New game show idea:
Contestants must cook a meal (think Iron Chef) while their favorite music is playing. Music must be danceable, and contestants are expected to dance while cooking. A panel of judges scores the contestants based on their dancing as well as the quality of the food. Contestants lose points if they spill, burn themselves or their food.
This was pretty much my reaction when I saw the Israeli Defense Force’s blog last night.
Unbelievable: The IDF Has Gamified Its War Blog.
Disney exec says storytelling is B.S. when it comes to B.O. | Blastr.
How are we supposed to be expected to shell out $15 a seat to watch a film in the theatre when Hollywood execs like Andy Hendrickson from Disney say things like this:
People say ‘It’s all about the story.’ When you’re making [blockbuster] films, bulls**t.
Using Alice in Wonderland as an example (made $1 billion), he said at an international conference: “The story isn’t very good, but visual spectacle brought people in droves. And Johnny Depp didn’t hurt.”
Seriously Andy Hendrickson, chief technical officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios? Seriously? There are more movies being made than ever before and yet the tickets sold hasn’t changed, and you want to make up the difference by recycling the same crap movies and you expect that to pull us away from our 60 inch, 3D, plasma flatscreens and 500 channels and our Netflix and Hulu and streaming video and movies distributed on BitTorrent and give you money for that? I’ll stick to waiting until they show up on Netflix streaming, thanks.
Read this. Then come back. It’s okay, I’ll wait.
It’s the last paragraph the bugs me.
The five-year-old company may be experiencing remarkable growth, but it has yet to become a commercial success. The startup reportedly makes around $1 million per month from premium and hosting services, an inconsequential figure for a company that plays such a central role in web publishing.
Automattic makes $12 million a year spending most of their time developing free software and yet, they aren’t a commercial success? What? Seriously, what? Matt & crew are some of the biggest and most public advocates for open source and the GPL. Monetization, while obviously a concern, is not a focus, the focus is creating a great application that millions of people use daily for free. $12 million a year for a team of maybe a couple dozen full-time employees? Sounds successful to me. The fact that they aren’t raking in the dough like Microsoft or Apple is a choice not a byproduct of failed marketing, and were they to go that route, I doubt they’d have the market share that most of that article reveals.
As much as I love a good romp down Let’s Psychoanalyze Fictional Characters Lane, can I just point out the incredible waste of resources in a team of psychiatrists (that’s right, not just a guy, or some friends at the bar, or even a single, Star Wars-obsessed psych student) diagnosing Darth Vader with borderline personality disorder?
I have one thing to say: of course he has borderline personality disorder; he’s a frakking villain. If the bad guys didn’t have issues, they wouldn’t be bad guys (not believable ones, anyway).
[Eric] Bui [of Toulouse University Hospital in France] is convinced that by the time Anakin donned his black mask to become Darth Vader, he already met six of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV). Patients only need to match five criteria to qualify for a diagnosis.
You know it’s serious when they’re invoking what’s known in the psych field as The Manual.
Shrinks Diagnose Darth Vader’s Inner Demons : Discovery News.