Grumpy Intestines, Scared Brains, and Other Concept Art From the Disney Short Inner Workings

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Playing before Moana was the short Inner Workings, the Leo Matsuda-directed story about how every part of us has a different desire and goal. Mainly, the conflict is between the impulsive, pleasure-seeking heart, and the brain, which thinks everything will end in death. Now, we have concept art to help us look more closely at these organs.

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If You Liked Rogue One, You'll Love These Star Wars Comics

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I had a million different thoughts in my head after I saw Rogue One, but one kept creeping its way back into my head: Rogue One felt like a live-action adaptation of a Dark Horse Star Wars comic, especially with its tone and focus on the ordinary people in these big galactic events. It got me re-reading Star Wars comics—and if you loved Rogue One, you should read some of these too.

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Amazon's Blowing Out Hundreds of Popular Marvel Digital Comics For the Holidays

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Marvel Digital Comics Sale

If you need some reading material for your holiday travel, Amazon’s running a massive sale on digital comics from Marvel, with over 300 titles available for just a few bucks each. A few of the most popular options are below, but head over to Amazon to see the rest. The best part? You’ll be able to read them on the device of your choice using either the Kindle or Comixology app.

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The Assassin’s Creed Movie Makes the Same Mistake the Games Do

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Assassin’s Creed isn’t the movie that’s going to break the string of terrible cinematic experiences based on video games. Way too much of the movie feels like a big-budget advertisement and its attempts to play its dramatic tension straight-faced made me snicker loudly at the screening I went to. It could’ve been a slyly, self-aware modern day B-movie but it devotes its energy to the wrong stuff.

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Teleport All Over Tokyo on This Super Fun Bike Ride

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There’s no crazier playground in the world than Tokyo, and there’s no better form of transportation than teleportation. So watching BMX rider Nigel Sylvester zap himself around all the wild, weird, and fun of Tokyo through clever video editing is a helluva trip.

You’ll see him wiggle through Shibuya Crossing, play bonkers arcade games, bring Mario Kart to real life, snake through alley ways, sumo wrestle, drag race cars, and go to the Tsukiji fish market, all while busting tricks on his bike across the city.

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Reaktor adds Ableton Link, for software patches or hardware modular

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Native Instruments’ Reaktor is the latest tool to add Ableton Link support – and as before, each time you add a new tool, Link gets way more useful.

Ableton Link is already opening up jams in DIY software, including Max/MSP, Max for Live, and Pure Data. Reaktor joining the party means not only will DIY patchers reap the benefits, but anyone exploring Reaktor Blocks or fun toys they downloaded from the User Library or anything else can have fun, too.

And this essentially brings Link into the virtual modular world. Reaktor Blocks is fun to use for just about anyone, bringing unlimited modular capabilities and some beautiful-sounding objects.

And you can use this to talk to hardware modulars, too. Using projects that control your Eurorack rig via CV/gate is now possible, too, with tight sync to whatever other Link-enabled tools you’re using.

Reaktor + Traktor, in sync.

Reaktor + Traktor, in sync.

So, I can envision hybrid DJ sets that add some Reaktor goodness to Traktor or Serato. Or set up a Reaktor jam session / patching circle with some Reaktor-using friends. Or you might decide running Reaktor standalone makes more sense than running in a plug-in with Ableton Live or Maschine. Or you might use Reaktor standalone with some iOS gear. And the list goes on.

This is mainly relevant if you’re already running Reaktor standalone. If you run in a host all the time, since your host is controlling the Reaktor transport. So if you run Reaktor inside Ableton Live, this doesn’t really do much for you.

That said, now you can run standalone in scenarios where previously it wasn’t so convenient. The DJ use case might be the most relevant, since Serato and Traktor don’t support plug-ins.

The update is Reaktor 6.1, available now via Native Access. The implementation is a bit different than what we saw in Pd, for instance. Link just works with Traktor’s master transport; you don’t get separate access in a modular environment to the atomic data coming from Link itself. I might have liked to see both levels of access, but the transport is what’s most important – and if you patch to the master transport, then your ensemble is far more portable, since it’ll work with or without Link operating.

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