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June 30, 2010
Men's Health visits Portland's thriving food cart scene (video interview with several of the best carts)
MaxFunsters for Zach Annel (this guy's very funny, totally deserves to win)
Woot acquired by Amazon (appropriately, they announced the news via a rapping monkey)
It's Oppo! (CalArts student Tyler Chen's demented take on Nick Jr.) [via]
Kickstarter Film Festival (12 film projects projected on a Brooklyn rooftop on Friday, July 9 )
Evelin Kasikov's cross-stitched CMYK alphabet (all of her CMYK work is just amazing)
June 29, 2010
Conan the Barbarian: The Musical (these guys are brilliant; they also did Total Recall, Fatal Attraction, 24, and Silence! The Musical)
Josh Millard's The Crane That Feeds (his second attempt at using the Echonest API to remake NIN songs with audio from Frasier episodes) [via]
Hulu launches subscription service (full TV seasons and iPhone/iPad streaming for $10/month)
Appsaurus, iPhone app recommender (after entering a few favorites, the recommendations were unusually great)
Fan-made King's Quest remake back from the dead (eight years in the making, Vivendi rescinded their cease-and-desist) [via]
June 28, 2010
iPhone vs. HTC Evo ("I want the one with the bigger GBs"; see the counterpoint)
No Sleep 'Til Fusion (Quinn Norton interviews Famulus, creator of the Kickstarter-funded fusion reactor in Brooklyn)
Laser death cat punishes Team Fortress grinders (the creator added more background in the video description)
The Fab Faux's live cover of side two of Abbey Road (obsessive, note-for-note recreation)
Trip through the Mandelbox (rendered with Mandelbulber; don't get lost)
iOS icons in pure CSS (very impressive; also, iPhone's World Clock in CSS)
They Don't Complain and They Die Quietly (Derek Powazek on death, chaos, and gardening)
Roethlisberger & Jahic's hand-drawn Star Wars Kid animation (the Swiss art duo made 605 framed drawings; see their other YouTube art or buy the shirt)
June 27, 2010
Lazeroids (multiplayer HTML5 Asteroids with Node.js, JQuery, and audio; source here)
Joel Johnson visits John McAfee in Belize (details on his quorum-sensing project, a more neutral take than the Fast Company profile)
Walt Disney World's closed Adventurer's Club recreated in Half-Life 2 (related: the Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror recreations) [via]
David Thorne makes a poster to find Missy the Cat (I'd like to see an interview with all his targets)
Studio Ghibli to make games with Professor Layton team (two of my favorite studios team up on original IP for the DS and PS3; some scans)
June 21, 2010
Smirnoff shuts down Bros Icing Bros ("We had a good run Bros.")
FEED Magazine archives return after nine years offline (love the tributes from the staff, including Steven Johnson, Stefanie Syman, Clay Shirky, and Julian Dibbell) [via]
June 20, 2010
ALT/1977, modern electronics redesigned for the '70s (anachronistic product concepts from people who definitely aren't time travelers)
June 18, 2010
Wolfire's review of OnLive (in short, it really works; even more frictionless than Steam, this feels like the future)
Recreating the RCA Photophone (Russ DeMuth built a machine from scratch to play the obsolete audio format, recorded on 35mm film)
Making of Pixar's Day & Night, the short preceding Toy Story 3 (my new favorite Pixar short, the 3D was used to great effect)
I Dream In Retro (insane videogame mashup based on a real dream)
June 17, 2010
The Daily Show on U.S. presidential promises of energy independence (some great archival footage from the last eight presidents)
Tiny Inventions' Something Left, Something Taken (adorable animated short about the Zodiac Killer, with a detailed look at how it was made) [via]
Stamen wins $400k Knight grant to visualize civic data (they also gave a grant to Cartoonist, Ian Bogost's editorial cartoon game/authoring system)
DotWar (Twitter avatars compete as two armies of tiny soldiers) [via]
June 16, 2010
Real-Life Portal Gun (from Guitar Hero champ Freddie Wong)
NYT Mag on Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing computer (Ken Jennings, you're our only hope)
Freedom Bridge (very short and serious "notgame")
Nitrome's Faultline (Flash game with a clever game mechanic, folding the world)
