Webb Alert

11 09 2008

Webb Alert is a video podcast hosted by Morgan Webb, who may be most widely known as the co-host of G4’s X-Play. On the aptly named podcast, she covers a variety of the latest news stories from the Internet and technology sector in a palatable, rapid-fire, and entertaining format. Although quite easy on the eyes, Webb doesn’t seem to be just a pretty face pandering to the geek crowd. She presents each story with a fair amount of depth and detail and is genuinely interested in the stories she covers.

Every week about 5 new episodes are posted, each of which are about 5-7 minutes long. The podcast is available in iTunes and her website/blog is here.


Kool Keith – The Lost Masters 2

11 09 2008

Kool Keith is hands down my favorite Hip-Hop artist of all time and is one of those rare artists that constantly defies description. From album to album he not only changes his name and persona, but in most cases his entire style and approach to rapping as well. On The Lost Masters 2, which I’m assuming isn’t even a collection of lost masters, Kool Keith ventures into new territory yet again by rapping over the most basic of percussion sounds with a lyrical style which is far more free form than ever.

As a devout Kool Keith fan, I know that before listening to a new album by him to expect the unexpected. Even so, this record threw me for a loop and took some time to get used to. After the first few listens, it sat on the shelf for awhile and I wrote it off as the first miss I had ever heard from him and went back to listening to his other albums. However, after thinking about how differently he approached this album compared to not only his others, but also those of other mainstream artists in Hip-Hop, it hit me just how good it really was.

Some highlights of the album of the album are the graphically sexual “Varoom,” the furiously angry “Can’t Fuck With This,” and the playful “Two Step.”

You can get the album from Amazon , iTunes, and Kool Keith’s website is here. Here is a sample of “Varoom.”

Speed Runs

11 09 2008

I recently found a video of the game Killer Instinct which was quite nostalgic. Although it certainly wasn’t the best game ever made, it had a certain indescribable appeal to me. In said video, the player defeats every opponent with un-human like skill, and I of course was in complete awe. As I later discovered, it was in fact not a person playing but what is known as a computer assisted speed run.

The process by which you create a speed run seems immensely complicated. My loose understanding of it is is that a computer program analyzes every aspect of the game from the layout of the levels to the so-called “random” events that occur during game play. After processing this data, it then calculates the fastest way possible to complete the game. For all this time and effort, speed runs to me are a novelty at best. One point to note however is that those who create speed runs have tried to make it clear that they in no way intend to compete with human only speed runs.

You can find more videos at SpeedRuns.net.

Motivational Poster Creator

11 09 2008

Anyone who has worked a few lame jobs has surely seen the now cliche motivational posters, or Successories, with sayings like “Attitude: A small thing that makes a big difference.” A few years ago I also found a pretty decent parody site of them called Despair, Inc.

I recently found the next step up which is a website that lets you make your own motivational posters. The process is incredibly simple: upload a picture, add text, and download the finished product. I found it great for giving the extra umph to inside jokes. The link to the site is here.