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I'm unreasonably excited about this game. GTA 4 was awesome and I'm hoping that my morally good self will be able to play GTA V in much the same way, by causing as little mahem as possible and just doing what the character has to in order to survive. Bad, but morally good, you know?
PS - maybe plug in your headphones before watching this if you have clients or sensitive types in your office / workspace
Just a reminder that Gravatar still exists. Wordpress acquired it a few years back and someone mentioned not knowing where their avatar came from in an app we where looking at. If you ever setup up a Gravatar before, chances are it is still serving your picture up to sites that use it.
"Otherwise it risks becoming a cesspool of untruths and rumors. Twitter needs a way to reel bad information back in. It needs a way to let us flag things that weve said that turn out to be wrong. Twitter needs an edit button, a correction process." This is stupid. Twitter doesn't need to do anything. The *people writing to Twitter* need to *act* like professionals if they want to be perceived across as professionals.
As this tax credit pertains to Visual Lizard and our services (listen up clients!) here are the key changes:
The tax credit is equal to 40% of qualifying labour costs related to the production of eligible interactive digital media projects. The maximum tax credit for a project is $500,000.
The Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit, which was set to expire December 31, 2013, is extended to December 31, 2016.
An eligible product that is developed under contract for an arm’s-length purchaser does not need to demonstrate the product will be resold or licensed by that arm’s-length purchaser
Points 1 and 2 are terrific in that they allow us a little more flexibility with our internal projects, some client projects, and we now have another 3 years to possibly receive help when needed. That is awesome.
Point 3 is the cherry on top for us. More often than not, when our clients come to us, they are looking for our expertise in helping them build tools that their staff and clients or customers can use. These tools range from simple web tools all the way up to online logistics systems. In MOST of the projects we have produced over the years, there has never been any intention to resell the work/project once it is completed. Therefore our clients were never eligible for the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit under the old terms.
With the new wording it means that MOST of our projects would now have a chance to qualify for the credit. There is the possibility of recouping 40% of the cost of the project in credits up to $500,000.
Visual Lizard has already put some calls out to get some further clarification on the new wording. Rest assured though, this is all positive stuff for our industry. Regardless of how the tax credit plays out over the next 3 years, we will still be here, building great things with great people. But keep this in mind when we talk. We might be able to think even bigger than we already do!
"One man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. Ive been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity."
New Canadian wireless entrants - Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, and Mobilicity - withdrew from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association because "The incumbents [Bell Mobility, TELUS and Rogers], having created the deplorable consumer conditions in the marketplace which has forced some Provinces to step in and provide a basic level of consumer protection, are seeking to use this Proceeding as a tool to stop these legislative initiatives."
"To suggest that a modest fair dealing policy based on Supreme Court jurisprudence and legislative reforms is 'arbitrary and unsupported' is more than just rhetoric masquerading as legal argument. It is a declaration of war against fair dealing."