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Consoles In Crisis

The Console Market Is In Crisis

A few days ago Sony announced it has now sold a total of 6 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft’s next-gen equivalent, the Xbox One, has likely racked up sales of around 4 million so far.

Both flagship consoles were released around the same time in late November last year, in time for the 2013 holiday season. And both companies have been shouting loudly about who’s beating whom for cumulative console and games sales globally and in key markets like the U.S.

On the cumulative console sales score at least, Sony’s PS4 appears to be edging out the Xbone, for now.

The thing is neither of these new generation console flagships is selling very well when compared with previous generations of flagship consoles. The console market appears to be shrinking significantly — and that’s evidently having a knock-on impact on games studios and game development. The big games studios don’t exclusively develop for a single platform, after all, so the health of the entire market is key to keeping games studios in business.

not really surprised, and they should’ve seen this one coming if they didn’t already… most kids are happy with a $1-5 game on the ipad, so why spend hundreds on a console and $60 games? makes no sense, and little kids are a huge market for gaming consoles — so that just leaves the rest of us.

i’m not sure there will even be another game console generation after this one.

p.s. looking fwd to playing some Titanfall tomorrow, tho.

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Abolish Daylight Savings

22 Reasons Why Daylight Saving Time Needs To Be Abolished

After Lena Dunham brings a load of Brooklyn to Saturday Night Live tonight, it’ll be time to turn the clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time (not savings), the biggest chronological scam in history.

More enlightened states like Arizona and Hawaii have cast off the chains of DST, but NY is still pointlessly tethered to it. We agree that it’s great to leave work and still have an hour or two of sunlight, but this country (and NY in particular) doesn’t need the antiquated DST system anymore to be able to get that. So due to overwhelming demand, we’ve revisited and expanded our list of reasons why DST should end forever.

  • We’re talking about a tradition that was started by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 because he was interested in conserving candles.
  • And that’s only if you assume he was being serious. He’s credited with coming up with the idea as a joke.
  • It was popularized by William Willett, who had a very confusing plan for how to implement it. Really, the only reason the U.S. adopted it was so that President Woodrow Wilson, an avid golf enthusiast, could get more hours on the green.
  • OK, sure, and to conserve coal during WWI. There’s no argument that DST worked during WWI and WWII. But bayonets were also considered effective weapons once upon a time.
  • For crissakes, Willett is the great great grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin—isn’t that reason enough to end this?

i totally agree… having to run around and reset clocks all over the place yesterday kinda sucked, and losing an hour really fucking sucks — never been a fan of it, reallly, and wish they’d just stop it.

#mondayhurts

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Babe vs. Babe

Babe vs. Babe

don’t know about you guys, but i’m ready to get this weekend started… happy hour is at four, so i need to wrap some things up here… you know the drill — double or nothing, left or right?

have a great weekend, mang!

** make choice or forever be labeled a dbag around here.

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Online/Web

Smartwatch Concept

This is the smartwatch Apple or Google needs to make

Gábor Balogh is a freelance designer from Hungary who, like many of us, wants an attractive, watch-like watch that just happens to be smart. The difference between Balogh and the rest of us is he went ahead and designed an interface he believes could enable regular watch designs to include a full bevy of smart features.”

now this is what i’m talking about… this past year everybody has been scrambling to get a “smart watch” out there, and now there’s a crapload of them… thing is, most of them just aren’t that appealing… most of them are just downright fugly, and others look like a some kids toy hang’n out on your wrist.

this smartwatch concept is pretty slick.

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Personal

A2+ Desktop Speakers

my birthday was the other day, which went well and thanks for all the well-wishes everybody, but i had to think a bit about what i might want… birthdays and getting presents just aren’t as important as you start to get older, but i decided to treat myself to a nice set of desktop speakers — got a set of the Audioengine A2+ speakers, in white.

i had a decent 2.1 speaker set, but gave that to jayden for his computer awhile back since he plays a lot of video games on it and uses it more… since i’m able to work from home a couple days a week now, i’ve really been missing them though… and man, the difference in sound is incredible, which isn’t a big surprise since the speakers in the iMac aren’t exactly awesome to begin with… but man, these A2’s sound fucking great for desktop speakers.

really impressed, and totally happy.

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Online/Web

SXSW 2014

here’s to the guys i know hanging out at SXSW, you lucky bastards… enjoy the shows, talks, and various events — and have a few drinks for me, mang.

always fun to hear some of the stories from friends that are going or have gone before… usually just kinda keep tabs via twitter/instagram like most people — was surprised at just how much money a friend has already dropped on it, and he just got there.

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Op/Ed

The Anti-Empirical Left

what the hell, it’s been one of those weeks, so why not go with a double-dose? here’s the lastest from victor hanson as well — The Anti-Empirical Left

Science is ignored when it doesn’t support politically correct policy.

