Badges. So convenient. So stressful. A permanent reminder that you have pending stuff to read, to do, to write, to go to. I remember when I didn't know the number of mails waiting. I was happier. [Fuck Yeah Alburquerque]
Don't be deceived by the slick marketing materials and blue shirts with Apple logos. This is not an Apple Store. It's a cheap knock-off located in Kunming, China.
Internet masterminds realized you can get people to do almost anything (like, say, share their banal restaurant visits with friends) if you make it a pseudo-game. Now Google's piling on! Reading news will let you collect badges and level up.
The Boy Scouts, already no strangers to interesting, (if not controversial) modern-day badges like "video games," have added what is an arguably more apt and useful skill to their badge-based repertoire: Robotics.
I love this. 1.5-inch embroidered badges with Velcro backs to attach to your bag, your jacket or even your computer. They are $6 each, except for the Lose It Or Lose It, which you have to earn the hard way:
The internet warriors of the US Air Force have finally been properly recognized: the USAF just introduced a Cyberspace Badge. It's about about time the grunts on the front lines of network warfare got their wings.
Thanks, Italo, for mocking up these new PC badges. It'll really help us decide which model to buy with our $1500.
The recent Zune Update a month or so ago added the ability to track your listening habits and reward you for them. Think of achievements on the Xbox 360, except not pedantic ones like listen to every artist that released a single in 2003. These badges are actually quite nice, and display on your Zune Card if you do…
Those silly bosses, always want to promote productivity. When will they learn that you would much rather read about productive gadgets, like this one, than do work for them on the clock anyway? There is nothing fancy that happens with the actual ID card, this smart badge just has a Bluetooth headset integrated on the…