The Dork Report for December 17, 2006

U2 announces Zoo2Live, a new live album available exclusively to fan club members. Although it doesn’t say so explicitly, it would seem the audio is taken directly from the same show as the commercially available DVD.

Nine Horses, the latest project from David Sylvian, Steven Jensen and Burnt Friedman, releases their new EP Money for All on Samadhisound in January.

The Criterion Collection uses its new blog, On Five, to announce a new line of DVDs: “Eclipse presents a selection of lost, forgotten, or overshadowed films in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer.”

Free Pinky! (passed around work)

What iTunes needs: tagging.

MacHeist‘s bargain-basement pricing on their bundle ($356.74 worth of shareware for $49) has ignited something of a blogwar. A particular sticking point is that aside from the aforementioned bundle, MacHeist gave away several "unlocked" software downloads (free, fully-functional apps, but not registered and thus disallowing upgrades) during an extended build-up to the bundle launch. Even the most cogent analysis of the affair on Daring Fireball fails to take into account one simple fact: what about upgrades? I used my unlocked copy of Voice Candy the other day to record some podcast voiceover audio, and I was prompted to download a new update. If I had done so, I would have kissed goodbye to my freebie and had been forced to pay the registration fee to continue using the program. I suspect most of these unlocked apps have similar built-in upgrade notices and users will be seeing them every time they open them up, basically amounting to free advertising for the developers, reminding users who already have the product sitting on their hard drive that they are not full owners in what they are using, and that they are missing out by not becoming full owners.

The Dork Report for December 7, 2006

At last, the IconFactory QuickPix 2006! (spotted on Daring Fireball)

All the bastiches wot done ripped off Panic. Not just their graphics, but even a photo of their office.

Cleaning up my bookmarks… Here’s one I saved a while ago but can’t remember if I posted: a working Lego Harpsicord

The indispensible guide to Bad Movies. Everything from MST3K classic Manos The Hands of Fate (which translates as, of course, Hands The Hands of Fate) to Peter Jackson’s early classic Meet the Feebles. And remember, don’t Hassle the Hoff… in space!

Oh no! Movie Place has passed on! I wouldn’t go as far as Hodg-man: "IT WAS ARGUABLY the reason I moved into my first apartment on 105th Street. OK: I WILL CEASE TO ARGUE–it was THE reason" but I would say that it was a strong motivation to stay in Morningside Heights for several years after finishing school. And it’s also partly true to say that one reason I was more willing to eventually move out was the advent of Netflix. (spotted on 43Folders)

The Dork Report for December 6, 2006

A Doctor Who Magazine poll picks David Tennant as the best Doctor, above no less than legend Tom Baker! Spotted on Behind the Sofa, with whose own list I also cannot agree. Who are these people? For my (US) money, here are the best Doctors:

  1. Tom Baker
  2. Christopher Eccleston
  3. David Tennant
  4. Sylvester McCoy
  5. Peter Davidson
  6. Paul McGann
  7. Patrick Troughton
  8. William Hartnell
  9. Jon Pertwee
  10. Colin Baker

The Dork Report for December 5, 2006

Somehow I don’t see Les himself plugging his axe into a MacBook and fiddling around with Logic, but you never know: the new Gibson digital guitar. (guest submission from Dave)

A fully-annotated electronic version of the WII manual. Iconfactory helpfully fills in the missing pages. (guest submission from Dave)

Marginal Revolution Poorly designed objects. My contibution was scooped by "bhauth" about halfway down in the comments: not so much the standard cd jewel box packaging, but the cellophane wrapping. (spotted on Design Observer)

The Dork Report for December 3, 2006

What if George Lucas were to take a crack at retroactively realizing the visions of other filmmakers? Here’s G-Lu’s Singin’ in the Rain. (guest submission from Andrea)

Continuing the wind-up to the new album, UNKLE’s online presence expands: UNKLE and James Lavelle on MySpace, Richard File‘s official site, and new official UNKLE online shops for the US and everywhere else.

Don’t Panic: Cabel Sasser is up to some mischief in his local Subway. Spotted in the comments: an even more ambitious TGI Friday’s menu substitution. (guest submission from Dave)

Alan Moore on the 25,000 year-long history of pornography in Arthur Magazine. (note: the article is spread between two different PDF files: parts one and two)

Joseph Arthur is in the studio with his (newly-christened) band The Lonely Astronauts, and has posted Let’s Just Be, an entire album for free download (but donations appreciated!).

All the kewl kids are talking about Tom Waits’ new Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards. Especially check out the Pitchfork interview. (guest submission from Andrea) (shameless Amazon.com affiliate link)

The Dork Report for December 1, 2006

Thank you, DaringFireball, now I know it’s not just me! I too adore Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine black rollerball pens, and carry one with me everywhere! I loathe to lend one to anybody, and I’m thrown off for the rest of the day on the rare occasions I leave it behind. Further reinforcing my new feeling of community, the Amazon customer reviews are all raves. Incidentally, John Gruber was actually blogging about the game SketchFighter, which looks amazing.

The Number 23 onesheet owes a lot to Stefan Sagmeister’s Lou Reed Set the Twilight Reeling poster.

Listen to The Fountain score, and roll your own on The Fountain Remixed.

Don’t let the brussels sprouts bite. (guest submission from Andrea)

Typographical horrors on Flikr: Atrocious apostrophe’s and "quotation" "mark" "abuse" photo galleries. (guest submission from Dave)