Nat Torkington has begun to list four quality links on the Radar on a daily basis.
The following triplet of quality movie-related links comes straight from Jason Kottke.
- Whores of the Year, critics who, based on their output, have sold their souls to Hollywood a long time ago.
- Blu Rays of the year, I still don’t have a player – but this list is sure to come in handy if I land one in the near future.
- 19 Best Movies You Didn’t See in 2008; all correct, though there’s easily five movies on the list I plan to see or haven’t yet arrived in Finland (and Son of Rambow which I planned to catch after R&A).
A couple of blogs that popped up and piqued my interest enough to keep reading:
- Uusi Renessanssi – Alex Nieminen blogs again (and provides a couple of nifty insights in the very first entries already).
- Tane.li – Just because the term “finnish serial entrepreneur” sounds so much like an oxymoron.
- Wil Shipley‘s ramblings are interesting to read (even if I am not a big fan of delicious library).
- Russell Beattie blogs again. This time employed by Nokia.
- Jouni Nieminen has begun a very verbose blog on NHL, neatly coinciding with the first games of the season.
A couple of blogs that have crossed the event horizon lately:
- Tiellä Valkoiseen Taloon, a finnish blog on the US election (written by Suomen Kuvalehti).
- Aasiakas, documenting encounters with sub-optimal and sub-human customers.
- The Daily WTF, documenting encounters with sub-optimal code and writers of such.
- Kylttiblogi, misprinted signs (mainly finnish).
- Inside Facebook, or actually: outside, looking in.
- Two unofficial blogs about Apple, neither of them named with any great amount of imagination: Apple Blog and Unofficial Apple Weblog.
Continuing on the boring “let’s just list things”-category of posts…
This time focus firmly on new blogs. Just two of them, in fact – haven’t been that busy picking up any lately.
- Sleevage, analyzing classic album covers for hidden and not so hidden treasures.
- Magazineer, a blog about, erm… reading magazines, kicks off with articles on Wired and Monocle.
Haven’t yet figured out how to do links in the blog effectively – collected in entries, in the sidebar or as asides inbetween full-blown articles, so I’ll stick to what I know, the first alternative. This batch is heavy on the retrospective, as the “… of 2007″ references are prevalent indeed (and while I’m at it, I’ll just quickly mention Rex Sorgatz’s definite master-list of such.)
- Mainoskupla, nice selection of domestic counter-advertisements.
- BBC has provided its annual list of 100 things we did not know last year.
- Matt Webb has a lot to say about microformats (and many, many other things as well).
- Lake Superior University has again put together a list of the ‘useless’ words
of the year.
- A handsome image explains why high heels are bad for you. ‘mmkay.
- Warren Ellis’ take on laws of robotics manages to hit the highest take on profanity-meter in a while. Which probably means that my reading habits are on the boring side.
- Wired’s vaporware awards do not disappoint this time either (with bonus points for including Guns n’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy).
SCO, the originators of the ugliest open source-related lawsuit, have been unceremoniously
delisted from NASDAQ.
The year is drawing to a close, and the “… of 2007″-lists are ubiquitous in the media.
The grandfather of any such lists is a meta-list collcted by Rex Sorgatz.
Some of the worthwhilest lists seen thus far are:
- Foreign Policy’s missed news stories.
- Bad Astronomy’s selection of astronomical pictures.
- MTV’s Stephen Totilo’s top gaming moments.
- Prospect magazine’s very long list of over/underrated entities.
- Time magazine’s list of top 10 graphic novels includes the 2.5th installment of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which seems to be still stuck in copyright limbo.
More targets for the insatiably curious amongst the readers:
- Internet Explorer’s not yet exactly reeling from the blows from superior browsers, so a few needles into a convenient voodoo doll would be appreciated.
- A group blog by science fiction authors has tens of authors, but not much content yet. It features Charles Stross and Jeff VanderMeer, so it bears keeping an eye out for.
- The Foja mountains in Papua yielded new discovered critters once again, this time a really big rat.
- According to the Forbes Fictional Fifteen, Scrooge McDuck is the richest individual. Too bad the image used of the bird in question is of very low quality. Simpsons’ Mr. Burns clocks in at #6, and Lucius Malfoy at #14. On the company side, it’s extremely pleasing to see Infocom’s Frobozz Magic Company featured – especially after a decades long dry spell of new games set in the Empire.
- A long bet is settled, with blogs ranked higher than New York Times in search results in the top stories of the year.
- Practice safe surfing: use two browsers.
Yet another blog devoted on publicizing worthy advertisements cannot hurt.
