First Million Dollar Skill Game Tournament

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Photos From Burning Man

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I caught a brutal cold on my return from Black Rock City, so I haven’t been much in the blogging mood. But I’m starting to feel better (or the glass of Sake is really working its magic) and thought I’d post a quick blurb about the trip.

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Using CraigsList To Support Katrina Survivors

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I arrived back in Los Angeles last night from Burning Man where I spent the week in utter ignorance of the true scale of Hurricane Katrina. Only today have I started to grasp the immense scale of the destruction.

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Great Review on GameSpot

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My former coworker who wrote that 2600 article I mentioned recently sent me this link to a GameSpot review of SkillJam Arcade.

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VIDEO: Gives New Meaning to Doing The Robot

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Check it out, though the sound quality is terrible.

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Online Games Are Written By Humans

Remember that online games are written by humans and thus are subject to the bugs and flaws that humans are so good at introducing.

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Camp Signs

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Mathematics Presentation and Lectures at Burning Man

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As many of you know, I will be heading to Burning Man this weekend. That’ll put a crimp in my blogging for a week since I won’t be bringing my tablet to the playa.

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By This Criteria, I Must Be Awesome

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Jeff Atwood writes that truly great programmers are not only lazy, but dumb too.

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A Mention on Gizmodo

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Gizmodo had a piece on an armored iPod yesterday which was made by someone in Japan. My wife helped me translate the original site and send a tip to Gizmodo. So the “Phil” in the little thanks section is me. Of course I was hoping for a link. ;)

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Link Love

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Well my Page Rank (and traffic numbers) are suddenly down as of last week. It wasn’t a gradual drop as one would expect, but more of a rapid freefall descent like any stock I’ve ever purchased.

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Back From Vegas

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Well I didn’t have a date with Destiny, but we had a productive meeting with the client, and then he proceeded to ply us with drinks until we were all having a very merry time at some bar (I think it’s called the Jungle Room) in the Mandalay Bay).

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Arriving Las Vegas

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I’m in Las Vegas for a business trip. The usual scope definition/requirements gathering type of planning meeting. You just have to love the slot machines in the airport. They seem to attract badly dressed tourists like moths to a flame.

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PageRank in Decline. Is it Nofollow's Fault?

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My PageRank has been in decline lately. I was as high as a five, but just checked and am now down to three. Was it something I said? Or is this the result of rel="nofollow"?

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Good Design Makes You Go Unnnhhh...

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You ever work on a project trying to change out how something works and uncover a beautiful elegant extensible design that just makes it a snap? Me neither, but if I do run into such a phantasm, I’d probably get very excited.

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Starting a Magazine: Desert Survival

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Well I’ve decided to start a new magazine called Desert Survival. Check out the inaugural issue.

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Weekend Update

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Putting the ball in the back of the net in a competitive game of Soccer is one of the most exhilarating feelings around. Why, I think it can feel as good as … well I won’t go there. Suffice to say, it’s a great feeling, even in a city rec league. As long as there are teammates patting you on the back, refs blowing a whistle and a net to capture the shot, it just feels great.

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Post a Secret

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UPDATE: They now have a book on Amazon.com!

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What Is It About Joel?

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After reading over my last blog post, I wondered why my posts take such a virulent tone towards Joel Spolsky when I think he’s wrong. Looking around the web, I noticed I am not the only one.

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Well That Does It

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Gray Hair Well it had to happen sooner or later, my first gray hair. Today, a gray hair, tomorrow I’m shopping for Depends. I need to quit working so much.

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