Links vom 8. 11. 07: Songbird, Typeflash, Ultima, Xmas Beer und Torrent Wars

Music

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Prince macht sich jetzt komplett zum Horst: Prince to fan sites: No pictures, no artwork, no album covers 4 U
The Paisleyed One wants his fans 2 know that doves cry each time they see Prince album covers and concert photographs available 4 U 2 view on fan sites. (The doves, which reportedly clock 12-hour shifts before a bank of monitors in a secretive Twin Cities location, are said to be just faking the tears at this point.) To protect their delicate feelings, Prince has gone on a legal offensive against Internet fan sites.
Prince's lawyers have requested that three fan sites remove the offending artwork, images, and even their "own photographs of their Prince-inspired tattoos," according a to a joint statement from the site operators. Houseofquake.com, princefans.com, and prince.org have banded together to fight the cease-and-desist notices and have launched princefansunited.com to make their case to the world.

Songslide
Songslide is the Music Download Store where you set the Price... How SongSlide Works:
Step 1 Artists Upload Music
Step 2 Fans Find Songs or Albums They Want to Buy
Step 3 Fans Pick the Price -- The Higher the Price, the Higher the Artist’s Percentage
Step 4 Fans Pay with Credit Card or PayPal and Download Music
Step 5 Artists Gets Paid

Songbird 0.3
Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.
PS: yes, it supports your bloody iPod...

Social Network for DJs: MixRevolution
The site emerged from beta today, and there are already a few profile pages on the site where DJs have posted their bios, photos, comments, and original mixes across the hip hop, scratch, and dance genres.

Movies

Knight Rider R/C Car
What would be the next best thing after having your own robot version of David Hasselhoff? Probably your own radio controlled KITT.

Top 10 Most Disturbing Movies Of All Time
If you shoot someone in the head with a .45 every time you kill somebody, it becomes like your fingerprint, see? But if you strangle one, stab another, and one you cut up and one you don't, then the police don't know what to do.

Design

Typeflash

Banksy bleibt: Council Preserves Banksy Murals
Graffiti removal teams in north London have been ordered to preserve work by guerrilla artist Banksy. Islington council said the policy was in response to calls from residents for the murals not to be painted over.

Jason Hawkes Aerial Photography
Jason has specialized in aerial photography since 1991, is based just outside London in the UK, and works worldwide. He has produced over 25 aerial photographic books

Interview! > Josh Keyes!
A detailed interview with artists Josh Keyes. A truly progressive character in the art world. His art is amazing and our interview with him is a great read, so check it out. Summer is on its way out, but fortunately for all of us the internet doesn't have any seasons,

Roy Block
Roy Block is an experiment, sort of game, with a tangible interface that touches the field of mixed reality. The game features a self-willed heroine who is trying to get from the very left to the very right of the screen without touching the bottom and dying. However there is nothing she can stand and jump on so she needs the player to help her. The player has two small wooden blocks, in each hand one. Pressed on the screen they are being recognised by the game and the heroine can jump on them. To make the game even more challenging there are hazardous flower-like enemies who try to destroy the heroine when she comes too close.

Storys

Man erwartet von seinen Nachbarn ja nun nicht viel, was die Freundlichkeit bzw. die allgemeine Höflichkeit betrifft.
Nein, da hat man schon zuviel gesehen, als das einen da was schockieren könnte, dachte ich. Eben aber komme ich ins Haus und die eigentlich ganz nette, aber furchtbar verpeilte Untermieterin öffnet ihre Tür, guckt mich mit großen Augen an und sagt mir:...

Und so.

Ultima - a piece of gaming history
Once upon a time before there was WoW, and actually before many of us existed, a series of games called Ultima was created. 27 years later you probably know it only as Ultima Online, but before MMORPG superceded RPG it was a long-running series of games loved by generations.

The History of Atari: 1971-1977
The most important project at Atari in 1977 was the interchangeable games console, Stella. The final version of “Stella”, now renamed by marketing as the Atari Video Computer System (VCS) contained the following:
- 6507 processor (6502 derivative) running at 1.2 MHZ
- 128 bytes of RAM, 4K bytes of ROM addressable on cartridges
- TIA custom video and audio chip
- 6532 timer
- Two controller ports that could support 8-way joysticks with a fire button, potentiometer-based paddles, driving controllers, or keypads
The target was to support Pong and Tank!-style games. For this they included 2 8-bit “player” objects, and 3 1-bit “ball” objects plus a low-resolution playfield supported in hardware.

Retro Game Videos

How to Win at Monopoly - a Surefire Strategy
- Always buy Railroads; never buy Utilities *
- At the beginning of the game, focus on acquiring a complete C-G (Color Group) in Sides 1+2, even if it means trading away properties on Sides 2+3. After acquiring one of these C-Gs, build 3 houses as quickly as possible: no more houses, no less!
- Once your first C-G starts to generate some cash, focus on completing a C-G and building 3 houses in Sides 3+4.
- Single properties are the least good investment if you don't build on them.
- The only exception to the above rules are when you need to acquire stray properties to prevent your opponents from completing their C-Gs to accomplish the above strategy.

Japanese Christmas Beer

Canopus
4 extrem „schöne“ Fotos von französischen Atombombentests

Desktop Gaming
Wallpapers aus Game-Grafiken

70s Planet of the Apes Action Figures Commercial

Interview: William Gibson
You made your name as a science-fiction writer, but in your last two novels you've moved squarely into the present. Have you lost interest in the future?
It has to do with the nature of the present. If one had gone to talk to a publisher in 1977 with a scenario for a science-fiction novel that was in effect the scenario for the year 2007, nobody would buy anything like it. It's too complex, with too many huge sci-fi tropes: global warming; the lethal, sexually transmitted immune-system disease; the United States, attacked by crazy terrorists, invading the wrong country. Any one of these would have been more than adequate for a science-fiction novel. But if you suggested doing them all and presenting that as an imaginary future, they'd not only show you the door, they'd probably call security.

The War Against BitTorrent: Attack of the ISPs
There has been a lot of fuss lately about Comcast’s efforts to throttle and interfere with BitTorrent traffic, but they are by no means the only ISP involved in such efforts. Hundreds of larger and smaller ISPs all around the world try to limit BitTorrent traffic on their networks, time to give an overview, the war is on.

Ask 500 People
Ask 500 People gathers opinions from around the world and displays in real-time the responses to polls that users have created on a google maps interface.