"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Links of the Day

Consumer Prices Fall for First Time Since 1955 - Apparently it turns out that deflation is a bad thing and it is good when the price of everything increases every year (while your income usually doesn't). Because of that, the news that consumer prices has dropped .4% for the year is a big since that has not occurred in decades. The main problem it is a sign of just how much consumers have kicked their spending habits as they hunker down for a long term recession. The fact though is even once the recession ends, I think most know that companies will still continue to screw them on salary.

Bane In Arkam Asylum - I don't normally get excited about video games anymore (hard to make time to play them), but in this case I am making an exception. Of course I don't own a 360 or PS3 so excitement probably doesn't matter. It just looks like it will be a blast to play or even watch others play. The clip below introduces Bane, the villain that literally broke Batman's back in the mid-ninety comics.

NASA Treadmill Named After Colbert - Despite reports, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams informed Stephen Colbert that a new space station node would not be named after him despite winning an online vote. The reason is mostly because of the long standing tradition of not naming space station hardware after living people (station being international might have a large part to do with that). Instead NASA is employing its love of acronyms to name the stations treadmill (arriving in August) the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT). Stephen took the renaming pretty well considering.
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Space Module: Colbert - Sunita Williams
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest

Ghostbusters Rule Three - This is another game on systems I don't own that I am excited about. It looks like it might be a lot of fun and doesn't hurt that most of the original cast provided the voice work for the game.

Susan Boyle Performance - It only occurred four days ago but already Britain's Susan Boyle has become an internet sensation for her excellent performance of Les Miserables' I Dreamed a Dream. The cause for the attention is this rather homey singer with rather normal background surprised the audience and judges with her performance. To me it is a sign that we have become to programmed to think that singing talent can only come from hot little sexpots when it used to be based on ability. I guess do to popularity, embedding has been disabled.

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