That’s clearer, then.

So now we know that the Kool-Aid Microsoft was drinking when it introduced the Xbox One came from Gabe Newell.

Phillip Phillips – Home: Alternate Lyrics

Hold on to me as we go,
As we roll down this unfamiliar road.
And although this wave is stringing us along,
Just thaw this heart of stone,
Cause I’ll find my feet too close to home.

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Xbox 180: Thoughts (Extended Cut)

The reversion of the crappy policies announced previously is cool. I still want to get a PS4 more, and that isn’t really because of the price (though that is a great bonus).

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Xbox 180: Thoughts

Massive Chalice: Ideas

I just finished watching the recently-posted design chat about Massive Chalice. Some of what was said gave me ideas. Now I give them to you, free of charge.

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Am I the only one who found this sponsored tweet asinine?

Here it is with my response:

Xbox One: Thoughts

The new Microsoft console, Xbox One, has just been revealed, with more details to come at E3. These are my initial thoughts. I’ve already written up and retweeted a bunch of immediate reactions on Twitter:

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Fiction Writing

I will seduce you.
Lure you in,
Entwine my grip with your emotions,
Like fingers in your hair.

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Democracy à la mode

Suppose you want to be president of the United States. How would you get there? Well, assuming you were born into a wealthy family, you might start with law school and local politics. Make sure to practice public speaking and cultivate as much personal charisma as you can muster. Campaigns are expensive, and you wouldn’t want to squander all of your family’s wealth on them, so seek sponsors. After all, you understand that a personal investment of wealth in your own campaigns is a gamble, but for sponsors it’s an investment. Use the money donated by wealthy corporate and individual sponsors to advertise. To attain these donations, of course, you must support the interests of donors when in office. Those are the interests important to you for keeping your office; the lower classes can be influenced well enough by advertising and speeches, and you don’t even have to bother trying to earn the votes of partisans at all, as long as you purport to be a member of their party.

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There’s an interesting contrast between these two views of what it means to win a Nobel Peace Prize:

Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble.: Alternate Lyrics

Once upon time
A few mistakes ago
I was in your sights
You got me alone
You found me
You found me
You found me

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Extrinsic Motivation: the Danger That Games Embody

There’s a new editorial up today on Kotaku describing a man’s struggle with the disconnect between reality and the elaborate systems of extrinsic rewards we have used as the basis of so many things in our society. As Kotaku is a gaming news website, the role of video games in this process is of course mentioned.

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Why do people hate the US?

Video: Ending Poverty

Just one representative data point

Ranked by income inequality, the United States is now ninety-fifth in the world, just behind Nigeria, Iran, Cameroon, and the Ivory Coast. Continue reading ‘Just one representative data point’ »