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October 2010

  1. Geekolinks: 10/31: Halloween Edition

    The Thriller House (KJ92508) 6 Wicked Werewolves (Comic Book Resources) Horror! A Book of Pre-Code Monster Comics (Wired) Grab a Halloween Episode of Sam and Max for Free This Weekend (Joystiq) Red Undead Redemption Review (GameRant) 2010 Halloween Google Doodles (Geeks are Sexy) What Made it To the Minecraft Halloween Update (Kotaku) (pic seen at the Rally To Restore Sanity, via Bleeding Cool.)

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  2. Red Shirt Guy Gets His Own NPC

    You'll have to forgive us for one last indulgence in the epic story of Red Shirt Guy, the kid who stood up at Blizzcon and pointed out that Blizzard loremasters had left a secondary NPC out of the expansion, and then, when video of his nervous demeanor went viral, responded calmly, reasonably, and in the same shirt to all the haters. Don't worry, it's a happy ending. In reward for his dedication to the story behind the biggest MMORPG in history, Blizzard has not only fixed the omission of Falstad Wildhammer from World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, but given the dwarven chieftain an addition to his retinue. The Wildhammer Fact Checker currently stands proudly next to his leader in the Cataclysm Beta, and, as Blizzard confirmed, he will remain there when the game ships. And yes, he's wearing a red shirt.

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  3. The Simpson’s Korean Animators’ Working Conditions Are Just Fine, Thanks

    The animators of The Simpsons would like everyone to know that despite the Banksy directed "couch gag" containing a depiction of their workplace being full of rats, lacking in light, and enslaving children and unicorns and murdering kittens; their working conditions are actually pretty normal. Nelson Shin, who has worked on The Simpsons since it's first airing in 1989, told Time that
    The satire... gave the impression that Asian artists slave away in subpar sweatshops when, in fact, they animate much of The Simpsons every week in high-tech workshops in downtown Seoul. "Most of the content was about degrading people from Korea, China, Mexico and Vietnam," Shin fumed. "If Banksy wants to criticize these things ... I suggest that he learn more about it first."
    Banksy has declined to comment on the intended meaning of the sequence (understandable, since ideally a work of art should speak for itself), though Time argues that the conditions were likely aimed to represent workers in South Korea's northern neighbor.

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  4. Waffles? Don’t You Mean Carrots? HAHAHAHA

    If the above phrase is familiar to you, but you still don't have any idea what it means, come listen to a story that exemplifies the internet in all its splendor. Yesterday, reasoning that a large portion of Reddit was at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Keep Fear Alive, a user proposed that the online members of the community start a new and inexplicable meme to confuse those who were away from their computers.
    Lets make up a pointless meme while the hardcore redditors are away... Like when someone says Waffles in their post, someone else can reply "Waffles? Don't you mean carrots? HAHAHAHA"
    It has since become incredibly effective and incredibly ineffective. Ineffective, because, as pointed out in the original thread, many Redditors were, in fact, able to keep up on waffle/carrot related news via mobile devices or free wifi connections. Effective, because it looks like the meme is here to stay.

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  5. We Agree With Rush Limbaugh On One Thing: Video Game Regulation

    Rush Limbaugh is a well-known American conservative firebrand whose career controversies include implying that Michael J. Fox exaggerates his Parkinson's symptoms (accompanied by illustrative jerky body language) and that supporters of Barack Obama are simply responding to a racist cultural trope; but who espouses a political ideology of small government, individual liberty and capitalism that resonates with many Americans. And so, in the interest of fairness, reasonableness, and yes, sanity, we will mention that we are on the same side when it comes to government regulation of the sale of video games, specifically in Schwarzenegger vs. The Entertainment Merchants Association, which begins Supreme Court hearings on Tuesday.

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  6. Happy Halloween, From A Guy In A Great Swedish Chef Costume

    Sure, I'd love some lunch. Oh, a hot dog? Oh. On second thought, you know, I should really leave some room for candy. Muppet Studios have so far not released a Halloween vid this year. However, they did start filming their next feature film on Friday, so we forgive them. (via BoingBoing.)

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  7. Geekolinks: 10/30

    CNN baffled by DC rallies (Mediaite) The problems with HTTP cookies (lcamtuf) The science of Battlestar Galactica (Wired) About those new TSA guidelines ... (The Atlantic) Organ Trail (Hats Productions) McDonald's ordered to pay $17,500 for making employee fat (Arbroath) Vintage Star Wars travel posters (Steve Thomas) (title pic of a guy named Mike via @Cresmer)

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  8. Adobe Photoshop in Real Life

    If there were no computers, Adobe Photoshop might look a little something like this. (Merging layers would sure be a pain.) Yes, this is a real photograph. (via PetaPixel)

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  9. Larry Page, Sergey Brin Wanted Steve Jobs to Be Google’s First CEO

    According to interviewees in "Game Changers," Bloomberg TV's documentary on the founding of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the company's co-founders, wanted none other than Steve Jobs to serve as Google's inaugural CEO. Yahoo Finance:

