Monday, February 25, 2008

Still Alive on Rock Band



This represents the intersection of current gaming society's two geekiest indulgences. It looks simply incredible.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Eclipse!

My new tripod came in handy for photographing tonight's lunar eclipse. So did the clear sky.

 

 

 
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

TF2 valentines

I definitely would've sent these out if I'd seen them in time.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Twitter + Google

I haven't used Twitter yet, because I think that such a high detail of perfunctory microblogging amounts to sensory overload. But recently I've found some very interesting and potentially useful applications of it. There's the Commuter Feed which logs traffic reports for major metro areas. There's also a Google Maps + Twitter mashup that I watched on Super Tuesday to see people's reactions appearing in real-time. Google Maps also had a layer (I think that's the right term) that reported primary results basically in real time per district.

It's still a ton of information that can (and usually will) be condensed and spat out by the mainstream media eventually, but the speed and scope of it all, presented in its raw form, amounts to a new kind of useful social observation. It's interesting that instead of the tool being a single piece of software explicitly designed for a singular purpose, the tool is being procedurally generated, layered, or filtered.

Monday, February 04, 2008

A giant flaw

Last night's Super Bowl proved another great reason why never to have a playoff system in college football: A team that started 0-2, and finished with a 3-5 home record, was able to get a shot at the championship.

Of course, the NFL is more competitive, so it's not a perfect mirror. But we have a system where every game matters, and where the Michigan-Ohio State is never about seeding. Neither of those should be changed.