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Strangest Post Ever

Someone on Slashdot posted what I guess can be called a fable. The moral of the story is, supposedly, "that what seems like a good thing at the time can become an unmitigated disaster."

That's an ... interesting story. I'm glad he told us the moral ahead of time, because I sure didn't catch it.

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The Permadeath Debate

Slashdot brought up the Permadeath Debate yet again, in the form of The Eight Stages of Permadeath Debate, based on Ubiq's blog post.

(What is permadeath? It means that when your in-game character dies for some reason, they die permenantly and cannot be resurrected and played again.)

So which stage is this post? Oh, probably Stage 3, Captain Obvious Speaks.

First off, I have never really heard what it is, exactly, that permadeath is supposed to solve. (Except maybe "having people play the game in the first place.") Fortunately, someone on Slashdot provided me with a list of reasons they think permadeath would be a good idea, so I can go over that list and refute them.

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WTF is wrong with Massachusetts?

Well, I always wondered, but apparently Massachusetts is a barren brown wasteland.

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April Fools Jokes

Small list of April Fools jokes I found funny.

Pandaren Xpress - Too Lazy to pick up the Phone? - WoW's answer to EQ2's /pizza command.
Water on Mars - a picture of water on Mars. (The picture is actually real, too!)
Slashdot | - OK, so they overdid April Fools Day yet again. But this one was actually funny.
New England Suffers Maple Woes - from All Things Considered. It's not available online - yet - but it's really amusing. Had me going for a bit, until they got to Exploding Maple Trees.

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Mmm... Terriaki Steak Tips

Mmm... Terriaki steak tips FTW!11!!!

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Ah, My New New Keyboard

Well, I've got my New New keyboard now and it seems to be working perfectly. I wound up not returning my Old New Keyboard, although I probably should. I'm thinking of keeping it around for my laptop or something. (Or maybe I could get one of those new mini Macs or something...)

So what's up with the new new keyboard?

Well... the old new keyboard had the "\|" key in the wrong place. It put it at the end of the right shift key. WTF?!

So the new new keyboard has all the function keys in the right place, grouped by fours like they should be, has all the editting keys the right place (Insert, Home, Page Up in one row with Delete, End, and Page Down underneath), and has the "\|" key about the Enter key, like it should be.

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Square-Enix: "We Really Do Want Your Money"

Let's say you made a brain-dead decision when you designed your service that would allow people who bought your game to deactivate it so that they couldn't play again without buying a new copy. Let's say that a lot of people left to play another game. Let's say that many of them decide that they want to return to your game and - surprise! - discover that they can't without buying a new copy.

What would you do?

Well, Square-Enix has apparently decided to start a campaign called Return Home to Vana'diel. This campaign will allow people who purchased the game but then quit to start playing again.

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Authenticating...

Authenticating...

...waiting...

...waiting...

Screw it, I think I'll go play FFXI.

Update: Well, that didn't take long. Maybe I'll go play with myself some. Er, I mean, offline. As in, not an MMORPG. Something like DDR.

Yeah. That's it.

We're Here to Protect You

Well, I made this image thanks to this Slashdot post. It is, of course, a fake image. You could say "Photoshopped", except I used the GIMP.

For added fun, view it in Firefox and IE and compare the differences...

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