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24Jan/120

Star Wars Uncut The Director's Cut Released : Another Sign Of The Apocalypse?

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 331 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on this year.

The next Sign Of Doomsday: Star Wars Uncut : The Directors Cut Released

The  movie (embedded at the end of the post) was created by fans around the world, each taking 15 seconds of the original Star Wars film, and recreating it any way they saw fit, and then uploading to  the fine people at Star Wars Uncut who put it all back together.  The process took 3 years, and it was worth the wait for many reasons.

I heard about this project a couple years ago, and I planned (for about 15 minutes until I was distracted and forgot about it) to add my own scene.  At the time I felt it was a cool little project, and nothing more.  However, after I viewed it today, I believe it is another sign of the apocalypse.

Why?

Well, for one simple reason: it is the culmination of everything the internet was created for, and everything the internet will ever be.  It is the best thing ever created on the internet, and, the best thing that will ever be created on the internet. We have reached the boiling point off fandom, the crossroads of crowd sourcing, the winking final nail in the coffin of intellectual property.   The quickening has gotten as quick as the speed of light.

19Jan/120

336 Days Left : The Next Sign Of The Apocalypse : Microsoft Adds Achievements For Coding Into Visual Studio

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 336 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on this year.

The next Sign Of Doomsday: Microsoft Adds Achievements For Coding Into Visual Studio

Here is what they say:

A software engineer's glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the final project ships. But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code--and all the heroics it took to write it.  With Visual Studio Achievements Beta, your talents are recognized as you perform various coding feats, unlock achievements and earn badges.

Really?  For software development?  Maybe that's cool, but first, can they add badges to Outlook to award managers for not ignoring emails, or achievements to Project for PMs who don't under-estimate the time it will take to complete a software effort?

I can't decide if this is really cool, or just a way turn what I do for a living into social game where one day I will be working for Facebook credits.   If so then...

Is the Quickening, er Doomsday er Armageddon coming this year?   Is it just the Winter Solstice?* Is this another sign of the end times?  Did Ancient Aliens dictate the end of the world to people on Yucatán Peninsula 100′s of years ago or did some old Mayan guy just run out of space when trying  to mark upcoming birthdays on his stone calendar? Only 349 more days until we get the answer. What else will happen in the coming months?

Tune in to find out.

*yes.

9Jan/120

346 Days Left : Next Sign Of The Apocalypse : The Kindle Fire Holding It's Own Against The Apple iPad

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 346 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on this year.

The next Sign Of Doomsday: The Kindle Fire Holding It's Own Against The Apple iPad

It looks like the Kindle fire sold about 5 million units over the holidays, while the iPad sales dropped year over year from 15 million to 12 million.  That's still a lot of iPads. However, things are looking good for the Kindle Fire...and for app developers.   It would be great to have a real alternative to iTunes to sell apps, and it looks like the Kindle Store might become that alternative.

At the same time, development tool vendors like Ansca Mobile  ate now providing tools to specifically target the Kindle Fire.   This  year could be the turning point where we start seeing Apple dominance start to fade...or this could just be a weird year.

Now, if they would just make the iCade or Atari arcade for the Kindle Fire.  Then things would really heat up! (hint: please hardware gods, let's do this).

Is the Quickening, er Doomsday er Armageddon coming this year?   Is it just the Winter Solstice?* Is this another sign of the end times?  Did Ancient Aliens dictate the end of the world to people on Yucatán Peninsula 100′s of years ago or did some old Mayan guy just run out of space when trying  to mark upcoming birthdays on his stone calendar? Only 349 more days until we get the answer. What else will happen in the coming months?

Tune in to find out.

*yes.

7Jan/120

348 Days Left : Next Sign Of The Apocalypse : Tom Chick Goes Solo

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 348 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on this year.

The next Sign Of Doomsday: Tom Chick goes solo

Tom Chick is an independent video game critic.  He has been writing since about 1994.  I discovered his writing in 1998, when he was the only guy I could find who wrote a positive review of Roller Coaster Tycoon.  Why?  Because he was the only guy to actually play the game.  Roller Coaster Tycoon was a great game that came out when only RTS and FPS games were allowed to exist on the PC.  Mr. Chick saw this, and his review helped make the game a top seller for several years.

I have formed a deep respect for reading his reviews because I know they will be honest.   Mr, Chick does not care about ruffling the feathers of giant franchises, and he takes the time to play indie strategy and RPGs with an eye for innovation and promise.  I don't always agree with him, but that's not the point.  He's a great writer, and great writing is worth reading. Today Mr. Chick announced they he was no longer going to spread his reviews around the internet, but instead, keep them all in one neat and tidy place: Quarter To Three Dot Com .

The funny thing is, I found Mr. Chick's site about 10 years ago, looking for exactly that: a place where I  could find links to all his reviews.  At the time, that was a preposterous idea (I'm not sure why), but this year...it's not.  Why?  I think we are know the answer.

Is the Quickening, er Doomsday er Armageddon coming this year?   Is it just the Winter Solstice?* Is this another sign of the end times?  Did Ancient Aliens dictate the end of the world to people on Yucatán Peninsula 100′s of years ago or did some old Mayan guy just run out of space when trying  to mark upcoming birthdays on his stone calendar? Only 349 more days until we get the answer. What else will happen in the coming months?

