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We are upgrading our database server tonight so there is going to be some downtime -- hopefully not more than 15 minutes or so.

Edit: We didn't get to it on Tuesday night so the delay might be tonight (Wednesday).

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/31/2006 15:16  |    0

A loose shoelace led to the downfall of the Qing vases. It's amazing museums don't lose more art to random acts of clumsiness/stupidity.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/30/2006 07:49  |    14 | Source
Nice little Diablo-ish RPG game with some spiffy pixel art graphics. The action is a little wonky, but for a free web game running without any ActiveX, Flash or Java it's quite impressive.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/30/2006 09:42  |    2
UpScene Magazine announces it's second annual volume of RaiseUp. RaiseUp is an art publication featuring the work of artists from all over the world. To submit work simply email samples of your work to upscene@mac.com by Feb. 28th! Please read the submission guidelines at http://www.upscenemagazine.com before submitting. Every publication is printed in limited numbers, hand-signed and numbered and followed up by a large group show.
Posted by UpScene Magazine @ 1/26/2006 16:41  |    0

I've been working on creating a map for all the members similar to Frappr, but a little more focused on accomodating 4000 member locations. The PJ world view map will have around 150 locations -- one for each country in the world.  When you click on a country on the map you'll have a detail view with all the map points for just that country. 

I'm slowly, but surely going to transfer every member (who has posted their location) to the new PJ location system.  This will calculate Longitude and Latitude based on country and/or city.  I've written a script to parse out recognizable cities, states, countries for members, but most people entered their locations in a casual format so it's going to take a long time before everyone is in the system. If you are interested in helping simply go to "Edit Profile" and update your location (Country/City).

Although it is nice to have a map for PJ members, the main reason I'm doing this is so I can get a good handle on how to integrate Google Maps and a geocoder system into a site. 

Hopefully you'll see a full map with all 3800+ PJ members sometime in the next few weeks.  Suggestions welcome!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/25/2006 21:32  |    6

Satirical look at the United States government's new and improved fascist outlook on dealing with their citizens.  Patriot Search's mission statement says it best...

Our mission is to provide the best possible search engine to you while at the same time, making sure the government is informed should you search for something obscure, illegal, or unpatriotic.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/23/2006 10:23  |    7

Lyle in Cube Sector is a cool new freeware game made in Multimedia Fusion. The gameplay is similar to the Metroid games (acquire new abilities to reach new areas), and it's got cool NES-style graphics.

The 'story': "Ohno! Lyle's kitty has been stolen and now he must journey through the wonked out lands of the Cubesector to retrieve his meowmeow companion!"

I played through it a bit and it's pretty hard, but lots of fun.

Check eet!

Posted by Blueberry_pie @ 1/21/2006 06:05  |    5

The wonderful c64s.com site has all sorts of retro-gaming bliss that run through a Java emulator.

Bless the nostalgic nerds that bring forth such wonderful technology.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/20/2006 07:56  |    5

Tad Stones, who is supervising director and supervising producer for the two upcoming straight-to-DVD Hellboy animated movies, continues to update the blog for the projects and has revealed a first look at the animated Abe Sapien. Read the blog for more information on its progress.

Side note: Some character design work was partially done by a great comic artist, Cheeks (aka Sean Galloway), who is also a member at deviantart. Check out his gallery.

Posted by pixelblink @ 1/20/2006 14:54  |    1

You may not know the name Aziz Ansari now, but rest assured you soon might.  

While researching programming stuff at work I stumbled across a breathtaking 10 minute standup MP3 on fluxblog.org by a fella named Aziz Ansari. After an intense round of googling I came upon Aziz's website with a sometimes-hilarious video series called Shutterbugs. It's a series about children agents and it's oh-so-deliciously wrong.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/18/2006 15:17  |    1 | Source

This Japanese blog has some incredibly fun Java applets. It's mostly in Japanese, but on the right there's a handy list of 'games'. World of Sand (my personal favourite) also has a higher resolution version.

(Note: The navigation on the right is at the bottom of the page in Internet Explorer)

Posted by Blueberry_pie @ 1/17/2006 08:07  |    7

Disaffected! - a videogame parody of the Kinko’s copy store, a source of frustration from its patrons. Disaffected! puts the player in the role employees forced to service customers under the particular incompetences common to a Kinko’s store. From a new series of persuasive games we call anti- advergames.

Take that you corporate fat cats! The developers have been nice enough to make the game available for both Mac and Windows.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/17/2006 10:42  |    3 | Source
Someone went nutty and did an animated gif of the cult classic Ghostbusters [IMDb]. (Well, I think it's a cult classic -- I could be wrong!)

Check it out here.
Posted by halfliquid @ 1/17/2006 14:43  |    8

I hate to ever bring up the whole Mac/Windows/Linux Pandora's box (I have used all three and don't understand a fanatical devotion to any of them), but Apple's new advertisement with Intel is so stupid on so many levels.

I'm not sure why Intel feels the need to call millions of their customers braindead sheep in the new Mac ad.  It just doesn't seem like good business sense.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/13/2006 11:32  |    17

The hard-hitting news force at The Onion has uncovered Take Two's (developer of Grand Theft Auto) new direction for creating games.

