Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod →

H. pointed me to the awesome Cory Doctorow Visits a Radio Shack. It's completely hilarious and very well written. My favourite bit:

(AWKWARD SILENCE)

CORY DOCTOROW: Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod.

EMPLOYEE: What?

CORY DOCTOROW: I didn't say anything. Now, about this cell phone…

The phrase "Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod" has been adopted as a convenient shorthand for when I make a simple problem more complicated by adding layer upon layer of technology. Take last night, for example.

"So I'll put our itinerary into my Google Calendar, subscribe to it in my iCal and then synchronize that to my phone with Bluetooth"

"Couldn't you just put it on some paper?"

"Yes, but..."

"Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod"

First Person Shooter →

I heard the graphics on the Playstation 3 are going to be even BETTER than this

Ninja Loves Pirate →

There's times when I regret having a mac. Reading about a windows-only game involving pirates and ninjas fighting zombies and robots is like all of those times at once.

Lomo Effect →

Thanks to the Tao of Mac for pointing me to this incredible tutorial for using photoshop to give images a Lomo effect.

There's a delicious irony in using a high-tech piece of software like Photoshop to recreate the look of a cheap, plastic lens.

Before: Before Lomo Effect

After: After Lomo Effect

Ireland's Bee Population in Decline →

As someone who is mortally afraid of bees, wasps and other flying, stinging insects, let me be the first to say FUCK YEAH! TAKE THAT YOU LITTLE FLYING BITCHES.

Some days I feel like Kinski, some days I feel like the dog →

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(click for slightly larger image)

Notes: this picture, ripped from a copy of er... Empire, I think, has been hung up on my bedside table for the past few months. Here's hoping I'll be the first hit on google images for 'kinski gun dog'.

Tom Farrell - Funniest Irish Blogger →

[Now I only saw five minutes of this film but it was enough to convince me of what a desperate desperate place Seventies Britain was. Did they really queue in line for this? Maybe the commies weren't so crazy after all, at least queuing for bread serves some sort of purpose, what's the point of queuing up to see a man get hit in the penis with a roller blind?](http://oldrottenhat.typepad.com/oldrottenhat/2006/06/sometimes_all_i.html)

Douglas Coupland's JPod →

I finished reading Douglas Coupland's JPod last night. Here are a couple of my theories regarding this book:

  • Douglas Coupland is completely out of ideas and is gently strolling down the David Sedaris route of desperately presenting the most mundane situations and ideas as innovative. Not only that, but he knows it. There's a twinge of panic about JPod that completely sets it apart from the laid-back coolness of Microserfs.

  • He got so sick of people asking for a sequel to Microserfs that he decided to punish them by churning out something that takes the same style and formula but takes it to the point where it actually mocks the reader. Case in point: 40 pages of the first 100,000 numbers of Pi with one wrong digit. What is this? The Da Vinci Code for autistics?

  • Maybe he really has, once again, completely captured the zeitgeist and the world is actually full of the same kind of boring, selfish fuckholes that appear as characters in JPod. Personally, I think it's probably a combination of all three.

Point - Counterpoint →

Critics:

"Frighteningly bad cinema is the only thing scary about Alone in the Dark, which gives video-game movies an even worse name, if that's possible."
"They say that even ugly babies have faces their mothers love, but this is truly a film that not even hardcore genre fans could appreciate."
"Saying Uwe Boll’s Alone in the Dark is better than his 2003 American debut House of the Dead is akin to praising syphilis for not being HIV."

Uwe Boll:

"I WILL LITERALLY KICK THE ASS OF ANYONE WHO HATED MY FILMS."

Uwe Boll, worst director in the world, is offering critics of his films the chance to get into the ring with him and settle their scores with fisticuffs. The critics will be chosen by Uwe Boll, flown to Vancouver, put up in a hotel as a guest of Uwe Boll and will finally step into the ring with Boll, where he will film the match to be included in his new film Postal, starring Gary Coleman.

Uwe Boll has now, officially, lost the plot.

Cosplay →

This is my favourite piece of cosplay ever:

Max Payne

This is my second favourite:

Mario

Awesome, banned Xbox 360 ad →

To celebrate my new Xbox 360 - an ad that's somewhere between an episode of Spaced and the Grand Central Station scene from the Fisher King

Wii 'Classic' controller →

Wii Classic

Hidden in Nintendo's E3 press pack is a picture of a more "standard" controller. The filename itself is "Wii_Classic_0501.jpg". I'm guessing this answers the question of how we're supposed to play downloaded NES/SNES games on the Wii, since the Wii-mote doesn't seem up to it.

Picture links to very high-res image of the controller.

Lost ARG →

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Everyone still watching Lost? Noone given up yet? Good.

With yesterday's show in the US, the makers also re-launched thehansofoundation.org as part of the Lost Alternate Reality Game (ARG). I haven't had much of a chance to play about with it yet, so I can't tell you if there's any spoilers. But my word, they certainly spent a few quid on the redesign.

Guitar Hero! →

Guitar Hero

Originally uploaded by THRILLHO.

This isn't supposed to be out for another week or so. During the week, I was whinging that it had the same release date as the new Tomb Raider game. But hooray for Smyths, breaking the release date and selling Guitar Hero early.

Now I'm waking up at 9am on a Sunday morning just so I can rock out to Megadeth's Symphony of Destruction.

Feels like I'm 15 again.

Consolevania is back →

Consolevania

I used to bitch and moan about how videogames have always been misrepresented on TV. And all it would take to make me happy was a bunch of likeable presenters to make a show entertaining even to people who don't play videogames.

Hooray then, for Consolevania. An online video TV show so entertaining that even my non-videogame-playing girlfriend will sit down and watch it.

Anyway, after seven months' break, the new episode of Consolevania was released on Sunday. And it's as funny as ever. If you like videogames, you should download it. Even if you don't like videogames, you should download it. And if you're the maker of a video podcast, you need to watch this and see how it's done properly.

LED Pac Man Bicycle Wheels →

LED Pac Man

The world just got 35% more amazing. Uses persistence of vision to 'draw' images on your bike wheels. Not only does it look amazing, but it's functional as well - people can't exactly say they didn't see you when you've got 60 LEDs showing Pac-man chasing a ghost on your wheels. And the guy girl who created it has put the instructions on her website so you can make it yourself!

Unfortunately, you couldn't have something like this in Dublin. From personal experience, I've learned that in this city, when people see something cool, they try and break it or take it for themselves. (Still bitter about my bike being stolen.)

(via makezine)

Good Night, and Good Luck →

For me, Good Night, and Good Luck fell squarely into the same genre as Downfall: an important movie, but not necessarily a good movie. It ticks a lot of boxes and zipped along at a fair pace but never really engaged me any better than a documentary on the same subject could have. In fact, the chapter about the Murrow/McCarthy feud in John S. Friedman's The Secret Histories did a better job of providing a context for the broadcasts than Clooney's film and remains, for me, more entertaining.

Although perhaps that's because I wasn't being forced to chew down some paper-thin character development for paper-thin characters. I don't know.