Next gen console analysis from a normal (-ish) gamer

I don’t have a lot to add to this. Head to Dubious Quality and read what Bill says about the next-generation console shoot-out (that would be XBox360 vs PS3 vs Wii). His is probably the smartest analysis of what will happen I’ve seen. He could be wrong, but given how well he understands the entire gaming industry, I’d place higher odds on his being right than any other analyst or business I’ve read yet.

Okay, let me get this straight. The Wii is going to sell barely more than half the units of the other two consoles even though it’s significantly cheaper and offers an entirely unique control scheme which will encourage developers to be more creative. Oh, and the development costs are much lower.


[tags]A look at the next-gen console wars through 2010[/tags]

Do a lot of gun owners act this way?

A recent co-worker posted a link to this article on one gun-owner’s experience at CostCo when he carried his gun into the store and wore it openly. When he was leaving, a member of the store staff saw the gun and told him that store policy was that members had to leave firearms outside the store. Rather than agreeing to follow the company and store rules which he agreed to when he joined as a member, it sounds to me like he was rude and acted rather childishly. I’ve known a lot of gun owners/permit holders/gun carriers. None of the ones I’ve known seem to me likely to act this way, but maybe I’m mispercieving them. Continue reading “Do a lot of gun owners act this way?”

Pluto’s planetary status was long in doubt

More from the way-back archive that is Modern Mechanix, we see this November 1934 article from Science and Mechanics in which Pluto’s status as a planet was already in question.

mm-sml_little_pluto.jpgSINCE his discovery, the planet Pluto has been a good deal of a disappointment to his sponsors. Now Dr. Baade, of Mt. Wilson observatory, estimates that Pluto’s mass is something like that of Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn. But the mass of Titan, though the diameter is 2,600 miles, is but l/50th that of the Earth, or less than twice that of the moon. So that Pluto ranks as the largest asteroid, rather than the smallest planet; and it may be necessary to look farther for unknown planets.

I never before realized that Pluto was referred to as “he” either. Hmmmmm.

[tags]Pluto’s planetary status has long been in doubt, Pluto as a planet back in 1934[/tags]