Worst ever video game gets a documentary

Somewhere on this site I’ve discussed the history of “ET: The Extra Terrestrial” video game.  It’s the most awful gaming experience you’ll ever have, well at least it was.

Today playing the game is a blast back into the past and its failures in game design are viewed with whimsy and reminiscence.

Earlier this year a major event took place to find the untold numbers of the actual game cartridges that were buried in a New Mexico dump back in the early ’80’s.  Yes, that is a true story as we now know, and there’s a documentary coming out this fall to prove it.  Below is the trailer released at Comic-Con last week.


I don’t think I’m capable of “speed reading”, but after finding out about this upcoming technology and idea – I have to say I think I’m ready to Spritz.

Spritz is a technology and idea based on making it easier for the brain in ingest what its reading by effectively “streaming” words into the brain visually rather than the typical manner of the eye scanning back and forth across a page.  In Spritz, the eye focuses on a fixed spot and the words are flashed in sequence at an alarming rate of speed.  At first you think, “I can’t keep up with that”, but after a second you realize not only are you easily reading at 330 words per minute, but you’re fully comprehending what you’re reading.  Then suddenly almost like a game, ready to ramp up the pace and then reading at 500wpm or more.

Ironically, I’ve been really excited about the new Luc Besson movie, “Lucy”.  Yes, that is the ultra-violent Scarlett Johansson summer movie whose premise is she’s a drug mule, the drugs she’s carrying end up turning her into some sort of superhuman capable of 100% usage of her greymatter… Anyway, in the website promo for the movie, they’ve added in the Spritz technology to give an idea of what Lucy is capable of and what you’re capable of.  It’s a really cool marriage of technology and entertainment.

You can add an extension to your Chrome browser so when you visit a site, a click of a button takes the content and displays it in a pop-up window where you can control the speed, font and other options.  Additionally, there are some reader apps with Spritz built into it, but obviously having it as an option in a Kindle or other mainstream reader app, would be ideal.

Personally, I found myself – after just a few minutes of goofing around with it – reading at 600wmp+.  Sometimes having to slow it down or speed up depending on what the topic was.  But even at 450wpm, I’ve already blazed far past what I can do via a typical reading of a page.

Below are some examples.  Just focus on the letter in red, and just let the words dump into your visual cortex (I don’t even know if that’s a legit thing) and almost instantly you’ll realize you’re reading & comprehending at a good click… Then look at the next example and before you know it 500wpm doesn’t seem all that impossible…

Here’s 250wpm






Ok, now try 350:






And, here’s 500wpm







pics via Huffinton Post

Apparently one can tear their anus…

Very late into the World Cup semi final between Argentina and Holland, the Argie midfielder, Javier Mascherano tracked back and made a game saving tackle of Arjen Robbin.  When I write “game saving” it literally was just that.  If not for Mascherano, Robbin likely would have easily scored and the Dutch would have been almost certainly marched into the Final.  Here’s the fateful moment:



After the game Javier admitted what most certainly is a painful and awful injury: “I thought I had slipped, I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I tore my anus on that move, the pain… it was terrible. I threw myself into it. I could have been sent off. It could have been a penalty, but anyone could have done that, I had the luck to get there.”

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Really, tearing one’s anus can only be surmounted as the worst possible injury by “testicular torsion“, right?

You just witnessed sports history

Make no mistake about it, Germany’s 7-1 complete and total destruction of Brazil will reside as one of sport’s greatest, most unforgettable moments.  In no way could anyone reasonable anticipate that Brazil would lose in a World Cup semifinal, as the host nation – forget a scenario where they give up five goals in about 30 minutes.

Really, we were more likely to see Jerry Jones the Owner, fire Jerry Jones the General Manager.

The reality is Brazil had not been firing on all cylinders for a while.  The dirty secret is the current Brazil team was better at defending than attacking, something almost in itself unbelievable.  But it could be seen repeatedly throughout Brazil’s six World Cup games in the last 5 weeks.  Even with Neymar the team in yellow just wasn’t the fluid, pass happy, ball possession team we all think about when considering Brazil.  Nope, this Brazil was far more physical, direct and well, just not very Brazilian in style.  So when the team lost Thiago Silva, not Neymar, for the semi-final it should have been the bigger concern for the team.  Neymar was the star, it’s LeBron, and was leaning so heavily on the kid for attacking prowess, but it was Silva in the back who was organizing, captaining and making sure all was tidy in the back.  Losing both its key pieces to attack and defending was just too much – but it was the loss of Silva that allowed Germany to just push the Brazilian wall a little harder, and it all came tumbling down.

Brazil is out of the World Cup hosted in Brazil.  Brazil lost “SEVEN to ONE”.  It’s just too unimaginable to believe.

David Fincher is good at movies

Fincher’s next movie, “Gone Girl” will arrive soon, but we now have a full-on Fincher edited trailer.  From it we certainly can only tell that Ben Affleck is just as suspicious as a suspect in his own wife’s disappearance as we all think he is in real life.