Archive for April, 2013

Other Ten Percent 4/16/13

Apr 16 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Huh, what do you know. I do indeed have enough stuff to write up OTP at 9 in the morning. Who knew? Going to work on the secret project today (still hoping Wednesday’s OTP will just be a link to it) so I’m disappearing from the internet before long.

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Other Ten Percent 4/15/13

Apr 15 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Man it has been a SLOW weekend in my RSS reader so after getting 8 entries on Friday morning I got a total of…1 all weekend. Luckily Daft Punk did a thing this weekend so we’re up to 10 total. Also, taxes everybody!

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Other Ten Percent 4/12/13

Apr 12 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I’m genuinely pretty shocked I managed to get OTP written all week long despite the weird internet connection issues in Texas. Weirdly today’s was the hardest OTP to write because now that I can actually look at the internet the internet decided to give me next to nothing worth looking at for hours. Next week I should have a new project to show off to you guys. I think it’ll be up by Wednesday at the latest but I’m hoping to finish it up over the weekend and have it up for Monday’s OTP. Anyway here’s Friday’s links.

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Other Ten Percent 4/11/13

Apr 11 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I was so terrified I wouldn’t have enough entries this morning to write OTP before we headed out for the airport but I have 18 entries I need to cut down so it looks like we’re probably okay. Internet is weird out here at the ranch though so I’m probably not going to spend just forever pontificating on all this for fear that I’ll get done and find I don’t have the internet to send this out. I’m also avoiding getting internet on the flight home because this time I, for sure, have upgraded to Main Cabin Select and the internet just distracts me from getting the proper amount of free movies and drinks.

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Other Ten Percent 4/10/13

Apr 10 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Writing this up before I drive back to the ranch from Austin which will take most of the day and result in a severly downgraded internet connection. Thursday’s OTP is the one that’s probably most in danger of ending up late/missing but I think there will be enough time tomorrow morning to put one together. This has actually been a really nice and relaxing vacation but I’m glad it’s starting to wind down at this point.

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Other Ten Percent 4/9/13

Apr 09 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Alright, got to 10 of these and that isn’t counting the two extra music articles I’ve got just sitting around here that I’ll probably throw in.

