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The Technium: A Different Beauty For Space

“Streamlining makes no sense in space, nor does compact packing. Instead, ease of assembly, modularity, and maximum surface area count.”

Reaction to Game of Thrones S01E09

Warning! Big spoiler if you haven’t seen the episode.

What a show, man. Those of us who like genre fare but also great storytelling have this conundrum, where something moves from “good for fantasy / scifi / anime / whatever” to “just plain good”. I would say Game of Thrones passed that point about half way through the season, but really, it was there all along, but had to spend the first half putting pieces on the board and getting them into position.

Only now am I noticing that one of the main men on this show, David Benioff, wrote The 25th Hour. Okay he also wrote Troy and Wolverine, so there ya go.

E3 rundown

Here’s an encyclopedic, bitter and hilarious summary of all that E3 had to show this year. I am looking forward to Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, and Bastion. Yeah, I suppose the latest Jenova Chen game and probably Dark Souls (although I haven’t finished its predecessor, even though I liked it).

As for the hardware? I want very much to like the PS Vita, but after what I wrote here, you’ll understand if I’m not too optimistic about its chances. And the new Nintendo Wii U? Looks pretty great, I guess. I mean, it could be. I don’t know. They are so vague with the details that it’s hard to really know, doncha think? At least it’s a reasonably new idea. I know there are no new ideas, but that’s especially true of the video game industry.

The shit going down in Apple land seems a lot more interesting, and a lot of that wasn’t super-new (Lion’s features had already been promoted, and a lot of the iOS improvements are “inspired by” competing mobile OSes). iCloud seems to have an awful lot of small print, so I am waiting for it to get closer so we can resolve its details. But still. Cord-free syncing? I’d punch a Wii U in the face to get that TODAY.

internet k-hole

Bottomless well of awesome photos from the 70s and 80s

Duplass brothers look to put a 'Pitchfork' in it

“it’s a dramatic thriller about the middle-aged mother of an indie rocker who, after her son is killed in a car accident, seeks vengeance on an online blogger who had peddled snark about her son (on the music site Pitchfork…) Things take a turn, though, when she finds out the snarker is just a teenager”

Apple – Apple Events – Apple Special Event June 2011

Keynote is online. Interesting stuff. Some great and necessary improvements to iOS incl. wireless syncing, great price for Lion ($30), and of course iCloud. Which seems to be what everyone wanted, although the details are a little confusing.

Hollywood Starts to Worry as 3-D Fizzles in U.S.

(NYT) plus assorted other woes including industry down 10% from last year, and an astounding 36% drop in video store rentals

Elite Game Nerds Team Up for Original Animated Project at Paramount

Penny Arcade has idea optioned, “The New Kid”

Cosmo Cover Parody

Real Life Like Button

Lucas Strikes Back


Easy Riding: Low-Stress Bike Lanes for Toronto

campaign from the Bike Union

Intention and Reality : Christian Suarez

beautiful photography of vacant homes in an LA exurb (via