the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2005

The Misbegotten Media

This weekend was a much needed break from the work computer… so, naturally, I spent a lot of it in front of my home computer. The only difference is that here I did not have to think about making the computer do stuff, instead I just consumed media. Lots of media. I have never watched so much on my computer as I had done this weekend. It feels odd, turning your desk into an entertainment centre. The experience isn’t the…

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Macrobe

If you have ever worked in anything design oriented or authored client-side content for the web, you have no doubt used Adobe or Macromedia products. As one such user, the news of the Macromedia acquisition came as a surprise to me, an unwanted surprise. This new entity now has a virtual monopoly for the kinds of tools it creates (the only competitors to any of their offerings that I can think of are Quark and Final Cut). Competition is now…

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Mario and Luigi

I don’t know where the following image is from specifically, but it very well could be from this place. wow. It reminds me of the following, which I also first saw at a specifc non-specific site. Hell, if we’re going to go the Mario pop-art route, then I might as well throw this into the mix (from the i am 8-bit exhibit). And this (note: not actually Mario related)

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FITC Day Three

Yes, there was a day three. I’ve just been slow getting to it. Also, swamped. Since day three fell on a work day (Monday) and I had work to do, I couldn’t attend the full day. But I did manage to catch the final two presentations by the two biggest draws (well, not counting Carson) of the whole thing: Josh Davis and Yugo Nakamura. I expected Josh’s presentation to be about drawings being randomly placed on the board, and that’s…

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FITC Day Two

Day two wasn’t as busy a day as day one because 1) I slept in and didn’t arrive until after lunch; 2) caught three presentations and only three presentations; 3) went home right after the the last presentation was done. There were a couple of events after the show, again, but I was tired and went home to crash. There was a possibility that I would head back out again, but… I didn’t feel like it. At least I had…

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FITC Days One

Once again, on Saturday, I headed off to my annual pilgrimmage to FITC (formerly Flash in the Can). Of the four years it has been around, I’ve only missed one, the second year — a year when I was an even lazier bastard. But I was there this year. Unfortunately, my photographic evidence of the first day consists of the following shot, and only the following shot. As soon as that was flashed to the flash card, the battery died…

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keyhole voyeurism, from kilometres above

When Google announced its new satellite imaging feature for its Google Maps application, I didn’t give it much thought. I’ve seen a few Keyhole-based satellite imagery sites before and they were always US only affairs. The northern border divided the imaged south from the vaccuous non-imaged void that was Canada. Today, just following random google map links others had posted, I realized that Google Maps does indeed support Canadian satellite imagery. It’s considerably less complete for Canada than it is…

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A Game I’d Like to See

A 16-bit styled non-combat RPG where you travel the town searching for pool halls and players to beat. “Battles” would consist of playing pool against opponents; with special moves and everything. There’d be no direct path to take in the game, but your actions would build a reputation and different story-lines would open as a result. You could take the route of good or evil (hustler), or you could go take on some poolhall junkies in the bad side of…

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Catch-ups

This weekend has been the catch-up weekend. Today alone, I caught up with various online writings and news, got some neglected cleaning done, watched a pair of movies that I bought weeks ago but never even opened, reorganized my gaming set-up, got some badly needed groceries taken care of (no longer do I have fridge consisting of a jar of mayo, some old mustard, two onions, and some beer), rejigged n0wak.com, updated some minor things here and, somehow, even managed…

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IGF-off

I neglected to mention it before, but I’ve been challenged, by Walter “Ludonaut” Kim, to an IGF-off. I accepted the challenge — perhaps foolishly — so now that it’s publically acknowledged, I can now be held accountable for my lack of delivery. I do intend to deliver, however, even if the delivery is a steaming, rotting pile of manure. The challenge is as such: thou shalt make a game and submitteth it for judgement in thee Independent Games Festival. The…

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More Lumines

The one big problem that I think Lumines has is that the single player “challenge mode” doesn’t ramp up the difficult fast enough. The challenge mode becomes as more of a game of attrition than a game of skill. I just finished a game (new high score!) that lasted nearly 40 minutes! Non-stop. This is alright when you are playing a console, reclined on the sofa; but when you’re holding the device for so long and staring at such a…

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Geekout

Spent the weekend at my parents’ place, so the new PSP was used often. It needed some wearing in anyway, and nothing has been tasking the system quite as much as Lumines. Man, I’m hooked. Everywhere I look, I see two-coloured squares arranged two by two, falling, dropping, matching-up and exploding. It’s the modern equivalent to tetris mind. There isn’t too much to the game, really. The play modes and styles are limited, but, really, so was Tetris and that…

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Bridge Toronto and random bits

Bridge, with bitshifter, flight404, We Work For Them, and DJ Kero. April 9th, 2005. Be there or be 8×8. My list of the top shows that I grew up with that do not have a DVD release: The Dana Carvey Show — the best show to last for six episodes ever. Just today I realized that the *other guy* on the show was Steve Carell. This makes me want it more.1 Parker Lewis Can’t Lose — at least give us…

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