Don’t Call It A Condiment

…Cause I’m only playing catch-up.
See, because it’s a homonym with… Bah, never mind. On with the Friday Link Dump!
Hollywood is definitely out to retroactively destroy my childhood. How else can one explain their insistence on changing G.I. Joe from hard-charging defenders of America into a namby-pamby “international” strike force under the auspices of the U.N.? Gah! At least TNR has a funny take on the liberal NERFing of Jack Bauer Fox has planned for this next season.
The Top 10 Stadium Anthems That Must Be Retired. I could not agree more with the selections, although the suggested alternatives simply have to be jokes.
Sad news: Madeline L’Engle died yesterday. Funny resultant referential/reverential Fark headline: Tessa-wrecked: Madeline L’engle dies at 88.

Microsoft Vista: Ye were warned, but cha didna listen, didjee?
Speaking of childhood memories, how about “The Cat Came Back”?

If the Command & Conquer offer from earlier this week weren’t sweet enough, how about Ubisoft offering Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Far Cry, and Rayman Raving Rabbids “free” (as in “no direct cost other than the bandwidth used to download them, the CDs to press them to and your time spent watching the ads they’ve installed/added to the games’ loading screens). Ad-supported old games is an interesting concept — I’ll be interested in finding out how this tactic is received both by players and by companies. I’m always up for more free entertainment.
3D holographic imagery using a spinning mirror: sweet.

The British-built MWMIK: Halo’s Warthog, incarnate.
A tech world/Internet first: an Apple re-boxing (‘course, Ben is merely sending the iMac in to swap for a new/non-broken model, but still: historical precedent!).
A study finds that 1 in 4 white collar workers are gaming on the job. Said study also finds that said workers have lower stress levels. I used to be a part of that 25% and, well, my stress levels are definitely the worse for it.
A preview of a John Edwards presidency: mandatory check-ups for everybody. Wheeee, free will, democracy and choice!
Three cheers for Super SpiderBatRobinPowerMan Ranger, hero of cheap Chinese knock-offs everywhere!
Whoops.
The Scunthorpe Problem reminds me of the days when I frequented the official America’s Army forums. The Army wanted to keep the discussion clean and wholesome, so they had an overly-aggressive language filter that resulted in some rather funny moments. Of particular note was their insistence that the letters “A”, “S”, and the dreaded second “S” were never to appear next to each other, resulting in people talking about making “rearaults” on the base or chiding each other for making unfounded “rearumptions”. To this day, if someone is jumping ahead of the facts in evidence, I will accuse them of making “rearumptions”. Good times.
Shaolin Monks vs. Ninja Trolls: it’s not a movie, it’s the Internet!
Gamasutra presents 20 difficult videogames. Hard to argue with their choices — those were definitely some tough games.
I think that ought to just about do it. Plenty to read, so get going! Chop chop!

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Doug
Husband & father with youngins; Presbyterian; Will devops for boardgames; Dadjoke Enthusiast; Longtime WordPress user; The failure mode of “clever” is...