"What were arcades like?"
— in other news, I’m old
Rocky Mountain News' farewell video
— only 55 days short of their 150th birthday
Who Killed the Rocky Mountain News?
— interactive blamestorm from a laid-off developer
Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues animated film released online
— finally out of copyright hell
after being quoted $220,000 for clearing the eleven 1920s songs she used
While researching Oscar screeners last month, I stumbled on a remarkable example of online collaboration in China that’s completely undiscovered here. In short, a group of dedicated fans of The Economist newsmagazine are translating each weekly issue cover-to-cover, splitting up the work among a team of volunteers, and redistributing the finished translations as complete PDFs for a Chinese audience.
It reminds me of the scanlation movement, in which groups of fans scan, translate, and redistribute manga into another language. But I’ve never seen it applied to a newspaper or magazine, especially one as high-minded as The Economist.
It’s an impressive example of online collaboration with simple tools, a completely non-commercial effort by volunteers interested in spreading knowledge while improving their English skills. In the process, they’re taking a political risk in translating controversial articles about their homeland behind the Great Firewall.
Continue reading “Translating "The Economist" Behind China's Great Firewall”
Paul Graham's lessons learned on community building from Hacker News
— how he’s tried to prevent bad links, bad comments, and bad people
Andy Richter to rejoin Conan O'Brien on the Tonight Show
— great news, he’ll be the announcer and comic foil instead of Ed McMahon-like sidekick
Zen Bound released for the iPhone
— originally released as Zen Bondage
in 2005 by the PC demoscene group Moppi
Quake Live goes public beta
— the private beta was a blast, but their server’s are exploding today and the plugin’s still Windows-only
BackGames, videogame plots in reverse
— Tetris: “player must break apart a giant rectangle, sending the pieces into space”
I enjoyed this exchange with John Hodgman on Twitter yesterday, reminiscent of my own rant on “FAIL.“
hodgman: Did I ever tell you people how much I hate the word “meh”? Nothing announces “I have missed the point” more than that word.
hodgman: It is the essence of blinkered Internet malcontentism. And a rejection of joy. Also: 12 hive mehs in the replies SO FAR
hodgman: By definition, it may mean disinterest (although simple silence would be a more damning and sincere response, in that case)
hodgman: But in use, it almost universally seems to signal: I am just interested enough to make one last joyless, nitpicky swipe and then disappear
wordwill: @hodgman Isn’t rejecting joy how one traditionally demonstrates one’s superior cool? Though, at the same time, to hell with that.
hodgman: @wordwill yes. It’s part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship. And it is a sort of art, but not for me.
Pirate 2 Pirate Kopimi Station
— insert USB thumb drive into kiosk, get Oscar nominated films; this has potential for legal uses, too
Billboard releases Chart API
— that would’ve made The Whitburn Project
much easier, but I wonder how their licensees
feel about it?
Sched.org releases SXSW 2009 schedule
— the best conference scheduling app ever returns; related: their API
for all event and user info
Kate Winslet's Holocaust Oscar
— strategy revealed, from Ricky Gervais’s Extras
Unofficial SXSW 2009 torrents
— 5GB of all 1,053 free MP3s from this year’s showcasing artists
Nate Silver on why his Oscar predictions missed
— it’s difficult to know which factors to model, and the criteria can be very subjective
— “a collection of humorously edited footage”
Jumpman, reinventing the retro platformer
— this is a must-play for Mac/PC, the game gets increasingly clever and complex
Quicken Online puts foot in mouth after accusing Mint of incredible growth
— great advertising for Mint, and reveals that Quicken’s growth must be pretty flat
Very Small Array charts Billboard vs. Pitchfork's Top 100 of 2008
— indie geeks love bands (especially duos), while the mainstream loves young solo artists
Eurogamer's detailed review of Noby Noby Boy
— the game was released on the PS3 today for $5; Panic is selling the official shirts
Available Online for Free, the Sticker
— Evan Roth’s free PDF book
is brilliant too, blending technology and art in clever ways