April 30, 2004

Legal Torrents

Legal Torrents provides a Bit Torrent tracker and seed for legally downloadable files. It is also one of the first trackers to incorporate an RSS feed for its torrents, encouraging the spread of software (like Radio) that automate online distribution of large files via semantic web technologies.


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April 28, 2004

D&D is 30 years old

BBC NEWS | Magazine | What happened to Dungeons and Dragons?

known. We truly got involved with the playing of characters as opposed to just hack-and-slash. This of course was way back in the old 1st edition days, when men were men and giants roamed the earth. I played a human monk, which at that time was a rarity. Staying up to wee hours of the morning; eating pizza, potato chips, and tortilla chips; being amongst friends - these are the memories I cherish.
Collin D. Freeman, Kansas City
D&D still goes strong in the UK with a number of gaming clubs and events for charity around the country. By my reckoning, roleplaying events raise in excess of £5,000 each year for a number of charities, something that goes largely unnoticed by the masses. Aside from that, its a great social hobby which requires imagination, intelligence and the occasional bit of luck. Long may it continue
Terry , UK
The thing I most enjoy is immersing myself in a role in such detail that the seem alive all on their own. I have heard of actors talking about such when they play roles for movies.
Samantha, St Louis It's the social side as much as anything that keeps the game going. There's something of a roleplaying revival at the moment. Nothing that quite matches the early 80s but the internet is bringing gamers closer together all ove

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April 27, 2004

Tendrils - rhythm combat


Tendrils is a "re-mix" RPG (in beta) billed as a cross between Final Fantasy and Dance Dance Revolution. The main combat interface is a rhythm game.

The game itself is a re-mix of earlier games - all graphics, music, items and even dungeons are sampled and the architecture supports the easy incorporation of new assets.

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April 26, 2004

Fan Films

Below are some links to fan films available online. There are some fairly diverse films receiving tribute in these, although the fan films themselves are of varying merit.

Indiana Jed – a very ambitious teenager film in the Indiana Jones mould.

Marla – A French effort riffing on Marla Singer, the Helena Bonham-Carter character from Fight Club

Pink Five – A Star Wars comedy, bringing in the Clueless girl. Very funny.

Return to the Woods –Evil Dead tribute

Skeletor and Gang – A series of seriously mashed up, crude silent He-Man animations. Wonderful.

Predator: Hunter’s Match – an impressive (except for the acting) Predator tribute. Can’t find the film, however…

Run Student Run – Run Lola Run retread, some good animation and slapstick.

For more fan films see:

Hosted by theforce.net (Star Wars fan site), these are mostly Star Wars fan films and fan effects tests, some fantastic, some absurd.

Indiana Jones fan films

All sorts of fan films

Over 300 fan films in categories as diverse as Pulp Fiction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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April 19, 2004

The future of Weblogging

The Register looks at Weblogging as a cultural force and argues that more bloggers need to become proper journalists, or at least contribute a decent precis of what is being signposted. The article makes plain the potential of Weblog conventions to evolve mainstream media, suggesting the benefits of making syndicatable meta-data available on each and every article published.


The same principle could be applied to other media types such as still imagery, sound and video. In the industries where this is already being done (e.g. film and television) there is an opportunity to demonstrate immediate benefits with areas like research, royalty tracking, advertising and marketing, production management, and film/game integration all trying to do greater things on tighter budgets. Generating a rough cut from RSS feeds may be a little way off for Hollywood but independants have no reason to hesitate.

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April 13, 2004

Stockstock Festival recycles Prelinger archive

A film festival based entirely on re-interpreting stock footage.

Wired News: Festival Takes Stock of Old Films

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April 06, 2004


Audblog offers web publishing by phone.

Phone call => MP3 => blog post


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April 05, 2004

Desktop Vogging

"A vog is the video equivalent of a blog."

desktop vogging part one

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