Friday, November 28, 2003

Hellboy Movie Trailer 

Check it out over here. I'm not much acquainted with Hellboy. Not a comic fan. So from the perspective of someone who knows nothing of this franchise, it looks to me like an X-Men wanna-be, with all the usual cliches, but slightly more interesting characters and creatures.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

MSNBC Runs Slideshow of Top 10 Sun Images 

I've always been fascinated by the images of the sun captured by the SOHO observation craft. MSNBC.com is currently running a slideshow of the top 10 solar images.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

SMB3 in 11 minutes... and more 

Some mish-mash of links from Andy Baio's site:
Beating Super Mario Bros. 3 in 11 minutes.
Jackie Collins new book.... or is it a biography?
Arnold One Liners from his movies

3D Arcade Simulator for MAME and More 

This may be old news, but only recently has my interest in MAME been rekindled. There are a variety of nice "front ends" for MAME and other emulators, and the nicest of the bunch (IMO) has to be FE-3DARCADE. This front end has a fully 3D "arcade" with game machines. The game machines are then used to launch the game emulation. This front end is even so flexible that people can model their own custom arcades.

Check it all out here: http://3darcade.mameworld.net

Online Version of Infocom's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

Quite by accident I found this Java version of the classic Infocom text adventure. It's based on the books by Douglas Adams, and was co-designed by Steve meretsky. To the uninitiated in the world of text adventures: The game is entirely text based, like a book. You can navigate the world and advance the plot, and do actions through typing out sentences. Even for its time, this game was advanced enough to understand advanced boolean sentence structures. (ie: "Take the satchel and then put the satchel on the table"). Whereas other similar games could only understand one or two words at a time (ie: "Take Satchel").

It may seem primitive but these games really made you use your noggin. I also loved how the game came with lots of goodies to compensate for the lack of graphics and sound. This one in particular came with a red "don't panic!" button, a cotton ball (representing some sort of fluff that is an integral object in the game), a small empty baggy with a label that claimed it contained a microscopic space battlecruiser (har har), and more.

Play it now here: http://www.douglasadams.com/creations/infocomjava.html

Friday, November 21, 2003

Please Help Save This Endangered Species 

This is a serious matter folks. While we waste our time and money on friviolous things like video games and bad movies, real life out there demands attention. It's too easy to overlook and downplay the impact of humanity's toll on nature, the world, the animals. Won't somebody please think of the animals? Help save this endangered species.

Next-Gen Xbox at GDC? 

From Gamesindustry.biz comes an article that peeks of the next generation Xbox may be unveiled in Spring 2004 at the Gamer's Development Conference. From the article, 'CVG was first out of the blocks with a story stating that Microsoft will show its next console, allegedly codenamed Xenon, at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose next March - ahead of Sony unveiling the PS3 at E3 in May.' However, it would seem that the PS3 technology will not be, and Sony will concentrate on promoting the PSP.

The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements 

Just couldn't resist blogging this when I found the comic book periodic table of the elements

Thursday, November 20, 2003


Here's something interesting. A new endeavour from the creators of Kazaa Skype offers users free peer to peer CALLING! Just watch the phone companies start to sue over this one. Well, they won't sue... but I'll bet the government will want regulations on it because they want eavesdropping capabilities.

Slothdog's Amazing Album Cover Finder 

Here's internet commerce for you... write a search engine to use use Amazon to find music CD covers for you, and try to make money off of it. Neat engine, though.

Kurt Wenner - Gallery of Work 

From BoingBoing, here's an amazing gallery of 3D sidewalk art.

USB Christmas Tree Light 

Perfect for those people on the road all the time! A USB Christmas Tree!

Mack G4 Aquarium 

Okay... so... does it work? Guess not.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Super Mario Parody Made by a Monkey 

OK file this under "stupid web shit", but I find it damn funny. First, it's a website made by a monkey. As if that weren't hilarious enough, it's got a crude but entertaining Flash animation. Watch it. Watch it all. I just love that "sung" Super Mario Bros soundtrack. Hee hee!

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

MSN Newsbot 

Microsoft is attempting to get into Google News's home turf with MSN Newsbot.

Southern drawls don't compute 

Here's a funny one. From CNN, it would seem that most voice recognition programs won't recognize southern drawls.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Cheap Ass Gamer 

Can't help it... I've been using this site more and more to look for good price drops. Although the name is crude, Cheap Ass Gamer is a nicely laid out site.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Listmania! Amazon sells silly stuff 

Funny list of stuff sold on Amazon that proved to be quite a popular list right now!

