It's encouraging to see a profile of the director of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus in The New Yorker.# Wednesday Nov 30, 2011
Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Unicorn (by Avanaut)# 1 minute read · Monday Nov 28, 2011
# 1 minute read · Sunday Nov 27, 2011
BOOK IGLOO. NEED.
Thus at the next cocktail hour, I reached for the bottle of Poland's finest in my freezer. (Of course I keep vodka in the freezer. As Jack Donaghy would say, "What am I, a farmer?") Staring at the frosty bottle, however, caused flashbacks to Unpleasant Speculums I Have Known. Instead, I rooted around in a kitchen cupboard for some cheap (but warm) vodka left over from a party. There it was, in a jug. Not even my kids would sneak sips of this stuff. And I didn't think that that particular area of my body would be especially fussy about brands.
Skeptical of the story going around the internet about teenagers using booze-soaked tampons to get drunk, HuffPo writer Danielle Crittenden decides to try it for herself.# 1 minute read · Saturday Nov 26, 2011
Along with his other show, Hardcore History, Dan Carlin's Common Sense is one of my favourite podcasts right now. In the latest episode, "The Very Velvet Fist", he gives one of the best takes on the whole "Occupy" movement, especially given the whole UC Davis debacle last weekend.
Seriously, I hope everyone listens to this.# Friday Nov 25, 2011
(via The Daily What)# 1 minute read · Friday Nov 25, 2011
# 1 minute read · Friday Nov 25, 2011
Two things here.
First, this is just awful. The Awl usually has a fairly high standard for its articles, but this is a hot mess. When it isn't rambling to the point of incoherency, it's just plain wrong. For example, the first line of the second paragraph, where the author launches into the actual thesis:
The widespread admiration for Apple’s design ethos is in two parts: one functional, the other aesthetic.
Wrong already. Stephen Fry put it eloquently
Only dullards crippled into cretinism by a fear of being thought pretentious could be so dumb as to believe that there is a distinction between design and use, between form and function, between style and substance
(Although I don't think anyone who feels like dropping a bit of irrelevant trivia about John Ruskin into an article about Apple's design philosophy can legitimately invoke the 'fear of being thought pretentious' defence.)
Secondly, I don't know if this is happening to anyone else, but I'm getting this thing where a flash ad for the Chevy Volt is actually hijacking my entire browser session, reloading the entire article in an iframe on the Chevy site. This completely breaks Instapaper and means you can't send someone the URL without giving the Chevy site an extra hit. Earlier this week, Brent Simmons wrote a terrific article about how certain publications have become almost hostile towards their readers with the amount of intrusive ads on their pages. It's genuinely disappointing to see The Awl going down the same road.# 2 minute read · Thursday Nov 24, 2011
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Doodled at a coffee shop. > ># 1 minute read · Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
A while ago, I was banging on about the random events in the world of Red Dead Redemption and how they helped increase the sense of immersion and my fondness for that game (at least, the first time you encounter these random events. After six or seven attempted horse-jackings, it all becomes rote bullshit).
Skyrim, on the other hand, is genuinely amazing. There's so much to do -- not just story stuff, but random, one-off things -- that you find yourself investing deeply in the characters. I found myself nodding along to John Walker's story of 'his' Lydia. It's a totally accurate description of how this game gets its claws in you and you find yourself doing things (and enjoying doing things) in the game that sound completely cracked if you try to explain them to other people.# Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
Okay, I'll admit, I'm a little obsessed with Skyrim right now. But look at these landscapes and tell me they're not amazing. Everyone gushed over how great the facial animation system was in LA Noire. I think the cloud generation system in Skyrim is even more impressive. This one is my favourite of the lot.# Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
The price of bagels, croissants, garlic bread and a range of other similar products is likely to increase significantly in the weeks ahead after Revenue decided they were not sufficiently bread-like to be exempt from VAT.
Meanwhile, in America, U.S. Decides Pizza Sauce Is a Vegetable
# Friday Nov 18, 2011
A joint Senate-House panel of American lawmakers has caved in to the frozen food lobby by voting to uphold school lunch regulations that stipulate that tomato sauce in pizza counts as a vegetable serving.
Some of these are unfathomably beautiful.# Thursday Nov 17, 2011
# 1 minute read · Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
What I’m saying, basically, is that Quentin Tarantino is our Woody Guthrie; he is the Woody Guthrie of mondo and the midnight movie.
# 1 minute read · Tuesday Nov 15, 2011
NBC is pulling Community from its mid-season schedule to make room in January for the return of 30 Rock and a new comedy based on the life of Chelsea Handler.
Riff Raff - 1976 and 2011. Part of Irina Werning's amazing Back to the Future 2 series.# 1 minute read · Tuesday Nov 15, 2011
Make it blue. Make it red. Make it a pony.# 1 minute read · Friday Nov 11, 2011
from Laughing Squid Links# Wednesday Nov 9, 2011