization that hasn’t won a championship since the Johnson administration.

The New York media scene truly is unlike any other and with ESPN adding more fuel to that fire, I’m now rooting against the Jets ever winning another Super Bowl. If they get this much attention when they’re bad, imagine what would happen if they won. We’d never hear the end of it.

PlayStation 2 production ends in Japan

Wednesday marked the end of an era as Sony’s PlayStation 2 – the best-selling gaming console of all-time – ceased production in its native Japan. Active for nearly 13 years, Sony’s second console sold more than 150 million pieces of hardware worldwide.

To be honest, I was surprised they were still manufacturing PS2s as the console has been irrelevant for a few years now. But I look back at the system fondly as it was the first video game machine to include a DVD drive. And let’s not forget the great games: Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Jak and Daxter, God of War and Shadow of the Colossus among others.

The system may not have had HD quality visuals, advanced online gaming or wireless controllers, but the PlayStation 2 was vital in revolutionizing the kinds of games that are popular today. Whereas Nintendo focused on games for the whole family, the PS2 will be remembered for games that were not only for adults, but that offered great gameplay and compelling stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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