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Friday Links – October 5, 2012

Big Pharma’s Newest Money-Making Scheme: Adult ADHD

What is the harm in advertising the “disease” of adult ADHD? Since there is no blood or other diagnostic test to confirm it and quizzes are just guesswork, the category easily grows with advertising, a phenomenon called disease-mongering. You have it when a clinician says you have it–which is just fine with Big Pharma.

Just have a conversation with about anybody these days. Everybody has some ADHC in their soul.

This American Life – What Doesn’t Kill You

Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it’s a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it.

Awesome episode this week.

FactCheck.org – Dubious Denver Debate Declarations

Romney: My number one principal is, there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. … I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans. … I will lower taxes on middle-income families.

But he didn’t say how he’d pull off all those things at once.

He came throwing around a lot of wrong numbers and no solutions. FactCheck.org should help get us all though this election.

Watch Indie Game: The Movie Online | Netflix

This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success. It also explores the quirky sensibility these personalities bring to their art form.

Nice add to Instant Watch. The Meat Boy stuff is worth seeing but there are a lot more interesting indie developers I would have rather seen get attention. Still worth checking out and is well done.

→ The iPad 1

iOS 6 dropped support for the first-generation iPad (“iPad 1”), which was sold from spring 2010 through spring 2011. In other words, everyone who bought an iPad at least 19 months ago has an iPad 1, and their unsubsidized, non-contract, $500+ tablet is going to grow much less useful over the next year as apps start to require iOS 6.

I’ve linked and written about this topic quite a bit in the past. This trend with Apple hardware and ongoing support looks to only get worse. Started with the PowerPC platform looks to be continuing with ARM. Looks like the iPod Fat will forever be the best Apple product ever produced.

Motorola reneges on Android 4.0 software update

Motorola Atrix 4G owners will not get the Android 4.0 update the company promised them, according to a newly revised upgrade chart. The phones will continue to run Android 2.3, dealing another blow to the integrity of Google’s upgrade program.

On the Android side things don’t look any better. Yes, I’ve altered the link to remove mention from my site of Android’s code names. Yes, Apple’s code names aren’t much better. Being the team lead on project “Uzi” would have been cool though.

Torque Movie End (YouTube)

Le film est un simple divertissement qui ne tire aucun intérêt pour son histoire et qui a du mal à tenir la route, la seule scène que j’ai apprécié c’est la fin, j’adore énormément le groupe Nickelback, la chanson est plutôt bien placé mais ne m’hérite pas d’être dans ce film!
- Themarine22340 11 months ago

Worst ending ever.

Friday Links – September 28, 2012

Lots of stuff. Expect upcoming weeks to have less.

The Colbert Report – Vince Gilligan Pt. 1

“Breaking Bad” executive producer Vince Gilligan talks about meth street names and human nature. ”Breaking Bad” mastermind Vince Gilligan spends all of his time making the wrong moral choices for Bryan Cranston’s character.

Sorry for the direct link to a Viacom site and the glutton of ads but this is nowhere on YouTube. Easy to forget how good Colbert can be sometimes. Not a very informative interview but still good. This might have a slight season 5 spoiler but I haven’t seen it yet but I wouldn’t worry about it. Also make sure to click though to part 2 on the right.

→ Dear Chrome, Slow Your Roll

To many of us, Chrome was the fresh, fast answer to Firefox. Now it seems to be following that same downward trajectory.

Chrome is still the best out there but really it’s the web getting worse. I have five extensions installed just to stop the evil and make things work and look correct. I know for sure that doesn’t help Chrome run any faster or feel any less bloated then a Firefox install.

Emmy Awards 2012: Cable dramas steal the show

The only categories in which broadcast networks did well was in sitcoms and reality series. Sitcoms – which continue to draw big audiences in repeats on local stations – remain a bulwark of the economic model for TV studios.

With the start of the NFL season I’ve had to start watching Fox to see the Lions. Fox’s current lineup of shows look so bad and almost all targeted towards females viewership. Shocking this is the same network that allowed 24 to be aired on their station.

Rise of the renter delays the dream of homeownership

People who have lost their good credit record, lost their confidence in the housing market, or lost secure jobs have been shifting from being owners to renters. Young people who in prior decades might have been buying first homes are living with parents or renting.

The scattered mind doesn’t know what what the plans are for tomorrow more or less 30 years from now.

 → What Your Beer Says About Your Politics

Americans who most often drink Dos Equis are in the middle-of-the-road while drinkers of Heineken’s flagship brand are strongly Democratic. Samuel Adams drinkers are strongly Republican, and more likely to vote.

