Google shows that
I rest my case.
Google shows that
I rest my case.
This isn’t the Photoshop Disasters blog, but this post is close enough to it.
A screenshot of a video I was watching. I just cropped it and put 2 red circles on it.
Since the ad goes to a newegg promotion, the fail goes to newegg.
This post is about the human nature to collect/hoard imaginary points that have very little possibility of benefit. For example, there are Xbox achievements, PSN trophies (a copy of said achievements), Foursquare badges, points (from any web 2.0 website), etc. It’s fair to say that no person needs these things.
The are many possible reasons a person chooses to earn a virtual score: 1.) self-esteem, 2.) social signalling, 3.) point redemption, 4.) site loyalty, and so on.
So there are many reasons a person would have to earn points.
Part of human nature is being rational. Being rational entails preparing for the future. So in an effort to be in a better future position, a person may opt to earn points on as many web services as possible. Who knows what is going to be the next Wikipedia or Twitter? If a person was involved early on, they could have been a Wikipedia moderator or gotten many Twitter followers. Yes, most people don’t think like this, but among technology early adopters, this mentality is more prevalent. Finding and using the next cool web service (ala Facebook) before everyone else did is a sure-fire way to increase their e-peen.
In a situation where a person has two choices: 1.) get points or 2.) get no points, a rational person will choose #1 every time. It’s human nature to collect things, store them, and wring some benefit out of it when possible. Even if there is a 0% chance of benefit to having points, it’s likely that a person would want to get points for the sake of it. In video games, earning points and leveling up is addictive for the sake of it.
It makes sense to earn points with credit cards that have conclusive future rewards. It may make sense to earn points in a video game where the only possible future benefit is virtually nil. People simply like getting things in our materialistic society where most people have the basics (food, shelter, clothing, etc.). When a person and their circle of friends don’t have to worry about food, what can help distinguish them from everyone else? Number of Facebook friends? Joining Twitter before Oprah did? Listening to such and such indie rock band before they hit mainstream and sell out?
I write this because I am addicted to PSN trophies, Foursquare badges, and get so focused on this BS aspect. When you play games and are no longer having fun just to earn an achievement, it is BS and you have no one else to blame but yourself.
Walked around NYC some more today. Decided to start putting a very small watermark.
The Nintendo Store wasn’t as big as I imagined, just two floors near 30 Rock. There is a Pokemon Center downstairs, in which “center” means aisle against the wall.
I think you can buy these?
As seen from Smash Brothers, etc!
This guy is a Nintendo legend. Created Mario and many, many Nintendo brands.
This is the backside of the protesters.
The front side. Haha “Conando”
I didn’t go up to the top of the rock. Maybe one of these days? Also, I didn’t go ice skating today.
It looks fun.
I think this is on 5th Ave, and I know it’s near 30 Rock. Pretty impressive.
The texture / over-design elements interest me.
Up in Harlem, we have Sylvia’s Soul Food. This was featured on the Food Channel. If I’m not mistaken, the table where I sat had a photo of Reverand Al Sharpton and Sylvia.
It was pretty spicy, in a Tabasco kind of way. I didn’t really use it much, because I wanted to savor the food and not just drink hot sauce.
This was “the bread” that restaurants give you to nibble on before the food arrives. I’m not a cornbread person, but I ate a lot of this because it was good – especially the crust parts.
From top left counter-clockwise: lemonade, fried chicken, baked mac-n-cheese, collard greens, gravy, hot sauce, and cornbread. It was all great except for the collard greens, which had a distinct taste that I’m not sure how to describe because I’m just not used to it. This was my one/only meal today. The rest of today was spent walking it off.
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! 125st was the subway exit with the Apollo theater nearby.
Around the evening, the Wall Street area was pretty deserted (for NY). Then again, today was a “holiday.”
This was right by Ground Zero.
These photos were mostly taken with the EF-S 17-55. At night, some were with the EF 50.
This is a good example of my sentiments toward MW2. A lot of it is total crap, but it still remains an easy time sink.
This video is epic fail, as defined by the internet. Which is why you should never hipfire a sniper rifle
Mythbusters MW2 Edition – Part 1. It contains lots of great little gameplay trick shots