Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Planting My Yoorl Seeds.

Trying out Yoorl to see how my links make it across the Blogosphere and beyond.
Spread these links:
New Gen Gamers
Emergency Trap

So, I'll report back and let you all know how these links have migrated around the net.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sparter-Helping facilitate crime

It's difficult to post this because sometimes bad press is still press. I don't want to "help" Sparter in any way, so I've omitted any link to them(apart from the post on TechCrunch).

It's quite a coincidence that yesterday I recorded a podcast about gaming in Korea and China, and last night I found the post on TechCrunch about Sparter.

There is nothing good about this service what so ever. You can see my comment #16(Jeremy S.).

I'd be more than happy to discuss this. I prefer to keep the discussion limited to my comment thread. I get plenty of email and I don't need my account flooded.

You can also listen to the podcast on Friday, June 14th to hear some facts to support my opinions:
New Gen Gamers

This all surrounds the negative aspects of "gold farmers" which are practically thriving in Korea. Which leads me to my next comment.

Did you notice how not-so-deceptively similar the Sparter logo is to the Korean flag?

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What's better than "Extremely Beautiful"?

I saw Mashable's post on 10 extremely beautiful web designs by changing the layout of existing site's CSS using a firefox plugin called Stylish. A very nifty implementation, and I couldn't describe it better. I, however, thought I'd risk a friendly jab at a site that I visit quite often.

While the CSS re-writes, for such sites as Google, Digg, and the others Mashable lists are neat(Because let's face it, after a while any change, no matter how small, can be a good change), they are pretty minor changes. In fact, it's not doing much more, aesthetically, than changing the sites background. That's neat but is it really "extremely beautiful"?

Now to be fair, I'll "jab" myself. I couldn't really come up with anything better for whole site re-writes, but what I found are some really great scripts for minor changes. Yes I just jabbed Mashable for saying their list of sites only had minor changes, but I'm not saying the scripts I found are "extremely beautiful" either. However I would add that combining these minor changes on one site would yeild some pretty cool results. "pretty cool".
Really what it all boils down to, is that their really aren't any magnificent style re-designs using Stylish or Greasemonkey. Mashable did pick the best ones out their, but the best really isn't good enough, in this case. Look at the bright side. This may kick some people in the rear to put out some nicer CSS re-writes which will please everyone who likes to use them.

Now on to the impossible task of convincing people that "pretty cool" is better than "extremely beautiful".

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