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Home sweet studio
The latest on DIY recording
Drums in the living room, control room in the foyer, and guitar amps isolated in separate corners of the dining room — this is the shape of the modern low-budget studio.
| May 27, 2010
Privacy concerns make facebook the new bad guy
There was, for a time, a pretty clear moral hierarchy in the tech sector. Microsoft was the evil overlord, Apple the virtuous underling.
| May 26, 2010
The radio on TV
Suddenly local music is all over the airwaves
There is nothing new about bands playing on television. But local bands and local channels? Lately there’s been something of an explosion.
| May 12, 2010
Apple loses its cool
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
| May 14, 2010
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
| May 05, 2010
Is genius immortal?
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
| May 03, 2010
Review: Final Fantasy XIII
I’m so old, I can remember when Final Fantasy VIII came out and everybody complained about it.
| April 06, 2010
Review: God of War III
New console, same game
What is Kratos so angry about — again? There used to be a good reason for his non-stop temper tantrums.
| April 01, 2010
Review: Heavy Rain
A haunting thriller for PlayStation 3
Is Heavy Rain a game or a movie? Players have been asking the question since before its release.
| March 11, 2010
Chatroulette: New online intelligence
Think of the history of online chat as you would the arc of a young American’s life.
| February 25, 2010
Review: BioShock 2
BioShock 2 dives under the surface
When Andrew Ryan said this to your player in BioShock , it was part of a plot twist of surprising power — about halfway through the game, you realized you'd been taking orders from your antagonist.
| February 24, 2010
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
| February 22, 2010
Review: No More Heroes 2
Pain in the assassin
In the world of video games, one rule is ironclad: if a game is successful, there will be a sequel. Hell, sometimes if a game isn't successful, there will be a sequel.
| February 16, 2010
Review: Mass Effect 2
The good Shepard returns
Mass Effect 2 gives us the game we craved the first time around — the laborious load screens remain, but the bits in between are a breath of fresh air.
| February 10, 2010
Review: Army of Two: The 40th Day
One step forward, but Army of Two steps back
When I reviewed the original Army of Two , I found myself in the unfamiliar position of being the guy who liked something everybody else hated (as opposed the guy who hated something everybody else liked).
| January 27, 2010
Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade
Zeroes from the Aughts
Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
| January 20, 2010
A Providence foundation seeks out the awesome
What is awesome? A burrito, if you ask me. And nearly any record by the band Spoon.
| January 13, 2010
Season of the witch
Here's the thing about Bayonetta : you have to take all of it, not just part.
| January 12, 2010
Review: The Saboteur
Pandemic Studios' swan song
When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
| January 06, 2010
Video games start the new year right
Do not adjust your calendar. Christmas has not been moved to March this year.
| January 04, 2010
2009: Year in video games
Swimming the mainstream
At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
| December 22, 2009
Sexiest video-game studs of 2009
The cream of the crop
Video-game characters get more realistic all the time - and by more realistic, we mean sexier. This year offered a plethora of digital delights and graphical innovations, and although developers don't cater to their straight female and gay male audience nearly as much as they could, we still had no shortage of contenders for this list.
| December 18, 2009
Tilting at Windows
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous with computing.
| December 18, 2009
Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
| December 08, 2009
"A Discussion on Money in Politics"
@ University of Southern Maine - Portland
@ Portsmouth Book and Bar
Naked Shakespeare Ensemble: "Shakespeare in Concert"
@ Bowdoin College Chapel
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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