New Banksy work.
“Mario, his most famous creation, owes his appearance to the technological limitations of the first Donkey Kong game. The primitive graphics—there were hardly enough pixels to approximate a human form—compelled Miyamoto to give Mario white gloves and red overalls (so that you could see his arms swing), a big bushy mustache and a red hat (to hide the fact that the engineers couldn’t yet do mouths or hair that moved), and a big head (to exaggerate his collisions).”
– Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s man behind Mario (via petervidani)
Hosting and domain registrar company Go Daddy has lost more than 37,000 domains in the past two days due to the company’s wishy-washy stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act.
The fleeing domains comes as a result of the intense backlash from customers and Internet critics after Go Daddy appeared on an official list of companies supporting SOPA. The internet responded by staging a wide-spread boycott where people would switch their domains to another registrar, which Go Daddy initially dismissed as having little impact on their business. Now it seems that assessment wasn’t entirely accurate.
Although Go Daddy reversed their stance on SOPA, it wasn’t before 37,000 domains were transfer off of its service, according to information reported by The Domains. The report indicates that over 15,000 domains were transferred off Thursday and another 21,054 domains on Friday. If you factor in the $6.99 to $10.99 fees associated with each of those domain registrations, Go Daddy is losing a significant amount of money. [read more]
German director of Caves Of Forgotten Dreams, Encounters At The End Of The World, and Grizzly Man reads and interprets the holiday classic Twas The Night Before Christmas.
“Occupy Wall Street has set the snowball rolling…it has made America aware of a sinister, usurious process by which wealth has systematically been funneled into fewer and fewer hands.”
– Michael Thomas’s piece in Newsweek on how Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America. (via newsweek)
Happy Birthday Rod Serling! The Twilight Zone creator was born on this day in 1924. Growing up in Binghamton, New York, he enlisted in the Army in 1943, after graduating high school. Serling took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the invasion of the Philippines. Wounded multiple times, his wartime experiences would permeate many of his Twilight Zone scripts (he would write over 90 scripts for the series). Serling’s pre-Twilight-Zone work included “Requiem for a Heavyweight” (for which he won a Peabody Award) and “In the Presence of Mine Enemies” (a drama set in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII).
A true legend of television and science fiction, Serling died in 1975, at the age of 50.
For those interested, there will be a Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy on 12-31-11.
Also, I wonder what the the judgment ended up being, on the story in the upper right of the picture?
Every person in the Staples Center knew who was taking the last shot.