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The Anatomy of a $60 video game…….

Anatomy of a $60 Video Game

Much of the data came via a slide shown Thursday by Steve Perlman, founder of OnLive, an on-demand video game service based in Palo Alto.

Perlman, who spoke during the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain Summit in Las Vegas, showed the slide as part of an update on his company’s service, which is expected to launch later this year.

Another way to look at it is to say publishers such as Activision and Electronic Arts receive $45 after retailers take a $15 cut. Publishers turn around and pay a $7 licensing fee to console manufacturers such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The cost of making, packaging and shipping game discs to stores carves up another $4. Finally, not all games sell, so the expense of returning unsold inventory eats up another $7.

That leaves publishers with about $27 per disc sold for development, marketing and other expenses. These are, of course, back-of-the-envelope averages. Each of these numbers can vary. For instance, a publisher could negotiate a smaller licensing fee with console manufacturers. And by deploying the Goldilocks method of inventory (not too much, not too little), they can also minimize returns. Tinkering with the margins in these ways lets companies tune their bottom lines.

— Alex Pham

From the LA Times…….

I’ll bet you could apply the same formula to a lot of other  products……..

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February 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Other Things, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Full-Figured Never Looked Better…….

I really do not prefer skinny women.…..

This from PolitcsDaily.……

Clothes look good on thin bodies. But thin bodies naked? Not so much.

Naked full bodies is another matter. Or near-naked, a la actress Christina Hendricks in a corset on the cover of New York Magazine.

Hendricks, a breakout star of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men,” is undeniably beautiful. She’s also a different body type than we’re used to seeing in the glamor factories of Los Angeles and New York.

But then “Mad Men” is a period drama, set half a century ago.

It may be relevant that most fashion designers are gay men. Thin women look more male than their voluptuous counterparts in the general population.

My recollection was that the ultra-thin trend began in the late 1960s with the iconic model known as Twiggy, and a little research proved me right. Twiggy’s measurements we re 31-22-32. She even had a boyish haircut.

In 1960 average fashion models were about 5’7″ and weighed approximately 129 pounds,” writes wisegeek.com. But Twiggy changed all that. She was 5-foot-6 and 91 pounds.

In the 1990s the twig influence made a comeback, says wisegeek. “The goal seemed to be to duplicate the look of those in the last throes of heroin addiction.” Today the average model is 5-foot-9 and weighs 114 pounds.

How times have changed. In many Renaissance portraits the women are way beyond “pleasingly plump,” no doubt because only aristocrats could afford portraits, and only aristocrats had enough food and leisure to acquire heft.

The skinny girls need to eat some burgers……and gain weight…..

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Entertainment, Health, Media, Other Things, Updates, Women | | 2 Comments

Full-Figured Never Looked Better…….

I really do not prefer skinny women.…..

This from PolitcsDaily.……

Clothes look good on thin bodies. But thin bodies naked? Not so much.

Naked full bodies is another matter. Or near-naked, a la actress Christina Hendricks in a corset on the cover of New York Magazine.

Hendricks, a breakout star of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men,” is undeniably beautiful. She’s also a different body type than we’re used to seeing in the glamor factories of Los Angeles and New York.

But then “Mad Men” is a period drama, set half a century ago.

It may be relevant that most fashion designers are gay men. Thin women look more male than their voluptuous counterparts in the general population.

My recollection was that the ultra-thin trend began in the late 1960s with the iconic model known as Twiggy, and a little research proved me right. Twiggy’s measurements we re 31-22-32. She even had a boyish haircut.

In 1960 average fashion models were about 5’7″ and weighed approximately 129 pounds,” writes wisegeek.com. But Twiggy changed all that. She was 5-foot-6 and 91 pounds.

In the 1990s the twig influence made a comeback, says wisegeek. “The goal seemed to be to duplicate the look of those in the last throes of heroin addiction.” Today the average model is 5-foot-9 and weighs 114 pounds.

How times have changed. In many Renaissance portraits the women are way beyond “pleasingly plump,” no doubt because only aristocrats could afford portraits, and only aristocrats had enough food and leisure to acquire heft.

The skinny girls need to eat some burgers……and gain weight…..

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Entertainment, Health, Media, Other Things, Updates, Women | | 2 Comments

The Democrats are going to try to get a Healthcare Bill attached to the budget….

From PolitcalWire…..…..

Obama Preps Health Care Bill

Democratic officials tell the New York Times that President Obama’s health care proposal “was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.”

The bill will be posted online Monday in advance of the president’s bipartisan health care summit on Thursday.

Said a Democratic aide: “It will be a reconciliation bill. If Republicans don’t come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do.”

If this is true…The Dog commends the Democrats for moving ahead…and Scott Brown for making the democrats get practical……

More from MyDD.Com.……

The effort to bring the public option up for a vote continues to gather steam in the wake of the Bennet Letter written by Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado – and orginally co-signed by Senator Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon – to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to use the reconciliation process. Eighteen Democratic Senators have now signed the letter. Those who have signed on are Senator Barbara Boxer of California, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.

