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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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