Compared to my first experience in Newark, NJ (which wasn't too bad to begin with), Jury Duty in Brooklyn could be considered fun even. I was notified ahead of time that there was free Wi-Fi available in the Jury Room so I brought my laptop with me. Upon entering the impressive airport lounge-like space I had trouble finding outlets and got a little worried. So after conducting some recon around the grand room, I spotted one guy with a PowerBook Pro connected to an outlet on one of the columns near the far end of the room. We eventually started chatting after I asked him if he was excited about Apple's laptop announcements due to be unveiled later in the day.
During the orientation, they showed a goofy video with people dressed in medieval attire drowning some guy in Central Park, Ed Bradley and a much younger Diane Sawyer. The guy also had to run down seven categories to make sure we were eligible to serve. When one guy got up and left because he no longer lived in Brooklyn, the guy running the show made everyone laugh by demanding an essay from the ex-Brooklyn resident on why he left the borough.
Over lunch at the nearby Subways (busiest branch I've ever been to) I found out a little bit more about him. Turns out the guy, Jason Friedman, is a designer at InstantAction.com a product of Garage Games which in turn is majority owned by Diller's IAC. So he gets to work in one of the few Gehry designed buildings I'm okay with, but even better, they are shipping his family out to Portland, Oregon. In my mind I was just thinking, damn what a great gig! Hope he gets some time in on the slopes out there.
I never got chosen and got to leave at around 3:30pm so I sauntered over to the nearby B&N and stayed there for the rest of the day working on a project. Very productive day.
So back to InstantAction.com, for the gamers out there I assume you've already been to the site already. I'm not much of a gamer so I've never even heard of the site until Tuesday. Anyway, give it a try, some of the games are pretty good and I was very impressed with the 3D graphics. Didn't realize browser-based games have come such a long way. It's similar to the Korean model I've played around with back in school (Gunbound without the crappy download) where they make money by selling digital addons to the players. I was told they are also going to try to pull in some ad dollars in the future, I assume on the site unless they have some nifty way of incorporating the advertising into the games itself.
My question to the hardcore gamers, are the games offered by sites such as InstantAction.com any good and do they have any staying power? The community forums seem pretty lively I just wonder if people would be addicted to it as CS or SC. I guess browser-based games can't compete on graphics and sounds but they do have a leg up on accessibility and hey... it's free!
On another note, another person just favorited my PS3 - Pay B3yond idea judo hack, so when I went to take a look at who favorited it, I was astounded to find that the image had been viewed 5,000 times! I think that's my 15seconds of semi-fame on the web.
Update: On a whim I hastily mocked up a few decals for a contest over at InstantAction.com. The brief was to design a decal for a MAV/mech for the upcoming game, Lore: Aftermath. Looks like I was in the zone that day as two of my decals were selected. You can check them out on the left.