Uh… no content today. Or tomorrow, probably. And now that I’m thinking about it, Sunday’s looking a little iffy, too. I dunno. But WAIT! Here’s some LOL RANDUMB stuff from YouTube:
So you’ve got that going for you. Enjoy your weekend.
EDIT: Now that I’m thinking about it: Note the “snow” they use to transition between vignettes in this movie. When was the last time anyone saw real, actual broadcast snow? In the US we went all digital a few years ago, and a vast majority of the population was using cable long before that. I don’t know when, but at some point televisions defaulted to showing a blue screen when it was set to a dead channel, instead of blasting you in the face with full-volume white noise. (Always hated that when channel-surfing at night.)
The point is, it’s entirely possible that among the ten million or so people that have watched this video, some are probably teenagers who have never seen actual broadcast snow and might not even understand where it comes from.
Also: Remember having to adjust the timing on a TV to keep the image from “rolling”? That vanished at the end of the 70’s for me, and I don’t see any references to it in popular culture. I see people ironically using old TV test patterns (or parodies of such) from the 50’s, but the process of fiddling with the vertical alignment on a TV seems to have faded from memory. I seem to remember there being a horizontal alignment knob as well, but in my experience you never needed to mess with that one. Turning it would just cause the image to shear one way or the other.
Also, remember when I was young, thin, and my knees didn’t hurt so much? No? Well, there was a time. Trust me.
What is this silly word, why did some people get so irritated by it, and why did it fall out of use?
Batman: Arkham City
A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.
A look back at Star Trek, from the Original Series to the Abrams Reboot.
Quakecon 2012 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Steam Summer Blues
This mess of dross, confusion, and terrible UI design is the storefront the big publishers couldn't beat? Amazing.