Something to check out instead of fumbling in the photon-deprived outdoors, struggling in downtown filled with christmas-crazed shoppers or just being generally bored.
- A deck of Fatpack cards sure would come in handy when playing the originally imaginary Cripple Mr Onion from Discworld.
- In RIAA’s “enlightened” opinion, no-one is authorized to rip any cds they’ve legally bought.
- As the Mitchell report sheds light on the unsavoury doping practices of the MLB, a call goes out to add further typograhical notation into the record books beyond the inevitable asterisk to be glued onto the likes of Bonds and Clemens.
- For those awkward “got to design a new gadget”-moments Buglabs has revealed a modular solution.
- Ruby on Rails hit 2.0 a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully all the existing documentation is still more of less valid.
- Finally finished Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End the other day, and liked it far less than originally anticipated. Last week boingboing noted that the novel has officially been released gratis on the web.
- Considering the season, the non-sequitur humor offered by the lolcats (and other critters) at icanhascheezburger.com is much appreciated.
Recent discoveries in the world of speculative fiction, fantasy and the like:
- Tim Burton will direct Alice in Wonderland next year. Hopefully bits and pieces of the imaginatively disturbing scenery from American McGee’s version make it in.
- A definitive guide to changes in the Blade Runner’s final cut may prove useful, or it may not.
- While the first Firefly comic was by no means as good as the movie and especially the television show, it was all right (though badly drawn). All right enough to warrant interest in the upcoming second installment of said franchise in the same form.
- The third book of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Black Dossier was published in mid-november, got stuck in a copright debacle (out of European reach seemingly indefinitely) and is now “not in stock” in Amazon. Perhaps it’s easier to wait for the almost imminent Absolute Edition (which will, oddly enough, include an LP as additional content).
- Frak. For a pretty believable reason, the release of the third season of Battlestar Galactica has been delayed. The R1 version is out in UK, obviously, but devoid of extras.
Do not attempt to locate a hidden message in the selection.
There isn’t any.
- Color-shifting tiles, just the thing for the upgraded bathroom.
- Let no internet meme be uninvited to this party.
- Origami CD case. Probably a bit more difficult than the garden variety crane.
- When did Star Wars jump the shark? What about Star Trek? And bad things in science fiction in general… Certainly the have been named and numbered already. You bet they have.
- Vector Magic, surprisingly effective tool to convert bitmap images into vectorized format.
- Largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an …
- A collection of Kindle links.
- Shredz64, a game for the Guitar Hero-controller on the commodore 64. Respect.
Everybody need some time, and with these links it’s easily spent.
- The release of Amazon’s electronic book draws close, if Steven Levy’s Newsweek article is to be believed (and yeah, hopefully it’s the lead article of the international edition as well).
- Jesper Juul has written a thorough history of matching tile games. Doesn’t sound too exciting, until the list is perused: Tetris, Bejeweled, Puzzle Bobble, and many others whose addictive qualities would be cause for banning in most european states.
- History of digital tampering is much longer than expected – beginning with an overlaid image of Abraham Lincoln back in 1860s.
- Somehow the feature wishlist for next Windows release (codenamed “7″) is more than a little bit underwhelming.
- Not being allowed to die in the house of parliament has justifiably been voted to be the most ludicrous law in Britain.
- Cost of the Iraq War? About 1.3 trillion dollars. So far.
- Domo Arigato, Battleship Legoto.
- An eponymous site lists the recognized biodiversity hotspots of the world.
- freerice.com = charity and vocabulary enhancement. I so need to establish a firm presence above level 40.
It’s been a while since the last checking which new blogs have been subject of GETs lately.
- Hilavitkutin is the quintessential finnish generic gadget blog.
- Bldgblog is a fascinating blog about architecture.
- Risto Isomäki, the finnish environmentalist, in addition to just launching a brand new technothriller, has expanded his range to blogging.
- Blogging Ultima describes a gamer’s journey through the Britannian tales (and is thematically similar to Blogging Zelda covered back in july, sadly that seems to have been taken over by marketers).
- Juhapekka Tolvanen has moved on to a new site, and still deserved the lifetime award of the finnish blogging scene.
- I seem to have completely missed the start of the Freakonomics blog. Materials-wise it seems to be both frequently updated and as good as the book itself. And speaking of popular economics blogs, the Long Tail remains worthwhile as well.
A random collection of links that rose above the norm recently.
- Soundtrackinfo, because neither wikipedia nor imdb offers a complete guide to.
- The future of electronic paper.
- Cthulhu Fhtagn Cheezburger.
