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Monday, September 24, 2007

Living the Good Life — Sept. 24, 2007

The Master Chief - Halo 3The Master Chief is a "new kind of celebrity for a new and profoundly weird millennium." But will he survive if he is captured by the Brute Chieftain?

  • Hail To `Halo 3'

    Hellish Battles, Awesome Explosions Trump Weak Plot -- Make no mistake, "Halo 2" was a legitimate critical and commercial success. It earned an impressive 95 out of a possible 100 points on MetaCritic.com, landing it in the No. 3 spot on the all-time best-reviewed Xbox games. And it still holds, to this day, the all-time record for the most-ever video game pre-orders (1.5 million, outpacing "Halo 3," which, at the time of this writing, had 1 million pre-orders).

  • Software: Download Old Versions of Popular Applications

    If the newest version of your freeware application doesn't seem to work and the official web site does not archive older versions, OldApps.com might save the day. OldApps.com archives many previous...

  • Weekend Project: Soup Up Your Xbox Media Center

    So you've turned your classic Xbox into a full-blown media center (or you're thinking about it) and now you want to add the finishing touches—like games, album art and streaming video—to...

  • Work: Keep a File of Your Accomplishments

    If you're doing a good job at work, keep a record. Office productivity site Slacker Manager suggests keeping a "yay-me!" file:The basic idea is simple: you just keep a file of good stuff you do. ...

  • DIY: Make Your Own Playdough

    Store-bought playdough is stinky and dries out really quickly - but you can get around that with Instructables' easy recipe for homemade, non-toxic playdough. This is an easy recipe that you can...

  • Task Management: Do the Most Important Task First

    If you've got a task list as long as your arm, it can be overwhelming. Self-improvement site Better Life Forum suggests that you do the absolutely most important task first and then tackle the rest:...

  • River Cities Condos

    Filed under: Estates , Water I've seen cruise ships on the ocean offering condos before (a trend that seems to have begun with Residensea ) but this is the first time I have seen condo boats for river cruising. River Cities Condos is selling floating condos that will travel through the…

  • Roberto Cavalli Zebra Messenger Bag, Handbag of the Day

    Filed under: Handbags To appreciate the impact of this bag, consider its size: a roomy 15" x 15" with a 16½" across-the-body strap. It's big and beautifully shaped in a brown and black zebra print, cinched at the top with a slim leather belt. The gold-tone hardware on…

  • Luxury Luggage: Style Meets Airlines

    Filed under: Handbags , Journeys What kind of luggage you carried used to be a simple choice of personal style and durability, but in the post 9/11 world things are different. Regulations for air travel are not only much stricter than they used to be, but they're also changing all the time.…

  • George Nelson Eye Clock

    Filed under: Decor I'm usually pretty positive and like most of what I post on here, but I also get creeped out fairly easily and can honestly say this George Nelson Eye Clock design is not for me. I just don't need a large mechanical eye staring down at me while I'm trying to work, or…

  • Betsey Johnson Bambi Show Tunic

    Filed under: Apparel I love the babydoll/mini dress that seems to be everywhere. Unlike wrap dress, the mini dress is not for all body types. It seems like you have to be stick thin to pull this off. But I always wonder how women feel comfortable wearing something so short, especially on windy…

  • Joyswag: 10 invites to the Call of Duty 4 Beta (Day 7)

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , First Person Shooters , Joyswag Welcome to the final round of GameDaily & Joystiq's Call of Duty 4 multiplayer beta giveaway. Make your comment count! Here's how: Leave a comment below predicting the final Call of Duty sequel with number and subtitle…

  • Halo 3 (pre)-review

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , First Person Shooters With Halo 3 arriving in reviewers' hands just yesterday (yeah, Saturday) and matchmaking servers yet to be online, Joystiq's review is still pending further analysis of the game. We did get a chance to make a hurried run through Halo…

  • Podcast Rodeo for Sept. 23: Ear of a Black Hat

    Filed under: Features Don't even act like the Podcast Rodeo staff is upset that they didn't get to go to Tokyo Game Show, cause they're not. My crew of 8-eared carnival freaks don't even have time for globe-trotting, what with all the podcast listening that they have to do. ...…

