I was about to write something mean..

For the last couple of weeks I have been trying to find some kind of serious use of twitter (again). Most of it is just a load of crap tbh.. ppl trying to selfpromote, cryptic tags from educational conferences no one gives a shit about and journalists tryin’ to prove to the world there still alive dispite the concept of print slowly dying.

You can’t really trust anyone, and nobody cares douchbag
Superstars get payed to tweet about products, Superstars hiring ppl to tweet for them – yes, the scenario where a famous singer get serious money to tweet about a big company product and then hire a wannabe media intern to do it for for them can actully accour – and it does. My source? I dont need one. I can write whatever I want, or hire someone to do it for me..

Just when I lost my faith in humanity and the Internet
And then, suddenly the the storm Sandy arrived. Right from the start I could see a growing trend on twitter under the tag #sandy. From the mothership in Sweden I could follow the storm in real time, live on twitter with real people, as it all unfolded.
This time twitter was updated for and by the little people. Not the “new media”, not the politicians and and not the superstars. Yes they all tried “own it” when they figured out what was happening on #sandy but by then it was to late – the people had allready moved on with their lives and only Donald Trump was still there.

The tag #Sandy was for a moment the communication outlet for everyone and even when ppl lost their power they could keep contact with the outside world and eachother. Twitter was like the emergency radio for smartphones. Anyone could get on the channel, both regular people and authorities, and for a short period of time the Internet was used as it was envisioned back in the day. You know when most of you were still in dipers and dinosaurs roamed the earth..

I was about to write something mean about twitter.

Twitter is still a playground for new media, politicians and academics. All trying to hide behind and “own” the debate under their obscure tags no one but themselves understand.

But for a brief moment during the storm, twitter belonged to the people

[Edit] I just found this article by David Carr, media and culture columnist for The New York Times. He says this much better than me. I really recommend the read.

My morbid fascination for the post apocalyptic.

I have no idea where my morbid fascination for the post apocalyptic originated from.
As a young boy i spent hours alone in my room trying to imagine what it would be like, living in a world where civilization was at the verge to be extinct, all alone in the world, or almost alone..

“Palle alone in the world”
My earliest post apocalyptic memory is from a childrens book by the danish author and psychologist Jens Sigsgaard Palle alene i Verden (1942), roughly translated to “Palle alone in the world”. It’s about a boy waking up one morning realizing he’s the only one left in the whole world (I am Legend anyone?). At first he reacts, as most people would, doing all the things previous forbidden or out of reach to him. Driving a bus, eating as much candy as he can etc. A coupple of pages later I remember the book taking a turn for the scary..  The fact that he’s alone and the question of survival when a civilazation slowly starts to decay suddenly impacts on me as a child..
I have this vivid memory of the book giving me nightmares and how I obesessed with the whole idea. I still do, but it doesn’t scare me as much anymore. As a grown-up I try to treat the subject as a possibility and how I would handle it. But the fact that I can actually toy around with the idea as a possibility, intrigues me and scares me..

Cause and effect
Regardless of the cause – the effect is always the same. Wether it’s mutants from radiation, humanity driven by survival or a mysterious desease – the element of threat from our fellow men is allways there.
The solitude, the search for food and water is never enough, It’s allways a scenario where you would have to fight for your survival and be prepared to kill or be killed.
A world where trust would be a rare commodity..

A world where trust would be a rare commodity
Maybe it’s this simple fact that makes it so fascinating? What are we, as civilized humans, prepared to do? What lines are we prepared to cross to stay alive and who can we trust? How do we react when beeing forced to fight our neighbours, famlily, co workers to stay alive? When do we break and who of us are willing to to do whatever it takes to stay alive when facing the possibility of lifes destruction?

These are the questions that follows me still today. In my daydreams I return to the idea over and over again. Trying to wrap my head around what kind of a man i truly am or would like to be.

We all think were “that guy”
Of course in my daydreams I’m allways “that guy” – the lone hero making it, making the hard choices, staying alive, regardless.. Over the years my fantasies have changed – radically so when I became a father. Now my post apocalyptic fantasies about the fight for survival is almost allways about protecting my daughter and my wife. The lines I have to cross to asure their survival are thinner, and the hard choices, easier – almost natural and obvious..

In reality most of us would die due to our poor ability to adapt
While beeing the strong survivor might just be who we all hope and wish we are.
In reality most of us would die or give up in situations facing a catastrophic event – regardless of it beeing on a sinking boat or a global event..

In reality most of us simply refuse to accept the fact of things when it changes too rapidly around us and would die due to our poor ability to adapt.

The Estonia disaster claimed 852 lives, It is the deadliest shipwreck disaster to have occurred in the Baltic Sea in peacetime.