President Obama entered office promising to restore the sanctity of science. Instead, a fresh war against science, statistics, and reason is being waged on behalf of politically correct politics.

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the president attempted to convert national outrage into new gun-control legislation. Specifically, he focused on curtailing semi-automatic “assault” rifles. But there is no statistical evidence that such guns — semi-automatic rifles that have mostly cosmetic changes to appear similar to banned military-style fully automatic assault weapons — lead to increased gun-related crimes.

The promiscuous availability of illegal handguns does. Handguns are used in the vast majority of all gun related violent crime — and in such cases they are often obtained illegally. Yet the day-to-day enforcement of existing handgun statutes is far more difficult than the widely publicized passing of new laws.
Late-term abortions used to be justified in part by an argument dating back to the 1970s that fetuses were not yet “human.” But emerging science has allowed premature babies five months old or younger to survive outside the womb. Brain waves of fetuses can be monitored at just six weeks after conception. Such facts may be unwelcome to many, given the political controversy over abortion. Yet the idea that fetuses are not viable humans until birth is simply unscientific.

The president still talks of “settled science” in the global-warming debate. He recently flew to California to attribute the near-record drought there to human-induced global warming.

There is no scientific basis for the president’s assertion about the drought. Periodic droughts are characteristic of California’s climate, both in the distant past and over a century and a half of modern record-keeping. If the president were empirical rather than political, he would instead have cited the logical reasons for the fact that this drought is far more serious than those of the late 1970s.

California has not built additional major mountain storage reservoirs to capture Sierra Nevada runoff in decades. The population of the state’s water consumers has almost doubled since the last severe drought. Several million acre-feet of stored fresh water have been in recent years diverted to the sea — on the dubious science that the endangered delta smelt suffers mostly from irrigation-related water diversions rather than pollutants, and that year-round river flows for salmon, from the mountains to the sea, existed before the reserve water storage available from the construction of mountain reservoirs.

The administration has delayed construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, citing concern about climate change. Yet a recent State Department environmental report found that the proposed pipeline would not increase carbon dioxide emissions enough to affect atmospheric temperatures. There is no scientific basis from which to cancel the Keystone, but a variety of logical reasons to build it — such as moving toward North American energy independence and protecting ourselves against energy blackmailers and cartels abroad.

ahhhhh… the wonders of science, good stuff mang.

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Op/Ed

Wages of Weakness

time to sit back, maybe drink some morning coffee, and see what the latest op/ed is… this week i figured i’d go with krauthammer, since it seems more relevant to what’s been going on this past week — Obama, Russia, and the Wages of Weakness

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he’s got three more years of luck to come.

He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it’s not in Russia’s interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it’s a sign of weakness.

Really? Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200 years. Russia conquered it 20 years before the U.S. acquired Louisiana. Lost it in the humiliation of the 1990s. Putin got it back in about three days without firing a shot.

Now Russia looms over the rest of eastern and southern Ukraine. Putin can take that anytime he wants — if he wants. He has already destabilized the nationalist government in Kiev. Ukraine is now truncated and on the life support of U.S. and European money (much of which — cash for gas — will end up in Putin’s treasury anyway).

Obama says Putin is on the wrong side of history and Secretary of State John Kerry says Putin’s is “really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century.”

This must mean that seeking national power, territory, dominion — the driving impulse of nations since Thucydides — is obsolete. As if a calendar change caused a revolution in human nature that transformed the international arena from a Hobbesian struggle for power into a gentleman’s club where violations of territorial integrity just don’t happen.

“That is not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behavior,” says Kerry. Makes invasion sound like a breach of etiquette — like using the wrong fork at a Beacon Hill dinner party.

How to figure out Obama’s foreign policy? In his first U.N. speech, he says: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.” On what planet? Followed by the assertion that “alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War” — like NATO? – “make no sense in an interconnected world.”

you know it’s pretty bad when your president’s already low approval ratings dip another 5 points down to just 38% approval, and even the Washington Post comes out with a headline saying Obama’s foreign policy is based on “fantasy”… all the while Putin is probably laughing his ass off, and many other leaders/dictators around the world are certainly paying attention, too.

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Schweeeet

Summer Yet?

no particular reason needed, just really sick of the cold.

p.s. my phone says it’ll be around 60 this weekend — fuck yeah.

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Online/Web

Bacon Alarm Clock

Wake up and smell the …. BACON? iPhone alarm app replaces beeps with the sizzle and aroma of a fried breakfast

seriously, how awesome is that?!?

For many people a hearty fried breakfast including a couple of rashers of bacon is a desirable way to start the day. But as cooked breakfast or a bacon sandwich isn’t the healthiest option, a new iPhone app and device that wafts the appealing smell of the cured meat could prove to be a more sensible option. The alarm clock app wakes a person up with the sound of sizzling bacon, while a connected scent device emits a bacon perfume.

fucking brilliant.

