If you’re not reading C&G every day, something is wrong with you.
I am a firm believer of putting up comics other than Dilbert in my workspace.
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Few associate them with kill screens, an arcade in New Hampshire, and an electronic ape. (Call it the Moore/Gore effect.)
I had the chance on Friday to see The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters. The story documents the history, the hysteria, and the unintentional hilarity surrounding Twin Galaxies’ Donkey Kong record and the two main players involved, Billy Mitchell and Steve Weibe.
It does hit a little close to home – and not just because of VJA and PNN. There’s a bit near the beginning with a Funspot employee proudly declaring his vices:
As soon as he finished, I knew the words that were to immediately escape Katie’s lips: “THAT IS SO YOU.” Guilty as charged.
The film is currently open in four cities, and is rapidly widening. If you have the chance to see it, please do. It’s hard to not enjoy.
People have occasionally asked me why I don’t do a Guitar Hero (or GuitarFreaks, or DDR, or any other game) score site, to match VJ Army and Pop’n Navy. Long story short, I barely have enough time to keep those two sites held together – many would say I fail at that – let alone to code more sites. I’m always much happier to see other people code their own sites, and I’m generally available to share my experiences wrestling Bemani into PHP.
Thus, I’m happy to note that Yanik “Sakurina” Magnan has just opened his Guitar Hero score site, CherryPie. It certainly shares a great deal of functionality with VJA/PNN, so if you’re familiar with my sites, this may be the GH score tracker for you.
I’m trying to knock out some issues relating to MT4 going final today, as well as add some functionality and rejigger some pages. Those of you reading the site directly may get a degree of CSS whiplash. Hang in there.
“Dude, why didn’t you fucking tell me about that show?! I would’ve bought tickets!”
I may not go to many shows – compared to some of my friends, anyway – but I still hear this a lot. The ones I do go to end up inevitably being the ones other people care about – such as the Daft Punk show this past Thursday.
In the grand list of concerts I have been to, the Daft Punk show easily ranks into the top 3, if not right at the top. Ninety minutes of robot music and robot light-show lead to the biggest positive vibe a group of people filling a minor league baseball stadium could have.
So to make it up for those people who missed the Daft Punk show, here are the three major shows I’m hitting over the next two months. If these appeal to you, I recommend you get your tickets now.
Long before Daft Punk build their pyramid, Underworld was conquering the world with epic sets and elaborate VJ work. Sure, Darren Emerson has long since left – but if the Sunshine soundtrack is anything to go on, their upcoming Oblivion with Bells is sure to please. You know you need to hear Born Slippy.NUXX live – especially in Central Park.
While The Chems have been overly consistent with their albums – they are known for putting on one hell of a party. Even with the lackluster We Are The Night, they have enough big beat in their arsenal to shake the floor all night long. Insert obligatory Block Rockin’ Beats reference here. If you’re not big on Hammerstein, they’re playing McCarren Pool the next day.
I am not going to even pretend to be the world’s biggest Arcade Fire fan – but thousands of bloggers and indie rockers most likely can’t be wrong. David Byrne and David Bowie certainly can’t be wrong. If you’re looking for an elaborate show with lots of lush instrumentation and heady lyrics, this is the show to hit.
It is hard to describe how much I love LCD Soundsystem. At the risk of sounding like a complete wanker, I can only offer the following: Sound Of Silver is one of only two albums I have purchased on a physical CD this year. And out of those two albums, it’s the only one I loved. LCD’s live show is not to be missed.
When you have to choose between truth and legend, I say choose the legend.
Detroit Free Press: Feel like a Domino’s pizza? Order it online
Newspaper Of Record A One Act Play Based On Imagined But Plausible Events By Dan Dickinson
INT. DETROIT FREE PRESS NEWSROOM. SUMMER, 2007
THREE REPORTERS sit at desks in an otherwise empty newsroom. They all intently stare at their computers. A clock audibly ticks.
REPORTER A sighs, stands up, and stretches to crack his back.
Hey, what have you guys got for stories today?
(barely looking up)
I got nothing.
REPORTER A kicks the air.
God damnit. We need to put something in the paper today. Can't have a paper without stories!
Yeah, yeah, we know.
(checking his watch)
Hey, it's almost lunch time. Whatdya guys want?
We did chinese yesterday - how about pizza. Maybe some Dominos.
Alright, let me order it online.
Wow, I didn't know you could order Dominos online.
There is a BEAT.
(putting finger into the air and yelling triumphantly)