The photo above is of an unknown man sitting on the side of MS Estonia right before she sinks. It was dark and the photographer found his way out of the sinking ship by taking flashphotography. Most likely the man on the picture didn’t survive, because noone’s yet claimed to be him. This photographer had ability to adapt, was probably sober when the event started and had the will to survive at all costs.. Maybe he/she left people behind, moved for the exit when the first tremor came or just was one of the few awake, in the right place when the event accured. Nevertheless – the photographer above had the ability to adapt..

So why did I write this? I have no idea. I just feel I had to adress my morbid fascination for the post apocalyptic, mostly for my own sake and for the event that I one day have to face the fact that the rest of the world have “gone zombie” on me – you have been warned.

I will do whatever it takes.. I have mentally trained for this for over 35 years..
You have been warned.

The most trolled mmo in history

So “Vanguard – Saga of heroes” just went “Free to play” on steam.. Or did it?
Anyone remember Vanguard? One of the most anticipated games to be released in January 2007? Vanguard, beeing the brainchild of Brad McQuaid (formerly Everquest) came with very high expectations among MMO fans and the press. Right after the release it came clear the game had some serious problems and some months after that we all realized not only the game had problems..

Crash and Burn
On May 14, 2007, the staff of Sigil Games Online were told to meet in the parking lot at 4:30PM and to take with them what they would need for the rest of the day. The employees were told that the launch of the game had not gone well, the company was in financial trouble and they were selling the company to Sony Online Entertainment. Director of Production, Andy Platter, then told the employees “You’re all fired”..

The day after Sony Online Entertainment announced that they had acquired Sigil’s “key assets”..

The most trolled mmo in history
This was the starting point for some of the most exciting trolling around a mmo seen in history. The truth about missmanagement, the fact that microsft left a 4 year long partnership with Sigil, the lack of seroius leadership by founder and visionary Brad McQuaid and then the imminent death of the game following the SOE takeover was all over forums. Players left the game,like rats leaving a sinking ship. It was exciting times – and Blackmoore was there, a proud warrior roaming the plains of Talon, fighting for honor and justice.. Both ingame and on the forums.. It was actually one of the reasons I started this blog and one of my first posts was one of dissapointment with the state of the game https://blackmoore.wordpress.com/2007/03/

A game with vision but lack of management
I had a three months sub and then I had three more (by mistake). I really enjoyed the game, sure it had some issues, but it was really a open world with some (for the time) amazing graphics. Vanguard had ideas with merit, some of them really, really good. The dimplomacy system for instance – a skill with a card game you could play against other players and gameworld AI to take control of a city or it’s resoucres. Or the Crafting system, making wepons and armour, a careful process wich had to be learned and played like a game in itself.

Diplomacy, a game within the game

It had the potential to be a really cool game but time and poor management was against it from the beginning. During the following years the game was run by SOE with a skeleton crew – releasing some minor bug fixes and some very lame content.

The crafting process. This was no “wow crafting” where you made batches of 100 while watching TV. This was a game craving interaction and skill to suceed.

I went back to Vanguard over the years, 2008, 2010 and the last time this spring 2012. But I have to be honest. The only thing this game did really good was the diplomacy system. Still I cant help myself to think of the game from time to time – missing it (or what it could have been) in some odd way..

Anyway the game is now drawing it’s last breath going F2P on steam – but be carefull, it’s only free to play untill you reach level 20.. After that it’s a full $14.99 USD/month..

Is it worth $14.99 USD/month?
Hell no!

One month with ASUS Infinity TF700T

So I had a month now with my ASUS Infinity TF700, and it’s JUST DOPE!
(Jelly Bean 4.1)

This is what I use it for (and it works flawless)

– Streaming 1080p material from my Windows Home Server
– Work related, mail, reading documents and minor editing (Polaris Office)
– Skype, video calls, regular calls and chat
– Web browsing with the stock browser (Android 4.1)
– Facebook, twitter, blog writing etc.

Build quality is just amazing, (it’s not built like a tank) it’s built with the design and feeling in mind foremost. Be aware, this is not a tablet you wanna drop in the floor. But it just looks amazing and it’s light weight.

The Super IPS+ screen is far better than I could hope for – I tried my fair share of screens on both tablets and phones and this kills them them all right now. The 1920×1200 resolution Full HD is very nice and watching a 1080p movie is a real treat. With the Super IPS mode activated I can even sit outside reading without problem.

The only negative I can come up with so far is the speaker. It’s placed on the back right side and in landscape mode it’s to easy to cover it with your hand. This is by far no dealbreaker, but it needs to be pointed out.

Right now I have my eyes set on the ASUS PadPhone 2 for work, but for home entertainment no one should hesitate to check out the ASUS Infinity TF700T. It just might be the best tablet around for the moment.