links for 2011-07-26

  • Update: Paul Richard, the famed Style writer I held out for mockery by posting his harsh critique of the Rolling Stones below, took my jibe in stride and offered up a mea culpa for missing the band’s talent. Check it out here.

    Tuesday marks Mick Jagger’s 68th birthday. In honor of the rubber-mouthed, hallow-eyed, gorgeous-at-68 sprightly singer, I’m turning back to the archives of the Post. Ever since I found our original review of the Beatles in 1964 — and it wasn’t a pretty one — I’ve been hoping to poke fun at our shortsighted music reviewers again.

    Thanks to Mick Jagger, I’ve got the chance. And what a delicious chance it is. In 1964, the Post wrote of the Beatles: “The British have to sit through dozens of dreadful American television programs. In return, we get the Beatles. As usual, we got gypped.” Just a year and a half later an article appeared in the Post by Paul Richard entitled “Rolling Stones lacking in Beatle-like Finesse.” There is so much good in this article:

  • Contrast Rebellion – Low-contrast fonts and unreadable texts? To hell with them!
  • THE STATE OF THE WEB – by The Oatmeal
  • In my seminars, I enjoy teaching analytics because the fun is in finding effective and memorable methods to help people understand the concepts. One of my favorites is an analysis of the Red Shirt Phenomenon in Star Trek. What? You don't know about the Red Shirt Phenomenon?

    Well, as any die-hard Trekkie knows, if you are wearing a red shirt and beam to the planet with Captain Kirk, you're gonna die. That's the common thinking, but I decided to put this to the test. After all, I hadn't seen any definitive proof; it's just what people said. (Remind you of your current web analytics strategy?) So, let's set our phasers on 'stun' and see what we find…

  • Times are grim for fans of swords and sorcery. Japanese role-playing games like Xenoblade and The Last Story might never see the light of day in North America, while the American RPG industry seems limited to two or three gamemakers at most. The days of RPG oversaturation and endless Final Fantasy clones are long gone.

    Fortunately, there's a solution for gamers craving adventure: indie RPGs. Independent designers and auteurs across the world have found ways to create compelling role-playing games, even without huge budgets or hundreds of staff. Starring a wide range of protagonists, from washed up basketball players to peppy shopkeepers, these seven indies will satiate your RPG fix.

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