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5k?? Real men do it in 256 bytes. All the 256byte Compo entries are up and available for viewing. Just be warned, if you use anything other than IE for the PC, don’t expect a great many of them to work. My entries, however, don’t care what browser you have so long as you have the right Flash plugin (one is Flash 5, two are Flash 6). Pro: my entries are not dependent on any particular browser or platform, and…

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Get Your Shine On

City Creator scores a bonus 10 points for not using Flash, and you can’t help but like the campy illustrated nature of old 50s advertisements. I’d like to like Mario Sunshine more than I do, but I can’t. At it’s core, it is a great game. Very open, exploratory, with a lot of intuitive (and not so intuitive) uses for the water cannon. Searching for, and finding, coins and shines is the bulk of the game, and it’s the best…

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Welcome September

This Exif Image Viewer is a handy little application if you have to manage hundreds of digital photos. Yes, there is already a handful of such viewers out there (I have three installed on my computer as it is), but there are some nice features and details available in this one. Even better, the whole thing is only 469kb… so there’s no reason for you to not try it (if you’re on a PC.) [via milov] After listening to all…

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It’s a meee

An interesting week for gaming consoles, as the much anticipated Super Mario Sunshine and the PS2 Online Service (with SOCOM and TM:B Online!) are released. Mario is getting some expected good reviews, but the general concensus is that it’s not as ground-breaking nor as great as it could have been. Maybe the expectations were too grand, as Mario has some massive shoes to fill, but if it’s at the least an enjoyable game, then that’s more than enough to hold…

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Supercade

I purchased Supercade: A Visual History of the Video Game Age last week through Amazon.ca, and figured I’d put up a short mini-review. Supercade is, as the title suggests, very visual. You won’t find deep, indepth accounts of gaming in that era. There are short blurbs here and there talking about the makings of some early games, some old systems, the birth of the arcade, and so on, but the focus of Supercade is undoubtedly the aesthetics of the games.…

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About bloody time

Yes. Yes! Yes! I was starting to think that it might never see the light of day, but they are finally, finally going to release Season One of Babylon 5 on DVD this November. This makes my day! After much delay, I finally snagged Wipeout Fusion. While I admit that it doesn’t add anything new to the series as it relies on the established futuristic hover-car formula (if there is such a thing), it’s still a quick paced, fun, and…

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Perseid or bust

Geek license plate sighting of the day: A JEDI. So I drove up north and sat down at some quiet place by Lake Simcoe. I sat there and watched the sunset. It was the kind of colourful, misty kind of dusk that made me wish I had my camera back. The sky slowly turned black and the first stars started to show up. I just lied there on the grass, waiting for the first signs of the Perseid meteor shower…

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Lo-fi gif action

I took my camera in for repairs yesterday. It was a small speck that kept showing up on my pictures that did it for me. Nothing serious, I hope, but nothing that an extended warranty wasn’t meant to cover. Good thing that I had a warranty, as I generally avoid getting one — but when I do, I better make damned sure that I make the most of it. In the abscence of my beloved Fuji, I’m forced to resort…

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Video theme

Sticking with the music video theme, there is this video (Royksopp – ‘Remind Me’) — which has an incredibly slick vector/3d infographic look to it. It reminds me of the Plaid: ‘Itsu’ video by Pleix, albeit in a more forceful, less infographic focused kind of way. Stop Calling Games “Addictive”!.

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Pixel goodness

Pixelated video goodness by the fine folks at shynola who, coincidentally, are currently featured in a video spotlight at sputnik7 (bottom of page.)

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Pilgrims and murderers

I am 95% certain that I went to the same elementary school (and high school, to a degree) as this guy. I didn’t know him personally, but I wouldn’t be surprised if, in fact, it is him and he is guily. Here’s a thought: I was nearly in a fight with that guy in grade seven or thereabouts. Now that’s something to think about: “I was almost in a fight with a future murderer.” Oh wait, sorry… “suspected” murderer. I…

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about:Mozilla

Mozilla 1.1b has just been released. The timing is perfect as I’ve just today decided to make the switch (no, not that switch) from IE6 to Mozilla full time. There are a few issues. Speed, for example, is a bit of an issue with Mozilla. It renders fine, it’s just the loading of the browser and the javascript performance that are at issue. Similarly, losing the embeded nature of IE is a bit of a pain when developing site layouts…

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ruined

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