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Friday Links – April 13, 2012

There comes a moment, when you get lost in the woods, when the woods begin to feel like home.

A ‘Marriage Plot’ Full Of Intellectual Angst

“I’m not really an autobiographical writer, though I use stuff from my life to make my stories seem real. But when I actually write about myself I get very confused.”

Speaking of Jeffrey Eugenides. Everybody should buy all his books and read them then watch The Virgin Suicides on DVD.

The Case of the Coffee Smart Cover

And thinking that I might experiment some more I decided to scrub the cover with ground coffee. So I ground some coffee at the coarsest grind setting and tipped it onto the cover.

Those Smart Covers are not cheap. GG from me to this guy to try something different.

Upgrade Today: Two-Year Countdown to End of Support for Windows XP

Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations.

At this point I practically use Windows XP daily and Office 2003 occasionally and they still work fine. Windows XP in particular will NEVER die. Honestly I really need a new PC…

EA Sports And The Rise Of The Screwmium Model

This is quite depressing.

For the sports titles I absolutely agree, EA’s methods are sad. It’s one of those “if they could get it right” it wouldn’t be so bad but especially with the Tiger Woods stuff it’s so “buyer beware” and they are just shanking their best customers in the butt. Also see: Did Bioware actually lie about the ending to Mass Effect 3?

THE ART OF RAP Directed by Ice-T Official Movie Trailer (YouTube)

If ‘The Art Of Rap” doesn’t have YOUR favorite rapper in it. It has your favorite rapper’s FAVORITE RAPPER @FINALLEVEL (Ice T)

Yup this looks pretty good. Everybody should also check out the doco Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.

While Apple is Criticized for Foxconn, Other Companies are Silent

In the last week I have asked Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Microsoft and others about their reports on labor conditions. Most responded with a boilerplate public relations message. Some didn’t even respond…Samsung, which sells more cellphones than Apple, gave no response.

Dicks. In this entire Chinese Manufacturing discussion it’s important to understand practically every major hardware provider has product built in the same type of factories as Apple.

Halo 4′s music headed “to another level” 

With the series out of Bungie’s hands, and development passed to 343 Industries, it’s clear that Halo 4 will be something of a departure from the established series template. That’s certainly the case for its soundtrack; Neil Davidge, a former member of Bristol-based trip-hop outfit Massive Attack, is composing the game’s music.

Not what I expected but for a long time I was a huge Massive Attack fan. Here are some samples of their work on Halo 4. Different but familiar. The work should end up good but cannot surpass the previous work (particularly the very underrated Halo 2 Soundtrack Volume 2). Martin O’Donnell did just amazing work. Damnit, here’s another.

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2 Responses

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Not impressed by the Halo 4 music. It’s not bad, but not as good as O’Donnell. I having a feeling that there is no possible way that 343 can live up to Bungie’s legacy.

  2. vanlandw says:

    JJA – I agree with you. From what I’ve heard I bet the campaign will be “alright” but the multiplayer is going to suffer. It’s going to be even more “loadout” based so no map item pickups and immediate respawn – AKA more Call of Duty’esque. Not that Reach didn’t get that ball started already but it’s unfortunate.

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