So even though SREDAVNI didn't show my team's artist's at their most technical,
it had some enjoyable art, some of which didn't get used in the final cut of the game.
Here was the original crew of aliens:
Later though, in lieu of a credit screen, we decided to retool the invaders
so they lined up with members of the team:
(I'm the one with the glasses, natch.)
Right now they're marching in lockstep, but if you put the mouse over one
group, they will be very happy, and the other group will be sad. (We didn't
end up using the Happy/Sad states in the actual game.)
I think the invaders were mostly done by
Kelly Atwood though
Yue Li (who pitched the original idea) might have done work on them as well.
"Everybody is trapped, more or less. The best you can hope for is to understand your trap and make terms with it, tooth by tooth." --Robertson Davishttp://is.gd/Sbk61Q - what's the right always kvetching about? "Activist judges"? Jeez.
"It is never a sound policy to harbour a grudge or even to resent an injury, except when inspired by sheer malice." --Sir Wilfrid LaurierIntermission at the Buckminster Fuller show at the A.R.T- cool stuff. Plus I dig that you can have a beer and take it into the show
Whoa Lightning Thunder and Heavy Rain over the snow and slush!
I love big game airforce flyovers over domed stadiums. Do they at least hear it in there?
Black Eyed Peas sound like bad karaoke versions of themselves. Almost as bad as the Fox promos.
Now I'd like to see Axl's impression of Fergie...
--from If we don't, remember me., a rather brilliant tumblr full of these finely crafted, high-def, minimalist animated GIFs, each sculpted from a still or scene of some great cult classic film, and each accompanied by a well-chosen quote from the same film.
(via my buddy johnksawers)
The explanation for beer as treasure, woman-are-obstacle theme of beer ads? It's really aimed at 16 year old boys sneaking brewskis and dodging mom...
Man. The new Gizmodo/Gaker(?) UI is so bad. It might make some kind of sense on an iPad, but for anything with a scroll bar, it stinks.
You know, that great + kind of important Chrysler/Detroit Eminem ad had its legs chopped by that oh-so-meta-and-ironic iced tea puppet spot.
"Sea-Monkeys mail-clerk appreciate odor-free letters because they waste less time shooing the bees and process the mail faster." --http://www.sea-monkeys.com/html/shoponline/packets.html -- annoying that the Sea-Monkeys ordering is still 60s-era...http://www.sea-monkey.com/pop_images/smfarm/smfarm.html - I really wish I knew why "the first story ever about the Sea-Monkeys Farm" book is called "The Reluctant Raccoon"- not sure if it's worth $18 to find out...
4:20! Time to make a joke about marijuana.
Another work-in-progress prototype for work; in this case it's trying to make an interesting "tag cloud" like display for careers kids might want to consider. Press space to do up another random batch.
I need to find out if text can be reliably rotated via CSS, and in general I might need to scale my font so everything fits, but I'm pleased I got the basic effect I was looking for after a few dead-ends, algorithm wise. (this kind of stacking/tiling ain't as easy as it looks!)
Nice- "signal problems" AND "disabled trains". Some day maybe Park Street green line platform won't be packed. Time to walk! Again.
Looking out at the Hancock building, for a brief instant I think I see a Zeppelin. Must've been a glitch from a different, better time line.
"Sit on a potato pan, Otis" is like my favorite palindrome which makes every elevator ride at work a bit of a treat. Though "Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas" is pretty good too.
Bill the Splut told a sad story about a kitty's final hours, and mentioned
He was meowing, which cats only do to humans, so he wanted human help.
I checked out the Wikipedia page on Cat Communication -- Bill slightly overstated the case, but not by too much. (and the noises they make during fighting are meows anyway, which is where I got confused.)
Anyway, the page embedded this photo ("A cat hissing and arching its back to make itself appear larger to ward off a threat.") -- the fullsize original is even better... I've just never quite seen those tactics look so effective before!
Weird. "Omelette" is not recognized by chrome's spellcheck, but "Omelette's" is. Computers, they never fail to surprise and delight.
Hearing about the Nokia/Microsoft thing. In retrospect, getting the axe from Nokia in 2009 probably wasn't such a bad thing for me.
My new coffee flavor idea: "French Toast Roast": very rich, with just a hint of real maple sweetness.
Cold Pad Thai = Asian Kugel. SO GOOD.
"Wha...? "Murder" ???? I was trying to dial "N" for "Nachos!"" --http://twitter.com/BoobsRadleyBob Slate Stationaryis closing. Damn it Cambridge, why can't we have nice things?
viaCracked on what has come from Donald Duck. No wonder there's so much love for Carl Barks, especially in Europe...
The Face of Watson the Jeopardy-playing computer... nice use of color and space.
