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"...For nine months, there have officially been two vacancies on the nine-member Planning Commission -- the two consensus seats that supposedly represent the will of the whole City Council. (As on most other city boards, the other seven PC'ers are appointed by individual council members.) There haven't been empty chairs, because city commissioners serve until they're replaced, but Susana Almanza and Ben Heimsath -- arguably the most important citizen players on the planning front for a decade -- have been living on borrowed time, with markedly different results...."
"...With a little know-how and research, it should be no problem to navigate the maze of options available. Hey, you mastered e-mail, didn't you? Let's look at internal upgrade options for PCs; next week, we'll talk about other PC options and Mac upgrades...."
"...As I noted last week, the Planning Commission and Zoning and Platting Commission meetings (alternating Tuesdays at 6pm at City Council chambers and on access channel 6) continue to be must-watch TV for those interested in city planning, affordability, quality of life, and other such. It's kind of a low-key, action-free adventure series, as PC and ZAP take turns trying to hack their way through the jungle of issues entangling the CodeNEXT land development code rewrite, and find the magic formula, which no one has ever seen, that will legislate sustainable and affordable civic growth patterns in a free-market economy...."
"...Starring: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki and Ivan Sergei. A nasty, offensive, and thoroughly enjoyable romp through the dark, embittered land of Bad Girl, U.S.A., Don Roos' directorial debut (he wrote Boys on the Side and Single White Female, as well as the script for The Opposite of Sex) is the anti-indie -- a post-PC broadside that manages to skewer everyone from gays to straights, the living to the dead, and never makes you laugh as hard as when it's being downright creepy..."
"...The only question left about PC Music remains whether or not it’d go over with the public. The London label/scene/collective specialize in a very particular strain of millennial dance music..."
"...PC gamers already know about Steam, but for the rest of you, it's pretty much the AppStore for video games. Unlike the AppStore, Steam cherry picks the games featured on the site, so indies sometimes find it difficult to get picked up or noticed there..."
"...Seann William Scott is Doug Glatt, a Massachusetts bouncer who's alternately puppy-dog sweet, dumb as a bag of pucks, and cursed/blessed with a quicksilver temper and fists of fury that eventually catch the eye of the coach of his local sub-minor-league hockey team. Doug, with some seriously un-PC prompting from his best friend Ryan (screenwriter/actor Baruchel, with Evan Goldberg), is offered a slot in Halifax guarding a once legendary player now crippled by memories of a particularly brutal brawl that left him nearly dead..."
"...Having had his rep smeared by his former government masters, Gabriel sets out to prove his point and net some fast cash by shutting down the entire infrastructure of the United States, leaving its citizens discombobulated and disconnected (a prickly, panicky state well-known to anyone who's ever faced a cash-strapped ATM or attempted to finagle the VCR into displaying any time other than "12:00." Of course, in McClane's world, it's always flashing "12:00," and being an analog guy in this new digital world presents him with myriad problems, not the least of which is the fact that he probably can't figure out where the "Any Key" is.) McClane has been charged with escorting a young pasty-faced hacker (Long, the studiously hip face of Apple's recent "Mac vs. PC" ad campaign) to the feds, who are clearly overwhelmed and need all the OS X they can get..."
"...Starring: Larry the Cable Guy, Iris Bahr, Joanna Cassidy, Bruce Bruce, Brooke Dillman, Megyn Price and Joe Pantoliano. (Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things”) Cheez Whiz with crackers and butt cracks on plumbers Guys who drive pickups bigger than Hummers Larry the Cable Guy in a movie These are the things that a redneck will see Shirts with no sleeves and stupid one-liners Flatulence plenty in greasy-spoon diners Larry must solve a gastro-mystery A red state’s idea of great comedy Un-PC humor that makes you go, “Ew” Jokes about vomit and nasty doo-doo Nothing much here but cruder than crude Larry the Cable Guy is one gross dude As I watch this As I shiver Before I lose all aplomb I realize Larry is hardly for me And so I give this the BOMB! (Note: Not one gratuitous “Git-Er-Done!” was uttered during the composition of this review.)..."
