Archive for September, 2013

Other Ten Percent 9/13/13

Sep 13 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So we’re still working on some final details including getting it up and running on a more appropriate domain name and an accompanying video but here is some Dance Party at the End of the World stuff for this year. It’s the 75th Anniversary of the original War of the Worlds broadcast this year so I’m really trying to go all out…and then I’m quitting for a while. It’s gotten kind of exhausting to do every year and frankly at this point it’s kinda too high-concept even for me at times. Not saying I’ll never do it again but I’m probably going to wait until I’ve got the resources to do it at a hilariously large scale before I try it again so if you wanted to, say, fly out to visit SF some time soon late September is maybe the time to do it.

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Other Ten Percent 9/12/13

Sep 12 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I know this is supposed to be an off format entry but I need an extra day or so to finish up the off format thing I’m doing so you get some extra links instead. That’s cool. We kinda needed to catch up anyway.
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Captured Dimensions Captures Your Dimensions
How many “3D print yourself” businesses have we got now?
via Fabbaloo http://fabbaloo.com/blog/
September 10, 2013 at 10:00AMer 11, 2013 at 02:40PM
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Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad Spinoff Starring Bob Odenkirk Greenlighted
So I cannot even pretend like I’m close to up to date on Breaking Bad but I’m super thrilled this gets to be a thing anyway just because I think “Bob Odenkirk as a crappy/shady lawyer that wants to avoid going to court at all costs” is a fantastic premise for a show.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 11, 2013 at 01:39PM
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Do Not Link Links to Crappy Web Sites Without Improving Google Results
Man this is a tool I should probably start using more often for links to things I hate in life.
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com
September 11, 2013 at 01:30PM
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The Spectacular Story Of Metroid, One Of Gaming’s Richest Universes
And now you know.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 11, 2013 at 07:00AM
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A pioneering early “slow-mo” technique was developed only as padding
Considering this is the only reason I ever use slow motion in video I am somehow containing my shock.
via io9 http://io9.com
September 11, 2013 at 12:15PM
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Meet the bugs we smoosh to make natural red dye
This is…this is gross.
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 11, 2013 at 11:34AM
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Steam users will soon be able to share and borrow games with the new Steam Family Sharing program.
This kind of stuff is why I’m kind of sorry the xbox one’s marketing team was so awful because this is the kind of future that kinda needs to happen with console gaming but probably never will because console gamers FLIP THE FUCK OUT at any suggestion that they might not be able to buy and use video games in the exact same way they did when they were kids.
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com
September 11, 2013 at 11:10AM
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No Country for Old Miley: Cormac McCarthy Describes the Video for “Wrecking Ball”
Are we past the experation date for Miley jokes already because if not this is pretty stellar.
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 11, 2013 at 11:15AM
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Time tourism
Technically you’d only need one female time traveler to fix this problem.
via Charlie’s Diary http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/
September 11, 2013 at 09:46AM
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Supercut of Actor Jason Statham Saying ‘Job’ in Movies
I don’t usually go in for supercuts but this one actually works pretty well.
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 11, 2013 at 09:19AM
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Other Ten Percent 9/11/13

Sep 10 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

Not sure about that whole “do every single post I can find” thing. It kinda felt too scattershot and most of that old stuff is feeling like you must have seen it by now since it was AGES ago. So there are these links instead.
Where did land plants come from?
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 09, 2013 at 09:32AM
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Manipulating objects in photos in 3D
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 09, 2013 at 09:03AM
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We Need to Talk About Jellyfish
via The Hairpin http://thehairpin.com
September 09, 2013 at 07:30AM
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If New York is so great, how come it sucks?
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 09, 2013 at 06:42AM
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Photographer Carlos Ayesta Uses Climbing Gear to Take Gravity-Defying Architecture Photos
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 10, 2013 at 03:35PM
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Gone Home, An Emotional Story Exploration Video Game About One Girl’s Missing Family
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 10, 2013 at 02:43PM
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First glimpse of American Horror Story cast in their witchy new roles
via io9 http://io9.com
September 10, 2013 at 04:30PM
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The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 10, 2013 at 01:42PM
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What will The Simpsons look like after the apocalypse?
via io9 http://io9.com
September 10, 2013 at 12:44PM
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Other Ten Percent 9/10/13

Sep 10 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I know I kinda put a moratorium on long posts where I complain about something but…well that’s what I’m doing today anyway I guess because I kinda have some thoughts on the new Arcade Fire interactive video thing. I kinda feel okay about that though because there’s a lot of GOOD stuff to say about it to. Let’s start with “yay! new Arcade Fire song!” and it’s pretty good/kinda undeniable around the halfway mark. There’s also, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, a whole other non-interactive video that’s pleasantly uncanny and that I prefer.

I can also see why Arcade Fire would go to Google and be all “we would like another interactive video please and thank you” because when they did those in the past they actually ended up being pretty awesome. This one’s just weird though. I mean let’s start with the fact that when an all white band shoots a video in Haiti featuring a black girl that goes on a magical adventure that ends with her dancing in a parade of other people in Haiti I’m kiiiiiiiiiinda weirded out be the fact that that feels a little racist. A little super racist.

