Portal 2 Authoring Tools →

"The Portal 2 Authoring Tools include versions of the same tools we used to make Portal 2. They'll allow you to create your own singleplayer and co-op maps, new character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music."

PC-only right now. But still: oh wow.

Life Imitating Art Imitating Life →

Is it just me, or are modern ads starting to resemble the kind of ads we see coming out of Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce on Mad Men? Pretty soon, the only way you're going to tell an ad is current is the presence of a URL.

I can't decide if this is a bad thing. I love these hand-drawn technicolor illustrations, but I don't know if they work for everything. It's a bit of a double-edged sword. For a beer, it works because the ad is aspirational, it makes me want to be a part of that scene. For a sports equipment company, it just makes me wonder if your company is still in business.

Erik Wolpaw on Portal 2

Great interview, but lots of spoilers for Portal 2. Favourite line of the whole thing: "I'd really like to make a really credible comedy game. People seem to be skipping straight to the pure art, and yet nobody's made the Caddyshack in games yet, right? So I'm like, woah woah woah, let's put on the brakes – let's make Caddyshack, and then we can make Anna Karenina or whatever."

Interview with Val Kilmer →

I watched two Val Kilmer movies this weekend while I was sick - Top Secret and MacGruber - and I honestly had no idea he was this insane-slash-amazing. E.g.

Time itself is a concept. It's just because we're lame, because we can't see that fast, because we can't imagine that fast-we think that fast, but it's hard for us to articulate it. That doesn't mean you misapprehend it. It just means that you can't diagnose it with the same language. The human language is lame. It's lame, I say! That's as deep as I can get without dinner.

Make Believe →

This looks like a great documentary. I went to school with a guy who was big into his magic. His nickname was "Presto". 18 years old and he would be doing magic tricks for people in the halls before class. Thinking back, he took an awful lot of shit for this thing he was deeply passionate about.

The last time I saw him, it was when Uri Gellar played in Dublin back in 2007 or so. He'd gotten all into Nu-Metal, he'd been arrested a few times and I'm fairly sure he was off his face on meth at the time.

Still - this looks like a great documentary.

Quora - What are the best travel hacks? →

Tons of great tips in here. I particularly like this one from Josh Sprague: 'learning to say "How much," "That's too high," "This one" and "That one" is way more useful to the short-term traveler than "Hello, how are you?"'. And also 'Eat it before asking what it is.' (via Justin Mason)

Endnotes: David Foster Wallace →

Episode of the BBC radio show, Endnotes, focusing on David Foster Wallace. Features a load of interviews with DFW himself, a bunch of other authors and his editor, his agent and his sister. I've yanked the audio from the Vimeo so I can listen to it on my iPod. Download it here.

Dead Island Trailer →

Looks amazing, right? Well, here comes the buzzkill, David Jaffe, who says:

If the GAME makes me feel like the trailer, hail to the new kings! How amazing!

If the GAME, great as it may be, is nothing like the trailer then here we freaking go again. And I'll say it again:

If our medium isn't capable of generating compelling enough content that trailers have to sell something totally different than the actual product they are advertising, then we have a very serious problem.

R.I.P. Kenneth Mars →

Kenneth Mars in The Producers

You have no idea what a big deal The Producers was in my house growing up. I didn't get half the jokes, and I had no clue what the hell a Nazi was, but goddammit, I knew that Kenneth Mars guy was funny.

Playing the Rape Card: ‘Media Psychiatrist’ Ratchets Up Anti-Videogame Rhetoric →

"Games like Bulletstorm cause violent behavior and, since rape is a violent crime ... ergo, there is no question that [violent videogames] cause an increase in rape." - all this without a single report that links violent videogames to criminal violence of any kind.

By the same logic: "I'm eating an apple. Apples are fruit. Bananas are also fruit. Ergo, I am eating a banana. Q.E.D. PEACE OUT, BITCHES."

Real-Life Mario Kart →

Remi Gaillard recreates Mario Kart on hte streets of France. Better than I'm making it sound, I promise you.

Everything is a Remix →

The second part of Kirby Ferguson's incredible Everything is a Remix series. Two things: 1. 'Sorry about colonialism' is a great name for Avatar's genre. 2. I know Kill Bill is like the film version of a nerd's scrapbook, but I personally find Death Proof almost completely unwatchable.

