This is a really great speech about where video games are today and where they need to go in the future. Jonathan is super critical of most games today saying they offer artificial rewards to encourage game play instead of building game machanics that encourage game play with out the need of artificial rewards. Like Jonathan I also agree that WoW is a great example of this transgression.
Loudon Wainwright III – Grey in L.A
I am currently in love with this song: Loudon Wainwright III - Grey in L.A. (myspace)
Interview with Chris Messina about OpendID, OAuth and Diso
Brian Oberkirch (always a great interviewer) has an amazing interview with Chris Messina about OpendID, OAuth and Diso. Only recently I fully comprehended OpenID (a great wordpress plugin here) and OAuth is slowly making it self clear to me.
While a lot of these concepts are hard for me to absorb while just reading the specs once more down to earth tutorials and podcasts are out I’ll be quick to try and implement some of these functionality.
Slanty is Digg for Opinions
Slanty is digg for opinions and is kinda fun. Reminds me a lot of Hey Nielsen which is also fun. I’m a sucker for these kinds of sites as I have a high opinion of my own opinion.
Knol = About.com
At best Knol seems like some kind of About.com type website. As far as I know they currently own the market on crappy single author articles with giant ads on them.
Google’s example uses insomnia and here’s About.com’s page on insomnia. I mean really what is the difference?