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~~Error.Error on MySpace- 8 Bit Gabba Rips!~~


Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Another MySpace gem. Error.Error are coming straight out of Mexico with their voracious 8 bit destruction. Mario needs to save the princess but he’s too high on PCP to get past all the goombas. Die! Goomba! Die! Pwnage ensues.

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Msplinks.com ? Who are they?


Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Getting a long URL after posting an image with embedded content on MySpace? Well, MySpace has recently started tracking all embedded content. So, next time you put an image into your friends comment box it won’t actually point to your site, it will first go through the intermediary at msplinks.com . So, everyone who was thinking they were going to spam the hell out of comment boxes and get a traffic boost…Well,not going to happen (not that google would even consider comment hotlinking as a high PR boost anyway). Msplinks.com is owned by Mark Monitor of fraud protection services. All outgoing links will be converted into a long URL which will be used for tracking.

Andrew Keen and the Anti web 2.0 movement


Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Andrew Keen is on a mission to discredit bloggers, and cooperative internet sites such as Digg, Myspace, YouTube, Wikipedia, Reddit, and Technorati. Andrew Keen’s argument basically boils down to this. Before there were systems in place which prevented normal people from being published and read. Back in the Andrew Keen Utopia (which I’m not certain ever existed) writers had to contact a publisher who would have the expertise to see what was good and what was shit (never mind nepotism, classism, race, and gender issues here). The same went for music, as well as art. Each of these institutions had individuals (generally old white men) held the keys to an artists success. Andrew Keen believes they were good at their jobs (something I don’t necessarily disagree with) and that today there is a rise of what he calls “The Cult of the Amateur“. People who aren’t certified to give their opinions on politics are beginning to share them, and worse yet, people are reading it. Andrew Keen represents the voice of a dying print media. A mainstream media which is searching for relevance against an increasingly skeptical public. The mainstream media cheerleading of the Iraq war (prior to it beginning) and the media blackout of Ron Paul both being classic examples of a public which has now turned on the mainstream establishment press.

Andrew Keen makes a few mistakes. He believes that people should be made aware that there are viral campaigns which are funded by corporations, and that there will be product placement inside of youtube videos and the like. So what he’s preaching is basically that one should be skeptical of the current media structure on the internet. Fine, no problem with that, however what I do have a problem with is how stupid he thinks people are. The saying “I read it on the internet so it must be true” is already widely received as an ironic statement. So the public already has become savvy enough to believe that everything they read online is not always verifiable, and that they may need to acquire more sources on an issue before they make up their minds. Which leads me to my second point which is the availability of multiple sources. One can go to the Fox News website where they still refuse to use the word “crime” in conjunction with Scooter Libby, then they can hop over to CNN and see what they have to say about it, then they can do a technorati search and find out what some guy in Iowa just wrote about 15 minutes ago. (as people will do with this very article). The skepticism has more to do with the spin which is done on both sides, and leads to a more well informed public, not a dumbed down one. Watch the Jon Stewart on crossfire video to see what happens when this type of an individual goes on a show which is already supposed to represent “both sides” of an issue. The simple fact is that Both Sides no longer exist. I would consider myself generally to the left on most issues, yet I still want to see Ron Paul kick some republican ass.

Another problem that Andrew Keen makes in his theories is that he believes that there is no longer any oversight from an authoritative figure as to what is good, and what is crap. As any blogger knows, there is a huge hierarchy on the net, if you get on BoingBoing.net or the front page of Digg your blog will never be looked at the same by Google again, and your back links will give you a higher Page Rank. Sure these systems can be rigged, and there is a sort of inbreeding which probably goes on within them, however the fact still remains that it’s really hard to get people to read anything you write. I’m not calling myself an expert on the internet and political theory, maybe 100 people will read this. Andrew Keen on the other hand is calling himself an expert which breeds a sort of arrogance which in turn, of course, makes people skeptical of his message. He raises a few interesting points, and he certainly is no stranger to the net, he actually still blogs almost daily (don’t even point out the irony of that to me), and he has been running popular websites for years. Andrew Keen demonstrates a black and white view of the world mixed with an angry old man who consistently rails against the way things are now, and how it used to be better back in the day. Sorry, your time is up. Adapt or face extinction.

Another anti web 2.0 blog post (I know I know, don’t even bother) from Michael Gorman

The Sims and the Sociology of Interior Design


Thursday, June 14th, 2007


Signifying Play: The Sims and the Sociology of Interior Design
by Charles Paulk

Historically, videogames have had little use for the domestic. In contrast to television, which from its inception reflected workday suburbia back onto itself in family sitcoms like Ozzie and Harriet, the videogame medium has reliably tended toward more fantastical backdrops. When home and hearth have come into play, most often in roleplaying games (RPGs), they have typically been used as a waypoint en route to more dramatic, consequential things. Developers can hardly be faulted for this prejudice; few could have imagined a thriving audience for virtual domesticity. Will Wright, however, did. In the year 2000, the PC-gaming auteur delivered The Sims unto the world, and several million people deemed it good. Here was a game as menial and repetitive as life itself, and its utter dearth of the fantastic perversely served as its hook. The Sims’ enigmatic appeal scythed across boundaries of age and gender, winning over jaded, hardcore gamers and, more impressively, vast numbers of those uninitiated or even hostile to the medium. Within two years of release, it had ousted Myst as the bestselling PC game of all time, with sales of US $6.3 million. By 2005, the audience for The Sims and its various expansions had swollen to over 52 million worldwide. The game has been translated into 17 languages, and the franchise has seen life on platforms ranging from the Xbox to mobile phones (Winegarner, 2005). Some six years on, the game has rarely been referred to without the words “groundbreaking” or “cultural phenomenon” in close proximity.
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Jucke’s experiMental SidShow


Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Jucke hails from sweeden and has made a super hot 235 minute mix of c64 music. Sit back and relax, the mp3 file alone is 172mb:)

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Geek Keyboard Ring


Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Not much information is available about these geeky rings, but they are still super hot. 89 bucks a pop, and they have the actual springy effect of a keyboard.
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Professional Video Game Players


Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Professional video game players are a big deal in South Korea, and supposedly the geeks get the girls. I found this great podcast about professional video game players at the San Francisco Chronicle podcast. It’s a really good introduction to some of the top gamers. Another reason why the kids have it so easy these days. punks. Think I’m probably getting a bit too old. Oh well. The top players are starting to bring a ridiculous amount of money, and the nice thing must be that if someone wants to become a professional video game player then all they’d have to do is game all day. Anytime you were gaming you could just claim that you preparing for your career! Anyway. Check it.

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YouTube effect on elections :Mainsream media lies, or incompetence?


Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Another article about the effect that YouTube and the internet are having on the current presidential campaign. Once again, there’s a huge elephant in the room, and that elephant has won almost every single post debate poll after the debate (before they stopped conducting them). That elephant is Ron Paul, and I’ll be honest. I’m going to get a little traffic bump just by mentioning his name. Whether or not this is part of a continuing internet cycle is yet to be determined. Whether it is Ron Paul or an I Phone, the traffic results will be fairly similar if you write about them. I just don’t understand how the mainstream media can continuously write about the youtube effect on elections and not even mention Paul at all. It dosn’t matter if you support him or not, one simply has to acknowledge that he owns the political space on the web. The only thing that comes close is the pro Barack O Bama anti Hillary Clinton 1984 youtube video. If you don’t believe me, that’s fine, after the next Republican presidential debate go to YouTube, then to the “News and Politics” section, and you will see for yourself a handful of Mitt Romney videos (generally from the official campaign site) maybe a John McCain saying something stupid video, and the rest will be all Ron Paul. After going to YouTube, just cruise on over to Technorati.com and have a look at the current tag cloud. I guarantee you after the next debate, Ron Paul’s name will be the largest once again.

So whats this say for the mainstream media? Well, instead of some sort of conspiracy that they want to exclude Ron Paul from the entire political process (something that the Republican Party really is trying to do) I think it shows just how out of touch print media and television is with the internet. Video killed the Radio Star, and the Internet is about to Pwn all the saps left in Television, Film, and Print. Adapt or face extinction.

Both articles point to the fact that the most viewed videos are for John McCain, and Hillary Clinton. But in both circumstances these were videos that were negative to the respective candidates. Sure, a guy falling on the ice is going to get more views than a girl giving a bunny a flower. Big Surprise. If you want to see what’s hot you look at the number of actual videos about a candidate. If you want to gauge which campaign is more fired up, you look at how many ordinary people are making videos to support a certain candidate. Anyone who frequents youtube knows one thing. Ron Paul absolute destroys any other candidate in terms of influence, as well as numbers on the internet. And I’m not saying this as someone who is going to vote for Paul (I think saying who you will vote for this early is a bit ridiculous) all I’m fed up with is this sort of journalistic dishonesty. Either they know they’re lying, or they’re just plain stupid, and don’t know shit about the internet.

Current video count on YouTube as of June 13th (one must also take into account that Ron Paul was virtually non existent on YouTube prior to the debates)
Ron Paul 13,400
Hillary Clinton 11,100
Barack Obama 11,000
John McCain 4,660
Rudy Giuliani 3,380
Mitt Romney 2,590

If you don’t believe me go to youtube, and conduct the experiment for yourself.

From the wall street journal:
YouTube Fuels — and Foils — Campaigns
By AMY SCHATZ

WASHINGTON — For months, the presidential wannabes have been churning out serious, talking-to-the-camera videos for YouTube. So far, viewers prefer the spontaneous, unauthorized, less flattering fare.

Traffic on YouTube related to the 2008 presidential race spiked in March and April, largely on two unofficial, critical videos, one about Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, the other about Republican John McCain, according to a study of YouTube traffic by Nielsen/Net Ratings.

An anti-Clinton “1984″ video, in which the New York senator is portrayed as a Big Brother-ish figure, accounted for about 75% of all traffic to candidate-related videos on YouTube in March, Nielsen found.
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game, game, game, and again game


Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

game, game, game, and again game is a game created by Jason Nelson which is both an interactive flash game but also a ruthless rant against the glossy clean design which bombards the net. Jason attempts to deconstruct this cleanliness by creating an interactive game that is neither clean nor easily readable.

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Game, game, game, and again game is a digital poem/game/net artwork hybrid of sorts. There are 13 curious levels filled with poetics, hand drawn creatures, scribbles backgrounds and other poorly made bits. The theme (cringe) hovers around our many failed/error filled/compelling belief systems, from consumerism to monotheism. But more, it repels the tyranny (cringe) of clean design and cold smoothness of much of the web/net-art.
Play game, game, game, and again game

How to make Chiptune


Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Heres a list of “how to make chiptune” links Ive collected
enjoy:)

Little Sound DJ
LSDJ wiki
How to Record Chiptune on LSDJ
Nullsleep article on how to use LSDJ

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the demo of LSDJ

Gameboy Emulator

Magical 8 Bit PLugin

Download Fruity Loops Demo

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