A Politico’s Look Inside Obama’s bank CEOs meeting

Politico has posted a look inside Obama’s meeting with the CEOs of various banks. My opinion is that they sound like they’re still a bunch of shortsighted libertarian lunatics with no interest in even pretending to appeal to the greater good. But, hey, we all have opinions, and I think you should read this article and have one.

Mr. Belarcadere

There is a piece of software called Belarc Advisor that can spec out your PC super-quick and seems incredibly helpful. Unlike Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder, which is a good tool to have as well, Belarc Advisor not only gets the keys for various pieces of Windows Software, but also checks out the status of your (Windows-only) machine’s security hotfixens and displays your system specfications.

It does this all in a web browser and then gives you links to where each piece of software it finds is installed.

About the only downsides I can find are that this isn’t free software and it doesn’t display licenses for game software.

I suppose neither is surprising coming from a business-oriented services company, but oh well.

Some days you want to sneak one in on your NBC exec.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching random series shows from the 90s and 80s. Somewhat recently this has meant watching a spin-off sitcom from the people that brought you Cheers called Frasier.

It takes the character of Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) who was merely a fixture in the bar and builds a goofy little life around him. Unfortunately it also removed some of his willingness to be social with the working class and maybe made the show a little too clean for TV, oh well. It ran for 11 seasons and produced two-hundred and sixty-four episodes.

I find it amusing mainly since I can turn it on and do something else while it remains in the background, unlike Lost which really requires your attention to get the full experience.

Anyway, that was an excessively long introduction to get to the point of telling that there’s a post up on Ken Levine’s blog where he describes an interesting turn of events for the show’s production. The producers and the writers of the show worked together to hide a rather significant detail from the network until it aired. I’d tell you what that is, but that would spoil the joy of reading the article and finding out some behind-the-scenes details of a television sitcom.


Economy Takes the Controls From Some Video-Game Pros – NYTimes.com

The nytimes has an article about pro-gamers going retail and finding real jobs due to sponsors dropping them in this economic downturn. Above is depicted Emmanuel Rodriguez who had to go back to working at Sam’s Club after his sponsors dropped him and more than 100 other players who were getting a salary plus tournament bonuses for playing in a league.

To the spoils of economic stickyness, go, more spoils:

But the recession has left only one significant competitive circuit in North America, Major League Gaming.

“We have driven everybody else out of the business,” Matthew Bromberg, the league’s president and chief executive, said in a recent interview at his office in Manhattan. “The history of league sports begins with one league.”

Best of luck in that, I honestly don’t think the MLG will ever reach a wide enough audience to sustain itself. Though I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing of some success. I feel that Bromberg’s tone when he said “We have driven everybody else out of business” speaks volumes about his attitude.