Videogame Aesthetics: The Future!

The industry and the market are bewitched by the idea of more pixels and polys. Higher visual quality is fair enough, but why is it equated with better stabs at photo-realism? What’s the point of aesthetics at all? If they don’t matter, how come E3 can sucker-smack a “wow” or two out of so many gamers each year? Why, after gushing over how good stuff looks, do we hypocritically trot…

Cyber-Catharsis: Bloggers Use Web Sites as Therapy

The Internet is now teeming with some 15 million blogs. Although the medium first drew mainstream attention with commentary on high-profile events such as the presidential election, many now use it to chronicle intensely personal experiences, venting confessions in front of millions of strangers who can write back. Nearly half of bloggers consider it a form of therapy, according to a recent survey sponsored by America Online Inc. And although…

Sex, Lies, and Women's Magazines

Audience members, mostly senior-level editors and writers for women’s magazines, joined the panelists in voicing many familiar complaints about the industry: too many skinny models, even more emaciated feature stories, and too much advertiser influence on editorial content. Laurie Abraham, executive editor of Elle magazine, however, had something else on her mind. The worst thing about women’s magazines, she asserted during the panel discussion, is how much “we lie about…

Pinter wins Nobel literary prize

Jack: So …. [pause] Jack: So he won then. [pause] Jill: Yes. Jack: Yes. [longer pause] Jack: He waited long enough. Jill: Yes. Jack: Yes … he did. [pause] Jill: Yes, he certainly waited long enough. Jack: Words. [pause] Jill: What? Jack: Words, in conversion, he was good at that. [pause] Jill: Yes … he waited long enough. Jack: I think… [pause] Jill: …and pauses, he was good at that…

Fuzzmail

Fuzzmail records the act of writing and lets you send it as an email. Dynamic changes, typoes, pauses and writeovers are captured and communicated. We created fuzzmail because we wanted a more emotionally expressive alternative to email, so that an emailed love letter does not have to look the same as a business letter. –Fuzzmail (fuzzmail.org) Intersting concept. Found via KairosNews.