In today's Remainders: excellence. Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as the world's richest man; Battlestar Galactica and the Beastie Boys get mashed-up real good; Everquest data is a motherlode for behavior scientists, and more!
Carlos > Bill
Earlier today, Forbes released this year's Billionaires List, a ranking that assigns specific names and amounts to a group that for the last eleven months you only loathed/envied with vagueness. This year, phones triumphed over computers: Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecommunications mogul, edged out Bill Gates for the top spot. The two have been battling it out for the last few years, though, trading the distinction of world's richest man like Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell traded the Donkey Kong title (even though the movie didn't show that). Together, they're worth over $100 billion. Slim and Gates, I mean. Billy Mitchell's hot sauce fortune, of course, is worth much more. [CNET]
I'm gonna come right out and admit: I've never seen Battlestar Galactica. Not a single episode. Come on! Give me a break. There's a lot of TV to watch and I'm only one man. Anyway, never having seen this program I don't know if there's some sort of tie-in with the Beastie Boys that would've engendered this project, a masterful shot-by-shot recreation of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" with shots from BSG (did I get that acronym right?) Anyway, whether it makes sense or not, it's terrific. If you want both sides of your brain exploded, watch this handy side-by-side view of both videos at the same time. To be sure, a masterpiece of the mash-up age.
When I say the word "synergy" what do you think of? If you shouted "A NEW VERSION OF POPULAR IPHONE GAME TAP TAP REVENGE FEATURING ALT-ROCK STARS KINGS OF LEON," well, you're right on track. The next installment in the Tapulous library will be Tap Tap Revenge with the Kings of Leon. It's the same app you know and love with 10 songs from the band, including their supposed hits "Use Somebody", "Notion", and "Sex on Fire." I consider myself a music dude, but somehow I've never really gotten around to listening to Kings of Leon. They seem to be the band MTV has picked as their go-to "rock" band these days—because, you know, it's good to have one of those to squeeze in between Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift at the VMAs—so that doesn't exactly bode well for them. But still, if you like Leon or you like tapping, keep an eye out for the new game, which will be $5 when it hits the app store. (Not sure how this affects the unlicensed follow up I've been working on, Fap Fap Revenge with Josie and the Pussycats) [Tapulous]
Questing for Science
If you're an Everquester and your parents/siblings/significant other/virtual significant other/imaginary significant other (choose one) is concerned about your habit, just tell them you're doing it for science. At its last meeting, the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced a deal with Sony that gives behavior scientists 60TB of Everquest server data to pore over. The researchers say that sorting through it all will be challenging but they think it could afford some unique insights into dynamic social networks and how they function. One thing they're sure to discovery: man's essential nerdiness. [Ars Technica]