All hail the long weekend!
While you've been looking forward to your three days off, with thoughts of gorging yourself on chocolate eggs and Lindt bunnies or simply putting your feet up at home, we've been working hard to make sure you know the best way to spend this weekend.
For those of you planning on spending as much time on your sofa as possible, we've got plenty of TV shows and films to keep you entertained.
Above all and most importantly, have fun!
BLU-RAY TO BUY: INTERSTELLAR
Christopher Nolan’s first non-superhero film since his Batman trilogy owes slightly too much to 2001 and Contact; but with an intelligent, twisting storyline (albeit featuring black holes conveniently sucking in odd plot points), he’s pushed megabudget blockbusters to a place they’ve struggled to reach for years.
5-MINUTE HACK: MAKE A MOVIE BARCODE
You like movies. You almost certainly love barcodes. Here’s how to meld the two into a subtle piece of modern art for your film-watching den:
1 If you’re a PC user, go to arcanesanctum.net/movie-barcode-generator. Download the program, feed it an AVI or WMV file and fiddle with the parameters until you get your ideal film barcode.
2 Mac users are a little less well-served, but if you go to liftgammagain.com and search for ‘moviebarcode’ you’ll find an app that’ll do the job.
3 If you can’t be bothered to faff about with ripping your favourite DVD, you can buy dozens of pre-made prints from US$7 at moviebarcode.tumblr.com
ALBUM TO LISTEN TO: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE / KINTSUGI
If you’ve ever heard a Death Cab For Cutie song before, very little on their eighth studio album will surprise you. But when a band is this good at what they do, fans rarely want to be caught out.
So while synths billow out from behind plucked electric guitar on Black Sun, The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive is fired along by ’80s drum fills and Good Help (Is So Hard To Find) sounds like Foals when they’ve all hit 40 and stopped growing ironic ’taches, this is unmistakably Death Cab, if a little safe.
Little Wanderer is one of the few duds, with references to instant messaging and network overload that could age it as badly as Jay-Z’s talk of pagers. Try not to stand near any couples if you see them play it live.
Stuff says ★★★★✩
APP TO DOWNLOAD: DASHLANE
Dashlane saves and encrypts everything from passport details to online passwords. It’s so secure that if you forget your master password, no-one (not even Dashlane) can get in. So don’t forget it. The app comes with a premium trial, which lets you sync all your info across multiple iOS and PC versions.
An optional Android keyboard and browser let you auto-fill logins online, though we’d prefer to choose our own. Overall, this is the scatterbrain’s saviour.
Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭
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BOOK TO READ: KIM GORDON / GIRL IN A BAND
Oooh, does she talk about the split with Thurston? Yes, she goes right in on it, and with some bitterness. But while hell hath no sarcasm like a wife and bandmate scorned (and she’s not above catty swipes at soft targets such as Courtney Love either), this memoir from the revered Sonic Youth bassist is no tawdry score-settler.
Gorge on the gossipy bits by all means, but after three decades at the heart of the band that turned indie rock into a high art project, Gordon has earned her status as the arch priestess of ‘alt’ culture.
She has a lot to say about art, music, fashion, city life, families… and, with unexpected candour, the complex and uncertain woman behind that corpse-cool persona.
Stuff says ★★★★★
GAME TO PLAY: DARK SOULS II: Scholar Of The First Sin
One of the most realistic and creatively designed RPG games ever made, Dark Souls II was also one of the hardest games ever and one of our favourite PS3 games. Now it comes to your next-gen consoles with an expansion that'll give you even more places to endure. Sorry, explore.
Scholar Of The First Sin will include a mixture of content from the original Dark Souls II and its expansion packs, in addition to new characters, new environments and - of course - new enemies.
We're not going to pull any punches here: it's going to be tough. But if you're willing to put in the graft you'll be rewarded with a fantastic gaming experience.