Category Archives: fun

Video Game Design #5: Modern Art

Most of the time video game designers are trying to make 3 dimensional virtual worlds that are as realistic as possible, or focus upon a particular art style, and tell a story within that world.

What I would like to see is a lifelike 3-D world that has a main character that has special abilities, or levels, taken from modern art.  This means, for example, that a character with Cubist special abilities (or in the cubist level) can flatten parts of the world that they are looking at into a 2-D space, but in this space they have the ability to see around corners, rearrange objects and do all the other funky things that happen in cubist art.

On the flip-side, when using the Cubist skills, the character would lose depth perception, motion would be funky, and other sorts of strange phenomena would go on.

Moreover the character could get skills associated with other artists or artistic movements.  Say there was a Dali  gun: it could stretch the legs of elephants (or any other animal) such that they become unstable.  Or a Duchamp Readymade skill which combines random objects in the world into other objects depending upon the angle at which you are looking at them.  Frankly I think that there are too many different and good ways to go; it would take some effort to really take a few ideas and make them work well.

This would be a great way to combine the ‘new’ media form of interactive video gaming and more ‘traditional’ modern art.  It might even be considered educational.  But if executed well, it would definitely be fun, interesting and visually impressive.

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Fedor Emelianenko is the Man

For all of you out there who, if you aren’t beating someone up with your oversized brains and education, appreciate a good physical put down too, there really isn’t a better fighter in the world then Fedor Emelianenko.

Fedor fights MMA, for those of you who don’t know, stands for Mixed Martial Arts.  MMA is well named: the fighting ranges from boxing to grappling, and just about everything in between.  This means that not only do you have be an excellent boxer, but skilled in kickboxing, Judo, Ju Jitsu, and a variety of other fighting styles if you want to be successful.  It sometimes gets a bad reputation because of the no-holds-barred attitude, but all the top fighters are incredibly skilled at martial arts.

Fedor is the best in the entire world.  Bar none. There isn’t anyone in the entire world who would likely win in a fight against this man; there is no strategy, there is no size differential, there isn’t anything short of having a gun or a posse than would give you an advantage if he were standing in your way.  His nickname is The Last Emperor.

The NY Times just (Jan 20) had a whole piece on him as a lead up to his most recent fight (last night).  And the LA Times has the follow up to last night’s fight (spoiler alert, if you can’t guess who won already by my beaming praise).

But the best thing to do is to just watch videos of him in action.  If you know something about martial arts and fighting, he is something to behold; if you don’t, then there is none more exciting or better to learn from.

Posted in fun.

i’m wearing a hat

Animal of the Month: The French (no insult intended). Anyone who would even consider having this as their national tourism logo is deserving of praise:


I don’t normally post anything that I’ve seen on Digg or Reddit, but this turns jaw dropping at around 1:28  [3:45]: moogaloop.swf

Industrial design:

Orbita Mouse Is One Big Scroll Wheel | Technomix | Fast Company

“Over its forty year life the mouse has seen some interesting re-inventions, and the new Orbita mouse is one that’s eye-catching. Its designers have taken the idea of a scroll wheel and inverted it, making the entire top surface of the mouse into a scroll dial.” – MythBusters Co-Host Adam Savage on Obsession[16:54]

MythBusters co-host Adam Savage presents a glimpse into the mind of the obsessed and the motivation that drives their obsessions.

Industrial version of the Angel of Death shreds much more than paper – Core77 [multiple videos]
What “Will it Blend?” wants to be when it grows up.


YouTube – larytta – souvenir de chine – video directed by koerner union[3:13]
Really cool, like a kaleidoscope of animals.
Varini’s Trompe L’oeil | Trend.Land
“I am totally fascinated by Swiss Trompe L’oeil artist Felice Varini whom I just discovered.Dont be fooled by your first percetion of this work. These are not photo rendered images, it is master craft! He has worked on many interior spaces and exterior spaces which are even harder to believe. Varini’s work is comes together in full in only one exact point where the entire geometric calculation is percieved. From anywhere else it looks like some graphic design made of lines, concentric circles, and triangles of color. Here a gallery of some of his works.”



