How to deal with catcallers, Wednesday Addams style

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Buzz Aldrin’s Punch-Out

July 10th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

I met Mr. Aldrin at my grandfather‘s funeral 20 years ago and he was an incredibly nice and personable fellow. I too take moon landing conspiracy theories personally1 and while I have never actually punched anyone over the matter I totally understand the desire to. Go Buzz!

  1. My grandfather and namesake was administrator of NASA when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. []
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xkcd: The Pace of Modern Life

June 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Luddite claims that technology is destroying our culture/humanity are far from new.

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Hey baby, how is your car run?

May 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

This one goes out to all my Persian friends.

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How do the Claw crane ‘arcade game’ machines work?

August 28th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

If you have ever asked yourself that question prepare to have your mind blown. Zach Baker, a former Blizzard employee that clearly has an interest in games, gives the answer Quora

Basically, most crane games are designed so the claw is randomly (and only once in many games) strong enough to let players win. Some even weaken in strength after a short time so players get close to victory only to see it slip from their grasp! Since the manuals for many skill games are available online, this is not hard to verify.

For some reason it never crossed my mind to think these machines would be so manipulative. I always put them into the same class as those sleazy carnival games that use high pressure salesmen to get you to play. Designed to look easy while actually being quite difficult I’ve always avoided them out of principal. At least some of those games have the redeeming quality that you practice enough you might actually get kind of good at it; you wouldn’t get a prize every time but your odds could be improved.

Sure the claw is weak but even though I’ve never seen it someone has to win occasionally by positioned the claw just right through luck or skill. Alas it seems that your odds of getting a prize out of a claw game are determined as soon as you put your coins in by a random number generator. With 1/18 odds you would probably be better off parking your ass in front of a slot machine in Reno for an hour. If you find yourself making a product that paints casino operators as honest you need to do some soul-searching.

If you read the entire answer you will see that Sega once made a claw game that was honest.

The one notable exception is Sega’s UFO Catcher, which has an operator-adjustable claw strength, but no option for variable claw strength. So although it can be set to be very weak, players at least have the same ability to win every time. However, it does not seem as inviting because the two-pronged claw is more intimidating — the difficulty of grabbing an item is quite clear, so it’s not as tempting as a seemingly-easy variable-strength game.

I’m not sure if the fact that I have never seen one says more about consumers or the segment of humanity that operates arcades. Either way what it says is not good.

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Tea Party Smackdown

August 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

If you haven’t heard Michael Higgins, the recently elected president of Ireland, rip tea party evangelist Michael Graham a new one then you are missing out. Though it was recorded 2 years ago it’s still just as relevant today.

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Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

August 24th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Complainers in the Office: 3 Ways to Deal With Them |

A former “friend” sent this to me. Not sure what he was trying to say but I’ll be sure not to find out next time I ignore his phone call. Bastard.

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Toy thief wanted to rip off stores in all 50 states

August 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Police in Florida say they have busted a mother-and-son team whose goal was to steal thousands of items from toy stores in every state and then sell them online for millions of dollars.

You can just stop at “Police in Florida” as that pretty much sums up how someone who was able to make almost a million dollars shop lifting toys got busted because he used a rewards card.

I’m shocked these folks are from Florida

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@SouthwestAir promotes tweet to celebrate 3 Mil Facebook Likes

August 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The fact that Southwest Airlines is using a promoted tweet to celebrate a Facebook milestone is funny for everyone except Twitter. One might be quick to chalk this up to inept social marketing but 3 million Facebook likes and 1.3 million Twitter followers is nothing to sneeze at. I could only find one competitor on Facebook with more thank 100k likes and that was Virgin America. It’s possible they bought their way up there but I doubt it. Either way this is probably the last thing Twitter wants to see promoted tweets used for.

Yeah, they called it Zuckerbird.jpg

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The Daring Loop Fireball

August 3rd, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

There are really only three possible explanations for this.

Basically identical

1) Jim has trapped John in his beard and is forcing him to write his posts.
2) Neither John nor Jim actually exist, they are just avatars for The Macalope
3) There is no other possibility, it’s gotta be the Macalope.

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