(hat tip: erik)

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The Road Less Traveled

The Latest Rage On College Campuses Is Apparently Anal Sex

Though anal sex remains a taboo topic on college campuses, students are warming up to the idea of incorporating the “back door” into their sex lives. HuffPost Live spoke with three college sex columnists to learn about the latest rage on campuses across the country, who are suggesting more people give it a shot.

Abigal Student wrote a column at Washington State University encouraging her fellow students to learn more about “the road less traveled.”

“Modern men and women have gone off the beaten path by moving their entry point two inches south from that of their forefathers,” Abigail said on HuffPost Live. “Modern American couples have normalized the practice of anal sex. In the words of Frost ‘the road less traveled by’ has gained some serious traffic.”

In her article, she cites a study conducted by the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2008, which stated that 44 percent of straight men and 36 percent of straight women admitted to having anal sex at least once in their lives. Though the numbers are high, she claims that anal sex is mainly joked about on campus and that the students who do enjoy it are not outwardly willing to coming forward with that information.

all the rage on college campuses, huh? “‘the road less traveled by’ has gained some serious traffic.” — chuckle.

heard about a kid i know, who’s a freshman in college, and is on a mission to sleep with 100 girls his first year… he’s already halfway there, which surprised the hell outta me.

g’damn.

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News

Man on the Sun!

North Korea Becomes The First Country to Land a Man on the- Wait, what?

THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun.

It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3am this morning.

Hung, who traveled alone, reached his destination some four hours later, landing his craft on the far side of the lonely star.

“We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun.” a North Korean central news anchor man said on a live broadcast earlier. “North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun. Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero’s welcome when he returns home later this evening.”

The specially trained astronaut is expected to return back to earth at 9pm tonight, where he will meet his uncle and supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

fuck the hoverboard, this is amazing!

(hat tip: drmanxz)

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Video

Irina Shayk Lingerie Ad

Irina Shayk Nude on Agent Provocateur 2013

one of the best ads i’ve certainly seen all day.

just too bad she’s not nude. *sigh*

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News

Upskirting Legal?

Speaker DeLeo vows to fix law after ruling says ‘upskirting’ — shooting a picture under a woman’s dress — is legal

well, that’s pretty damn strange isn’t it? i’d just assume that there’d be some law or privacy provision somewhere regarding snapping shots of women’s crotches, but i stand corrected.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said today that a state law intended to prohibit “Peeping Tom” voyeurism of completely or partially undressed people did not apply to people who take pictures of people who are fully clothed.

i’ll be damned.

I Can’t Stop Staring at This Masturbating Cheeto

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News

3rd-Graders Smoking Pot

3rd-Graders Caught Smoking Pot In Sonora School Bathroom

SONORA (CBS SF) — Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week.

Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators. Those officials then alerted local police.

The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th.

Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with CBS SF regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom. He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined.

“(I’m) shocked. To be in third grade and have their own pipe,” parent Linda Rodriguez commented to KTXL-TV. “I think they should be expelled, but I also think they should follow it further to where they found (the drugs).”

i’ve never heard of kids that young getting caught smoking pot before… talk about starting young, huh? *chuckle*

Cops: Woman Beat Her Mom With Vibrator

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Science

Space by Pixel

Scroll Through Our Entire Solar System In A Few Seconds

i like the warp speed in the bottom right corner. heh.

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News

Adolf Putin

Hillary Clinton says Putin’s actions are like “what Hitler did back in the ’30s”

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine to actions taken by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler outside Germany in the run-up to World War II.

Making her first extensive comments about the crisis in Ukraine, Clinton said at a private fundraiser in California that Putin’s campaign to provide Russian passports to those with Russian connections living outside his country’s borders is reminiscent of Hitler’s protection of ethnic Germans outside Germany, according to a report published overnight.

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” Clinton said Tuesday, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people, and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

was actually a little surprised when i read about this earlier today… not because she compared Putin to Hitler, but because… well, because she did, which goes to show she seems to have more balls than Obama — good for her.

in the news:

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

hopefully we’re over the last bit of snow for this winter (knocks on wood) and can start looking forward to spring — hell, we’re losing an hour this weekend which always sucks, and one of the office girls mentioned the cherry blossoms this morning… so it better be over… anywho, here’s some mid-week booty.

here’s a few more, since i’ve come to enjoy slap’n these togther.

happy hump day!

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Video Game

Arkham Knight Trailer

Official Batman: Arkham Knight Announce Trailer – “Father to Son”

oh man, this new batman game is looking fucking sweet… no real gameplay, but that’s what makes it so damn good… speaking of games, there’s another that caught my eye.

okay seriously, just take my money.

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Video

The Steak & Egger

The Steak & Egger Sandwich – Epic Meal Time w/ Arnold Schwarzenegger

popcorn, chipotle, and now this? i’m so fucking hungry right now, it’s not even funny.

This Infographic Shows You How to Delete Yourself

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