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Out of the Blue

Today kicks off Game Developers Conference Europe, so there should be some news from there over the next couple of days.

My weird ear for celebrity voices popped up again over the weekend, as I became convinced the voice in the NFL's new TV promos is Forest Whitaker. A quick Google suggested I was wrong, but I heard it a couple more times and did a better search, and found out it is indeed his voice. The weird thing is that before this if you asked me if I thought I knew what he sounded like I would have answered probably not. Too bad there's not a way to capitalize on this odd skill: Like Name that Tune for voices or something.

Familiar Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Red Extinction.
Stories: Steve Jobs Biopic Crashes on Opening Weekend.
America's Last, Remaining Drive-Ins Face a New Threat. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Obesity Death Toll Heavier Than Previously Thought.
Strange, Pulsating Star Found.
Almost orbital, solar-powered drone offered as "atmospheric satellite".
Media: Super Mario Bros 2 Corruptions.
The Video Game Years - 1981 Pt 3. Thanks Retroware.
Man on an Edge: What It's Like to Be a Window Cleaner in NY.
The Funnies: xkcd: Exoplanet Names. Thanks Jim.

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24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 17:10 jdreyer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Aug 19, 2013, 16:46:

Right, it's not like anybody born after 1970 doesn't know smoking is bad for their health. And yet, we have millions of smokers under 40. I knew it was bad for me when I smoked. I started at 17, like a dumbass, and I had been bombarded with messages from the TV to school to books that smoking was bad. You cannot legislate free will.

Personally, I don't think we should do anymore than we already do to educate people about healthy eating. You get a good dose of that in school and on early education programs. We just need to make people who are too lazy to do anything about it pay more in medical costs.

And yet, smoking is the perfect example of how education + price controls reduced usage. Twice as many people (per capita) smoked in 1970 than today. Smoking is at it's lowest usage than at any time since smoking became popular.

And we actually don't get enough education on it. More education directly correlates with a healthier BMI.
 
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