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Hampa: Toribash, The Turn-Based, 3D Ragdoll Fighter Coming To WiiWare -
Wow, Toribash is coming to WiiWare. As an intimidating physicsy turn-based fighting game, it couldn't be much further from the Wii's more mainstream audience. - Ben Darnell
IMHO, the best naming convention for hosts was used by XCF: scam, cheat, graft, dupe, etc. We got into trouble when a clueless guy from [a large software company] tried to download GIMP via active FTP from, and his firewall warned that wanted to open a connection (it was the same machine.) He thought that he was being hacked, and went complaining all the way up to department chair. - Misha Dynin
The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 5 - Friendface - Part 1 -
The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 5 - Friendface - Part 1
Whopper Sacrifice: Ditch 10 Friends, Get a Free Whopper | So Good -
YouTube - Classic Sesame Street - Rebel L -
YouTube - Classic Sesame Street - Rebel L
Funny, I don't remember a Billy Idol muppet from when I was a kid... - Ben Darnell
Attention Disney: If you're truly serious ... [Wall-E] -
L'Animateur - The Animator - Der Trickzeichner -
L'Animateur - The Animator - Der Trickzeichner
The Song of the Count - Lemon Demon Version -
The Song of the Count - Lemon Demon Version
YouTube - Nokia N96 - Bruce Lee Ping Pong -
YouTube - Nokia N96 - Bruce Lee Ping Pong
Extreme Kite Snowboarding -
WikiDashboard now performs with live data -
Banksy’s Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill (NOTCOT) -
Virtual worlds in the ambient cloud -
The "Feedization" Of The Web (continued) -
The Swedish Chef, Scooter, Fozzie Bear, Dr. Teeth, Janice, Animal, Zoot on Flickr - Photo Sharing! -
YouTube - show da natureza -
YouTube - show da natureza
I'd always wondered exactly how lightning "found" the tallest conductive object to strike. This slow-motion video shows how a lot of paths extend from the cloud (too quickly to be seen with the naked eye) before it settles on one path for the main strike. - Ben Darnell
Geometry Wars 2: Developer Spotlight -
Beyond REST? Building data services with XMPP -
"REST is Newtonian physics. XMPP Data Services: Quantum Mechanics & General Relativity" - ⓞnor
From the slides: FriendFeed's crawler sent 2.9 million requests to Flickr in one day to get updates for 46K users. "Polling doesn't scale." - Bret Taylor
Nice :). Polling scales just fine though -- it just isn't very efficient (regardless of scale). A good public feed would work just as well for us though, and it would be a lot simpler than xmpp. - Paul Buchheit
"We're spending a huge amount of resources ... for what is really a small trickle of data. we thought about calculating kilowatt hours, and dollars spent on electricity. But we didn't get to it" - let us know if friendfeed ever gets a bill. :) - David Vasileff
Paul - "polling doesn't scale" is definitely a generalization. But, at least in the case of FriendFeed's API, it does present opportunities for incomplete/non-contiguous data streams, which may be problematic for some API consumers. We've been discussing this on the API google group :) - Patrick Lightbody
Kool-Aid Man Wanted on Destruction of Property Charges -
Mapping Walkability – San Francisco -
The Song of the Count - Lemon Demon Version -
The Song of the Count - Lemon Demon Version
OMG! BEN! :) - Jenna Bilotta
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Early retirement is a false idol -
Does anyone really put their all into a crazy startup just because they want to retire early? I mean, it's a nice carrot, but all the people I've ever known to burn the midnight oil at a startup are passionate about what the startup is actually doing, not the payday at the end. - ⓞnor
I share your incredulity Dan. The startup folks I've always been surrounded with have a genuine passion for making things and getting people to use those things. They choose startups in the first place because the environment gives them the opportunity to focus most or all of their attention on this passion for doing. I don't hear folks talking a lot about how they're going to retire when the big payday hits. More importantly, when the big payday does hit, I haven't seen many folks actually retire... - Kevin Scott
I thought doing the crazy startup was the goal, not the other way around. - Edward Ho
I don't know whether people who go into startups really think like this (can't think of any examples personally, but being in it for the money instead of the passion probably correlates with lower success and therefore lower visibility), but people like Paul Graham sometimes make it sound like early retirement is the goal: "Economically, you can think of a startup as a way to compress... more... - Ben Darnell
So you're responding to Graham? Because your post said "the classic argument", and I an unwilling to grant Paul Graham's natterings the automatic status of "classic argument". - ⓞnor
If anything, the pot of gold is for seeding your next startup, or launching a personal blimp factory, or something -- not for "retirement". - ⓞnor
My guess is that it's probably more about having the financial freedom to choose what to work on than being able to retire in the usual sense of the word. - Jim Norris
I'm not responding to Graham or anybody; I just shared this because it relates to some conversations I've had recently. I do think that striking it rich and retiring early is a key part of the silicon valley mythology (especially as viewed from the outside), although there is less interest in the traditional sense of "retirement". I think the main point of the post still works for... more... - Ben Darnell
Chris Anderson is wrong. FreeDOM, not free, is the future of business | CenterNetworks -
I'd rather pay directly for the media I consume instead of paying indirectly through advertising (which costs attention now and money later as a sort of tax whenever I buy an advertised product). Overcoming the difference between free and non-free is difficult, though (on both technical and psychological levels). - Ben Darnell
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