People freak out over "pandemics," even though we've got one of the worst pandemics in history, AIDS, raging through the carcass of the body-politic right now. Every once in a while you see a street demo or a charity show about AIDS. Carla Bruni is pretty big on fighting AIDS. Otherwise we just drop dead of AIDS in hecatombs, and the pandemic has become our business as usual. AIDS is an extremely fearsome disease, practically 100% lethal, yet it's hard work to get people to remain properly afraid of it.
*There is always some flu around and flu is always killing some people. Even when a raw mutant flu manages to kill off more people than a shooting-war, flu has never ravaged whole cities as cholera or the Black Death can do. As awful pandemics go, flu is like the snotty-nosed little sister of awful pandemics.
*So if you catch the new swine flu, you're very likely not gonna die.
*But since it is a flu, you're gonna kinda WISH you could die.
*You're not ACTUALLY gonna die unless your lips are turning blue, you have bad chest pains, you can't swallow water, you can't stand up, you're having seizures and you don't know where you are or what your name is. As this document suggests, you're gonna want to watch out for those symptoms.
April 2009 Archives
Make fluorescent transgenic puppies
Make an App Store that sells 1 billion apps in 9 months to 3 devices
Create cute and cuddly robotic dinosaurs, and then have them die due to the economic pressures.
Cricket told the reunion attendees that she'd had reconstructive surgery and also suffered from amnesia. It wasn't completely unbelievable, because some had already heard that the real-life Wachner was in an accident after high school -- her car was totaled and she had been injured, but she had never suffered from amnesia.
Most of them had not seen or talked to Wachner since high school, but many found her new profession suspect: Cricket as Andrea said she was working as a stripper to help pay her graduate school tuition.
Daniel Wolowicz, 32, who had been an acquaintance of Wachner's in high school, said he was immediately suspicious.
"She was just so different. You have to understand the community we had come from," he said. "Everyone was questioning who this person was.
"I had asked her a very specific question about seeing her at a bat mitzvah when I was 15 years old," he said. When Cricket answered his question correctly, Wolowicz said he assumed it was Andrea or "someone else who had been given a lot of information."
There's one particular segment in the clip that I enjoy, which is pointing out the sheer numbers of BMWs and Mercedes in the student parking lot of the high school. The YouTube comments on the video run the whole gamut about perpetuating certain stereotypes about this community to admiration for Andrea for making the reunion interesting.
Past James Jean books have become valued commodities; the initial Process Recess by James Jean now sells for over $800, and his latest book, a collection of his Fables covers entitled Fable Covers: The Art of James Jean Vol. 1 , which was released in November 2008 is currently sold out, and fetching prices in the neighborhood of $100.
Karen Elson is also known as Mrs. Jack White (of the White Stripes).
There's plenty of other props and costumes too, and it's the kind of thing that I could easily spend an afternoon looking through.
- 1 cup of Coffee = 37 gallons
- 16 oz. Soda = 33 gallons
- 1 pint of Beer = 20 gallons
- 1 pound of Beef =1500 gallons
Yes, yes it can.
Noticeably, this statement in a leadership forum, especially in an industry association, speaks volumes about the philosophy of managers at Epic; the games industry does not have an official union, per se; and so at the GDC last month, chair emiritus Jen Maclean made the official statement that the IGDA doesn't exist to "dicatate" to anyone what hours they should work. What Maclean says is basically true; the IGDA is an organization whose purpose is to support game developers in advocacy and networking, if there is an issue, they put together a SIG (Special Interest Group), and discuss the matter, but they don't have any real power in the industry. Membership to the IGDA is extended to anyone willing to pay the $48 a year in the games industry, but it's not really a union or a guild, and because game development is so broad an industry it's really hard for IGDA to keep any one group happy without upsetting a different group of industry professionals, which means that as an organization goes, the IGDA is unwilling to take a stand on the issue.
As a former games developer; I have this to say -- 60 hours a week is likely partial exaggeration, and partial underestimation; there are some employees who will put in only 40 hours a week; they have families or other commitments which regulate their hours. Others will put in 60 hours, which is a 12 hour shift every weekday, and others will do even more than 80 hours a week (essentially 12 hour days, 7 days a week). Keep in mind that as a games developer, your are already underpaid compared to other industries, but the hours of the industry make this an even worse deal, especially considering that as a developer, their rights to the work that they produce have been largely divorced from them. While EA was slapped with a massive lawsuit years ago regarding the labor laws; the industry as a whole has not heeded the warning; game developers are still overworking, and have few avenues to protect themselves and their jobs. Over the long term, these actions are unsustainable for the majority of game developers and they will eventually burn out -- the current average of burnout is 5 years in the games industry.