A Gamer’s Manifesto
The top 20 things you always knew were wrong about games, but were afraid to talk about, since you thought that was just the way is was.
If you’ve ever played a half recent video game you will surely appreciate most of this. A very funny read.
In recent weeks we’ve seen some great Google Maps hacks (HousingMaps, Google’s own Ride Finder, etc.), but this weekend Adrian has brought us something truly innovative. He’s merged Google map data with Chicago crime data to present a once a day updated crime map of the entire city, including some really nice summarized data. Adrian calls the project Chicagocrime.org. How long till we have real time crime data showing up on Google’s map? Pull open HousingMaps next to Chicagocrime.org and figure out if that low rent apartment is truly worth it. Or is this all a clever trick on Google’s part to build up more and more third parties dependent upon Google? There’s also a cheap gas hack as well.
Pretty cool ideas. I’d have to agree with some friends that the concept behind this could definitely a bit scary. Though, I suppose since almost all of the personal identifying information has been removed making this information simply numbers. Definitely going to watch to see what else pops up.
Virtual Earth: MSN’s answer to Google Maps
This is MSN’s answer to Google Maps, coming in July 2005. As you see in the video MSN Virtual Earth goes noticeably further than Google Maps or other mapping services.
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Wow…this looks absolutely amazing. I love the little poke at Google Maps when they show the mouse wheel zooming…lol. It’s especially interesting to note that they discuss the privacy implications of there much anticipated “eagle eye” view. I know it’s a massive download, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re interested at all.
I guess it was a whole lot easier when all of you were in one place. Although you were obviously moving along with your lives, to some extent is was still pretty slow movement because you were still back at vassar like before I left. It feels so inexplicably weird to know that “my group” has left and moved on with life now. Who knows, maybe this will be the kick in the ass I need to get my life together and get something going. It was just a whole lot easier to go through the day to day hum drum and just keep telling myself that there was no rush. This still hasn’t even really set in, that’s what amazes me. If this is already *this* thought provoking I don’t want to imagine what it’ll be like when I fully realize what’s happened.
Twisted and tangled
This is how the night shall be spent.
Cold feet brush,
Soon to become warm.
A lonely body holds another,
Comfort, contentment, safety ensues.
My arms hold you close,
You hold me close,
Your head on my chest,
My fingers running across your back.
Slowly the night drifts away,
The morning never seemed so beautiful,
Until your face was on the pillow next to mine.
What a strange place to find one’s
A raging fire filled with priceless artifacts
now deemed to be expendable.
A binder filled with sleepless nights,
countless tears, and obscure knowledge.
Reduced to a mono-chromatic whisp of
A couch that reaks of stale beer from the party last night.
A sad mishaped seat cushions
Sad if only because simply being
Mishaped due to friendly usage
is not enough to live on.
is filled with this kindling,
these glimpses of the past,
these flammable memories.
The night has passed in a blur
All too similar to the countless days
In which I took for granted you’d be there.
It’s painfully ironic that the human condition is to
forever long for that which one cannot have.
If you have it, you ignore it.
If you lack it, you want it.
Until one day you wake up
Only to see that a lifetime has passed you by
Alone, all alone, with only those hollow memories.
What can I possibly say that will sum up this feeling? I’ve been dreading this day for a long time…it means several things, I am not even sure I can put into words what these are in particular, but I can feel it. This started off rough, it’s been ok…it’s been worth any level of suckiness though. I love you all dearly. Congradsulation everyone. I am proud to be here to share this day with you. The nights of laughing, doing nothing, talking, and tears…I would have to agree with the common perception that college is the best time of your life…Regardless of how it ended for me personally, this has been the most amazing 4 years of my life.
Thank you. Thank you more than words can explain.
It will be with a bittersweet smile that I will clap for each of you as you walk out of Vassar after 4 incredibely years. This isn’t the end, this is just a change to something new, and hopefully something better.
My “current mood” thing says [empty] until i pick something and that seemed quite fitting today…For the past few days I’ve just felt empty and alone. Ironically enough my “current mood” thing doesn’t have empty as an option…lol. I suppose drained is the next closest thing. I couldn’t tell you why, I just do. It’s not even necessarily a down feeling…it’s just a noticeable emptiness. Ah well, such is life.