The continuing adventures of Beau Yarbrough

Star Wars Weather Forecast

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 11:39
Section: Geek

It’s actually not a forecast: This site just looks at your current weather and compares it (in Celsius) to various Star Wars planets.

Apparently, Hesperia in the winter (48 F/ 9 C) is like Naboo, the dorkiest planet of them all, which is just hurtful.

Blizzard Entertainment’s annual holiday card

Friday, December 11, 2009, 14:16
Section: Geek

Not sure how many people are curious about this, but every year, the staff artists cook up a new holiday card design, some of which have previously surfaced as wallpapers on Blizzard’s Web site.

Orcish Santa's rocket sleigh, ridden by Grunty the Murloc Marine

(Note: Most of these folks, to my knowledge, are not the Community Managers familiar to visitors to the World of Warcraft message forums, but rather are the folks who interact with the press and so on. In the dog years since I’ve been there, the roles have become more specialized as the company has exploded in size.)

Dragon’s Lair on the iPhone

Monday, December 7, 2009, 7:21
Section: Geek

Yes, it’s true.

I have a vague suspicion that, once it can be played without blowing 50 cents for each time I get smacked by in the face by that spinning club trap, it’ll lose a lot of its charm and mystique. But at least I could finally finish the damn thing.

(For you zygotes too young to know what I’m talking about, it’s this classic arcade video game.)

Dragon Age Geekery

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 21:43
Section: Geek

Study: Blogs, social media decrease social isolation

Saturday, November 21, 2009, 14:51
Section: Geek

This is the kind of thing one would think would be self-evident, but there’s a persistent backlash against social media that claims that people are less connected to other people if they use social media, having replaced “real” relationships with virtual ones.

Now a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project says that, no, it turns out that people using social media are social — and are more social, in some ways, than those who don’t. (Cell phone usage is also included in the poll, suggesting that there are some real Luddites out there that the Pew was trying to test the theses of.)

From the Pew Research Center’s summary:

The new findings from the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that, on average, the size of people’s discussion networks – those with whom people discuss important matters– is 12% larger amongst mobile phone users, 9% larger for those who share photos online, and 9% bigger for those who use instant messaging. The diversity of people’s core networks – their closest and most significant confidants – tends to be 25% larger for mobile phone users, 15% larger for basic internet users, and even larger for frequent internet users, those who use instant messaging, and those who share digital photos online.

Social media activities are associated with several beneficial social activities, including having discussion networks that are more likely to contain people from different backgrounds. For instance, frequent internet users, and those who maintain a blog are much more likely to confide in someone who is of another race. Those who share photos online are more likely to report that they discuss important matters with someone who is a member of another political party

Of course, that includes the sinking realization that someone you knew in high school has apparently gone completely nuts in the intervening years, but I guess it’s preferable to find that out online, rather than in your dining room.


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