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Something like that

This is something that Stark and I have been talking about, off and on, for the last two years; the only thing that is surprising is that this is the first real attempt at anything I would call journalism to get my attention.  The topic is women in video games, the discussion is normally about how terrible they are treated.  When you talk to women who are really working in games they have surface level complaints, most of them resembling very closely those of the men (long work hours, time off isn’t great, pay is not competitive).  When you talk to journalists the conversation is about how they are treated like it is the new form of slavery.  I don’t want to go too into the article because it is worth a read on its own right, but I am going to point out that we did a comic about this years ago:

Everyone cares about the game first, regarldess of what has been reported

Honestly this is something that I am kind of happy to see, someone that put the footwork in and is more than willing to get the heat of people from it.  The truth is that it is a counter point to the only common thread of the last several of “game journalism”.  They make some logic leaps, but seem to end up at a reasonable enough spot most of the time.  It seems fair and balanced enough, even though I agreed with them before I read the article, and it is one of those things that makes me happy to see someone talking about and being well articulated about.  At this point I can only guess and hope that some random company scoops this person up before too long.

Source: N4G Blog

Thanks to Social Media Stalking has Never Been Easier

Thank you I-Free, before I used to never be able to know exactly where people might be around me, you have officially allowed me to follow complete strangers without any effort at all.  The new app, “The Girls Around Me,” takes all of the check-ins in the local area around the user, dumps the men from that list, and then shows everyone who has recently notified the world where they are.  So if you are ever wandering around and wondering if there are some women out there that are just probably unattended, there is an app for that.

Short story:  I, like everyone who recently bought an iPhone, at one point used FourSquare all the time.  I would check in at every single place that I went, like it just needed me to be the mayor for some reason.  At one point I went to dinner with my wife and her family, and noticed that the mayor was the waitress that we had.  Being aware that it would be creepy to say anything to her, I did not.  My wife, on the other hand, spoke up at once and told her that we knew she was the mayor.  I have never seen anyone look more creeped out.  Our drinks were never refilled.

My point is this, what did you think was going to happen when you made the world aware of every single place that you went?  If you don’t want every single person in the world to know, stop telling them.

Source:C|Net

Woman Arrested for Stealing Newspapers

You now that times are tough when people start going around and stealing newspapers.  One woman in Pennsylvania has recently been arrested for such a crime, granted that it wasn’t just the one paper—instead hundreds at a time over the period of months.  Why would anyone do this?  What other reason than the insane amount of coupons that are contained within the pages that it holds.  That is correct everyone, it wasn’t to read the paper or make the world’s most awesome papier-mâché anything or possibly a hat/boat so big that you could really ride in it—nope, just the coupons.

There is a joke about extreme couponing in the original article, so I am not going to make an attempt to steal the credit for that from them, but come on people!  Steal something better than just hundreds of newspapers at a time.  This is just like the underwear gnomes, you can clearly see the something that looks like an outline of plan but the moment that you start to put the thing together you quickly realize that it probably isn’t the best plan in the world.  I am sure that in her mind this was going to make her a millionaire, I really just want to know how.

Source:  Herald Extra