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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.


Last night, I saw my hundredth movie of 2011 - Paddy Considine's amazing directorial debut, Tyrannosaur. I know this was my hundredth because I've been keeping a spreadsheet of all the movies I've watched this year, like some kind of weird, compulsive, anal-retentive nerd.

I don't know why I started keeping a spreadsheet in the first place - it doesn't inform my choice of movies or anything. I'll still sit down and watch a piece of shit movie knowing it'll end up in the spreadsheet, like a permanent black mark against my better judgement.

Anyway, some statistics:

  • 100 movies in what? 41 weeks? Averaging out to 2.44 movies per week.

  • I give six movies the highest score of '5' - The Arbor, Serpico, LA Confidential, My Neighbour Totoro, Bronson, Tyrannosaur.

  • I gave seven movies the lowest score of '1' - Tron Legacy, Warhammer 40k, The Black Dahlia, The Fast and the Furious, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Battle for Planet of the Apes, Conan the Barbarian (remake).

  • The average score across all one hundred movies is 2.96. Which feels a lot higher than it should be, given the amount of absolute shite I've been watching.

Anyway, if you'd like to see the spreadsheet, knock yourself out. But don't you judge me. DON'T YOU JUDGE ME.

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Siri's take on the meaning of life.

One of many easter eggs.

Thank You Steve →


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This is my favorite photo of Steve Jobs. Leaning forward to connect with his wife after his keynote presentation at the 2011 WWDC. You can almost feel the relief and accomplishment radiating from him.

When I see this photo, I see a man who bent every fiber of his will toward a goal so lofty, so seemingly unattainable that no one thought it was possible, and at the end of that race, with the task completed, he closed his eyes and rested.

Thank you Steve. I’ll miss you.

For a man who guarded his personal brand so jealously, these moments -- moments where the guard drops just a little and we see the man underneath -- are really striking.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Ina Balke. I love this picture so much.

Postmodern Warfare

First Level

The first level is a flashback level where you are a old man retelling the events of the last level of the game to your grandson. Only your grandson doesn’t exist yet and it’s really you in the present day imagining what it’ll be like to be an old man retelling the last level of the game to your grandson. Then your grandson (who doesn’t exist) kills you.

Levels in Call of Duty: Postmodern Warfare via McSweeney's

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BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building.

A lot of people are saying that The Onion's series of tweets about a hostage situation in the Capitol building 'backfired' or that they were 'in bad taste'. Capitol police are launching an investigation.

Personally, I thought the whole thing was amazing. I love that they had the balls to say "We're the fucking Onion, let's fuck with peoples' heads." The whole thing reminded me of the stuff Chris Morris used to do on The Day Today. Like the time John Major punched the Queen. And sure, it took my mother two full episodes of The Day Today before she realised it was satire, but then she loved it.

I guess the internet is just slower to spot satire than my sixty-something-year old mother. Want proof? Check out Literally Unbelievable, which documents people posting Onion stories to their Facebook as if they were true.

Then again, you've got sites like Onion-like headlines in real life, which shows that the line between reality and satire is sometimes very hard to make out. Still, there's a real simple test here, internet: if you see "The Onion" credited anywhere on a news story -- either in the URL or the twitter name -- chances are, it's not real.

The internet is not your savior

I just think that the internet has been sold to us as our savior. As a means to create a new economy, as our spiritual salvation, whatever. Everything is supposed to be bigger and better online. But what I think people have lost sight of — and I don’t think the internet has done a good job of self-evaluation in this respect — is the massive shift between the brave new internet world of the late ’90s and now. Its early philosophy seemed to be one where everyone was an individual whose opinions were respected. A decade later, everything is corporate-owned, advertising is incessant, and the diverse opinions of internet commentary are often shouted down. Now there’s much more online groupthink.

DJ Shadow: The Internet Is Not Your Savior -

Safe House →

Panic rooms are so passe. What you want is a panic house. When the zombie apocalypse finally comes, I'm making a beeline for this place.

21 forgotten TV subplots - The A.V. Club →

You could almost do an entire article about the many forgotten subplots in Lost alone. I particularly like their write-up of the Tori Scott episodes of Saved by the Bell

When NBC ordered more episodes of the show’s already-wrapped senior year, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley were already committed to other projects. So, employing its signature logic, Saved By The Bell allowed the characters to disappear completely, bringing in Leanna Creel’s motorcycle-riding tomboy Tori to replace them—and thus creating the “Tori Reality,” a parallel universe centered on Zack and Tori’s awkward courtship, a place where Kelly and Jessie simply did not exist.

Infographic: The Rise of E-Readers →

Pretty interesting stuff - overall, people who own e-readers read more books each year than those without. Although I'm curious about the 1% of e-reader owners who read 0 books a year. What are they using it for?!

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The Gauntlet (1977)

I remember being fascinated by the cover for this video, with this poster, when I'd see it over in Xtravision (or, more specifically, Dano's Video Shop - Edenmore represent!). Then I was slightly disappointed by the film afterwards. Not that The Gauntlet is a bad film. It's just not the film I imagined from the poster.

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El Shaddai's plot summary, according to Wikipedia:

The story is inspired by the apocryphic Book of Enoch, and follows Enoch (イーノック), a priest seeking seven fallen angels to prevent a great flood from destroying mankind. He is helped in his quest by Lucifel (ルシフェル)(voiced by Jason Isaacs), a guardian angel in charge of the protection of the world who exists outside of the flow of time, and by four Archangels: Raphael (ラファエル), Uriel (ウリエル), Gabriel (ガブリエル), and Michael (ミカエル)

Hello to Jason Isaacs.

(via GamOvr)

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