Oh wow! Spycraft was one of my favourite games of the 90s but it’s been pretty well forgotten by most people, despite the fact it did some really interesting things both narratively and gameplay-wise. And it had Charles Fuckin Napier!
So fair play to Polygon for going back and revisiting it now for a making-of documentary that sounds like it’s been in the works for a while. The documentary is coming in 2023 but you can watch the trailer now. And if you want to play the game, it’s available from Steam and GOG and it runs pretty well in Dosbox, even on a Mac.
I want to insist on an amateur internet; a garage internet; a public library internet; a kitchen table internet. At last, in 2023, I want to tell the tech CEOs and venture capitalists: pipe down. Buzz off. Go fave each other’s tweets.
With the implosion of Twitter and the move towards Mastodon and the federated web, the internet of late 2022 is feeling more and more like the internet of 2002: Ours.
Anil Dash recently took the step of unfollowing everyone he was following on Twitter. This line in particular stood out to me:
… when something terrible happens in the news, I don’t see an endless, repetitive stream of dozens of people reacting to it in succession. It turns out, I don’t mind knowing about current events, but it hurts to see lots of people I care about going through anguish or pain when bad news happens. I want to optimize for being aware, but not emotionally overwhelmed.
That’s entirely it. I’ve got a private list of maybe 20 people I follow because they’re the ones that are the least outraged about The Thing That People Are Outraged About Today, and it’s recently become my main view for Twitter because I’m too exhausted (emotionally, spiritually) for the main timeline.
I have a lot of time for Chance the Rapper and it’s precisely because he’s always doing things like this. Almost everything he does is a statement of intent, like this one supporting local, community-driven journalism in his home town.
Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.
Worth noting that today, almost two months since GDPR came into effect, Instapaper is still unavailable for users in Europe. GDPR isn’t a particularly hard thing to enforce unless your entire business model is built around doing shady things with your customer’s data.
One good thing to come out of the heatwave Ireland is currently enjoying: the sun is basically X-raying the ground for underground monuments. Take a look at the rest of the pictures on Mythical Ireland’s Facebook Page – they’re genuinely stunning.
I think the only time I’ve ever actually seen Stanley Kubrick explain the ending of 2001 in such unambiguous terms.
The clip is taken from a series of interviews (mostly with Vivian Kubrick) conducted by Jun’ichi Yaoi while he visited the set of The Shining for an unaired Japanese documentary on the Paranormal. The rest of the video is fascinating.