The Consequences of Our Enlightened Age

28 04 2010

In case you often heard, Facebook is doing something that is pissing off people on the Internet. Considering how easy it is do that, I’m not necessarily sure how seriously the company should take the criticism. After all, forum rants don’t pay nearly as well as advertisers. Certain groups always rail against perceived encroaches by companies upon the sacred soil of the Internet, but I’m not sure it’s ever really made them change course.

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In Which I Make Some Lame Excuses

14 04 2010

There are three vaguely legitimate reasons for the drought in blog posts here in this digital repository of my musings. The first holds only the barest shreds of legitimacy, but I have to admit the release of Final Fantasy XIII and my subsequent drive to finish the long-winded RPG swallowed two weeks pretty much straight up. No sooner had I grown bored with the ridiculous storyline than I found my free time corralled by the wanderings of the rag-tag group of misfits aboard “Firefly.” Naturally, it would only do to watch the entire series and then the two-hour movie. On top of all this, I’ve been running a number of miles each day to shape up for a half-marathon in June, an activity that can actually be justified as a productive use of my daily allotment of non-work time.

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On the Internet’s Lawless Frontier

11 03 2010

If you haven’t heard of it yet, perhaps you should check out Topix.com, specifically this part.

The team that created this had a genius idea. They constructed forums specifically for every single town in America, no matter how small, and then gave any visitors instant access. Like the comments section of an article, simply input a username, your response, pass a bot test and your insightful, informative comment is instantly posted. There is no e-mail registering, no system to prevent multiple postings under different names and not a damn moderator in sight.

It is incredibly easy to create a topic and then populate it with fake posters. Comments are never removed once up, it’s the Internet Libertarian-style.

Though a forum, it also serves as a “news” outlet, if by news you mean rumors posted as fact. In this way, it is actually a kind of competition for my employer, Bardstown’s tri-weekly newspaper The Kentucky Standard. I peruse Topix daily for a few professional reasons – to keep track of what’s on the mind of Bardstown citizens, to check for any references to the newspaper – but mostly for its pure entertainment value.

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And There Was Much Rejoicing

2 03 2010

Ah, hell yes! HBO has given the green light on a season order for a series based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Think of a combination of “Rome” and “The Wire” in a medieval setting and you’re on the right track toward the show’s potential.

For further explanation of why the books have earned Martin the title “the American Tolkien,” check out a previous blog posting of mine.

For further musings on the series pickup, click on through.





Victory, Even in Defeat

1 03 2010

Something started last week that I am sure went unnoticed by a vast majority of the U.S. population, but in some circles was an event long-awaited.

A lucky few thousand received in their e-mails code keys allowing them to participate in the closed beta for what one could arguably call the most anticipated video game of all time, Starcraft 2.

Now, for those who have no interest in this form of electronic entertainment, bear with me for a few paragraphs and I promise to reach a more accessible topic.

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Gone, but Not Forgotten

18 02 2010

Fifteen years ago, one of my favorite things in the world came to an end. Bill Watterson’s comic strip creation “Calvin and Hobbes,” vanished from newspapers, retired after a seemingly too-short run from 1985 to 1995.

Watterson, who has always shied away from fame in a manner similar to the late J.D. Salinger, granted a rare interview this week to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a newspaper near the author’s home. Reading the piece led me to reflect on my own affection for the blond-haired 6-year-old and his tiger.

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The Advantages of Being Completely Terrible

16 02 2010

Today whilst writing my column for the newspaper about my relative lack of enthusiasm/knowledge for the kind of passing sports fandom that allows one to connect on the subject with total strangers, I recalled memories of my own storied junior high basketball career.

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