May 17, 2012

scha·den·freu·de: "Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 06:47 PM - 14 comments

Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune

Is there any other kind?

Hy-po-crite: "a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings."

Schilling's a damn hypocrite.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:08 PM on May 17

Saw this earlier today. I'd be happy to see Schilling take one on the chin, but unfortunately I have a friend whose husband is employed by 38 Studios who moved and who bought a house near Providence when the company relocated to RI. Schilling will probably be just fine; it's people like my friend and her husband (and of course the state of RI) who will be hurt. But, that's the chance we all take when we take a job, I guess.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:33 PM on May 17

I think the most offensive thing in the article is:

Curt Schilling could once throw a baseball very fast and very well. I believe he is a no-question first ballot Hall of Famer.

No-question first ballot?

posted by grum@work at 11:13 PM on May 17

My wish is not to see the screws put to Schilling principally for my amusement.

I would like him to be humbled and humiliated and then just shut up and go away.

On second thought, if he wanted to go to Weehawken with Ted Nugent and recreate the Burr-Hamilton duel, that would be fine too.

Despite the odious presence of Schilling in the region, Boston sports fans are currently doing OK.

There's no way that Schilling can ruin your whole day while NBA Executive of the Year Larry Bird's Pacers are busy taking it to the Heat.

posted by beaverboard at 11:30 PM on May 17

Schilling's politics aren't consistent with taking that enormous guaranteed loan (I wonder how he feels about the stimulus), but the article understates his gaming experience. He started Multi-Man Publishing in 1999 to keep the wargame Advanced Squad Leader in print, so he's not a business or gaming noob. 38 Studios had Ken Rolston, R. A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane working on its first game, which is an impressive lineup.

posted by rcade at 08:50 AM on May 18

He definitely slammed the stimulus when he was stumping for Scott Brown (here are some quotations). Maybe the article understates his gaming experience, but I think the point is he has little to no experience in getting a software product to market. My tip: plan for 150-200% of the initial time estimate due to idiot programmers like me who stink at estimating.

posted by yerfatma at 09:26 AM on May 18

Schilling doesn't have that experience, but 38 Studios does because it bought Big Huge Games, the 12-year-old company that created Rise of Nations, and retained 70 of its 120 employees.

When Kirk Minihane calls Schilling the "only face and voice of the company since Day 1," it shows that he did poor research. Rolston, Salvatore and McFarlane are all big names in their fields attached to the venture, and CEO Jennifer MacLean was chair of the International Game Developers Association.

posted by rcade at 09:43 AM on May 18

Rcade, you are living up to your name as you video game knowledge is large

posted by Debo270 at 10:05 AM on May 18

I don't think that would be true to the average person though. Curt Schilling is a much more recognizable figure than any of those folks. Todd McFarlane is "famous" in a very niche (sadly) market (or markets, if you prefer).

posted by yerfatma at 10:07 AM on May 18

As with many entitlements, corporate welfare is bad except when it is your corporation that is on the receiving end.

posted by holden at 12:12 PM on May 18

I don't think that would be true to the average person though.

You'd hope, though, that someone called on to approve or promote a deal like this would do due diligence that went far beyond the corporation's celebrity public face. And that's why you'd choose politicians over venture capitalists: the former are seemingly well out of their depth, the latter less so. Although with the benefit of hindsight, I'd say that everyone involved would have benefited from a big huge "Ha, no" back when the deal was done. Acceptance can buy you much more trouble than rejection.

Latest news, they will pay RI (something at least). It's their employees who won't get paid.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:26 PM on May 18

You'd hope, though, that someone called on to approve or promote a deal like this would do due diligence

You obviously missed two words in the article, "Rhode" and "Island". Growing up nearby, I have some familiarity with the guy who just resigned over this; no one remembers him as the smartest person they ever knew.

posted by yerfatma at 02:24 PM on May 18

Isn't Rhode Island the state where one brother was majority leader of the State Assembly or President of the State Senate while the other brother was head of a major criminal org? IIRC the Showtime series Brotherhood was about these two, and definitely set in RI.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:31 PM on May 18

You're thinking of Massachusetts with Billy & Whitey Bulger. In RI there's no proxy crap: the convicts are in office.

posted by yerfatma at 05:56 PM on May 18

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