< February 2007 >

The original Land of Broken Dreams, LoBD, was born May 23, 1992.   It was one of the oldest community sites on the internet. However in 2004, due to unpreventable circumstances, the site had to be closed.
As of today, the site is being released to public once again after 5 months none-stop coding by ensellitis, and staffed by some of your fellow pixelers.

The purpose of LoBD is to connect creative minds, in a friendly and fun community.  Share your poems, thoughts, interact in the forums, or just meet a few new friends.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/28/2007 21:28  |    5

At least two Picasso paintings, worth a total of nearly $66 million, were stolen from the artist's granddaughter's house in Paris, police said Wednesday. The paintings, "Maya and the Doll" and "Portrait of Jacqueline," disappeared overnight Monday to Tuesday from the chic 7th arrondissement, or district, a Paris police official said.

(I think  its the chimps with spears)

Read the full story here.

Posted by AwesomePossum @ 2/28/2007 08:17  |    15
It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Chinese New Year.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/26/2007 00:04  |    2
Have you ever wondered what would happen if could splice the genes of your toaster and hamster?  Time to find out.  Think of an animal and any household item and pixel them as one!

  • The item must be a household item (broom, toaster, blender, washing machine, etc.)
  • Animations allowed but not required
  • 32 colors MAX!  Transparency is ok

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/26/2007 00:04  |    2

The Love Machine pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Love Machine forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/26/2007 00:01  |    17

A team led by Iowa State University anthropology professor Jill Pruetz witnessed the spearing of a bushbaby in Fongoli, Senegal, during an observation of chimpanzees from March 2005 to July 2006. In a study being released Thursday in the online version of the journal Current Biology, Pruetz documents 22 cases of chimps using spear-like tools to hunt bushbabies (a small primate that lives in hollow branches or tree trunks).

Read the full story here.

Posted by AwesomePossum @ 2/24/2007 14:41  |    10
As artists, we all struggle for ideas on occasion (hopefully a little less-so with the new Weekly Challenge, but I digress).  Here's 101 project ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/22/2007 10:25  |    8 | Source
Finally fixed a forum login bug that has been misdiagnosed for months (since v8.0 upgrade).  It turns out usernames longer than 15 characters were being truncated. Doh!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/19/2007 14:42  |    8
The year of the Boar begins February 18, 2007. Honor your eventual Lords & Masters by creating a Boar in their honor.

150px x 150px max.

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/19/2007 01:31  |    4
It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Love Machine.

Sorry for the buggy launch.  Voting is now active for reals!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/19/2007 00:17  |    13
He takes old 2d sprites, then transforms them into 3d images... 

Some are kick ass, some are ok, and there are a few that I don't like one bit...  Overall, very cool, imo.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/17/2007 14:32  |    9
A photo compilation of The Brothers Brick video game creations
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/17/2007 12:02  |    3
The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for January 2007. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.

#1 Pixel ArtWinter Scouts by buloght
#2 Pixel ArtSame dragon. Again=) by Fool
#3 Pixel ArtWinter Starlight by cocefi
#4 Pixel ArtAnother dragon by Fool
#5 Pixel ArtWelcome to The Rohk by Doppleganger
#6 Pixel ArtOcean's Oasis by Mirre
#7 Pixel ArtReturn of the Broccoli... by Doppleganger
#8 Pixel ArtAttack Test Iso by Adarias
#9 Pixel ArtNosebird by ptoing
#10 Pixel ArtDarkGoo boss intro by FrankieSmileShow
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/15/2007 09:31  |    10

Pixel art with Rubiks Cubes.

Yup, pretty self explanatory.

Posted by thesalus @ 2/12/2007 14:49  |    9
As a civilization we've made great strides, but we still don't have a machine that can give us love. The challenge this week is to create a machine that is made for love.

  • Animations allowed but not required
  • 32 colors MAX!  Transparency is OK
  • Keep it PG-13 rated (love != graphic sex)
And to get you in the mood, a little music for the soul.

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/12/2007 00:03  |    11
You all know who he is…  Fool. He recently killed the monthly top by getting 5 out of 10 trophies, and will probably make a killing again for last month.  He is a master at animating, and in his short year of pixeling, has become a legend of sorts.

He is 43, and was born in Moscow, Russia.  He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1990, where he is currently working as a violin maker/luthier.

I recently had a chance to interview him, and I jumped at the opportunity.

Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/11/2007 12:50  |    42
In 8 hours and 36 minutes Pixel Joint will be launching its first weekly pixel art challenge.  We've developed a custom system to make this as smooth as possible, but there's bound to be a bug or two lurking out there for the first week.  If you should happen to stumble upon a bug please send sedgemonkey a message so he can fix it ASAP.  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you guys in the Thunderdome in a few short hours!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/11/2007 15:27  |    10
"Canstruction is an international charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society for Design Administration.  Architects and Engineers in cities across the country compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of canned and packaged foods.  Canstruction provides the opportunity for the design industry to become involved in a pressing social issue, while their creativity involves them in a national competition that brings recognition, offers team bonding opportunities, and instills a sense of pride knowing one can really make a difference."

