This is a very interesting article written by Aaron Smuts.
In this article Aaron argues that by any major definition of art many modern video games should be considered art. Rather than defining art and defending video games based on a single contentious definition, Aaron offers reasons for thinking that video games can be art according to historical, aesthetic, institutional, representational and expressive theories of art. Overall, the argument is that while many video games probably should not be considered art, there are good reasons to think that some video games should be classified as art, and that the debates concerning the artistic status of chess and sports offer some insights into the status of video games.
Read the whole thing here
According to a groundbreaking article by Annemarie Colbin, being overweight is unavoidable. Luckily for us, being obese is good for you! In fact, it results in decreased incidence of cancer, respiratory disease, tuberculosis, heart disease, and osteoporosis. And being merely overweight is key to success in maintaining a healthy body: some benefits of overweightness include lower suicide rates, less type I diabetes, and others. So let's all go out there and stuff our faces while reaping the massive health benefits!
Not sure if you guys are, but I'm a ONE member. If you're not you can always go to the site listed here and check it out. Although this says Americans, ANYONE can submit a pledge. The most important thing you can do this year to end extreme poverty is vote on November 7th.
In Australia, internet service providers will be forced to block violent and pornographic material before it reaches home computers if Labor wins the next federal election.
Under the policy, announced by Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, international websites would be banned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority if they contained graphic sexual or violent material, rated R or higher.
The web is a great tool for sharing ideas and freedom of expression. However, efforts to try and control the Internet are growing. Internet repression is reported in countries like China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria. People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for criticising their government, calling for democracy and greater press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses, online.
I just watched Serenity last night to wrap up my Firefly journey and I happened to stumble upon this MSN list of the top 10 cancelled TV shows (here's E! Online's list.). It got me thinking... a lot of my favorite shows seem to get cancelled right quick. In fact, I have enough favorite dead shows to make my own top 10 list. How sad.
10) Playmakers - Way too melodramatic and I'm not really a football fan, but entertaining nonetheless.
9) Action - Jay Mohr always comes off as a colossal prick so watching him play a super-sleaze producer (thx Manko Jinko) exposing the seamy underbelly of Hollywood seemed perfectly natural.
8) The State - The 90s MTV sketch comedy show had an unbelievably funny cast. The excellent Reno 911 is loaded with State alum.
7) Twin Peaks - Weird, sad, funny and just freaking creepy. Good stuff.
6) Firefly - Genuinely funny and fun Sci-Fi with a great cast and a unique take on the future.
OK, I try to avoid politics and religion whenever possible in the news section, but George W. Bush's abysmal approval ratings in the US (33%) and abroad seems to be reaching new lows. The new Rolling Stone cover with a caricature of a dunce George Dubya really poses an interesting question:
Is George W. Bush the worst President in United States history or just the worst President anyone can remember? Discuss.
In the spirit of giving, Blueberry Pie has created a holiday-themed game for you all to try out. It's a penguin-killing good time! Try Xmess today!
And, in case I don't hear from you all before, have yourselves a very safe and happy New Year as well
I am gearing up to switch back to Netflix after a long hard trip with Blockbuster. Since I've used both the Netflix and Blockbuster online rental services recently I thought I'd help potential customers make an informed decision on which service to go for. The pricing for Netflix and Blockbuster is nearly identical so it really comes down to features...
Intelligent design my ass. Guinness proves once and for all that evolution is the bomb.
Note: Sorry to bring up religion (a taboo subject here), but in my opinion Guinness should be served in schools before that "intelligent design" hogwash makes it in.
I usually don't like celebrity chatter, but this was just too damn funny. I heard a clip on the radio this morning that had me in stitches. On Tyra Bank's unquestionably awful talkshow she choked back tears while revealing the anguish she goes through when people suggest her breasts are fake.
"By no means am I against plastic surgery," Banks says. "But it's just not a choice that I made. ... It's something that a lot of people think I have - and that is so frustrating to me."
Let me remind you, she was on the verge of tears the whole time.
Click here to learn more about the shallowest person on Earth.
I wouldn't call myself a "Mac" person (although I do like Apple products for the most part), but I have to give Apple CEO Steve Jobs major props. Jobs publicly hammered the RIAA for suggesting raising online download prices above one dollar a song.
The music industry has been losing tons of money to illegal downloading for years because of their arrogance and their absolute refusal to listen to what customers actually want. Now they have legit music downloads finally working (in no small part because of Apple products) and they want to screw their customers almost immediately. Greedy pigs.
January 26th since 1788
|Chinese New Year|
January or February
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|Elvis Presley's Birthday|
December 26th - January 1st
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday|
Celebrated on the third Monday of January
|New Year's Day|
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January 1st to January 3rd
|Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese lunar New Year)|
First day of January of the lunar year
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