I'm more of a Marketplace guy, personally.
- The This American Life episode Giant
Pool of Money has been getting a lot of acclaim as the finest
explainer of the sub-prime mortgage crisis ever made. Considering that
the entire sub-prime mess is probably a large part of what will drag us
into the next depression, it's a good thing to understand.
- So here's an interesting gaming question: I loved Braid, and
finished it in only a few hours. I had, honestly, no real problems with
the difficulty level. Other people, like Corvus
(includes links to other parts of the extended conversation), seem to be
having such a hard time getting past the puzzles and the platforming
that they can't enjoy the story (or get to the ending, which is good
enough to forgive a number of the game's sins). I'm not just writing
this to gloat about how awesome I am, but also to ask: how much of a
future can gaming really have as a narrative medium when its very
mechanics can create such a high barrier to entry? If a great narrative
is innately tied to a contentious play style, how do we evaluate its
- A blogger for Seagate takes a look at Batman's
storage requirements from The Dark Knight. Fascism takes a
lot of hard drive space.
- My friend Jee from the Bank posted this
video of a converation with John Lennon on Facebook the other day.
It's an old interview that a teenager did with Lennon shortly before he
died, animated in an incredibly elaborate fashion similar to Terry
- Have you ever wanted to hear the theme for Mega Man 3 sung
by Japanese voice synthesis software? Now you can.
- Ethan Zuckerman linked this morning to two stories about reverse
scammers--the guys who persuade Nigerian 419 spam authors to do
outlandish things for the anticipated payment. The first, a story in the
Pheonix, asks whether there's not something more sinister about rich
Americans taunting desparate spammers from developing nations. The
second, Cory Doctorow's review
of Scamorama, is notable for its comments. As Zuckerman says,
it's "evenly split between people who think scambaiting is funny and
worthwhile and those who find it cruel and loathesome." I'm tending
towards the loathesome side, myself.
- Anonymous posted another anti-Scientology video on 8/08/08, this
employees operating illegally in the UK. It doesn't seem to have
gotten much in the way of news coverage, this time around.
- For the next week, Pitchfork is hosting Reformat the
Planet, a documentary about the chiptune movement. It's a nice idea,
but I get the same kind of feeling from watching it that I get from
watching techno or drum-and-bass perfomed live--even if I like the
music, it's a pretty silly show to watch someone acting like a rock star
while fiddling with a Gameboy onstage. At least Squarepusher plays a
bass in front of his laptop.