Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Link roundup

1.  Strange hotel room in Houston that's not supposed to be rented.

2.  A Redditor on The Thing:

A friend of mine, back when he was an assistant, spent a great deal of time with John Carpenter doing interviews and the like for video games and comic projects. I was discussing my conversation with Larry Turman with this friend and he said "You know, I asked John Carpenter about The Thing." 
"Oh yeah? What did he say?" I asked. 
"He said he never understood where all the confusion came from. The last frame of The Thing is Kurt Russel and Keith David staring each other down, harshly backlit. It's completely, glaringly obvious that Kurt Russel is breathing and Keith David is not."

3.  Tumblr vs. Facebook:
Tumblr actually became huge because it is the anti-blog. What is the No. 1 reason that people quit blogging? Because they can’t find and develop an audience. This has been true of every blogging platform ever made. Conversely, blogs that do find an audience tend to keep adding that type of content. This simple philosophy boils down to the equation: Mo’ pageviews = mo’ pages.

But Tumblr does not conform to this calculus, and the reason is that a large percentage of Tumblr users actually don’t WANT an audience. They do not want to be found, except by a few close friends who they explicitly share one of their tumblogs with. Therefore Tumblr’s notoriously weak search functionality is A-OK with most of its user base.

Tumblr provides its users with the oldest privacy-control strategy on the Internet: security through obscurity and multiple pseudonymity. Its users prefer a coarse-grained scheme they can easily understand over a sophisticated fine-grained privacy control — such as Facebook provides — that requires a lot of time and patience. To quote Sweet Brown, Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Tumblr proves that the issue is less about public vs. private and more about whether you are findable and identifiable by people who actually know you in real life.
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4.  Reviews are out for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance - - an average score of 79 from major reviewers.

5.  Speaking of games, Dead Space 3 is currently $20 off at Amazon.

3 comments:

  1. On The Thing, I must disagree. Here's the clip.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA4Ozqt7338&t=1m25s

    Not sure where the idea of David not breathing comes from.

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    1. I'm going to try to watch it tonight on netflix

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    2. Throughout the last scene, you can see Kurt Russell's very prominent icy breath being exhaled. But not Childs.

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