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September 29, 2006

Links du Jour 09-29-06

NameChinese miffed by lewd Japanese computer game - History often has its part to play in even the most cutting edge product naming: Chinese gamers are angry about a new game named “Slaves of the Red Mansion” that seems to be a clear slur on the classic Chinese literary work entitled “The Dream of the Red Chamber.”

The latter is an ancient morality tale written by Cao Xueqin in the mid-eighteenth century during the Qing Dynasty and considered the Zenith of classical Chinese fiction. “Slaves of the Red Mansion,” is a mildly pornographic game with a heroine much like that in “The Dream of the Red Chamber.”

Chinese gamers are furiously creating a new game that extols the virtues of the Chinese resistance to Japan during WWII - it has yet to be named but is sure to further strain relations between the two countries.

NameMicrosoft and Yahoo Messengers update their Mac clients - Yahoo and Microsoft's instant messaging products can now speak to each other and are updating the Mac clients to allow for a new symbiosis of brand names that was not available until recently.

This gives Microsoft another badly needed foothold in the Web 2.0 world: Messenger can now communicate with Yahoo IM, AIM and iChat. This also helps make the relationship between Yahoo and Microsoft yet cosier, and a clear move to match the virtual marriage between the Google and Apple brand names.

NamePole officially Pesky - The Boston Red Sox have named their right-field foul pole in honor of Johnny Pesky before the Sept 28th game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The pole has had the official moniker for some years but yesterday it was made official - it’s now Pesky’s Pole, after the first player to have three 200-hit seasons. The honor was bestowed to him on his 87th birthday, and he threw out the first pitch of the game.

Final score: Tampa Bay 11, Boston 0. Congratulations, Johnny!

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