Yay! I finished The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Amazon). It was a bit shorter than I expected and Princess Zelda didn’t kiss me in the end! BOOOOOO! Can’t really complain since it was probably one of the funner games I’ve played all year.
I did have to use a walkthrough in times when I was stuck: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Walkthrough. I know I cheated, but time was against me. I had to finish the game before I leave (1/3) because the GameBoy Advance belongs to my brother. The walkthrough was pretty vague and it took some time to figure out what many of the things it was referring to, but it got me through.
Teen’s New Name: KentuckyFriedCruelty.com – A 19-year-old PETA staffer has legally changed his name to KentuckyFriedCruelty.com. Sigh… Hi, who’s this? Hi, I’m Kentucky FriedCruelty.com. I wonder what his kids would be named.
Microsoft’s ‘orange badge’ culture gets forum (from /.) – The rest of the world calls them contractors, temps or contingent workers. But among the rank and file at Microsoft Corp., they’re known by the color of their badges. “You tell people, ‘I’m an orange badge at Microsoft,’ and pretty much everybody in the tech industry knows exactly what that means,” says Howard Wu, a software project manager who worked at Microsoft through a temporary staffing firm. “It’s practically a subculture in Seattle.” … Wu is trying to do something about it. He has launched an online forum, OrangeBadges.com, that is one of two new efforts to bring together Microsoft contractors, people who work temporary stints at the company. But unlike other initiatives among Microsoft contractors, organizers of both groups say they aren’t trying to create unions.
Pricey coffee good to the last dropping – Would you pay $175 (101 pounds) for a pound of coffee beans which had passed through the backside of a furry mammal in Indonesia? … Kopi Luwak beans from Indonesia are rare and expensive, thanks to a unique taste and aroma enhanced by the digestive system of palm civets, nocturnal tree-climbing creatures about the size of a large house cat. … Despite being carnivorous, civets eat ripe coffee cherries for treats. The coffee beans, which are found inside of the cherries, remain intact after passing through the animal.
10 Greatest Gadget Ideas of the Year (from /.) – But some of the year’s greatest joys weren’t new products, but aspects of new products. Here and there, you could find tiny touches of brilliance: clever steps forward and new spins on old features that somehow made it through committee, past the bean counters and under the radar of marketing departments. Sometimes it’s the little things we forget to appreciate. I wonder why they forgot about tabs in web browsers.
New York Times Link Generator – a great tool to post New York Times articles on your blog or website to allow readers to bypass their registration by generating the link.