Lost at sea: the man who vanished for 14 months

It wasn’t until a year later, when the fog of confusion subsided and he scanned the maps of his drift across the Pacific Ocean, that Alvarenga began to fathom his extraordinary journey. For 438 days, he lived on the edge of sanity. “I suffered hunger, thirst and an extreme loneliness, and didn’t take my life,” Alvarenga says. “You only get one chance to live – so appreciate it.”

Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian

Despite this article being both well written and immersive, my brain can not process it as anything else but fiction. Being lost for 439 days and surviving just seems… unreal to me.

The New Xbox Experience: Meet your Avatar

Jason Chen, for Gizmodo:

Avatars are neat, but need some work. They’re not necessary in the sense that you’ve still got the option of using your old gamerpics to represent your gamertag to the rest of Xbox Live, but everyone can create a Nintendo Mii-like avatar. Because there are only a handful of clothing options and customisability selections, your Mii will only kinda look like you. They’re neat, though, and can be used in future games so you can control a virtual you instead of, say, Venus Williams…

10 Things You Should Know About The New Xbox Experience (on gizmodo.com)