Some Reading Material for You

I’m a little on the busy side today, so may I suggest:

  • Hoplit
    Nicholas Kerkhoff’s blog, which comes complete with a story on the front page with an opening that caught my attention:

    The  one
    thing I could always do
    the one talent I could always fall back
    on, ever
    since I discovered it at nine years old with
    a half-rack of Schlitz in my grandfather’s
    was that I could drink like a son-of-a-bitch.

  • Quentin Taratino loves Harold and Kumar!
    Of course, this means that he’s going to copy it now.

  • The 20 By 20 Room
    A weblog devoted to role-playing games. I think my old writing buddy from Golden Words, Rob “King Floyd” MacDougall, has something to do with this.

  • “The corporate whistle-blower lesbian impregnating hang your head in shame movie of the year”
    In spite of referring to Spike Lee’s new movie, She Hate Me, using the phrase above, the critic says it’s bad. Unfortunately, this story is behind a paid registration wall. Check out the reviews for the movie: it’s being universally panned (it got 2,.8 stars on IMDB; even Freddy vs. Jason, which made me want to stab out my own eyes with a butter knife, did better). First the kerfuffle over the name of Spike TV, now this: when did Spike completely lose his mind?

  • Manifesto for the Reputation Society
    A rather academic First Monday paper on what is essentially Whuffie: “By leveraging our limited and local human judgement power with
    collective networked filtering, it is possible to promote an
    interconnected ecology of socially beneficial reputation systems — to
    restrain the baser side of human nature, while unleashing positive
    social changes and enabling the realization of ever higher goals.”

  • Yet another Achewood comic that is a suitable metaphor for life
    For an innocent 5-year old plush otter, Philippe is having a pretty traumatic childhood. He really needs to get the hang of wabi-sabi, and Teodor really needs to learn how to make a half-decent looking Mickey Mouse pancake.

  • Keep or Skip
    Okay, this really isn’t reading material. It is, however, a game for
    Mac OS X written as part of a challenge on to make a
    game with no visual interface whatsoever.

    Keep or Skip uses your iTunes library as source material. It chooses a
    song at random and takes a sample of that song. It then cuts that
    sample into two or more pieces and plays those pieces in random order.
    Your job: state the correct order of those pieces!

    Keep or Skip uses the built-in speech system to prompt you with
    instructions and read the names of the song it’s about to play at you.
    The game works best if you have a sizable iTunes collection and if most
    of your songs have lyrics and aren’t full of long, repretitive
    sections. This game is great for rock, pop, folk and country tunes; I
    suspect that an iTunes library full of nothing but Phillip Glass would
    make this game a nightmare.

    Come to think of it, an iTunes library full of Phillip Glass tunes is a nightmare, game or no.

3 replies on “Some Reading Material for You”

Hey, there might be someone reading your blog who likes accordions AND Philip Glass, y’know!
(Hmmm . . . musing on the idea of Glass composing for the accordion . . . cool . . . .)
— Bruce A.

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