Well, I’d like to say that I had a better start of 2013 linkdump for you but the internet’s pretty much been shutdown since, well, Christmas. I do have a few links but it’ll be a pretty short post. Anyhow, let’s start with Genevieve Morton.
If you live in a Canadian border town, you’ll probably have been the victim of random roaming charges because your phone picked up the stronger American signal. It’s not just happening to you. It happens to a lot of people and the cell phone companies aren’t too worried about being proactive about it. (CBC News)
Scientists believe that garbled text messages could be a sign of serious neurological issues such a stroke. (CNET)
You might not consider pickpocketing a form of magic but the way the world’s greatest pickpocket, Apollo Robbins, does it, it may just be. (The New Yorker)
After the jump, a look inside NBC’s Sunday Night Football, new year’s resolutions for video game journalists and Stephen Harper style.
Normally I link to life advice type things in Man Lab posts but I figured that I would share it with you in case you need help for a new year’s resolution. It’s a look at the science behind persuasion. (Wall Street Journal)
NBC’s Sunday Night Football just set a new ratings benchmark for its broadcasts last Sunday with the game between Dallas and Washington. Here’s a look at the inner workings of the show that made it TV’s top draw. (Deadspin)
Hockey’s almost back… We hope. In the meantime, watch some minor league teams try to recreate Slap Shot with a bench clearing brawl. (Puck Daddy)
What is Tom the Myspace Guy up to now? Trolling people on Twitter. (UPROXX)
Paul Tassi’s 20 new year’s resolutions for gaming journalism are a pretty solid list that everyone should read, especially #1. Geoff Keighley should look at #3 and then think twice about being seen in the vicinity of Doritos and Mountain Dew. Okay, just Mountain Dew because Doritos are awesome. (Forbes Gaming)
Rejoice gamers! Indie darling Fez is going multi-platform in 2013. That’ll be a day one purchase for me. (Game Informer)
You think you know WoW? There are lots of things behind the scenes of World of Warcraft that might interest you. (Mental Floss)
In the days before every secret about a game was disseminated on the internet, there were urban legends that were spread through word of mouth. Here are six legends that turned out not to be true. (Cracked)
Best. Gangnam Style parody. Ever! Get ready to rap and dance Stephen Harper style.
Spoiler alert: Here’s a pretty awesome music video of The Walking Dead set to Adele’s Skyfall.