    The story goes that, after interviewing 12 or 13 candidates they didn't like, Page and Brin happened to make something of a social visit to Apple and Jobs. After the visit, the Google cofounders met with investor John Doerr and asked him: why can't we hire that guy? Game Changers doesn't have the exact quote, but we figure he told Page and Brin something along the lines of, "are you nuts?"
    As tantalizing a what-if as that might be, Apple's probably the better fit for Jobs; in addition to being the company's co-founder, it's hard to make algorithms flashy. (Yahoo Finance via Apple Insider | "Game Changers")

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  10. Foursquare’s Official Badges for Rally to Restore Sanity, March to Keep Fear Alive

    Apparently, these here are the badges that Foursquare is giving to people who check in at Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive, presently underway in Washington, D.C. (Our own Susana Polo and Scott Smitelli are there, as totally unbiased and objective observers.) Live video feed for the event here. (via TDW)

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  11. US Government: Naturally Occurring Genes Should Not Be Patentable

    The U.S. federal government has declared in a recently issued brief that naturally occurring genes should not be subject to patents, backing up a District Court judge who in March had struck down several attempts to patent human genes associated with cancer. While the impact of the government's brief should not be exaggerated -- it's not clear whether it will be implemented as policy by the U.S. Patent Office, which would have a major impact on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries -- it is a surprise. Law professor and patent watcher Dennis Crouch writes that "Last month, I heard a rumor that Obama administration science and legal advisors outside of the USPTO supported Judge Sweet's ruling [invalidating the patents].  At the time I disregarded that suggestion as unlikely. I was wrong."

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  12. “Red Shirt Guy” Responds to BlizzCon Video

    When the red-shirted young man known as "Red Shirt Guy" schooled the very creators of World of Warcraft on an obscure point of continuity within the Wildhammer clan at this past weekend's BlizzCon, we pointed out how fan policing is a service much valued by the creators of sprawling fantasy worlds to keep things in order: The Internet on the whole wasn't so kind, however. Yes, the question was übergeeky -- no doubt about that -- but there were some nasty personal attacks on the questioner himself. In this response video, Red Shirt Guy confronts his critics, explains why he spoke the way he did in the previous video (nervousness and the weirdness of hearing his voice on the microphone), and explains that he has Asperger's syndrome. He also reveals himself to have much more in the way of guts than the nasty people who made fun of him online. Also, he wears his red shirt again. Bravo, Red Shirt Guy! You are a brave young man. (via Reddit)

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  13. Horse Playing With Ball is Adorable

    Most animals could benefit from inheriting doggy-like qualities.

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  14. Geekolinks: 10/29

    How many habitable planets are there in the galaxy? (Bad Astronomy) Speculation builds up about Google Nexus Two (Wired) Animatronic Krang Halloween costume (TDW) First look at Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale (Dark Horse) Facebook friendship pages: Cool or creepy? (PC World) How to disappear (Lifehacker) Minecraft Halloween update: continue to get excited (PC Gamer) (title pic via Sweet Juniper)

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  15. Man Dies From Caffeine Overdose

    23-year-old Michael Lee Bedford died from taking way too much caffeine, reportedly the equivalent of 70 cans of energy drinks. Apparently, the pack of caffeine suggested taking no more than 1/16 of a teaspoon, but Bedford reportedly took spoonfuls of the stuff, so I wouldn't start worrying that your morning coffee addiction might help you end up on the wrong side of living.

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  16. Sarah Palin’s Wall Pranked by Facebook Users

    A group of Facebook users who are evidently not fans of Sarah Palin (and probably are fans of Stephen Colbert) have orchestrated a crafty "letterbomb" campaign on her Facebook wall. If the message isn't obvious enough already ... well, the real message is in the profile pic column, not the comments about "feminist pizza power." Evidently, Glenn Beck and Fox News were letterbombed as well.

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  17. Dinosaur Skull Found in Church Walls

    A dinosaur skull measuring nearly a foot in length has been discovered embedded in the balustrade support in the Cathedral of St. Ambrose, a 16th-century church in Vigevano, Italy. We don't yet know what kind of dinosaur it was, however, although 3D modeling may shed light on the answer. How did the dinosaur skull wind up there?

    The calcareous rock in which the dinosaur remains are embedded comes from the rich fossil-bearing site of Mount San Giorgio, which is on the Unesco World Heritage List. “It is called Broccatello and was mined in Arzo, Switzerland. We know that this type of rock dates geologically to the Lower Jurassic, about 190 million years ago,” [paleontologist Andrea] Tintori said.
    (Discovery News via A Blog About History via @pbump. title photograph by Andrea Tintori)

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  18. Adorable Redditor Has Adorable Son With Adorable Jawa Costume

    You'll want to have the adorable sound on.  Last year's adorable costume here. (via Reddit.)

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  19. The Entirety of GeoCities Will Be Released as a Torrent

    Dating back to 1994, GeoCities was free web-hosting service and can easily be considered a big part of the Internet's history. Yahoo! bought the service only five years after its creation, but then shut it down in 2009.

    In an effort to preserve digital history, the Archive Team has compiled and will release a 900 gigabyte torrent of as much of GeoCities as it can.

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  20. New Pictures of Captain America: The First Avenger

    This week's Entertainment Weekly boasts a fair feast of images from the production of Captain America: The First Avenger, including a look at Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, some wonderfully art deco scientific instruments, and a shirtless Chris Evans. We're actually most interested by the middle one, we swear.

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