"...Simonet (Spacey), a stern, distant resource with scar tissue on his face and revolution on his mind. Add to this already combustible mix Hunt as Osment's alcoholic, waitress mom, and you've got a whole lot of Oscar winners and nominees wrapped up in what is one of the most cloyingly PC films ever created..."
"...Traditional movie standards don't apply here because this isn't a movie in any conventional sense. A closer analogy would be PC-based first-person shooter games like Diablo and Quake, which it resembles right down to the physical settings..."
"...It's tough luck that the conception comes at a time when Emmy feels her mind to be more fertile than her womb. Immersed in an experiment that has something to do with traveling, via her PC, back in time to insinuate herself into the heart and mind of Byron King, Emmy at first decries the pregnancy, instead opting to continue her unhealthily wired lifestyle of cigarettes and cathode-ray immersion..."
"...If Michael Davis can avoid excessive heartburn over the slew of There's Something About Keri quips his debut feature is sure to inspire (though, in fact, his film was completed well before There's Something About Mary), this endearingly puerile romantic comedy should prove to be a Farrelly-lucrative entrée to the world of big-time commercial moviemaking. Like the Farrellys, Davis has glommed onto a key insight: Even the crudest, crassest forms of seventh-grade guy humor, when infused with a few dollops of tender romanticism, will disarm all but the most adamantly PC viewers and pack butts into cineplex seats with breathtaking efficiency..."
"...Not to over-intellectualize Player, which has too many stock characters and situations and gets more than its share of laughs from jokes about erections and booty smells. But in its unpretentious way, this is really a surprisingly sharp little movie with plenty of irreverent insight for those who'll let it penetrate their PC defenses...."
"...Meanwhile, the underground conservative fraternity, Balls and Shaft, headed by Saturday Night Live's brilliantly unctuous David Spade, plots with the president to oust our fair hooligans once and for all. PCU occasionally takes inspired potshots at all the politically-correct campus fads these days -- vegans, militant feminists, gay and lesbian groups, African-Americans, hippies, liberals, conservatives -- no one is left out, and that in itself makes for a very PC movie..."
"...It's your standard road movie (picturesque locales, events include: escape attempt, car breakdown, auto theft), standard buddy picture (two guys can't stand each other but bond anyway, this the substitute son/substitute dad variation), standard cop/crook romance (they shouldn't fall in love, it's against the rules, but they're both good kids), in one big standard-drive van. But doggone it, everybody looks to be havin' a big time, and it's easy to let down your PC hair -- or shave it off -- get post-sensitive, and go along for the ride..."
"...As the law closes in, the father/son bond between this unlikely pair grows exponentially, until Butch's near-murder of a rural farmhand sends their relationship into a tailspin. A Perfect World is a gorgeous, sprawling road movie, full of unique characters (more or less -- Laura Dern's criminologist seems like some sort of PC afterthought, and Eastwood's grizzled Ranger borders on cliché) and arresting cinematography that reminds us why we live here in the first place..."
"...Remember when crazy 2-D PC games were the be-all and end-all? Bowbarian, a new scrolling, arrow-'em-up out of Austin, definitely does...."
"...Austin Powers: Operation Trivia Berkeley Systems/Macintosh & PC..."
"...PC: Just a couple of weeks. Actually, most of that time I’ve been up in Sacramento, producing the new Tesla album..."
"...PC: After South by Southwest, we’ll go to the West Coast and Canada in late March. Then we want to go to Europe...."
"...With this new computing horsepower, gamers will have little trouble blasting through even the newest high-detail, graphics-heavy selections already hitting the shelves this holiday season. Below you'll find just a handful of some of the most anticipated titles that are making a good case for a slot on this year's soon-to-be-released top 10 PC games lists..."