"I don't need no tv, I don't need no news. All I need is a bumpin' beat to bump away my blu-u-ues" --Basement Jaxx, "Do Your Thing" ("Do Your Thing To The Music" by Lenlow is the most amazing version with that lyric)If you're at IKEA around Christmastime and they have gingerbread toffees for sale, BUY THEM. We got some for a quarter a pack on clearance-GREAT
Impressed w/ the engineering of the Dunkin Donuts iced coffee lid- easily supports the weight of a full cup- safe to carry in a coat pocket!
The old Salvation Army Mass HQ to become this big triangular building... supposedly in 2 years! The old building was kinda cool though...
Such mixed feeling for a coder when you fix a misdesign you had a day or two ago and suddenly all the code slides together w/ much less gunk.
"Watson has lots in common with a top-ranked human Jeopardy! player: It's very smart, very fast, speaks in an uneven monotone, and has never known the touch of a woman." --Ken Jennings on losing to Watsonhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/opinion/30friedman.html?_r=1 Great piece on Singapore. It's a bit strict, but I dig the pramatism.
Self-checkout at CVS gave me a 10 and 2 ones, not 3 ones. But stealing would be stealing, roboclerk and faceless corporation and all.
Word is the Borders in my work building is closing down. Bummer, though allegedly the Copley Sq. rent was $1mil/month so not so surprising--
http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=3570 - man maybe I should work up that trip to see NYC buddies sooner rather than later...
A computer that can kick butt at Jeopardy is a great achievement. A program that could compose good Jeopardy clues would be even better.
Growing up in upstate NY, there was an anti-arson ad- the gruff fireman said "for example, we knew this was arson just by the way it spread"- jeez, I thought, who is this Arson guy? Why don't they arrest him? (Mork from Ork always ending his show "Mork calling Orson, come in Orson" probably abetted the confusion.)
from this Gizmodo piece on the Genius Bar. (What if they were actually, you know, Geniuses? I liked the explanation of adolescence and the traditional "I hate my parents!" shtick.)
Today I let myself get entangled in the comments of this Slate piece hatin' on the iPad.
My entry for Klik of the Month Klub #44. I was inspired by that "snake" game cellphones sometimes had, but I wanted a curvier, less blocky motion for it. Once I got going, I remembered this one C=64 game that had the snakes eating moving mice, which I thought might be more fun than static apples.
Moderately pleased with the results. Might try a 2-player sequel.
Dream: our black cat Rex could transform himself into white rollerskates- but both he and skates were present? Hitting skates made eyes flash red. Amber told me to stop that.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12503686 -- the UK on OK, one of my favorite bits of speech.
My Todo app is blocked with some dumb old tasks I really need to get around to. I call this condition "procrastipation".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/22/information-overload-probabilistic - sensible advice - if it's great, it'll show up again
Seeing Democrats scattering to avoid forming quorums makes me wish the US Senate treated filibusters the same way - FLEE, REPUBLICANS, RUN!
I see I have 2020 songs on my iPhone. (Get it? SEE? Har har!)
Watched scifi classic "Silent Running". Drama: good, if hammy. Robot buddies: cute. Scifi premise: strained. Joan Baez songs: awful.
Maybe the best part was the skilled botanist's huge reveleation: TREES NEED SUNLIGHT!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifteen_puzzle The way a "15" sliding tile puzzle can BE in a tough-to-detect, unsolvable state is why I prefer creativity/mechanic/play in games to "challenge". RATE YOUR MIND PLA
"The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were." --David BrinkleyI love how Drudgereport's #1 headline is a YEAR OLD story where Gadaffi said nice things about Obama-Way to cherrypick and fake relevancy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfKtXYLG78 - beautifully geeky movie about computer language Erlang - all the phone picking up is oddly amusing.
Today on my own version of "Hey, Remember the 80s?" it's -- Kronoform watches! Man were these things awesome. They were Transformer-ish, but not offically Autobot or Decepticon or anything... they were just a cool way to bring a toy into school, since hey, you can have a watch, right? (Sigh. Kids these days. They'll barely know what a watch was, we've evolved from pocketwatches to wristwatches back to big pocketwatches that can also radio call anyone in the world and watch tv and play all your records and stuff. Not a bad trade-off, actually.
I think this is the one I had, "Scorpia" (according to
this list of different types. I think it was so evocative for me because it seemed "real" in a sci-fi way; I mean, people-ish robots aren't watch-sized, but a robot scorpion totally would be -- and it wouldn't have to have a full AI, you could just give it the equivalent of a robot's brain and have it do some spy work or something... or maybe just frighten the bejeebers out of your teachers.
Little Caesars was the semi-official after church pizza of my high school years- found one in Stoughton. Still dig it- tasty and cheap. Not square, though, alas.
"[holds up zen garden] Hey. Whose dirt box is this?" "That's our zen garden." "What do you grow in here, bullcrap? [angrily throws in trash]" --Dwight and Holly, "The Office""Take Care of the People, and God Almighty Will Take Care of Himself." --Kurt Vonnegut"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane." --Kurt Vonnegut