HEARING was vital for communication, and even more vital for miscommunication. It was distinct from listening, which could only be achieved when hearing was combined with giving a shit.
Some people are just the biggest animal lovers. Sigrid is one of those people. She’s a brave, young lady who recently started her own company. Also a genuine sweetheart. Something you’ll notice if you get to know her or if you read her blog posts about a cat in need of some help.
Last week she had to go to the vet for her hamster. At the vet she learned about a cat there that was in poor condition. To top it off, nobody had come to claim it. Sigrid is taking it upon herself to make sure the furry creature gets the necessary help. This is not a cheap undertaking. So she’s asking for a little help. She’s not asking to give it a home. Sigrid will do that herself. She’s also a persistent woman, enough to convince her girlfriend. Also known as the barrier between Sigrid and having a farm/zoo at their house. ;-)
You can read on Sigrid’s (Dutch) blog what you can do to help out and what you can get in return. One of those things is cheesecake. Yes. Cheese-Motherfucking-cake!!!
That’s the kitteh. Here’s the whole story, well, links to it:
- Chief Gifting Officer
- Sigrid’s klein geek en gratis winkeltje + help de kat (Sigrid’s geeky little, free store + help the cat)
- Gebroken en verloren katje (Broken and lost kitty)
- Operation Ellie (Sigrid named the cat Ellie; There’s also a ‘Donate’ button in the sidebar on the right)
The more help the better. If there is more gathered than needed, the remaining funds will go to www.katzoektthuis.be, a non-profit organisation helping stray cats find a home and get the necessary care.
Help ze kitteh out! Do your thing! Donate, spread the word, vote…
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Dokus on Twitter asked which game console to buy today.
Several suggestions as to which one is better followed. The best answer (from @Clopin) was probably to buy the console most of your friends have.
The difference in quality is only visible if you have both consoles on two of the same screens right next to each other. Yes, I know the PS3 has clearly better performance stats, but the Xbox360 delivers great graphics and performances as well.
I currently have all three recent consoles.
First came the Xbox360. I bought it for the Xbox exclusive ‘Gears of War 2’. And GTA IV had exclusives which later became available on PS3…
The Wii followed a year later. A great console for when you have company.
About 5 months later, I bought the PS3. I wanted a blu-ray player and online console gaming for free, something PSN offers as opposed to Xbox Live which requires a (monthly) fee.
The Wii belongs in its own category. It’s not a single player console. It’s more a family/party console. There are exceptions of course, the most notable one Mario Bros., although it has a party mode. There’s also the Wii Fit…
The Xbox360 and the PS3 are offline single player/online multiplayer consoles. Most games on the Xbox can be bought on the PS3 and visa versa. There is the occasional exclusive, either an entire game, either a DLC. But these sometimes, not often, even out after some time.
The latest example will be Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. PS3 owners who buy the game will get a free DLC before those who’ll have it on the Xbox360. The PC version of this game will be released in February 2011 and the DLC will most likely be included in the game. So it’s like ‘You get a DLC! And you get a DLC! Everybody gets a DLC!’. Sorry, Oprah gets to me sometimes…
I am not going into the details of each console’s specifications. I am going to repeat what I said earlier: The difference in quality is only visible if you have both consoles on two of the same screens right next to eachother. With that in mind, the best console to buy is the one most of your friends have.
Then again, you might want to do some research on what the future has to bring… Xbox Kinect… PS Move… This Wired article on Kinect gave me doubts whether I should get it or not. It’s great fun, but you have to keep certain things in mind. This is another article on Kinect by NYTimes. That’s all I’ve actually read so far. From what I’ve heard, the PS Move has more titles. More heavy hitters too.
Last Saturday I joined @ms_Powder and @rrradiogirrrl to the Paris Games Week as I previously told you. The trip took longer than expected due to 4 seemingly small accidents. Considering the driving style of some Frenchies I’m glad there weren’t any more crashes…
The exhibit in Paris was a first timer and it showed a bit. It wasn’t bad, but they could have used more space, which by the was was available to them. There was a lot of noise coming from many different corners which made it rather unpleasant at times. Going there for just one day is probably not the best idea if you want to try out some games for yourself. If you want to see everything and try one or two games, you might want to consider going two days to be comfortable.
The one thing we definitely wanted to see was the presentation of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood single player. What we saw blew us away. It was probably a bad idea, because now we want it even more. It looks amazing. The new moves are just awesome. Taking out 4 enemies in about 5 seconds. Horsejacking. Throwing a large axe. Calling upon your brethren to perform assassinations and much more. This will be an epic game!
We got to play some Gran Turismo 5. Yes, that long awaited racing game of all racing games. The graphics are ridiculous. The damage model seemed a bit timid at first, but spinning the camera around showed a pretty well damaged Gallardo. I admit, my driving skills sucked. Gas was given by pressing the X button, the square button to break. I’m assuming this won’t be the case in the final release. The coolest thing at the GT5 stand was probably the actual Audi TT in which you could sit to play the game.
We checked out some Kinect games. The one I found most spectacular was Fighters Uncaged. You’re basically hitting air, but in the game your putting your foot up some dude’s ass in.
The James Bond game looks promising. The stand on the other hand had a dirty Aston Martin. Buff job anyone?
I only looked at Guild Wars 2 from a small distance. I did get to see what I wanted to see. Good graphics. And playable Char!!!
We were rather unanimous about the PlayStation Move. The damn thing looks stupid. The people who were playing looked like Harry Potter meets High School Musical…
But what about the booth babes I hear you asking. Well… There were some girls there that what I guess you would call booth babes. I don’t think I’ve spotted one who was interested in what she should be promoting. ‘Soit belle et tais toi’ was their assignment I suppose. None of them made me scream ‘Hey Ingeborg, take picture of me with her?!!!’. Neither did she by the way.
I can’t wait to see @ms_Powder’s pictures and @rrradiogirrrl’s video.