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December megalinks 12/15/12

2012 December 15

First up: that didn’t take long, did it? When will people learn to listen to me?

Second, congratulations to Jason Yungbluth for Weapon Brown: Blockhead’s War, the serialized post-apocalyptic comic which finished up last week. While tastes vary, I feel like  remarking on how incredibly favorable Weapon Brown looks compared with most of what’s being cranked out of Marvel or DC these days and billed at $3-4/pop. The level of craft on display in the former just puts the latter to shame. About the only advantage a typical Avengers Ouroboros or Batcomic seems likely to offer is dazzling color. Is that really worth more than plot, storytelling, character development, creativity, etc.?

Now, this is an odd one, but I do want to jot down this link to upgrading the brain of a 2006 iMac like mine. Over the past month or so I’ve concluded that this venerable workhorse really is about due to be put out to pasture. But I thought I should at least explore options for upgrading what is in many ways still a perfectly good desktop computer. I was surprised to learn that one can, indeed, do more than just add memory. I was, however, unsurprised when I quickly concluded that the first line of the article, “Like brain surgery?”, does not understate the matter. Right around the time I got to “If you happen to rip the EMI shield, use a piece of foil tape to cover the tear” I decided that I do not have the guts to attempt a project like this. Ah well.

Considerably closer to the shallow end of the DIY pool, however, many of these homemade gift ideas look both cute and possible. I love number 11, the “Pantone Chip magnets,” best.

Bunch of links about media transformation, next.

  • In that odd category of “that’s being discontinued? You mean it was still around?” we have the final issue of Nintendo Power. Twenty-four years. Talk about beating the odds.
  • Meanwhile, one American periodical—a newspaper, no less—is apparently ramping up its print operations
  • But, the paper industry is still shrinking. Boy, I should come back to this and post a few remembrances of the last days of paper’s go-go largesse years. Note to self.
  • Meanwhile, one of my non-printed destinations for news for probably a decade now, The Independent, has apparently closed the gates of a paywall. So I guess I won’t be reading that any longer. I’ve gone into my own thoughts about newspapers’ attempts to roll back 15 years or so of the World Wide Web in favor of a restored provincialism, and won’t repeat them now; instead I’ll just note that my own preferences aside I’m really curious how this is going to shake out over the next several years. What will the news-access landscape look like c. 2020?
  • And, speaking of rolling back the World Wide Web, Anil Dash tries to explain what has been lost to the “Web 2.0” (2.6? 3.0? What are we on, now?) of social media and apps, both as a reminder and an introduction for “younger folks [who] may not even know how the web used to be.” I feel like this is a worthwhile topic, although Dash seems to numb any real reaction it might otherwise provoke through “TL:DR.” I suspect that even a more pithy version of this same article would end up sending a rather mixed message, though, given that it is followed by what looks to my eyes awfully like a Facebook wall comments section… Sigh.

Last one: British Claim They Can Kill the Pixel Within Five Years. I guess we’ll find out.

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