Elsewhere, 3/21

Hayao Miyazaki’s next film will be titled Ponyo On a Cliff.

Elastic Heart has a couple of MP3s from Mews recent SXSW gig. Mew’s coming to Lincoln next week, and I can’t wait.

Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain was responsible for the recent redesign of the various sites in the EllisLab network, and he’s just posted a fascinating article that covers the entire design process.

John Fischer on Francis Schaeffer’s legacy: ​“Schaeffer was the first Christian leader who taught me to weep over the world instead of judging it. Schaeffer modeled a caring and thoughtful engagement with the history of philosophy and its influence through movies, novels, plays, music, and art. Schaeffer was teaching at Wheaton College about the existential dilemma expressed in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film, Blowup, when movies were still forbidden to students. He didn’t bat an eye. He ignored our legalism and went on teaching, because he had been personally gripped by the desperation of such cultural statements.”

I’ll admit that when I saw the first trailer for the Pixar movie, Ratatouille, I wasn’t all that impressed. However, this Japanese trailer (requires Windows Media) has me thinking twice. Via

Director Zack Snyder (300) talks about his upcoming adaptation of The Watchmen. As I mentioned in my review of 300, I’m a little skeptical that Snyder can pull it off, but I’d love to be proven wrong. If nothing else, he’s certainly passionate about the project.

Bungie, the creators of a little game known as Halo, have just redesigned their site.

My favorite computer keeps getting better: the Cupertino-based Mac maker has called upon its award-winning design chief Jonathan Ive and his team to cut the fat from the the current iMac line and outfit a pair of new Core 2 Duo-based models in a form factor that will be both slimmer and sleeker than today’s offerings. Yowza.