  • TGS hands-on: echochrome

    Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 , Sony PSP , Puzzle , TGS After its shocking E3 debut, we desperately wanted to play echochrome , the mind-bending Escher-inspired puzzle game that has players changing their perspective. Available on the PS3 as a downloadable title and as a PSP game, echochrome…

  • TGS impressions: Ninja Gaiden 2

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , Action "Violent content is a big feature," says Ninja Gaiden 2 project lead Yoshifuru Okamoto, well aware of the obvious nature of his statement. Subtlety isn't a concept that's welcome in this particular Tokyo hotel room, with even the…

  • Absolut Downloads: Foldschool

    Foldschool is a full size, downloadable design, distributed freely by Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli. He says "The mindset of foldschool is to restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process." Over at…

  • A Brain Surgeon on Bicycle Helmets

    While at the Bikes Belong in Ontario event, we met Dr. Charles Tator, a brain surgeon and founder of Thinkfirst , an organization with the mission to "prevent brain and spinal cord injury through education aimed at healthy behaviours in children and youth." He was there to promote helmet…

  • Forest Superintendent Cabin in Sweden

    Sigh. In North America, if they needed a cabin for a forester, they would order a double-wide. In Sweden, they hire young architects like Petra Gipp och Katarina Lundeberg of Arkitektur to design stunners like this cabin in the Grimeton Nature preserve. ...

  • Lifehacker Tip: Shop Healthier at the Store Perimeter

    Design affects us whatever we are doing; the design and layout of a grocery store affects how we shop and what we buy. Lifehacker has a suggestion for healthier shopping: stick to the perimeter. That's where all the fresh foods are. The less you find yourself in the central aisles of the grocery…

  • Padre Himalaya, a Portuguese Pioneer on Solar Energy

    The television channel RTP2 of Portugal is broadcasting a documentary about the life of Mario António Gomez, best known as Padre Himalaya. This Portuguese priest, who was also a scientist and inventor, was one of the pioneers in the investigation of solar energy. His biggest achievement was the…

  • Motivated Uncluttering

    Unclutterer.com, one of our favorites and great resource for organizing and simplifying your material life, have put together an easy motivator post for those of us who struggle getting started. Living an uncluttered life doesn’t mean that you have to live an ascetic life. Simple living is about…

  • Leadership is Influence, Not Control

    What is a leader? Is it someone who tries to control everything they can, or someone who influences those around them? How do you become a leader with influence and not one by force? Michael Hyatt attempts to show us how with a few pointers for the leaders and would-be leaders out there. Cast the…

  • Changing Your Money Making Habits

    When you’re unhappy with the kind of money you’re making, a change in some simple habits could make all the difference. The money making beliefs you may have gotten use to may not be true; and if you rethink them, things can change for you financially. Ask yourself if this belief is always…

  • 10 Deep: Presentations by Lifehack.org

    Working on a big presentation for work or uni? They say you can never stop learning, so here is a quick round up of 10 of our favorite presentation articles from yours truly: Lifehack.org Ten Presentation Tips from Professional Trainer Presentation Hack: Flickr Backup Four Tips to Effective…

  • C&D first to drive the slower but faster Mitsubishi Evo GSR

    Filed under: Economy , Sedans/Saloons , Sports/GTs , Japan , Mitsubishi Our pulpy friends over at 2002 Hogback Road have gotten their hands on the latest version of Mitsubishi's Evo, the Evo X. Car and Driver 's November 2007 issue has a preview of the Evo X, and they found that while the…

  • Audi delaying CUV launches until 2009

    Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative , Marketing/Advertising , Crossovers/CUVs , Audi Audi is going to put off the launch of three new SUVs into its arsenal until the end of the decade, primarily for marketing reasons. Really, it's only one new model - the compact Q5 - plus diesel and hybrid…

  • UAW to strike at 11 AM today

    Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , GM , UAW/Unions Nine days after the contract between GM and the UAW ended, the two have yet to come to an agreement on employee concessions, including a two-tier wage structure and a move that would entrust the UAW to be responsible for retiree health care costs.…

  • AutoblogGreen for 09.24.07 (Sat.-Sun.)

    Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative , Green So, you've just seen Friday's AutoblogGreen posts, but the juicy stuff really came on Sunday, where we learned a little bit more about just what Schwarzenegger had to do with GM getting a big flex-fuel contract in California. Also, there's…

  • AutoblogGreen for 09.24.07 (from Friday)

    Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative , Green AutoblogGreen had such a glut of posts over the weekend that we're breaking the Friday-Sunday run into two posts here on the Autoblog roundup to make it easier to digest. For Friday's list, check out these highlights: a BMW made from ice , riding…

  • Quote of the week: From Charbay

    Charbay Winery & Distillery is in Napa Valley and makes some of the best spirits that you've probably never heard of. They make rum, whiskey, brandy, and vodka in 7 different varieties. Every single taste is clean, pure, and brings about flavor profiles that most spirits only dream of. At a…

  • Expand your desktop space with 360desktop - DLS interview

    Filed under: Utilities , Features , Windows , DLS Interviews , Beta Ever wish your PC desktop was just a little bit bigger? Need more space for program shortcuts, documents, and temporary files? There are a number of ways to virtually increase the size of your desktop by creating multiple virtual…

  • Gmail getting a facelift?

    Filed under: Internet , E-mail , Google , Beta When Google launched an e-mail client back in 2004, the company best known for its search engine completely changed the way we think about e-mail. While Yahoo! and MSN were offering users mailboxes measured in megabytes, Gmail users had an…

  • Exalead search engine shows website thumbnail previews

    Filed under: Internet , Web services , Search Ever wish Google would let you see what a website looks like before you click a search result? Yeah, neither did we. But Exalead has solved a problem that may or may not exist by putting thumbnail previews of websites next to search results. Overall,…

  • Soapbox is dead, long live MSN Video (with integrated Soapbox)

    Filed under: Internet , Video , Microsoft , Social Software Microsoft has taken its user generated video site and added it to MSN Video beta . The site formerly known as Soapbox no longer exists as a standalone service. Instead, user generated video and professionally produced video will all be…

  • BitTorrent 6 looks a lot like µTorrent for good reason

    Filed under: Internet , P2P , Beta BitTorrent 6.0 beta is out , and you're not alone in thinking the new interface looks awfully familiar. Last year, BiTorrent bought the popular BitTorrent client µTorrent . While BitTorrent is an open source application, µTorrent remains closed source.…

  • Will Sheff, Okkervil River

    After over eight years of relentless touring and quiet musical evolution, Austin-based indie-rockers Okkervil River broke out in 2004 with Black Sheep Boy, a captivating album fueled in no small part by front-man Will Sheff’s lacerating vocals and careening compositions that thrillingly threatened…

  • Brooklyn House Fire Kills 3, Injures 1

    A two-alarm fire in the Kensington section of Brooklyn Three people died while another was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The house on East 19th Street near Beverly Road is described as a two-and-a-half story house . The fire started in the attic and moved very quickly. Two…

  • Last Night's Action: Steps in the Right Direction

    Mets 7, Marlins 6 (11 innings): A third straight win has pushed thoughts of panic to the back burner. Philadelphia lost, meaning the Mets' lead is 2 1/2. Stranger things have happened, but the Mets have buckled up in the driver's seat in the National League East. Please support David Wright…

  • Extra, Extra

    Today on the Gothamist Newsmap: a shooting on 126th St. in Manhattan, another shooting on Intervale Ave. and East 163rd St. in the Bronx, and a stabbing on Rockaway and Pitken Aves. in Brooklyn. Atlantic City's Borgata casino was in flames this morning. Connecticut's Governor suspended…

  • U.N. Gridlock Alert

    The midtown traffic snarl in the interest of diplomatic security begins tonight. Take the following information into account if you are planning on catching a cab, bus, or ride of any sort during the next several days. 1st Ave. is closed to vehicle traffic as of right now and will remain so for…

  • Recap: Best Maps of the Week

    • Chasing Lola Through Berlin • LA's Best Late-Night Dining • Los Angeles Tiki Bars • Hollywood Coffee Shops • Decadent Dining in New York • NYC Jew Food: High Holiday Frenzy • New York: The...

