the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Four Brief Words

Amusing. Useful. Interesting. Cool. This Matrix piracy article has a weird juxtaposition. First they talk about the movie being routinely downloaded and pirated, and how digital piracy could become “debilitating” for the industry; then they add that despite the piracy, the movie made $363.5m at the box office worldwide so far. Only 363.5 million? What a menace those pirates are! The two rounds of extra downloadable content for MechAssault have made the multiplayer aspect of the game that much better.…

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Puttering away

Feeling nostalgic, I was browsing through my old, old referer lists. It was early 2000, and this whole blog thing was just a steadily growing, but mostly “underground”, fad. Back then, you could count all the “blog” mentions in the mainstream press with a single hand. It was an idyllic free-spending time, when Slashdot and Metafilter were ad-free and the concept of subscription based content was far fetched. Now it’s unavoidable. The referers were a mish-mash of memories, with names…

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dot not renewed

Things are uneventful and boring. No poorly written commentary and no long personal stories, just a bunch of links: We are on the verge of creating real life Spider-Men. Science is grand. PaperRad is, um, rad. Understanding the Psychology of Programming (it involves lots of Coca-Cola). And, finally, I find this useful, so someone else might too: Content Management Design. I’m letting the domain 20twelve.net die a quiet death. There’s no point in renewing it if I’m never going to…

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Damned Dirty Neophytes

GameTab is yet another game review aggregator. The stand-out for GameTab is their news aggregator: news.gametab.com. While its claim of being the “Google News for Gamers” is vastly premature (in a lot of ways), it is, nonetheless, an good idea and a solid start. Game related news has been seriously lacking something like this. Now if only they could provide syndication… It’s slightly old news, but Google News now comes in a localized Canadian flavour. According to Starship Dimensions, an…

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The filterverse

Hey, look: there’s a gamesfilter now! Found through Metafilter’s etc page. Looks like this filterverse is getting crowded. A++++ SUPER nice ebay feedback. Disregard the Coca-Cola advertisement aspect of it, but I made a movie. It’s a tragic tale.

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Con-play

Space is being out-spaced by TVO. While Space is showing such masterful sci-fi movies like ThrillKill and Ghost in the Machine, TVO is showing The Day The Earth Stood Still and the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner. Maybe I’m wrong, but Space seems to be in a state of decline. They used to have a lot of good shows and movies, but lately it seems like a whole slew of B-movies and extra-super-lousy shows. Not letting that media crazed bug…

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May Day

I was going to write something — on two occassions — but once again I was denied by Rogers. The connection went down on Monday night. In a few sporadic moments of connectivity, I found that there was scheduled maintenance that night. Fine, I’ll accept that. The problem is: the connection continued to be as sporadic as Hale-Bopp through to today. That is definitely not fine. Now that I’m finally back online again, I can’t remember what I was going…

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Let’s review

I mentioned my first round picks here, but they can also be found at Sportsfilter with short explanations (my reasoning was lacking here). Sens in 5: perfect. Devils in 5: perfect. Stars in 5: took them six games, so half-right; ‘Nucks in 6: they won in 7, half-right again; Caps in 6: even though they went ahead 2-0, they blew it; Wings in 7; Avs in 6: way off; Leafs in 7: well, it did go to a game seven.…

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When Things Just Work

This is probably going to make the rounds many, many times across this interweb, but it definitely deserves it: Honda Accord ad 300k, 100k. Quite simply the coolest advertisement I have seen in ages. Wow. More info here.

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The Sacred Ratio

With every fast-food combo, there exists a sacred unwritten rule: the golden ratio. You know what I mean. It is that holy balance between burger and fries. For every bite of the burger, let’s call it X, you eat Y number of fries. The goal, of course, is to be left with a bite-sized piece of the burger and no more than five fries. The purpose? To end it all, burger and fries, with one final bite. This ratio between…

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FFXI Beta

I don’t like MMORPGs, but I’d be willing to give this series a try: Final Fantasy XI Public Beta Application. Al-Sahaf: the modern day Black Knight. Ignoring the StyleBoost *ahem* conceptual derivation, creatiu is a good design link resource, even if it is in Spanish.

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The News… twelve years ago

CablePulse 24, the local information wankfest of a channel, fills its extreme late night slot with Rewind, a replay of a select news broadcast from the station’s history. It was interesting today because they chose February 15, 1991 during the early days of the first Gulf War. On that day, Saddam’s new peace proposal was the major news. Most of the Western leaders — Bush, Major, Mulroney — rejected the proposal. The weather was also the big talk, with a…

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03 distress signal

Watch out for that whiplash. At 4am, certain songs can get you from zero to depression in about two seconds. When hit hard, a varied mp3 collection is key. Counter the sad song with a menacingly evil track; respond to the happy song (which depresses more than the sad one) with some angry, broken beats; strike back at the cheesy 80s new wave with lurking dark ambience. Balance is the key. Lately, I have been on a video game music…

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