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Crysis 2 ditching Steam not an EA decision; Origin-exclusive titles planned {Joystiq}

Jun 15th 2011 4:33PM well, missing out on crysis 2 cuz its on origin won't make me loose any sleep. but from the moment they announced the service, i've been dreading this sentence: "mass effect 3, an origin exclusive..."

Porsche's Walter Röhrl, Christian Geistdörfer team up 30 years later for Targa Tasmania {Autoblog Archive}

Apr 7th 2011 2:31AM meh. if i remember the story correctly, he was supposed to drive a works prepped mercedes 450 SLC that year, but at the last moment mercedes decided to get cold feet and keep on being in racing hibernation (until a few years later, sauber all but shamed them back into embracing racing again, but thats another story.)

he drove a few rallys with a privately prepped porsche because at the time his deal went south, all the works teams were set. the next year he signed on with opel, and won the WRC championship with the RWD ascona (which, frankly, was a crap car at that point in time -- making his win just that much more impressive.)

next stop was a return to fiat/lancia (he'd won his first WC in '79 - i think - with a fiat 131 abarth, which wouldn't be all that bad unless you consider that this was the vehicle cesare florio & co. put into the field to more or less succeed the lancia stratos...ech), where he drove the RWD (and achingly beautiful) lancia 037 rally for a few years.

by that time RWD was pretty much a no go for a winning ride and he finally landed at audi for the remainder of his WRC career (including a romp up the pikes peak hillclimb, again, if memory serves right.)

when group B cars got binned in favor of the infinitely less interesting group A cars, audi fielded the 200 quattro model, which still is a bit of a mindboggler to me -- the thing was an E-class/5-series type luxo barge and everyone else was zipping around with hot hatches like the lancia delta.

long story short, audi had won pretty much everything BUT the safari rally, an event rohrl detested and usually skipped. but the audi overlords wanted this one bad and hooray, they 1-2'd the event, with rohrl finishing 2nd -- and audi quit WRC at the end of that season and hasn't been back since (first they went off to pikes peak, then imsa GTO and eventually le mans.)

rohrl eventually wound up road racing for porsche and has been with them ever since. he finished 7th at lemans in a 961 one year (961 = road racing version of the 959) and imo still is one of the greatest pure drivers of all time. he just had the misfortune of never really having the best vehicle of his era (never drove the a110 alpine or stratos, went to audi right when peugeot started kicking their butts and again -- he won the WC in an opel ascona. not quite a yugo, but...)

Gabe Newell speaks to a high school marketing class {Joystiq}

Feb 19th 2011 4:32AM just boggles my mind that we'll be seeing duke nukem forever before HL2E3....

Ask Mo: Answering questions about 'The Event,' 'Fringe,' 'Spartacus,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Lost' and more! {AOL TV}

Nov 19th 2010 4:08PM my favorite one season wonder: the adventures of briscoe county jr.

Steven Spielberg, 'Fringe' Producers Bringing Comic Series 'Locke & Key' to TV {AOL TV}

Aug 24th 2010 1:32PM my knowledge, joe hill is stephen king's son.

Review: Saturday Night Live - Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys {AOL TV}

Jan 10th 2010 3:07PM what, no 'barkley vs. barney II: the reckoning'? boo.

Sherlock's movie success harks back to Brett's glory days {AOL TV}

Jan 7th 2010 7:23PM you can watch quite a few episodes (if not all of them; i haven't checked) on netflix' instant streaming service.

Obama May Have Scooped His Way to Success {Slashfood}

Jan 2nd 2010 8:20AM i'm guessing now that obama is eating vanilla ice cream, some folks will now decry it as the most sinister flavor of ice cream, ever...

StarCraft II to include Protoss mini-campaign in Wings of Liberty {Big Download}

Jan 2nd 2010 8:09AM hmm. my interest in SC2 just perked up a bit more....

The best of December 22-29, 2009 {Joystiq}

Jan 2nd 2010 7:48AM chuckle. that WoW magazine is just so silly.