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We work on the Internet. As such, we are constantly consuming information. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. Sometimes we even forget things unless we write them down. Our blog covers everything from web standards to the muppets, php to comic books, music and everything else that we find interesting. Leave us a note when you drop by.

Content Strategy For Mobile

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A Book Apart releases its eighth book in its must-read series! 

Karen McGrane of Bond Art + Science writes down her advice on getting your content onto mobile devices. With smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices in general quickly being adopted worldwide, being able to deliver content in a flexible manner is going to be a must-have skill!

Though this release looks targeted to copy-writers, we recommend everyone who works in the web industry give this (and the entire series, really) a flip through. Condensed and practical.

XCOM Enemy Unknown

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There are video game fans worldwide with fond memories of the original 1993 XCOM game, myself included. Its turn-based ground combat system, research resource management, and simple customization captured imaginations. I spent plenty of nights naming new recruits after friends only to send them out into the field against the alien threat.

The XCOM series floundered badly since then, but it looks like Firaxis Games (makers of Civilization IV and V) seem to be getting it back on track. Though it'll be also released for the PS3 and the Xbox 360, this might be one that I'll have to pick up for the PC... for old times sake :)

Dredd

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Judge Dredd is a british comic creation with a long history. Debuting in 1977 in 2000AD magazine, he's had a regular feature since, acting as judge, jury, and executioner in a crime-ridden overpopulated future. In 1995, Sylvester Stallone starred in a film adaptation that failed to focus on what made the Dredd character popular: gritty, dark, violent, and generally-uncompromising bad-ass-ness! This version seems to be learning from 1995's mistakes, with Karl Urban under the helmet (and hopefully never taking it off this time, as per cannon). I'm crossing my fingers...

Torchlight 2

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Runic Games released Torchlight for the Mac on May 2010 on Steam. It was built by Travis Baldree, Max Schaefer, and Erich Schaefer; Max and Erich were co-designers of both Diablo and Diablo II. Blizzard's own Diablo III was still two years off and people were chomping at the bit for some looting slashing gameplay. Torchlight delivered.

I loved its World Of Warcraft -esque cartoony style and starightforward mechanics. The story was pretty shallow, but it did the job, connecting deeper and deeper levels of randomly assembled dungeons. The only complaint I had with it was the lack of co-op/multiplayer. It was an entirely single-player affair.

Torchlight 2 arrives with that problem solved. Now I can crash through monsters and dangers with my friends, looting and slashing to the wee hours of the morning! It is only available on PC as of this writing, so those of us waiting to play it on our Macs will have to wait for a port... but there's always Bootcamp ;)

Borderlands 2

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I don't play multiplayer on my Xbox 360 very often, but when I do, its been Borderlands. A great looking cell-shaded design, fast-paced first-person shooter gameplay, and a loot-collecting mechanic as addicting as anything the Diablo series has ever dished out. All this with a good sense of humour and a fun post-apocalypse feel? How can you say no? :D

Dark Knight Rises

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"The Dark Knight Rises" is the conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's incredible Batman trilogy. Christan Bale is back as the caped crusader, this time facing off against Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane

As impressive as Nolan's "Batman Begins" was in 2005, no one was prepared for how amazing "The Dark Knight" was when it hit theatres in 2008. As such, many fans have high expectations of the third film, myself included!

Brave

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Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and starring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, and Robbie Coltrane. "Brave" is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Definately a must see.

A Book Apart: Design Is a Job

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"Design Is A Job" is yet another fantastic book in the easy to read A Book Apart series. Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know.

Leonard Cohen "Old Ideas"

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Leonard Cohen offically released a new album today, named "Old Ideas", a collection of ten new songs full of gravelly voiced poetry goodness. I've been a big fan of Cohen since I first picked up "The Future" and have been looking forward to new material from him :D

The Adventures of Tintin

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Steven Spielberg directs a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish starring Georges Rémi's famous adventurer, Tintin. The movie is based on the two-part comic, The Secret Of The Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. I read these books as a kid and am super-excited to see it on the big screen in a 3D Motion Capture film! :D

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in Guy Ritchie's sequel, Game Of Shadows. This time they are joined by Jared Harris playing the criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty. The first film was well put together, with Downey Jr. stealing the show as the title character.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Anyone who's played roleplaying games on the PC and/or on the XBox knows what the Elder Scrolls series is, as is salivating at the chance to jump into a new game. If you've always wanted to blaze your own path, do your own thing, ignore the main storyline and just go exploring, this is definitely the game for you!