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Other Ten Percent 4/8/13

Apr 08 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I’m writing this on Saturday night here in Austin where…yeah I don’t know what the deal is with Austin. I mean it seems like a fine town, good barbecue, great movie theaters, but I’m not sure what the draw is. I mean part of it of course is that we have no guide who’s really on the inside here and every large city kinda seems like suburbs with a kind of boring/dingy city center without somebody telling you how the town is ACTUALLY organized but part of it is what I thought was going to be the Portland of the south turns out to be a kind of weird Atlanta that’s a few degrees off because everybody’s liberal. Basically it’s a nice place to visit but I think I’m going to just wait for somebody to build an Alamo Drafthouse near me rather than consider living here.
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On the “Facebook Phone”
So, is this going to work? Because usually when something is this sadly, openly manipulative and obviously useless to consumers while offering great boons to the company that makes it I’ve missed something huge that will make it wildly succeed but I just honestly can’t imagine that there’s a huge customer base clamoring to never be able to turn Facebook off anymore. Facebook in general seems so weirdly unmoored lately that I can’t tell if there’s an actual flaw in their company culture post-IPO or if they’re doing some silicon valley drunken master shit that I can’t even begin to read. Either way it’s made them the most oddly transfixing company to just watch do things while Apple and Google seem to be idling in “reorganizing to be a new kind of company” narratives neither of them particularly enjoys and nobody is all that interested in but that seem better than the alternative.
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April 04, 2013 at 08:45AM
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The anti-drone hoodie
Yeah you don’t get much more New Aesthetic than this unless you make a version of this that somebody would wear as something beyond a commentary on Drones of course that’s New Aesthetic fashion in five years once we all get bored with the atemporal.
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April 04, 2013 at 07:44AM
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Ouya reviewed
So I don’t know why I’m in a mood to hold court on tech journalism while I’m off on vacation but I kinda am and there’s more to come in OTP today but here’s the review of the $100 android game console I never mentioned on here because it was really self-evidently never going to work. I kinda don’t know why people didn’t call it out as the libertarian gaming fantasy it always was. Consoles don’t manage to be consoles in spite of being locked-down, outdated monoliths that discourage “open software principles” they manage it BECAUSE OF THOSE THINGS. People design for the Xbox 360 because they know what hardware they’re designing for and who the audience they’re selling things to is and how big the pile of money Microsoft will throw at them for making an exclusive title will be and this thing threw all those things out the window. I feel kinda bad for the people who actually made this thing who seem to have bet all their chips on successfully building a fully realized and expertly executed gaming console on the first try using principles that we’re going to work even if they pulled those impossible tasks off somehow. I feel a lot less bad for the people who funded this Kickstarter to make an ideological statement about game funding and corporations and are likely to start screaming bloody murder when it becomes clear that they can either blame the flaws in their philosophy or the people who tried to realize it.
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April 04, 2013 at 08:36AM
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Roger Ebert Hails Human Existence As ‘A Triumph’
It turns out The Onion has the most accurate and touching take on Roger Ebert’s death. Sorry A.O. Scott, you tried your best.
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April 05, 2013 at 06:32AM
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The standardization of chess set design
OTP, your source for board game design minutia.
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April 05, 2013 at 08:52AM
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Dogs Wearing Pantyhose, A Popular New Meme in China
Now somebody organize a photo where one of these dogs is Vadering somebody somehow.
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April 05, 2013 at 01:07PM
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Russian Landmarks Imagined as Small Parts of Much Larger Buildings in Ad Campaign
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April 05, 2013 at 07:01PM
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Consensual kidnapping service, inspired by The Game
I kinda don’t know why nobody has a problem with this. Cory Doctorow’s favorite drum to beat right now is, understandably, the absolutely wasteful and destructive indulgences of the super rich. He spent Friday reframing that “the rich are buying up Europe and leaving it empty” article as the primary evidence that plutocrats are functionally extending the problems of Austerity for their own benefit. Somehow though the fact that rich people pay to get the thrill of getting themselves kidnapped, (in the middle of Detroit in case there wasn’t enough symbolism!) as a Game homage that stands as the best misreading of a film since everybody started their own Fight Club, seems to excite him more than anything else. Is the argument that it’s sort of fun because the rich are suffering through physical and psychological trauma? Because if so then we kinda need to realize that this traumatizes people like Zuckerberg killing his own deer brings him back to nature.
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April 06, 2013 at 05:53AM
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Ice-cube-tray in a bottle
…This seems kinda silly after that last rant but I think it’s a good idea that’s well executed and I would like to own one.
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April 06, 2013 at 08:58AM
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So this article/video of Google laying out the Glass design principles reminded me of a fascinating bit in Bruce Sterlings SXSW speech this year where he said all you need to do to make bad AR is to reverse Google’s design principles which was, in context, a pretty hilarious and solid point. I think though, hearing Google lay out their design principles, it may be totally wrong because now that I know that Google thinks that good AR shouldn’t intrude on the user and should stick to timely, recent datasets ALL I WANT is a Google Glass app that shouts data from five years ago directly in my face constantly. DO NOT FORGET ME, I AM YOUR HISTORY AND YOU ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT ME IF YOU DON’T NOTICE YOU’VE BEEN TAKING THIS SAME LEFT FOR FIVE YEARS. Like a Little Memory that I can’t turn off and knows everything about me because Google. I don’t doubt it would sell awfully and would encourage people to run away from the privacy implications of the thing even faster but it’d be a damn sight more fascinating than letting me get driving directions without my phone. Especially given how awful Google’s driving directions have been this weekend.

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Other Ten Percent 4/5/13

Apr 05 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I’m writing this after reading about Roger Ebert’s death but I haven’t read anything that I think really sums up how remarkable the guy was even when I thought he was wrong more often than people like to mention (his long discussed feud with video games as an artform pails in comparison to his insistance that Crash was a good movie) so I’ve mostly just been reading his reviews. His takedown of the new Evil Dead is pretty solid. I expect I’ll have a really solid link or two about him in Monday’s OTP.

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Other Ten Percent 4/4/13

Apr 04 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey so I’m going to write this thing before I get on the plane so then I don’t have to pay for in-flight internet. As a result this might not be the most thorough OTP in history.

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Other Ten Percent 4/3/13

Apr 03 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Man, I am listening to the new Knife and I…cannot in good conscience recommend it to people who enjoy the sleep of the just or continued certainty in the basic euclidean nature of our universe but it’s absolutely effective at convincing me that Karin Dreijer does not actually come from this universe and commands an army of ghosts. Also tracks one and four are pretty fun so far. Oh hey here are links that should help you avoid the feeling I currently have that every single object in this office is secretly alive and plotting to kill me.

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