Reviews

Facade

Façade is an artificial intelligence-based art/research experiment in electronic narrative – an attempt to move beyond traditional branching or hyper-linked narrative to create a fully-realized, one-act interactive drama. Integrating an interdisciplinary set of artistic practices and artificial intelligence technologies, we have completed a five year collaboration to engineer a novel architecture for supporting emotional, interactive character behavior and drama-managed plot. Within this architecture we have built a dramatically interesting, real-time 3D virtual world inhabited by computer-controlled characters, in which the player experiences a story from a first-person perspective. Façade was publicly released as a freeware download in July 2005.

Keyboard Rebel: Pop Grenade

Keyboard Rebel is part of a new batch of indie British pop artists surging from across the pond. This aaahh-records release is a mix of mainstream rock with creative influxes of folk, that still manages to keep its British feel.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla is a global community project providing open and innovative internet products. Firefox is one of the leading internet browsers - an obvious choice for many users around the world. It provides all the basic features you need to surf the internet and so much more. If you are not using it already, download Firefox 3 and give it a try.

Cadence Weapon: Separation Anxiety

"Separation Anxiety" is the newest mix tape from Cadence Weapon. It includes 20 exclusive new Cadence Weapon tracks, collaborations and remixes. Download it here. Any price will grant you the download of a high-quality mp3 album.

The Story of Stuff

"The Story of Stuff" is a 20-minute film that takes viewers on a very provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture. In a very straightforward and open way, this short video shows viewers how from its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad. Download it with a .torrent file or straight from the website.

Mobius Band: Empire of Love

Last year this indie-rock trio presented their fans with the same gift - a Free Valentine's Day covers EP. This year the Mobius Band is keeping up with what might become a great tradition! Check out their 2009 free covers EP entitled "Empire of Love".

jitney: 86-300

Another great release from Rock Proper, an online music distributor for quality rock bands who license their music under Creative Commons. Jitney is a new project from Casey Meehan (the founder of Rock Proper). "86-300" is a well composed classic rock album with some insightful lyrics. Download the Album here.

Pidgin

Pidgin is an tiny application that allows you to connect with all your friends through most of the chat networks in one place. It supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, IRC, QQ, Sametime, Zephyr, Bonjour, Groupwise, SILC, XMPP, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, MySpaceIM, SIMPLE (upphhh - that's a lot), and it can support many more with plugins.

Adium

Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X. Adium allows you to chat with all your friends using different chat services at the same time. Among others, it supports: AOL Instant Messenger, including ICQ and MobileMe, MSN Messenger, Jabber, including Google Talk and LiveJournal, Yahoo! Messenger, including Yahoo! Japan, and Bonjour. It is also compatible with iChat, MySpace IM, Facebook Chat, Gadu-Gadu and more.