The Shining board game →


"The Shining" is a game based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. One player controls the evil and sentient Overlook hotel, the other the Torrence family, winter caretakers of the haunted estate. Using ambiant hedge animals, terrifying phantoms and possibly human possession, the hotel tried to claim young, psychically gifted Danny as it's own - by killing him!

This sounds amazing.

Herp Derp YouTube Comments →

Speaking of stupid comments, I recently installed the Herp Derp extension for Chrome. It turns every YouTube comment into "herp derp derp", and it has dramatically improved my experience with that site.

We should retire Aaron's number →

This is something I've thought about a lot. What will happen to all my accounts after I die? Will my digital legacy just lie dormant while slowly being eroded by entropy? It's a sobering thought. All the gold I've been dispensing on this blog and on my twitter account -- gone. That would be sad. But for this to happen to Aaron Schwarz? That would be absolutely tragic. Dave Winer proposes a solution: that the internet at large takes a role in curating Aaron's content as important historical artefacts. A lovely idea.

Crossword master Araucaria reveals in puzzle that he is dying of cancer →

Quietly, ingeniously and, of course, cryptically, the beloved – and sometimes feared – crossword setter Araucaria has used one of his own puzzles to announce that he is dying of cancer.

Above cryptic crossword No 25,842 sat a set of special instructions: "Araucaria," it said, "has 18 down of the 19, which is being treated with 13 15".

Those who solved the puzzle found the answer to 18 was cancer, to 19 oesophagus, and to 13 15 palliative care. The solutions to some of the other clues were: Macmillan, nurse, stent, endoscopy, and sunset.

This is very sad, but also strangely uplifting. I hope when my time comes, I can face death with the same playful, pleasant attitude.

Good Night Lamp →

Good Night Lamp from Good Night Lamp on Vimeo.

I spent six months living away from my wife while she finished up her work in Rome. It was the worst six months of my life. Like losing a limb. Having something as simple as this -- a light that tells you when someone is there -- would have made the whole thing just a tiny bit better. I think it's nice because it imitates the presence of the other person, but also because it's a small way of saying "I'm thinking of you".

Home-made board games →

Every Christmas, Stone Librande makes a board game for his family to play. This is a perfect demonstration of why I'm so enamoured with board games - it takes a broad spectrum of extremely specialized skills to make a video game, but with enough imagination, you can easily make a board game with nothing more than bits and pieces you have lying around the house. I especially love the evolution of Librande's "Maze Game" from a basic cardboard prototype to a gorgeous, intricate wood-and-tile version.

Making a video game without video →

There's something truly wonderful about JSJ. It's a performance-piece that brings video games back to pure play. And it's so beautifully simple. In the video, Doug Wilson talks about how he came up with the idea for the game and how it was an "oh!" moment.

Plus, now is probably a good time to pimp their Kickstarter, which will help release JSJ to a wider audience.

10 ways to make Dublin better →

2 Elect a city boss

Dublin accounts for 40 per cent of the population, but nobody speaks for the city in the way Michael Bloomberg does for New York and Boris Johnson for London. Civic governance is incredibly weak, with an array of public bodies, from Dublin Port Company to the National Transport Authority, exercising power in the city. Any chance of metropolitan cohesion was squandered when Dublin was carved up arbitrarily between four local authorities in 1994.

These are some great suggestions. For whatever reason, the city seems to be experiencing an increased period of self-reflection. And that's a good thing. Articles like these can only help.

John McAffee's insane life →

In the pre-dawn hours of April 30th of this year I woke to the sound of a bullhorn yelling un-intelligible orders. I ran naked outside and saw a military formation whose uniforms identified them as GSU, creeping slowly down my driveway. I laid down the pistol that I keep for protection and, contrary to Josh Davis’ assertion that I said “Motherfuckers”, said nothing and went back inside. I woke Amy, the 17 year old with whom I was living, and calmly told her to get dressed – that the GSU was invading the property.

Did you know John McAfee has a blog? Did you know it's the most insane-slash-interesting thing ever?

Welcome to Flavour Town →

What exactly about a small salad with four or five miniature croutons makes Guy’s Famous Big Bite Caesar (a) big (b) famous or (c) Guy’s, in any meaningful sense?

Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are? If you hadn’t come up with the recipe yourself, would you ever guess that the shiny tissue of breading that exudes grease onto the plate contains either pretzels or smoked almonds? Did you discern any buttermilk or brine in the white meat, or did you think it tasted like chewy air?

Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret — a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers — called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?

If you read just one restaurant review today, make it Pete Wells' review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in the New York Times

Things that have made me cry (this week) →

Caine's Arcade

I usually hate flashmobs. I even hate the idea of them. I think they're usually selfish things, usually at someone's expense (c.f. Improv Everywhere's "Best Gig Ever"). But this was genuinely sweet. And I love that random strangers have chipped in over $40,000 to put this kid through college.

An Invocation for Beginnings

I'm so glad Ze Frank is back, because the world needs more disarmingly sincere people who rarely blink. The sentiment at 1:09 is just beautiful.

