Category Lame

The Stimulus Bill? Oh, That Thing We Approved Yesterday

From US News:

E-mails one key Democratic staffer: “K Street has the bill, or chunks of it, already, and the congressional offices don’t. So, the Hill is getting calls from the press (because it’s leaking out) asking us to confirm or talk about what we know — but we can’t do that because we haven’t seen the bill. Anyway, peeps up here are sort of a combo of confused and like, ‘Is this really happening?'” Reporters pressing for details, meanwhile, are getting different numbers from different offices, especially when seeking the details of specific programs.

What?

If anyone needs me: I’ll, like, be slamming my head repeatedly against my desk. Last post on this topic for awhile. In case you’re (morbidly?) interested, the full text of the stimulus bill is online at THOMAS under the title HR1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus bill).

1Up, 1Down

On January 6, 2009, Ziff-Davis finalized the sale of the 1Up network and associated publications to Hearst publishing. At least 40 employees of the 1Up network were RIFed — including many of the people responsible for producing great gaming podcasts and video productions like 1Up Yours, Retronauts, Games For Windows, and the 1Up Show: Nick Suttner, Andrew “Skip” Pfister, Matt Chandronait, Philip Kollar, Shane Bettenhausen, Ryan Scott, Ryan O’Donnell, James “Milkman” Mielke, Jay Frechette, and Cesar Quintero.

Personally, I will really miss these productions. I often disagreed with their participants — even to the point of shouting at the iPod 😉 — but they provided a welcome and necessary distraction from a lot of difficult times in the last few years. To paraphrase TommyT at Neogaf: These were the best friends we never met. They made something new of gaming journalism.

Here’s hoping the diaspora leads to new and better things for all involved.

Enterprising individuals on the Neogaf forums have already assembled a directory of links to 1Up alumni and started archiving the old podcasts for download via BitTorrent.

For anyone now seeking superlative replacements for the 1Up podcasts: I recommend The Giant Bombcast, Idle Thumbs, and Gamers With Jobs.

FeedBurner Hopelessly Broken — Thanks Google

I’ve only been using FeedBurner for about two weeks — but it looks as if Google has already murdered it (as they do with many of their acquisitions and, one assumes, innocent stacks of currency).

Are there any comparable services out there? Will anyone ever see this post and reply? I feel so alone.

Update 2009-05-10: Thought I’d update this post a bit. It appears Feedburner is still misreporting statistics for this site — showing that I have 3 subscribers when I’m fairly certain there are more.