Monday, August 08, 2005

Semi-random collection of links

I don't have much time, so I need to condense all of these into one post.

The Economist has a great look at the politics and culture of video games. Hint: gamers don't play for the blood and guts (normally), they're in it for the problem solving.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer looks like a total idiot when he claims that 14 marines died because they didn't have a better vehicle, that "an up-armored Humvee would have stood a better chance." Small Problem with that theory:

That's right. The explosion flipped a 31-ton APC.

And what is Wolf Blitzer's argument? That the military didn't provide good vehicles in the Al Anbar Province. And that -- and I quote verbatim, -- "an up-armored Humvee would have stood a better chance."

Do the math. If the explosion flipped vehicle weight 31 tons (plus another ton and a half or so of marines and gear), then what are the survivability chances of a 4-ton uparmored Humvee?

I'll tell you:

Anything left of the Humvee would have been parked in Syria, dumbass.

The Nashville Scene (huh?) has a great article articulating the libertarian position on victimless crimes, which as you may know I have a lot of sympathy for.

Finally, someone has codified how physics works in the animated world: The Cartoon Laws of Physics! (yeah, I know it's old, but I just found it)

Another old-but-awesome story: Armed robber gets extreme makeover. That's right, he tried to hold up a beauty school and got mauled by the students.


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