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Romance Riots – Roundup #4

Another week? Ok, here’s something to keep you busy.

  • This little description of org charts got me laughing in that nodding silently and saying, “Yup, that’s about it,” sort of way.
  • Well, it might be time for the Curiosity rover to engage its weapon systems. They found a pyramid on Mars and according to the internet it’s probably full of aliens or something.
  • Back in the day, we used to joke about a backup intranet at work that would basically use interns to move TCP/IP packets around. Apparently someone has implemented the idea.
  • Oh, and in case you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted book, you can go ahead and check out this handy list of cyberpunk. You really can’t go wrong with cyberpunk.
  • Sometimes people ask what kinds of things Watson does now that he’s done winning Jeopardy. This isn’t the exact project that I work on, but it’s pretty close. Watson is up to some pretty cool stuff here. This project isn’t curing cancer, but its helping make sure that the right people get the right cures. It’s tricky stuff, but it’s one of those jobs that Watson is really well suited for.
  • The publishing industry showed its crazy this week when the ebook subscription service Scribd dropped thousands of romance titles from its lists because romance readers read too much. Absolutely no one was surprised to learn that readers of romance go through a lot of books. Now I expect millions of romance-starved readers to take to the streets flipping cars and burning storefronts in desperate search of the few remaining scraps of romance in the world. Lock your doors, folks. The coming days will be dark.

Finally, this came out a couple weeks ago, but I’m still excited. Fallout 3 was one of my favorite games ever and now I’m thinking of hooking the 360 up to a decent TV and playing it again. I’m really hoping Fallout 4 is just as good, but even if it isn’t it’ll still probably remind me of playing Wasteland in my youth.

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