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.
It appears the weekend’s warm weather was not the end of the war, just a lull in the shelling. Being outside right now is like that moment in “Flowers for Algernon” when then the effects of the experiment began to reverse, if that’s not too obscure a reference. I wonder if this will kill the tulips. They’re coming up fast. They have no idea what they’re getting into.
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GAMES This is brilliant: game developers write a game about being . . . a game developer. They release a cracked version of their game and strew it amongst the pirate sites. One small detail makes it different than the one people have to pay to play. Their blog says:
The cracked version is nearly identical to the real thing except for one detail… Initially we thought about telling them their copy is an illegal copy, but instead we didn’t want to pass up the unique opportunity of holding a mirror in front of them and showing them what piracy can do to game developers. So, as players spend a few hours playing and growing their own game dev company, they will start to see the following message, styled like any other in-game message:
At the developers’ site, they post the sad bleatings of people who stole the game and want to know how they can get around all the people in the game who stole the game. This is usually where someone insists that this cost the developers nothing, since the people who were playing the game probably wouldn’t pay for it anyway - and besides, maybe some of those people who downloaded a cracked version would pay for it later, because it was so good!
Suuuure they would.
The horrifying stat: 93% of the people who played the game were using the stolen version. Not everyone earned the developers’ ire:
I’m not mad at you. When I was younger, downloading illegal copies was practically normal but this was mostly because global game distribution was in its infancy. To be fair, there are still individuals who either can’t make a legal purchase because of payment-issues or who genuinely cannot afford the game. I don’t have a quarrel with you.
He concludes by noting that people who hate DRM / always-connected games should deonstrate that their preferences have heft in the marketplace. Buy the games so everything doesn’t end up like SimCity!
But everything will.
HISTORY Welcome to the World Wide Web: the first site ever created has been reupped to the original URL.
Hundreds of mysterious spheres lie beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, an ancient six-level step pyramid just 30 miles from Mexico City.
The enigmatic spheres were found during an archaeological dig using a camera-equipped robot at one of the most important buildings in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.
"They look like yellow spheres, but we do not know their meaning. It's an unprecedented discovery," said Jorge Zavala, an archaeologist at Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute.
Uh oh. Be very, very careful.
PSY WEPT Until he cashed the check, anyway. Remember: Samsung will eventually beat Apple because they understand the appeal of well-designed, minimal things that are not derivative. Yep.
TV Imagine you’re the guy who had momentary internet fame because you started cursing on camera on your first day at work, and you see there’s a compilation of April’s best TV News Bloopers. You might think great, it’s time to see someone else fail. And then you’re the first thing. Aw man. Obviously that’s NSFW if you have the sound up. There’s much more. If all local TV news was like this, I’d watch it.
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