The murmur of the snarkmatrix…

August § The Common Test / 2016-02-16 21:04:46
Robin § Unforgotten / 2016-01-08 21:19:16
MsFitNZ § Towards A Theory of Secondary Literacy / 2015-11-03 21:23:21
Jon Schultz § Bless the toolmakers / 2015-05-04 18:39:56
Jon Schultz § Bless the toolmakers / 2015-05-04 16:32:50
Matt § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-05 01:49:12
Greg Linch § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 18:05:52
Robin § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 05:11:02
P. Renaud § A leaky rocketship / 2014-11-04 04:13:09
Jay H § Matching cuts / 2014-10-02 02:41:13

Where is the Xbox's Pauline Kael?

Terra Nova is with me: There’s not enough video game criticism.

This last graf is interesting, if convoluted:

But it’s an interesting cart-and-horse problem. Do you get a compelling and widespread form of mainstream games criticism only when the demographic of a national population that plays games becomes less isolated, or could the commitment of journalistic resources to developing a games criticism that matches the breadth, relative depth or resource base of film criticism help to write games more visibly into national narratives of popular culture, in line with their economic significance?

I recall someone telling me recently — who was it? — that film writing began a lot earlier than we generally realize. Even back in the silent film era, in the earliest part of this century, people were publishing little newsletters with film synopses and recommendations.

And I guess that’s about equivalent to the video game journalism we have today… jeez, are we only in the silent film era of video games? Is that heartening or scary?

If Halo 2 is like The Jazz Singer, what’s the video game Citizen Kane going to be like? Or Star Wars? Dang!

*Note the absence of quote marks or italics around any of the movie or video game titles. I’ve decided I’m done with that junk. It’s all plain capitalization from here on out. I know you were wondering.


I'd Hug Dat

This is the kind of sharp focus and fun utility that all blogs (except, of course, this one) should aspire to:

TreeHugger is the definitive modern-yet-green lifestyle filter. It will help you improve your course, yet still maintain your aesthetic.

So basically it’s a blog of stuff that is both a) environmentally responsible, and b) cool. And if you think that is a product category limited to recycled coasters and hemp necklaces, then you must click the above link immediately.

(P.S. Hemp necklaces are not cool. Dork.)

I love TreeHugger’s unabashedly commercial sensibility: “Consumers also rely on the directory to help facilitate their buying processes.” And they have helpful categories for gifts under $100, gifts under $50, etc.

Anyway, it rules, so bookmark it or RSS-ify it or do whatever you gotta do to keep in sync with the eco-sleekness.


What To Do Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Step 1. Make sure you own an iPod (or iPod-like device) and iTunes.

Step 2. Download iPodder.

Step 3. Subscribe to podcast-enabled feeds. Actually, skip straight to the good stuff: Snarkpal Minus Kelvin‘s Music Blog.

Step 4. Let iPodder sync while you sleep. It downloads the e-funk straight to your iPod.

Step 5. Dance… dance… dance!


Googlezon Lives


Matt and I had planned to build a full-blown website around a souped-up version of our Googlezon presentation (you know, the one that masquerades as a transmission from the Museum of Media History circa 2014).

Buuut it didn’t look like that was going to happen anytime soon, so we decided to just go ahead and release our eight-minute Flash opus into the world.

Not ideal, as it’s basically without context and therefore somewhat weird, but hey! Let’s see how it fares in the howling chaos of the web.

Here it is: the Googly future of news. (Note: updated link… file has moved as EPIC madness washes over the Internet in a great flood of dread and wonder.)

Watch it spread on Technorati.


An End to Objecto-droids

Max Linsky, a Poynter fellow from last summer, has a great piece about journalism and bias up at the Weekly Planet website:

Let me get a few things out on the table before we start:

1. I wanted Kerry to win. Badly.

2. I am a journalist.

3. I have been a journalist for a month.

4. I couldn’t tell anyone about #1 because of #2, and I don’t know why because of #3.

Read on — it’s sharply composed.

He wraps up with a smart point that I think not enough people have been making re: journalism and bias: False objectivity is dehumanizing. And people don’t like to talk to non-humans. They’d much rather have a normal conversation with a normal person with normal beliefs. So I think there’s a real journalistic benefit to being straight with people — and hey, if being straight means you can’t do your job, then maybe you should get a new one. How ’bout that!

(Link via the hip, happenin’


Walk of Electoral Shame

In honor of the recently hott, and in final comment on the Great ‘Lection of 2004, I submit “The Morning After”:

The Country is bound for one LONG walk of shame. America, the once beautiful, is slowly making its way back to its apartment, still wearing last night’s clothes. The country has sex hair, and can taste its own breath.

Parental advisory — exteme lyrics, visceral imagery, rank partisanship, &c.

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Arrrr! There's a Bounty on This Software!


Ransom is a software publishing model where the rights to the source code remain restricted until a set amount of money is collected or a set date passes, at which point the code is automatically freed under an OSI/FSF-approved license.

(Red Ferret for President.)


My Name Suggestion: 'Da Internet Boyz'

The New York Times this morning has a story about the successful emo/electronica project called Postal Service and their relationship with… the United States Postal Service.

The legend of the project, recounted in this story, is that Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard sent tracks back and forth in the mail to make the album. Thus the name. Huge commercial success ensues.

But then apparently the USPS was like, “Yo dudes, you can’t just call yourselves Postal Service, ’cause that’s us” and Tamborello/Gibbard were like, “But we will use our indie mojo to promote the USPS,” and everything was settled.

But hold on: They sent tracks back and forth in the mail? Haven’t these dudes ever heard of a certain global web of interconnected computers? This just makes no sense:

[Tamborello] noted that the regular mail is inexpensive and easy to use, and that packages containing their working discs arrived in a couple of days, a comfortable margin for their unhurried schedule – although when finishing the album, they did use Federal Express a couple of times.

“Just to get it back and forth as quick as possible,” he said. “It saved a day.”

Yeah, you know what’s even faster than FedEx? THE INTERNET.

I mean, Postal Service’s skittery beats and mellow tones were clearly engineered on Tamborello’s Powerbook… are you telling me he couldn’t just download an FTP program and get wit’ the 21st century? AIM file transfer, anyone?

Anyway, whatever. It’s weird. I’m going to go buy some donuts now.




Enough electoral maps! Go look at some cool concept cars designed by teenagers!


Sad, Beautiful Map