Philosopher; lover; scoundrel; mad man with a box, without a box.
I guess we’ll find out to what extent this selling Minecraft stuff is real, or which parts of it are real, in the next few days. I saw Notch at PAX once, years ago, a fact that has cemented my role as Cool Dad for eternity with my son and his fellows. The last time I said anything to Notch was after he was dealing with the fallout from the EULA changes, to offer words of comfort from someone who has experience being Internet Satan. I think that had to get tiring for him. I think doing the best you can, the best that can be expected of any finite entity, and still getting fucked in the eye-hole is a hard business.
Two billion dollars, the number they’re throwing around, isn’t really money anymore. It has a Dynastic quality. Two billion dollars might as well be The Spice they talk about in Dune. I would love to have that! I know exactly what I’d do. But it’s only partially the Product that is being purchased, only partly the growing services platform. If you don’t hang around with Children Of A Certain Age, you might not know exactly what is being bought here. They’re functionally purchasing a generation. Two billion dollars starts to look like a steal.
People are worried that this means Minecraft won’t exist anywhere but the PC or the Xbox, which is reasonable I think, but everyone who would be making those kinds of decisions over there is still relatively new to their job. They’re in a position to show that This Is A Different Microsoft than the monolithic, witless Ettin that crashed around in The Nineties and what are sometimes called The Oughts. I think that Sun Tzu would say that True Victory means being indispensable on your competitor’s platforms. It’s completely possible to do this right, if they want to.
(via Extinction Symbol)
The symbol above represents extinction. The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serves as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis. Estimates are that somewhere between 30,000 and 140,000 species are becoming extinct every year in what scientists have named the Holocene, or Sixth Mass Extinction. This ongoing process of destruction is being caused by the impact of human activity. Within the next few decades approximately 50% of all species that now exist will have become extinct. Such a catastrophic loss of biodiversity is highly likely to cause widespread ecosystem collapse and consequently render the planet uninhabitable for humans.
Watch out, we got a badass up in here.
My sister @missbamalam posted this on FB today. Her cat sitting upon a grotesque. He is majestic and wonderful.
And this is more generally my problem with shows like Sherlock or House. “Smart characters written stupidly.”
Folks, I’ve got some news about Berg to share.
We’re wrapping up for this incarnation.
Our partnerships and our services, they’re
done. A few things left, then hibernation.
Little Printer we’ll run till March next year.
A skeleton crew will keep it alive.
We’ll sell it. Or open the code. See here
for more. We’d love to see LP survive.
We’ve not reached a sustainable business
in connected products. But: There’s our troop!
Cultural inventions! I’m proud of this
British Experimental Rocket Group.
Thank you fellow travellers, in your thousands.
Behind the mountains, there are more mountains.
A shame to see the BERG shut down, but a lot of smart chaps there. I think they’ll all carry on doing cool things.