Graphical Art:

Weeping Willow: Mood-Driven Data Sculptures – information aesthetics
swissmiss: Typographic study of a-holes
Dark Roasted Blend: What Kids Wish For
… A hat that would make everyone fall in love with you



Human Wrecking Balls [via Core77]
“The stupidest show on TV.”

Welcome to 3EyedBear
I love these things: You print them, cut the piece of paper and glue, and you have a brand new toy in less that 10 minutes! I think this is one of the great successes of modern technology.

Best for last: I watched this thing over and over.[1m] via

I’m not sure if it is the gorgeous priest (this is the first time I’ve had that thought), the overall beauty of it, or the love on their faces. check out this live performance of the song and realize how amazing a singer she is.

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the internet in a destroyed economy

Animal of the Month: Fire Ant! [2:53]
A flood hits a fire ant colony in the Amazon jungle. An amazing chance to see footage on how the species has adapted to water to protect their queen.
Hints of Comeback for Nation’s First Superhighway –
After decades of decline, commercial shipping has returned to the Erie Canal as high fuel prices have made barges an attractive alternative to trucks.
PingMag MAKE – Learning From a Young Master: Ceramic Artist : Ryota Aoki

Then, one of my teachers told me, “Make a suicide pact with ceramics.” So I took that advice to heart and made a “suicide pact with ceramics.”

That’s hardcore.

Election maps
Really cool visualization break down of the elections.
swissmiss: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
One of my favorite books from childhood.
Toyota IQ x SOMARTA II on Vimeo

Amazing geared paper heart kinetic sculpture – Core77
Cool video [1:35]
whatever martha – Google Search
I saw watching a TV show called “Whatever, Martha!”  Old ‘Martha Stewart Living’ shows are watched and commented upon Mystery Science Theater 3000 style by Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis and her friend Jennifer.  It is freaking hilarious.
PingMag – Advanced Beauty: Processed Volatile Moments
Advanced Beauty is a wondrous new DVD compilation comprised of 18 visuals by 20 artists, or rather sound sculptures, as curator Matt Pyke of UK-based Universal Everything would say. These transient pieces made by processing are for us to see how far you can really push the aesthetics of software generated visualisations and play around […]
BibliOdyssey: Original Winnie The Pooh Drawings
Damn Straight.

….damn straight………………………….

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hyperlinks are stupid

Animal of the Month: Fighting Bugs!

(3:12) [via digg]

Runner-Up: Pseudo-animals – The Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill
See videos of not-quite animals!


(2:55) via cursivebuildings MUST WATCH
The National Anthem, 1983. Unbelievably good rendition.
YouTube – The Manchurian Candidate (1:26)
Modern presidential politics.
Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Candidate Comedy
“For those who haven’t seen the footage, McCain and Obama  appeared last night at a charity dinner in New York to roast themselves and each other. Some of it was very, very funny. McCain was really, really funny….  (candidates’ speeches, McCain, Obama – 14:53, 13:39 respectively)

Art and Logic (somehow)

Awesome vision of Alice in Wonderland (written by a logician, for those who did not know what Lewis Carrol’s day job was.)  [scroll down a little to see the Alice pictures.  And I would be forever in someone’s debt if they bought me a print.]
Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes — FIRST PICTURES
Please let this movie not suck (take 2).
PingMag – Levi Van Veluw: What’s That Tree In Your Hair?
“Either you’ll be intrigued by the fascinating way Dutchman Levi van Veluw applies materials on his face, neck and head — or you’ll be kind of appalled by this weird appearance.[…]”

— All I want to know what this man does for Halloween.


