This Italo disco songs starts off with a killer riff and just gets better from there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this track since yesterday, but it has yet to get old. But what else would you expect from a band called freakin’ Bazooka?
A very nice — and constantly growing — collection of free icons, all of which are available as PNG and SVG files.
Start your week off right with this mashup of M83’s “Midnight City” and Men at Work’s “Down Under”. You’re welcome.
As previously reported, the Japanese post-rock outfit Mono are set to release their latest album, For My Parents, on September 4. A song from the album, titled ”Dream Odyssey”, recently popped up on-line (listen below) and it reveals that the band aren’t deviating at all from the aesthetic that has made them so successful. Slow-burning guitars that move from gently melodic to quietly roaring, melodramatic string arrangements, an overall cinematic tone… it’s all there.
Lovely stuff to be sure, and a good indicator that For My Parents will be the sort of emotional listen that we’ve come to expect from Takaakira Goto and his bandmates.
This was originally written after 9/11, but it’s still relevant in light of the recent Colorado shootings.
Many people will use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to put through a political agenda other than my own. This tawdry abuse of human suffering for political gain sickens me to the core of my being. Those people who have different political views from me ought to be ashamed of themselves for thinking of cheap partisan point-scoring at a time like this. In any case, what this tragedy really shows us is that, so far from putting into practice political views other than my own, it is precisely my political agenda which ought to be advanced.
When fertilizer salesman Hal Warren set out to make his magnum opus, Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), it’s doubtful that he envisioned the cult following that would surround his movie, now regarded as one of the worst of all time. And it’s downright impossible that, in his wildest dreams, he’d think somebody would eventually make a video game based on his movie that people would play on their phones. But it’s 2012 now, and UK-based FreakZone Games are doing just that.
According to the developers, the Manos video game, which is being done in a retro 8-bit NES style, is intended as “an epic celebration of nostalgic badness, presented as something good”:
MANOS is an homage to all of the cheesy games you remember from your childhood! Remember how every film and cartoon had it’s own platform game adaptation? How concepts in the film were made completely nonsensical for the case of gameplay? When every man, woman, child, animal and inanimate object were out to kill Marty McFly, Freddie Krueger filled the streets with bats, ghosts and frankenstein monsters and Darth Vader would casually transform into a scorpion? MANOS will take you back to the fantastically absurd movie adaptations of the past!
“Nonsensical” is right: I don’t recall there being any airplane dogfights in the movie (those were probably pretty tough to pull off with a $19,000 budget, even in 1966). Overall, it looks like it could be an amusing distraction, especially if you’re a fan of MST3K-worthy movies (check out the list of the game’s villains). More info can be found in the FAQ.
Be sure to listen for the haunting Torgo theme in all of its chiptune glory.
Manos: The Hands of Fate will be released for iOS on July 26, with an Android version planned for later in the year. Other versions may surface later, too. A sequel may be developed as well, to tie in with the forthcoming Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge.
This article explores one of ExpressionEngine’s biggest selling points.
ExpressionEngine presents a completely different way of structuring, storing, and displaying content than you might expect, so it helps to understand why ExpressionEngine treats content the way it does before jumping into your first project. We built EE to be as flexible as possible, so that means it also makes as few assumptions as possible with respect to your content. If EE was only meant as a blogging tool, for example, it might come pre-installed with two content fields for each entry: one for the entry’s title and another for the rest of the entry’s content, typically labeled Body. Since we don’t know what kind of content you’ll be publishing with EE, however, we leave it to you to plan out the different fields you’ll use to store your content.
This lack of assumptions re. a site’s content was one of the primary reasons why I migrated Opus to ExpressionEngine all those years ago, and why I continue to use it for nearly all of my freelance projects. It does make ExpressionEngine a bit more challenging to understand initially, but once you wrap your mind around it — and become familiar with the wide array of third-party fieldtypes out there — it becomes an incredibly powerful and flexible platform.
I’m not sure there is an easy link between movies and gun violence. I think the link is between the violence and the publicity. Those like James Holmes, who feel the need to arm themselves, may also feel a deep, inchoate insecurity and a need for validation. Whenever a tragedy like this takes place, it is assigned catchphrases and theme music, and the same fragmentary TV footage of the shooter is cycled again and again. Somewhere in the night, among those watching, will be another angry, aggrieved loner who is uncoiling toward action. The cinematic prototype is Travis Bickle of “Taxi Driver.” I don’t know if James Holmes cared deeply about Batman. I suspect he cared deeply about seeing himself on the news.
That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection. The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.
I am by no means an advocate of outlawing guns outright, even though I do question the necessity of owning them. But one would hope that, in light of a horrible event such as this most recent shooting, our nation might pause and take time to rethink our gun laws.
Yes, you read that right. Digg — remember them? — was recently bought by betaworks (the folks behind News.me and Bitly), who will be rolling out a new version of the site on August 1 (“after an adrenaline and caffeine-fueled six weeks”). If they can pull it off, this will will be pretty impressive from a tech/programming standpoint. This is not an insignificant achievement. Of course, making headway against the likes of Reddit will be the real challenge.