May the Fourth be with you! – Happy Star Wars Day

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:02 pm

Funny!  Laugh out loud you will.

Darth Vader recording GPS audio


Funny science quote…

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 10:43 am

“Because today it’s so hard to get anything past the ethics boards, compared to the good old days, when you could just electrocute people and call it science. You can hardly do anything these days!” – University of Hertfordshire psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of 59 Seconds.

He was joking around…  I think.  😉

via The Self-Help Psychologist Is In – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com.


How Different Groups Spend Their Day

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 9:07 am

The NYTimes has some really neat graphs on how people spend their day, divided by hours and activities, on average.

via How Different Groups Spend Their Day – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com.


Speaking in September

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 1:39 pm

I’ll be speaking at two game development conferences during September: CEDEC 2009 in Japan and GDC Austin in Texas.  Details and links follow.

CEDEC 2009 – CESA Developers Conference 9/1 – 9/3 in Yokohama, Japan

  1. Handling Code and Assets for Huge Projects Using State-of-the-Art SCM
  2. What I Have Learnt From Japan (panel) – Tuesday 9/1, 11:20 – 12:20

GDC Austin (Game Developers Conference) – 9/15  – 9/18 in Austin, TX

  1. Defending the Realm: Resisting Exploits and Hacks to MMOs and Other Online Games (roundtable)- Thursday 9/17 3p-4p

Look me up and say hi if you are there!


Amazing LEGO Art by Nathan Sawaya

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:42 pm

Check out this article about the Amazing LEGO Art by Nathan Sawaya!

Nathan also has own gallery online at The Art of the Brick.

I must admit I am partial to the Jedi Statue of Liberty!

Thanks for the link Brandon and Joe!

Suburban Migration Shift to Cities?

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 11:39 am

I read an interesting article in The Atlantic (repeating a theme I’ve seen for the last couple years) theorizing that housing demand will shift from the suburbs to denser city housing due to the desire for walkable living areas.

Read The Next Slum? – The Atlantic March 2008.


Chevy Volt Electric Car Hits the Road

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 6:29 am

GM’s in-development electric car, the Chevy Volt, has hit the road in its pre-production incarnation!

The Volt has 40 miles of all-electric driving per charge before using gasoline.

Check out the video on the GM-VOLT.com web site!

Video: Pre-Production Chevy Volts Hit the Road! | GM-VOLT : Chevy Volt Electric Car Site.


Get Fit in Less Time – Six Minutes a Week?

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 5:10 pm

Can humans get fit in less time – such as six minutes a week?

An article on the NYTimes’ Well blog highlights some research that indicates this may be possible.  To me, it seems similar to elements of interval training, CrossFit, and martial arts training.

Can You Get Fit in Six Minutes a Week? – Well Blog – NYTimes.com.

Roadmap for Reducing Emissions Includes Building Efficiency, Wind Power

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:53 pm

The roadmap for reducing emissions unveiled by the “Gigaton Throwdown Initiative” (established by Sunil Paul, founder of Spring Ventures) includes building efficiency and wind power as major components.

Metal roofing, which is being installed on our house right now, is one such improvement!

via Roadmap for Reducing Emissions Unveiled – Green Inc. Blog – NYTimes.com.

Recent Media About Industrial Food

Filed under: — Stormwind @ 4:43 pm

Two recent pieces of media about industrial food caught my eye:

1) Food, Inc., a documentary about food safety, industrialization, and regulation

2) How the Food Makers Captured Our Brains, an article in the New York Times

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