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October 31, 2011
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Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (history of L.A. in film, made almost entirely from existing film footage) [via]
October 28, 2011
Christian Marclay's Telephones (the grandaddy of supercuts from 1995 is finally back online)
Codify, game editor for the iPad (sadly, there's no way to share your games and it's unlikely Apple will approve one)
How Caitlin Curran lost her job over Occupy Wall Street (you may have seen her very clever sign) [via]
October 27, 2011
When I Do This, I Imagine I'm Doing This... (Canvas gets imaginative)
Hyperbole and a Half's Adventures in Depression (I guess that explains why she hasn't posted in five months)
PataNoir (fascinating "surreal noir" interactive fiction where every metaphor becomes real) [via]
Shape Type (from the creator of Kern Type, a game of letterform design; I got 72/100) (Alexander Chen's lovely interactive visualization of Bach's Cello Suites, Prelude 1)
Vimeo vs. Indie Game Developers (Brandon Boyer digs into Vimeo's frustrating anti-game policy)
October 26, 2011
Richard Stallman's list of requests when speaking (includes preferences for room temperature, egg yolks, folk dances, and why not to buy him a parrot; I find this man fascinating)
Melissa Gira Grant on early camgirl culture (camgirls aren't gone, they just moved to Stickam)
Class-action Yelp lawsuits dismissed (as suspected, another judge found that the claims of extortion were unfounded)
Oakland police throw flash grenade into crowd helping injured protestor (the protestor, an Iraq veteran, is in critical condition with a skull fracture)
PROTECT IP Act Breaks the Internet (produced by Kirby Ferguson from Everything Is A Remix; please write to Congress to stop this awful bill)
John Hodgman is The Deranged Millionaire (quite likely the best book trailer ever)
October 25, 2011
Nest (gorgeous learning thermostat created by leaders of the iPod design team)
Siri Meets Eliza (Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner brings two eras of natural-language processing together)
A Game About Game Literacy (more of a brutally hard platformer than a metagame, but well made)
RIP John McCarthy, AI pioneer (he coined "artificial intelligence," and invented Lisp and garbage collection; The Robot and The Baby from 2001 is worth reading)
Analysis of the Steve Jobs tribute messages (some stats pulled from the 10,975 messages from fans and friends) [via]
October 22, 2011
Teaser for Next Restaurant's Childhood menu (Grant Achatz was interviewed about the concept and creative menu) [via]
October 21, 2011
Occupy the Internet (try it on Goldman Sachs)
Mourning the death of Google Reader's social features (and again, only a week's notice to save everything? really?)
October 20, 2011
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon at Wembley Empire Pool, 1974 (immaculate fan-remastered BBC broadcast, download the album)
Google redesigning Reader, removing existing social features next week (are shared linkblogs and all shared/starred posts really getting deleted with only a week's notice?)
October 19, 2011
Adobe's official post on the Photoshop deblur tech demo (much clearer images than the bootleg video of the live demo)
2012 IGF Pirate Kart (bundling together 300+ indie games too small to warrant the $95 IGF entry fee) [via]
Google Books' WebGL Bookcase (Aaron Koblin wrote about it; try hitting "H" for the control panel) [via]
Take This Lollipop (incredibly creepy use of the Facebook API; Jenna Wortham interviews the creator)
October 18, 2011
Killing the Abraham (Caterina Fake on how founders propagate culture in their own image)
Jotly ("Like ducks? Jotly will show you big and little ducks!") [via]
Dan Bruno designed his first game at age 5 (Backgammon II, a racing game with WEPONS)
German theater group stages live-action, point-and-click adventure games (audience tries to solve puzzles with real actors in a scene; related: Action Castle) [via]
SocialFlow's analysis of the spread of the #OccupyWallStreet hashtag (see also: their analysis of how trending topics work, using OWS as an example) [via]
Generation X Doesn't Want to Hear It ("Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone.") [via]
140bytes Music SoftSynth (takes an argument and synthesizes 30 seconds of audio in only 138 bytes) [via]
Void Gaze, Nullsleep's interactive fiction meets animated GIFs (also worth trying: maybe make some change, Aaron Reed's IF based on the sport killings of Afghan civilians) [via]
Chris Poole's talk on online identity and self-expression ("Google and Facebook would have you believe that you're a mirror ... but we're more like diamonds.") [via]
October 17, 2011
The Billboard Wayback Machine (neat visualization built on the community-powered Whitburn project)
Adrian Holovaty's YouTube-powered insult generator (467 people don't understand regular expressions)
October 12, 2011
Easter eggs in Siri (sex, drugs, and the meaning of life)
Matt Taibbi suggests concrete demands for Occupy Wall Street protestors (related: charts explain why they have reason to be angry)
October 11, 2011
Blackboards in Porn (grading the nonsense written on mostly safe-for-work classroom scenery)
Vanity Fair's The Woman Who Knew Too Much (the same power struggle fueling the Occupy protests)
Ira Glass Sex Tape (pitch perfect parody, I'm not sure most listeners would notice until the 4-minute mark)
Bret Victor's Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction (must-read piece on interactive infovis, with a playful header)
Echo Nest's Brian Whitman on music resolution issues in Facebook ("I cannot think of a worse fate: hearing something worse than John Mayer when you have to click on a link that says John Mayer.")
Justin Hall's GameLayers postmortem (emotional, thoughtful look at the failure of PMOG and The Nethernet, his browser-based MMO)
Make Pixel Art (Ben Brown and Katie Spence's awesome new pixel editor with built-in sharing)
Internet Story (a year old, but new to me) [via]
Kickstarter hits one million backers (at a current rate of $100M pledged per year; by comparison, the NEA's budget is $154M)
October 10, 2011
Watsky's "Amazing Grace" at #OccupyLA ("the waves of grain on the stolen land, theft is as American as a Cola can")
October 9, 2011
The Wub Machine (instant dubstep remixes, just add Echo Nest)
October 8, 2011
Plink, a multiplayer audio experiment built with Node and Web Audio (see also: ToneCraft, by the same creator)
October 7, 2011
Photojojo/Jelly founder Amit Gupta's search for a bone marrow donor (if you're of South Asian descent, please get swabbed; Seth Godin's giving $10k to whoever donates)
October 6, 2011
Jason Kottke's roundup of Steve Jobs memories (I also liked this simple musical tribute)
Olson timezone database shut down over IP case (the volunteer-run open-source project is the definitive source for global tz info)
Steven Levy's Wired obituary for Steve Jobs (the best I've read)
Apple's "Think Different" ad narrated by Steve Jobs (amazingly, I'd never heard this version)
Brian Lam's Regrets of An Asshole (on the former Gizmodo editor's contentious and regretful relationship with Steve Jobs)
October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs (1955-2011) (here's to the crazy ones)
The Play (clever hyperlinked interactive fiction built with the Undum framework)
October 4, 2011
Leigh Alexander on the rapture of Ian Bogost's Cow Clicker (a biting satire of Facebook games became frustratingly popular for its creator)
Ghostery (browser add-on auto-blocks sketchy ad trackers, web bugs, and other includes)
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion recreated in Minecraft (inspired use of custom textures and pistons in part two; see the rest of his recreations)
October 3, 2011
Analog vinyl sampling (laser-cutting records and taping pieces together to create new music) [via]
2011 Interactive Fiction Comp entries released (almost all of them playable online)
Experimental one-line algorithmic music (try making your own! this one is lovely) [via]