This is my first tutorial using Kodu demonstrating how to make a simple collection game. You can create games either by using a wired XBOX 360 controller or using the keyboard.
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After a little while of talking to Jeff MacKinnon, I ask if he’s one of those guys who is “dumbly charismatic.” I have a real way with words in conversations, if you guys haven’t figured that out about me yet. Luckily, Jeff laughs.
“I’d like to think I’m charmingly charismatic,” he replies.
I groan. “That’s exactly what that guy would say.”
Here’s Jeff’s deal: He’s young (25), adorable (on the short side for a dude, but he doesn’t seem hindered by it - on his website, he jokes about it extensively), and he’s one of those people with a consistent smile on his face. If I wasn’t interviewing him for being on a game show, I’d think maybe he hosts one.
So it’s Mother’s Day. Apparently. This is the one day of the year where I can be grateful that I no longer have a mother, so I can avoid taking part in yet another shallow, commercialised extravaganza masquerading as quality family time. Christmas is bad enough. At least for this one I can sit back, feeling quietly superior as the malls fill up with desperate fools hoping to buy their way out of another year of parental neglect while retailers frolic in their giant pools of cash.
I know, I know; I’m being unnecessarily cynical, you may well say. You don’t have to buy into the unfettered exchange of material goods to honour the contribution that your mother has made to shaping the person you’ve become. Most mums would be chuffed with a visit or a call (if you’re out of town) just to let them know that they’re being thought of and appreciated. No need for flamboyant displays of wealth to let them know you love them. (It’s not an 8-year-old’s birthday party, after all.)
This is true. However, as far as I can tell, it is only effective if it exists in contrast to what you normally do. Whatever your baseline relationship with your mother, you’re expected to turn up the volume on it, arbitrarily, for one day of the year. If you’re a neglectful SOB who only calls home when you need money then, yeah, a five-minute phone call will probably make the poor woman’s week. But what do you do if you’re one of those people whose mother is their BFF? How do you kick it up a notch then? Buy them a fancy meal? Take them out partying? Well, yeah, but you’re falling back on that commercial imperative again. And besides, if you’ve got a good relationship with your mum, then why make a big deal out of it one specific day?
Sounding feeble? Yeah, to be honest, I’m struggling to even convince myself here, despite the delight I take in holding a contrary point of view, so you Mother’s Day devotees are not obviously not going to have much truck with my attempts to ruin your day. Instead, let’s move into the realm of fiction to see if that yields any unexpected truths…
Beat it Flick it Choke it Rub it
Real Estate Masturbation
Break up from Towson, MD.
This is a post I created awhile back which outlines ten major concepts I live and work by. This may seem pedestrian to some though I think it’s a good foundation for conducting entrepreneurial business activity on the internet:
1. Always work with people who are better than you. You can only do…
This extension adds a button into the toolbar that you can click to bring up a list of usernames and passwords for the current page, provided by BugMeNot.com. This is great for bypassing free but compulsory registration on sites like The New York Times and The Washington Post.
When the new iWork update for iPad dropped, I was in the Bay Area for an Important Meeting. While in transport to this meeting, I had created a Keynote presentation on my iPad. Because I want to be hip with the kids!
Now we’re sitting in the rental car in the parking…
J.D. Salinger: The Catcher in The Rye
The most important part to read is their guide for reporting and how journos are using Twitter to find sources.
Jake Tapper from ABC News:
The way [Twitter has] been most useful is in terms of following people. I’ve been able to use it for reporting and to find sources. Last year when a health insurance company raised its premiums in California and it affected thousands of people, I didn’t know how to reach any of them, so I sent a Tweet out to my followers: “Is there anybody out there who is a customer of Anthem Blue cross who got their insurance premiums raised?”
@lemoneyes tweeted me that she had and so I followed her. I got her information through DM and then emailed her, we verified her situation and then we sent a camera crew to her. The next morning she was on ABC’s Good Morning America. There is no way I could have done that before.
Liquid media will liquefy all solid media.