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Friday Links – December 16, 2011

→ Census data: Half of U.S. poor or low income

 About 97.3 million Americans fall into a low-income category, commonly defined as those earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level, based on a new supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that is designed to provide a fuller picture of poverty. Together with the 49.1 million who fall below the poverty line and are counted as poor, they number 146.4 million, or 48 percent of the U.S. population. That’s up by 4 million from 2009, the earliest numbers for the newly developed poverty measure.

Merry Christmas everybody! Nobody has any money everything costs more nobody is going to survive.

→ Modern Warfare 3 Passes $1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days

The sales did not just shatter previous video game records, but also surpassed benchmarks for movie sales. The popular 3-D movie “Avatar” took 17 days to reach $1 billion in sales.

The gaming comparison to movies is so stupid. Activision doesn’t understand that AAA games are a premium product sold at $60+ dollars. Mass market films are sold to the consumer for a large fraction cheaper and hits a wider audience. Also note they don’t tell you how many copies of the game they actually sold to consumers. Who knows who bought those games that could just be the amount of product shipped to retailers. So stupid.

No Copyright Intended

Remix culture is the new Prohibition, with massive media companies as the lone voices calling for temperance. You can criminalize commonplace activities from law-abiding people, but eventually, something has to give.

Everything’s a remix. Make sure to click though to check out Pulp Fiction in Chronological order. Don’t believe something like that didn’t make it as a DVD extra by now.

→ Best Buy’s Overseas Strategy Is Failing In Europe And China

After a few months of speculation, today Reuters reports that it’s likely Best Buy will abandon its stores in the UK altogether, blaming the move on the “economic downturn, low brand recognition and a stiff competition from British market.”

Sure this makes everybody happy. Strangely enough some of the best deals I’ve gotten this year have come from Best Buy. Their Rewards Zone program is still a joke.

→ Time’s Non-Award-Award

Most importantly shouldn’t this award be awarded to something that fits the title — you know — an actual person?

I don’t care who gets this “award” but I’m sure everybody remembers “You” being the Person of the Year and how stupid it was. This years “winner” is much better then last years at but we cannot expect an individual to dominate a year like 2008 Obama every year.

Love Letter To a Bridge

Many players will realize it’s somewhat playing on the fragile “rope bridge in the wilderness” trope – this, like a lot of the psychology in level design, is largely a function of culture. If you had never seen an American action film that uses the trope, you might not “get it” as quickly as a player who has.

Nice throwback to Counter-Strike. de_aztec is a classic and one of my favorite CS maps. That map has just brutal choke points. Nice look at the bridge brought back some memories and some interest in CS:GO if just to take another run at the classic maps.


I am currently microwaving Hungry Howie’s pizza. Die Hard is playing via instant streaming Neflix on my tv. I am completely trashed. This is a good night. I may only cry for about 30 seconds tonight as I go to sleep, as opposed to the usual 17 minutes. In addition, I may only rub myself down briskly with some very fine sandpaper, as opposed to cutting myself deeply with the usual serrated steak knife.

Stream of Consciousness blogging at it’s finest.

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One Response

  1. burgetta says:

    Apparently one of my more shameful posts was featured in Friday links over a year ago. I am extremely proud.

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