teh glorious interweb as it got stuck in my camino tabs this past week – the edited version.
consoles and communities
All-Console Avatar Showdown – "Think customizable avatars are a passing fad? Well, you’re only half correct." compares how popular icons like super mario and laura croft render as wii, xbox and ps3 avatars.
Go Home – "So it's been all over the web today – Sony is finally launching a beta test of its virtual community experiment, Home, tomorrow. PS3 owners will be able to download the application and leap into… well, no-one really knows exactly what they'll be leaping into. But it'll be an online world."
Virtual Islam launched by Muxlim.com – "Muxlim.com, the largest online Muslim-oriented site on the web, has launched a virtual world called Muxlim Pal that appears to be at least in part based on other virtual worlds such as Second Life."
Gimme Indie Game: Minotaur China Shop, happiness in shattery – "Set in five separate days over which you can tune and upgrade both the happiest and angriest play styles as you wish, Minotaur lends itself perfectly to experimentation and replay" i agree here, what better way to practice anger management than playing a minotaur in a china shop?
Spore at top of the piracy charts – "Will Wright's evolutionary epic video game – Spore – has been named the most pirated PC game of 2008, according to the TorrentFreak weblog."
10 most overrated games of 2008 – "I think they're the most overrated games of the year for the simple fact that I'm surprised at how well received they were. I wouldn't recommend any of these without a few important caveats." spore, ok, but LittleBigPlanet?
A sneak peek at Daniel Pemberton's LittleBigMusic – "It's no secret that LittleBigPlanet has one of the outright hippest soundtracks in recent memory"
Tortuos Replies – "Hmm, my outburst on torture in WoW last week seems to have reached "life of its own" status."
Torture – "Now while this means that WotLK is not yet torture for me, there is some torture involved. Specifically, this quest. Basically, you have to take some kind of cow poke and zap a prisoner until he talks." i have to say, this torture quest also struck me as odd. but i understand it very much as blizzard humor, and a reference to that famous social psychology study, where students were asked to torture others, not knowing that they were acting their pain.
online video killed the
I Met The Walrus – "Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. This was in the midst of Lennon's "bed-in" phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation."
"Aqua Alta Surfing": St. Mark's Square on a Wakeboard – "Everything happened at the speed of light on Tuesday: just a few minutes after 11 a.m., the high-water mark had reached 1.35 metres, equivalent to a good half metre of water covering St. Mark's Square."
fingers breakdance 2 – "another fingers breakdance video, this time a little more improved… "
schmooze and abuse
Secret Mark Throwing Star Magnets – "These throwing star magnets are perfect for any metallic surface. Post notes on your fridge door, or make your mark wherever you feel outnumbered. Each star has 2 powerful magnets for a strong grip." ninja throwing star fridge magnets, weee. [via neatorama]
Apple’s Apples… Talk About Geek Fruit – "An owner of a Fuji apple orchard printed up custom stickers of iPods and the Apple logo. He then put the stickers on his Fuji apples while they were still young and on the trees." fruity.
WIRED UK – "Next spring brings the launch of WIRED UK, a new stab at providing a "local" WIRED Magazine for God’s own country. This attempt involves the services of Ben Hammersley, whose CV is twice as long as mine or yours and eighteen times as mad. And Ben Hammersley has engaged me as a monthly columnist for WIRED UK, with an editorial mandate of, well, writing about anything I feel like writing about. This will be massive amounts of fun." sweet! well, wrong word, but yaknowwhatamean.
Label The World – "If you want to help me get to labeling everything, please send your own labeling efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org" one of them ideas we wish we had.
Firefox Adds Multitouch Gestures for Macs – "The latest beta version of Mozilla's Firefox browser brings built-in support for the multitouch trackpads on modern Mac notebooks."
Apple Pulls Neo-Nazi Albums From German iTunes Store – "Apple has recently pulled two albums of neo-Nazi sentiment from its German installation of iTunes after being informed by technology publication Computerbild of the offensive content."
Pac-Man Snow Ghosts on Mailboxes – "Maybe it wasn’t intended, but those ghosts sure looks familiar – don’t you think?"
Would the internet have stopped Hitler? – "Who knows, if the internet had existed at the time, perhaps Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded – ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day," yay for optimism.
Bonfort Classic Swiss Army Knife – "The Swiss Army knife has been around for more than a century, and for all its utilitarian virtues, the trusty old Boy Scout standby was due for an upgrade. Hence the deluxe Bonfort edition. Coated in 18-karat yellow gold and studded with 72 eye-popping diamonds" ffs. this is stupid.
French Vogue 2009 Calendar – "There is absolutely no excuse to avoid picking up The December/January issue of French Vogue. Inside the issue is the most brilliant insert of a 2009 pin-up calender shot by Terry Richardson and styled by Carine Roitfeld."
Whoops – "The problem with texting (and Twittering, and all that other random communication stuff) is that sometimes you're not paying close enough attention."
Genetic Programming: Evolution of Mona Lisa – "Could you paint a replica of the Mona Lisa using only 50 semi transparent polygons?"
bento#14 Katamari Damacy – "Most my bento have been Studio Ghibli themed since I started making bento, and I wanted to make something different."