The Rufus Project Joins The VR Revolution… kinda

Check this out, The Rufus Project is now the proud owner of the most low tech VR device on the market!

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Google Cardboard VR Headset

Yep, this little beauty is a Google Cardboard VR headset, probably the cheapest option available on the burgeoning virtual reality market.

Coming in a flat pack it is easy to assemble and can fit a wide range of phones which act as the screen.  The compatible apps use a straightforward Side By Side (SBS) screen.

The 3D effect is immersive and surprisingly effective since all I splurged was a measly AUD$8.

I can’t say it’s all smooth sailing as the view in some of the apps I’ve tried tends to drift or, in the more graphically intense games, jump to a different view point altogether!

That second issue may be due to not having a beefy enough phone (currently using an Xperia Z2) so I may have to narrow my selection to what my phone can handle.

A fun use is to install a SBS video app meaning any movies you view can be converted for use with the headset.  I tested this with an episode of The Flash and the faux 3D effect worked quite well. However, having a strip of cardboard pressed into my nose for that length of time got a bit uncomfortable.

So if you want to dabble in virtual reality, without forking out some of the big dollars being asked out for the more advanced options, Google Cardboard offers a cheap and effective entry point.  Just don’t expect a seamless experience.

Trevor.

The Lengthily Challenged Episode

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Join your guides of geek as Trevor reviews N++, Kristian talks Ramones and you get your geek news and upcoming events delivered straight to your ears.

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel for special features and gameplay videos and don’t forget our uStream channel for live events!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get regular news, podcast updates and to give us your feedback and suggestions.

Want more? Then subscribe to The Rufus Project via your favourite Podcast app or over at Podomatic, and while there feel free to throw a few dollars our way via the donate button to help us cover hosting costs!  You can also wear our exclusive designs by heading to our shirt store store, or check out stuff we like over at Bandcamp.

Enjoy!

News Items

War Of The Malcolms: New ISP Entering Australia Starts War Of Words With Turnbull Over ‘Shit’ NBN – Gizmodo Australia

David Byrne Implores Record Labels To Stop Being Shitty About Streaming – Gizmodo Australia

Ghostbusters Joins Lego Dimensions Alongside LOTR, Simpsons Open Worlds

Deadpool Trailer

Alphabet Announcement (hidden link after “our drone delivery effort”)

Important places to visit

All The Important Links:

N++ PS4 Gameplay

The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

End of the Century trailer

The Ramones Video Night

Teal Soldiers Cinema Shorts

The Princess Bride screening

Reservoir Dogs screening

The Wiz trailer

The rest of the stuff

The Rufus Project Shirt Store

kristianfletcher.com

Do you have a product or service you think may be of interest to The Rufus Project listeners?  Please contact us at therufusproject@gmail.com


*** The fine print ***

Theme song:

Ain’t We Got Fun by Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1921) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Stoned Moneys by Malter available under Creative Commons at Flashkit.com

News Theme:

Opening Theme Song by Fletcher Henderson (1945) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Geek Feature Theme:

Press Start by Tuberz McGee from Temporal Duality: A Sonic CD Remix Album available under Creative Commons

Pop Culture Theme:

Red Hot Henry Brown by Georgia Melodians (1925) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Local Wildlife Theme:

Dino Stomp by Richard E Moore available under creative commons at freesound.org

Small Dog Bark sampled from the cute and fluffy Lucy by Trevor Holland (also available under creative commons for general use… please attribute me if you use it!)

Wrap Up Theme:

Forbes Farewell by US Marine Fife and Drum Corps (1902) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Closing theme:

Ain’t We Got Fun by Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1921) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

The Trailer Park Episode

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Join your guides of geek as Trevor examines the three big trailers from San Diego Comic Con, Kristian revisits the incredible music of Kate Bush to celebrate her upcoming 58th birthday, and instead of an interview Kristian and Trevor talk cinema remakes.  Of course we also have geek news highlights and upcoming events.  The podcast may also feature a very special announcement.

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel for special features and gameplay videos and don’t forget our uStream channel for live events!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get regular news, podcast updates and to give us your feedback and suggestions.

Want more? Then subscribe to The Rufus Project via your favourite Podcast app or over at Podomatic, and while there feel free to throw a few dollars our way via the donate button to help us cover hosting costs!  You can also wear our exclusive designs by heading to our shirt store store, or check out stuff we like over at Bandcamp.

Enjoy!

