Writer's Block: ONTD Games Giveaway
Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF? One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.] Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).
Cortana. Not in a sexual way, mind you, but she seems to be the most competent AI in gaming right now.

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Writer's Block: Bless you!
What are you allergic to?

Writer's Block: Remembering Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs once said, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." He inspired a generation to Think Different. How has the legacy of Apple's co-founder influenced your life?
I think he best influenced me by considering both the appearance and the functionality of a product or project and see that both are necessary for success.

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 Sometimes I wish Scott Kurtz would just abandon PvP and just work on LOLbat full time. Last week's retro edition was just perfect.

Five Points to Ponder
  1. Let's be honest: the Climate Change Bill that passed the house a) won't be the same bill that passes the Senate and b) will probably watered down even more before it gets signed by the President. So I really have to wonder why aren't we willing to undergo a minimal amount of pain to start to have an impact on the environment?
  2. Having said this, let's also be honest that what we do won't make that much of a difference if China, India (among others) stick to their economy over environment first philosophy.
  3. To that lad in England that wanted to give some movie-star a yellow rose: Congratulations, you've learned the first rule of dating.
  4. I think if we were honest with ourselves, we'd admit that we would almost expect Michael Jackson to die in a similar manner that other über musician/celebrities have died. And in a way, it perpetuates their fame and/or infamy for a very long time.
  5. Part of the problem of life is that there is no such thing as normalcy. It will never be fully planned, perfected or be as you dream it will be. But there in lies the adventure.

About Some of the Costs of Fame.
Andrew Sullivan had an interesting observation about the passing of Michael Jackson.

Celebrities and glorified geniuses (genii?) often sacrifice normalcy for their accomplishments and fame, and I would bet the mass majority of them do not even realize this sacrifice. It's just considered par for what's necessary to perpetuate their level of fame or accomplishments, and most people does this on a much smaller scale than it is often done in Hollywood, London, New York City, or wherever famous and noted people are recognized whether it be by the "main-stream media" or medias of a smaller scale, like the academic publishing of such magazines as Nature or Science. I am more surprised hearing about the famous people who don't hear about having a flaw or quirk. Jackson had it in spades. This seems to be part of the sacrifice.

A shortened life often is part of the bargain the famous and super-accomplished seem to pay much of the time too. I have to wonder if whether that is something worth accepting in exchange for never having an normal life.

Not that being normal is all peaches and cream either. But that's another topic for another day.

Two thoughts, one serious, one not so serious.
First, let's talk about Anders Love Maria. It's a fabulous post-modern romantic comic that deals with the struggles and trials of an odd couple where they cohabitate and suddenly, well, things happen. It is very bittersweet. But now, it's turning scary, as the author, is seriously threatening to stop the comic altogether if the harassment continues. It's serious enough where she's getting phone calls about the webcomic out of the blue, apparently.

The question is how much of a barrier does an author or a group of authors on a webcomic should have between their work and their fans? Most webcomics have forums, livejournal, twitter or other such quick chat areas where instant feedback and beggings are spewed forth from the readers. And it can sometimes can go out of control. I wonder how much leeway will a webcomic's creator(s) may have on their own website where they know if they limit the direct criticism, they will have other venues to vent. Feedback is a rather fickle thing, and in many cases, the criticism is nothing more than bunch of "best comic ever" or "worst comic ever" variants with little merit, or little criticism that isn't in these extreme cases. I'm not sure what the solution should be.

On a lighter note, Oddly Funny. And I do mean odd.

Best of the Recent
The question is simple: are there any new webcomics (since January 1, 2007) that you would recommend in reading?


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