The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.

Tom Waits - Bad As Me

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Tom Waits is back with a new bluesy clattering album! Titled "Bad As Me", it is the first album of new material since "Real Gone" seven years ago. The single is out now on iTunes , where you can also pre-order the album. This one is on my must-buy list :)

A Book Apart, 5 and 6

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The brilliant folk at A Book Apart keeps rolling out the hits with a double release in October!

  

Designing For Emotion by MailChimp user experience design lead Aarron Walter will assist you to make a human connection through design. On the same day, Mobile First by former Yahoo! design architect and co-creator of Bagcheck Luke Wroblewski jams a lifetime worth of mobile experience in an easy-to-read experience.

Our iPads are already awaiting the digital downloads! :D

Batman: Arkham City

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With the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum, comic book lovers finally got a Batman game that was not only enjoyable, but absolutely amazing! Everything about the game really put the player into Batman's boots, bringing out a grim stealth gameplay that was reminisant of Christopher Nolan's movies. The only complaint was you were left wanting more... and developer Warner Home Video is here to deliver! :D

Gears Of War 3

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I love the Gears Of War games. I have bought the first two and imensely enjoyed playing them co-op, having a friend sitting beside me as we slam out way through a gothic thick-neck alien horde. Still king of the cover-shooters, the third game promises to be more and better. 

Gears of War 3 is the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games. Developed by Epic Games exclusively for Xbox 360®, Gears of War 3 plunges you into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood. In Gears of War 3, fight on as Marcus Fenix, the grizzled war hero and leader of Delta Squad. Eighteen months after the fall of the last human city, the war against the Locust rages on. Meanwhile, deep beneath the surface, a fearsome new threat is infecting the planet from within. With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race. The Gears of War series is one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, with more than 12 million games sold worldwide, a forthcoming major motion picture, New York Times best-selling novels, and more.

I know fellow Xbox 360 owners and close friends that are already planning their weekends around the release of this game. Well, it wasn't like I was planning on doing anything anyway! :P

Deus Ex Human Revolution

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The original Deus Ex was a fantastic cyberpunk-ish RPG. This new sequel is put developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, so  it's got pedigree behind it. The write-up on Gamestop says...

You play Adam Jensen, a security specialist, handpicked to oversee the defense of one of America's most experimental biotechnology firms. But when a black ops team uses a plan you designed to break in and kill the scientists you were hired to protect, everything you thought you knew about your job changes. At a time when scientific advancements are routinely turning athletes, soldiers and spies into super-enhanced beings, someone is working very hard to ensure mankind's evolution follows a particular path, and you need to discover why - the decisions you take and the choices you make, will be the only things that can change it.

Sounds pretty good, actually. I've never been one to get into a full proper RPG game, having owned but not finished Mass Effect or Final Fantasy XIII, it might be worth a rental :)

Cars 2

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Pixar is back with Owen Wilson and Michael Caine in this John Lasseter directed sequel. Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater get wrapped up in a classic fish-out-of-water international espionage adventure. I have loved every single Pixar film. I have no doubt I'll love this one too. :)

Green Lantern

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Marvel Comics have done a fantastic job of bringing their characters to the big screen. Warner Bros and DC Comics has not, outside Superman and Batman... and even those two franchises have been rebooted due to mediocre adaptations.  Now director Martin Campbell and actor Ryan Reynolds are going to try to bring us the Green Lantern as a summer blockbuster.

There has always been a lot of potential in a Green Lantern film. Let's face it, it's the ultimate story of wish fulfilment, a magic ring that can make anything you can think of. But it also had a lot of potential for being incredibly terrible, such as a rumour that it was going to be made as a comedic vehicle for Jack Black.

The first trailer came out at the tail end of 2010 and it did not impress. At best it looked like an average attempt to spin a DC franchise into the douchebag-to-hero character arc that worked well in Iron Man. Six months later, they released new, much better footage, this time focusing on the big set pieces, out space scenes, alien police corps, and general ring slinging... now I'm definately looking forward to it :)

Duke Nukem Forever

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Finally! This game was first announced way back in April 1997... fourteen years! I recommend you take a read over the disaster that was it's long-running development before Gearbox Software came along and tied it off at last.