It looks like it's true -- E3 is, if not dead, then severely reduced in size. EA, SONY, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all pulled out. Future E3's or whatever takes its place should be a very different creature indeed.

Next Generation - ANALYSIS: Ten Reasons for E3's Collapse

One thing I wonder is if these companies might not get more bang for their buck at smaller conventions and events around the country (or world). Comic, Gaming, and SciFi conventions could be a good place to run booths, for instance. There's significant crossover between electronic gamers and the other groups.

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Google has a neat little tool that ties in well with Blogger. It lets you post comments to your blog about whatever webpage you're viewing as well as see what other people have said in their blogs.

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So Big and Healthy Grandpa Wouldn’t Even Know You - New York Times

The New York Times has an interesting article about how the general health, stature, and intelligence of people has improved over the past 150 years. A very interesting article, showing how the good old days weren't that good for most people.

So Big and Healthy Grandpa Wouldn’t Even Know You - New York Times

New research from around the world has begun to reveal a picture of humans today that is so different from what it was in the past that scientists say they are startled. Over the past 100 years, says one researcher, Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago, humans in the industrialized world have undergone “a form of evolution that is unique not only to humankind, but unique among the 7,000 or so generations of humans who have ever inhabited the earth.”

The difference does not involve changes in genes, as far as is known, but changes in the human form. It shows up in several ways, from those that are well known and almost taken for granted, like greater heights and longer lives, to ones that are emerging only from comparisons of health records.

The biggest surprise emerging from the new studies is that many chronic ailments like heart disease, lung disease and arthritis are occurring an average of 10 to 25 years later than they used to. There is also less disability among older people today, according to a federal study that directly measures it. And that is not just because medical treatments like cataract surgery keep people functioning. Human bodies are simply not breaking down the way they did before.

Even the human mind seems improved. The average I.Q. has been increasing for decades, and at least one study found that a person’s chances of having dementia in old age appeared to have fallen in recent years.