- Haven’t played around much with buzzfeed, seems interesting and occasionally pointful – the selection of links on discovery of new species is interesting to say the least.
- For old-skool sim city enthusiasts: build your own Chicago.
- Eternity II, the two million dollar puzzle. 256 pieces is deceptively small, but the number of permutations is astronomically high: the dominant number is 196! which is the number of alternate ways to lay out the centerpieces.
- Balloon dog anatomy.
- The annual Wired Test review compendium is now available for free.
Radiohead lets each buyer decide how much the new album is worth. 0.00 is a legal price, thus negating the evergreen lament on “music being too expensive and thoroughly commercialized”.
The Tintin-movie has a scriptwriter: David Moffat, the man behind quite a few of the new Dr. Who episodes.
I’m sure the series’ characters could expand on this with a lot of swearing: Deadwood movies are cancelled.
United States? 50 states. And Puerto Rico. That’s it, right?
Not really, as the excellent visualization from radicalcartography shows.
Here we go again. It’s so hard to hold back the stream of links.
- M.C. Escher’s Relativity as interpreted in Lego.
- Gamasutra interviews Textfyre’s David Cornelson.
- Airport horror stories, part n: overstepping the bounds of authority.
- Why, of why there are so few comics in finnish bookstores?
Monopoly of taste (or lack thereof).
- Beatdowns throughout history.
- How to characterize bottled water (with a selection of nifty symbols thrown in for good measure).
- The 2008 Linux Kernel Summit was not held in conjunction to the Ottawa Linux Symposium.
- Top 100 images from Hubble Space Telescope.
- Fake car sunroof. Presumably for people with fake cars.
Is a link valid until it is clicked?
Experiment with the following.
- My quest for a decent watch continues. Likely the eight listed under the heading of complex watches will not be the answer.
- This film is not yet rated, but it’s available on google video. A supposedly great exposé on the history of the US rating scheme. Comments when I’ve finished watching it.
- Sagrada Família may be finished by 2026, the 100th anniversary of Antoni Gaudi’s untimely death.
- The pompously named Megapolis 2022 event in october seems to center on local issues more than what’s going on in the true megapolises.
- Reef aquarium was the featured article in finnish wikipedia last week (and an impressively thorough treatment of the subject).
- In october (in addition to the megapolis2022) is the fiftieth anniversary of the Sputnik, Mark Whittington’s article examines the possibilities what might happen in the next fifty. Considering the glacial pace manned spaceflight has been evolving the ideas may be way too much on the positive side.
- Boingboing’s Cory Doctorow has a column in the Guardian – missed out on that. The newest installment deals with topical subject: the futility of DRM.
- Bioware’s Mass Effect has an official release date. November 20th / 23rd. Sadly, the latter is the pan-european date.
- Toscanini‘s black risotto ranks among the best meals of the last quarter.
Missed the blog day on august 31st, but recommendations for interesting blogs are welcome any day…
- Kalajuttu is the first finnish fishkeeping-blog I’ve run across. And a good reminder that I ought to pull mine out of hibernation.
- Sentient Developments is a collection of interesting articles on science, singularity and other topics that skirt around transhumanism.
- Kolikon Kääntöpuoli: there’s never enough said about games, comics and life in general – especially when accompanied with a decent amount of attitude.
- Emily Short writes pretty much the only blog about interactive fiction.
- Gamepolitics, because the two keep crossing each other frequently (and not only when herded by Jack Thompson).
Unlike many recent efforts to re-do websites, the boingboing makeover is of a stealthy kind – and the appearance does not change. The addition of a dcedicated gadgets blog is welcome. Especially when it seems to be far less shrill than the conventional alternatives (gizmodo, engadget).
Among the worthwhile stuff lately:
- Denver International Airport conspiracies. By people with far too much time on their hands.
- Even when I’m not much of a coffee drinker (a serious anomaly in a country that’s tops in the world in coffee consumption), the coffee drink composition guide is bound to come in useful when decoding the offerings at Starbucks and its colleagues.
- Smoke photography. Looks cool. And is certainly to be experimented with.
- A forthcoming anthology of apocalypse. Topic might be on the passé side, but the list of authors (George R. R. Martin, Cory Doctorow) sure piques interest.
So the redesign obviously hasn’t sapped the quality of the linkage offered.
Very much in the interactive fiction vein, with a healthy dose of classic and ultra-violent videogames thrown in for good measure.
- Telltale Games, who have singlehandedly birthed the episodical adventure game with Bone and Sam & Max recently received a nicely round six million dollars in venture capital.