"...It's not that you can't upgrade a Mac, you can, but there are fewer options. Many of the options are basically the same as for PCs..."
"...The "split" in this case was a decision the City Council made in August 2001 to divide the Planning Commission, at the time chaired by Baker, into two entities, with the ZAP taking on the zoning responsibilities more suited to Baker's interests, and the PC setting off on a Smart Growth journey toward better planning. Legally, the two commissions have identical roles to play in the city's development review process..."
"...If you think the Planning Commission is running on three wheels now, you should have seen it back in its glory days in the 1980s and early 1990s, when rarely did a meeting pass without a head-on political collision, wholly uninformed by the concept of "planning." It is, in fact, because the current PC is largely thoughtful, studious, and actually concerned with policymaking -- that is, planning -- that its recent political eruptions, and their muddy consequences, stand out in relief...."
"...Three big steps forward, one giant step back for the city's neighborhood planning effort at Planning Commission on June 20. While two new districts got added to the city's roster of official plans -- now up to six -- the PC ran into a big, ugly train wreck when asked to put already-adopted plans into zoning practice...."
"...Tuesday night's PC meeting was a tragicomic case in point, as commissioners took turns trying to express in different ways that they really didn't have the foggiest idea what they're meant to be reacting to. They voted formally to support the general direction outlined June 27-28 for the CodeNEXT reorganization, and to pass along their original recommendations regarding the first draft..."
"..."To be a Mac gamer right now is to be hunted, cold, wet, and unsure of where your next fix is coming from." These are the words of a local Mac salesman, a former Mac zealot, and a would-be PC defector. He is tired of waiting for last year's popular PC games to be translated for next year's Macintosh software lineup..."
"...Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows CE | http://www.microsoft.com/windowsce/hpcpro/basics/entpack.asp..."
"...On the slightly less-brilliant side of concept gaming are a few more solid titles on the way for the Playstation. Dreamworks' Saving Private Ryan-inspired Medal of Honor promises to be a gritty, stylish first-person shooter set behind enemy lines in World War II, while Capcom's Resident Evil 3: Nemesis offers the simpler pleasures of "survival horror," like knee-capping zombies with a shotgun...."
"...Nathan Drake? We're going with the guy made of yarn. WWE '13 Xbox, PS3, Wii $59.99 It's a virtual approximation of an already fake sport, but all your favorite wrestlers are there and the game has one of the best character creators in the biz. Ugh, OK OK, we give up. The Unfinished Swan PS3 (download only) $15 It's more of an interactive storybook. The paint-splattered visuals and varied (if not very challenging) puzzles make for a perfect game to play before bedtime. Need for Speed: Most Wanted Xbox, PS3, PS Vita, PC $59.99 No need to shoot your way through the thin blue line when you can just outmaneuver them in your customized ride..."
"...Whether you're looking to activate a neighborhood plan, or just hoping to change your lot from CS to LI zoning, Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman wants to make your next visit to the Planning Commission a more enjoyable one. But even if the PC docket now flows about as fast as chilled syrup, is it wise to expand the processing capacity of one of the city's most powerful citizen boards through simple mitosis? Thursday, the City Council will take up Goodman's proposition to split the PC into two separate 9-member commissions -- the newly created one would be called the Zoning and Platting Commission..."
"...I saw that Sega is giving away free Dreamcasts if you sign a multiyear deal with their carrier. I think it's a great deal for anyone without a PC and could pick up if they have more Internet-supported games..."
"...Barbie Riding Club (PC, Mattel Media/Human Code, $19.99) Barbie is your riding instructor in this first-person horseback riding simulator game, reportedly the first of its kind. The goal is to ride around a mountain and pick up notes and treasures, which will eventually lead you to a pack of mystical wild horses which no human has ever seen..."
