Monthly Archives June 2008

Mystery on Fifth Avenue

The New York Times has a fascinating story about a house with a mysterious riddle. Specifically, a house on Fifth Avenue where the architect threw in an alternate reality game for free. Without telling his clients… They are living in a typical habitat for the sort of New Yorkers they appear to be: an enormous […]

An interview with Harlan Ellison

There’s a great interview with Harlan Ellison at The Onion’s A.V. Club. I won’t try to explain why but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I strive to be a bloviating asshole like Mr. Ellison.

Moving Mario

“Moving Mario” is a cute installation by Keith Lam, aka the Demos. It is easier to show than to describe: You can read the slightly too elaborate description here. I guess you have to write that kind of stuff when you’re an artist – I’d have thought you just get it after seeing it for […]

Garfield + Markov chains

First, someone removed Garfield’s speech bubbles. Then, someone removed Garfield. Now, Josh Millard has added Markov chains to create Garkov (Garkov link via Monochrom.) Update: Jason Kottke has collected a boatload of Garfield variations. Most of them are worth a few seconds of your time, and may evoke the fleeting thought of a chuckle. In […]

Some interesting Javascript projects

Bomomo is a drawing program written in Javascript (thanks Stéphane). It doesn’t work in Internet Explorer, but then, who uses that? Cubescapeis a 2.5D brick building program written in Javascript. Meebo is a meta-IM client written in Javascript. Impressive! Apple just announced that they are working on making Javascript 60% faster in WebKit (in other […]

Team Fortress 2 Karaoke with Celine Dion

Here is a video of Team Fortress 2, with voice chat, a karaoke mode and Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’. The singing is terrible, but I can’t stop watching because it is so hilarious. TF2 Karaoke: My Heart Will Go On from FLOOR MASTER on Vimeo. Hmmm… what would it take to do […]

German Ministry of Foreign Affairs + Computer Games = ?

Following on yesterday’s pro-game rant by Richard Bartle, here is a blog post by Jens Schroeder showing that the political establishment in Germany is not much more enlightened than in the U.K. I was quite surprised by the attitude displayed by Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Stressing that games can be culture – this is […]

Richard Bartle’s pro-game rant

This is over a month old, but still well worth blogging about. Richard Bartle has written an excellent rant for The Guardian following the release of the Byron Report, which said that games are not the cause of all of our woes and misfortunes. Some choice extracts: I’m talking to you, you self-righteous politicians and […]

Gamble your life away in ZT Online

Here is a great story about ZT Online, a Chinese MMO with very few qualms about taking money from their customers. The game is highly based on spending real money. When one user started a peaceful rebellion, events were rigged so that her kingdom would be attacked by other players. It is a fascinating read. […]

Adobe Introduces P2P Flash Player

Hank Williams, on his blog ‘Why does everything suck?’, explains why the fact that Adobe has added a P2P component to the Flash player will kill content delivery networks, among other things. What is even more interesting than cloning existing applications, is the innovation that will be unleashed by making p2p technology an assumed part […]