News Items

Aussie ISP bakes in geo-dodging for Netflix, Hulu – CRN

Foxtel tunes in to new Aussie geo-dodging ISP – CRN

PlayStation CPU Powering Probe Travelling Towards Pluto – GameSpot

Nissan’s Twitter Thought Video Game Screenshots Were Real Cars – Kotaku Australia

You Weren’t Meant To See The Full Suicide Squad Trailer – Gizmodo Australia

Important places to visit

All The Important Links:

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens BTS Comic Con video

Doctor Who Season 9 Teaser

Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

Hercules In New York Screening

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Screening

10th Annual Brisbane Madonna Party

Glitter Trailer

The rest of the stuff

The Rufus Project Shirt Store

kristianfletcher.com

Do you have a product or service you think may be of interest to The Rufus Project listeners?  Please contact us at therufusproject@gmail.com


*** The fine print ***

Theme song:

Ain’t We Got Fun by Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1921) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Stoned Moneys by Malter available under Creative Commons at Flashkit.com

News Theme:

Opening Theme Song by Fletcher Henderson (1945) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Geek Feature Theme:

Press Start by Tuberz McGee from Temporal Duality: A Sonic CD Remix Album available under Creative Commons

Pop Culture Theme:

Red Hot Henry Brown by Georgia Melodians (1925) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Local Wildlife Theme:

Dino Stomp by Richard E Moore available under creative commons at freesound.org

Small Dog Bark sampled from the cute and fluffy Lucy by Trevor Holland (also available under creative commons for general use… please attribute me if you use it!)

Wrap Up Theme:

Forbes Farewell by US Marine Fife and Drum Corps (1902) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Closing theme:

Ain’t We Got Fun by Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1921) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

The Priori-ty Episode

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(Source: originalfantasy.com)

Join your guides of geek as we bravely launch into a new era of The Rufus Project… by spending a fair bit of the podcast stuck in the 90s!  Kristian reminisces about the 90s and I geek out over Fallout 1 and 2 before we come back to the present by welcoming the delightful cast of the fantastical episodic fantasy podcast, The Priori, as our very special guests.  Of course we also have geek news highlights and upcoming events.  The podcast may also feature a very special announcement.

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel for special features and gameplay videos and don’t forget our uStream channel for live events!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get regular news, podcast updates and to give us your feedback and suggestions.

Want more? Then subscribe to The Rufus Project via your favourite Podcast app or over at Podomatic, and while there feel free to throw a few dollars our way via the donate button to help us cover hosting costs!  You can also wear our exclusive designs by heading to our shirt store store, or check out stuff we like over at Bandcamp.

Enjoy!

News Items

It’s Over: Australia’s Site Blocking Anti-Piracy Bill Just Passed The Senate – Gizmodo Australia

Foxtel Celebrates Early Christmas Thanks To Site Blocking Legislation – Gizmodo Australia

Why Australia’s Site Blocking Law Sucks – Gizmodo Australia

Best VPN Providers: What Australians Need To Know – Gizmodo Australia

Netflix Has 10 Times More Aussie Subscribers Than Foxtel, Stan Or Quickflix

MY DAUGHTER IS A NETFLIX VPN THIEF, MEDIA BOSS CONFESSES – Torrent Freak

The Rock Set To Star In A Movie Adaptation Of Rampage – Kotaku Australia

Fallout 4 – SQUEEEEEE!!!!

Important places to visit

All The Priori Links:

The Original Fantasy – The Priori Podcast

The Cast

Kevin Powe

ALTERED

Colin Smith

Lois Spangler

Story City App

Genre Con

The rest of the stuff

The Rufus Project Shirt Store

The New Globe Theatre

90s Music Video Party

kristianfletcher.com

Do you have a product or service you think may be of interest to The Rufus Project listeners?  Please contact us at therufusproject@gmail.com

The Podcast for Ants Episode

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Join your guides of geek as we commence 2015 with what may be our most epic podcast yet!  We have a look back on some of the biggest games of 2014, check out the latest Disney blockbuster and try to work out if any of the Redeeming Features movies we looked at in 2014 were actually redeemable.  We also have a very special interview in our Local Wildlife section that has been a long time coming!  Of course we have the recent geek news and upcoming events, plus a great competition.

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel for all the bonus features and gameplay videos and don’t forget our uStream channel for live events!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get regular news, podcast updates and to give us your feedback and suggestions.

Want more? Then subscribe to The Rufus Project on iTunes or over at Podomatic, and while there feel free to throw a few dollars our way via the donate button to help us cover hosting costs!  You can also wear us on your upper body now by heading to our Spreadshirt store.

Enjoy!

The important links:

News stories

Play 2400 MS-DOS Games In Your Browser – Kotaku Australia

Vinyl’s Surge Hasn’t Slowed One Bit – Gizmodo Australia

Tim Burton and Winona Ryder are Returning for Beetlejuice 2 – The Escapist

The Big Lebowski will be preserved as a historical piece of American culture – SBS

Watch: First Trailer For Ant-Man Is Here – Gizmodo Australia

NETFLIX CRACKS DOWN ON VPN AND PROXY “PIRATES” – TorrentFreak

Netflix Wants You To Stop Talking About Its ‘VPN Crackdown’ – Gizmodo Australia

Stan Streaming Price Confirmed: $10 Per Month All-You-Can Eat Movies And TV – Gizmodo Australia

The Rufus Project Beverage Dispenser – The Rufus Project

Important places to visit

The New Globe Cinema

kristianfletcher.com

Clown Play

Brisbane Arts Theatre

Brisbane Youth Theatre

Lena Marlene’s School of Arts

Do you have a product or service you think may be of interest to The Rufus Project listeners?  Please contact us at rufusreviews@gmail.com