Archive for January, 2011

Other Ten Percent 1/17/11

Jan 17 2011 Published by under Daily Posts

Today’s weird variation on OTP is that I’m going to close all of the tabs that I personally keep open because I think I’m going to do something with them. So welcome to the OTP where I have no interest in what you want to read and just post things I wish I had more time to get around to with relatively little commentary. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/14/11

Jan 14 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Today’s theme is callbacks. Everything I’m posting today looks a bit like something I’ve posted in the past. Dates will be included. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/13/11

Jan 13 2011 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey so today I think I may actually have it in me to do that format I was hoping to start getting a handle on by the end of the month. It remains to be seen if I can do it consistently but today at least I think I’m going to have quite a few links on the topic of gaming that may in fact format itself as a fairly long and almost sorta structured argument using my comments on each link. Let’s see if this is viable even once let alone 5 times a week. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/12/11

Jan 12 2011 Published by under Daily Posts

I was going to make today a music day because the new Deerhoof album leaked and it’s kinda insane and I love it, not least in explanation for both of those things is that the album is called Deerhoof Vs. Evil and COME ON that is the best album title ever. If you want to know what the whole album will be like check out the video for Super Duper Rescue Heads! which is, if not the best song title ever than at least the most Deerhoof song title ever. Also, oh mans you guys the JJ mixtape. Jane’s totally accurate description of it is that an alien civilization has tried to reconstruct our culture out of a single issue of The Source, though I might add that a few Bjork and Robyn tracks might have gotten into their hands somehow as well. Anyway instead of music today’s theme is going to be IN THEIR OWN WORDS. A collection of interviews and other documents that let us actually hear from famous people about things. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/11/2011

Jan 11 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Welcome to 1/11/11 The day of a special meeting of the corduroy appreciation society where they’re looking for a corduroy Messiah. Sadly fashion is not today’s theme. Today’s theme is statistical analysis. Let’s take a look at the world through numbers shall we? Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 01/10/11

Jan 10 2011 Published by under Daily Posts

Hello everybody this week’s theme is themes! Every day this week all of my posts are going to have something in common even if that means that I have slightly less posts than I usually do to get that done. I’m also going to try and keep up the higher rate of commentary to make up for the decrease in link numbers. Today’s theme: videos of things Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/7/11

Jan 07 2011 Published by under Daily Posts

Okay this one is going to be really brief guys, sorry. I’m going to brainstorm ideas for all the entries for next week over the weekend because waiting for inspiration to strike over the day clearly isn’t working. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 01/06/11

Jan 06 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Real experiments with writing style and stuff are going to start in earnest next week. CES is kinda kicking my ass up and down the street what with the 9-10 hour days I’ve been working all week and seem to be continuing on until saturday now. So today I’m going to try and talk about a relatively small number of links that are all in one way or another about something I find fascinating about economics but I may return to this experiment later when I have more brainpower to devote to it. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/5/11

Jan 05 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

And now to try a new format and to save time because I’m exhausted after the first real CES day at PCWorld let’s do a turbo edition with lots of quotes. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 1/04/11

Jan 04 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

So people seemed to be fans of yesterday’s format (there’s still time to tell me if you’re not!) so I thought today I’d try to go for a more narrative approach with a new limitation: all of today’s links were gathered from Twitter instead of from my RSS reader and in fact if I managed to see it in my RSS reader I got rid of it with one exception that was just too cool to skip. Also we don’t quite get to ten links today since I limited myself to links where I actually had something to say about them. Basically if I can’t fill up at least two lines on my ridiculously huge iMac screen talking about it I basically think it isn’t worth talking about.

Let’s start off nice and easy with the type of link we all should be nice and used to: an underground tour of New York. This is the link that I obviously saw on my RSS reader since everybody and their mom was reblogging it today but I couldn’t help but keep it on here because it’s so damn fantastic. I mean the thing is half an hour long and it STARTS with the abandoned station at City Hall and gets more crazy go nuts from there.

Next Up we’ve got a Bruce Sterling link as he’s once again doing his yearly discussion about what the last year had for us that nobody noticed and what this year has in store over on The Well. I can’t say his predictions in previous years have been startlingly accurate or anything but it’s always an interesting read. This year he seems to be starting off on a decidedly design fiction-centric bent and I’m not sure what to make of that. I always think that the fascination that sci-fi authors have with design fiction is somewhat narcissistic.

So in a vaugely webcomics world John Allison the author of Scary Go Round has created a pitch perfect parody of a bands to watch article for 2011 featuring bands that do not actually exist. My favorite line from the whole thing: “Their 15-minute ‘Ghost Wheel’ single was an indelible calling card, with its sonic maelstrom frequently described as ‘indescribable’.” The whole thing reminds me how much I love the premise of reviews of things that don’t actually exist.

Oh hey! Photos! I love those too don’t I? You know what else I love? Old science fiction films. So this photo from the set of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis has got to be pretty awesome from my point of view. Luckily it should be pretty awesome from your point of view as well along with the short video clip giving you context for it. Mostly though I find the whole thing fascinating as an early influential moment in making-ofs and how this moment in model-making for film influenced so much other cinema. You can almost see George Lucas’s entire career in this image if you squint hard enough.

Now for a link on Twitter from Twitter. Have I told you guys how great Matt Fraction is already? I’m fairly certain I have like 500 times. Well in case you didn’t take the hint and start following him on Twitter here’s an introduction to the kind of genius he throws my way everyday. #ClosingLineToTheGreatGatsby Even Suzan gets in on the game at one point but my absolute favorite is Fraction’s very first one: “And this time, it was hip-hop that wouldn’t be ready for Jay Gatsby.”

This one might come up a bit short on commentary because there’s not much to say about it except that it’s goddamn terrifying. Muppets with People Eyes. Welcome to the uncanny valley people, population: your nightmares. I think kermit is probably the worst one and I want to thank the author of Octopus Pie for introducing me to this new nightmare fuel.

Speaking of comics of the non-web persuasion have I mentioned The New York Five before? It’s Brian Wood who writes a great comic called DMZ writing about incredibly cool girls in New York. I think they start a band or something? I’m not totally sure actually. All I really know is that they’re all awesome and that the cover to their comics are EVEN MORE AWESOME. New York Five starts showing up on comic store shelves later this month, look for it…okay who am I kidding? Buy the trade when I tell you to.

Oh hello there Video-gameification of reality. This was maybe slightly more literal than I was imagining but I’ll still take it since it pretty effectively breaks reality.

Post Stats:

Word Count: 762
Link Count: 10
Time to Completion: 2 hours
Thoughts: If I’m going to do this I need to start it a little earlier since it is kind of time intensive. I didn’t really give enough thought to the last few entries since I was pressed for time. I may return to this type of format a few times during the month.

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