7 Nov

What can I say? I lead a busy life.

I was totally going to write more blog posts. But it just didn’t happen. To make it up to you I’ll give you some important advice that you can (and should) use to make your life a little better:

BUY FABLE III IT’S THE SHIT MAN. YOU WANT IT. YOU DO.

So there.
Do it.

Brownies

17 Oct

There it is! I shall now attempt to blog. Like a real, cool internet-person.
Yeah! I bet this’ll last for, say, exactly two weeks. One post a week. That’s two posts. It shall be my new record and I shall treasure it dearly.

So this is the part about something really boring and mundane I did today? Alright! Neato!
Today I baked brownies. I always want to bake brownies and I always procrastinate… the baking of the brownies.
I want to bake them because I want to eat them. I love brownies. And however baking can be a lot of fun, cleaning up afterwards isn’t. But today brownies were baked, because I had different stuff to procrastinate.
When you get a school assignment, it opens up this whole big window of possibilities. All of a sudden there’s so much stuff to do. Instead of sitting in bed and playing video games I want to…. go and fly a kite. Create something with the stash of clay that’s been oddly piling up in my closet lately. Bake brownies. Stuff like that.
All of a sudden I… a person who doesn’t do anything but laze around and waste time away… get productive. That’s kind of crazy. And it kind of feels good.

But eventually the moment arrives at which you realize that really, you’ve not been productive at all. The school assignment’s still there. The deadline’s getting closer and closer.
In fact, the deadline’s only hours away. It’s so close I can smell it.
Maybe I should start. Maybe.
Or I could write the weblog post that I’ve been putting off for so long. I was gonna do this thing, right? Actually write stuff on that weblog I had to make for school? Heck. Yes. I’ll do that.

Sounds like great fun.

Here be a picture of brownies

Rocketboom: Know Your Meme

12 Sep

Inside jokes are nice. They make you feel like you’re part of the in-crowd. And you want to be. Badly.

This is why there’s a plethora of internet memes. Some very well-known, others…. not so much. You’re probably familiar with the term ‘rickroll’, and you probably know what monorail cat is. Or standing cat. Or keyboard cat.
You may have heard someone say that it’s ‘over 9000′, but you’re probably clueless as to what that really means. You might know that ‘all your base are belong to us‘ and that we’ve ‘herd u liek mudkipz‘. Yet you don’t know what base they’re talking about and (because of your bad childhood) have no idea what on earth a mudkip is.
Well, there’s good news for you! The Rocketboom Institute of Internet Studies has made some nice comprehensive videos about several famous and less famous internet memes. Watch them, and you’ll be sure to always understand what those cool internet people are talking about. You too can seem like a no-life and shout ‘Leeeeeeroy‘ as you charge into the supermarket to get your groceries.

Rocketboom will make your life better. And nerdier. So watch it.

Zynga

12 Sep

While to most people the word ‘Zynga’ might sound like some sort of African dance, it’s actually one of the most successful web 2.0-based game developers. Their most successful game – FarmVille – has over 80 million users. To give you an idea of what that means: there are more FarmVille users in this world than there are people in Germany.  That’s a staggering amount of people. 

For a company that was founded in 2007, that’s quite an achievement. Even more so if you have actually played their games. Zynga offers a wide variety of games. Titles include: FarmVille, FrontierVille, Café World, Treasure Isle, Mafia Wars, Petville, Zynga Poker, YoVille and FishVille. As you can see, quite a lot end in Ville. This might lead you to believe that those games are somewhat alike.

And they are.

FrontierVille is an exact copy of FarmVille. It’s just slightly better looking and has different quests. Zynga didn’t even bother to  create different character models; they just imported everything straight from FarmVille. And the same goes for pretty much, well, all of the games. Yet the Facebook crowd loves ‘em. Hundreds of new users join daily. But will Zynga’s reign last long?

Many critics say that people will get bored with Zynga’s games. Especially since they’re all pretty much the same. Also, Zynga seems to have stolen pretty much all of their ideas from other games. FarmVille reminded me of Harvest Moon, which was copied by Farm Town, and then copied by Zynga’s FarmVille. Mafia Wars is an exact copy of Mob Wars (whose developers took this to court and got a nice 7 – 9 million dollar settlement). The same goes for Café World and Restaurant City, and even then, the list goes on…

Even so, this business model has proven very successful. In 2010 Google and Softbank invested a combined $300 million dollar in Zynga, so apparently those companies have faith in Zynga’s continuing success. Even though it seems a lot more likely that people will indeed get bored with Zynga’s games and their numerous promises for updates that will never see the light of day, while they keep throwing stuff at their users that they never really wanted in the first place.

Here’s a mediocre video about FarmVille to distract from this post’s overall suckiness.

Twitter; Fad or Fantastic?

12 Sep

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 4 years, there’s a high chance that you know what Twitter is. You might have tweeted things before. Or you might even be a devoted Twitterer.
But in case you have been living under a rock; Twitter is a micro-blogging service. It allows people to share the most mundane things with the world, as long as their messages are no longer than 140 characters long. Given the brain capacity of most people, this often results in tweets like: ‘HAVIN AN AWSUM PEANUTBTTR JELLY SAMMICH!111’ and ‘Cutting my toenails, boy was that needed!’

I myself use Twitter. I’m not proud of it. I just give in too easily to peer pressure. My friends were doing it, and if they’d get sozzled every night… I’d probably do that, too. I never really got into it, mostly because nothing very exciting ever happens in my life, not exciting enough to share with the world, at least.
Let’s see what happens when I log onto Twitter.
Ah.
Diana‘s plant apparently died. May it rest in peace.
My dear friend Marc has a cold. He’s very grateful to have tea. And a scarf. How good to know.
Marlies calls me a truant. Fair enough.
Some random British guy I barely know has been spitting out Tweets in his usual fashion.
Someone tweeted during Web Skills, complaining about how utterly bored she was. This makes me chortle.
For the most part though, I couldn’t care less.

I do understand that I’m probably not using Twitter right. That it’s a great way to find out about what people around you are doing. That, for professionals, it might be a very useful communication tool. Yada yada yada. I know. Still, if there’s something under 140 characters that you think is important enough that it should be shared with the world wide web… I’d seriously reconsider what your requirements for importance are.
Fortunately, this study shows that the time of Twitter’s reign is soon to be over. 60% of its users do not come back after the first month. This means Twitter can’t ever accumulate more users than it will inevitably lose over time. Hooray for sanity!

— EXTRA TREAT FOR YOU, DEAR READER! —

Since this post was probably just as entertaining as watching your co-worker try to build a little castle from post-its, here’s a funny video to make life a lil’ better.

Test for Hyperlink Awesomeness

11 Sep

This is a test post for my dear friend Didi, who is struggling with the fact that her parents never let her have that precious pet hamster she so desired. She’s also struggling with adding hyperlinks.
Maybe, at this point in time, she might think hyperlinks are actually a hoax. They’re not. Hyperlinks are real.
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Ponies

31 Aug

This blog is not about ponies.
And it’s not about tapdancing.

Unfortunately.

This blog is just an assignment for school. Nothing interesting will appear here. Just boring stuff. Writings about internet-related things. Because I have to.
So now’s the time to yawn and close this tab because it won’t get much better than this. Really, it’s only gonna go downhill from here. No ponies. No tapdancing. No tapdancing ponies. Life sucks. Get over it.

This is a dumb picture of a unicorn for your enjoyment.

I wish you, reader, a very pleasant day.