Monday, March 27, 2006

Nothing New Under the Sun

"Badly drawn, badly written...a strain on the young eyes and young nervous systems – the effect of these...nightmares is that of a violent stimulant. Their crude blacks and reds spoil a child's natural sense of color; their hypodermic injection of sex and murder make the child impatient with better, though quieter, stories. Unless we want a coming generation even more ferocious than the present one, parents and teachers throughout America must band together...”

Video games are out of control, right? The above quote was actually taken from a Chicago Daily News editorial in 1940 decrying the contemporary plight of comic books. The days of Mickey Mouse were over. On to Dick Tracey and Flash Gordon.

My recent interest in this was brought on by a series of articles, especially this one in the latest issue of Wired Magazine.

"Every generation believes that preceding generations had more moral fiber, were more devout, that young people are running amok, and that new fangled innovations are hurrying the world to ruin. The fact that every generation over the last 2400 years has believed this, that similar sentiments can be found in Pliny the Elder, Saxo Grammaticus and William Bennett, does not give us pause."

Can it get worse, or is "worse" always a constant hidden by parents and other moral authorities but always sought by the wild "punks?"

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Delete E-mail?

I'm not sure I'm on the same page as Merlin at 43 folders. I rarely delete an e-mail. Hard drive space is inexpensive--especially when it comes to text data. Why delete? You never know when you're going to need to look something up from three, six, twelve months ago. It's easy to do a search (esp on a Mac!).

E-mail is not like snail mail with envelopes, papers, flyers, etc piling up on a desk, always demanding a sort. With e-mail, you can take care of stuff when you need to, flag it, mark as unread, forward it, etc. Why bother erasing?You lose a convenient record of what someone has sent you. What do you do?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Reading Test

Tihs is wlid. Form this tmie frworad, I tihnk fturue psots sahll be pserenetd in tihs mnaenr.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Christian Doom

OK--not exactly Doom or Quake, but it's finally here! The chance for Christians to play a shoot-up game--and it's all ok to kill the enemy--if you can't convert them first. (This story has been dug).

Yes, in the ultimate extension of Christian book store "Jesus Junk," there's this from the latest issue of Newsweek:

March 6, 2006 issue - Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition: Christians are finally getting a high-caliber shoot-'em-up videogame of their own. Due out on PCs in the second half of 2006, Left Behind: Eternal Forces is the first game adapted from the blockbuster books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

Let's see....what other ways can Christians still be "Christians" and still have all the fun of the rest of the world?

Friday, March 03, 2006

Firefox Extension

For all you Firefox users out there, check out this great extension. If you're into tabbed browsing like I am, this little extension activates all the tabs like Exposé does on a mac. You can instantly see all the tabs thumbnailed. Hovering over the thumbs enlarges them, then clicking on the thumb, it activates, while the rest go away and the extension closes.

Very slick, very nicely done. Enjoy!

Oh--and it won Grand Prize from Firefox in it's category.

Obeying the Law

Check out these crazy college students who made a lot of people upset by doing the right thing. The drove 55 mph!