The low down:  they make cool sh*t out of cans...
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/11/2007 11:20  |    1 | Source
Instantly reminded me of pixels. :B

Check it out.
Posted by Souly @ 2/10/2007 16:18  |    4
I'm not sure if this segment is what it claims to be, but if it is it is one of the funniest videos you'll ever see on YouTube.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/9/2007 21:08  |    7 | Source

According to a groundbreaking article by Annemarie Colbin, being overweight is unavoidable. Luckily for us, being obese is good for you! In fact, it results in decreased incidence of cancer, respiratory disease, tuberculosis, heart disease, and osteoporosis. And being merely overweight is key to success in maintaining a healthy body: some benefits of overweightness include lower suicide rates, less type I diabetes, and others. So let's all go out there and stuff our faces while reaping the massive health benefits!

Article by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D in "Wholistic" Nutrition
Posted by Monkey 'o Doom @ 2/9/2007 15:51  |    13 | Source

Sufficed to say I was one that was always told and believed video games to be bad for your eyes, but a new study is coming out to say that isn't true.

"These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life."

So pick up those video games and get back on your butt....It's good for ya!

Full Story Here

Posted by Cryssy @ 2/9/2007 09:44  |    10
I don't (or didn't) really like her at all...  I found her very annoying, so I better let the article speak, or I may something rude about the bitc...  Er, on with the news...

"Anna Nicole Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale -- Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother -- died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

She was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital. Edwina Johnson, chief investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done on Friday."
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/8/2007 16:19  |    18 | Source
Starting this Sunday at midnight PST Pixel Joint will be kicking off the first of (hopefully) many weekly challenges. Announcements will be made for the new weekly challenge as well as a poll for the previous week's entries and awards for the top entries from two weeks earlier. 

Try and make a habit of swinging by Pixel Joint Monday mornings to give yourself a full week to throw down!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/7/2007 00:19  |    16
I am sure you all have heard about this already, but for those of you who have not...  I present to you, from the United States grand space program...

"A married U.S. astronaut was accused on Tuesday of trying to kidnap and kill a rival for the affections of a male astronaut after she drove 950 miles

wearing adult diapers to confront the woman.

Nowak was initially arrested on attempted kidnapping charges on Monday in Orlando after assaulting Colleen Shipman, a U.S. Air Force captain, police said."

Take that Ruskies...  You may have gotten into space first, but we were the first to put a diaper wearing  psycho behind the wheel of a  1.7 billion dollar space shuttle.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/6/2007 15:51  |    19 | Source

"The "extremely critical" Excel vulnerabilities are found in Microsoft Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office XP, as well as in Office 2004 for computers running Apple's Mac OS, according to a separate advisory from security company Secunia.

Attackers are sending e-mails with malicious Excel attachments and are hosting Web sites that house Office files that attempt to take advantage of the security flaws, according to Microsoft. Once an attacker exploits the vulnerabilities, they can gain control of a person's system remotely."

This effects EVERYONE with Excel, even Macs...  Be sure to check the security advisory from Microsoft and get all needed updates!

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/5/2007 08:57  |    6 | Source
Sorry about the "disabling new comments" bug the last few hours.  Feel free to test commenting by calling me a prick.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/3/2007 03:26  |    28
GameWeaver lets you create pixel art side scrolling games for the Nintendo DS.  You can download and play your creations on your hardware or on an emulator.
Posted by QuantumDoja @ 2/2/2007 06:30  |    9
Miracles You'll See in the Next 50 years...  Written in 1950.  This is a really fun read.  They take the point of view of the Dobsons, a family living in Tottenville in the year 2000.

"Tottenville is illuminated by electric “suns” suspended from arms on steel towers 200 feet high. There are also lamps which are just as bright and varicolored as those that now dazzle us on every Main Street."

"By 2000, supersonic planes cover a thousand miles an hour, but the consumption of fuel is such that high fares have to be charged. In one of these supersonic planes the Atlantic is crossed in three hours. Nobody has yet circumnavigated the moon in a rocket space ship, but the idea is not laughed down."

It never fails to make me giggle a little when I read old articles like this from so long ago.  Their expectations were so high.  We did come far, and some of their old ideas have been far out done, and some we laugh at now.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/2/2007 06:00  |    6

So here we go...  The good, then bad, and the ugly on Microsoft Windows Vista.  This is by no means an extremely in depth review, if you want one of those, go to CNET

Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/1/2007 06:46  |    19
Vista can kiss my ass.  Pixel Joint will have some real changes in the next few weeks... namely a Weekly Pixel Art Challenge complete with fancy awards, a Pixel Art Calendar and a super-duper redesign of The Joint.

Stay tuned my lovely pixel people.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/1/2007 00:50  |    14

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