Slightly disappointed in Coors Light, I expected more from you.

To hell and back: EA’s guerrilla marketing campaign for ‘Dante’s Inferno’

What ensued was one of the most complex campaigns in video-game history, one that got EA burned for fakery and sexism, and then—thanks to a bold change of direction—lauded for intellect and creativity. It’s also a case study in surprising frugality, with a $200,000 guerrilla budget that yielded 47 million impressions of coverage.

Know I’ve linked to this in the past but it’s an oldie but a goodie. Don’t ever forget the past crimes committed by EA on their route to victory as the Worst Company in America. Here is just more gasoline to keep the fires burning.

For College Students, Social Media Tops the Bar Scene

“Come on, let’s go smoke cigars and play drunken Madden,” Mr. Brogan said, moving his thumbs to mime an Xbox controller. Mr. McLaughlin’s phone lit up and he jumped, but alas, it was only a Facebook status update.

You can’t smoke in bars anymore and half the bars are filled with families. On top of that hardly anywhere sells cheap beer that isn’t a shit hole. I can see why students don’t go out as much anymore.

Aged to Perfection

Both the iPhone and the analog Canon served useful lives and have been replaced with their newest counterparts. The iPhone is being retired after 3 years because its touchscreen has stopped working. In contrast, the point-and-shoot camera works like new after 7 full years, but is being retired because it’s not digital.

Click though for the pictures. The photo of the iPhone is amazing.

Thrice – Paper Tigers (YouTube)

Artist : Thrice
Song : Paper Tiger
Album : The Artist in the Ambulance

Just a brief reminder that old Thrice is still awesome. Not that I don’t like their newer stuff but just sayin…


Friday Links – September 21, 2012

Tame the egotistic mind. Know your own darkness. Then you’ll deal with anything.

Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in Real Life (YouTube)

The graphics look pretty good, but to sell me on it they should have shown more fighting sequences.

RocknRoll420763 4 hours ago

Rather good video. The best parts are the brief shots when the guy is blending.

Culture Clash: Meta Effect

My friend Pete and I were playing Mass Effect 3 at the same time. We’d both followed reasonably similar paths through its predecessors, but even so subtle differences add up. Pete and I stood on the threshold of Mass Effect 3 with profoundly different horizons to look toward.

And since it’s the 21st century we texted back and forth constantly as we played.

One of those articles that I would have written if I was, you know, a good writer.   The best part of Mass Effect 3 was talking to friends about Mass Effect 3.

Colorado man Wayne Watson wins $7 million in “popcorn lung” lawsuit

A verdict has been reached in the ongoing case of Colorado man Wayne Watson, who sued the manufacturer and retailers of microwave buttered popcorn that caused him to develop “popcorn lung” after eating two bags daily for 10 years.

Eat like shit multiple times a day, every day for ten years and get rewarded with $7 million dollars. Great lesson for the youth.

One In Five Job-Seekers Reject Employers Who Ban Social Media

One in five job-seekers (19.7%) say they would refuse to work for an employer who didn’t allow them to access social media in the workplace, according to survey results in a new white paper titled “Tomorrow’s Workforce” published by Hays, a recruitment firm based in the U.K.

What the hell is wrong with people.

The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

If you hate coffee snobs, or, really, just snobs, I urge you to watch the new Blue Bottle Coffee video, a trailer for the Blue Bottle Coffee book. You will take a kind of masochistic glee in how annoyed it will make you. I certainly feel this way. The cult of coffee, at least in its most puritanical form, is deeply alienating, even to me; for that reason, it strikes me as a telling fault line in American life.

Terrible article but highlights a positive move towards being knowledgeable about coffee. This is no different then the push towards local/craft and presidential homebrewing and the price Americans are willing to pay for the good stuff.

The Great Jobs Mystery: Why Are So Many Men Dropping Out of the Workforce?

First, men’s participation rate fell to its lowest point on record (since 1948). Second, the overall participation rate fell to its lowest point since 1981.

Click though and read the last paragraph. Also everybody should just start reading The Atlantic daily so I don’t have to.

Darksiders 2 – Into Eternity by Jesper Kyd (YouTube)

it reminds me of the perfect mix of assasins creed, prince of persia, god of war, and zelda all in one for sum epic shit.


Not sure how I feel about Darksiders 2 yet but this track on the soundtrack is awesome. First time I heard this song the only thing that came to mind is Chrono Trigger.

