Kill Bill – by Murat Palta. See more.
“We have over a million apps on iOS. We have over half-million that have been optimized for iPad. That half-million compares to 1,000 for Android tablets. That’s one of the reasons, although not the only reason, why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy because the app is nothing more than a stretched out smartphone app.” – Tim Cook
Half a million! But not Instagram, for example, which is just a “crappy stretched out smartphone” version. Tim assumes optimising for iPad holds some exclusive additional value, when a system that dynamically handles various screen sizes has some fairly obvious advantages of it’s own – one being: inflated phone layouts don’t look like cartoony pieces of shit with an inch of wasted screen padded around the app.
An absolutely epic retelling of the origins of Street Fighter 2, straight from the mouths of the people who made it.
I would say that Akira Yasuda is one of the strangest people that I’ve ever met in my life — in the top five.
When Capcom moved its studios to a new building, [Yasuda] went to every floor and laid down to see how it felt to sleep there. Every floor.
At one point, [Yasuda] wanted to live a healthy life, so he said, “OK I’m going to drink milk.” So he’d always buy these little packs of milk. He’d be working, and then he’d reach down to his little milk packs and drink them. Around his desk, he had like 100 of these packs. So he’d grab one, shake it, and whenever he’d find one with milk in it, he’d drink it and put it back, without even looking at it. And he never knew what the expiration dates were. So he started drinking milk to be healthy, but he was always complaining he had diarrhea.
Street Fighter 2: An Oral History via Polygon.
Image credit: Mick McGinty
(Related: I Am Street Fighter, documentary).
A montage of Best Visual Effects Oscar winners from 1977 to 2012.
Man In The Mirror outro extended to 9 minutes. Because, why not? (dl).
Submit to the will of Landru.
Easily the best graffiti video I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Nexus 5 – Thoughts & Impressions: The Device
OK, so here’s my condensed (yeah right?) thoughts on hardware from a few days use of the Nexus 5…
No question the Nexus 5 is a step up from the Nexus 4. It feels much better in the hand, and is much more comfortable to hold thanks to the soft finish on the back. Remember watching your Nexus 4 slowly grease it’s way off apparently level surfaces? Yeah, none of that here. The Nexus 5 is thin, and light while still feeling well made. The design is not so much classic as understated. Like most reviews say, it’s there to get out of your way.
If he can play the whole season Derrick Rose will win the NBA MVP in 2014.
A lot of people are banking on LeBron winning it, becoming the first player ever to win 5 MVPs in 6 years. It won’t happen – the Rose story of coming back to overcome such a severe injury is too inviting for the MVP voters.
In 2004/05 Steve Nash won the MVP. His stats: 15 PPG, 11APG, 3 boards and a steal.
Allen Iverson that same year: 31PPG, 7.9 APG, 4 boards, 2.5 steals.
The reason Nash won wasn’t because he really deserved it – it was because at the start of the season every reporter ranked the Suns around to 6-8 seed in the West. Phoenix ended up winning 62 games for the leagues best record, which was a huge shock to all those reporters (and made them look a little stupid). And who votes for MVP? The press.
It doesn’t matter if LeBron ends the season with better stats than Rose – it’s about the story. If the Bulls win 50+ games and Rose plays most of the season he’s a lock for MVP…
UPDATE: Rose is out for the remainder of the season after meniscus surgery. Brutal.
“You can’t have one foot in gangsterism and tagging and all that mess, and play cricket too. One or the other.”
Compton Cricket Club, via Grantland.
More on the CCC (or the “Homies and the Popz”) on Wikipedia.
Currently #Chromecasting: Lil Bub & Friendz from Vice. In case you didn’t know – internet cats have managers.
VICE’s Lil Bub & Friendz is the award-winning, heartwarming story of the Internet’s favorite cat and her sensational rise to international fame. Starring Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat, Scumbag Steve, and the Internet.
“Hurry Up” – Chris Piascik
One year ago I tweeted:
“If you haven’t been paying attention, the consumer camera space is erupting right now. Phone cameras lit a fire under the incumbents.”
That was before Sony released the critically acclaimed RX100 (and it’s follow up, the RX100M2). Sony has been pushing extremely hard in this space, releasing innovative and exciting cameras to consumers, while doing great things with glass and image quality at these reduced sizes.
These Sony “QX” Lens cameras may seem gimmicky, but they’re the first step into yet more uncharted territory, forcing the whole space to innovate faster.
$450 does seem pricey for what, at a glance, looks like just a bluetooth lens – but the 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens make it the hardware equivalent of an RX100M2, generally accepted as the best point-and-shoot in the world.
These QX lenses may not be a commercial success, but the future of mobile photography is looking pretty amazing.
Update: The Verge went hands-on: