Archive for April, 2008

On the Subject of Water Polo

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

When I learned that water polo was not, in fact, an underwater version of regular polo, I became very disappointed. Gone were the visions I’d had of players riding atop oxygen tank-wearing horses at the bottom of an Olympic size swimming pool and swinging at a ball around the pool’s surface ever so slowly with a mallet. And I held this notion much longer than one might expect.

I was equally disappointed when I found out that underwater basket weaving was not about dipping yourself underwater while weaving baskets so much as dipping reeds underwater before weaving baskets out of them. I held this notion longer than my idea of water polo. By “longer” I mean “until a few weeks ago”.

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From the Department of Lazy Graphic Designers…

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

When designing a layout, one usually uses placeholder images to get a better idea of where every piece of content will go. The placeholder images are not a part of the final product, so the quality and content isn’t especially important. That is, unless one happens to forget to replace the placeholder image with the final artwork.

Artwork used in Okami box art, including IGN watermark

Such was the case with the box art for Nintendo Wii game Okami. Kotaku has a write-up on this embarrassing oversight. As someone working in the industry, and a sometimes scatter-brained person, I can understand how this would happen. I would even wager as to how this image ended up on the game’s box art: a looming deadline and a rushed graphic design department.

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World’s Longest Cat? Pfft

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

So, The Longest List of the Longest Stuff at the Longest Domain Name At Long Last lists the world’s longest cat as being a mere 4′ long. I’m pretty sure they’ve never heard of Longcat, then. I’d link a photo, but then you’d have to scroll until the end of time.

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U.S. Satisfaction, 1980 through 2008

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Gallup posted their latest polling results on overall U.S. satisfaction yesterday. Here is full story, and here is their chart:

Gallup U.S. Satisfaction poll, 1980 - 2008

The first thing I noticed looking at this chart was that, lo and behold, satisfaction increased during Ronald Reagan’s and Bill Clinton’s terms, and decreased during both George H.W. Bush’s and George W. Bush’s terms. An unscientific estimate—I squinted my eyes and looked at the chart really closely—shows that Reagan inherited an abysmal 17% satisfaction level and left with a 50% satisfaction level. Bush inherited that high satisfaction level and left with it at 29%. Clinton inherited that level and left with it at 53%. And under the younger Bush, it’s gone to a pre-Reagan era low of 15%.

Gallup U.S. Satisfaction poll, 1980 - 2008 with arrows depicting trend during various presidential terms

A terse translation: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton inherited shit and turned it to gold, and both Bushes took that gold and turned it back to shit.

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Remembering the D.C. Starbucks Murders

Monday, April 14th, 2008

With so much tragedy in the world, it’s easy to become jaded, and unless you can identify with a particular story, these tragedies are easy to ignore. The only news story that’s ever haunted me was the triple-murder at a Starbucks in D.C. that happened during the summer of 1997.

The other day, I saw an episode of Murder by the Book on Tru TV about the Georgetown murders, and it gave me chills. I’ve seen so many crime dramas, and watched so many documentaries on crimes on Discovery Channel, TLC, etc. that I never even associate with the victims—I associate with the cops and forensic investigators every time. What makes this case so different? Starbucks.

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Starring John McCain as Col. Tigh…

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

So, I came across this post, which basically said what I’d been thinking since Battlestar Galactica first started: that John McCain and Col. Tigh might just be the same man.

Let’s compare the two, shall we?

Col. Tigh John McCain
Col. Tigh John McCain
Bald old dude? Yes Yes
Grilzzled war hero? Yes Yes
Tortured? Yes Yes
Has younger, blond wife? Yes Yes
Once-maverick, slipping in his old age? Yes Yes
Drunk? No* Yes
Cylon? ??? Yes

Those are just the similarities I can think of off the top of my head.

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Don’t Hitch-hike in Turkey

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

An Italian woman who had been hitch-hiking to promote world peace was found murdered. From the BBC News article:

She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people.

I guess that didn’t work out so well. Call me jaded, call me cynical, but God, that was a terrible idea.

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Wii: No Gamers Allowed

Friday, April 11th, 2008

I have a confession: I’ve never beaten a Wii game. Despite lining up at midnight and purchasing the Wii on launch night, I have never played through to the end of a single of my Wii games. I blame Nintendo for ignoring the rules of crafting a solid entertainment experience; namely, you need to retain the player’s interest throughout the entire plot, not just the first hour of game play.

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Using a Meme to Sell Life Insurance? WTF?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

So, I’m minding my own business, reading Slate, and see one of those “family killed by ninjas, need money for karate lessons” pictures off to the right of the page. Then, I see it is an advertisement for life insurance. Oh, and the article in question was about John McCain visiting Mo Udall on his deathbed. Deathbed? Life insurance? Get it?

Here is the ad in question:

Accuquote ad brings the lulz

No Gas Day, Part II

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Seriously, people are still on about this “buy no gas” nonsense? Do so many people have such a fundamental lack of understanding in economics that they actually believe that boycotting the two largest gasoline brands will force a price war that cuts the price of gas in half?

I’ve been seeing the Facebook group How to get GAS back down to $1.30 per gallon popping up lately. I already ranted on this nonsense the last time I got wind of a word-of-mouth movement to lower gas prices using consumer might, some two and a half years ago.

I won’t even bother to delve into the reasons why this is bullshit this time around. In a nut-shell: there is more than enough demand for fuel that a boycott will do nothing to shift the price of a barrel of oil. Your individual vote counts. Don’t waste it on nonsense like this. Get to the polls this November instead if you want real change, people.

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