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July 31, 2010

Little Star pizza comes to the East Bay

Albany, not Oakland, but it's still nice. Little Star is easily the best deep dish pizza I've ever had. When the original opened on Divisadero we used to go there all the time. I am excited about this new one, even if it still is a bit far. Now Open: Little Star’s first East Bay venture - Paolo Lucchesi
Last night was opening night for Little Star Pizza’s Albany location on Solano. Avenue. It’s the third overall location for the local pizza favorite — the others in SF on Divisadero and Valencia — and its first East Bay foray. As noted back in May, Little Star 3.0 is the biggest location to date (outdoor seating is en route), and the opening menu is pretty much the same as its predecessors (both deep dish and thin crusts), if slightly expanded. According to c0-owner John Guhl, they’ll be adding lunch “in a week or two.”

July 29, 2010

Zynga clumsily shutters Street Racers, pisses off customers

The Escapist : News : Zynga Angers Gamers With Flubbed Street Racer Shutdown
The social gaming behemoth Zynga is best known for games like FarmVille, FrontierVille, Treasure Isle and Mafia Wars, but it actually has dozens of titles to its credit, including the aforementioned Street Racing. Street Racing's days are numbered, however, as the game is set to come down for good on August 2. But Zynga's unbelievably clumsy handling of the shutdown has fans up in arms. For one thing, nobody has any idea why the game is being killed. News of the closure came in a brief message posted on the Street Racing forum that said only, "Hey Street Racers - On August 2nd, 2010 Street Racing will be shutting its garage doors and will no longer be open for business. But if you liked Street Racing, try out FrontierVille by Zynga! Get out to the homestead for some fresh air and fun! See ya there partner!" Which of course leads to the second complaint: The stunningly condescending attitude that gamers who played Street Racer will naturally transition to FrontierVille just because Zynga tells them to. Social basis notwithstanding, could any two games have less to do with each other than Street Racing and FrontierVille? The final piece of the "screw you trifecta" comes from the fact that, just as in other Zynga games, a lot of Street Racer players sunk a lot of real money into the game to customize and upgrade their online wheels. That money will simply disappear once the game closes; Zynga's invitation to FrontierVille didn't include any offer to bring existing credits along for the ride.

July 28, 2010

It's a bummer this isn't legit, 'cause now I'm mad hungry for a cheeseburger shake

CHEESEBURGERCHILL.COM Quoth Mojonaut Alecks: Jamba Juice doesn't think McDonald's can...

Japan grapples with the Hikkomori problem, 700K shut-ins

The origins of the hermit phenomenon have been traced to physical and sexual abuse, shame, bullying, shame, and the inability to find meaningful work in a country where most jobs available to the young have vanished or turned into part-time temp work. 'Hikikomori' bedroom hermits should be regarded as national crisis - The Mainichi Daily News
There are approximately 230,000 people who almost constantly shut themselves in their rooms except to go to nearby convenience stores, according to a survey conducted by the Cabinet Office. The number increases to about 700,000 if those who only go out to do something hobby-related are included. Moreover, there are an estimated 1.55 million potential so-called 'hikikomori' who have felt like shutting themselves in their own rooms. Most of them are young people. As the population of young people declines due to falling birthrates, the statistics have raised questions about the future of Japan. Hikikomori are defined as those who shut themselves in their homes for at least six months but are not involved in child care or housework even though they are not sick.