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Friday Links – November 16, 2012

Happy Holidays everyone…

If Doom was done today (Part 2) (YouTube)

Also known as: Call of Dooty II: Green Ops

So good.


Running is merely your ability to fall forward under a stable body while shifting supports, or falling from one position to the next. If your midline is not stabilized when you fall forward and shift your weight from one foot to the other, the shock wave that is sent up your body will make your spine compress and flex.

Good primer and starting point for better and lower injury running.

Deftones – Koi No Yokan – ThePRP Review

Such an immediate lack of grit and tormented screeches may disappoint some; but the group quickly make up for the perceived lack of outward heaviness with an intoxicating sense of density. Almost all of the songs convey a rapturous sense of emotion. One that finds the burden of past regrets buoyed by the promise of future amends.

It’s awesome go buy it. Recommend getting the actual compact disk because the cover art is great. The comment thread on the story is worth sifting though. Start with ’Entombed‘ and and ‘Leathers‘.

How To Make a Truly Spectacular Cup of Coffee

…most coffee professionals prefer what’s often called the pour-over method.

After you get this step down everything else is a piece of cake, and don’t put your coffee in the fridge.

The Ghosts of Sony

For some people in Japan, Sony is already dead. The only question they have is how did Sony die, or who killed it, and how long will the spectre of Sony remain haunting Japan. It’s a pessimistic view of the company but it’s one reality in this island country.

The long read of the week and worth it.

Friday Links – October 19, 2012

Shocked these even got up this week…

James Bond Booze, bonks and bodies

Data compiled by The Economist show that of the six Bonds, Pierce Brosnan was the most bloodthirsty, bumping off an average of 19 baddies per film. The short-lived George Lazenby, it turns out, was the Bond for the babes, whereas Daniel Craig, the latest, is notably less successful. Maybe that’s because he drinks the most martinis.

Bauercount for Bond. Not as comprehensive but you get the idea.

Who’s the Boss?

Pay attention to your supervisors—and your own work in a supervisory role—as more than just a routine element of efficiency. Make sure your most promising workers are paired up with the best supervisors. And make it clear that teaching and learning are the essence of an effective boss/employee relationship. Good bosses don’t just crack the whip or deliver a pep talk, they deliver concrete improvements in workers’ ability to get the job done.

Sounds about right. Seems being a manager is more then just telling people what to do and expecting them to do it.

Facebook, Twitter apps no longer on Xbox 360 marketplace

Prior to the new dashboard’s launch, Microsoft hadn’t indicated the apps would be removed from the app marketplace. Despite the delisting, both apps are still included on Microsoft’s “Be Entertained” page that lists its Xbox Live service partners.

Facebook and Twitter on your TV” is still touted as XBL Gold benefit as well, but Internet Explorer being available on the 360 soon gets around this. $60 a year for Gold feels like they keeps removing features. Microsoft just makes a killing here. Keep in mind I don’t have either app installed it’s just wierd they are going away.

Let’s reconsider our “users”

The entire technology industry uses the word “user” to describe its customers. While it might be convenient, “users” is a rather passive and abstract word. No one wants to be thought of as a “user” (or “consumer” for that matter). I certainly don’t. And I wouldn’t consider my mom a “user” either, she’s my mom. The word “user” abstracts the actual individual.

Agreed fully particually with the part ‘no one wants to be thought as a user’. All IT people should read this.

Daily multivitamin cuts men’s cancer risk by 8 percent, large study finds

Turns out, a daily dose of Centrum Silver multivitamins reduced the total risk of cancer in study participants by 8 percent, according to gold-standard research that included nearly 15,000 male doctors older than 50 for up to 13 years.

Hulk Hogan from Wrestlemania 6 was right. Hulk Hogan from 2012 was wrong.

Can stress turn your hair grey overnight?

The puzzle of whether your hair can turn grey sounds like a simple one for medical science to solve, but it’s not. Ultimately, to study exactly what happens you would need to examine the hair before and after a shocking incident, carefully assessing its colour and thickness. Life-threatening situations are not only rare, but unpredictable and no ethics committee is going to let you induce a sufficiently terrifying experience in a lab volunteer.

Reminds me of one of the best moments in the TV show Millenium when Frank Black’s hair goes gray. As a reminder everybody should watch Millenium.

Friday Links – October 12, 2012


Louis C.K. and the Rise of the ‘Laptop Loners’

These days it’s different. The young — and the young at heart — bundle into beds, laptops and tablets propped inches from faces. They are snug in these cocoons, sequestered from all stimuli but those they source from screen and headphones.

Awesome article on the state of how we view media and the move away from appointment television like Lost and 24 to the ’I'll get to it when I get to it” television like Louis.

What Are They Feeding You? 50% of U.S. Cats and Dogs Are Overweight

By 2030, 50 percent of people in most U.S. states will be obese. Now the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that over 50 percent of dogs and cats are overweight, and over 20 percent are obese.

Worth the click though just to see the fat cats. The grey cat runs into the same problem my cat runs into. His fur is so long and thick it makes him look bigger then he really is. The mug shot of the dirty faced cat is going to become a new meme.

To Catch NBA Floppers, Look for Tongue Juts

The league aims to punish “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player,” an attempted deception that could bring a $30,000 fine.

Basketball players are just as bad as soccer players. Now they just need to fix the game flow issues with rampant time outs at the end of games.

Announcing Source Code Pro

Today I’m glad to announce that the complete Source Code family of six weights is ready for primetime and is available through the same channels as Source Sans. You can download the fonts and source files from the Open@Adobe portal on SourceForge.

Nice free font collection for writers and coders. For now this is replacing an old time favorite of mine Inconsolata

→ Work More, Make More?

The average employed Canadian works 85 hours fewer each year than the average American — more than two full workweeks. And that may be the lesson that Canada has for the United States: Working 24/7 isn’t the road to prosperity, much less happiness, and there are numbers to prove it.

Sounds about right. Working to die

→ Romney: People Don’t Die For Lack Of Insurance

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requires hospitals to treat people who show up with bona fide emergencies, or women in, as the name suggests, active labor. But it doesn’t require them to provide that care for free. They can, and usually do, try to collect from even uninsured patients, often at fees well above those negotiated by insurance companies.

Romney shows a basic misunderstanding of how hospitals work. Yeah, care is free and hospitals just throw it around like rice at a wedding.

The Car Crash Paul Ryan Should Have Avoided at the VP Debate

What could have possessed the Romney campaign to allow its No. 2 to recite a canned story about an auto accident—in a debate with a man who lost his wife and daughter to such a tragedy?

Fucking prick.

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 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 – 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.