Friday Links – September 14, 2012

Friday Links actually on a Friday…

Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the Remix

We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness, it’s a liberation from our misconceptions.

Ted Talk from the creator of Everything is a Remix. Not sure how I missed this but still worth checking out.

At 42, Detroit Lions Kicker Earns Admiration

As the NFL’s regular season gets under way this weekend, one player is adding another year to an already record-setting career. At 42, Detroit Lions place kicker Jason Hanson is the oldest active player in the NFL.

Jason Hanson is awesome, nice to see his accomplishments getting some attention.

The Ten Year Decline of Sony

Everyone expects amazing quality and technological leaps from Sony products, but most people don’t have the money to buy them due to economical reasons.  If Sony changed their strategy and started manufacturing cheap products, it would go against everything that the Sony brand stands for.

Damned if you do damned if you don’t.  Charts in the article are rather staggering. The drop from their glory days of the PS2/PSP era to the PS3/Vita feels these days could happen to any company.

→ Sleeping Dogs Soundtrack (YouTube)

For Sleeping Dogs, we came up with a mix of funky soul, gangsta beats, indie, heavy and oldies with a dash of Cantopop that should satisfy the most discriminating listeners.

Disregard the pun but Sleeping Dogs is the sleeper hit of the year. Nice cross of the fun and randomness from San Andreas, insanity from Saints Row 3, and realism from GTA4. The voice cast is also superb. Soundtrack is surprisingly eclectic, whoever thought to include a Roadrunner station is a genius.

→ “I am the one who knocks”

Recently Gallery 1988 in California put on an art show based around the hit TV show “Breaking Bad”. At this show many great pieces were produced including a resin figure based on Bryan Cranston’s character Walter White’s alter ego Heisenberg.

From vanlandw.com reader my father. The pieces are really cool and I agree with the post that the translucent blue figure is awesome. This also reminded me of this awesome scene with Walt and Skyler from season 4.

Why does coffee never taste as good as it smells?

The act of swallowing the drink sends a burst of aroma up the back of the nose from inside the mouth, activating a “second sense of smell” in the brain that is less receptive to the flavour, causing a completely different and less satisfying sensation.

I believe this is more most people don’t know how to make good coffee. This is not to discredit the smell of coffee isn’t one of the best things in the world.

→ Mitt Romney will never be president

Mitt Romney, flushed and shifty-eyed, stepped to a podium Wednesday morning with a chance to disavow the despicable late-night attack his campaign launched on President Obama. Instead he intensified it, and that’s why he’ll never be president.

Let us reasonable folks count the reasons why Mitt Romney will never be president…

Younger people expect inheritance that won’t exist

Nearly 40% of Generation Z, those ages 13 to 22, expect to receive an inheritance, according to a recent TD Ameritrade study. As a result, they don’t believe that they will need to save for retirement.


Friday Links – September 7, 2012

I Saw the Devil is one of the best movies ever. Everybody should check it out (Netflix Streaming, GRPL, Amazon).

Ann Romney is Really Bad at Interviews

KWQC TV6: “Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?”

Ann Romney: “You know, I’m not going to talk about the specific issues. I’m going to let my husband speak on issues.

Contrast that with Michelle Obama at the DNC – “And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care, that’s what my husband stands for.”

→ Shit Apple Fanatics Say, Part 1 (YouTube)

 No Viruses, No Viruses, No Viruses, No Viruses, No Viruses, No Viruses, There was one Trojan Horse

There is a part 2 to this but part 1 is the must see. Hearing people at work talk about their Apple shit most of these are absolutely true.

The Wachowskis World beyond “The Matrix”

“My desire for anonymity is rooted in two things,” Andy told me in an e-mail. “An aversion to celebrity (I like walking into a comics shop and nobody knowing who I am) and the fact that there’s something nicely egalitarian about anonymity. You know, equality and shit.”

Rare insight on The Wachowski Siblings. Article is primarily about their new movie “Cloud Atlas” (trailer) but has some recollection on The Matrix movies worth checking out.

L.A. Restaurant Pays Customers to Put Away Their Phones

Eva Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard is offering diners a 5% discount on their bill if they dump their digital devices before being seated, according to radio station KPCC. Owner and chef Mark Gold says it’s a tactic to keep distracted dining to a minimum.

Awesome, if only every restaurant would adopt this.

The World Knows a lot More Than you - You’re Not Listening

The longer you’re a bad listener, the smaller your world gets and the narrower your mind becomes, because you’re not exposing yourself to different ideas and perspective. The better you become at listening, the more of the world you’ll see, and the world knows a lot more than you.

