fighting freak knuckles
You’re in a used book store, lurking in the fantasy and sci-fi section, rummaging through a box of old novels.
You see a fat tome with a flea-bitten cover featuring a garish technicolor vista of a strange new world, a grandiose title. On the cover, the artwork speaks of multiple moons, distant purple mountains, alien botany. In an instant, you understand that you will buy this book and, for the next few days, its mysteries will be a rapture to you.
That’s the feeling the developers at Hello Games are aiming for, with its new game No Man’s Sky, revealed at the weekend with a first trailer. Its otherworldly colors, the slightly odd title and the focus on interplanetary exploration all speak of Asimov-esque tundras stretching into the distance. But this trailer poses as many questions as it answers.
Anthony Lane on the new Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”: http://nyr.kr/1dQSzox
“Here’s the thing, the masterstroke of the movie: Llewyn is very good, but he’s not great. The Coens could have made a film about a genius, just waiting to be dug up like a diamond. Indeed, in the closing minutes we see and hear the young Dylan at the back of a room. But Llewyn is a semiprecious stone, and that is the half-tragedy of his life.”
Illustration by Marc Aspinall.
BOSS GT-6 - Knob Feel Review
Here is a little slice of Knob Gold! It’s true what people have been telling me, the equipment that is made for musical production is a lot better quality than the reproduction equipment. The Knobs on the BOSS GT-6 are beautifully smooth to turn. Zero Axial Skew too. The little Selector Knobs are still smooth but also precise. The spinner is just a little guilty pleasure now. This seems like a genre I might spend a bit of time in until some new HI-FI comes around!
A cartoon by Bob Eckstein. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1isIyQl
Botafogo Bay and Rio de Janeiro at night, September 1920.Photograph by Carlos Bippus, National Geographic
Marine infantry in Taiwan practice using flame throwers in a simulated battle, January 1969.Photograph by Frank and Helen Schreider, National Geographic
A man and his dog on the Overhanging Rock in Yosemite National Park, May 1924.Photograph by Educational-Bruce Photograph
An appropriate video for my 21st birthday: Why does a beer bottle foam up after a sudden impact on its mouth? (by Francis WorldInsideOut)