Archive for September, 2009

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Exaspirations: Corporate Greed… err, Green

September 30, 2009

earthYou gotta love the hypocritical companies that push electronic billing down your throat by promoting how “green” they are.  Some are starting to make it mandatory!  In reality, it translates into more money in their coffers and and less service for you.  The credit card companies are the worst.  For every tree they supposedly save by not sending me a paper copy of my bill, they cut down a forest sending out promotional mailings to get people to sign up for a card.  And if I just happen to forget to pay my bill because I don’t have a copy of it sitting in front of me?  Oh darn, more money for them when they charge me a late fee and jack up my rate.  There are plenty of things they could really do rather than foist this charade on their customers.  (For an interesting environmental take, see the Myth Calculator in the environmentalist section of Paul Lavelle’s website.)

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Zork: The Musical

September 30, 2009

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Posted by Corey Doctorow at BoingBoing:

Phil sez, “Errol and Pifie, two members of the 50 Songs in 90 Days songwriting challenge (known as 50/90) have created a nerd-core masterpiece. A rockin’ walkthrough to the original ZORK text adventure game.”

Walkthrough, MP3 download (Thanks, Phil!)

NORTH, WEST, GET MP3, LISTEN TO MP3

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Exaspirations: Download Managers

September 30, 2009

dmWhat the hell is up with websites that force you to download and install a download manager in order to download something you really want?  Electronic Arts made me download one of these just to download a computer game.  Amazon wants me to download its download manager to download a simple .mp3 file.  You know, the way the internet works, you can download things without a freakin’ corporate ad-filled proprietary download program clogging up your computer!  Grrrr.

What’s worse is, it’s usually for content you just PAID for!  And they make you download and install some nasty program just to download it to your machine.  And probably spin it so it make it seem like you should be grateful that they provide such a thing!  Oh lucky us!

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PSP Go is a No Go Proposition

September 29, 2009

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This week Sony is releasing their newest handheld: the PSP Go.  It’s the fourth iteration of the PlayStation Portable, and the first to differ significantly from its predecessors.  The console is smaller than previous versions, with a slide-up screen and controls located underneath.  The screen is slightly smaller, and overall the whole thing is smaller and lighter.  The biggest change is that the PSP Go does not feature a UMD drive for playing games and movies.  Instead, it has 16GB of internal flash storage, and all games playable on it must be downloaded from the PlayStation Store.

I was cautiously excited for it when the PSP Go was announced at E3 this year.  As the release drew near, I became less and less enthusiastic about it.  Since it comes out in a few days, I figured the time was right to outline why I think that the PSP Go is another misstep by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Code Monkey Got Zombie

September 28, 2009

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I missed this post on Scott Johnson’s Extra Life website late last Friday.  Very cool.  Jonathan Coulton should license it for a t-shirt or something.  Click the pic above or the website link to see the full picture.

My bro and I went to see Coulton live a couple of weeks ago.  Very good show, I’d recommend you go if you have a chance.

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APPraisal: Peggle

September 28, 2009

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‘Appy Monday again.  Today’s post is about the iPhone/iPod Touch version of Peggle by PopCap games.  While I’ve been well aware of the internet phenom that Peggle has been since its original release in 2007, I admit that I never actually played it until I bought it off the app store.  It was released on May 12, 2009 for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Papercraft Friday #60: Doctor Who Cybershade

September 25, 2009

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Last week saw the release of the new Doctor Who series 2008 Christmas Special Doctor Who: The Next Doctor on DVD.  Now that you’ve had a chance to buy it and watch it (you have… haven’t you?), you can download and build this Cybershade mask featured in the story.  The mask build is rather crude by modeler standards, but anyone who has built a few models can enhance it pretty easy.  Enjoy, before it’s (or you’re) deleted!

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