Harmonix demos the new Fender Squire guitar controller (a real strat that lets you play Rock Band 3 and through an amp simultaneously)
First gameplay videos of Portal 2 (incredibly creative; love the fluid dynamics with the repulsion/propulsion gels)
Stage demo of Rock Band 3 at E3 (in Pro mode, you're effectively playing the real instruments; Pro guitar looks insane) [via]
Lifehacker's guide to silencing vuvuzela horns with an EQ filter (related: @the_vuvuzela on Twitter, Vuvuzela radio, or browse the web like you're at World Cup)
Alex Noriega's Stuff No One Told Me (single-panel illustrations from a Barcelona artist) [via]
Shawn Smith's pixelated sculptures (made with hand-painted plywood rods)
June 15, 2010
Hidden posters of the Notting Hill subway station (sealed off in the late 1950s and kept perfectly intact)
Flash Game Dojo (learning tools from the creators of Flixel and Flashpunk) [via]
OnLive cloud gaming service to launch Thursday with free year of service (limited offer, so sign up quick)
June 12, 2010
McSweeney's list of Great Literature Retitled to Boost Website Traffic ("The 11 Stupidest Things Phonies Do To Ruin The World")
June 11, 2010
Openbook (search public wall posts using Facebook's API; lots of people seem unaware of their settings)
Monica Narula and Joshua Schachter's Guilt Market (part of the Seven on Seven event pairing artists with geeks)
Charles Schultz's Teen Comics (Charlie Brown grown up)
History of the NBC Pipes decorated by Jim Henson in 1964 (Henson explains them in 1980, Jack Parr shows them to Letterman in 1984, and Frank Oz visits them this week) [via]
June 10, 2010
Jason Scott on The Guy in the Get Lamp artwork (I found this very touching)
June 9, 2010
Support call from the Google Pac-Man doodle (this wasn't an isolated problem)
Glee and copyright (everything the actors do on the show would be illegal in real-life, like every cover on YouTube) [via]
June 8, 2010
Slate reveals the story behind the recycled newspaper prop (aside from newspapers, I love their fake product packaging and magazines)
Jordan Bower's portraits of modern Nepalese porters and their t-shirts (from Britney to Cobain)
June 7, 2010
Dr. Demento ends 40 years of radio (switching to online-only after this weekend's broadcast) [via]
U.S. Army intelligence analyst arrested for leaking Wikileaks helicopter video (he outed himself to "homeless hacker" Adrian Lamo, who called the Army)
Visualizing tourists vs. locals on Flickr (the full set of maps) [via]
gdgt's live coverage of the Apple keynote and the new iPhone and iOS 4 (major changes: huge battery upgrade, HD camera, iMovie app, new display, gyroscope, and big OS changes)
June 6, 2010
Bit and Run, "Mario's Ladder" (papercut Mario with a great and terrible secret) [via]
June 4, 2010
Every actor reads the same newspaper (must be a standard newspaper prop; more examples here) [via]
David McCandless visualizes musician revenues online (not surprising that streaming royalties are significantly less than direct sales) [via]
June 3, 2010
California college student suspended for Twitter messages (breaking news from the student newsroom where my mom teaches)
A letter from "Leroy Stick," the person behind @BPGlobalPR ("the best way to get the public to respect your brand? Have a respectable brand.") [via]
Motherboard.tv's short doc on ROFLCon (best coverage I've seen, includes interviews with several meme legends)
Robot Unicorn Attack released for the iPhone (complete with Erasure soundtrack; play the original)
Danny Sullivan on misattribution and lazy reporting in the mainstream press (interesting to see which outlets added the citation after being called out) [via]
June 2, 2010
AI::General (a general-purpose artificial intelligence by Maciej Ceglowski) [via]
moot's TED talk about 4chan culture and online anonymity (the Dusty story shows how even when anonymous, you can still be found)
Time Traveling Finger (help him make the last two episodes)
Ars Technica digs up the details of the P2P indie film lawsuits (at least 14.5k users so far this year, netting an easy $20M in a horrible new revenue model)
June 1, 2010
Jus' Checkin' [via]
Destroy the Web (Firefox extension turns webpages into a playable shoot 'em up)