published an interesting update on Minitel today. It’s interesting to note that as the internet moves from the desktop to other devices (in addition to the desktop, this ain’t no zero-sum game), these other environments (phones, PDAs, etc.) are quite similar to what minitel has always offered. Hmmm. Back to the future indeed.
Playing a little catch-up
Don Melanson pointed me towards Feed’s latest special issue: Video Games 2001, with good articles by Steadman, Hall, Johnson, and more. Carl‘s up to his usual high standard: “But a 3-D shooter mapped into 2-D space also means an end to the paranoia — it’s no longer about what lurks around the next corner or who’s fixin’ to gib you from behind. The game isn’t necessarily easier, but — for me at least — it’s more like playing a game. If 2-D is less visceral, well, I eat enough Xanax as it is.”
When I first heard
that one of my old heros, The Good Doctor Thompson, was going to be writing a column for ESPN I was very afraid. Afraid he’d lost his edge, or his sanity, or both. Afraid that he’d seem vaguely silly in the context of big money sports, out touch. That the man whose best conversations with Nixon were about the NFL was past his prime.
His first column pretty much confirmed this for me, but ever since he’s been much closer to regaining his stride. And in today’s column about the NFL, diminished talent pools, and the election I think he’s very close to being at the top of his game. It’s pretty subdued for HST, but pretty good nonetheless.
I saw the most
ridiculous little tidbit in Wired News today: GE to Dot-Coms: ‘Game Over’. Uh, right. If dot-coms get into trouble it will be mostly of their own making (lame business plans, no biz plans, high costs, egomania, etc.) not cause GE decided to jump in.