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Great question. If I only had one video I could play it would be this.

Oh crap sorry! Extra Credits! Along with Heathcliff, I dedicate this story to the following people, in no particular order:

Ada Lovelace

Kurt Vonnegut

Bill Gates

Steve Jobs

Grace Hopper

Ray Kurzweil

Gabe Newell

Barack Obama

Michelle Obama

The Fam

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Issue : Games : All America CityVille

Stockton, California is a river port/agricultural city, located behind Sacramento and to the side of San Francisco. It was named "most miserable" city in the United States by Forbes Magazine in 2009, then again in 2011, which sounds harsh. But I went through puberty in Stockton, and find it easy to agree with the summation. 

Especially after the loss of hammer skate, which was torn down when city officials finally located the source of children's laughter. Sleep well old friend, may your rex path to heaven be clear.   

Also not helping a miserable situation is the city's filing for chapter nine bankruptcy, which allows Stockton to suspend payments to creditors until a court approves a plan that balances how much they currently make with how much they owe. 

We may have found our median. Corporations, too big to fail, cities, not so much. A whole state may own a video game company soon, perhaps we will see Zynga style city management in real life. #Fort Worth, Texas, sponsored by General Electric.

The Protoculture Mixtape v.95 Issue : People : Slow Skate

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Issue : Games : Source Action

I am kankles deep in pyro happy land, and refuse to believe this state has nothing to do with Diablo 3. C'mon, TF2 is taking an asparagus piss. The rainbows and sunshine look like they were pulled right off a t-shirt for the sake of everything good and well in badwater.

Looking forward to the source filmmaker, oh what a tangled web will be woven from... whatever, the .gif says it all, just replace Jenna with a demo on fire.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Issue : People : 4th Estate

The Newsroom is a television drama about people that get paid to tell other people what they need to know. The guy that wrote it likes to make a lot of shows covering the same topic, but with different, backdrops, set pieces, and characters.

Honestly, he makes the same show every time, which pretty much goes, "Person loves [x], [x] isn't what it used to be anymore, but not many others seem to care. Person wants [x] to be what it used to be, so person pushes [x] uphill against all odds. Person achieves Pyrrhic victory, person and those around said person feel better. [x] continues to be [x].

A lot of people see that as lazy writing, which is understandable. I see it as him being stubborn, as in, "I will just keep doing it over and over until people understand what I am trying to say, why I think it's important, and maybe do something about it if there is still time. And if it doesn't change, well fuck... man, I still had to do it, because we both know it's broken, and only getting worse." Art imitating life, as it were.

It's a wrap for newspapers, and everybody knows it. The tech flood is here, and the televised daily's as we know them are next. The news cycle is a mechanical bull in a china shop, and no one can feed a beast with an inexhaustible appetite, a self sustaining power supply, a pattern of wants at odds with what the system was designed to do, and a penchant for killing the messenger cause the beast don't like their face.

"If you can't swim, then you bound to drizzown." Or, "If you think swimming is beneath you, then you probably underwater." These days it seems more important to like the person telling you things, than if the things they are telling you are true.

Everybody knows what people call personalized flash news and blogging today will be the norm of tomorrow, even though everyone makes fun of the platform. That's embarrassing for everybody, a sinking ship harrumphing at a jet plane on autopilot. [x] continues to be [x].

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