Thursday, May 08, 2008

A Screen that Ships without a Mouse Ships Broken

Clay Shirky's talk from O'Reilly's 2008 Web Expo points out just how much free time we actually have to "waste" on social participtation projects. The next time you roll your eyes at someone for editing Wikipedia or Musicbrainz or for playing about on Facebook remember, at least they're doing something rather than contributing to the billions of hours of free time spent in front of the latest reality show.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Final Fantasy the History

This history of one of the most well known RPG franchises is a fascinating look at the development Final Fantasy through the years. If only I could complete FFVII.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Triumph Rocket III - 21st Century Motorcycle Manufacture

I never wanted to get my motorcycle license until now.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

And I looked, and behold a pale horse

I would encourage everyone to check out The War Game, a BBC fictional documentary by Peter Watkins which was never shown due to governmental pressure. Appearing to be the first of what is now a genre of "aftermath" movies from Briggs's sublime When the Wind Blows to ABC's The Day After Guttenberg-fest, it's in equal measures frightening, harrowing, and an ultra-realistic depiction of what might have been.

I grew up in the 80's of Reagan, Thatcher, and Haughey and remember the all pervasive fear of nuclear war. Survivalist books were on the best seller lists. Chernobyl gave us in Europe an idea of the widespread damage a nuclear detonation could do. Even Tomorrow's World got in on the act with a special programme simulating a Soviet Nuclear attack being repelled by Reagan's fantastical SDI programme (if anyone can find something on this please let me know).

Of course, since I was only nine years' of age, I truly believed there was a nuclear attack. Thankfully Mr. Tuliť put me right the next day in school.

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