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Patents: Apple Wants to Convert Your game Play into a Comic, eBook

A ton of information in explicit detail await you over on Patently Apple. The short of what is going on here is this:

Today we’ve learnt from a new Apple patent that a wild new application could be in development that would record your personal journey through a video game like Mass Effect and then give you the option of turning it into a custom comic or ibook when you’re done playing.

What do ya know. Apple Geeks Lite already made a joke for this.

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Blogopticon Labels from Scurrilous to Earnest of Entertainment Blogs

Vanity Fair made a grid of the blogging world. I call it inaccurate since they left off ONTD.

How Fox News lands that close to earnest is anyone’s guess.

(via ontd, vanityfair)

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The Grand Canyon is Still Pretty Old

Although I make no claim to be an official source of news and the like. I merely catalog bits of ideas and media that may be useful for my research later. I can’t say I was pleased to learn that I was duped by fucko manic Environmental Activist Group PEER.

A Grand Canyon park interpreter wrote:

[This is incorrect. I have NEVER been told to present non-science based programs. In fact, I received “talking points” demanding that Grand Canyon employees present programs BASED ON SCIENCE and that we must use the scientific version supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. As an interpreter I have shared the “creation” story of the Hopi people and the Paiute people because it is culturally relative. I used these stories as a tool to introduce the scientific story. Be confident there are good people running government, too.]

Know this: I’m not against environmentalist causes. People who rally behind green trees, fresh air, and un-kicked puppies are definite “good people” in my book. What I can’t stand are insane zealots that lie in order to get points across. They’re not helping any damn body.

Then why did PEER issue that statement in the first place? In my opinion, this is why:

PEER is an anti-Bush, anti-religion liberal activist watchdog group in search of demons to exorcise and dragons to slay. On one level, that’s how the system works in a free society, and there are plenty of pro-Bush, pro-religion conservative activist watchdog groups who do the same thing on the other side. Maybe in a Hegelian process of thesis-antithesis-synthesis we find truth that way; at least at the level of talk radio. But journalistic standards and scholarly ethics still hold sway at all levels of discourse that matter, and to that end I believe we were duped by an activist group who at the very least exaggerated a claim and published it in order to gain notoriety for itself, or worse, simply made it up.

To that end I apologize to all of our readers for not fact checking this story before publishing it on eSkeptic and www.skeptic.com. Shame on us. But shame on you too, Mr. Ruch, and shame on PEER, for this egregious display of poor judgment and unethical behavior.

Given some of the bullshit that comes out of the current administration‘s offices daily, I know why I was easily taken by this press release. New Scientist, though, is supposed to be a formal type news source for people keeping up on the science world. Why they didn’t check their facts before printing is beyond me.

Be assured that the newly found eSkeptic magazine is nowoin my folder hot list.

(my original post, gaiman’s outrage, skeptic.com)

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The Stranger Makes Hilarious Mistakes

The Stranger is an entertainment rag(see: magazine) local to Seattle. I read it off and on when I had glancing contact with Portland radio’s Daria O’Neil, Gustav and Bill Prescott‘s Morning Radio Shows. We’re talking late 90s early 00s, kids.

Unfortunatley I forgot about The Stranger and its strangeness. That is until I caught up on my Regret the Error. As they explain it, no one does corrections like The Stranger.

For example, when its theatre editor confused two playwrights, the paper made him complete a quiz. That earned praise from us in our round-up of the year in media errors and corrections. Now the paper has published its own round-up of corrections.

