No more Starcraft!
As you've surely noticed, my blogging ground to a screeching halt once I got a key to the Starcraft 2 beta.
Man. That game.
I'm not normally a super-competitive person, but Starcraft is one of a few games that really brings out my competitive side. (Go is another, as was Magic: the Gathering back in the day). Losing at Starcraft makes me want to get better than whoever beat me. What makes it such a great game with such long-term replay value is that there's always more to learn. Every defeat teaches you something, and every opponent shows you new tricks that you can then turn around and use on others.
I'm kinda glad the beta is over, though, so I can get the rest of my life back. Catch up on blogging, drawing comics, playing accordion, studying Chinese, and all that. Starcraft is all-consuming, because BattleNet ensures there's always a ready opponent, and because the individual games are so short it feels like there's always time for one more. A dangerous combination. I'm kind of dreading the official release of Starcraft 2 at the end of July.
Remove background image
WTF is this crap? People liked Google in the first place because it was the first search engine to not cover its home page with random crap; it was just nice and clean and minimalistic. Why did they decide to copy Bing now? Why would you want to skin a page which you only spend a few seconds looking at on your way to your search results? How can Google do cute holiday logos anymore if they're against a random image background? Why doesn't the "remove background image" link actually remove the background image -- instead, it puts you back to the ugly, ugly default.
There's so much wrong with this, and it's all summed up in the message you get when you click on the customize button: "Select a background image for your Google homepage"
No. This is not "my Google homepage". Stop trying to make yourself into "my Google homepage". Stop trying to jump on the stupid, stupid Silicon Valley investor bandwagon of every web site wanting to be your Bestest Friend Forever and your matching pillowcase/comforter set too. You're just Google. We use you because you rank pages well and you return results fast. Stick with that.