Angry Robot

Fincher's Dragon Tattoo Lady trailer

leaked trailer. Pretty great.

Teens and Moviegoing

bad news for Hollywood – their biggest customers are losing interest in theatrical

Camera Talk


Man, look at this badboy. Sitting there all pretty-like. Causing drool and wallet problems.

No, I’m not buying one, but I’ll be working on a project with it, which is exciting. I feel a camera phase coming on, as presaged by the photos that have been cropping up here again, which is a side effect of me actually taking photos, after what seemed like a year-long break. What can I say, these things go in cycles.

I was tempted by a lens though, a lovely Olympus 12-60mm f2.8-4. I’ve been looking for a faster zoom, as my camera’s kit lens is nice but slow. This one is a beaut. Here’s a shot I took with it on my camera:


Would be nice to have something that wide (24mm equivalent) with a pretty blurry background like that.

The GH2 is out, which should tempt me to upgrade, but I’m more interested in new lenses, as the new body doesn’t seem crazy better.

Pitchfork Reviews Reviews – watering the carnivorous garden elizabeth bought me

‘i came in to work today and told the security guard that my girlfriend broke up with me and he said “i’m so sorry man, really” and i said “thanks but it’s not like that” and he said “well fuck that bitch anyways” and i said “it’s not really like that either” and then he said he’s gonna take me to a strip club after work and i said “okay let’s do it”’

The people you love become ghosts inside of you

(via BCL)

Guillermo del Toro’s Amazing Creatures

had this in my instapaper cue for ages. Anyway it’s pretty fascinating.

Mayor’s bike plan to feature physically separated lanes

Minnan-Wong’s conversion to bike advocate is fascinating. Still lots of potential pitfalls including incomplete lanes and the proposed Richmond lane, which I can’t imagine will get built without a big outcry.

iRobot contemplates the next big leap for robotics, Google’s along for the ride


Netflix Is Winning the Internet

not in Canada they ain’t. I love netflix, but a few months in the shallow catalog is starting to feel pretty constraining up here.

Honest to a Fault

oh man

Converting Mamet

David Mamet is now officially right wing. Contains this gem: ‘When the battery of his hearing aid failed during our lunch, he yanked the earpiece from his ear, looked at it sternly, and said: “F— you.”’

Winnipeg rethinks suburban sprawl with downtown reinvention

“Around the world there is a growing understanding that suburban sprawl is unsustainable, and that, for cities to survive, they must shrink back in on themselves, tightening up, promoting density and pushing their growing population into space already served by existing infrastructure and social services.”

Brainy Gamer: Rooting for Goliath

L.A. Noire comes out tomorrow. I’m ready.

Jetlev lets you fly like Superman – for $99,500

aqua-superman, more like. It sprays water.

Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant

Palin to English translation of her statement about Common visiting the White House

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says – Galactic Empire Times

Exploitationware vs gamification

in which the author rails against the rhetorical dishonesty of the term ‘gamification’. That’s because points, badges, etc. are external rewards systems (or as Bogost puts it, gestures that provide structure and measure progress), whereas the addictiveness of games comes largely from intrinsic rewards, i.e. enjoyable game mechanics.

The Banality of Evildoers

“OBL’s grubby lair would have been far more impressive if it had really turned out to be a cave in the mountains, as we’d been conditioned to expect.”

Dynamite Wildflower Guerrillas

“a journal written in seeds” (via BCL)

Biggest BitTorrent Downloading Case in U.S. History Targets 23,000 Defendants

damn, son. Hope none of you torrented The Expendables.

How Byron Sonne’s obsession with the G20 security apparatus cost him everything

(via funkaoshi)

The Secret Team That Killed Osama bin Laden

via funkaoshi

NDP will form Official Opposition

prediction from The Mace. (Also note: I am testing some changes to the feeds, so if stuff starts to go wrong, bear with me, k?)