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December 11, 2007

Jackass site wants attention, tries to trademark "NSFW"

Trademork.com: trademark oddities, information and news by Mork � Not safe for work

Fark wants attention. This is a prank. Don't feed the trolls.

On November 28, 2007, social networking news site Fark.com filed to protect the trademark Not safe for work in relation to “entertainment services, namely, providing a website featuring photographic, audio, video and prose presentations featuring comedic captions regarding current events and online discussions and/or reviews of web materials of an adult nature”.

The phrase “not safe for work” (NSFW) refers to the tag used to mark URLs or hyperlinks that may be sexually explicit or include audio that contains profanity, so that individuals making personal use of the Internet at workplaces or schools can avoid sexually explicit images and questionable content.

December 09, 2007

Wii don't have enough

via | Marketing Week | Nintendo pulls Wii ads due...

December 07, 2007

VG Cats vs. Portal

VG Cats - Still Alive

VG Cats animation of the ending song to Portal, written by the nerd troubador Jonathan Coulton. Spoilers, sure, but also hilarious lyrics and quality animation. Click through for maximum enjoyment and satisfaction and cake.

Tycho on Rock Band vs. "real" instruments

Penny Arcade! - In The Service of The Queen

Invariably, when reasonable people are discussing Guitar Hero or Rock Band, that forum smart guy oozes in somewhere near the middle of the thread and tells people that they should be playing real instruments - presumably, like he does. Put aside that Mozart has missed the point completely (i.e., why don't you play for the real NFL, etc). The fact of the matter is that he is quite simply wrong. And not just wrong: it's that thick, unctuous kind of wrong that masquerades as erudition. He is, in fact, a yokel - and he's operating under some pretty romantic notions of what constitutes an "instrument."

I wrote about this a while ago when talking about the remix mode of Frequency, another Harmonix game, and how it made the PS2 controller a kind of instrument. That idea fascinated me. Actual instruments are not especially ergonomic, in general terms - they are not engineered for use. They need to account for crass physical laws to epitomize their function. Instruments are beautiful, let me be clear. But they are not, themselves, music.

These guitars are only toys because they are limited, at this particular moment, to playing other people's songs. This is a software problem, and not representative of some lasting defect with the device. It's already been resolved by the community many times over. When Harmonix delivers a composition suite with the next Rock Band (or the next), and people start creating and uploading their own albums, it's going to be pretty hard to maintain the fiction that people are playing with toys. Between the five keys, combinations of those keys, and the "hammer on, pull off" mechanic, you're talking about a ri-goddamn-diculous number of states - even before you expand it with pass-thru USB style devices that intermediate between the guitar and the host device. I assume I don't need to make the case for the drums: the peripheral itself, in its unmodified form, wouldn't look out of place on any stage in the 1980s.

Of course, the Rock Band guitar would need some modifications in order to be used seriously for this purpose - for example, it would need to work. As these games reach prominence, there is no question that higher end "prosumer" option for a more robust device will be met by the market. In any case, of course some people don't like it. We're witnessing the democratization of music.

December 06, 2007

Beware: New EVE Online update wipes out XP boot file

Lethal Update: EVE Online Trinity Update Kills XP

The EVE Online Trinity update is live, bringing with it an all-new graphics engine, new features, and the death of your Windows XP boot.ini file. It's okay! The file is only necessary if you want your computer to start. Apparently a faulty version of the updater slipped out that worked great across the board, with the exception of Windows XP - one of the most widely used PC operating systems in the world.

December 05, 2007

Why we should never permit the development of replicants.

Because some sick fuck will video himself torturing one to...

Flickr: You can now edit your photos

Edit your photos! On Flickr! Flickr Blog This is the...

December 04, 2007

This Crazy Diarrhea is just for JIM

YouTube - Safety Bike (via Ze)...

November 30, 2007

Protests force Facebook to change

Beeb | Protests force Facebook to changeFacebook members have forced...

November 28, 2007

Developer Jeff Minter sez: Goodbye, cruel world!

PoE News | Jeff Minter, Whiny Bitchjesus fucking christ not...

219 miles per hour

Back in the day my delinquent asshole buddies would crank...