the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2008

Auteurs and Brainbenders

By way of Simon comes an announcement for a new DS game. It’s a game that features a real-world Doctor as its front-and-centre personality and it’s a game that features the word “Brainbenders” in its title. Normally this would be enough to dismiss it outright as yet another clone of the successful “Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training” series. In this case, though, my interest has been piqued simply because of who the title’s Doctor is: Reiner Knizia. If you play modern…

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Tumblr

With my growing ambition to extend myself to every corner of the internet, I have created a tumble log. I’ve been aware of Tumblr since it launched but never really considered it useful at the time. I already had a weblog. I already used del.icio.us. What did Tumblr do that I already didn’t have done? Then I had a revelation. Tumblr fills that little tiny niche that exists between a so-called “proper” weblog and a linklog like del.icio.us. It’s great…

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Burnout Paradise Review

Playing Burnout Paradise reminds me a lot of Sundays in the winter outdoors with friends when I was ten. Three friends would go out on a snowy Sunday and we’d spend hours outside — around the block, in the woods, by the sports fields, at the plaza — doing nothing and everything. We’d pick up snowballs and throw them at signs, seeing who could hit it dead on from the farthest distance. We’d get a toboggan and challenge each other…

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Interface Trap

One of my biggest user interface peeves is the use of loading interstitials that don’t leave the user a means of escape. This is prevalent in a lot of Flash and AJAX sites that tend to load a lot of external data. You click on a button or link, everything deactivates while the word “loading”, or some equivalent, is shown on the screen and once the application loads what it needs it reactivates the buttons and does its thing. The…

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Comparing Matchmaking on XBox Live

As it relates to Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3. I’ve spent a day with Call of Duty 4‘s online multiplayer. Literally. My total multiplayer time has surpassed 24 hours (over 35 now). That’s a hell of a lot of time. Enough to say that I’m experienced enough to opine about its online nuances. Details, having little to do with the actual gameplay, that influence how I feel about this game. The more I play it the more I…

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Legion of Rock Stars

YouTube is a treasure trove of cover artists, remixers, parodies, mash-ups and everything else. On occasion you might hit the jack-pot and find a hidden gem amidst all the usual quality content. Something that transcends bad. Legion of rock stars, as can be found in fibbocs video channel, is one such stand-out. It’s a “cover band” that does such lousy job with the source material that it becomes oddly hilarious. And it’s a mother lode: there’s 178 of these videos.…

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Best Picture Nominees

Before the Christmas break I resolved to see all the Golden Globe nominees for “Best Dramatic Picture” so that, for once in my life, I can be fully qualified to judge. It doesn’t matter that the Golden Globes ceremony isn’t going to happen. It’s better that way. I like the awards but not the self-congratulatory bullshit and overwrought speeches. Those are not needed to celebrate what has been a good year in film. I notched the last of the nominees,…

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Two Tips for New Bloggers

A couple of weeks ago Wired wrote about the 10th anniversary of “weblog“. I’d be remiss to not mention that yesterday, December 31st 2007, was the eighth anniversary of, in its many incarnations, this weblog. My Blogger profile, where it all started, says December 1999. That’s a long time. 80% of the life of “weblog”. I still have those first few posts archived somewhere, on some long buried CD, but everything else after February 2000 is out there if you…

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