Angry Robot

Behold, New Design

Months ago I set a goal: have a redesign of this site done before my new kid is born. I am just barely making it – kid is due in less than a week. Yeah I should be building a crib right now (kidding, there’s no way I could do that! It would have nails sticking out and shit!)

My pre-parental responsibilities are unshirked, sirs – worry not. Yet here we are, flashy new design. And what would a redesign be without a long, navel-gazing blog post? Funny you should ask!… NOTHING!, I SAY!


This is what I wanted to do:

Unfortunately, I’m a total hack at web stuff. I dip in every few years, discover the field has changed radically, try to patch something together, struggle for weeks with a lot of trial-and-error, heavy on the error. So as per usual I haven’t tested this in the major browsers THAT thoroughly. But I think most of these checkboxes got checked.

Known issues:

If you see problems other than this stuff, can you let me know? It would be greatly appreciated.

The Poochie Legacy: Absence Makes the Franchise Grow Longer

Everything I Know About Producing, Pt. 1

When Ted Hope wants to tell you everything he knows about producing, you listen.

Oscar-O-Meter™: The A.V. Club’s 2012 fall prestige-movie guide, part 1

A new future for videogame consoles?


There Is No Disintermediation

Reducing Authoring Time with Textpattern Bookmarklets

FYI, I will be on-and-off tweaking the site over the next few days. If things are broken, that’s probably why.

Why Louie is the next stage in the evolution of the TV sitcom

Meeting A Troll…

Why Sony, and the PlayStation brand, could be in more trouble than you think

poor old Sorny

Globe and Mail, or Cut and Paste?

Colby Cosh on the Wente “bizarre sort of multiple ethical seizure”

Metrolinx Dumps the TTC as an LRT Partner. What Does that Mean for Us?

The Digital Revolution: How Consumers Are Driving the Future of Games Retail

traditional game industry is really in a freefall

Chris Anderson on the new MakerBot Replicator 2

3D printing is one of those techs that you know is going to change everything once the prices on the printers comes down. Well, we’re getting there. The new Replicator 2 is around $2,000. In 10 years our phones will be printing things. (via

Shock Me if You Can

re: shock art. BTW, my undergrad thesis was on shock vs. suspense in Hitchcock and Kubrick

NYT on the Horror Film ‘The Bunny Game’

yowch. Not sure I could watch this.

That time when Citytv knew music

another great post for BlogTO by Retrontario

The Turn, Not the Prestige

Re: new iPhone

Why Steam’s Big Picture mode isn’t a big deal… yet

Steam is introducing a feature that makes it easier to play PC games on a TV, but there aren’t any living room-friendly PC boxes yet. I know I’d be tempted to try.

That time when Citytv played great movies

Retrontario on blogto

A Top Nike Designer Rebrands Game Of Thrones

I love it.

Judging a show by its title: The 2012 fall TV preview, part 1

Explaining 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'

great behind-the-scenes stories here. For instance, Harrison Ford screwed up his back on the elephants so Spielberg shot around him using a stuntman FOR FIVE WEEKS

The evolution of the future: hands-on with the latest version of the Oculus Rift

the prototype gaming-oriented VR headset. Would love to try this and go all Lawnmower Man.

Unlike 3D, 4K TV is one gimmick you'll actually care about

if you have a big enough house; 84″ TVs are the standard so far. Also, no one delivers 4K content, and these cost about $25,000 each. But still, The Future!