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Mega-man: The fast, fabulous, fraudulent life of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom

There is a fascinating article on Kim Dotcom on ars technica:Flush with at least some cash, Schmitz was quick to burn some of it by waving his own particular brand of freak flag. He hired a German centerfold, a collection of other actors, a film crew, and fast car aficionados for a self-produced film called Kimble Goes Monaco—a road movie about a lavish trip to Monaco, including a cruise on a rented yacht. The movie was punctuated with Schmitz playing with expensive toys, and featured a bizarre Bill-Gates-is-spying-on-me subplot.Although it sounds like guy has a serious deficiency in the morals department, he can't be accused of half-living his life.

Pink Monopoly…or Marketers get Creative

When I heard of Pink Monopoly I thought it was a joke or a euphemism. But no, it really exists, and the major marketing ploy seems to be…that it is pink:
Product FeaturesSpecial girl's editionPackaged in keepsake storage box with removable tray and non-glass mirrored insertPink gameboard and dice with unique properties to buy such as spas and jewellery storesBoutiques and malls instead of houses and hotelsInstant Message and Text Message cards instead of Chance and Community Chest

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Read it here.In spite of its lack of popularity, LISP (now "Lisp" or sometimes "Arc") remains an influential language in "key algorithmic techniques such as recursion and condescension"

Learning to Program for the iPhone: Hello World

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There are a lot of new concepts and terminology to learn when programming for the iPhone for the first time. I've worked my way a little through Apple's "Hello World" tutorial, and I achieved simply that: a program that displays "Hello World" and runs in the iPhone simulator:Nothing to set the world on fire yet.

On Not Making Plans

I like this:This new year, do something different: stop setting goals.andMost good things happen without a plan: friendships, falling in love, finding a job, and so on. If you want to make your new year count, you’ll need to be intentional — not by setting goals, but by making space in your life for what really matters.Not making plans is how I live these days.

My First iPhone App in the Next 7 Days?

This week I'm doing some rather tedious non-programming tasks on my main product, Poker Copilot. So I need something else to exercise my mind. The goal I've set: my first iPhone app. I'll aim for daily progress reports over the next seven days.I know some Objective-C and Cocoa; I'm well-acquainted with many iPhone apps (Angry Birds, cough, cough); I have an idea for a non-novel, simple iPhone app. I think I can do this.

German Ingenuity and Zombies

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Those Germans..."Of course I'll only use it on zombies, never on human beings. I swear….[pause with sardonic grin]…"

A Little Less of that Red Earth, Lifeguards and Kangaroo Stuff

From Tyler Brûlé's praise of the Antipodean wayBoth Melbourne and Sydney offer so much on the culinary front alone that you could do with marketing these cities with dedicated campaigns and do a little less of that red earth, lifeguards and kangaroo stuff.