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…Twitter went wild during the Super Bowl?

Twitter Super Bowl Map

If you haven’t already, be sure to go play around with the Twitter Super Bowl Chatter Map on The New York Times.

The map itself shows the location and frequency of commonly used words in Super Bowl related tweets, and you can compare things like player names and emoticons to specific milestones in the game to see where people were talking about what, for how long and how intensely.

[The New York Times – Twitter Chatter During The Super Bowl]

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…Achievement Farming Servers are lame?

TF2 Pyro

Call me an online gaming Newbie, but the concept of an Achievement Farming Server was news to me.

For those of you in the same boat, let me explain: In certain games like Team Fortress 2, items and weapons are unlocked only after a player achieves a certain number of achievements (milestones that mark goals or difficult tasks within the game). For those that can’t just wait to play through the game and earn the achievements like a normal player, Achievement Servers get set up with the express purpose of unlocking certain achievements for everyone playing.

Thus, though there might be two different teams playing, everyone is basically on the same team, and working together to earn achievements.

Need to kill 10 guys in 30 seconds?

Though this might be a tough task on a regular server, it’s easy on an Achievement Server when you have 10 volunteers join one team and then just stand still in a single spot while players on the opposing team take turns slaughtering the 10 opponents in one fell swoop like some sort of communal firing squad. Then, once everyone from one team unlocks that particular achievement, the roles are reversed, and it’s the next team’s turn.

Seem a little…unfair?

I thought so too, but apparently these types of servers are pretty common for games like TF2, as players are anxious to ‘earn’ their new toys and try them out.

Click the link to follow one man as he journeys through an Achievement Server for the first time, and witnesses the power, and the shame, of Achievement Servers firsthand.

[Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Pyro Maniacs: Achieving Nothing In TF2]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Vasily Lazarenko’s Wooden Car?

Vasily Lazarenko’s Wooden Car

You might not call Vasily Lazarenko a common car craftsman, but it’s hard not to call him a tuner.

That’s because Vasily not only carved his entire car body out of wood, but he actually carved two different cars, one for each side. Thus, the right side has a “retro” look, while the left side is more “modern”.

It might not burn up the track (burning is the last thing this car needs) but like it or not, it’ll definitely turn heads.

[Via: CNET]

[Via: RussiaToday]

…English ain’t easy?

Girls Reading Books

The English language is by no means easy, which is why so many people butcher it so badly.

Unfortunately, even if you’re familiar with the words that are in common use, you’re probably still led astray by common misunderstandings.

Dick Scale

To clear up some of the confusion, Cracked has put together a list of the 9 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think, and included a dick scale so you can see just how big of a dick you are if you correct people on each mistake.

Irregardless of the ironic titles, I think that for this post, I’m going to peruse the Internet until I can find something better; because it’s deceptively simple to rely on the plethora of info that’s out there.

Bemused?

[Cracked – 9 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think]

…Some stores are large?

Store Space Graph

If you add up all of the floor space for some of the most common stores in the US, you would see that Wal-Mart covers more acreage than all of Manhattan.

Continuing down the graph, McDonalds is about one and a half times as large as Central Park, and then the rest of the stores sort of stand in line from there.

Just be glad that you’re not the one that has to clean all of that up.

Edit: Wonder where they all are?

Here’s a video of Wal-Mart’s almost bacteria like growth:

[Good – Store Space]

[Via: Consumerist]

[Video Via: Wall Street Journal]