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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 – 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.