Jack Thompson is so disbarred...
It's one of those things where you have to say "It couldn't have happened to a better person". Florida lawyer, and all round nob when it comes to the gaming community, Jack Thompson was permanently disbarred yesterday (to come into effect in 30 days). Most well known for suing Rockstar every other morning and blaming videogames in general for all the worlds ills, it turns out that he was a bit of a tool in general life as well. Among the claims presented in the filing for his disbarment, he:
"... made false statements of material fact to courts and repeatedly violated a court order; ... (4) respondent publicized and sent hundreds of pages of vitriolic and disparaging missives, letters, faxes, and press releases, to the affected individuals; (5) respondent targeted an individual who was not involved with respondent in any way, merely due to "the position [the individual] holds in state and national politics;" ... (7) respondent sent courts inappropriate and offensive sexual materials; ... and (10) respondent retaliated against attorneys who filed Bar complaints against him for his unethical conduct by asserting to their clients, government officials, politicians, the media, female lawyers in their law firm, employees, personal friends, acquaintances, and their wives, that the attorneys were criminal Case Nos. SC07-80 and SC07-354 Page Three pornographers who objectify women."
Of course no-one with Jack Thompson's public standing could live this out without the Internet's comments. Started up by a former member of Kotaku on Twitter by writing:
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he's not even allowed to approach the bench at a picnic table."
It's quickly snowballed into something quite excellent. You can read the full list on Twitter, but here are some of my favourites:
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred, his bicycle has a steering wheel!"
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he can only watch the first half of SVU."
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred, his porn magazines are just called "Barely.""
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he's like the North pole. Wait, that's "disbeared." (swing and a miss)"
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred he can't even blame his misfortune on Murphy's law."
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he can't even get a windows client"
"Jack Thompson is so disbarred he's now Jack of all trades. Except for one."
He even has his own dedicated website. Classic.
How to pwn at Flash
I'm quite jealous after seeing the Barcinski & JeanJean site, but it really is quite awesome. A two-man team based in Amsterdam; aside from showcasing some pretty cool Flash 3D skills (including a nice but bloody hard-to-see-what-you're-doing 3D version on Pong), they've including the option to view the whole site in 3D using those blue and red glasses that everybody had when they were younger. I really should get a pair, there's just too much cool stuff coming out using it.
Change the world
Ever had an idea in your head that you thought would be pretty damn awesome, and in the process make you a shed load of money? Now you can have almost that exact feeling, only instead of basking in wealth, you'll be basking in the wealth of self-worth.
Google have launched Project 10 to the 100th (which is aptly what gave them their name, i.e. googol). The basics of it goes like this: you submit an idea. If it's good enough it'll eventually go to the public voting stage, where if it's good enough there, it goes onto a final stage, where it might just get put into reality to help the world. Aside from having a song that you won't get out of your head for the rest of the day, it's probably all to the good.
Want to base jump but a bit of a wuss? This video is all you need to know. The start of it's the best, so don't watch it if you're prone to vertigo. Or throwing up when confronted with heights.