Five Links #054
Neat little websites; Batman and his arch-nemesis; an evil Rosie takes K4
An innocent mis-take(s Knight Four)..
But Smagin, talking to RIA Novosti, specified that the incident was "a coincidence," stressing that the chess robot is "absolutely safe."
But of course, that is exactly what the Robot would say ..
Chess robot goes rogue, breaks seven-year-old player’s finger
An out of this world tracker ..
It really seems like this is something we could have kept track of before now, I mean how many people are coming and going from the category, and yet … well I didn’t think of it, did I?
How Many People Are In Space Right Now?
Batman and Joker ..
Another simple but brilliant website. This one indexes Wikipedia entries against a list of cities on a map to identify which person is ‘the most famous’ (i.e. most Wiki-page visits) from your home town.
Turns out I’m against some stiff competition — (1) Perth - Heath Ledger; and (2) Haverford West - Christian Bale.
(via the Verge)
Consolidation of profitable imaginations..
I loved this video from How Money Works on why the computer game industry is making more and more money, despite producing fewer and fewer blockbuster game franchises.
The short version is, the industry has moved to (perhaps always was?) a private equity power law model, where eight out of ten games don’t make enough money to meet the cost of producing them, but two out of ten make so much money they massively account for all other losses.
And so, if you’re lucky enough to be a studio with one of the 20% golden geese titles, you flog it for all it’s worth and don’t want to launch something else that might take those precious profits away.
Did any of my friends give birth this past week?
Because little George may have a wonderful future ahead.
I liked this article about what happened to a bloke who had a viral tweet.
The short version is, it’s over-rated.
I had a tweet go viral around the world, and all I got was this (stupid) article
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