the whole world burns

Archive for June 2008

Dissecting today's Internet traffic spikes


The old rule of 70% utilization accommodating an unexpected 40% increase in traffic is unraveling. At least eight times in the past month, we've experienced from 100% to 1000% sudden increases in traffic across many of our clients.

Indie platformer extravaganza!


Round-up of some of the amazing indepedent platform games available (mostly for free) for download. This is where my week has gone.

Ben Joseph @ McSweeney's: Lit 101 Class in Three Lines or Less.


Paradise Lost

ADAM: Paradise has arbitrary dietary restrictions?

DEVIL: They're really more like guidelines.

GOD: Incorrect.

Reviewing and Scoring Video Games


L-score (ludology -- "gameplay") vs N-score (narrative -- graphics, story, sound...).

Maxim Gorky's 1896 review of a Lumière screening


Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows.

If you only knew how strange it is to be there. It is a world without sound, without colour. Every thing there—the earth, the trees, the people, the water and the air—is dipped in monotonous grey. Grey rays of the sun across the grey sky, grey eyes in grey faces, and the leaves of the trees are ashen grey. It is not life but its shadow, It is not motion but its soundless spectre.

24 Season Two: The Musical


A new perversion from the authors of the Silence of the Lambs musical.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.