Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nerd News in Brief

I was one of the fortunate few who did not contract inauguration fever earlier this week.

Okay, maybe I had a touch of it, but it wasn’t full-blown.

It’s very rare that, in the political spectrum, my team wins. (Come to think of it, this is also rare in the realm of professional sports, but I digress.) Still, I resigned myself shortly after the election to the straight and narrow path of not being a dick. At least with regard to my guy sitting behind the big desk.

It took some restraint, but I managed to maintain my composer even during the ceremony. I simply watched a little footage, made a mental note that I was, indeed, participating by proxy in a damn significant moment in my nation’s history, gave a hopeful smile, and then got back to work.

Maybe I could’ve done with a little more excited flag-waving, but I decided to keep shit low key.

It seemed a good way to go.
  • Age Old Question: From Church comes a pair of links in the political vein. The first is from The Daily Beast and purports that Obama is poised to make geeks cool. The second, from Patrol, counters by saying that geeks are already cool. The battle rages on.
  • Alpha-numeric: Have you checked out the new Letters vs. Numbers podcast? It’s delightful. Seriously. The guys are in rare form, and the musical selections are, as always, top notch!
  • Brother from Another Mother: Also from Anthony comes news of SpamM’s Earthbound Zero mixtape. It’s a mash-up album centering on music from the Mother series. You can download it for free from the Earthbound Crew site. And you should.
  • Gooey: Speaking of game music, be sure to download a copy of Kyle Gabler's World of Goo soundtrack from the WiiWare title of the same name. It’s freely available from his site, and our friends at VGMdb have compiled all the track notes on this helpful page.
  • New Module Me: If you’re more interested in making your own VGM, I will once again recommend Protein[DS]. It’s creator Pierre’s birthday, and, in keeping with tradition, he’s favored us with a new version featuring "a proper graphical user interface for global options and [DScratch] parameters (no more xml editing to test values!), state and recordings save, and a little [DSamples] update." As always, this homebrew goodness is available free of charge.
  • Cause and Effect: Shael Riley and his all-star band – henceforth known, at least to me, as The Dapper Lads - will be playing a benefit show for the children of Rwanda on January 27th in NYC. Show info can be found over at Shael’s LJ.
  • Smashed: And speaking of The Dapper Lads – and, yes, I’m gonna call them that until it sticks – Zen Albatross turned me on to a new Web comic earlier this week. It’s called Brawl in the Family, and, yes, it’s all about Smash Bros.
  • Free at Last: My pal Matt has migrated his own music/geeky culture blog free-geek to a more suitable URL at Three cheers for logical progression!
  • All Talk: My (unwitting) podcasting big brother, Tim from Mutant Pop/Radio Clash, was recently interviewed by MIT’s Technology Review for a piece on conflicting aesthetics in the mash-up community. Okay, truthfully the piece is more about Girl Talk’s tepid reception from the more seasoned fans and bootleggers, but it boasts some great insights from Tim, Lenlow, and DJ Earworm. Give it a read and weigh in on the subdued aural texturing vs. rapid-fire meta-mashing debate.
  • When the Scene Looks the Worst: Taking us out today is a video I can’t imagine you haven’t seen already, but it’s so damn good you need to watch it again. Of course I’m talking about Random’s "Push," directed by John Colombo. It’s from Ran classic album The Call, and he’s even made a version of this track available for free for new fans. Sure, this ain’t one of his nerdier joints, but it’s beautiful and uplifting.


Matt said...

Guess I should have pointed out I wasn't ready to go live with the new site? Oh well, guess I know what I'm doing tonight.

Church said...

Don't worry. Matt needs the occasional kick in the arse.

Matt said...

arse? Dude, you live in Baltimore. It is spelled ASS

Z. said...

Whoops! You forgot to tag that message "DO NOT BLOG, JACKASS!" My bad, Matt. Shall I remove the offending entry?

Matt said...

don't worry about it, we're used to you fucking things up. :)

plus things should be good to go by the weekend. A few tweaks I'm thinking about and another once over of the last post at

Z. said...

You wound me, big guy. You wound me.

Schaffer the Darklord said...

Hey, Z!

You can keep pushing "The Dandy Lads" on Shael's new band all you like, but I, for one, am currently lobbying for two names of my own for the boys...

1. Truth Hawk with Wind Horse
2. The Tri-Lambs

Carry on,

Church said...

Matt, I get published in England now, you prat.

Z and STD: Dapper Dandies. (It's a sports ref., so bonus snark points, yeah?)

Matt said...

Church, all the more reason to say ass. I hear those brits find colonialist speech charming.

Matt said...

And Z, if that wounds you then obviously you are not getting enough shit on a daily basis. I guess Church and I are being to lenient these days

DV said...

Happy birthday, Z!

Shael Riley said...

I'm just really glad we didn't go with Shael Riley and his Eight Robot Masters. Dodged a bullet there.