Slow week but old pics from Palm Beach

This is a slow week for me because of personal stuff (I don’t post a lot of personal family stuff on my blog because of the creeps out there, and, also, because family blogs are usually pretty boring – I don’t think that anyone really cares if Ethan gets new bedsheets).

But here is a pic from last week when I was in Palm Beach taken from my friend’s pad who lives on Worth. You can see the damage done by the recent hurricane on the beach. There used to be sand all down the beach, and now you can see it is half washed away! They actually bring these huge ships in and pump in new sand from the intercoastal at the cost of millions of dollars. Only in Palm Beach would they pay millions to move sand 3 miles.*

Compare that to a picture I took a year earlier from about the same vantage point:*

*(Pictures lost in blog erosion.)

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XBox 360

I paid a friend $100 to stand in line 12 hours for me and got it last night at midnight. It’s quite great and the new XBox Live implementation is really slick.

I got Madden, CoD2, Condemned, PGR3, and Perfect Dark Zero… I don’t know why – I already had a huge backlog of games and books… but, you know.

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JK Rowling Makes Bad Games

I saw the recent Harry Potter and I was once again reminded of what a horrible game designer she is.

I already had a huge problem with Quiddich or whatever it is called. All I know about it is from the movies. I think it is a stupid game because it has orthogonal goals. In one half of the game, it is a semi-interesting team-on-team basketball-like game. It’s a pretty impractical game for kids to play, however, since getting a broomstick handle hitting you in the chest at a 500 MPH differential is surely dangerous. And because of the back-and-forth motion of the game, it would happen all the time.

The worst thing about Quiddich is that “seeker” position, where a seeker from each team tries to grab that quick little fluttering ball. If a seeker gets it, then the whole game is over and the rest of the team’s efforts are in vain. It’s a stupid, stupid game.

In the latest movie, you see these crazy rules at work again in her “tri-wizard” competition. Before wizards join, they are warned that they could be killed and it is very dangerous. This is fine… an adequate warning. But in part 2 of the competition, the innocent friends of the wizard have anchors attached to their legs and they are sunk to the bottom of the lake. If the wizards don’t save them, their innocent friends die. This would seem to be a MORE important thing to tell the wizards before the competition.

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Vote for Pedro

I got back from Palm Beach yesterday and ended up staying at the Admiral’s Club for six hours in meetings and answering emails. It was very strange to be at the airport for that long and then not actually fly anywhere after waiting for six hours.

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Cool offices

One of my meetings took me down to the big advertising agency Zimmerman & Partners down in Ft. Lauderdale. They had some pretty cool offices – sort of what you would expect for an advertising agency. It reminded me a bit of a game studio, except there was even more of an emphasis on creativity around without being heavy-handed. I made some notes while I was there about some good ideas to emulate.

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