24: Just A Thought

February 6, 2013

1. OUYA Will Be DOA

OUYA, a game console based on Android, will be officially launched in two months. Sounds good. There’s only one problem — it will launch with no compelling games.

2. Poor Guy

While Matt Moore — an “ex-gay” Christian blogger — has probably done a lot to damage the LGBT community, I feel kind of bad for him. It’s confirmed that he has an active profile on Grindr, a dating site for gay people. While it might be right to proclaim “hypocrite!” and hate Moore’s guts, it must suck to be him.

Clearly Moore is battling himself, because on one hand he’s gay, and on the other his religion tells him that it’s unacceptable. There probably aren’t many worse things than being at odds with your own being, and while I don’t appreciate hypocrisy — particularly when it hurts others — I can at least think that therapy is a greater response to this news than pitchforks.

That said, if you are gay, and you are Christian, you should know that Leviticus says that eating seafood is a sin. So unless basically everyone goes to Hell unless they live by Leviticus, I think that God will forgive you. Or if Leviticus is the final word on all things, you’ll have a whole lot of people to share Hell with, many of which have probably hated on you.

Gotta love silver linings.

via Gawker on Facebook

3. So What’s Different?

Speaking of gay stuff, it looks like the UK is going to legalize same-sex marriage. Here’s what David Cameron, the Conservative Prime Minister, said about gay marriage:

I am a strong believer in marriage. It helps people commit to each other and I think it is right that gay people should be able to get married too. … This is, yes, about equality. But it is also about making our society stronger.

It’s hard enough to get a Democratic politician in the US to say something similar, let alone a Republican politician. I’m not David Cameron’s biggest fan, but kudos for this.

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4. Hooray: Warm Bodies Is Hot

I was pulling for Warm Bodies since the first trailer was released, and I’m thrilled to tell you that it brought in $20 million over the weekend (not including Sunday afternoon and evening).

Part of that was the $31.50 from me for three tickets. Surreal that we’ve gotten to the point where ticket prices actually exceed $10, isn’t it? I remember when ticket prices here in Portland were $9, and while the price increase over so many years might not seem like much, it adds up.

These prices are zombifying.

(Sorry for the lame joke.)

5. Want To Know Where I Am Always?

This is just a rumor, but one I wouldn’t have a hard time believing. It seems as if Facebook is working on an app that will keep track of your location so that your friends can see where you are. Allegedly it will also help Facebook with its targeted ads.

If (or when) this app does come to pass, I’m curious to learn how many people value their privacy so little.

6. Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez Back Together?!?

Like, OMG.

via @cambio on Twitter

7. This Death Star Just Won’t Die

People are determined to get that Death Star up and running. E for Effort, I guess.

8. We Survived The Fall Out Boy Hiatus!

Honestly Fall Out Boy’s hiatus was the closest thing to an Apocalypse that the world has seen, so we should all pat ourselves on the back for surviving it.

9. The Real Story Is What James Cameron Thinks Of Avatar

James Cameron just won a lawsuit where he was accused of stealing ideas for Avatar. Good for him! What’s disconcerting is this little gem from Cameron’s mouth (emphasis mine):

It is a sad reality of our business that whenever there is a successful film, people come out of the woodwork claiming that their ideas were used. AVATAR was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. I am grateful that the Court saw through the blatant falsity of Mr. Morawski’s claim.

Considering that Avatar is basically a mediocre retelling of the Pocahontas story, I’m sorry that Cameron feels the way he does. His “most personal” film, really?

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10. Showcasing The Little Guys

If you haven’t noticed, I often use this blog to brainstorm. Ya know, it’s my party blog and I’ll cry ramble if I want to. So bear with me!

I’ve had this little idea since yesterday, that maybe I should start sourcing my friends instead of huge news sites that really don’t need traffic from me. Most of the people I regularly talk to on Twitter have blogs of their own and can write well, and I feel that I’ve been ignoring an opportunity to show them off.

The biggest problem I can see is the publishing schedule. This blog’s seven-day publishing schedule is an anomaly among other small blogs with a single writer. If I want to keep my posting format as-is (Thoughts on nine different articles and a few hundred words about whatever is on my mind), I would need my friends who blog to collectively churn out at least 45 articles per week — problematic, yes?

The problem with that being problematic is that I really like the idea of sourcing my friends for my posts here instead of, say, TechCrunch or the LA Times. So I have to find middle ground somewhere.

At present the posts I publish on Sunday and Monday are standard articles, little to nothing newsy about them. I could dedicate just Monday to my favorite articles from friends for the week prior, which would leave Sunday as the only day I publish standard articles. Assuming my network continues to grow and I make enough blogging friends, I might be able to start phasing out huge news sites for bloggers that might want my promotion.

I might try this out for next Monday’s post, but I’m not sure. It’ll be a surprise to both you and I.

As a sidenote, regarding what was mentioned above about me using this blog to brainstorm: I didn’t come up with the “middle ground” solution to my dilemma until writing it here. Thanks.

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