Election 2012

Worry Not: World of Warcraft Won’t Keep You From Public Office

A screengrab from the failed campaign.

Good news for the MMORPG enthusiasts out there: Democrat Colleen Lachowicz won her race for a state Senate seat, despite a campaign to convince voters her World of Warcraft hobby rendered her unfit for public office.

In the run-up to election day, someone created a website called “Colleen’s World,” which complained that, “In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments…. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.” But it seems the residents of Maine were unconvinced. The AP reports she cinched the race with 913 votes.

Everquest, however, remains beyond the pale.

Political Animals

World of Warcraft is Now the Skeleton in the Closet for Elected Officials

A screengrab from the failed campaign.

Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat campaigning for Maine state Senate and an avid World of Warcraft player. Republicans supporting her opponent have a real problem with Ms. Lachowicz’s activities and therefore have gone all out to make sure voters learn the evils of the online world she inhabits.

Politico reports on the warnings issued to Maine voters regarding the candidate’s life online. Read and tremble, constituents: Read More


Booting Up: Using Apple Products Ain’t as Easy as It Used to Be Edition

"Iz not 'out of the box' experience I wuz promised." (Photo: flickr.com/brownpau)

BuzzFeed has purchased Kingfish Labs, a company specializing in Facebook data. This is probably the strategic equivalent of that point in the pandemic movie where the virus mutates, goes airborne, and gets really serious. [Business Insider]

“While it used to be that Apple was the brand which uncomplicated computing, for me, anyway, that’s simply no longer true.” [John Battelle]

Bad news, Android users: More than 50 percent of devices contain “unpatched vulnerabilities.” [BGR]

Maine is home to the first electricity-generating tidal turbine in America.  [Portland Press Herald]

This Mennonite community is just about the last bunch of people left in the world who don’t look at a camera and start automatically posing for a Facebook cover photo. [Wired]