Angry Robot

What would Robin Hood do: How cash handouts are remaking lives in Brazil – The Globe and Mail

On Brazil’s basic income type dealie.

Personal and political Christmas stories

Great seasonal column by Edward Keenan.

 <blockquote>        <p>We are a wealthier society than we’ve ever been… It is conceivably in our power, for almost the first time in history, to effectively do it. Eliminate poverty. And we can do so without supernatural help. Miracles and magic are not required, today, to feed the hungry or alleviate suffering… The key thing that’s missing are those other parts of our Christmas traditions: we need to wish for it to happen, and believe it will happen. Collectively, we need to want it bad enough that we will make our entirely natural tools perform the miracle for us.</p>    </blockquote>

Leigh Alexander's Top 5 Video Games

Pitchfork picks the top 50 Albums of 2013

This is a link to the top 10. Clearly, it is Listmas again!

“You Might Also Like”


The Dissolve chooses the best films of 2013

  1. Her, 2. 12 Years a Slave, 3. Inside Llewyn Davis, 4. Frances Ha, 5. Upstream Color.

Final Cut Pro X – What's New

New 10.1 version of FCPX to coincide with the release of the new Mac Pro. Amongst all the 4K stuff there are some big improvements to workflow and project handling, it looks like.

Writer Pro – Note. Write. Edit.

Damn, son! That’s marketing.

Keep Flyin': Firefly Online

Coming summer 2014.

Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life

Really impressive Apple holiday ad. See also this analysis.

Federal Judge Rules Against N.S.A. Phone Data Program

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,”

Great promo. (Thanks, Iron Will)

A Video, A Shooting, and Hallal Meat: the Origins of the Ford Investigation

Great summary of the main reasons why police are investigating Ford.

Samantha West The Telemarketer Robot Who Swears She's Not a Robot


Mashup generation: Why parents and kids are spinning a common playlist

Really! “A survey for U.S. marketing firm Experian earlier this year found that 83 per cent of teens say they get along with their parents – an eight-year high.”

Toronto prices, demand forcing buyers into suburbs

The headline is kinda stating the obvious for anyone who has looked into Toronto real estate. But this is interesting:

In 2012, the RBC-Pembina Home Location Study, found that more than 80 per cent of GTA residents would give up a large home and yard to live in a neighbourhood near public transit and where they could walk to grocery store instead of drive. It found more than 70 per cent of suburbanites in the GTA chose the location of their home based on price, not preference.

Great spot (thanks, Tony)

Rob Ford was targeted by gang members in blackmail plot, police documents say

The rest of the Lisi ITO was just released. Lots of juicy stuff (whole doc here). Have we achieved maximum disgrace?

“Having a clean city is very important.” – Rob Ford.

Despacio: The 50,000-watt sound system designed for discerning audiophiles

Designed with input from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. “If we ran the system at its full capacity, people would die. People’s ears would literally be bleeding.” (thanks, Iron Will)

How Selling Out Saved Indie Rock

In mice, fear learned by parents is transferred to their offspring

Amazon's Jeff Bezos looks to the future

60 minutes profile that talks about the drones, amongst other things.

Amazon Prime Air

“The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.” Not a joke.