Fiona's Rescue


‘Out There’ at the Barkley: Portraits From the Edge of Endurance →

The Barkley is the world’s toughest race you’ve never heard of. With 59,100 feet of climb and decent over 100 miles, it’s considered the most difficult endurance event on the planet. In its 25-year history, only twelve men, the same amount of men who have walked on the moon, have actually been able to finish the race.

Before and after shots of some of the competitors. Look at these faces. These people have stared into the abyss.

Adults Should Read Adult Books →

Joel Stein - Adults Should Read Adult Books

The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.

Translation: I am insufferable cunt.

Honestly, there's not a sentence in his article that I don't find absolutely hateful. Using Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace to show us how well-read you are is total bullshit (I know this because it's the exact kind of total bullshit I pull myself).

Why Finish Books? - The New York Review of Books →

This really hits home for me. I've been slogging my way through books I haven't been enjoying and I've had enough. As the article points out: "The more bad books you finish, the fewer good ones you’ll have time to start."

LA Times: 'All red meat is bad for you' →

I've been seeing a lot of links to news articles about this study saying that red meat is linked to a whole range of health-related risks. The part every news article leaves out, and which the original study takes into considerations, is that people who eat a lot of red meat probably have other lifestyle factors that would contribute to their general health level. From the study: "Men and women with higher intake of red meat were less likely to be physically active and were more likely to be current smokers, to drink alcohol, and to have a higher body mass index."

Wat →

Gary Bernhardt's nerd-heavy talk on the various WAT-inducing cases in Ruby and Javascript.

The Star Wars Saga: Suggested Viewing Order →

If you're someone who doesn't give the Star Wars films a second thought, you have no idea how much thought us nerds put into the idea of what order we should make our kids watch them. This guy has perfected it.

I'd encourage you to read his whole post, but if you're still all "TL;DR"? IV, V, II, III, VI. No Episode I at all.

Infovore » A Year of Links →

Tom Armitage:

I thought it would be interesting to produce a kind of personal encylopedia: each volume cataloguing the links for a whole year. Given I first used Delicious in 2004, that makes for eight books to date.

Beautifully done.

The 8 Most Opulent Gifts in the Oscar Swag Bags →

Each gift bag was worth about $60,000. And these got handed out to all the nominees. Reminds me of that line from Withnail & I - Free to those that can afford it. Very expensive to those that can't.

Feltron Biennial Report →

Nicholas Felton has released the latest version of his "annual reports" - a collection of all the data that makes up his life. As someone who has trouble keeping track of the movies he's watched, I'm very jealous of his ability to consistently keep track of this stuff.

After the internet design community started spooging over these things a few years ago, he set up daytum, a website to help people collect these various discrete bits of information and to present them in a "Feltron Annual Report" kind of way. And yet according to the "about" page of the report, (and even according to his account page on daytum), he doesn't use it himself. I dunno, I just found that interesting.

The myth of the eight-hour sleep →

Scientists are arguing that the 8-hour sleep is unnatural, and that humans naturally fall into a more segmented sleep cycle. In other words, I should be treating every day like I treat Sunday, with a pre-sleep nap.

Fountain - A Markup Language for Screenwriting →

John August:

Back when we announced FDX Reader, I got a lot of emails asking, 'When are you going to make a screenwriting app?” Answer: Today. My hope is that we just made a thousand. Fountain turns every text editor into a screenwriting app.

This means flexibility. This means genuine collaboration - people in geographically different locations can edit the same Google Doc at the same time. This means I can write a screenplay on my phone.

This means I don't really have any excuse not to write any more.

El Wingador →

Errol Morris Op-Doc on Bill 'El Wingador' Simmons. I love that he has a cross-stitch by his front door saying "NOTHING EXCEEDS LIKE EXCESS".

Connecting nvALT and Address Book →

I use nvAlt (synced with SimpleNote) all over the place, from storing little code snippets to keeping track of ideas and lists over time. Brett Terpstra has come up with a great idea for linking notes with individual people in your address book. Love this.

Lighthouse Cinema re-opening →

I was saying to my missus on Saturday about how I was really sad that I was living away from Ireland for the entirely lifespan of the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. Now it's Monday and they're announcing that it's being re-opened!

So let's see if I can use my new power for good: I am also really sad that Rubicon and Terriers were cancelled.

A Proper 'Alien' Resurrection →

Speaking of Alien, Mubi is hosting a fantastic assessment of all the little things that make that film so great. Love this line: "Even the design concept behind Saul Bass’ (uncredited) opening titles transforms the viewer’s initial perceptions of something seemingly benign into an understanding of a thing that is concretely threatening."

Guess what film I'll be watching tomorrow?

Has Randy Bachman Solved a Decades-Old Guitar Mystery? →

I have spent an embarrassing amount of time and almost crippled myself trying to contort my fingers into a shape that sounds like a passable version of the first chord of A Hard Day's Night. Couldn't figure it out. Randy Bachman has the answer, and it's beautiful.

Who's Afraid Of Lana Del Rey? - The Awl →

If you're as baffled by the whole Lana Del Rey as I am, this is a good place to start. I just wish the author had expanded it a bit more - five lengthy paragraphs about the ways in which people are hating her, barely a mention of why.