July 27, 2012

Coming soon to the CW: “Battle Royale”

I haven’t really been a fan of American remakes of Asian films — the less said about The Departed, the better — but this might represent a new low. The CW, home to The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, may turn the subversive Japanese cult classic into a television show.

This is bad on so many levels, not the least being that, much like an American remake of Akira, remaking Battle Royale robs it of the impact imparted to it by its Japanese-ness. Without that cultural context, the show will just be a bunch of really attractive twentysomething actors pretending to be teenagers who mope around, get dramatic, and occasionally kill eachother in ways that are completely OK to show on primetime American television. You know, quality programming.

Related: Opus’ review of Battle Royale

What does it mean to read Genesis literally?

Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College:

The account in Genesis 1 is not intended to be an account of material origins. If that’s so, the Bible has no narrative of material origins. And if that’s so, then we don’t we have to defend the Bible’s narrative of material origins against a scientific narrative because the Bible doesn’t offer one. We can let the text be what it is and take it for what it is. That’s the most literal reading that you could have.

If that quote bothers you, then watch the whole video, which features N.T. Wright, John Polkinghorne, Alister McGrath, and many others. It may turn out to be less controversial and heretical than you think.

Google offering high-speed internet service via Google Fiber

Very cool: For $70/month, Google will give you 1,000 megabits/second upload/download speeds, no data caps, and one terabyte of storage. By comparison, I currently pay a little over $50/month for speeds of (up to) 10 megabits/second. Google’s even offering free 5 megabits/second service (for a one-time $300 construction fee). It’s coming to Kansas City first, but hopefully it’ll be expanded into other markets.

If this ever comes to Lincoln, I’ll drop Time Warner in a heartbeat. Or, as MG Siegler puts it, “Now please bring this everywhere in the U.S. and force the cable companies to get busy innovating or get busy dying.”

July 26, 2012

Freeform Pro for ExpressionEngine

Solspace has announced a huge update to the venerable Freeform add-on for ExpressionEngine. Freeform 4 is a complete rewrite of the add-on, including a new interface. Freeform Pro includes a “composer” which allows you to build forms on the fly. Freeform is one of those add-ons that I install by default in every ExpressionEngine site I build, so it’s great to see it get some much-needed love.

Related: EE Insider has a short preview video of the new Freeform interface and Eric Miller Design walks through the Freeform redesign process.

Who really invented the Internet?

Michael Hiltzik responds to Gordon Crovitz’s recent Wall Street Journal claiming that “It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet.”

So the bottom line is that the Internet as we know it was indeed born as a government project. In fact, without ARPA and Bob Taylor, it could not have come into existence. Private enterprise had no interest in something so visionary and complex, with questionable commercial opportunities. Indeed, the private corporation that then owned monopoly control over America's communications network, AT&T, fought tooth and nail against the ARPANet. Luckily for us, a far-sighted government agency prevailed.

Protip: If you’re looking for things to help disprove Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement, don’t use the Internet as Exhibit A.

July 25, 2012

Sprite Cow

Creating CSS sprites may never get easier than this.

July 24, 2012

R.C. Sproul, YEC, 6-Day Creation, and a Model of Humility


Over the years, I have come to believe that far more dangerous than a belief in evolution and an old earth is the teaching that these ideas are responsible for all the great problems in our society and that no Christian can accept them without dramatically harming their faith and witness.


In light of this disunity and uncharitable public discourse, my concern has been more with how Christians articulate and defend what they believe about Genesis, and less what the substance of that belief is.

A visual representation of a typical Internet argument

A visual representation of a typical Internet argument


My new jam: “Alive” by Bazooka

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?

Related: “The 10 best Italo disco tracks, according to Anand Wilder of Yeasayer”


A very nice — and constantly growing — collection of free icons, all of which are available as PNG and SVG files.