Over the weekend Loic Le Meur kicked off a conversation in the blogosphere about the centralization of our web personalities. Le Meur is an avid believer in our personal blogs being our central hub on the web. I agree with him, but as the internet evolves, we’re seeing ourselves spread out into different social networks, aggregators, etc. The conversation revolved around a social map Le Meur drew that visualized how he was connected on the internet with his blog being the central point. I found the concept so interesting that I set up Social Graph Central, a blog solely dedicated to showcasing social maps drawn by or hand or by software, of netizens. I encourage you to email me at juskai at shaw dot ca with yours and I’ll either post it for you or set you up as an author on the blog so you can contribute yourself. Let’s make this the world’s largest collection of social maps, centralized. Check out the video above of Le Meur discussing the whole conversation.
March 30, 2008
While in North America we have 24/7 paper-bag porno shops, in Japan they have the type of street vending machines we’re used to grabbing a can of coke from. Inside the Interesting 16 box is a nice selection of, um, adult materials and if that form of media strikes your fancy, all’s you have to do is pop your driver’s license in the slot on the right to verify you’re of legal age. Do people actually do this during the day?
March 29, 2008
If there is one thing that seems to piss off hardcore gamers, it’s advertising in their beloved games. Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford has actually had to defend himself publicly on the Gearbox website after Gearbox gamers showered him with wrath following his decision to partner with Double Fusion to integrate advertising into Gearbox games. Saying that Gearbox hates “exploitive advertising that doesn’t offer value to the gamer”, Pitchford says that in-game advertising actually brings authenticity, better games through increased budgets, and out-of-game promotion that increases the user base for online gaming. In the end, in-game advertising is good for gamers. What a spin doctor!