This Spartan Life : Machinima Talk Show

This spartan life, full serving talk show filmed entirely within HaloLifted from BoingBoing but was just too good to pass up.

This Spartan Life is a full featured latenight-style talkshow filmed entirely within an active online multiplayer game of Halo (a popular first-person shooter). Riding the coattails of super-popular fiction videos like Red vs. Blue, which uses the same technique known as Machinima, This Spartan Life really pushes the medium by having real, important new media artists and thinkers appear on the show to do interviews about their work and the implications of gamespaces and VR on communication, all while touring through the Halo universe and avoiding attacks from unknowing gamers just looking for a fight.

Add in the live 8-bit dj (DJ Octobit) and the impressive dance troupe and you have a really fun and genuinely interesting tv show. More than worth the 15 minutes or so it runs.

On stretching the foodsources, Synthacows and the nagging sense that your lifestyle choices aren’t as meaningful as you like to imagine.

Flesh, some kind of fractal based interpretation.From the BBC, via Snowmit:

Developments in tissue engineering mean that cells taken from animals could be grown directly into meat in a laboratory, the researchers say. . .

To industrialise the process, researchers suggest the cells could be grown on large sheets that would need to be stretched to provide the ‘exercise’ for the growing muscles.

“If you didn’t stretch them, it would be like eating mush,” said Mr Methany. . .

The new techniques could also provide a dilemma for vegetarians.

Some may feel able to eat meat that has been grown without an animal being harmed.

The whole fake meat thing has always seemed just around the corner, the way we grow and produce flesh at this point just isn’t scaling well enough into a 6 billion human market. I for one will be willing to try the stuff at least once, if only for the transhumanist/neophillic implications and cause meat that is less real is meat that I can get behind.

My favorite part, though, is the stretching of the muscles to keep them toned. Thinking about the giant sheets of muscle fibre, completely out of context, being “worked out” by robots gets me all grossed out and excited at the same time. It’s just one of those things that actually feels like the future.

I can’t wait to chew on some bovine cell replicate jerky while soaring through the sky with my new jetpack. The jetpacks are coming any day now right?

Apologies for the lack of stuff.

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