Twitch does what ever it wants, policy and partner status be damned.

Twitch announced that Ultra Music was going to be streaming a biggun live event with them. It’s a big deal. I want to listen to every single thing that comes out of that show.

But then there’s the trailer posted to the blog post that just sort of flies in the face of the Twitch moral code.

I decided to be a little silly and post the link to the tweet in a reply to the Twitch official blog:

Will the next post be an addendum to the ToS that reads “official partners can break all of the rules because ~reasons~” or something like that?

Then I got this reply:

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And so I decided to elaborate:

It’s not a question of “are all the important bodily parts covered” it’s more to do with an ill conceived moralistic clause that is hurting more than it helps. Ferg goes into detail about the shortcomings of the Twitch policy than I do and I think that deserves a legit read.

I’m not a lawyer or claim to have ~the answer~ or anything like that (I don’t have an objection to Ultra’s content here, either, because I’m not a fucking moron), but I think the whole situation is two simpler situations:

First, by ignoring the actions of a partner–which I’m assuming is the case because why else would Twitch assign a staffer to write up a blog post to promote something massive like Ultra Music deciding to make Twitch its broadcasting platform–it begs the question: why would Twitch take down the pool party stream if they’re going to let a glorified yet well-produced pool party stream from a partner take its place?

Secondly, if Twitch was focused on growing its business with the music industry, they would have rewritten their obscenities clause in their Rules of Conduct (arguably alternatively titled “Twitch’s sole judgement”) after the pool party beer pong stream. If

If it’s unbearably hot where you are, and you happen to have your shirt off (guys) or a bikini top (girls), then just crop the webcam to your face. Problem solved. We sell t-shirts, and those are always acceptable. #Kappa

is their policy towards suggestive clothing or lack of it, is that policy not begging for a more professional treatment?

It’s not as if the management at Twitch have ever been in this situation before at, say, another live streaming service where the focus was on watching people when video gamers started taking over, prompting them to spin off the network into its own niche broadcasting network to escape legal terms and guidelines written for an entirely different type of broadcaster—WAIT A MINUTE, HERE. I SWEAR THAT’S HAPPENED BEFORE. COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN? WE’LL SOON FIND OUT

But I dunno, maybe I’m just nitpicking because it seems like an obvious oversight to me. Maybe I’m wrong. The policy still needs clarifications a-plenty.

Patch notes can be fun, too.



Medium’s iOS development team sure does know what users want to see. I mean, write me a song and I’ll scroll on down to keep reading what you’ve written.

The bigger picture here? Medium’s iOS client now allows its users to do something that most blog services would have included in their app from the get-go: write posts. I’ve been looking forward to thus update, as being able to manage a blog from my iPhone is part of what I’m looking for in a blog platform–something that WordPress has solidly allowed me to do for quite awhile now. This Medium update ticks that box, and promotes it from a “once in a blue moon” option to a legitimate contender for my attention.

I’m all for that. Even if, ultimately, I end up only cross-posting ~serious~ posts in the future, I think the Medium client is a huge step forward for the service. In an age where Twitlonger is still the preferred vector for longer-than-a-tweet posts, Medium should thrive the Twitlonger service eventually becomes disliked for serving ads.

I never knew the Bad Juju got buffed this hard.

I know the real strength of the Bad Juju is its String of Curses exotic upgrade and I had heard that pulse rifles got a base damage buff in update 1.1.1, but I wasn’t prepared for how effectively it was dispatching Atheon’s adds.

If I had known, I wouldn’t have fallen asleep whenever I paused to think during the all-nighter I pulled when Xûr was doing his weekly Tower visit. Sheesh.

Whelp–my ideal Apple Watch is a bit more than I’m willing to spend.

I understood the rumors starting to leak about the prices for the Apple Watch and Watch Edition being a bit higher than expected.

The $10k price for the Edition models shouldn’t be surprising anyone. The ideal Edition customer isn’t going to be interested in the technology, they’re going to be more interested in the visual look and the gold composition of the watch.

But a grand for my ideal steel face/steel link Apple Watch? Yikes.

