Carmageddon: Reincarnation#

Carmageddon: Reincarnation will feature the same black humour and comic violence that made the original game such a success. All the laughs, the crazy power-ups, and extreme destruction will return. We will make sure the existing fans get what they want and expect from a Carmageddon game, and a new generation discovers the delights of sliding into a Cunning Stunt. […]

Now in the early stages of pre-production development, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is slated for release in 2012.

A welcomed reboot of one of my favorite PC games of all time.

Own your identity#

Marco Arment:

If you care about your online presence, you must own it.

That's just common sense, and the reason I quipped what I did with regard to Kevin's (shortsighted) decision to forward his domain to Google+.

I loved this bit at the end:

But there will always be the open web for the geeks, the misfits, the eccentrics, the control freaks, and any other term we can think of to proudly express our healthy skepticism of giving up too much control over what really should be ours.

Kevin Rose forwards his blog to Google+#

Kevin Rose:

Decided to forward to Google+. G+ gives me more (real-time) feedback and engagement than my blog ever did.

Not sure why everyone is getting so bent out of shape over this. Clearly Kevin doesn't care at all about his blog or his domain name, and that's his prerogative. End of (non-)story. *Yawn*


Using your iPhone, Bluetooth wireless technology, and a smidgen of pixie dust, Airlock determines whether you're near your computer. When you leave the room - poof! - your Mac locks itself. "And when I come back?" You guessed it: your Mac unlocks. You can also customize Airlock to perform specific actions as you come and go - have your computer talk to you, log-in or out of iChat, walk the dog, and such.

Looks great, and reminds me a lot of "Sony Ericcson Clicker," which I wrote about eight years ago: "It is the [ability to use AppleScript to let your presence (or absence) control anything you like] that excite[s] me most. The software essentially allows your mobile phone to function as a ‘proximity sensor.'"

Update: My friend, Richard Felix, tells me this software has been abandoned.

Larger than real life#

Mark Eaton (and others) on the complications of living as a retired 7-footer.

The curve shaped by the CDC's available statistics… allow[s] one to estimate the number of American men between the ages of 20 and 40 who are 7 feet or taller: fewer than 70 in all. Which indicates, by further extrapolation, that while the probability of, say, an American between 6'6" and 6'8" being an NBA player today stands at a mere 0.07%, it's a staggering 17% for someone 7 feet or taller.

The intelligent homosexual's guide to natural selection and evolution, with a key to many complicating factors#

I'm going to consider how same-sex attraction might persist in human populations in the face of its apparent selective disadvantages. In the absence of direct data—such as systematic measures of the total evolutionary fitness of gay men or lesbians in specific societal contexts—it's easy to make up stories about natural selection, but much harder to determine which stories reflect reality. I'll try to delineate which stories fit with what we know about how selection works, and with the little data we do have—but that's the best I can do. If there's one point I hope you take from all that follows, it's that evolution is complicated, and human evolution doubly so.

AOL Hell: An AOL content slave speaks out #

I was given eight to ten article assignments a night, writing about television shows that I had never seen before. AOL would send me short video clips, ranging from one-to-two minutes in length -- clips from "Law & Order," "Family Guy," "Dancing With the Stars," the Grammys, and so on and so forth... My job was then to write about them. But really, my job was to lie. My job was to write about random, out-of-context video clips, while pretending to the reader that I had watched the actual show in question. AOL knew I hadn't watched the show. The rate at which they would send me clips and then expect articles about them made it impossible to watch all the shows -- or to watch any of them, really.

You couldn't pay me…

Early human dads stayed at home while females roamed#

Males within two human ancestral species that existed roughly 2.7 to 1.7 million years ago were stay-at-home fellows, while females of these same species traveled. […]

The fact that early human ancestral males did not travel, however, does not mean that they helped to raise children. Chimpanzees, which exhibit the same dispersal patterns, have males that stay at home but yet don't participate in childcare. […]

If one interprets our results as indicating that male australopiths rarely moved long distances, then one is left to wonder if the need for energetic efficiency was sufficient to drive the origins of bipedalism…

Taco Bell and the golden age of drive-thru#

An interesting article on the evolution of operational efficiencies at fast-food restaurants.

Every Taco Bell, McDonald's (MCD), Wendy's (WEN), and Burger King is a little factory, with a manager who oversees three dozen workers, devises schedules and shifts, keeps track of inventory and the supply chain, supervises an assembly line churning out a quality-controlled, high-volume product[…]

It's as if the great advances of human civilization, in everything from animal husbandry to mathematics to architecture to manufacturing to information technology, have all crescendoed with the Crunchwrap Supreme, delivered via the pick-up window. […]

The operations are now so fast and so efficient that there may not be many more seconds to be wrung out of the current system. A human being can only order so fast, drive so fast, and hand over his currency or credit card so fast.

Why sadness is good for you#

Not only does mood affect what you think about, it affects the very process of thinking. This revelation has contributed to the most remarkable shift in thinking about sadness to date: that being down is not only an intrinsic part of being human, but that it can actually be beneficial. […]

When you're happy your brain is more likely subconsciously to base decisions on experience and knowledge you've already accumulated, such as stereotypes. When you're sad, you pay more attention to new information in the outside world - a style of thinking psychologists refer to as "accommodative".

Slave for sale#

Gray's son, who is on the [high school wrestling] team and is African American, walked past the dummy and noose into the locker room to change into gym clothes.

Two boys allegedly approached him in the locker room. One grabbed him in what Gray described as a "bear hug," while the other slipped a lock through his belt loop and connected it to a nearby locker.

The boys allegedly then walked back out of the room, shouting, "Slave for sale."

America, 2011.

One of my all-time favorite quotes

July 08, 2011

Charles Darwin:

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

iPhone SLR mount#

This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.


Why do we like the taste of protein?#

[T]he act of eating is not the only source of gustatory pleasure. Instead, a big chunk part of our sensory delight -- the joy that makes us crave particular foods -- comes afterwards, when the food is winding its way through the gut. […]

We are so convinced that the tongue is the source of culinary joy -- we eat too much ice cream because we want to make our mouth happy -- but it's not. Instead, we eat calorically dense foods because we are also trying to pleasure this secondary pathway, which responds not to the nuances of flavor but to the brute intake of energy.

Fatty foods can trigger a marijuana effect#

A new study […] found that chemicals called "endocannabinoids" produce a drug-like feeling that can drive you to gorge on fatty foods such as chips and fries. In the study, researchers noted that sugary or high-protein foods did not have this effect.

Path is now available for Android#

Finally, Path, one of my favorite iPhone apps, has made its way to the Android platform. I've been waiting on this one for a while; a few of my best friends use Android--can I really call them friends?!--and I've wanted them on Path since jump.

On the iPhone it's one of the best-designed apps I've ever used (I hope the Android app is as great), and because it's just my closest friends, the signal-to-noise ratio is, well, there is no noise. It's just a lovely, fun app.