Reviews

Gimpshop – an open source alternative to Photoshop

For those people who loved Gimp, a powerful open-source image retouching and authoring software, then you will love GimpShop. Think of it as a revamped version of Gimp, giving a Photoshop feel to the software. GimpShop is a hacked version of Gimp. Since most people are used to having an Adobe Photoshop interface, Scott Moschella did what a usual 'hardcore graphics geek' might do: change the interface of Gimp so that people are more comfortable using it.

Johnny Awesome “Separation Makes It Easy”

Who says separation makes things easy? I know I don't, but Johnny Awesome does - in his album, at least. This 11-track purely acoustic album showcases Johnny's talent in guitar-playing and singing, without much editing and just pure music - straight from the man's bedroom. Released under Creative Commons, Johnny urges people to listen to it, love it, hate it, pass it around...and everything else. But with lyrics, a voice and life such as his? You're sure to tell more people about this awesome guy rather than forget him and hate him.

UltraStar Deluxe – free karaoke game for Windows, Linux and Mac

You've probably sung in the bathroom at least once in a month because you just couldn't sing in front of your friends or other people. You shiver at the thought of singing on stage or- heaven forbid - in karaoke. While other people sing shyly in karaoke bars, others sing in the comforts of their home - all thanks to Ultrastar Deluxe!

FrostClick Special Sampler Mixtape by Enough Records

Enoughrecords compiled a sampler mixtape especially for Frostclick! Get a taste of the netlabel's best electronica, postrock, industrial, drone, and ambient by Sugar Overdose, Ikimashoo Aoi, Jenifer ?Åvila, Gilo, Nagra, Violet and the Mutants to name a few. The album is quick and dirty, with a lot of gritty vocals, heavy bass and electronic beats. The collection of songs is solid - everything works so well together since the sequence and combination of the songs is obviously well thought of.

Eyes Are For Sleeping: Stories of People Who Do What They Can – Photobook by Giuseppe Saudoni

Eyes are said to be the windows to our souls. They say you can tell a person's sincerity by looking at his or her eyes. These are the same eyes that we use to see the reality in front of us; the world that we are living in now. 'Eyes Are For Sleeping: Stories of People Who Do What They Can' is a coffee table photo book which features a collection of short stories told through text and images. Giuseppe Suadoni originally wrote the short stories in Italian, but translated it into English, Spanish and German with the help of his family and friends.

Go Home Robot “Candles and Bombs” – psychedelic pop/rock mixed to perfection with electronica

High-octane, intricate and frenzied - these are the best words to describe "Candles and Bombs", Go Home Robot's first ever album. The album is a polished mix of psychedelia, rock, pop, and electronica, with a healthy dash of mad experimentation that gives Go Home Robot a style that's truly their own. On top of that, these guys from Arlington, VA know how to make love to their instruments and you can feel their passion in every song of this - dare I say it? - work of art. If you're sick of bands who can't play a guitar to save their lives, now is a good time to listen to people who seriously know their stuff.

ManyCam – 1 webcam for all IMs with many additional cool effects

One day, I wanted to use my webcam for two instant messaging programs even though I knew that wasn't possible. Frustrated, I stumbled upon ManyCam a few days later, and we were a match made in heaven. ManyCam is the answer to the problem most people who want to use their webcam in several applications have. It acts as a virtual camera for multiple applications at the same time offering many additional features on top of it. You can change your background, appear as if it's snowing in your room, put on funny masks, draw on your webcam and many more.

Art Punk Band “Zeno and the Happy Cats”

You think you've heard it all - why shouldn't you, when every single day hordes of musicians come out with their own interpretation of one or a dozen genres? Well once in a while you ought to come across a band like The Art Punk Band. They make absolutely no sense outside of themselves and their musicality is, at best, questionable. They sound really weird. However in a sea of nice-but-forgettable music, weird is good, if only to serve the purpose of expanding your mind and your musical tastes.

Dragonica Online – cute but challenging free-to-play 3D MMORPG

Admit it - once in a while, you want to relax after a stressful day and play some games. While others are deemed as 'hardcore' gamers, there are also some who just play casually, and this game would definitely appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers alike. Dragonica Online is a 3D massive multimedia online role-playing game (MMORPG) produced by Barunson Interactive and published by various developers throughout the world. It has been under development since 2006, and have just recently been released in respective regions with different languages like Southeast Asia & Oceania, Europe and North America. There are also Chinese and Korean versions for China, Taiwan, Hongkong and Korea.