Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Link roundup

1.  Speculation as to why Cartoon Network delayed (canceled?) the DC Nation cartoon block.  (My pick is that recent DC toys have been terrible and haven't sold.  The Young Justice line was fundamentally poorly designed and absurdly overpriced.  And classic Green Lantern characters are irredeemably dumb looking.)

2.  "Hezbollah’s chief financial officer and the head of its internal communications department has just fled to Israel with $5 million in cash and a nice thick sheaf of classified documents."

3.  The Microsoft Surface doesn't have iTunes and isn't cheaper than an iPad or Kindle, but its hinge sounds really nice:

The kickstand, project leaders explained to us, was carefully tweaked so that it would sound exactly perfect when it snaps shut. The extent to which this click was obsessed over during the design process seems like marketing hot air, then insanity, and then after you keep hearing them talk about it, you realize it's just a company truly giving a damn about making something beautiful and nearly perfect. 
Surface has an extra, custom-designed hinge devoted solely to create this particular click sound.