Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Links: Free Stuff Tuesday

Tuesday is the worst day of the workweek - you've already experienced the toil of Monday, so you know what you're in for, but you're not even halfway through to the end, like you are on Wednesday or Thursday. A lot of bad things seem to happen on Tuesday, too - elections, the 1929 stock market crash, 9/11. So, in the hopes of making your Tuesday a little bit better, here's some free stuff:

The Idler Wheel... - Fiona Apple's latest album was in development hell for years, but now you can stream it in its entirety for free off of NPR's website before its official release. Apple's tortured introspection is the perfect companion to a dreary Tuesday. I particularly like the album's opening track, "Every Single Night." It features a contorted vocal wail that's (a) quite striking and (b) sure to be sampled in dozens of hip-hop tracks.

Serial Experiments Lain - Ryutara Nakamura's surreal anime series about technological apotheosis is as relevant now as it has ever been, and you can watch the first couple of episodes on YouTube for free. The show follows a young, lonely girl named Lain who receives an e-mail from a friend...a friend that committed suicide a week ago. Lain's investigation of this mystery eventually leads to some big questions - about reality, religion, and the role of communications in an increasingly wired world.

Monsters Ate My Condo - Apple has started a "Free App of the Week" feature. This week's freebie is M.A.M.C., a charming puzzler from developer PikPok. The objective is to keep your tower of condo blocks standing for as long as possible. To do so, you'll need to feed monsters certain blocks to keep them satiated (if they don't get fed, they attack the tower) while matching colors to straighten the tower. Each move brings your tower slightly closer to oblivion.


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