"The YouTube personality with the most subscribers isn’t Justin Bieber (8 million) or Rihanna (12.5 million). That honor goes to a 24-year-old Swede named Felix Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle, PewDiePie.
PewDiePie doesn’t sing or dance, no. PewDiePie has made his name—and a fortune—posting videos of himself playing video games. In one November video, for instance, he plays the Xbox Indie game “Techno Kitten Adventure,” helping a feline avatar navigate dangerous terrain filled with unicorns and narwhals, and shrieking in frustration each time his cat crashes into an obstacle.
“What am I supposed to do?” he wails shortly before his grey kitten with a jetpack dies. “It doesn’t get more hardcore than this.”
In another, featuring the game “Trouble in Terrorist Town,” PewDiePie controls a military gunman who gleefully mows down other soldiers. Together, these two clips have attracted nearly 7 million views.
In his videos, PewDiePie laughs, swears, and goofs around as if he were hanging out with his best friend. But 23 million people subscribe to his YouTube channel..."
"While electronic devices are banned from Major League Baseball dugouts, that won't stop one mystery team from using a supercomputer during games to direct strategy.
Cray CEO Pete Ungaro recently told The Economist that an unnamed MLB team purchased a Cray supercomputer with the intention of being able to analyze large volumes of information in a very short amount of time.
Specifically, the supercomputer will allow the team to process information during a game quickly enough that they will be able to use the information to influence strategy during the same game.
While Ungaro did not reveal which model was purchased, Cray supercomputers range in price from $500,000 for the XC30-AC which is targeted at business customers, up to $60 million for the Cray Titan..."
"On February 23 the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia concluded peacefully. A terrorist attack by Chechen Black Widow suicide bombers—much feared and highly anticipated by many in the American government and media–never happened. Instead, a significant suicide bombing did take place, but elsewhere and in a different manner that was nevertheless very revealing about both suicide bombing and the state of the global jihadist movement that utilizes it today. That same Sunday, Abu Khaled al-Soury, a violent Islamist who had fought with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, was killed in a suicide bombing carried out by a rival jihadi group in Syria...
...In this context suicide bombers appear not as martyrs defending their communities, but as cannon fodder used by their leaders for tactical ends. They may well be accurate and effective, but their emotional impact is diminished making them less inspirational and more a normal, routine type of weapon. The cynicism of leaders who use their followers in such a manner becomes more readily apparent, and in the case of the jihadis the viciousness and nihilism of their movement becomes all the more obvious, especially to potential supporters. Therefore, what February 23 teaches us about suicide bombing is that as much as we may fear potential acts of suicide bombing we would also be wise to recognize how the signature weapon of the jihadi movement has come to represent desperation and division rather than conviction..."
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I am married, and currently living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was born and raised in New York (in Queens and on Long Island), and since leaving home I've lived in Illinois, Florida, California, Missouri, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Alabama, New Jersey, Louisiana, Virginia, and North Carolina.
I've been a sailor in the US Navy (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club), a psychologist, and a Federal law enforcement Special Agent. Currently I occupy my time doing database applications with browser UIs, utilizing the superior technology of the LAMP stack.
I've worked or taught in Japan, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Canada, Italy, Germany, Malaysia and Croatia.
For fun I've raced sailboats, piloted single-engine aircraft, ridden (and crashed) motorcycles, and enjoyed my time on the firearms range. That might be why I don't hear worth a damn any more.
For fitness I spend time doing intervals on an elliptical machine at the YMCA listening to podcasts, and follow that with lifting weights. And that might be why my back is shot.
But my main hobby is messing about with computers, and has been ever since I got my first one in 1981, a Texas Instruments 99/4A. I taught myself to program a simple form of Basic on that computer.
I’ve maintained some sort of blog since about 1997, starting with a series of Perl scripts I wrote that mimicked an actual database. Since then I’ve used Microsoft’s ASP, .NET programming and Windows Server, and then on to various PHP/MySQL combinations of my own design.
After 25+ years of wrestling with the Windows operating system, and 15+ years of using Linux as a server and as a desktop O/S, in April of 2010 I acquired my first Apple computer, a 27″ iMac with an Intel i5 Quad-Core CPU, 4 GB of RAM and the 64-bit OS X operating system. I’ve been very pleased with the user experience, especially regarding multi-media integration and the remarkable display.
And in March of 2011 I drank deeply of the kool-aid and acquired an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2, officially declaring myself an Apple fanboy.
But on the secondary monitor of my iMac I keep about 5 xterms running, all ssh’d into different linux servers spread around the country. And I do all my backups using rsync over ssh, and all my text editing using vim. You see, I do like to keep my hand in.
- Central Missouri State UniversityM.S. Psychology, 1977 - 1979
- Central Missouri State UniversityB.S. Psychology, 1975 - 1977
- Levittown Memorial High School1965 - 1969