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Dollhouse Star Enver Gjokaj's New Webseries Channels Twin Peaks

This is a great idea – a show that’s all recaps. Like trailervision in reverse. Also, this dude is an amazing actor.

Ride the City – Toronto

until google maps does bike directions in Toronto, use this.

Google Reader: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

theme to pretty up Greader in Chrome

Canada's Batman of the Balkans

This just came up at work and while I was sure I had posted it when it was first published, I couldn’t find it in my bookmarks or on my site. It’s about an unknown Canadian actor who’s huge in Serbia for a show he did in the 90s called Tropical Heat. Great read.

C64 to Support Upcoming Gamebone Controller

Hardware d-pad add-on for the iPhone with an incredibly bad name. Was Gamer Boner taken?

French Television Demonstrates Cheney Effect

show replicates the Milgram test, a classic social psych experiment that says sad, sad things about human nature. I love the idea of the “Cheney Effect”.

Thomas Rousset – Photography

“I make photographs with the inhabitants of my village and their animals and re-locate them in a floating reality that is timeless, unlikely and intriguing; a reality that is a blend of a raw normality and absurd exuberance.”

Perhaps a Gun that Tweets When It Fires

Stranger than fiction, dude. Just read the latest Penny Arcade comic, and then, via this, saw this: Israel calls off raid after soldier’s Facebook post. Wonder if the Israeli military will de-friend him?

The hell of being prolific: Are musicians making too much music?

Certainly makes the case that less is more. However, conversations with musicians who worked under the old system generally reveal them to have hated how restrictive the labels were with releases.

Broadcast Yourself

“In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.” I will now go and sue myself.

Microsoft passes the “choice” bludgeon against Apple to Google

good article; amongst other things points out how Google is not as “open” as they pretend to be

Google, Intel, Sony to join forces on 'Google TV'

What’s next: the Google Car? Google Microwaveable Instant Convenience Dinners?

One Giant Leap into 'Infinite Space'

English translation of the DS space RPG is out now

Studios may tighten credit on Blockbuster, force bankruptcy

wow. “Last year the company shut down 586 stores worldwide, including 353 in the U.S.”

Why the internet was made

indeed. (Or, Teletubbies dancing to “Shake That Ass Bitch”)

Shutter Island, This Bitter Mashup

Shutter Island has many delights. Even a sub-par picture by Marty Scorsleazy is sure to be full of masterful craft moments, as his crew is top notch. This one is no exception: shot by Rob Richardson, edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, designed by Dante Ferretti, the names are as predictable as they are excellent. One surprise is old Scorcese pal Robbie Robertson as music supervisor. In the Kubrick style, there is no original score, so this job is more important than simply finding pop songs to play in the background of bar scenes. Even more Kubrickian is the inclusion of Ligeti and Penderecki (you might remember us from such modernist horror scores as: The Shining), but there’s also some Eno, some Cage. One powerful piece is “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter, a beautiful, languid, melancholy, near-minimalist string piece. The soundtrack is great. (So is the film, by the way.)

Shutter Island’s last act is full of surprises. Perhaps the greatest – not a spoiler! – is the song that plays over the credits. It’s surprising because it’s a mashup, of the aforementioned Richter track with Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth”. It’s also surprising because it’s a beautiful mashup, perhaps the greatest I’ve heard. The only credit for the composite work is “mixed by Robbie Robertson”. Quite a set of ears on that dude, to say nothing of the brain that thought of blending these two sources that are so dissimilar but also simply made to be together. Have a listen, but also chase down the originals to see what I’m talking about.

Neptune’s Pride

“sporadic play” multiplayer browser-based strategy game that sounds pretty nifty

Apple’s Spat With Google Is Getting Personal

things between the previously amiable companies have gone all Biggie – Tupac

Olympic art

“some of the early modern Olympic Games included art competitions alongside the more conventional athletic pursuits”

David Lanham

some nice art and wallpapers

Holy Cr*p!

Urban Repair squad paints comic-style reactions to road hazards on the road

The Windsor Project

History of the Project

A friend and I applied last summer for an NFB short film calling card grant – the subject was artists in Windsor, and we would have followed three different artists for a spell, artists whose work dealt directly with the economic crisis in their home town. In a nutshell, Windsor has been in economic decline for some time, but the recession and especially the problems in the US auto industry have wreaked havoc on the city. It now has the highest unemployment in the country, and the highest vacancy rate – the vacancy rate is plainly visible in most areas of the city, especially downtown and in the industrial areas, many of which would more accurately be described as post-industrial areas.

So we applied, were shortlisted, but ultimately didn’t get the grant. However, that was a good thing and the experience was definitely a positive one that improved the project. A very helpful NFB producer met with us and suggested many things, but one of them was to pursue the project as a feature. I thought that was good advice, but I couldn’t see how to do it, what with the full time job in a different city, a job that I actually like.

A couple months later, one of the artists we were to follow (Justin from Broken City Lab) announced a new project. Called Save the City, it was an ambitious series of five events designed to provoke creative thinking amongst Windsorites on how to, you know, save the city. As the events were once a month, on weekends, I saw that this could be actually doable for me. Moreover, their project cut right to the heart of what interested me: was it possible for regular people to rescue a collapsing city? What could be done about these suffering post-industrial centres, Windsor but also Detroit, Buffalo, Hamilton, Baltimore… the list runs long.

So I decided to do it – go and shoot the events now, and at the same time raise the money to complete the film as I went. I’ve shot two events already and am heading up again next weekend.

I will post more about this, but the time window has now already closed, so it will have to wait.

Ride the City Toronto launches online bike route tool.

How to Make Your Personal QR Code

for use with barcode scanner apps.

Pushing Back Against the Methane Tipping Point

“If we see runaway methane from underneath the Siberian permafrost, we could see temperatures increasing far faster than even the most pessimistic CO2-driven scenarios — perhaps as much as 8-10° C, very much into the global catastrophe realm”