Any Infected Mushroom cognoscenti around? I'm wondering about the track containing the Volcano sample "There are at least 1500 active volcanoes that we know about.. and at least one.. that we don't" - what are the opening samples from? (And what are they saying? =:) Here's the track in question, apparently one of their unreleased noodlings; and another, just for the fun of it - a particular favorite, Deepongi.
So, apparently there's going to be a World of Warcraft movie in 2009. 'Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull described the movie as "big," with a budget of over $100 million. "We're not gonna make some cheesy little.. I don't even know what a good example is," he said. Shouts of "Doom" erupted from the crowd. "I'm not gonna give any examples," Tull said after a laugh.'
The Little Mermaid was never quite like this, from the Looking For Group comic..
I can think of a few furs I know who might find this entry on the nature of platformers, 2D, and 3D worth a read. It's a thoughtful musing: 'For one thing, I do not think the platform game was meant to work in 3D. Ever. The essence of the platformer is the simplicity of its graphics and controls, and the allowance through that for a precision that 3D platformers lack. That precision in general is in fact an advantage lost to 3D; with sprites, a truly skilled gamer can time and align moves to the literal pixel. It's unrealistic - a "digital" approach to gaming, not an attempt to emulate the analogue feel of the physical world - but no one said gaming environments had to be realistic.'
I suppose it was inevitable.. a native NES emulator for the iPhone. =:D It's still under development, so there's no sound, and they're working on the control side of things, currently implemented as a touch version of an original controller. But it works!
The ultimate in iPod theft prevention. =:) I want to see someone make it for real, and leave it on a peg in an Apple Store..
Are you sleeping too well? Try The Smile, an Israeli student short about a casual visit for some coffee. Chris Cunningham would be so proud.
I don't generally follow 2's rantings, but this one is a delightful polemic. No, not at all worksafe, except perhaps in New York.
The official iPhone paperclip. =:D (Scroll down a bit to HydraMac's second posting for the perfect coda)
foofers might enjoy thrifthorror, a community dedicated to the *cough* gems of thrift stores. I particularly like the clown macrame; or there's a book someone found, Final Exam, published in 1991.. be sure to look closely. And I'd love this hat.. =:D
Nice to see some lack of hysteria - "A German court has refused to order ISPs to hand over user details to the music industry. The incident is not the first in Germany, and follows the opinion of a European Court of Justice Advocate-General backing the stance." "If European authorities begin to refuse to order the hand over of subscriber details in civil cases it will severely hamper the music industry's attempts to take civil action against file sharers. In most European countries, including the UK, copyright infringement is only a criminal offence when conducted on a commercial scale. Most individual file-sharing would be unlikely to count as a criminal offence."
Could be worth keeping an eye on: Amazon's launching a payments system, and Google's on board. Even small amounts are catered for: "FPS also handles micro-payments (via Amazon Payment accounts), letting sellers collect payments as small as a single cent. For any payment under five cents, Amazon takes a 20 per cent cut, with a minimum fee of one quarter of one cent." Could be ideal for webcomics, for example.
If you're using a cellphone in the EU outside the provider's home turf, new caps on roaming fees now apply: "Mobile network operators in Europe had until July 30 to offer the new Eurotariff to their customers, and they've got until the August 30 to activate it, but many operators have decided to offer rates even lower than the 0.49€ outgoing 0.24€ incoming maximum allowed under the new rules."
ducktapeddonkey spotted this neat clip of Für Elise being played on two guitars. By one person. =:D His FF Chocobo Theme is rather cool, too.