But putting that aside on the theory that I’m maybe being way too touchy about that there’s the fact that all the interactive elements serve…basically no narrative purpose. In The Wilderness Downtown the Google Maps integration adds to the songs sense of place by personalizing that place. Here, have some visuals of your actual, literal, childhood street to look at while you listen to a song about childhood. Here you can use your smartphone or mouse to…show off that Google can do live filters on video?

I mean I’ll grant that “is my art inherently masturbatory? Can I ever really create something that lets me communicate with other people?” is a harder theme to visualize but…actually you know what? No. It isn’t. Like seriously we can’t figure out how to visualize the struggle for human connection on THE LARGEST TOOL FOR HUMAN CONNECTION IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND? Seriously the best we can do is this?

Like I get that this is trying with all the different video filters and having you control them but since those filters actually just GET IN THE WAY of the narrative it kinda feels like…the exact opposite of the message they’re trying to send? (Unless Arcade Fire is actually creating an album about how the audience just keeps fucking up and ruining their brilliant attempts to communicate? Which…I guess that’s a way to resolve the difficulty of human communication?)

What’s especially weird is that people seem to LOVE this thing. Like it’s their new favorite Arcade Fire bit and it kinda seems like the epitome of what’s wrong with stupid browser tricks. There’s nothing being said here that couldn’t have been said in a regular music video. In fact for the final third of the video it basically IS a regular/non-interactive video except you can press your mouse button for a secret message which is pretty much the Google equivilent of watching your favorite TV show with a scratch and sniff card.

I’m…yeah I’m bored with hating on this. There’s just so much you can do with interactive music videos this thing is totally failing to do. Here, have a great example of what you can do with this. Have another one. Hopefully Arcade Fire will do another one of these that uses the possibilities of interactive narrative a bit more soon. If the past is any indicator there should be a lot of songs on the new album that are both amazing and about this same basic theme sooooooooo.

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Other Ten Percent 9/9/13

Sep 09 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Whew, it’s a good thing no big links that basically everybody passed around to each other CONSTANTLY happened while I was gone…oh wait. Anyway for now let’s just clear out the backlog. Running off to a play so I’m not doing commentary but here’s all the links I was going to use for last monday AND all the ones I’ve found going through one third of the entires on my RSS reader backlog today.
Discover the Ladder Paradox, relativity’s greatest thought experiment
via io9 http://io9.com
August 30, 2013 at 01:30PM
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Skydiving in the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
August 30, 2013 at 11:31AM
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Why honey is the only food that doesn’t go bad
via io9 http://io9.com
August 30, 2013 at 11:00AM
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And if you don’t know, now you know
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
August 30, 2013 at 08:45AM
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“The Met has 180 so-called super recognisers – most of whom came to the fore in the aftermath of the…”
via The New Aesthetic http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/
August 30, 2013 at 08:01AM
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Use a Projector to Change Your Window View to Anywhere in the World
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com
August 30, 2013 at 04:00AM
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Could You Survive the End of the Universe?
via io9 http://io9.com
September 01, 2013 at 08:00AM
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We can’t wait for Space Dandy, from the creator of Cowboy Bebop
via io9 http://io9.com
September 01, 2013 at 07:21AM
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Doc Searls pondering surveillance and privacy
via Beyond The Beyond http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond
September 01, 2013 at 03:26AM
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Don’t miss this engrossing novel about the science of dragons
via io9 http://io9.com
August 31, 2013 at 12:14PM
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Infinite CHEST
via The Non-Adventures of Wonderella http://nonadventures.com
August 31, 2013 at 10:12AM
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A guide to fallacious arguments, illustrated with funny animals
via io9 http://io9.com
September 08, 2013 at 10:00AM
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A Series of Maps of the Freaky City of Night Vale
via io9 http://io9.com
September 08, 2013 at 07:00AM
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A Look at Early Target Stores of the 1960s
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 07, 2013 at 01:42PM
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Compare 1836 and modern-day New York with this interactive map
via io9 http://io9.com
September 07, 2013 at 09:30AM
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Holy crap Elon Musk really is Tony Stark
via io9 http://io9.com
September 06, 2013 at 04:00PM
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A Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of Rio de Janeiro
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 06, 2013 at 03:19PM
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My Neighbor Magritte, A Comic About Living Next Door to Surrealist Artist René Magritte
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 06, 2013 at 02:49PM
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Not sure what to watch?
via Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com
September 06, 2013 at 08:25AM
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The unhappy traveling salesman problem
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 06, 2013 at 06:44AM
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More Animated GIF Comics Explaining Tips and Etiquette for New York City
via Laughing Squid http://laughingsquid.com
September 06, 2013 at 06:00AM
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Tomorrowland set includes a retro-looking “It’s A Small World” ride
via io9 http://io9.com
September 05, 2013 at 04:00PM
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oh look an alive thing is complaining about not being alive, WHAT A SURPRISE
via Dinosaur Comics http://www.qwantz.com
September 06, 2013 at 04:35AM
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Micah F. Lee: ‘Don’t Succumb to Security Nihilism’
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 05, 2013 at 02:29PM
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Trashed in New York City
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/
September 05, 2013 at 02:44PM
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Ask a Slave, funny web video history series
via Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
September 05, 2013 at 02:03PM
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