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 - Wired.com

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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How many photos have ever been taken? | 1000memories →

According to these boffins, Facebook hosts around 4% of all the photos that have ever been taken. And roughly 20% of all the photos taken this year will be uploaded to Facebook.

Kids -- not even kids, teenagers -- are growing up in a world where cameras are ubiquitous, they're just part of the device you carry around with you. And photography isn't some arcane, expensive hobby. It's been democratized.

I can't wait to see what this means for the next generation of photojournalists.

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Bye Rome :(

AV Club: Louis C.K. walks us through Louie’s second season (Part 1 of 4) →

I know people are probably sick of me linking to
a. The AV Club, and
b. Louis CK stories

but honestly, this second season of Louie was one of the best seasons of TV I've ever seen. (And 'Duckling' was one of the best episodes of any TV show I've ever seen). Reading this background on the production of the first couple of episodes is fascinating.

Also, much as I hate to say "X is the new Y", anyone else get the feeling that Louis CK is taking the reins left over from when Woody Allen packed up for Europe? No-one else is making New York seem so gorgeous.

Boom →

Boom is a command-line key-value store written by Zach Holman. If you don't know what this is, you probably don't need it. Still, I really love the installation instructions:

Hey, run this:

$ gem install boom

See? Now you can do this:

$ boom

Pretty easy. Like your mom.

I wish more software developers were brave enough to make 'your mom' jokes in their installation instructions.

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This situation basically sums up 90% of the worries I had when I moved my blog to Tumblr.

ronenv-post:

_**Is tumblr really holding a user’s personal account hostage to extort him into shutting down his service / competing UI? I cannot believe this.**_ > >

For those of you who don’t know, “missing e” is a great browser extension for tumblr. It’s a browser add-on for firefox/chrome/safari with an updated user interface that makes doing some things on tumblr easier. (ie, I can edit posts on my blogs from the permalink page, set reblogs to default to my reblog instead of my main/art blog, etc). Some features (such as keeping tags on reblogs) have even been adopted as ‘real’ tumblr features.

Then tumblr called Jeremy Cutler, the creator of “missing e” and asked him to stop distributing it, because they said it was violating the API agreement, hurting their business structure (by allowing users to hide the radar/ads) and ‘page-scraping’ which put a big load on their servers.

So he took missing-e down, and fixed all of those problems. Missing-e no longer hides the radar, no longer scrapes pages, and no longer uses the API at all. In fact, it doesn’t even interact with tumblr— everything it does happens once tumblr is already loaded in your browser, between your browser and you.

But apparently that wasn’t good enough. Because the page-scraping and API reasons weren’t tumblr’s real/only reasons— they didn’t like the UI changes missing-e implemented.

Here’s where things got interesting:

missing-e:

Moments ago, I participated in surprise conference call with Tumblr staff members. They have indicated to me that they continue to take issue with Missing e even with the removal of usage of the Tumblr API.  …  That’s their prerogative, I’m sure.

Whether or not I have grounds to justly disagree with them on this, the fact remains that under the Tumblr Terms of Service, they are well within their rights to delete my Tumblr blogs as a punitive action should I continue to distribute the extension. They have informed me that this is the course of action they will take should I not acquiesce to their demands.

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So, tumblr is threatening to delete his PERSONAL BLOG if he doesn’t meet their (unrelated to his personal blog) demands?

Tumblr staff— I know you and you’re all smart, good people— is there a word for when you can’t get someone to do what you want, so you threaten to damage them personally in an unrelated way?

Are you really _holding users’ accounts hostage _because you don’t like the things that the things they build are popular with your users?

ex·tor·tion/ikˈstôrSHən/

Noun: The practice of obtaining something through threats. 

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If you want to bring a cease-and-desist against missing-e, that’s your right. (And I suppose if you had a case, that’s what you would do.) But instead you’re threatening to delete a user’s personal account unless they remove a BROWSER add-on that doesn’t interact with your service and that thousands of your users love, because you don’t like its features?

Lots of people make lots of browser extensions for lots of sites, from youtube to facebook to everything else. The problem here seems to be that Jeremy’s extension is very popular. Wouldn’t the correct course of action be to, I don’t know, hire him?

Now, it’s true— I don’t have your side of the story. But that’s because tumblr hasn’t said anything publicly about this issue.

So please— you’re all intelligent, good people—** I would love to hear your side of this**.

Because given the positive experiences I’ve had with all of you, what I’m hearing just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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