I do believe I just had a nerdgasm. My own little fan-boy freak-out as the waves of awesomeness coming from that trailer crashed into me.
If you want any form of social interaction from me, you’ll have to get it sometime before the midnight release on monday; because once I get my hands on the full version of this game, I check out of real life and you’ll only find me on Battle.net.
P.S. Kerrigan rawks. That is all.
With the World Cup on, I’ve had to explain soccer to a lot of people around me (notably my older co-workers), and I’ve found myself not just explaining the rules of the game, but also trying to explain the appeal of it and why the beautiful game can easily be economically viable here in the States. Most often, I hear them say that soccer is boring and Americans simply aren’t interested in it and there is no demand or proper fan base.
What a load of horse shit. And here’s the number that’ll prove it: 11,294,863.
According to Mashable, that’s the number of views per minute that today’s USA vs Algeria World Cup match generated on major news networks tracked by Akamai’s Net Usage Index after Landon Donovan’s game-winning goal in the 91st minute (can I get a w00t w00t?!?!?). That spike in net usage translated to the second-highest peak in internet traffic ever, beating out the results of Obama’s presidential election in 2008 by a solid 2.5 million views per minute to take the second spot.
By the way, the top spot for highest recorded internet traffic? June 11, 2010…Day 1 of the 2010 World Cup.
And the fourth spot now, right under the Obama election results? June 22, 2006…when the US was eliminated by Ghana in the 2006 World Cup.
I think we have a mother-fucking fan-base. GO USA!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ll suffer the inane to cherish the brilliant.
You know what’s a great way to generate hits to a tech site? Scoop the whole damn world and get the drop on the new 4G iPhone. Even if you did have to pay $5K for it…and by the way, Apple wants it back.
You know what’s a great way to generate hate to a tech site? Oust the name of the hapless techie that dropped it because he was celebrating his birthday. You can find the name if you like, it’s out there, but I’m not going to help you. One tasty German beer too many and we all make mistakes, this poor guy just happened to make one that became the largest accidental Apple leak in history…
Here’s some of the hate directed at Gizmodo‘s Jesus Diaz on his post, it has since been deleted:
“Jesus, serious question: Why call the guy out? Sure Apple would know by now, and handle it internally with young [name redakted]… but to go public with the source of the tech goof of the century…I’m having trouble finding the meaning in that.”
“You guys are pieces of shit for doing this to this guy. Jesus you’re an asshole.”
“Oh, let’s add public humiliation to his current career woes. Sure, the kid’s probably going to lose his job at Apple, but let’s make extra sure that he can’t get a job anywhere else. It’s one thing to scoop an unreleased product. Hell, that’s your job. It’s the purpose of this blog. You did this for shits and giggles. And it’s wrong.”
“If the leak is real, isn’t this f***ed up to put the man’s name out there on Gizmodo? I mean he did break one of Apple’s Commandments and is probably already f***ed.”
7 people, 2 cameras, 2 days of shooting, ~5 hours worth of film, 7-8 visits by local law enforcement and way too many hours of editing brought this project to life.
100 years ago, this would have been impossible.
50 years ago, this would have been outrageously expensive.
25 years ago, this would have been horribly impractical.
10 years ago, this would have been hard.
Today, this was fun. It’s technology awesome?
There she is bare nekkid, in all her mediocre glory. Look, but don’t touch.
And what can we see from this? Well, nothing really, unless you’re a total chiphead….like, say, the people at Chipworks. They brought their iPads back to their labs and took them apart piece by piece in lovely detail to find out that….the iPad really is just a big iPod Touch. The iPad is pretty much a fancy screen, lots of battery space, not a USB port, and a little A4 chip that’s not that different from her iPod Touch predecessor.
Honestly, nobody is really surprised by this. It’s not the first time that Apple has taken a meh hardware system and put it in a pretty package…the reason they do well though, has more to do with the software than the hardware. And that’s where the iPad is likely to shine too…all your social networking sites (or whatever you look at on the interwebs) will run on the iPad, just as they would on the Touch, even if you can get the miniature version for a fair bit cheaper…
Bill Gates will now tell us about energy, innovating to zero and most importantly, TerraPower…nuclear reactors for the home.
Btw, these reactors would run totally automated and on depleted uranium, aka the stuff that’s sitting useless at the moment. And a fun fact: an molecule of uranium has about a million times the energy potential as an molecule of coal.
Four years ago, in ’06, a lonely NASA spacecraft returned home (sorry, Spirit, it wasn’t you) complete with samples that the lovely people at NASA thought might contain cosmic dust, the leftovers from universally big projects like building stars as such. But the problem is, there’s a crapload of dust and not a lot of mad scientists to look at them all. This is where you, me and the good folks at Berkeley come in á la Stardust@home.
Well, turns out, this crowdsourcing may have worked. A Canadian man named Bruce Hudson may just be the lucky nerd who scoured the samples with their virtual microscope and might have found the elusive interstellar dust, whcih contains atoms formed during the birthing of stars, planets and other large comic bodies. Scientists at NASA are analyzing Hudson’s find and are “cautiously optimistic” that it’s the first wicked-awesome space dust to return to Earth.
Good job, Hudson.
…The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug….
Beren Jones is afraid. And lazy.