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London Town Movie Review

The whole family caught this fine film via Netflix last night, finding it quite entertaining. Just like the year 1979 in which it takes place, the story is more earnest, innocent and romantic than most fiction you’ll encounter these days. Esthetically, the film produces warm feelings with it’s remembrances of vivid color and Clash songs you can sing along to. The plot moves along without lingering on useless atmosphere. The protagonist is a likeable kid who faces challenges, conquers them and grows as a result.

You’ll find nonsense criticism of this movie that complains about it being unrealistic, which misses the point as much as complaining that Van Gogh’s paintings are blurry. It’s romantic. It features Joe Strummer the mythical hero. It presents a vision of things how they ought to be. It has something profound to say about being 15, about transforming into an adult.

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Steam Family Sharing

This will make it a lot easier for me to introduce PC games to my two boys. And it will be one more reason to put a Linux box in the family room.

Steam Family Sharing lets users share games with unique saves

Steam Family Sharing enables users to share their entire library of games with up to 10 other Steam members – Steam suggests “close friends and family members.” Users request access to a friend’s library, and if their computer is authorized, they have access to all of the games in that friend’s library, complete with the ability to earn their own Steam achievements and save their own progress to the Steam Cloud.

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Parkour Moves Indoors

My kids love American Ninja Warrior. But what’s called Parkour today, used to be Freestyle Walking and the Ministry of Silly Walks before that. The sport has really come a long way.

Parkour, a Pastime Born on the Streets, Moves Indoors and Uptown – NYTimes.com

They are skateboarders without skateboards, urban acrobats who scale walls, hurdle mailboxes and leap between buildings in stunts that might give Spider-Man pause.

Practitioners of parkour, a daring pastime born in the streets, have long seen public spaces as their playground, and parkour as the ultimate rebel’s game, one with no rules, league, equipment or winners. It started in France (the name is derived from the French word for “course”) and has spread around the world: GazaTokyoRome and Miami are parkour towns.

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Falskaar mod for Skyrim

OK, I thought I was done with Skyrim. I Played through all the content and moved on to Dishonored via a sweet deal on Steam. Now I’m thinking I may give this mod a try. The author built this mod as a way to a job as a level designer.

Falskaar by Alexander J. Velicky

Falskaar is a new lands mod that adds an entirely new worldspace to the world. It’s accessed by a dungeon the first time, then by boat from then on out. Falskaar’s goal was to sharpen my skills in almost all areas around the board, with a focus in level and dungeon design. The result is that there is at least a little bit of everything. There is a new land, places, people, quests, dungeons and more for the player to experience. It adds roughly 20+ hours of content, and favors all types of characters.

This is NOT a beta. This is NOT a test version. This is a 100% completed new lands mod.

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Sells Minor Threat T-Shirts at Urban Outfitters

“It’s not a political thing for me,” MacKaye says. “I just don’t give a fuck about T-shirts.”

Urban Outfitters Sells Minor Threat T-Shirts, Ian MacKaye Responds – Arts Desk

Hey, look, teens of America: You can buy a kewl Minor Threat T-shirt for $28 at Urban Outfitters.

Hear something? That’s the sound of a 45-year-old punk rocker punching a wall.

But wait just a second before you start groping for the lever on the ol’ outrage machine. Turns out the T-shirt is not a bootleg like that Forever 21 design from 2009; it’s licensed through Tsurt, a California-based company that Ian MacKaye and Co. hired to produce and oversee sales of the band’s official shirts.