That steaming pile of self righteous indignation Jack Thompson would be proud.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/10/2006 12:04  |    9 | Source
NASA is looking for volunteers to spend about 30,000 hours looking at minuscule particles on a web-based microscope to identify traces of interstellar dust collected by the 'Stardust' spacecraft, expected to return to Earth on Sunday.

And the best part is that if you find the right kind of dust, you can name the dust after yourself. Who needs a degree in rocket science when there's dust with your name on it?
Posted by JJ_Maxx @ 1/10/2006 20:22  |    2
Very cool website done by Eboy - HONDA Icon Museum. Like it said, it is a icon museum with different model from HONDA. From the oldies to all the new model. Great site to share. Site are in Japanese, not sure what it says. But pixel itself is the language I think!
Posted by bunlee @ 1/10/2006 22:05  |    7
This may help some people that are new to ISO work.

Hope this is not repeated.
Posted by jalonso @ 1/9/2006 00:21  |    3

Nintendo really seems to be pushing the interactive experience with their controllers lately. Their new interactive floor tech would certainly change how we play games (assuming it's affordable enough for the average gamer). Too bad this tech isn't run by a smuttier company than Nintendo. The possibilities are endless.

Watch some peeps stomp some virtual fish

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/9/2006 09:47  |    2 | Source

You can catch a quick little teaser trailer of Nicholas Cage as Ghostrider here.


Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/9/2006 10:43  |    4
A new indy game from the creator of 'A Game with a Kitty' . This time Bernie brings us the oddball adventures of 'Cedric and the Revolution.' It features nicely pixelled character sprites and a really brilliant story- check it out!
Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/8/2006 16:56  |    2

This movie trailer about the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11/2001 has certainly stirred up some controvery in the USA. Is it too soon to be recreating these tragic events?  Will people line up to see a movie where they know all the protaganists are going to die at the end?  How much do we really know about what went on up there? 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/6/2006 09:23  |    2

I've blathered on about the "i am 8-bit" book previously, but a digg post reminded me just how effing cool the art is. Check out the gallery featuring Excitebike, Kirby, Mario, Centipede and a bunch of other classic games as interpreted by top notch artists.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/5/2006 08:38  |    3
A funny tool to arrange isometric characters in walking animations, path generation, collision handling, demo looks quite nice, but its quite expensive as well.

interactive studio demo
Posted by d-p @ 1/5/2006 13:49  |    3

I saw some signs on the subway, prompting readers to visit this site. Since I always do whatever the ads tell me to, I gave it a visit. Boy was I in for a surprise! Not only can I calculate my impact on the environment, but I get to watch some isometric pixel art while I do! No matter how niche your interest be (whether it's gay porn involving midgets dressed as historical leaders or discovering your carbon footprint while watching tiny pixel people) chances are you aren't alone on the internet!

Check eeeet!

Posted by big brother @ 1/4/2006 11:26  |    4
Have you ever wanted to call someone, tell them something, but you didn't want them to know? This is your chance... Now you too can have your very own Robot Secretary make phone calls for you.

Check them out at CDYNE.com and enjoy the magic of prank phone calling once again...
Posted by randomblink @ 1/4/2006 12:34  |    5

I spend a lot of time browsing the web (endless hours better spent working and sleeping and loving and learning) and I still managed to miss some of the Top 10 Web Moments of 2005. The Flying Spaghetti (so damn hard to spell that) Monster movement is a personal favorite.

Any other neat web stuff out there that we might've missed this year? 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/3/2006 10:31  |    5 | Source

The impact of classic videogames on pop culture seems to be getting renewed life in the world of kitsch fashion.

Some gauche accessories for your favorite Generation X-er... Tetris T-shirt,  Space Invaders Scarf, Super Mario Bag and Super Mario Mouse.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/3/2006 12:27  |    3 | Source

Old news perhaps, but this little website is a delight for anyone who's a fan of the comedy of Ricky Gervais aka David Brent from award winning British comedy The Office.

Read all about Gervais' 80's new romantic band 'Seona Dancing' and listen to a couple of sample tunes. It's great just to see the photo comparison. Ricky looks more like David Bowie than David Brent! 

Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/3/2006 19:42  |    5
What do you expect when people gather to develop tools for better math teaching? Boredom. But the people from the Illuminations Project have some interesting tools to play around with. The isometric drawing tool for instance might be interesting for some of the iso fans, you can rebuild an optical illusions or make your cube scrab. Java needed.

Isometric Drawing Tool
Posted by d-p @ 1/2/2006 15:19  |    7

Pixel art with Rubik's Cubes is all the rage these days.  A Paris based artist named Invader is creating "pixel art" with the old mind teaser toy.

Check it out

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/1/2006 12:57  |    2

Hey, funny story. I was looking for Halo stuff and I accidently typed hako and i thought, wth why not. Went down a little and found that it's like that fold up geometrical cut out shapes thing y'all did at school but more advanced.

Take a look!

Posted by lilhawk2892 @ 1/1/2006 22:17  |    9

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