Required reading and required behavior.

Friday Links – August 31, 2012

Sometimes the best you can do is use the toilet…

Welcome to the Self-Service Airport

“A lot of our passengers are frequent fliers who really prefer not to talk with staff all the time,” said Lufthansa spokesman Aage Duenhaupt. “They check-in online, get a mobile boarding pass and then use it at an automated boarding gate.”

Self-Service tech support. Self-Service grocery checkout. Self-Service everything. As much as people appreciate good customer service it seems people appreciate better ways to do things themselves. They should come up with Self-Service Best Buy.

Overtreatment Is Taking a Harmful Toll

But an epidemic of overtreatment — too many scans, too many blood tests, too many procedures — is costing the nation’s health care system at least $210 billion a year, according to the Institute of Medicine, and taking a human toll in pain, emotional suffering, severe complications and even death.

Would you want to get sued for medical malpractice?

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Last May, in a much-touted speech in Iowa, Romney used language that was literally inflammatory to describe America’s federal borrowing. “A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation,” he declared. “Every day we fail to act, that fire gets closer to the homes and children we love.” Our collective debt is no ordinary problem: According to Mitt, it’s going to burn our children alive.

Read this and then laugh about Eastwooding/Invisible Obama.

Are Modern Parents Self-Absorbed

Many parents today want so much for their children: play space in bars, wide berth for strollers, and tolerance for tantrums in restaurants and airplanes. Other people, with and without children, see much of this as selfish, an imposition without regard for others.

Isn’t everybody self-absorbed these days? Now with smoking banned in “bars” the money is in selling food, thus becoming more like a restaurant thus welcoming to families. In the scheme of things I guess it’s not a big deal but if you want to drink best just stay home, just like practically any activity anymore.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Extended 14-Minute Gameplay Demo 

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is the new canonical installment in the Metal Gear series, being developed by Kojima Productions. This game was promotionally known as “Next” Metal Gear Solid. Ground Zeroes is a prologue to “Metal Gear Solid 5″,

The best just keeps getting better. Still prefer the MGS4 reveal trailer  but Ground Zeroes looks fantastic.

Friday Links – August 24, 2012

To let the world be

→ Microsoft Unveils a New Look

From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to the next version of Office, you will see a common look and feel across these products providing a familiar and seamless experience on PCs, phones, tablets and TVs.

I like the color correlation in regards to their four main product lines and is an improvement over the old logo. It’s more shocking they didn’t screw it up like the Windows 8 logo. Also see Why Microsoft Got its Logo Right and what it would like like if other brands ripped off Microsoft’s new logo. (Via Chouse)

→ Why are Americans so…

For each of the fifty states and DC, I asked Google: “Why is [State] so ” and let it autocomplete. It seemed like an ideal question to get at popular assumptions, since “Why is [State] so X?” presupposes that X is true.

Michigan is about dead on. Wisconsin made me laugh.

Bye-Bye, Boomers: This Is the Age of the Baby Bust-ers

In normal times, millions of people get married in their mid-to-late 20s. They spend lots of money on a wedding. They buy a car, often with a loan. They buy a house, always with a loan. They buy new furniture and appliances. With their time and money coupled, expenses that were once extraneous now feel reasonable.

“In normal times”. Maybe the young are just trying to wise up? Who wants to have a family they cannot afford? Everybody is already stuck in growing credit card debt.

The Cheapest Generation

What if Millennials’ aversion to car-buying isn’t a temporary side effect of the recession, but part of a permanent generational shift in tastes and spending habits? It’s a question that applies not only to cars, but to several other traditional categories of big spending—most notably, housing. And its answer has large implications for the future shape of the economy—and for the speed of recovery.

The article talks about the appeal of automobiles to a younger generation. With gas prices so high driving has lost most of it’s past luster. Nobody cares what anybody drives because it’s known how expensive auto ownership is. Much of our money is just moving towards covering the rising price of survival and a growing prioritization and cost of connectivity. Nobody buys houses because of the everybody fears being shit canned from their jobs.

Enabling FaceTime Of Our Mobile Broadband Network

Thank you AT&T for providing a clear indication as to why we need far stronger regulation of your greedy industry which is so strongly anti-innovation. By the time we’re done with you, you’ll be begging for the loophole-filled toothless scribble that are the current net neutrality rules.

AT&T Customer (until next month)

Scathing Comments alert for the week.