Video review for real Duff Beer from The Simpsons | (1:55)
This is well worth your 2 minutes.
MxMo XXXII Guilty Pleasures – Kalimotxo
I have yet to try this, but judging by the review and the accompanying video (21s), it looks near perfect.

Interactive Fun

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Rachael Ray Corn Porn (1:39)
“Okay, this is one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen. It’s that evil little succubus Rachael Ray getting all naughty with an ear of corn – and being far more excited about it than any human being should be….
RRRR : Don’t Shoot the Puppy (game)
I haven’t gotten past level 12…
The Associated Press: Video games feature ads for Obama’s campaign
swissmiss: The Unfinished Swan (1:55)
The Unfinished Swan – Really cool video of the tech demo.  This looks like serious fun!

i’m dead

Paid Notice: Deaths GREENSTEIN, NOAH – New York Times
not really me, but it is an odd site to see your name in the obits.
Posted in art, fun, internet.

stupid month of september

animal of the month: Ninja Kitteh! [1:13]

This seriously reduced me to giggles for a full minute or two… though the elephant made a strong bid again this month.

art & design

Vincent van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” Real Life and Digital Recreations
Staring Cats Light Sculpture is Fixating
1 Hour Design Challenge: Sick-Ass Car Rendering Winners!
Videos of the coolest cars designers could draw in an hour. Unbelievable skills and cars. (I think this would be a good idea for philosophy: 1 hour philosophy challenge.  You would have to write something on a philosophical topic in no more than 1 hour of actual write time.  Expect to see this in the future some time and contact me if you want to help setting one up.)
PingMag – Aya Kato: Mystic Realms

Tilt Shift + Stop motion VIDEO – Fubiz™
Paranoia mix [2:14] (MUST WATCH):


Demetri Martin funny chart presentation [8:57] – information aesthetics
A Softer World’s take on the financial problems
If you are in the mood for something different and hilarious, read Joey’s book, now free!
Salon Newsreal | A joke too bad to print?
How Sen. John McCain’s tasteless two-liner about Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno was censored out of the nation’s leading newspapers

…. J. McCain: Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
……………………..Because her father is Janet Reno.

The Steakhouse Incident
Perhaps the first ‘essay’ that had me laughing since this Walt Whitman paper.


Large Hadron Rap [4:49]
If you are a physics or philosophy of science person, this is a must watch.
The Truth About the Spinning Dancer – NYTimes
An illusion I meant to post long ago in a different link roundup, but misfiled.
Ovablastic: Sound Waves [2:10]
In the spirit of ooblek dancing on a subwoofer, check out this video of salt acting strangely near a massive high quality speaker.

how to

Leadership/Not Leadership
StatCounter Blog »  SEO: Content 1
Another useful place to look for SEO information.
The Gentleman Grafter [4:14] [via]
Video of this man selling vegetable peelers: “By night, Joe Ades dines with his fourth wife at exclusive restaurants, sips Veuve Clicquot at the Pierre, and goes home to a three-bedroom Park Avenue apartment. By day, he is something else altogether. At 72, the “peeler guy” in the Turnbull & Asser shirts is a New York legend.” —– I can personally vouch for the impressiveness of his presentation.  If I wasn’t broke at the time, I would have bought a peeler.


Blog Action Day 08
For all my fellow bloggers, check this out.  Let’s do our part to make poverty extinct.

[59s]  via

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links again and again and again…

