8 March 2012

Jacked by David Kushner

Jacked: The story of Grand Theft Auto

Writer David Kusher (Wired etc.) who once laid out the story of iD Software’s classic titles in Masters of Doom now takes on Grand Theft Auto and its creators in his latest book Jacked.

“Whenever he passed through London airport, he always got hassled by Hare Krishnas, urging him to be happy. “Gouranga!” they’d say, a Sanskrit expression of good fortune. Baglow hated it. Then a lightbulb went off over his head.”

[via:Longreads]

12 January 2011

Illustration from 'I Modi' ('The Ways') by Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano, a 16th century work of erotic fiction which according to some helped popularize print and literature

The Fascinating Story of Porn and Technology Adoption

Yes, Cracked.com publishes some fascinating stuff but I generally find it awkward to link to them.

Let’s take a moment to think about Cracked. Most everyone gets that their material and the research behind it doesn’t quite match the quality you find in Wired.

This meta comment on Cracked relates very closely to this story on the new web publishing industry I discussed little over a year ago. How every pun in a Cracked.com article actually is search engine optimization becomes laughably clear in this porn piece. The writer has slipped in just about every FCC safe adult entertainment related expression you could daydream up of in the story.

Improving content distribution with sex and porn is just that powerful. If you have a web site, you could try this yourself: just mention porn in some really obscure way and you’ll probably get at least some traffic through someone’s really fap happy search engine queries. If you mention child porn, you’ll be awarded search traffic so depraved you might feel a bit uncomfortable just storing your search referer data.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

17 March 2010

Oprah reviews The American Girl (Den amerikanska flickan) by Monika Fagerholm

…and lists the novel as one American readers should get their hands on this spring. #

[via:Philip Teir]

7 January 2010

UK pensioners burning books to keep warm

[via:William Gibson]

14 October 2009

the damned company by elliott d rosewater and wj galt book cover

The Damned Company

…by Elliott D. Rosewater and W.J. Galt. [Amazon]

“Turning the business fable on its head, the Damned Company is a farcical tour of Corporate Hell. Based loosely on Dante’s Inferno […]”

[via:Jean]

20 September 2009

The background story of Carl Jung’s new book release

[via:humble.fool]

16 September 2009

"Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves" by J. R. R. Tolkien

A collection of artwork by J. R. R. Tolkien

I find the above example very soothing.

[via:Metafilter]

13 September 2009

“You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today, since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow.”

— Luigi Pirandello

(#, Wikipedia)

[via:The Informant]

20 July 2009

Haynes NASA Apollo 11 Owners' Workshop Manual 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5)

NASA Apollo 11 Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5)

This is not a joke, btw. Will be available on Amazon as well.

[via:The Joy of Tech]

8 July 2009

World’s oldest Bible published: St. Mark’s Gospel ends 12 verses before later versions, no zombie Jesus

See also: Codex Sinaiticus, the restored text published online.

[via:antichrista]

22 May 2009

Fear and Loathing: the board game

Fear and Loathing: the board game

A board game based loosely on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

[via:humble.fool]

31 March 2009

World class putdown

“A first-class mind is a gift. I was given mine, and I expect you were given a bicycle.” — Martin McCabe, Absolute Power

19 February 2009

H. H. Holmes’ “Murder Castle”

“Holmes [opened his hotel] for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 […] The ground floor of the Castle contained, aside from Holmes’ own relocated drugstore, various shops […] while the upper two floors contained his personal office as well as a maze of over one hundred windowless rooms with doorways that would open to brick walls, oddly angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors that could only be opened from the outside, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions. […] Over a period of three years, Holmes selected female victims from among his employees […], lovers and hotel guests, and would torture and kill them. Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that permitted him to asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge bank vault near his office; he sat and listened as they screamed, panicked and eventually suffocated. The victims’ bodies went by a secret chute to the basement, where some were meticulously dissected, stripped of flesh, crafted into skeleton models, and then sold to medical schools.”

There’s a book on this.

[via:MacBreak Weekly]

6 February 2009

Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit

Some blogger has nicer, built in facilities for playing the clips (which are from the audiobook version of Dreams from my Father, read by the author himself).

[via:Waxy]

15 September 2008

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

“Brain Rules by [developmental molecular biologist] John J. Medina is a multimedia project explaining how the brain works. It includes a book, a feature-length documentary film, and a series of interactive tutorials.”

Non-suck Xmas gift or back to school demotivator. The book has a very polite and constructive way of saying that our society is insane and should be considered harmful.

[via:Brain Science Podcast]

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