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Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Obama's 1st Year

Recently I was asked if I like Obama as a president. The sad thing is that I couldn't really say. What has Obama done in his first year of office? Luckily, one of my more politically minded friends posted this link which lists off some of the changes our government has made.

Here are a few of my favorites:

- Passed Healthcare Reform: Say what you will about it, but helping sick Americans is a good thing. Actually, before you say anything, make sure you have at least a few facts.

- Signed into law, new mileage and emissions standard for cars and SUVs

- Ended the ban on Stem Cell Research

- Passed Student Loan Reform, and used the savings to significantly increase financial aid loans and grants

- Passed Credit Card Reform (Minimizing predatory lending, making the terms of credit cards clear, eliminating arbitrary rate increases)

- Drew down troops in Iraq for a 2011 withdrawal date

- Drew down Guantanamo Bay detainees and making preparations to close it by 2011

- Stopped the dismissals of homosexual individuals serving in the military by the Pentagon


I have to say, it's a much happier list than Bush's.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Drop in the Bucket

My mom sent me this high speed camera video of a single drop of water hitting the surface of a pool. As usual the mundane is turned into the amazing with 2000 frames a second.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

OkGo

OkGo is a great band who has a reputation for creating low budget attention grabbing music videos. The first such video involved some home grown treadmill chorography.



Their newest entry is more in line with "The Way Things Go". It's one thing to setup a Rube Goldberg machine. It's quite another to rhythmically set it to music.



Update: The group responsible for the design and implementation of the device gave a TED talk! Over 85 takes to get it right...

Monday, March 01, 2010

Weird Human Tricks

Bobby McFerrin shows a very simple example of how the human mind is wired the same no matter where you go.

Guaranteed to make you smile.



I know you were singing along in your head.


Games
GameInterestRelease Date
Civilization IV1
C&C 31
Company of Heroes1
Half Life 21
Half Life 2: Episode One1
Supreme Commander1
Call of Duty 22
Darwinia2
Dungeon Runners2
Dungeon Siege II2
Far Cry2
Galactic Civilization II2
Hitman: Blood Money2
Jade Empire2
Neverwinter Nights 22
Prey2
Psychonauts2
Sam & Max: Episode 12
Titan Quest2
Dark Messiah Might and Magic3
Defcon3
Heroes of Might and Magic V3
Indigo Prophecy3
KOTOR II3
LEGO Star Wars3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance3
Space Rangers 2: The Rise of the Dominators3
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl3
Stubbs the Zombie3
War Front3
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos3
Infernal35/8/2007
Shadowrun25/9/07
Pirates of the Burning SeaM6/1/2007
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars?6/5/2007
Two Worlds?6/26/07
Sins of A Solar Empire?8/1/2007
BioShock18/21/2007
Mass Effect19/7/07
Age of ConanM10/30/07
Crysis1Fall 2007
Elveon?Fall 2007
Half-Life 2: Episode Two1Fall 2007
Portals1Fall 2007
Spore1Fall 2007
Stranglehold?Fall 2007
Tabula RasaMFall 2007
Team Fortress 22Fall 2007
Dragon Age?Winter 2007
Fable 2?Winter 2007
Field Ops?Winter 2007
Halo Wars?Winter 2007
Gods & Heroes: Rome RisingMWinter 2007
Haze?Winter 2007
Hellgate: London1Winter 2007
HuxleyMWinter 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men?Winter 2007
Left 4 Dead?Winter 2007
The AgencyMSpring 2008
Empire Earth III?Spring 2008
Guild Wars 2 MSpring 2008
Jericho?Spring 2008
Sacred 2?Spring 2008
Savage 2?Spring 2008
Time Shift2Spring 2008
Universe at War: Earth Assault3Spring 2008
The Witcher?Spring 2008
CellFactor?2008
Darkest of Days?2008
On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkeness: Episode 122008
Warhammer OnlineM2008
Alliance: The Silent War??
Alone in the Dark??
Assassin's Creed??
BioWare MMO??
The Crossing??
Dungeon Hero??
Fallout 3??
Lego Batman??
Mythos??
Overloard??
Space Seige??
Culdcept SagaPC??
Gears of WarPC??
God of WarPC??
Beautiful KatamariPC??
OkamiPC??
Resistance: Fall of ManPC??
Odin's SpherePC??
Castle CrashersPC??

1 - I will buy it
2 - I'll buy it at discount
3 - Other people think it's good, but I wasn't interested when I first heard about it
M - Mainly Multiplayer. See if friends get interested.
? - Find out more about this game
PC? - Will it be released on the PC?