Author Archives: Armin
Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks – The New York Times
Despite an improving economy, the take-home pay for many Americans has fallen since 2009, and the sharpest decline has been experienced by those with the lowest-paid jobs.
Source: Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks – The New York Times
Less sleep makes you more likely to get a cold – The Washington Post
A new study provides the first evidence connecting less sleep to the risk of infectious sickness, researchers said.
Source: Less sleep makes you more likely to get a cold – The Washington Post
23 of the most exciting announcements and events from Disney’s D23 EXPO | Sideshow Collectibles
This past weekend thousands of Disney fans flocked to D23 Expo at Anaheim Convention Center to join filmmakers, actors, and celebrities for exciting new announcements from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and beyond. Check out our recap highlighting 23 of the most exciting things that happened!
Source: 23 of the most exciting announcements and events from Disney’s D23 EXPO | Sideshow Collectibles
Nathan Fillion’s “I Shoot First” Charity Tee | Represent
Hands On: Disney MagicBands, MyMagic+ Web Service | PCMag.com
The new MyMagic+ combines a Web portal and RFID-enabled wristbands to help you zip through Disney theme parks.
Source: Hands On: Disney MagicBands, MyMagic+ Web Service | PCMag.com
There’s (Almost) Nothing You Can Do About Stagefright | PCMag.com
This scary new vulnerability highlights the danger of ongoing Android fragmentation.
Source: There’s (Almost) Nothing You Can Do About Stagefright | PCMag.com
This article does include some tips to at least reduce the risk until a fix is available for your phone (if your provider ever issues one).
10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With The World
Introverts and extraverts may seem the same on the surface, but if you look at the way they respond to life’s everyday occurrences, differences begin to emerge. Last month, for example, Science of
Source: 10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With The World
Last GCA Note?
Well, it looks like I may no longer be able to track the progress of GCA at SJGames. At least, not on any sort of fine detail level.
Steve Jackson Games has revamped their online stores, putting up a new one that combines e23 and Warehouse 23 into one storefront. This is an all new store, with new code. In doing this, they’ve removed the Hot lists, and apparently have no intention of restoring them. I find this very odd, because all the big online stores I’m aware of, from the Apple App Store to Google Play, from Amazon to RPGnow, have hot lists. Hot lists help promote the store and the current hot products, which I believe results in more sales.
So, GCA won’t be on a hot list any more, which may rather negatively impact sales. Of course, I won’t really know until my royalty statements show up for the next couple of months, since we also have to get through the new store’s shakedown period (it’s pretty buggy right now).
On top of the lack of access to daily updates of the 30-day download numbers on the Hot list, I also no longer have any way to get what my actual user rating is. I now only get some number of stars, amazingly accurate down to the half star! (That is sarcasm.)
So, I’m a bit annoyed and unhappy with this. I’ll update if things change. And I suppose I can update sales numbers based on monthly royalty statements, but that’s hardly the same to me. (And I was enjoying watching GCA’s struggle to a better rating given the big improvements in UI since the initial release years ago…)
On December 29, 2013, GCA reached 6100 downloads at e23. This was a pretty long slog, which included two new firsts:
- The first time GCA downloads over 30 days dropped into the teens, dropping to 16 on December 15th.
- The first time GCA downloads over 30 days dropped out of the top ten, dropping to #13 on December 14th, and reaching the lowest point so far, at #16 on December 15th.
My thanks to everyone who continues to download and enjoy GURPS Character Assistant.