New Episode! “Digital Burrito — Episode 06: Facebook’s Year in Review, Net Neutrality & The Interview

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Throwback Thursday: Fad Diets — “Fletcherism”

You’re just in time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: Fletcherism, a late 19th-Century Dietary Fad

Horace Fletcher (1849-1919) known as “The Great Masticator”

“food should be chewed about 100 times per minute before being swallowed: “Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate.” He made elaborate justifications for his claim.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Um 1900: Der amerikanische Unternehmer Horace Fletcher machte sich einen Namen als “der große Käuer”. Laut Fletcher konnte man essen, was und soviel man nur wollte, sofern man es nur lange genug um Mund wälzte. Jeder Bissen sollte mindestens 100 Mal, fettige Speisen bis zu 700 Mal gekaut und dann ausgespuckt werden.

Throwback Thursday: If Peter Griffin Had a Grandfather it Would Be Fred Flintstone

Fred and Barney Hawking Cigarettes 1961

Time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: Peter Griffin (Family Guy) Has a Grandfather and His Name is Fred Flintstone

Today’s Throwback Thursday re-imagined takes a deep dive into the dark and sordid corners of animation, the tobacco industry and, yes, even the twisted mind of Seth MacFarlane. Not a bad place to be for this #TBT re-imagined, eh?

Top 10 Songs the #NSA Listens to When They’re Spying on U.S. Citizens

NSA HQ in Ft. Mead Maryland, with musical embellishment

NSA Headquarters in Maryland. An unidentified NSA insider says: “Spying can be so boring! I find music helps me be a better spy.”

Are you incredibly jaded by the steady erosion of the right to privacy? No longer reeling from the bombshell news that NSA has been vigorously mining data from the biggest tech firms in the United States — including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft — in order to spy on its citizens?

Have you ever stopped to think how labor-intensive all of this spying is on the nation’s top spymasters?

The Definitive NSA Songs for Spying Playlist

Anyone who has ever caught an episode of “Homeland” knows that spying can be tedious business. Even though most spying of this type is handled by computers and algorithms both, mass and targeted surveillance still needs that human touch.

I have it on good authority that the nation’s top spymasters wile away the time by listening to these 10 songs. 

“The Daily Show” Mocks Google Glass Explorers [VIDEO]

Drawing from Bill Gates Anti Google Glass Patent

Jason Jones of The Daily Show put together this incredibly humorous piece on Google Glass Explorers — done up in typically biting mockumentary fashion. In the piece, Jones is interviewing a panel of “Explorers” who were confronted by anti-Glass people in various places, including San Francisco and New York. Many of the interview participants I recognized from previous stories on how Glass wearers have become social pariahs in many circles.

Just as Timely Today…Robert F. Kennedy “On the Mindless Menace of Violence” — 1968 Speech

Robert F. Kennedy

Given all of the sad events happening in our world, it got me thinking on the nature of violence — both everyday and that which grabs mainstream media (and therefore our) attention. Then I happened to hear this incredible speech by Robert F. Kennedy from 1968 and it really struck a chord with me.

RFK on the Epidemic of Violence

“On the Mindless Menace of Violence” is probably one of Robert F. Kennedy’s better-known speeches. He delivered it the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — a horrendous fate that both Kennedy and his brother, the 35th President of the United States. met.

SXSW 2014 When Licensors & Mobile Games Collide

SXSW 2014

Fun Panel Today at SXSW 2014. Got to formally announce our forthcoming Red Bull Focus game.

SXSW 2014

Panel Description:

“When Licensors & Mobile Games Collide” 

From G.I. JOE to The Walking Dead and The Simpsons, many of our favorite franchises in comics, books, film, music, and television are finding new homes and rejuvenated lives on mobile devices. Game developers and publishers are working hand-in-hand with cult-classic brands to usher in the next generation of online gaming experiences for these storied franchises and enrich consumers’ connections to these brands through licensed mobile games.

#SochiProblems at the 2014 Winter Olympics: The Funniest / Most Poignant Tweets (Final Edition)

Sochi 2014 will probably go down in the history books as one riddled with politics, problems and persistent questions about fairness in judging certain events, like the women’s figure skating competition. In part, the games were over-shadowed by these issues.

Well Played, Sochi? Well Played, World?

The end of the Olympics also coincides with the recent uprising happening in Kiev, a city I visited a few years ago. So perhaps it’s petty to focus on the ridiculous, humorous and sometimes poignant tweets from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

#SochiProblems at the Winter Olympics: The Bob Costas Pink Eye Edition

The 2014 Winter Olympics will go down in history as one of the funniest. Snarky comments from Western journalists, athletes, tourists and far-away bloggers alike can’t stop going on about the deplorable conditions of the Sochi hotels, including rumors that one too many photo of a shirtless Putin abound as decoration of choice for said accommodations. On top of this, signage that best lost in translation and a slew of technical problems make armchair quarterbacking this shindig deliciously funny.

#SochiProblems: The Funniest / Most Poignant Tweets About the 2014 Winter Olympics So Far (Part I)

With relatively little fanfare when compared to Olympic Games of the recent past, and under a cloud of heavy worldwide condemnation over the oppressive policies of (an often shirtless) Putin — I think it’s fair to say that the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 is off to a bumpy start.

There have been numerous calls to boycott the Olympics because of Putin’s hard-line anti LGBT stance — a policy that has caused enormous violence and unrest towards Russian citizens — creating a climate of fear, intimidation and multiple human rights abuses.

A shirtless Putin — wall decoration of choice for many Sochi area hotels.

Worldwide Video Game Industry Statistics [Exclusive]

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Worldwide Video Game Industry Statistics

Worldwide Video Game Industry Statistics — you know you want them! So here’s a little deck I created which sums up the state of the video game, smartphone and internet marketplace.

This deck contains global data from all around the world. References are cited on the slides or in the notes. Enjoy!


Here’s a Preview of What’s Covered in This Deck on Worldwide Video Game Industry Statistics:

  • Video Game Usage and Data for the United States

10 Awesome Halloween Songs for Your Party Playlist

Halloween — it’s that time again!

No matter where you are — if you are having a Halloween — you have to include these fun songs on  your playlist! Hope you enjoy my selection of songs for Halloween. As much as I could, I tried to find lesser-known songs for your spookfest!

So, just for you, here are…

Halloween Songs for Your Party