Jersey Shore, in Italy →

Jersey Shore is coming to Italy

Sources connected to the show tell us they will be scouting locations in Italy -- similar to the way they did it in Miami -- to find the right locale.

One source connected with the show says they've already lined up some of Vinny's Italian relatives to host the "Jersey" crew for an authentic Guadagnino dinner.

Called it.

Penis →

penis

Community is so good, even its throwaway jokes are gold.

The Beauty of Pixar →

What does it say about a studio whose worst movie is merely great? It says that you can put together a fantastic 7-minute montage of great Pixar moments and still only have scratched the surface.

Never said about restaurant websites →

Yet another amazing Tumblr. “‘I love downloading PDFs. Even if the menu is totally out of date, it’s worth the thrill.’ — Absolutely no one.”

Never said about restaurant websites →

Yet another amazing Tumblr. "'I love downloading PDFs. Even if the menu is totally out of date, it’s worth the thrill.' -- Absolutely no one."

What a Face →

Great tumblr: “A tribute to character actors with ‘distinctive’ looks”. Any site that starts with the mighty Rondo Hatton is alright in my book.

What a Face →

Great tumblr: "A tribute to character actors with 'distinctive' looks". Any site that starts with the mighty Rondo Hatton is alright in my book.

Dublin Mean Time →

Come Here to Me, easily the best Irish blog right now, talks about the history of Dublin Mean Time, when Dublin was 25 minutes ahead of Britain. "Incredibly, prior to October 1916, there had been some hostility to the idea of synchronizing our watches with Britain. In August 1916, a letter appeared in the Irish Independent arguing against it on nationalist grounds! The writer noted that “the question is whether we should give up this mark of our national identity to suit the convenience of shipping companies and a few travellers”."

Whoa.

The D&D alignment chart of Mad Men characters →

I'd probably join Harry Crane as "Chaotic Neutral". I have no idea where my wife would be. Also, could there be a whole new alignment, just for Pete? "Really Evil, like a Cold, Dead-Eyed Sociopath-in-Waiting" has a certain ring to it.

Bunga Bunga, Presidente →

I love when porn gets topical (see also: Who's Nailin' Palin?), but seriously, did the makers of this Berlusconi-themed porn really think about what they were associating themselves with? Nothing is guaranteed to kill a boner quite like the image of a creepy, demented 74-year old midget throwing a fuck into a bored-looking prostitute.

If nothing else, think of his balls. Ugh. That's my next 10 boners completely ruined.

(via the awl)

Bunga Bunga, Presidente →

I love when porn gets topical (see also: Who's Nailin' Palin?), but seriously, did the makers of this Berlusconi-themed porn really think about what they were associating themselves with? Nothing is guaranteed to kill a boner quite like the image of a creepy, demented 74-year old midget throwing a fuck into a bored-looking prostitute.

If nothing else, think of his balls. Ugh. That's my next 10 boners completely ruined.

(via the awl)

Kentucky Fried Chicken's Corporate Rap →

KFC-rap

Gloriousnoise has come across a copy of Kentucky Fried Chicken's amazing Corporate Rap from 1987. It's great, but it's no KPMG Corporate Anthem.

Also, as an aside: I realise this is entirely a Pavlovian thing, but does the slab font Kentucky Fried Chicken used in the 1980s feel nice and comforting to anyone else? No? Just me? I guess that explains a lot.

Man, I'm hungry now.

Fade Street →

Jesus, the country is fucked.

It's a far cry from Glenroe, I'll tell you that much.

Making of the Field Notes notebooks →

Cute video, but it always weirds me out the way that internet nerds romanticise/fetishise manual labour. My first job was in a printing company, and the monotony of it almost drove me insane. For example, that girl sending the bundles of notebooks through the plastic wrapper is a nice shot, but for weeks on end, she probably goes into work and does nothing but that one action. Keep that in mind when you're watching the video.

Ghostwatch →

Whatever you’re doing, stop it and watch this now. Ghostwatch was the scariest TV special I’ve ever seen and it still scares the fuck out of me today.

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