The Nuking of Duke Nukem
I remember when I first heard about S.T.A.L.K.E.R:Shadow of Chernobyl. Especially after I saw the movie that inspired the game (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079944/). I was giddy with anticipation like DNF. I followed the development but kept getting disappointed because they kept delaying as new engines came out and they rewrote the game to use those engines. At some point you have to say, OK choose a branch and run it out and stop making changes. Ultimately, this is what THQ did and they did produce an amazing game. I think 3DRealms could have learned a lesson from them. My number one rule of engineering: "You are never done, you just run out of time and/or money to make changes."
Too bad, when DN-3D came out it was my favorite replacing Doom II, but at least they both live on in the community. The Duke will always be around FOREVER!!!
A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?
It's not that people don't have the opportunity. You have to change the culture. For those in the 'hood, if you study, do your homework, work hard, etc., you are trying to be "white". Most want to be a rapper or ball player. The role models that they had until this time is Jesse and Al who continue to preach that they are being put down. Even though I may not agree with everything that Obama is doing, more role models like him are needed.
On a note about surveillance, I am a civil engineer and every city and state building now you have to sign in, show ID, and/or go through a metal detector now. They do it slow, one building at a time. They put up "red light" and intersection cameras which may only have a limited resolution now, but all it would take is quiet change during the nights and then you have system in place. They need the backbone in place. Doing it in the name of public safety is the way they do it.
Change.gov Uses Google Moderator System
This is nice, however, partisans have modded down any questions regarding B.O.'s relationship and knowledge regarding the pay for play issue of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. This certainly raises questions, now I am not accusing, but since B.O. is the product of Chicago politics . . .
From Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree's Blog for Cox Radio:
President-elect Barack Obama's Transition today launched "Open for Questions," a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another's questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.
It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama's supporters appear to be using -- and abusing -- a tool allowing them to "flag" questions as "inappropriate" to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama's website.
The Blagojevich questions -- many of them polite and reasonable -- can be found only by searching words in them, like "Blagojevich," which produces 35 questions missing from the main page of the site.
"Given the current corruption charges involving Blagojevich, will serious' campaign finance reform that takes money completely out of politics through publicly funded elections be a priority in the first term?" asked Metteyya of Santa Cruz, California. "This submission was removed because people believe it is inappropriate," reads the text underneath it.
Also removed as "inappropriate":
"In light of the recent corruption scandals (Blagojevich, Rangel, Jefferson, Stevens, etc) that have dominated the political scene,is there any ethics legislation being crafted to actually curb corruption and prevent another wave of nixonian cynicism?", a question from "lupercal," of Gainesville.
And: "Is Barack Obama aware of any communications in the last six weeks between Rod Blagojevich or anyone representing Rod Blagojevich and any of Obama's top aides?", a question from Phil from Pennsylvania.
Declaring a question "inappropriate" is different from merely voting it down; it's calling foul on a question, not just disapproving of it.
Community reporting systems like this are often vulnerable to abuse from committed partisans -- YouTube has wrestled with a parallel problem -- and the only solution is conscious efforts to remedy it.
So far, Obama's team does not seem to have stepped in to allow uncomfortable questions to rise to the top, and instead is allowing his supporters to sanitize the site.