Some examples follow:

  • Bradley Steinbacher, the managing editor of The Stranger, regrets sharing an office with Dan Savage, editor of The Stranger, especially since Mr. Savage often changes clothes in said office, during which Mr. Savage routinely threatens to place his scrotal sack on the back of Mr. Steinbacher’s neck. Sometimes this threat is sung to the tune of Frère Jacques. Both the threat and the state of Savage’s scrotal sack are regrettable.
  • Stranger news writer Sarah Mirk regrets not double-checking the visiting hours for Yakima County Jail on November 5, resulting in a very, very disappointing end to a six-hour drive through a blinding rainstorm
  • Stranger associate editor David Schmader regrets not buying more of that mushroom fudge from that lovely woman at Hempfest.
  • Christopher Frizzelle, the arts editor of The Stranger, regrets being so stoned the month of August that he let associate editor Charles Mudede write a review of a book that was published 140 years ago.
  • With regard to Ms. Mirk, Stranger news editor Josh Feit regrets not getting the young, impressionable Ms. Mirk hooked on crack and/or knocked up, which might have compelled her to drop out of college and stay on The Stranger‘s staff.

Damn. The Stranger makes me laugh.

(via regret the error)

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Dangerous thoughts

“What is your dangerous idea?”

That’s the question John Brockman at Edge Annual asked for 2006. Edge posted 117 answers from some of the brightest minds in science and technology.

One of my favorites and Boingboing’s too apparently:

LEO CHALUPA
Ophthalmologist and Neurobiologist, University of California, Davis

A 24-hour period of absolute solitude
Our brains are constantly subjected to the demands of multi-tasking and a seemingly endless cacophony of information from diverse sources. Cell phones, emails, computers, and cable television are omnipresent, not to mention such archaic venues as books, newspapers and magazines.

This induces an unrelenting barrage of neuronal activity that in turn produces long-lasting structural modification in virtually all compartments of the nervous system. A fledging industry touts the virtues of exercising your brain for self-improvement. Programs are offered for how to make virtually any region of your neocortex a more efficient processor. Parents are urged to begin such regimes in preschool children and adults are told to take advantage of their brain’s plastic properties for professional advancement. The evidence documenting the veracity for such claims is still outstanding, but one thing is clear. Even if brain exercise does work, the subsequent waves of neuronal activities stemming from simply living a modern lifestyle are likely to eradicate the presumed hard-earned benefits of brain exercise.

My dangerous idea is that what’s needed to attain optimal brain performance — with or without prior brain exercise — is a 24-hour period of absolute solitude. By absolute solitude I mean no verbal interactions of any kind (written or spoken, live or recorded) with another human being. I would venture that a significantly higher proportion of people reading these words have tried skydiving than experienced one day of absolute solitude.

What to do to fill the waking hours? That’s a question that each person would need to answer for him/herself. Unless you’ve spent time in a monastery or in solitary confinement it’s unlikely that you’ve had to deal with this issue. The only activity not proscribed is thinking. Imagine if everyone in this country had the opportunity to do nothing but engage in uninterrupted thought for one full day a year!

A national day of absolute solitude would do more to improve the brains of all Americans than any other one-day program. (I leave it to the lawmakers to figure out a plan for implementing this proposal.)The danger stems from the fact that a 24 period for uninterrupted thinking could cause irrevocable upheavals in much of what our society currently holds sacred.But whether that would improve our present state of affairs cannot be guaranteed.

Hell, a few hours of solitude as per his instructions works wonders. I used to have at least a few hours a day back in the young groonk days.

It kills me sometimes that people always have to have something physical and right in front of them to do. Just chill once in a bit people.

Just chill.

Ok?

(via warrenellis)

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Some local mags

Birmingham Weekly

The Valley Planet
(best entertainment rag Huntsville, AL has ever had)

Birmingham Magazine

More to follow.

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Clearing the Board

Doing something that may or may not destroy my computer. Time to post all outstanding stuff.

Starting with a couple more eZines.

Nashville Zine I found looking for the nearest Ditty Bops concert. Look like Frank Black will be there too. Bonus.

ifMagazine a magazine for the filmmaking revolution. Found this while reading an interview about the demise of Tim Minear’s excellent show The Inside. Why did it fail? Cause it was on the fuckwad network Fox.

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Development Hell

It is about time I compiled a list of eMagazines.

Development Hell sorta fits that bill. It’s one of the many movie entertainment sites keeping up with rumors and press releases in my future career move.

It’s pretty to look at too.

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