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Monthly Archives: April 2006

While I was in the hospital recovering from burst-appendix surgery, Brandon drew me. Holy crap. Thanks so much, Brandon.

CNET gives a write-up to one of my favorite city-ranging games going on now. And they say I took one of the game's tasks "seriously" when they used a photo of my lantern-wallet. Hell yeah, I took it seriously, I was going for bonus points. And it paid off.

To one of the architects behind alternate-reality games, however, "SF0" has some of the same kinds of multimedia elements but provides players with an all-new game mechanic.

"It's more in the category of urban superhero gaming, because they're not really doing a narrative," said Jane McGonigal, a lead designer at 42 Entertainment, which has made several of the best-known alternate-reality games. "I really like the modular missions. You can do them any time and at any place, and that's really different from ARGs, which tell you what to do and where to do it."

You scored as Nebuchadnezzar (from The Matrix). You can change the world around you. You have a strong will and a high technical aptitude. Now if only Agent Smith would quit beating up your friends.

SG-1 (from Stargate)
 
81%
Nebuchadnezzar (from The Matrix)
 
81%
Moya (from Farscape)
 
75%
Serenity (from Firefly)
 
69%
Enterprise D (from Star Trek)
 
50%
Millennium Falcon (from Star Wars)
 
50%
Galactica (from Battlestar: Galactica)
 
44%
Bebop (from Cowboy Bebop)
 
19%

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? v1.0
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I'm quite excited that the new Katamari game for PSP is out, even if it doesn't translate 100% well to a handheld. I'll be happy to battle it out with the locals for Katamari supremacy.

However, I gotta ask the King of All Cosmos… what's with the spandex fetish?

picture of the King of All Cosmos

Yeah, "accidental tsunami," sure. We know what happened, King, you rascal.

Lucky me, lucky Eris! Last weekend we went to the St. Stupid's Day parade and ran into our pal Scott o'Squid, who snapped a picture of us. Turns out that photo was Scott's 10,000th picture uploaded to Flickr. Damn. Given that he's taken that many photos in 13 months, that's really something.

(Thanks to Nik for those links.)

  • Flow. Learned about this in college, good stuff. Definitely applies to coders.
  • Timeline of hacker history. I never kept up with this stuff, interesting to read on all of it now. I do remember the NYT/HFG site take-over.

Five teenage girls in Ravenna, Ohio planted 17 boxes around town, each painted to look like a power-up box from the Super Mario Bros. games. You know the ones: you jump into or knock them and they release a coin or a power-up.

Apparently some people freak out at gold boxes with question marks on them, and now the girls could face criminal charges because the bomb squad was called in to deal with some of the boxes.

I'm seriously hoping the charges get dropped. I can't say that they're outright ridiculous; if I were leaving thematic public art around, I'd place it a little more strategically, where those who would come across it would appreciate it for what it was. But still. The Super Mario line has been out for over 20 years; you can't tell me that there's not a single person on the bomb squad who's ever played Nintendo. C'mon.

The site that details how to make life-sized power-up blocks now has a preface that touches on that: "Not everyone has the same cultural context." Okay, that's fair, but… with computer games being as prevalent as they are nowadays, some electronic cultural literacy could do the authorities some good. This stuff's just going to keep on happening.

Comic book superheroes divided into groups by their religion. Pretty cool. (link courtesy o' hitormiss.org)