stuff over at the Internet Moving Images Archive Film List. Some in .avi format, most in MPEG-2.
Don Melanson pointed me towards Feed’s latest special issue: Video Games 2001, with good articles by Steadman, Hall, Johnson, and more. Carl‘s up to his usual high standard: “But a 3-D shooter mapped into 2-D space also means an end to the paranoia — it’s no longer about what lurks around the next corner or who’s fixin’ to gib you from behind. The game isn’t necessarily easier, but — for me at least — it’s more like playing a game. If 2-D is less visceral, well, I eat enough Xanax as it is.”
you can get reliable data on the current state of the internet down to the local level? I know of the Internet Traffic Report, but that doesn’t seem to indicate that there’s anything wrong, and anyhow talking about North America as a whole seems a little broad to me.
I’m prompted by the problems that some folks in San Francisco seem to be having, but also because we had the same situation at work a couple of weeks ago when UUNet went down here in Montreal for 8+ hours. Our sites stayed up cause they’re cloned elsewhere, databases and all. But the ISP whose BoD I’m on had huge problems – their backup bandwidth from Videotron relied on UUNet as well (which was news to everyone).
start to a Saturday morning. Feed has published an essay about Kathy Acker and Alan Sondheim’s recently restored Blue Tape: Sex, Truths, and Videotape by Chris Kraus.
for the next week. Much needed – but not too many updates coming until next Sunday when I return. I’m headed to Minneapolis, which promises to be a grand time, due mostly to the company I’ll keep there. I leave Tuesday morning early, so I may write a bit tomorrow, but then again even for a simple week away I have lots of details to take care of during the day tomorrow:
- return the “Being John Malkovich” DVD I rented the other night
- go to the regie to check on a possible health card mixup
- finish up something I’d not completed to my satisfaction at work (but I can do it here)
- send my old video card to ATI so they can update its BIOS, which will allow me to drive my secondary monitor
- answer a dozen emails I’ve let sit too long, plus one postcard
- arrange for flowers to be sent for a friend’s birthday late next week
- pay my car insurance