A Guardian Unlimited's Gamesblog asks if do game designers burn out like rock stars. The games industry is getting on a bit now, and so are many of its key 'superstars'. You may not think it, given the proliferation of sequels and movie tie-ins that clog up the charts like that sickly white glue in the veins of heavy smokers, but this is a creative business. No matter how many people are involved in the process, there must be a spark of inspiration somewhere at its core. So what happens when the spark falters, or goes out?
Worth1000's current contest theme is on celebrities/politicians from the past transported into the awesome 80's. There are 45 entries.
Compfused.com posted a few new cool videos and images today. Here are my favorites:
- Bad Day image -- I had seen this at work before. I feel like this today for someas reason. :(
- Large Paintin video (QuickTime) -- a cool television/TV commercial/advertisement with huge drawings and real people (e.g., hair).
- Isfahan Movie (QuickTime) -- a nice rendered, animated film inspired by the Persian architecture. It reminds of those computer graphic demos.
This was an interesting read. I wasn't aware there was a teenager as a co-founder for Firefox before I read Seattle Post-Intelligencer's article: "By age 10, Blake Ross was designing Web pages on America Online. By 14, after mastering complex programming languages such as C++, he was fixing bugs in Netscape's Web browser from home, a hobby that landed him a job offer."
George Ou's blog says: "Currently with most Wi-Fi hotspots, there is no simple way to tell whether or not you are using a legitimate hotspot. If you don't think this is a big deal -â€“ since you're probably using VPN anyway -â€“ think again! Since you probably authenticate with your Wi-Fi hotspot or hotspot aggregator provider on a routine basis with a username/password or you pull out your credit card to pay for temporary hotspot access, you could be in danger of losing your user account or worse â€“ your credit card number. A hacker or criminal could easily put up a fake Web-based authentication server that looks exactly like the real thing for the purpose of stealing your hotspot user account or your credit card number along with the extended code. They could even provide you with real Internet access after youâ€™ve authenticated with them to make you think that nothing is wrong and you would never know the difference. Next thing you know, you're looking at a massive hotspot usage bill or worse, youâ€™re looking at a maxed out credit card. Can this really happen? You better believe it! Now that hotspots are ubiquitous, it's only a matter of time before criminals wise up to this type of exploit.
CNET's News.com and The New York Times articles say George W. Bush probably won't be remembered as "the high-tech president." The strongholds of the biotech and infotech industries, on the East and West Coasts, voted against him. If his State of the Union address next week, his fourth, is like the previous three, it will say next to nothing about the role of science or advanced technology in the nation's economic and social future. The symbol of Al Gore's relationship with gizmos was the early-model BlackBerry he wore on his belt. The symbol of Bush's was his tumble from a Segway computerized scooter in 2003.
- A photograph of a subway rider climbs out of the Union Square subway station in New York City, and is faced with piles of snow and frigid temperatures.
- Awakening statue buried under snow at Haines Point in Washington.
- Something to warm up from those cold photographs. Here is a nice shot of a solar flare from the sun.
The Observer (UK News) talks about a spoof advertisement that opens with the suicide bomber leaving his home and jumping into his VW Polo. The bomber parks at a busy London restaurant where carefree diners crowd the pavement. Cut to the terrorist sitting in his car as he pushes the button to detonate his bomb. The blast is contained within the car, saving the diners. The ad ends: 'Polo. Small but tough'.
Dark Horizons reports a San Fransisco Chronicle article about Arnold Schwarzenegger largely dropped references to his movie career. He has taken on a more serious, gubernatorial tone, but Hollywood is still calling. The governor said he had been approached about making a brief appearance in "Terminator 4" movie, but has told producers