Tuesday, September 23, 2008

play with a sharpie.

click and drag- full panoramic vieo

cool things you can do with a child:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

braid- a gentleman's artistic game.

Soulja boy discusses the virtues of Braid.

now- for those of you who don't know about braid, it is a platform game like super mario brothers that manipulates time as a puzzle mechanic. It does this in multiple ways. You have a rewind time button on the controller, but often another time mechanic is also built into the level in a creative way.

To borrow from wikipedia: Nearly all the reviews praised the game for its innovation and unique art style, and sweeping musical score, while Eurogamer was "astonished" that it creates "an abstract emotional response" all "within the confines of a 2D platformer."[14] Braid is currently the highest rated Xbox Live Arcade game on review aggregator website Metacritic, with a score of 93.[20] Braid was purchased by more than 55,000 people during the first week of release.[21]

Sean Bell, DarkZero:
"We're not used to being able to manipulate time in the ways that Braid allows you to... You can sit staring at it for hours, feeling entirely clueless as to how the next jigsaw piece could even be possible to reach. But with a bit of patience, everything just clicks, and you can't help but smile to yourself at how elegantly simple the whole thing is. It was never difficult at all - you just weren't thinking in the right way. That's videogaming Zen.

Braid is, in short, an art form and method to think out of the box. By creating a game, it brings these feelings and exercises to the masses. However, I think soulja boy cuts right to the heart of it. Rewinding time is cool. A video game doesn't really change your life or the lives around you like a painting would... but its pretty fun. I love a fresh perspective.

the dogs.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

street wars looks fun

i wonder if it will ever come to philly.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

shoot a fire to death

Mr freeze art by Nate Bellgrade. wow!
Mr. Freeze is one step closer to a reality. Although the freeze gun doesn't quite work there have been recent developments in freeze grenade technology.

According to Scientific American the FIT-5 releases a wispy cloud of potassium carbonate, a flame retardant that suppresses combustion and disrupts fire at the molecular level.

And if your throwing arm is feeling a little sore, perhaps your trigger figure isn't. Check out this concept design.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

versus the jungle

I spent the last 4ish days trying to clear out my side yard of weeds. Now when i say weeds, i don't mean dandelions. To put it in perspective, I was at home depot and wondering if i should buy an axe.

Unfortunately, i don't have any before pictures. I should've took some. Thankfully we have an artists rendering:

As you can see, i had my work cut out for me. Here was the result of my blue collar experience:

I actually kind of enjoyed the work, but i am glad to be back on my computer out of the sun. White collar all the way.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

More Palin

The more I read about Palin- the more i don't like her. The more i start to think that she is a horrible horrible mistake. I really hope mccain doesn't win. Palin is a gross misstep.

There is an article on the Washington Independent. I didn't read it, i got linked to it after reading one of the comments on it that have been passed around. The comment is a little long so I'm not going to post it, just link it. It is written in a very strait up way to understand and is support by facts and figures. With so much spin and "gut feeling" bullshit that is passed off as news on television, it is refreshing to read and you can pretty much make up your mind about her seeing as it contains all of her record. It was written by someone who has known palin since 92. If you are interested about informed voting and politics at all, it is worth the read.

On a related note, this is a video of two conservative commentators on MSNBC, after they're off the air, say what they really think about the VP choice. The woman's voice is Peggy Noonan, a speechwriter for Reagan. An honest look into what republicans are thinking when the mics are turned off and they don't just spout rederic "for the good of the party"

For the good of the party. Shit. It should be for the good of the country. When did this turn into "we win, they lose!" How about this time we elect someone honest.

McCain's Voice Mail to Palin Leaked to Press


for those of you interested. NSFW language. And also, very childish.

And while I'm being childish...

I suppose that the VP nom wouldn't be so ripe with parody if it wasn't such a shock to everyone and didn't seem like outright pandering for votes. Apparently she was interviewed for the job the day before the announcement and has only had 20 months experience as governor. In all fairness though, Palin was the mayor of Wasilla before she became governor. When she left Wasilla, she left a nice, big, fat debt for the city. She invested and botched a major sports complex that left Wasilla $20 million in debt. There are fewer than 7000 citizens in Wasilla. That means she left every man, woman, and child in Wasilla with $3000 in debt. From failed mayor to quick governor to vice president nom?

The Republicans harp on Obama for not being experienced. Yet- didn't they just destroy their argument by picking the very inexperienced Palin?

You know you aren't doing your spin job right when someone like Campbell Brown takes you to school.


Then there is this ol' chestnut...
no matter what your stance, you have to admit that if she can't get abstinence to work for her own family, how can she get it to work for the country?

Plus- people are also questioning if she can even handle the job. She is a mother of five, including one born this spring with Down syndrome. That has to be hard, and you need a lot of support to raise that kind of family. Pundits are saying that if Obama was a woman, we would have the same argument. That the media is picking on Palin because she is a woman. However- Obama has 2 healthy kids. Manageable. She has 5. One with down syndrome, and another unmarried daughter with a baby of her own. Plus, knowing full well that the media was going to comb her life and the lives of her children what self respecting mother would put her daughter through that? Congratulations, you got the nomination. You also put worldwide political pressure on your daughter to be not only an icon for pregnant teens, but also pressure from republicans to get her to claim or finalize engagement/married. However- all that last paragraph is kinda speculation and personal opinion. I don't know what kinda workload she can handel. I just know I wouldn't want that for my own family.


Oh, and for those of you asking questions about Palin because you rightfully have no idea who she is- McCain would like you to please shut the fuck up. Don't worry- she answered a 70 question form. She'll be fine. I think i've answered more questions on myspace surveys.


This is the final edit on this blog. I've been editing and reading all day about her and i have to put a stop to it. Really. This is the last one.

Sarah Palin attempted to ban books from her local library as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and then threatened to fire the librarian who stood up to her for not giving “full support” to the mayor. People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

“People can disagree about a lot of things, but censorship is completely beyond the pale. Our democracy was founded on the belief that government shouldn’t tell people what kinds of books to read or what kind of beliefs to hold. No one with that kind of history should be anywhere near the White House. Sarah Palin needs to clarify her stance on freedom of speech immediately, and John McCain needs to explain why he chose a running mate with so little regard for the Constitution.” source

I'm curious what she was banning.

I'm not really a fan of her...