- Yet another variant of the Z-Machine, Ziggy uses forums for input and output, and the effect is quite an odd multi-player experience.
- Rockstar continues its defiant progress: Manhunt 2. The release of the game has now been suspended following bans in both United Kingdom and United States.
- The H.P. Lovecraft 70-year anniversary games are out. My own effort got sidelined almost in square one.
- Mr. Grownup Gamer is blogging his way through the entire Zelda-series.
- Top 10 massively multiplayer games/worlds holds quite a few surprises: WoW at #1 is not one of them, but the 15:1 advantage enjoyed by Habbo Hotel over Second Life definitely is.
- A games writer for Guardian bravely tries to organize the writing of a multi-author text adventure on a blog.
- There’s a wiki for everything, and multiples thereof on hype-y subjects. Interactive fiction certainly doesn’t carry hype, but the jointly authored site on the subject provides lots of information.
- IGN’s games of the summer feature has very optimistic (but also vague) release date for Bioware’s inbound science fiction extravaganza Mass Effect.
It’s been a while since the listing of interesting new blogs that crossed the event horizon. Here goes, the choice to browse is yours. All yours.
- Jari Lindholm, the essential angry man of the finnish media. Writes well, and keeps kicking conformists in the shins.
- Sexkidsrocknroll – the life of a single mother is not my #1 topic, but when the content is as well-written (and prone to rants), it’s worth the price of admission.
- Marc Andreessen’s blog (the wunderkind of the Bubble1.0 writes well).
- harmaahattu – I’ll have what he’s having.
- n95 Plaza – because codename deep plum just is a bit on the complicated side.
- Koposkyttäämö – A brand-new blog about Petteri Koponen’s looming career in the NBA.
- One more great map from strangemaps, this one showing which US state matches with which country size- and GDP-wise. Finland = Colorado, which ain’t bad at all.
- Photographs of speed. Some seriously great snaps.
- The end is nigh: multicore programming is hard.
- With candidates like these, the seven new wonders are bound to be boring. Where’s teh internet from the list?
- Been a happy google reader user for quite a while, but with their recent data loss issues, having another RSS-reader might be worthwhile. Or not. Anyway, seems that there’s quite a selection of the tools available.
- Sushi books.
- Editing CSS isn’t exactly the best fun available, a good editor makes it less of a chore.
- Airlinemeals, just the thing to check before a transatlantic crossing in the cattle section of a 757.
- The 65 million dollar pants-case makes it to the court. By the description the session was high on surreal, and fortunately low on understanding the accuser.
[ image nabbed from goopymart's photoset on flickr. ]
Something off the side of the trawler.
- Yes, the whole american nation feels the pain of the wrong guy nearing Hank Aaron’s home run record.
- World Domination 201, a surprisingly lucid document from the lately very frothy keyboard of ESR.
- Songbird, an open source love child of iTunes and Firefox.
- Climate change accelerating evolution – sounds fishy, but apart from some clever accounting, the Smithsonian guys aren’t exactly the lowest-regarded scientists on the globe.
- Worst lyrics of all time – turns out that I had always mentally shuffled War Pigs lyrics to a more sensible direction, this tautology is terrible…
- A very upmarket moleskine jacket. I’m happy with mine as-is, though the spine does exhibit worrisome tendency to age less than optimally.
- Launch cost back in the boom: 5M$ and up,
launch cost now: 12K and change. Things have changed. For the better, obviously.
- Social networking and the chasm.
Recently sighted game-related links:
- The third part of the history of computer role-playing games is out. This one concentrates on the decade starting from 1994 – and covers many of the classics of the genre such as Planescape:Torment and the Baldur’s Gate saga.
- Unsurprisingly, a videogame on Lost has been announced. No statement on which seasons this will cover – if it’s up to the third, the spoiler-averse in the audience (including me, obviously) will avoid this until the third season is available on dvd – expectedly in september.
- Bethesda Softworks has bought the Fallout IP. If the resulting game combines the storylines of the previous Fallout installments with the graphics of Oblivion, its arrival will be a happy day indeed.
- Keyboard pad for xbox 360 – how long before the first Z-machine (and Zork, naturally) makes it into the Live Arcade…
- World Without Oil, an alternate reality game launched on mayday eve. Haven’t played with it at all yet – seems US-centered on a first blink.
- Publishing a game based on George R.R. Martin‘s still-to-be-completed septalogy a Song of Fire and Ice suddenly bankrupted Guardians of Order. The sad history of the franchise doesn’t deter Green Ronin from trying out the very same move.