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Madness March 2013

After my host was moved to a new platform vanlandw.com did not port over in good shape. The shame is the fix was simple and should have been performed a month ago and for that my earnest apologies.

Things have been extraordinarily busy with no signs of relenting anytime soon and in some ways the worst is still to come. I’m Alive, and in reality all is good just a lot of changes I didn’t foresee came quick and from there things just pile up.

With the site in working order there are a few things I’ve wanted to post I will get around to if anybody is still around.

Happy Holidays 2012

Happy Holidays…

Friday Links – November 23, 2012

Taking a week off.

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 – November 9, 2012

“Not everyone likes holocaust humor.”  -Flo

→ Best VGM 1223 – Halo 4 – Haven (YouTube)

We’ll miss Marty, but this really takes the Halo atmosphere in a new direction. It’s lovely.


Not very far into Halo 4 yet and so far the music is not as iconic as the work done by Marty O’Donnell but this is a damn good track.

Case Studies | Spectrum Health | LED Garage Fixtures

By replacing old sodium fixtures with GE’s 60-watt Evolve LED fixtures, Spectrum Health will see a 67 percent energy reduction, using 1.6 million fewer kWhs a year.

The before and after comparisons are rather well done.

Retronaut Windows 95 Launch Day

*Guy going apeshit buying two copies of Windows 95 at midnight at Comp USA*

Worth the click though to see the photo of the guy going apeshit buying two copies of Windows 95 at midnight at a Comp USA.

1 in 3 Men Can’t See His Penis

After funding their own survey of 1,000 British men, the health advocacy group found that “33 percent of men in Britain aged between 35 and 60 years are unable to see their penis” because of their bellies.


→ Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal

And now, normal isn’t white or straight or Christian. There is no normal. That word, too, means less with every moment. And those who continue to argue for such retrograde notions as a political reality will become less germane and more ridiculous with every passing year.

It was an ugly election season in so many ways. Thankfully the best and right choice prevailed.

Friday Links – November 2, 2012

Full year of Friday Links. Hopefully at least a few people enjoy this. Still haven’t found a better way to share with people as existing tools just don’t archive to my liking. Here you can go all the way back to the first Friday Links post all the same as this one.

→ Do You Wanna Touch

Notice how the 2010 iPad 1 is already obsolete? Expect the same thing with the Surface RT. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the future, but it’ll be totally utterly obsolete in 2 years. Do not buy this device expecting longevity. Buy it because you want to see tomorrow today.

This is a strange trend for consumers. It’s shocking the public is adopting to this so willingly the idea of replacing your devices so quickly and accepting turnover so quickly.

→ So Nice

One of the trailers for Medal of Honor: Warfighter was the single most reprehensible piece of advertising I’ve ever seen in the gaming industry. Here, watch it yourself.

It does feel largely exploitative. This trailer is pulling on the emotions of “true stories” while selling Medal of Honor and Linkin Park. I’m sure they view this as a “tribute”.

The Known Universe | Hans Zimmer – Time (YouTube)

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe.

Come for the music stay for the science.

CM Punk – Best In The World Documentary Part 3/8 (YouTube)

CM Punk on running.

Couldn’t find a better way to link to this but Punk explains better then I ever could the pull towards running. Basic quote but right on the damn money.

Death March: The long, tortured journey of Homefront

And Dave Schulman was a really good salesman at telling THQ what we could deliver, and turning back to us to say, ‘Hey, sky’s the limit. Just pack more features in. Make it great. Put as many bullet points as you can on the back of the box.’”

Same problem plagued Darksiders 2 and seems to be a plague much of THQ’s lineup. Good article game development sounds like a terrible industry for the most part. Not that IT is really any better…

Friday Links – October 26, 2012

Almost a year of Friday Links, hopefully everybody hates them.

Cellphones Are Great for Sharing Photos—and Bacteria

Boh Ruffin, a senior applications engineer at Corning Gorilla Glass, says standard off-the-shelf cleaning products, such as alcohol wipes, won’t degrade the performance of the glass, though he wouldn’t speak to smartphones’ performance directly.

Alcohol Wipes are something everybody should have available. Aside from monitors I use them to clean all my devices and controlers.

The New Face of Infidelity

Social networks are another factor, if only by expanding the pool of possible partners. Emotional friendships that turn physical are the traditional point of entry for female affairs. It is now easy for those friendships to take root online.

WSJ killing it this week. This is not shocking in the least

Republican Senate Candidate Says Rape Pregnancies Are a ‘Gift from God’

Another thing that did not go unnoticed was the ad featuring Mitt Romney endorsing Mourdock that dropped earlier this week. It was the first such endorsement Romney’s made for a Republican candidate, and it may or may not still be valid. Update: Romney’s campaign has not asked for the ad to be pulled

I’m sure everybody has already heard about this story already. How could any woman vote for Mitt Romney this election? Even as a man the Republican view on women is just repulsive this voting season.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé lose bid to Trademark Daughter’s Name

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have lost a bid to trademark the name of their daughter, Blue Ivy. The musicians’ petition was denied by the US patent and trademark office, permitting an American wedding planner to continue using the name.

They create life then give their child a name on hopes of making money off it. Parenting at it’s finest.

Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 27% to $13.81 Billion

Operating cash flow increased 8% to $3.37 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.11 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2011. Free cash flow decreased 31% to $1.06 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.53 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2011.

Oh misleading headlines. The company lost $274 million on sales of $13.81 billion.

Ten Ways to Show Respect for People

Look at people when they talk.  Good listening means being willing to stop working computer, close a door, stop reading your email, or only answer emergency calls. Give the speaker your full attention, and let them know they are getting your full attention.


→ Defining Quality

Editor’s Note: This story is brought to you by the Samsung Galaxy S III. Stories like these are purely editorial, presented by a participating sponsor; advertisers do not produce them.

“Editor’s Note” is the new advertisement. Shame good story.

→ Brutal Doom: Knee-Deep in the Dead (YouTube)

My playthrough of the entire first episode of this classic game, using SGT_Mark_IV’s BrutalDoom v0.14 and DoomMetal.wad. No Commentary, just sit back and enjoy the violence!

Awesome new Doom 1/2 mod. ID should hire this guy and release this on XB/PS3 and make a killing.