Tune in to find out.

*Maybe.

6Jan/120

349 Days Left To Code: Next Sign Of Doomsday : Bob Cringley Quits Writing About Technology

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 349 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on this year.

The next Sign Of Doomsday: Bob Cringley Quits Writing About Technology

Like a human planet Nibiru, Bob Cringley has been making silent comebacks for the past 25 years.   His real name is Mark Stephens, but he has been using the "Cringley" name ever since 1987 when he began authoring a column on technology rumors in Infoworld Magazine (ah, magazines, remember those?).

He left Infoworld in 1995, and wrote Accidental Empires, still one of the best books ever written about the computer revolution in the Silicon Valley.   He was also partly responsible for the documentary Triumph Of The Nerds (watch it on youtbe.com)  based on his writings.  He started a blog sometime around 1998, and that is when I began reading his work, weekly.   He has been updating it ever since (although he has moved it around a couple times unexpectedly and I've had the search for it).   For the past 14 years I have enjoyed his work and marveled at accuracy of his predictions for the industry.

Cringely has always been kind of an enigma.  He personally knows nearly everyone who ever had anything to do with the computer revolution (he recently promoted a personal interview he did with Steve Jobs),  has a huge web  following, yet he himself goes by a fake name, and according to Wikipedia, once lied about his education credentials.   In a way, Mark Stephens (Cringley)  is a reflection of the industry he chose to dive into and be a part of for the past 25 years.   He is like flash swirled with substance, sprinkled with magic dust. He has been a constant voice, supporter, sounding board, and town crier for the technology sector, while at the same time operating his very own (albeit tiny) reality distortion field that he very well may have learned to operate from Steve Jobs himself.  That is, until now.

Yesterday Cringley announced that he is quitting his weekly column.    His reason was interesting:

"That’s 1300 consecutive weeks without a break. Honest to God, I haven’t missed a week since 1987...I’m not saying exactly when the end will come, just that it will be this year sometime after September...I’d like to make some changes in my life, like build a boat with my kids and maybe walk the Earth."

Spending time with his kids is a legit reason.  I feel the same all the time. I wonder though, did the death of Steve Jobs last year affect Cringley enough to give him this idea?  Maybe, or maybe it's because Doomsday is approaching...

Is the Quickening, er Doomsday er Armageddon coming this year?   Is it just the Winter Solstice?* Is this another sign of the end times?  Did Ancient Aliens dictate the end of the world to people on Yucatan Peninsula 100's of years ago or did some old Mayan guy just run out of space when trying  to mark upcoming birthdays on his stone calendar? Only 349 more days until we get the answer. What else will happen in the coming months?

Tune in to find out.

*Yes.

4Jan/120

351 Days Left To Play: Next Sign Of Doomsday : Adobe Sales Are Up

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 351 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on.

The next Sign Of Doomsday: Adobe sales are up

It turns out, that Adobe sales were up in the 4th Quarter of 2011.  This was after a year of debacles that set-back Flash, Photoshop, and many of the screens in their open screen project (Google TV, Blackberry Playbook anyone?).  Earnings per share (the one metric that seems to excite Wall Street like no other) were up about 20%, and they were much higher than what investors thought they would be.  Profit was not up, but that was mostly because they had to pay about $100 Million in "restructuring charges" (read: severance pay) when they let 300 people go right after the Flash mobile announcement).

What was Adobe's biggest business? according to them it was ""driven by strong performance in our digital media and digital marketing businesses"...not sure what those refer to though...possibly Omniture?

Is this good news for Adobe?  Or is this just another oddity on the way to world destruction?

Is the Quickening, er Doomsday coming?  Is this another sign?  Only 351 more days to go.  What else will happen in the coming days?

Tune in to find out.

4Jan/120

352 Days Left To Play: First Sign Of Doomsday : Atari Defends Its' Intellectual Property

The current Mayan Countdown has us at 352 days left until the end of the world, so we here at 8bitrocket.com have decided to spend some time looking for stories that we think show that something weird is going on.

The first Sign Of Doomsday: Atari starts to defend its intellectual property

Today it was revealed that Atari has begun sending out cease and desist letters to developers who have iOS games in the App Store that even have a passing resemblance to an Atari game of old.   We here at 8bitrocket.com have long talked about the day that small  game developers would rue: the day the copyright and trademark holders for retro game intellectual property would start to mine indie games for pennies and snatches of silver.  To us, you just can't make much money these days with your games. What we once complained about as "Mochi Pennies" are now Manna From Heaven compared to trying to get your app seen (much less purchased) on iOS.    So  copyright and trademark holders like Atari need to defend everything they have, and in this case it means going after developers of games that even resemble old Atari games.   It's snatching pennies, but Atari is probably right in most of these cases...it's just taken them a long time to get here.

The thing is, indie devs have been using Atari I.P, for almost 15 years now, with few repercussions.  Go look at all the "home brew" Atari 2600 games at Atariage.com that are remakes of Atari  owned I.P. for an example.   No, we know what this is about.  It's a sign.  The end is nigh.

We've been waiting for this hammer to come down like this, and now we believe it is all part of The master plan.  The quickening.  Doomsday is coming, and this is the first sign.  Only 352 more days to go.  What else will happen in that time?  Tune in to find out.

 

 

   
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