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Diebold, the electronic voting machine company, to Change Its Name. You now hate the company Premier Election Solutions. See you on November 9th!

Hard for me to say this diet doesn’t sound like the worst idea ever even if it’s a little more work then I currently do.

New single from Cassie Steele. (lyrics). The song is ridiculous. I don’t think the N will help promote it. Why couldn’t just be a love song to Craig or something? (via)

Update: Haha… it seems this new album will be a bit of a different genera then the last one:

There is a Spore survey out. Not a ton of information hidden in it but you do get a glimpse of the types of body parts and paint styles they are thinking of adding:

New Body Parts: Robotic, Human, Alien, Skeletal, Cute, Reptile, Monster

New Paint Types: Fur, Feathers, Fanciful, Cartoon, Realistic, Anime

I should keep better track of the stats on Books I Am Reading and since I am not backing up the data automatically here’s what they look like today.

Top Books People Want To Read

  1. 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell and Erich Fromm – 8 people
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – 5 people
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling and Mary GrandPr̩ Р5 people
  4. The Difference Engine (Spectra Special Editions) by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling – 4 people
  5. The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen – 4 people


Top Books People Are Currently Reading

  1. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer – 3 people
  2. Moby-Dick or, The Whale (Penguin Classics) by Herman Melville and Tom Quirk – 2 people
  3. The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition) by J.R.R. Tolkien – 2 people
  4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – 2 people
  5. Anna Karenina (Oprah’s Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy and Richard Pevear – 2 people


Top Books People Have Finished

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling and Mary GrandPr̩ Р13 people
  2. 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell and Erich Fromm – 11 people
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré – 9 people
  4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – 8 people
  5. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – 5 people


Top Books People Have Given Up On

  1. Halting State by Charles Stross – 1 person
  2. The New School of Information Security by Adam Shostack – 1 person
  3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – 1 person
  4. Practical Cryptography by Niels Ferguson – 1 person
  5. Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K. Tharp – 1 person

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In a recent interview with GQ Aaron Sorkin mentioned that he was talking to HBO and was looking for series ideas (He was half joking). But I have had a killer idea for Sorkin and HBO would be the perfect place for it. He should redo the West Wing but do it for a poor war torn country in Africa. It would keep all the drama of the West Wing but have a completely different set of obstacles to over come. Pressure from super powers, constant bankruptcy, military takeovers and other problems that only poor African countries have.

Oh the early days of an MMO. So full of promise and hope. A time when anything a developer says is a fact about the game. Here are my favorites about Star Trek Online so far:

STO will not be a level-based MMO that will take hours upon hours of mindless, pointless grinding that would go against everything Star Trek stands for.

The game will be designed so that those of us with lives will be able to hold our own against those sad, sorry individuals who sink 60+ hours a week into their MMO.

I’m trying to remember an MMO that didn’t promise both of those things. Come on people? Do we have to get so starry eyed every time?

It’s a little hypnotizing to hear these kids talk about how they tried to solve these math equations. This is a documentary that I would definitely like to see.

“If anyone thinks these two should not be wed speak now or forever hold your peace…”

“It’s a Trap!”

Some Librarian thinks libraries shouldn’t not have video games because they are secretly making us illiterate. I have to say I’ve been playing video games for so long I could barely find the box on the shelf that read “Big Brain Academy”. But in response I donned my Steven Colbert hat and left this comment:

I also have a problem with all picture books. What’s with all the pictures? you can’t read a picture! Who are these toddlers fooling? Learn to read!

My mother gave me A Tale of Two Cities when I was one year old and I never looked back. If Charles Dickens didn’t think pictures would help people read then neither do I.

Also Egyptian hieroglyphs. These pictures masquerading as words are not fooling anyone. I am apart of an ancient order of Librarians who originally formed to ban these “texts” from the Library of Alexandria. How King Tut fooled the people of Egypt in to thinking they were actually reading I’ll never know.

And that’s the Word.

It was pretty awesome seeing an Edward Fortyhands in the last episode of The Middleman (episode 8)

The draft of the 2008 Democratic National Committee platform is out and although it will be changed some here is my favorite part:

Governance

We will lift the veil of secret deals in Washington by publishing searchable, online information about federal grants, contracts, earmarks, loans, and lobbyist contacts with government officials. We will make government data available online and will have an online video archive of significant agency meetings. We will put all non-emergency bills that Congress has passed online for five days, to allow the American public to review and comment on them before they are signed into law. We will require Cabinet officials to have periodic national online town hall meetings to discuss issues before their agencies.

via Democratic Convention Watch

Your new favorite Youtube channel: mitchmagee

As of today Sconex.com is officially dead. I designed and built user interfaces for Sconex for full year before moving on to Sugarloot, which currently still resolves to an IP adress.

Unlike most web designers who jump from project to project I tend to spend large amounts of time on a site and it’s sad too see one go. Sconex had a lot of rough design edges but there was a lot of great work I put in there. I’m still happy with how you could make a quiz. It was simple and intuitive. And the front page was pretty hot too.

It usually good to keep your portfolio fresh though and I guess now’s as good a time as any to trim mine down.