The Bob Chronicles

29 March 2010

“Save all the money on the manuals and just give me this duck to always be there and tell me what to do.” Looking back on the 15-year anniversary of Microsoft Bob, one of Microsoft’s most famous failures.

Snake People by John August

29 March 2010

A new, free to read, short story by screenwriter John August. This one is posted on Popcorn Fiction, which is: an ongoing anthology of short fiction by screenwriters, including original work by Scott Frank, Larry Doyle, Jeff Lowell and many others. Derek Haas created the whole endeavor. A noble endeavor.

Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard

24 March 2010

KVJ on story structure, Hamlet, Cinderella, and Kafka: But there’s a reason we recognize Hamlet as a masterpiece: it’s that Shakespeare told us the truth, and people so rarely tell us the truth in this rise and fall here [indicates blackboard]. The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what […]

Opera Mini “Countup”

23 March 2010

Opera submitted Opera Mini to the App Store 6 hours ago, and this page is tracking how long it takes Apple to approve it. The closest guess wins a new iPhone. This is pretty clever. Everyone knows the App Store approval process is bunk, why not have some fun with it?

“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”

21 March 2010

Soren Johnson’s summary of Social Gaming / Facebook’s presence at SXSW, what it’s doing to the industry, and what it might do to the future of games. Potentially very bad for everyone. My favorite quote is this, which I think sums up my real problem with [those fucks] Zynga: So many of the methods for […]

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