The original iPod, 10 years later: a re-review →

Ars Technica re-reviews the original iPod. Bottom line: "if you still have one of these original ones lying around, find a FireWire cable and plug it in. You might be surprised at how well it still works."

Also, the industrial design of the first-gen iPod is still amazing.

It's just what it is

A waltz called “Last Leaf” — with Mr. Richards joining on vocals — celebrates the image of a lone leaf clinging to a tree: “The autumn took the rest but they won’t take me,” Mr. Waits sings. It’s tempting to hear it as a manifesto of stubborn persistence, but Mr. Waits shrugged that off.

“It was a tree, and there was one leaf left on the tree, and I wondered: ‘Wow, if you can make it through winter, you may be here until next year. Wouldn’t that be great, if you were just the only guy that hung on?’ ” he said. “I guess you could say everything’s a metaphor for everything else, but sometimes it’s just what it is. It’s just what it’s about — about a tree.”

New York Times - A Grizzled Troubadour Dusts Off His Bowler

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Adorable Zelda Cosplay is Breaking my Heart

(via Kotaku)

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So, I wasn’t really convinced about the denim and blazer look until I saw this photo. I might just thrown my jeans in the washing machine now. > >

I'm about as far away from being a dapper Asian gent as it's possible to be, but this is the exact look I want to aim for.

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I think part of the reason people reacted so badly to Alien 3 (quite apart from the fact the final release got mangled by the studio) was because the tone of the film was so dramatically different to the other two movies. A penal planet populated by rapists, murderers and thieves is a tough sell.

But before Fincher came in, Alien 3 was set on 'a religious colony that had escaped the earth and inhabited an abandoned commercial facility deep in space' who 'had adopted a Medieval way of life, without electricity or modern technology'.

Now, that would have been a much tougher sell.

Regardless of how you feel about Alien 3 it's hard to look at these concept drawings and not feel sad about what could have been.

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Frankly, there's no-one I'd rather hear discussing the work of Ray and Charles Eames than Ice Cube.

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More than anything else I've read on the topic, Courtney Stanton does a great job of explaining why it's so sad that Google are nerfing Google Reader

For me, this is the destruction of the only online space I truly give a shit about. (Sorry Twitter, Facebook, etc.) I’m actually really upset about this, as it’s eliminating a social space I’ve been participating in for several years.

He also does a terrific job of explaining why 'plus' isn't a great replacement for the functionality.

I don’t care if Google wants Plus to get bigger, I care about me and my friends who seek to read and discuss the entire internet every day. Is there really no space for different kinds of people to form different kinds of social spaces in Google products? Are they really that fucking stupid about how communities work?

Or, as I suspect, is it just that Buzz and gReader aren’t nearly as effective as Plus at collecting data about my internet use?

No YOU'RE crying

"It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."

"They were still getting her heartbeat through him," said Donna Sheets.

"They just loved being together," said Dennis Yeager.

Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

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(via GamOvr)

No. Just no.

I had been obliged to watch two hours of literally senseless violence being perpetrated on something I loved dearly. In fact, the sense of violation was so strong that it felt as though I had witnessed a rape.

There are a few, horrible cases where this sentence would be justified. Sorry, Nicholas Lezard, but watching Tintin is not one of them.

Generation X Doesn't Want to Hear It →

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

The Guardian iPad edition design evolution →

The Guardian design team shows the various stages of the evolution of their iPad app. This is one of the most beautifully designed newspaper applications I've ever used - a perfect marriage of interface and content. I'll definitely be subscribing.

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what’s the matter with your world? > >

How Vimeo Lost Me →

This is unfortunate. Trauma is a beautiful game, and one that screenshots can't do justice - you have to see the game in action to fully appreciate and understand it. I'm really sad to read about the amount of hassle the developer went through.

I appreciate Vimeo wanting to keep their site free from commercial abuse, but some of their rules honestly make me worry that pretty soon, their site will be nothing but videos of people testing their cameras.