Friday, June 27, 2008

Rolling Stone Review of 'The Dark Knight'

The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination. It's full of surprises you don't see coming. And just try to get it out of your dreams.
Following Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (and with Hellboy II coming up), it seems 2008 could be the best year ever for superhero movies.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Apple's plan to take over the world

I don't necessarily agree with this analysis/conjecture, but I did get a couple of good laughs, like from this:

That's the key to what Steve Jobs does all day: he sits around and asks questions like, "If Porsche made a media player, what would it be like?" That's it -- you are now qualified to replace Steve Jobs at Apple on days when he's away making trouble for Disney.

Beck Brings On 'Modern Guilt'

Modern Guilt, according to a press release, explores Beck and Danger Mouse's shared interest in psych-rock, folk, electronic minimalism and orchestration.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Peter Gabriel song from 'Wall•E'

"Down to Earth," one of two new songs by Peter Gabriel in this summer's Pixar film, Wall•E, is now available in the iTunes Store.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Just a Twist (and Tilt) of the Wrist

Manufacturers are increasingly embedding accelerometers and other sensors into the machines, which allow them to respond to movement without waiting for their humans to push a button. Game designers and other programmers are jumping to remake user interfaces so that users can direct gadgets with a nudge, a tilt or a shake.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

To spoil or not to spoil? (Don't worry.)

Really, what's so difficult about adding a spoiler warning to a review? Ken Tucker, "critic at large" for Entertainment Weekly, is just indignant about the whole idea

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The death and life of the American newspaper

Few believe that newspapers in their current printed form will survive. Newspaper companies are losing advertisers, readers, market value, and, in some cases, their sense of mission at a pace that would have been barely imaginable just four years ago.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Lame Show: Episode 31

Recorded on Saturday, edited & posted on Sunday and blogged about Monday. Now that's more like it. Here's the fun Episode 31, wherein Ray, Noah and I debate summer movies.

Summer Wonders & Blunders

Ray from returns to debate the 2008 summer movie season with Eddie & Noah. You'll be SHOCKED to hear what they aren't looking forward to.

But first is the Lame List, featuring a summer movie that's already been released, a Nintendo accessory that isn't living up to its potential and perennial favorite Microsoft for Windows Se7en.

Picks for this episode include the 'Siskel & Ebert' of music podcasts, a music album that only Ray could recommend and the answer to the question 'Where does Eddie get his wonderful shirts?'

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Episode 31.m4a (50:18)

Roger Ebert admits: I loved 'Indy'

I read this post from Ebert's journal prior to seeing the movie and read his review after seeing the movie. I recommend reading them in that order and agree wholeheartedly with both.

The Lame Show: Episode 30

I forgot to post a blog item about this when it happened, but Noah and I recorded another podcast episode back on May 17 (published May 24). We got some positive feedback about reversing the order of the show, so now it's permanently reversed for your listening pleasure.

The New Forward

Backward is now the new forward, so things kick off with The Lame List. NBC is the target of ire this episode, for differing reasons.

Then Eddie and Noah both go back 10 years for their fruity picks.

News items discussed include the sellout of WWDC, rumors of the next generation iPhone and how well Blu-ray players are selling (not!). Does it relate to gas prices? Will anyone give a penny a day so Eddie can get an iPhone? Will college students pay back their loans?
Episode 30.m4a (50:55)