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Guru of Gangstarr Dies, Writes Letter To Supporters

“I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease.” He was 43. I’ll play Above the Clouds tonight for him. RIP. (via Funkaoshi)

This Is Apple's Next iPhone

Gizmodo says that phone found in a bar is a real next-gen iPhone. Features: front-facing camera, flash on the main camera, better screen. Different style (less curved) and different material for the back.

Weighing the Evidence on Exercise

Recent research into exercise and weight loss indicates less strenuous workouts may be preferable. “If you want to lose weight, you don’t necessarily have to go for a long run. “Just get rid of your chair.”” (Via MeFi)

Tintin Versus Predator.

Testing the Kobo eReader

The Post reviews the Kobo, the Indigo/Borders backed eReader (via I’ll iPhone You)

Video games can never be art

Ebert trolls the video game crowd again, responding to a TED talk from a designer. She cites Waco Resurrection, Braid and Fl0wer as examples of games as art, which Ebert dismisses as “pathetic” – without playing them, of course. Which is like being a film critic who doesn’t actually watch films.

A legal high catches U.K. authorities by surprise

Mephedrone suddenly became the 4th most used drug in the UK. It’s illegal as of tomorrow.

Shoot Em Up Spot

Say, I made this promo that I like. You may like it too, if you like shooting. The movie airs tomorrow night on Space.

Lost Season Six, Episode Twelve "Everybody Loves Hugo"

I got in a heated conversation with a fella at work (whose opinions I generally respect) about the Ilana detonation scene. I loved it; Juice and I reacted viscerally, and then laughed. My co-worker hated it – thought it was cheap, saw it coming, they had done it before, etc. etc. I took more of an issue with some clunky dialogue – “I guess that explains The Whispers” or whatever – and how rushed Hugo’s acceptance of the alternaverse seemed toward the end. But I loved other moments, including pretty much everything with fake Locke and Desmond, in both worlds.

The episode moved the plot ahead nicely. The remaining candidates are now in Locke’s camp, ready to be tempted. There wasn’t a whole lot of food for thought, though; there were only two things worth marinatin’ on for a minute. One, the kid appeared again, the one that cropped up in The Substitute, when he appeared to Locke and Sawyer, telling Locke “you know the rules, you can’t kill him.” This time he appears to have dark hair. Why does the boy have a different colour of hair now? Who is he? Smart money’s on Jacob or the MIB, though as reincarnation or ghost, I don’t know.

The other thing that seemed to merit some reflection was the final scene, in which alterna-Des alterna-runs over alterna-Locke. It does indeed seem that Widmore had more detailed instructions for him than we got to see last week. But is he trying to kill Locke (as I thought) or trying to give him a near-death experience (as Noel Murray at the AV Club thought )? Or is he trying to force an encounter between Jack and Locke, when Locke goes in to the hospital? One thing’s for sure: heavy alternaverse shit is going to go down at what we must assume is alternaverse LA’s only hospital, as Claire, Sun and Jin, Jack and now Locke (with Ben accompaniment?) are all going to be there. Will Aaron be born? Will Jack save Locke’s life? etc. etc.

Speaking of Aaron, here’s some speculation I was working on before this episode: why is the Man in Black as yet nameless? It’s starting to get awkward. Things are often left out in Lost because the writers are saving them for a big reveal. So, perhaps there is something dramatic about his name. Two theories: 1. he and Jacob are the same person, 2. his name is Aaron (or someone else we have already met).

The Aaron theory holds up well when you consider the conversation MIB has with Kate about his mother earlier in the season – he could be talking about Claire, or Kate, or someone else (we don’t know yet who raises Aaron). I’m not sure however that a) all the details really make sense and b) the writers want to go back to time travel paradox loop territory. I personally hope they do, I loved season 5.

Visitations: A Musical Tribute to Doctor Who

alter ego Snake Eyes has a track on this.

Treats for the Attentive Pedestrian or Insect


The little people of Slinkachu and the chewing gum art of Ben Wilson. (via MeFi)

The Single Most Ridiculous Movie Premise Ever Made

Tiptoes, a 2003 drama(!) in which Gary Oldman plays Matthew McConaughey’s midget twin brother. Watch the trailer. (Also note that this junk went to Sundance.)

Historic ‘Blockbuster’ Store Offers Glimpse Of How Movies Were Rented In The Past

“an archaic system called ‘renting’.” Genius. I’ve felt like this in HMV, too.

Whedon to head 'Avengers'

that’s certainly good news. My experience with reading some Whedon X-Men comics is that his voice isn’t as pronounced in them as it is in, you know, Buffy and Firefly. But, still.

Twitter Has a Plan to Make Money With Ads

the sad part of when a company starts ‘monetizing’ is that all the minds that had been working on making a thing great for users suddenly turn around and start thinking about how to make it less great for users.

Apple releases new MacBook Pros

but the 13″ doesn’t get the i5, it’s still stuck with lousy Core 2 Duos. Pity the little ShrimpBook.

Every Black Hole Contains Another Universe?

And our universe may sit in another universe’s black hole, equations predict.

Panasonic announces Micro Four-Thirds camcorder

the AF100, not yet available (“end of 2010”), but a significant step. Better bit rate than the GH1 etc., pro audio in, time code, two SD card slots. Aimed at prosumers I guess. I’m very curious about pricing.

William Gibson on brand details in his latest books

the secret history in little details. In this case, George Bush’s raincoat.

Wealth And Inequality In America

As bad now as it was in the twenties. Canada’s not much better.

xkcd's Hell

New in iPhone OS 4: The Full App-by-App Breakdown

Wonder when the hardware announcements are going to happen

Twitter for iPhone

Twitter buys Tweetie.

The 2010 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest

One of them is a Korean War memorial. I’m not even sure which reality I’m in right now.

Imaginary time

“If we imagine “regular time” as a horizontal line running between “past” in one direction and “future” in the other, then imaginary time would run perpendicular to this line”