Thursday, November 13, 2003

3rd Harry Potter Teaser Released 

The third film of the Harry Potter series teaser was to debut on Friday, but has been released early on the website.

Goonies Sequel in Development 

Well, what do you know...A Goonies Sequel is in the works!

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Are you a Metrosexual? 

Here's an online quiz for men, to determine if you are a "metrosexual". What is that? "The latest buzzword defines an emerging breed of modern, straight, stylish, sensitive, well-groomed guys."

Bombardier's New Motor-UniCycle 

From Slashdot, Bombardier introduces a motorized Unicycle! Wow, I have to admit, pure canadian genius! So much better and nicer looking then the segway! More details of the product at Bombardier's site.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

N-gage has been hacked 

From Slashdot comes news that Nokia's N-Gage has been hacked. N-Gage games can be played on any other cellphone with J2ME system. Well, this is probably the nail in the coffin for this system. Who'd want to develop for them now that the games can be hacked? More info on the news groups. UPDATE: Comments from Nokia.

German women auction themselves of on EBay 

From Yahoo! News, 6 German women auction themselves off to provide atmosphere to the successful bidder's party. Apparently, it did so well, that another group of girls in their 20s are doing the same thing. Hmmm...

The Ultimate Mame Box 

As the topic of discussion lately has been on arcade cabinets, Ray has mentioned something about building a cabinet with MAME in it. I seem to have recalled on Slashdot an article on the ultimate MAME cabinet.

GameBoy Grows Up 

The GameBoy is all grown up now, thanks to this guy...

Monday, November 10, 2003

Bender in Las Vegas 

Pretty funny site! Photos of Bender in Las Vegas.

The ultimate rec room addition 

Already have the ultimate man's rec room? Already have:
A. A bar?
B. Draft beer on tap?
C. A fridge?
D. A neon sign?
E. A pool table?
F. Foosball?
G. An arcade game?
H. A pinball?

How about adding this piece of furniture to it:

Friday, November 07, 2003

Quebec Pulls Non-Translated Games 

From VE3D, Quebec begines to pulls games that are not bilingual on the packaging.... Ahhh... nice to see that Quebec still hasn't changed after the the 15 years that I have left it!

Console base 

Gamesindustry.biz has the scoop from Activision on the US console install base.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Wrath Unleashed 

New from LucasArts, Wrath Unleashed is in development. Looks like an updated Archon! About time!

Top 15 Logo Design Trends 

From Graphic Design USA, The top 15 trends taking shape in logo design.

Cat Parasite Can Infect Humans 

Cats carry a parasite that can change your personality! My word! What a briliant scientist! *Sarcasm* intended.

Virtual Beauty Contest 

The Register and Yahoo has an article on next week's launch of Miss Digital World. A virtual beauty contest of sorts, where designers and programmers can win a virtual beauty contest by sending their computer-generated models down the online catwalk. However, the Miss Digital World website is currently "under construction".

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Elite Force II Game Source Files Released 

The Elite Force 2 Game Source Files are released.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

PS2 Price Drop, Bundles In Japan 

From 1UP again, Sony drops the priuce of the PS2 in Japan, and offers more colors.

First PSP Concept Model 

From 1UP, a leaked concept model of the PSP.

Market Share for Nintendo GameCube Doubles Following Price Drop to $99.99 

From Yahoo, an article indicating that the market share for Nintendo GameCube has Doubled following their price drop.

Hacking Billy the Singing Big Mouth Bass 

That damn singing fish has annoyed and confused us all. One guy has gone so far as to hack the big mouth, using a Linux desktop to make the fish say anything--And it lip syncs the phrases too! Don't forget to check out the movie clips.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Burning Man Stereoscope GIFs 

Interesting concept to make stereoscope images with animated gif. It works surprisingly well! *CAUTION* SOME PICTURES NOT FOR OFFICE!

Independent Study on Piracy 

An interesting look at at Piracy from an independent study. Click on games to see some interesting info.

Dungeon Siege film confirmed 

Speaking of AVP, from slashdot, a Dungeon Siege movie has been confirmed.

Metal Heads 

Remember the soundbug? Well, this is the company, and technology behind the product.

Alien vs. Predator Trailer 

Well, after all the videogames and comics,it looks like it will finally be made into a movie!

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