Peep Show Duo Are New Mac, PC in UK; John Hodgman So 2006

It’s very hard for me to explain why it’s so urgently important for me to blog about this. Short, telegraph version: Peep Show, British sitcom, insanely vicious and funny. Steve Jobs, hires two Peep Show stars, to be Mac and PC in UK Apple ads…maybe that wasn’t so complicated.

If you’ve never seen Peep Show, it’s about two guys, a …

Amazon’s Secret Wiki

In an oddly ultra-soft launch, Amazon appears to have silently begotten a wiki entirely devoted to product reviews entitled Amapedia. This seems to me like a basically good (or at least non-evil, in the Googlian sense) idea. I just wonder a) how they’re going to keep corporations from exploiting it with fake reviews (though I suppose …

Nerdcore Hip-Hop Addendum

Couple people wrote in with notes about a second nerdcore documentary in the works, Nerdcore for Life. Oddly, I kind of liked the trailer better. A little rawer, a little angrier. (Though you have to feel a little uncomfortable with the basic analogy some of the rappers propose, implicitly, between the civil rights abuses that fuel some …

Nerdcore Will Rise Up

I’ve been putting off doing a nerdcore post just because I’ve been heavily into nerdcore hip-hop for a couple of years now, and I kind of don’t know where to start. But now there’s a nerdcore documentary. So my hand is forced.

For those who don’t know, nerdcore is hip-hop by nerds about nerdy subjects: video games, star wars, …

Games People (Will Eventually) Play

GameSpot and GameSpy are both posting their Most Wanted Games of 2007 lists. Why don’t they just go ahead and merge already? Ooh, I am totally registering!

GameSpy is stingily doling its list out day by day over the course of this week, but GameSpot’s full list is up. To wit:

BioShock (2K Games/Irrational Games – Xbox …

Raw William Shatner Interview Outtakes Dump!

(This interview was conducted by my excellent colleague Clayton Neuman — henceforth “CN” — for this week’s 10 Questions feature in Time. I threatened him with my orbital railgun until he agreed to hand over the outtakes. They’re posted below in minimally-edited form — seriously, these are raw transcripts of a phone interview, so don’t

More People Who Could Beat You Up

Matthew Polly’s new book American Shaolin comes with this memorable epigraph from Snow Crash, which I can’t quite transcribe verbatim on Time’s website:

Until a man is 25, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherf____er in the world. If I moved to a martial arts monastery in

Dude, I’m Gettin’ a Chumby

Is that meme funny again yet? No? OK.

I had a visit from the Chumby people today. The Chumby is a little gadget that’s supposed to live in your couch or your kitchen or your bedside table — I’m thinking of it as a clock radio replacement right now. It’s soft and squishy and talks to the Net and runs widgets: weather, music, pictures, …

Fool’s Mate: Or, My Big Chess Porn Problem

I’ve never been very comfortable with the fact that I’m crap at chess. As a lad I self-identified as a smart kid, but when I stepped up to the board, I had nothin’. I just told myself I had other strengths and went back to drawing Thor on my math notebook. But an uncomfortable feeling lingered.

Despite this, or maybe because of it, I …

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