"...Yet without Council intervention, that's the path we're going on: Staff clarified this week that draft three will be the staff recommendation. "The PC and ZAP recommended changes (both map and text) will be prepared in two separated documents and presented to the City Council." As for AIA Austin, the League of Women Voters, or any of many, many other interest groups or individuals who may find errors or have suggestions – they're apparently cut loose from the process, and entreated to present their cases directly to Council, one supposes, as best they can...."
"...The hacking, slashing, and sneaking feel almost secondary to the inviting and revolting characters and lush environments that are quickly becoming Arkane's trademark. Arkane; for Xbox, PlayStation, PC; $59.99 3) Looty Dungeon..."
"...PC recommendation: Implement as a pilot program, as suggested by SOS, limited to the first 10 properties or first 35 acres that file for redevelopment. Assess at end of two years...."
"...This handy gadget works the same way but provides a stream of extra light just where you need it. Best of all, the products are both PC- and Mac-friendly (www.kensington.com)....."
"...Try to remember when "computers" first became an ubiquitous part of your daily life. If you're under 30, you might well be thinking "it seems like forever." But if you're over 30, or even pushing into your dread late 40s, you might recall a time when "IBM-PCs" were unwieldy beige behemoths implacably and somewhat mysteriously conquering the desktops, secretary by secretary, at your office..."
"..."There's always going to be some areas of town where a combination of development pressures and local activism will make the program very difficult," says Planning Commissioner Ben Heimsath, who chaired the Citizens Planning Committee effort that spawned neighborhood planning. "But I'm very proud of the way everybody pushed for really bringing forward the issues and [helping the PC] realize that these are issues that have to be dealt with."..."
"...Though the PC made a game effort -- sponsoring an exercise where existing subdivisions were replanned to TND standards -- the committee soon had to admit defeat. Builders talked up how much more expensive the houses would have to be (a couple of thousand bucks each, which would knock them out of thousands of buyers' price ranges, the industry says)..."
"...Last week we looked at internal upgrade options for your PC. This week we'll talk about add-ons and upgrades that don't require removing the case...."
"...Another award goes to our favorite gun of the year: the GLOO Cannon. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC..."
"...And they didn't know about Dell's secret dinner party for game-industry VIPs. An intimate, invite-only affair, described as a who's who of PC developers all dozen of them..."
"...It was a case of backing the wrong horse, and one that cost some 120 Austin employees their jobs. That said, there's plenty of action going on right now in the River City, ranging from the arrival of the American division of South Korean-based NCsoft, headed by Austin gaming pillars Richard and Robert Garriott, late of Origin Systems, to the Congress Avenue-based Aspyr Media Inc., which takes PC and console video games and reconfigures them for the cult of Mac..."
"...It's renewal-or-replacement time for five members of the Zoning and Platting Commission and four of the Planning Commission, the first round of appointments since the old PC was split into the two powerful panels. Every City Council member gets to play: Daryl Slusher, Raul Alvarez, Jackie Goodman, and Betty Dunkerley get to name ZAPpers, Danny Thomas a PC-er, Gus Garcia one of each, and everyone (including Will Wynn) gets to vote on two consensus slots on the PC..."
"...Was it politics or just mass confusion that made Planning Commission members Betty Baker, Ray Vrudhula, Silver Garza, and Rev. Sterling Lands decide -- reportedly just hours from the deadline for doing so -- to ask Neighborhood Services Director Alice Glasco for permission to reconsider their approval of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Plan and zoning overlay last Tuesday? The PC voted on May 22 to approve the item, which would govern zoning for the entire neighborhood, except where an existing zoning overlay governing Hyde Park Baptist Church prevailed; but it took two weeks for the commission's historically more HPBC-friendly faction to decide they hadn't understood what they were voting on and collectively reverse their decision...."
"...As Wired magazine noted in "83 Reasons Why Bill Gates' Reign is Over" (in issue 6.12), this antitrust action is only one aspect of Microsoft's vulnerability. Another is the fact that a clean, efficient, useable PC operating system could threaten Microsoft's anchor, the significant penetration of its bloated, buggy Windows OS..."