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Adam Schoales is a filmmaking, video editing, acting, graphic designing, music loving, freelance working, iPod sporting, tech-geek, student currently residing in Toronto, Ontario.

Endure and survive: how Naughty Dog brought ‘The Last of Us’ to the PS4

While it may seem like an obvious project for Naughty Dog to have taken on, a PS4 version of The Last of Us was hardly a foregone conclusion when the game originally launched 13 months ago. “It would have been a little presumptuous of us to take a completely new IP and say: ‘This is going to do great, let’s do it again,’” says Gyrling. However, Shekar was quick to note that the team behind the game felt good about its potential — both for the PS3 and possibly other platforms down the line. “While we were finishing up the game and looking at the quality of the game, I’m pretty sure most of the programmers had a pretty good feeling that we would be porting this over to the PS4,” he recalls, “but we weren’t really planning for it or preparing for it in any way until after we shipped.”
I’ve been holding out on getting a PS4 (until the new Arkham game, honestly) but if I had one getting this would be a no-brainer.

I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work

I don’t think I’m better than everyone else at anything, but I am very quick at organizing a big mass of interview tape into a structure. I learned my technique from a great print editor named Paul Tough, who was at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s, and worked with our show a lot in the early years. It’s so basic I worry it doesn’t bear going into here, but just in case it’s handy to another writer or editor, here we go…
I admire Ira immensely. A fascinating read.

Art of the Title: All The President's Men

One of my favourite films of all time, with a truly stunning opening title sequence.

I especially like the final part of the interview. I won’t spoil it but be sure to read all the way to the end.


I torrented 'The Expendables 3' and I'm still going to see it in theaters

Last week, torrent sites lit up with a high-quality Expendables 3 screener, which almost never happens before a big movie’s release date. Much hand-wringing ensued: Will the leak kill its chances in the box office? Will everyone who might otherwise pay $17 to watch Sylvester Stallone And His Merry Men blow things up just download the movie instead? Two hours and six minutes later, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the opposite. Leaking a month before its release might just be the best thing that ever happened to The Expendables 3.
Speaking of The Expendables 3 leak… here’s David Pierce at The Verge on the leak and why he’ll still pay to see the movie. I don’t agree with most of what he’s saying, mostly because I don’t give a shit about The Expendables 3 but I agree with the premise at the heart; see movies in theatres. That’s how they’re meant to be seen.

"Scared" Pirates Delayed Release of Expendables 3

This is a genuinely fascinating story. In fact, I’d put my money on the fact that the story behind the leak is better than the story in the movie itself…


7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to win

Apple’s obviously not the only company trying to make an incredible product — from Samsung and Google to Pebble and CooKoo, many others are in the wristwear business. If Apple’s going to do right what all others have done wrong, it needs to quickly learn a number of important lessons. It needs the iWatch to do, and be, a few things like no other smartwatch. Seven things, to be exact.
Because Apple is notorious for giving people what they want, rather than showing them what they want. I’m still not convinced it’ll be an actual watch.

Idiot researcher comes to idiotic conclusion

More bullshit about Apple intentionally slowing down their iPhones.

Finally, we see a big limitation: This data reveals only correlations, not conclusions. We are left with at least two different interpretations of the sudden spike in “iPhone slow” queries, one conspiratorial and one benign. It is tempting to say, “See, this is why big data is useless.” But that is too trite. Correlations are what motivate us to look further. If all that big data does — and it surely does more — is to point out interesting correlations whose fundamental reasons we unpack in other ways, that already has immense value.
I couldn’t bring myself to actually link to this horse shit. So instead click the link to see a video of Paul Rudd Dancing (and yes, there’s a bonus one there).

The Last of Us: One Night Live

Forget the upcoming movie, sit back, relax, and enjoy a live performance of The Last of Us featuring the original cast.

Spoilers abound. Also, bring some tissues.


About the Family Guy crossover

Remember the episode “A Star is Burns” from season 6, which was a crossover between The Simpsons and The Critic (Mike Reiss and Al Jean’s creation)? 

Well, Matt Groening was so outraged at the idea that he got his name removed from the credits of the episode and went on saying: “The two reasons I am opposed to this crossover is that I don’t want any credit or blame for ‘The Critic’, and I feel this violates the Simpsons’ universe, ‘The Critic’ has nothing to do with the Simpsons’ world.”

Unlike Family Guy, The Critic was a good show, but it failed in the eyes of the public because (and that’s my opinion on it) in order to understand the jokes you needed a lot of cinema background, in other words, they weren’t just random rude jokes like those of Family Guy.

This reminds me that The Critic is such an incredible show. 

Family Guy is not.

(Source: thesimpsonswayoflife)


Saving Sam the Record Man's Giant Spinning Discs

And for a city that has struggled to save much of its heritage, Toronto now has something old, unique, and nearly impossible to miss, preserved in a cityscape dominated by newer and mostly forgettable buildings. “A kid will look at it and ask their parents ‘What is that?’,” says Matlow. “That’s the point in a heritage structure.”
It’s great that this has finally been settled.