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March 27, 2009

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Link Blitz

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 US.
  • 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 Stallman."
  • 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 Ender's 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.
  • 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 Cyberdissidents.
  • 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 here.
  • I don't remember where I found this, but it's interesting: Game Theory in the Dark Knight.

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