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December 10, 2009

Playing for Gamerscore, despite it being boring

Achievement Chore: She Plays For Gamerscore, Whether It's Fun Or Not - Feature - Kotaku
"I hate sports games," Kristen says with a weary laugh, reminding me for about the fifth time this Thursday night "I had to ask someone what a sack was. They said it's when you tackle the quarterback. I said, 'Which one is the quarterback?'" Only in name are Kristen and I playing Madden NFL Arcade. Instead we are "boosting," - throwing games to each other, more or less, to rack up multiplayer achievements. I've already gotten 50 points the easy way. Now it's her turn. It is a substantial part of how Kristen, whose last name I'm withholding out of concern for her privacy, has become, according to one leading compilation, the No. 4 ranking woman, worldwide, in Gamerscore. Her tag is CRU x360a - go ahead, look it up. Kristen - CRU or Crubie to some online - is a 24-year-old stay-at-home mom in northwest Indiana. You call her extremely motivated. You can call her obsessed. You can also call her an achievement whore, like she hasn't heard that from every piss-ant with a 5,000 gamerscore in the underground zone. Bottom line, she's is really effective at piling up her gamerscore. But she's not sure when, or if, she will stop.

Man sits in recliner for eight months, waits for God to heal him

Man dies after sitting in recliner for eight months - KSN TV
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (NBC) -- Believing his faith would heal him, a Greenwood County, South Carolina man sat down in his recliner after an injury in March and never got up. On Thursday, his wife explained why he stayed in the recliner until shortly before he died. "The man totally believed in God and his healing," said Ada Webb. In March, Webb's 550-pound husband, Tillmon, sat down in a recliner inside their trailer in Greenwood. Wearing nothing but a blanket, the 33-year-old didn't move from that recliner for the next eight months. "He couldn't do nothing for his self and I couldn't do but so much," Webb explained. Webb says Tillmon tore his ACL in March and drove to a doctor's office. "They were gonna give him an appointment, but they wanted $300 up front, and we didn't have the money," said Webb. Webb says he returned to the recliner, picked up his Bible and became determined that faith would heal his leg. . . . Webb says she has no regrets about leaving him in that recliner. "If I feel anything right now, it's envy for him because I wish he had taken me with him," said Webb.

December 09, 2009

California dog shelters full up on chihuahuas (I blame Paris Hilton)

Yo quiero una casa! - Chihuahuas fill shelters
In what appears to be strictly a California phenomenon, Golden State animal shelters have been deluged with Chihuahuas. The trembling, pop-eyed canines have replaced pit bulls as the dogs most likely to turn up at the pound. "Everyone's juggling Chihuahuas. It's nuts," said Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Animal Care and Control. "These days you hear a lot of 'awwwww's around here. They're awfully cute." Oakland's shelter has so many Chihuahuas that staff members are arranging to charter a plane to airlift the petite pooches to other states, where small dogs are in demand. Volunteers have already driven more than 100 Chihuahuas to shelters in Oregon, Washington and Arizona. In Berkeley, there are so many Chihuahuas they've outgrown the small-dog accommodations, so staffers let them run around the office all day.

December 08, 2009

In Brooklyn, hipsters and hasids war over bike lanes

Hipsters repaint bike lanes in brush off to Hasids - NYPOST.com
Groups of bicycle-riding vigilantes have been repainting 14 blocks of Williamsburg roadways ever since the city sandblasted their bike lanes away last week at the request of the Hasidic community. The Hasids, who have long had a huge enclave in the now-artist-haven neighborhood, had complained that the Bedford Avenue bike paths posed both a safety and religious hazard. Scantily clad hipster cyclists attracted to the Brooklyn neighborhood made it difficult, the Hasids said, to obey religious laws forbidding them from staring at members of the opposite sex in various states of undress. These riders also were disobeying the traffic laws, they complained. Brian Branch Price PALE RIDER: Bikers repainted bike lanes (above) in Williamsburg after they were wiped out amid Hasidic complaints. see more videos Two cycling advocates were apprehended by the Shomrim Patrol, a Hasidic neighborhood watch group, as they repainted a section of bike lane at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, but when cops arrived, no one was arrested and no summonses were issued, police said. "These people should apply for a job at the DOT," neighborhood activist Isaac Abraham said of the repainting. "You put it on, they take it off -- and they will probably do this again."