The other development overnight is a bit of a mixed bag. Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show last night, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the White House is willing to make a push for the public option if Senate Democrats decide to bring it up for a vote.

“Certainly. If it’s part of the decision of the Senate leadership to move forward, absolutely,” she told Rachel Maddow.

While welcomed, it is not exactly the strongest display of leadership. This I will if you will is passing the buck to Harry Reid when it should be the President that leads. Still, it perhaps merits taking a wait and see approach. The New York Times reports this morning that the Administration will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week.

Democratic officials said the president’s proposal was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.

Congressional Democrats, however, have not yet seen the proposal or signed on.

The House and the Senate each adopted a version of sweeping health care legislation late last year. But efforts to combine the measures stalled after a Republican, Scott Brown, won a special Senate election in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, effectively stripping the Democrats of the 60th vote they needed to overcome Republican filibusters.

“It will be a reconciliation bill,” one Democratic aide said. “If Republicans don’t come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do.”

Officials said that the White House would post the president’s plan on the Internet by Monday morning. But even as Mr. Obama tries to unite his party behind a single plan, it is unclear that Democrats can muster the needed votes in the House and the Senate given the tense political climate of a midterm election year.

Monday thus looms large. It may be a make or break day for the Administration and the progressive movement. Should the White House fail to show leadership on this, it may be time to take full stock of Administration that is long on rhetoric but short on delivery.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | | Leave a comment

Obama talks up the fighter in Senator Reid………

President Barack Obama praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as a tough leader amid the top Democrat’s tough reelection battle.

During an appearance with Reid in Henderson, Nev., Obama lionized the Nevada Democrat as one of the Senate’s top fighters.

“I can personally attest that Harry Reid is one of the toughest people I know,” Obama said during an appearance Friday. “He knows what he cares about. He knows what he believes in, and he fights for it.”

Reid is in the midst of the reelection battle of his career, with Republicans targeting the top Senate Democrat after polls had shown Reid with dismal approval numbers.

Obama acknowledged that the fight over healthcare had damaged his own popularity, and said that had extended to Reid as well.

“Healthcare’s been knocking me around pretty good,” the president said. “And it’s been knocking Harry around pretty good.”

Obama praised Reid as a key ally of his agenda in the Senate, but characterized the majority leader as someone who’s in touch with the tough economic situation, which is especially pronounced in Nevada.

The appearance alongside Reid lends the senator some key support. Several Republican candidates lead Reid in hypothetical match-ups this fall.

It’s about time the President helped out the guy stuck with pushing the Healthcare Bill…..

Reid has been taking his lumps for the President….

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Crist Agrees to Debate Rubio……

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) agreed to two nationally-televised debates with Marco Rubio (R) hosted by Meet The Press on March 7h and Fox News Sunday on March 28th.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Funnii Friday 2.19.10…..from Up 4 Discussion….

From JSin…..

It’s Friday!

Scroll down and enjoy the Funnii’s & don’t forget the Funnii Friday’s process:

1)If YOU find anything that you think is ‘funnii’ & would like to share it with me and your fellow readers e-mail it to me

2)The ‘funnii’s’ can be video, pictures, jokes or whatever

3)If it will provide a good laugh send it to me via e-mail at up4dsn@yahoo.comanytime during the day & throughout the week!

4)Anything I receive during the day on Friday’s I will upload to the post & everything received after Friday’s will be posted the following Friday

The Funnii’s……

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SE on John Oxendine……

Are Icarus’s Wings Melting or is it Just Me?

Here’s a gem from the printing presses of fake journalism and faux-Consevatism:

When At First The Ox Does Not Succeed, He Must Fail, Fail Again.

John Oxendine’s first attempt to shake down Lynn Westmoreland didn’t go so well. The result was a bit of a political dust up and mostly just a little more embarrassment to a man that apparently has no shame.

But instead of leaving well enough alone, Ox has decided to double down on stupid, and has drawn many others into the PR debacle surrounding his investigation into the failed Southeastern US Insurance, formerly owned by Clark Fain. Fox5 in Atlanta ran a story this week showing that many Georgia politicians, including Governor Sonny Perdue, have enjoyed hunting trips complete with flights to them on Fain’s private plane.

Behind the scenes, some are getting nervous about the reflection on the Republican party as a whole, and it was under this guise that Matt Towery called Congressman Westmoreland last week emphatically telling him he had to drop his claims against Oxendine. Towery documented the number of politicians connected with SEUS and numerous claims were made about the issue taking the whole party down. For the good of the party, Lynn needed to stand down.

The curious thing about this phone call, however, is that it was made from the office of one John Oxendine. According to two of my sources, Oxendine was in the room and listened to the call.

This story grows even more bizarre when put into context with this Insider Advantage story that Matt Towery suffered a head wound a couple of weeks ago, and almost died. The story includes this surreal paragraph indicating that a team of old line Republicans apparently are credited with his ongoing medial care:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (for whom Towery served as political chairman during his years as Speaker), former Senator Mattingly, and current Senator Johnny Isakson (with whom Towery is very close) have basically joined legislators such as former Speaker Mark Burkhalter and former Rules Chair Earl Ehrhart to see to it that Towery makes a full recovery. Former Governor Roy Barnes intervened as well to assist Towery as did Attorney General Baker. Speaker Ralston and former Speaker Richardson also both assisted.