science/ world



random stuff I think is of interest

  • New York
    • How Polite Are We?
    • A survey where NYC comes out as the MOST POLITE city. I am actually unsurprised because it takes more time to argue than to be polite.
    • City Fits, Eventually, for New Arrivals –
    • “Sometime over the course of new arrivals’ first year in the city, they find themselves becoming New Yorkers.” Also confirms above survey with anecdotal evidence.
  • writing_philosophy.pdf
    Two and a half pages on how to write better, not just for philosophy.  I like, “You should assume that the first draft of each sentence will have to be fixed up.” (my emphasis)
  • Shareholder Letters
    Warren Buffet’s letters to his shareholders. Makes for surprisingly good reading… I just wish I had his sort of bad news, like, there’s no way you can expect us to keep doing this well. – I’m sorry that our predictions from last year were off. Of course, we did much better this year…
  • I recently had a discussion with Mr. R. Brown about eating meat. He tried to maintain that vegetarians have the moral high ground. Even though I successfully defended my omnivorous position (even against his cannibalism tack), I’m thinking Zizek’s ad hominem is now the way to go (26s) [via]:
  • Last but not least: Fox Developing Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Feature Film
    Please let this not suck.



… you don’t want to know how long it takes to put these link pages together.

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Video Game Design 4: Matrix Bullet-time

Johnny Chung Lee pretty much shocked the entire video game world (and lots of others) with this video (5.8 million views, 5/5 star rating with 21,000 votes):

This is a pretty nifty bit of engineering, using the off the shelf Wii Remote and a relatively cheap extra (safety glasses with IR leds <15$) to provide a very high level virtual reality setup.

Secondly Nintendo has recently come out with the Wii Balance Board. This peripheral can accurately measure your weight distribution.

If we combine the potential of head tracking with weight distribution it would be possible to create a very accurate Matrix-style dodging bullets experience, simulating what is seen in this clip:

This would be a damn sweet feature if integrated into a full action game. It could likely be accomplished with head-tracking alone, but the combination of board, head-tracking, and Wii Motion Plus makes for near full body integration. The Matrix franchise is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the technology, seeing as everyone wears sunglasses in the movie anyway.

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links, cause even though

i’m at the end of the internet, you may not be.

Animal of the Month: NYC Pimp

“What sort of person subjects children as young as 12 to beatings and a life of prostitution? An evidence list submitted in the case of Corey Davis, a Queens man who billed himself as “Magnificent,” might provide some insight. Mr. Davis, 36, is facing a minimum of 23 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to a federal charge of sex trafficking involving a 12-year-old runaway.


“… But then things went dark, weird, and creepy: one girl laughed, but then so did another, and then another, and then another, and then another.

After exposure, the incubation period from nothing to hysteria was short, from a few hours to a couple of days. There was no fever, no physical symptoms, just laughter and occasional crying between short moments of exhausted recuperation. When victims were restrained they sometimes became violent…”


“This map was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 published papers into 776 different scientific paradigms based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers.”

(they’re all out of free posters now, but the file is available so you can print one for yourself)

  • Dancing Non-Newtonian liquid (also via core77) [1:32]
  • InvenSense: Gyroscopes and Accelerometers Compared
  • Check out this video describing the technology that is going to be used in the new Nintendo Wii Motion Plus. General relativity needs to be accounted for to accurately measure motion in 3D space (true 6 degrees of freedom) by using both accelerometers and gyroscopes. But perhaps the most interesting part of the site is the disclaimer at the bottom (my emphasis):

    InvenSense sensors should not be used or sold in the development, storing, production and utilization of any conventional or mass-destructive weapons or any other weapons or life-threatening applications as well as in any other life-critical applications including but not limited to medical equipment, transportation, aerospace and nuclear instruments, undersea equipment, power plant equipment, disaster prevention and crime prevention equipment.”


  • Nadia Comaneci, Montreal 1976 TEN!!! [1:06] (via plump plum)
  • Michael Bluejay | Crazy World of Michael Bluejay
  • Last but not least this is what I consider to be a throwback to vintage internet. We are talking a space background repeating image here people; I don’t think I’ve seen that since ’97. Plus something for nearly everyone: lots of links, e.g. useful information like an up to date guide to SEO, and Women Chess Grandmasters.

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Links, lanks, lunks

Interaction Design, Etc.

Science, Etc.

Aesthetics, Etc.

I’ll be gone for a week visiting my bro in the Southwest… at least y’all will have something to do in my absence.

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