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Looks like I’ll probably be aiming for one of these instead:

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That’s not really a bad thing–especially if they all contain the same level of hardware and support. It’s more of a fashion tax above all else, really. I can go without looking fashionable and still be a decent human being.

Or just mix and match the two together and upgrade the band later on? I’m not sure. I guess I’m going to have to get my hands on one to see. In any case, it’ll more than likely end up being an early birthday present for myself.

I became a stoner this week… a Hearthstoner, that is.

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I’m not entirely sure how it came up in the mm1 Slack, but between whatever we were discussing and the fact that World of Warcraft will be adopting a PLEX-lke currency for game-time in the coming months, I figured I would go ahead and give the Battle.net client an install.

Hearthstone appealed to me on a time-waster level, but not as something I could just sit there and play for hours on end. I mean, if I did, I’d probably have to be multitasking. Since I don’t think that Blizzard will allow multi-tabling to come to Hearthstone, I would imagine that I’d probably end up playing poker or something at the same time if I really wanted to commit time to the game. However, if I’m not taking the game super seriously and I treat it expressly as a time-waster, I think I’d get the most out of it at that point.

It’s the same sort of attitude that I’ve been giving a couple of other casual mobile games from a certain developer called Supercell. Clash of Clans and Boom Beach are freemium timer-based-tactics titles. The’s a timer for nearly every aspect of the game. Want to upgrade a type of unit in Clash of Clans? Pay thousands upon thousands of Elixir and then be prepared to wait two days for your upgrade to finish. Want to expand your Radar coverage in Boom Beach? Get ready to wait for days to gather the stone needed, and then wait twelve hours to perform the upgrade. The way to escape this particular cycle is to use the gem/diamond currency that can only be used to speed up production/timers.

However, being able to play these games without giving into the need to spend real currency to skip a timer just a handful of times isn’t worth it to me. It’s not that I expect to eventually turn into a pro gamer at either game, but I just don’t want to feel beholden to the game going forward. I want the fun that I’ll have fighting other bases with my armies to be genuine and not something I feel like I just have to get used to—like the feeling I get sometimes when it comes to Destiny and paying for that season pass.

And in that way I could definitely see myself passing random bits of time playing Hearthstone and trying to make as many coins so that I could unlock all of the cards without spending money. However, Xûr’s in the bar near the hangar, and I have some strange coins to earn, then spend.

RVANews is doing a thing to talk about #RVA. You should be there.

Do you live or work in or around Richmond? Do you care about the direction that Richmond is heading in? Do you have this Wednesday evening free? Do you have twenty dollars for the ticket? Optionally, do you have extra cash for secondary drink ticket purchases?

THE POWER OF ROSS COMPELS YOU TO BE AT RVANEWS LIVE #002

I attended the first RVANews Live event which was pretty awesome. At the time, it was thought of as more of a proof of concept test, but I’m pretty sure the fact that RVANews could bring together such a high quality of the three panels of local activists, celebrities, and entrepreneurs meant that this could happen.

The three panel format gives attendees a chance to meet each other and ensures that panelists don’t run out of things to talk about. It’s pretty awesome to be in a relatively close-in setting to be able to shoot the breeze with a panelist before they take the stage.

If getting the commitments of three panels worth of busy people isn’t simple enough, finding a space in the city to host the audience for the event seems just as complex. It’s good to hear that the folks over at the good-ship USS RVANews are continuing the series at GatherRVA’s meeting room, because it was just the right size to accommodate everyone in attendance.

Finally, what’s even better than being able to hear everything a panel says? Being able to fire questions back at them probably tops the list. What’s better than that? The panelist asking a question to the audience and the audience becoming the panel for a brief moment. The feel of the panels at the last event felt more like a large group conversation more than the stage speaking at an audience. I hope that the rotating set of moderators allow this kind of fluid-ish format to continue at Wednesday evening’s event.

If you’re in town on Wednesday and want to hear what folks are doing to make Richmond (and in some cases, Virginia as a state) less shitty and generally better, buy a ticket and come on down to GatherRVA. After you buy a ticket, you’ll want to RSVP via Facebook.