The story seems to be placed as pre-emptive damage control, as the incident happened “several weeks ago”, but the call to Westmoreland happened one week ago, and the IA story ran Monday. After all, Towery was suffering from a concussion, and he’s beloved by the old Republican guard. So, let’s just pretend the call didn’t happen and call a do-over I guess…

The question remains as to why Towery allowed himself to be dragged into the middle of this. He generally is considered to be a bright man, and understands that Ox is on the verge of toxic. So why was Towery calling a Congressman who gave exactly one interview on this topic weeks ago asking him to stand down? Why was this call made with Oxendine present?

I guess if I was being asked these questions, I would add Dick Pettys’ name to a story I wrote claiming I had a bad head injury too.

It should be clear to all now who are paying attention that Oxendine is no longer interested in serving the people of Georgia, but is instead interested in how the power of his office can serve him. Stories like this are beyond embarrassing, and when the story behind the story comes out, it always gets worse.

It is time for State Republican leaders, elected and grass roots alike, to say enough to John Oxendine. He should resign as Insurance Commissioner, and he should withdraw from the Governor’s race.

I don’t know about you, but I think the SEUS investigation is legitimate, and Westmoreland’s attacking Ox for going after them should shine some light on what may be his shady connections with SEUS. And the fact that Towery and Ox were in the same room when the call was placed is probably mere coincidence, as Ox may have had files to look through at the time. And I don’t see anything wrong with some of Towery’s friends helping him recover from a very serious head injury. Oxendine is committed to serving the people of this fine state, and has done so for the past 15 years as our Insurance Commissioner. Godspeed to Ox and may he become the greatest Governor in out Nation.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

SE on New Jersey Senator Lautenberg…..

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s 86-year-old senior senator, was diagnosed with treatable cancer in the stomach in the last 24 hours and will begin chemotherapy today.

The Democrat still plans to finish out his current term – his fifth in the Senate – and seek re-election in 2014.

“This doesn’t change any of that,” Lautenberg’s chief aide, Dan Katz, said of the senator’s political plans. “After he receives his treatment, back to normal.”

Moments ago, Lautenberg’s office issued a statement from the senator’s oncologist, James F. Holland, saying:

“We expect a full and complete recovery for Senator Lautenberg. The senator will be treated with chemotherapy administered approximately every three weeks. We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate.”

Lautenberg took ill Monday while at home in Cliffside Park. He fell down and phoned his doctor and an ambulance. The senator directed the ambulance to transport him to Manhattan for treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he has been hospitalized ever since. Lautenberg never lost consciousness, his aides said.

Best wishes to him and his family.

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February 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

CD on the Georgia Governor's race……Dem and GOP lineups…..

Democrats currently running:

[Barners ]

Former Governor Roy Barnes (D): served as the Peach State’s 80th chief executive from January 11, 1999-January 13, 2003 before being tossed out on his butt in 2002’s upset election night loss to an unknown State Senator named Sonny Perdue (R): 53-45.

Barnes is now back in the game, planning to win back his old job (see Bill Clinton’s comeback in Arkansas back in ’82 after losing 2 years earlier) for a 2nd non-consecutive term and with non-stop polls showing him overwhelmingly ahead in the Democratic gubernatorial primary set for July 2010, the former governor is likely gonna be the Democratic nominee.

Georgia State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D): one of 8 African Americans to hold statewide office in Georgia; was appointed by then-Governor Zell Miller (D) as GA’s 52nd chief law enforcement officer on September 1, 1997 and won re-election to 3 unprecedented full, four-year terms in 1998, 2002 and 2006 (where he was the Democrats’ highest-vote getter with 57 percent).

Baker is trying to become the state’s first African American governor and the 3rd in the Deep South (US Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) is running for AL governor).

Former GA State Labor Commissioner David Poythress (D): used to be an early frontrunner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but quickly saw his poll numbers plunge fast after Barnes jump in.

GA State House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin): I guess seeing him run for the governorship makes sense since the GA GOP is likely to maintain their majority in the Georgia House of Representatives, where Porter had ambitions for being Speaker.

Republicans running:

[ Oxendine ]

GA Commissioner of Insurance John Oxendine (R): first elected to statewide office in 1994 and handily re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006 in his current gig. After 16 years, Oxendine is seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination for governor: polls show him leading by double-digits and has an early edge over Barnes in a potential general election match-up.

GA Secretary of State Karen Handel (R): first Republican to win this office since Reconstruction in 2006, and had a controversial tenure while in office with the Voter ID battle, leading to Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to criticize Handel’s efforts to disenfranchise African American and other minority voters during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Handel, according to political sources is Perdue’s handpicked successor to the throne, if she wins, she’ll be the first female elected governor in the Peach State.

US Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA): first elected to the House as a Democrat in 1992, but is very, very conservative and switched political affiliation to the GOP following the 1994 midterm elections and his record went from shaky moderate to hard-core conservative ever since.

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