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Friday Links – February 10, 2012

Hopefully everybody is enjoying these posts. Every week since the demise of Google Reader I’ve liked being able to share some links and thoughts to what I hope is a larger audience then what my Google Reader shared items reached. Lots to hit and away we go…

Redbox pays $100 million for NCR’s Blockbuster Express

“The acquisition includes the purchase of the DVD kiosks, certain retailer contracts, and DVD inventory,” Redbox said in a statement. “In connection with the asset purchase, Coinstar and NCR also will enter into a strategic supplier arrangement where Coinstar will purchase product and services from NCR.”

I love following the Blockbuster developments these days the brand is so strange flowing with changing times. Good move here for Redbox. Every time I see one of those damn things there is almost always a line to get disks. Note: Never Forget

Abandoned Apple G5s

Tyler February 7, 2012 at 5:27 am

Coming from a former owner of a G5: I see the historical significance. These machines could have run for another 100 years. But apple made them obsolete by not allowing certain software upgrades. So, while crazy powerful, they became useless well before their time.

The drop of G5 support and the expected fast adoption of Intel Macs in a way, sucks.  Some stuff is still being updated (we did get Safari 5 but I believe support is done and iTunes does still gets updated) but these G5 towers were built to last forever but are no longer supported by Apple as nothing new runs on them. If I bought my iMac six months later it would have been Intel based and I could still run a modern browser. For years I’ve been wanting to upgrade my PC but the handling of PowerPC to Intel conversion still weighs heavy and I still haven’t done it.

NFL 2011 The ballsiest call in Super Bowl history

That’s the point at which the Win Probability of receiving a kickoff down by four or six points (0.23) exceeds the Win Probability of trying to stop the Giants from bleeding the clock dry (0.2). The Patriots would have had almost two minutes, two timeouts, and all four downs available to get a touchdown and steal the win. The lesson: New England didn’t lie down soon enough.

Watching Bradshaw score that TD I thought he was being a showboat then took a moment and figured it out. Imagine if Gronkowski was one second faster and made that diving catch on the last play.

Kickstarter And Double Fine

That was about 24 hours and $1,096,236 ago. The game was funded more than 2.5X beyond the original (quite silly) goal in about a day.

See: Double Fine Adventure | Yeah this story is insane.  If I had a PC I felt confident could run the game they are making I would have backed in a second. This is a great example of a dev giving more for your money and how you can be successful with a small but passionate audience. Look at what $15 dollars gets you with DF in comparison to these (1) gross DLC (2) horror stories.

Why I am an atheist and a naturalist

I’m going to tell my entire story; from my religious experiences in early childhood, to my rejection of religion and God in my mid-twenties. The backstory is important, as my skepticism isn’t something new, but something that has been a lifelong struggle.

With atheism apparently becoming rather in vogue these days. A long but very good read…

Witcher 2 dev: next Xbox not playing pre-owned games “a bad thing”

Badowski boomed. “And I think the heart and the real soul of the RPG gamer is different than other players – most of these guys want to have best games on their personal shelf. The game is full of content – this is one of the best RPGs on the market.”

Love it. Somebody that actually gets it. Half the battle is making people actually want your shit at all more or less wanting to pirate or sell it back to Gamestop.

Fox Officially Announces the End of “House”

“After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last.  By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004. ”

After eight seasons and 177 episodes of House solving an ever escalating series of “toughest case yet” seems like it’s about time for him to retire.

The Rise of the New Groupthink

Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.

Office space has to be extraordinarily expensive and everywhere it seems they are cramming more and more people into smaller and smaller spaces. The thing I dislike most about my job more then anything is the area I work in.

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5 Responses

  1. Vanberge says:

    Interesting timing on the atheism share.
    I’ve been trying to determine my actual beliefs over recent months and years, and I have arrived at atheism vs. agnosticism.

    I even updated my Facbook info to reflect this as such, Just yesterday in fact!

    GG vanlandw

  2. Vanberge says:

    That is a supremly long read, but it is profound and I agree with the entirety of it from top to bottom…

    “I will get to hear them ask the most difficult, unprecedented, innocent questions — the questions that only a child would have the nerve to ask — and I get to discover the answers with them. That will be a profound experience. And if religion were still in my life, that experience would have been cheapened and degraded by me providing ‘answers’ to my children’s questions about the universe which weren’t the truth…”

    … That is pretty profound.

  3. vanlandw says:

    I’m glad you read that vanberge I wanted to make sure you saw it in particular the part you picked up on about how that dude decided to raise his kids.


  4. Vanberge says:

    “The truth has nothing to fear from inquisition.”

    I keep re-reading this guy’s writeup and getting more out of it each time. It’s so interesting and well written.

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