  • Berlin: Bringing Bauhaus to Your House

    One of Berlin's lesser known museums, the Bauhaus Archive & Museum of Design showcases the work of one of the 20th century's most important schools of architecture and design. With their dedication...

  • San Francisco: SF Boba Tapioca Festival

    While we've already explored boba in Los Angeles, it's time to spotlight the tapioca shops in San Francisco. We have tapioca spots paired with crepes or curry fish balls, Thai food or popcorn...

  • Paris: Poetic Paris

    Until Sunday, September 23, Paris' first annual International Poetry Festival is taking place, with readings and other events happening around the city under the theme of peace. But the rest of the...

  • Clips: Gay Pride vs. the Handsy Grandad

    newVideoPlayer("gay_sydney.flv", 475, 376); Here we have a clip from Real World: Sydney, depicting the cast enjoying the Sydney Gay Pride Parade. Of particular interest is super-straight hunk...

  • Ben Kingsley to Star in New William Shakespeare Flick

    Filed under: Drama , Casting , Deals When you look at the resume of noted actor Ben Kingsley , you notice that for every good role he has done, there is something a little less "dignified" right beside it (even earning him a spot on Jeffrey's list of the Seven Most Overrated Actors ).…

  • 'White Jazz' Scribe Matthew Carnahan Signs with DreamWorks for 'The Zebra Murders'

    Filed under: Scripts & Screenwriting , Dreamworks , Tom Cruise , Brad Pitt , George Clooney While it's too early to tell if Matthew Carnahan 's first script, The Kingdom , will be a hit, you can't help but admire a guy that seemed to come out of nowhere (although he is the brother…

  • Denzel Washington and Tony Scott will Reunite for 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' Sources Say

    Filed under: Action & Adventure , Thrillers , Casting , Deals , Sony , RumorMonger , Remakes and Sequels It seems that director Tony Scott can't get enough of remakes -- and Denzel Washington , for that matter. Sources for Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Washington and Scott are in…

  • Sally Field to Star in Spielberg's 'Lincoln?'

    Filed under: Drama , Casting , RumorMonger , DIY/Filmmaking , Newsstand , Steven Spielberg Though we haven't heard much about Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln , Newsweek seems to think Sally Field has been cast as Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. All we know so far…

  • George Lucas Talks More 'Star Wars' TV

    Filed under: Action & Adventure , Animation , Sci-Fi & Fantasy , Fandom , DIY/Filmmaking , Newsstand , George Lucas , Home Entertainment , Remakes and Sequels In a two-part interview with TV Guide , George Lucas talked some more about those two Star Wars TV series he currently has in the…

  • About Last Night: About Last Night ...

    What you missed while at least enjoying the last game of the year at Busch Stadium ... • How 'bout that Grossman! • Pujols, Ankiel, some guy named Barden run like madmen. • They...

  • Nfl: There's Something About Brett

    Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes, including a 57-yard strike to Greg Jennings late in the game, to tie Dan Marino for the all-time touchdown mark and lead the Packers over the Chargers,...

  • Embrace Your Tv: To Watch Tonight

    What to watch while you try and coax Chewbacca out of your nightstand ... • NFL. Da 'Boys, Bears and beer. A lovely lil' Sunday night, really. [NBC] • MLB. It's the Astros and...

  • Nfl: Setting The Second Table ...

    Well, McNabb is nearly done taking out his frustration on the Lions, Steven Jackson still refuses to score a touchdown, and my Bills got their now 0-3 asses handed to them. Whatta say we get to these...

  • Olympics: Chicago 2016's new Olympic applicant city ...

    Chicago 2016's new Olympic applicant city logo. [Brand New]

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