February 14th, 2008

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[WoW] Pwned by the Phat Phone

Отличная новость, и отличная рецензия:

"Some horrifying news for those of you trying to kick your World of Warcraft addiction - Blizzard is officially considering a mobile version of WoW. Personally, I don’t see the point: when I was deep in the dark, dark well of WoW addiction, I wasn’t very mobile. In fact, I wasn’t leaving the house much at all, except that one time when there was a fire, and even then I stayed to see if that enhancement shaman (it’s shaman loot, warriors) chest mail piece is gonna drop in Zul’ Gurub.

Hopefully, no one at Blizzard thinks that having people staring at their mobiles and moving around like zombies, falling under cars and trams while they desperately try to escape that level 70 hunter is a good idea. Frank Pearce, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, seems to be more interested in an app that lets you monitor auctions and read in-game mail from your mobile. Oh well, anything that brings zillions of cash to your pockets is a good idea, so I understand their angle on this one. I’m just worried about the future of mankind."

зы: рецензия отличная потому, что она демонстрирует хорошее знакомство автора с предметом разговора. но она также показывает, что из "тёмного, тёмного колодца" он выпал давным-давно, и всё позабыл - никаких споров между шаманами и воинами по поводу лута быть не может: первые носят кольчугу (mail), а вторые - броню (plate).

ззы: а охотники да, та ещё головная боль.
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[PER] 7 x 2 = ...

В связи с Date: надо бы написать что-нибудь про любовь. Например, вот ещё была история:

"Jacob was travelling to his uncle Laban. On his journey he met a group of shepherds. One of them turns out to be Rachel, Laban's attractive youngest daughter.

Jacob greets her with a kiss and falls in love with Rachel. But Laban will let him marry his daughter only if Jacob agrees to work for Laban for seven years.

After seven years Laban indeed sends a daughter to Jacob - but it is Leah, Rachel's elder sister. Laban claims that according to tradition he has to give away his firstborn daughter before the younger Rachel.

Jacob then had to spend another seven years in Laban's service before he gets to marry Rachel".

Такие вот дела. Автор картины - Hugo van der Goes.
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[PER] Neon Bible Tour in Tokyo

Какой-то счастливчик выложил пару роликов с последнего концерта Arcade Fire в Токио; приятно видеть, как заводится зал, и как он заводит группу.

ps: test. test - Neon Bible
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____________________[PRO] War of Wordcraft

Building Interactive Virtual Humans for Training Environments - очень интересная статья, про разработку и использование виртуальных персов (и виртуальных же Персий) для тренировки американских солдат в Ираке [pdf, 16pp]. Отличная команда (David Traum - один из гуру в разработке диалоговых систем, да и у остальных там нихилые био), и это не попсовая заметка в Wired, а хорошая академическая работа (несмотря на то, что с картинками).

"The ultimate goal is to create fully realistic interactive characters that can remember you, know what training you require and contain a vast array of knowledge, tactics and training procedures.

Although this goal might be decades away from achieving, the near terms goal will be achieved by integrating many component technologies. The project seeks to create functioning virtual human that will advance the state of the art in immersive training by facilitating face-to-face interactions between users and synthetic autonomous characters.

Creating virtual humans that are believable in their appearance, language and behavior, responsive to the user and simulation, and interpretable by the trainee will ultimately create compelling training environments that will train and transform the next generation Warfighter for novel interpersonal engagements..."