The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is pretty good after all.
- I'm really not going to keep writing about Resident Evil 5
forever, but this
editorial at Crispy Gamer caps it off nicely for me. Partially in
response to Stephen Totilo's argument
that the game is more about cliche than race, writer Evan Narcisse
rightly points out that the cliches themselves are hardly innocent.
Ultimately, did this debate produce more heat than light? I hope so. I'd
like to read that someone had their eyes opened by the discussion.
- At SXSW, Jonathan Marks did a couple of interesting interviews with
two of the Africa bloggers that I follow: Jonathan Gosier of
Appfrica and Erik
Hersman of Ushahidi. Gosier's raises an interesting point about
doing outsourced IT work from Uganda--one of the biggest barriers isn't
language or talent, it's the difficulty of transferring money from the
- The more that I spend time reading about smartphone platforms, the
more it's turning me into an advocate for free and open source software.
Give it another six months, and I'll be the guy in the back muttering
about recompiling his kernel, wearing a shirt that says "I'm with
- In all seriousness, I'm torn as to where I'll go for my next phone,
as all the open platforms have caveats. Nobody knows anything solid
about the Pre yet. Android so far has battery problems, and it sounds
like it needs a task manager. I don't like most of the Windows Mobile
hardware. And Nokia needs more apps, but their hardware is top-notch,
and I actually like S60. The Nokia E75 looks very
nice. I just hope that the Qt
library helps them pick up the pace.
- For those who enjoyed John Kessel's evisceration of
Game, Elaine Radford has finally put her original essay online: Ender and
Hitler: Sympathy for the Superman. Sadly, it doesn't include her
notes, which were apparently a lot more detailed.
- humanitarian.info has posted a set of information
security links for journalists and activists operating in
authoritarian countries. There's some good advice here, including a link
to the Reporters without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and
- The Meggy Jr.
is a handheld Arduino-based game handheld with an 8x8 LED display--so,
you know, you're not going to be playing GTA IV on it. You've
probably seen it around if you read Make or Hackaday. It got me thinking
about what you could do with such a limited amount of display
flexibility, like say 16x16 pixels. What games would work? What can't
you do? Some interesting ideas come to mind.
- If WorldChanging can get $10,000 in recurring donations, they'll
get a $100,000 grant. That's probably a tough thing to do in the current
economic situation, but I personally think it's a good cause. As an
aggragator for greenpunk/development news, it's very good. Read about it
- I don't remember where I found this, but it's interesting: Game
Theory in the Dark Knight.