Speed Run

Metroid Prime, 100% complete in 1:37. The videos are definitely something. While I won’t go as far as to pretentiously call it a sort of digital “performance art”, I will say that they are strangely fascinating. There’s a certain pleasure in seeing something executed so flawlessly and so expertly. The best comparison I can think of is rally racing. In my opinion, watching a driver perfectly weave and slide through a challenging stage is far more enjoyable than watching a lap of the more directly competitive Formula One. Same idea.

Available for download: Winamp 5 beta 2 (Winamp 2 + Winamp 3 = Winamp 5). Haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t comment about its quality. Will try to later. As an aside, if you want a good audio player for Windows, without having to bother with those attrocious “skins”, try foobar2000.

Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control. The whole book is available for online reading.

Out of Control is a summary of what we know about self-sustaining systems, both living ones such as a tropical wetland, or an artificial one, such as a computer simulation of our planet. The last chapter of the book, “The Nine Laws of God,” is a distillation of the nine common principles that all life-like systems share.

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