This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

High-level Griefers

Posted by: James Lileks under Outstate, Photos, Technology Updated: January 4, 2013 - 12:01 PM

That's a term that ought to have wider use beyond the game world. Griefers. You know the type without even needing a specific definition. it comes from a story about  a Chinese man is tired of his son playing too many online video games, so he hires hitmen - specifically, “high-level griefers - to take out his son as much as possible, ruining the experience. In a related note, a town near Newton is going to burn video games, because they desensitize youth to violence. This will have no effect on anything, but it will make people feel as if they did something.

At the heart of the Violent Video Games Return Program, inspired by a similar program kicked off by a 12-year-old in Newtown, is the need for parents to have a "real, sound conversation with their children about video games," Erardi tells Polygon.

 "There are youngsters who appear to be consumed with violent video games," he said. "I'm not certain if that's a good thing. If this encourages one courageous conversation with a parent and their child, then it's a success.

Yes. You can encourage conversation without stunts. Especially if you’ve just demolished your credibility with your kid by insisting he hand over Mario Kart for ceremonial destruction.

Elsewhere around the web today:

AROMATHERAPY That nice old book smell, now in perfume form.


MAKES CENTS Canada is eliminating the penny. Merchants will either round down, or round up. Hah hah hah! Kidding about “rounding down.” Everyone will round up. This does not eliminate the penny in electronic transactions, though. The penny will still exist as a unit of measurement, but it will have no tangible manifestation.

Should we do that here? Yes. The economy will be stimulated as factories coast-to-coast tool up for "Have a Nickel, leave a Nickel" trays.


BAD PLACES All such things must be described as “stunning”, so here are some stunning images of the stunning decay at Chernobyl. Don’t miss the comments, which deteriorate instantly into criticism of the shooter’s overuse of HDR. Number 2 is simply too saturated, people.

Also stunning: a stunning look inside North Korea. Found this on Fark, where the comments compared the poverty of DPRK to the United States, where it’s just as bad. These things can be proved by the ironic juxtaposition of photographs you find on the internet, you know. 

Since we subscribe to AP, I can run a few. 



What are they studying?



How to edit movies about barbering.


ART Smushed mugs. It’s called “The Ugly Truth.” And the pictures? STUNNING.

OOPS  I think I may have mistakenly added a piece about the Cabel’s basement and neglected to include one small detail, which is a “ink.” So here.


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