< March 2006 >


Crafts are not really my thing, but there's always the rare exception... 

Some adept craftsperson had the great idea to create Katamari rolling balls out of yarn and magnets. In addition to being a beautiful little piece it doubles as a holder of small magnetic things. The artist is offering the Katamari for $25 which seems quite cheap considering the labor involved. And no, I don't get a kickback so you can save the wisecracks.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/29/2006 11:25  |    4 | Source
An interesting photo technique. Aerial photographs are edited to look like extremely detailed models. See other examples by Gérard Pétremand and a japanese photographer. Also see how to make your own.
Posted by HMC @ 3/28/2006 18:11  |    7

If you have been living under a rock for the past six months or so or just don't give much attention to the world of pixels beyond this site, you've probably missed out on the action and progress that is called King of Spriters 2006!

Scuba Steve and many of the regulars over at Pixelopolis have been involved in developing their own characters to add to this pixel endeavor for the past little bit and it has been unleashed for all to see.

Behold the mighty pixel! (by clicking the appropriate link doofus)

Posted by pixelblink @ 3/27/2006 19:48  |    16

For those of you among the Snakes on a Plane cult following there's a bit of news. The film is being reshot to include a fan favorite line to be delivered by Samuel L. Jackson....

"I want these mother------- snakes off the mother------- plane!"

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/24/2006 11:35  |    2 | Source

The UK produced live action opening of The Simpsons will be appearing on this Sunday's episode on Fox.  Another worthy note and UK connection is that Ricky Gervais (the genius behind The Office) wrote and lends his voice for the episode.  Bless them red coats.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/24/2006 15:15  |    6
Step by step process for creating spiffy little LED pixel art scenes on your refrigerator.  It's definitely a lot of work, but each step is explained thoroughly so even the technically impotent out there should be able to fake their way through it.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/23/2006 11:15  |    3 | Source

I might have introduced a browser specific bug or two to the text editor used for commenting on PJ recently.  If you are using Safari or Opera I apologize for the inconvenience and I will be fixing the bugs tonight.

Edit: If you are using Safari or Opera you should be able to post comments now.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/22/2006 07:40  |    10

We've got the awards system semi-working now.  Currently monthly pixel art is the only award working, but it won't be long before other awards are available.  If you've had a piece in the top 10 in any given month check your profile to see your spiffy trophy. Also, if you happen to run across any glitches please contact me and I'll get em fixed.

Many thanks to iSTVAN for quickly putting together trophy graphics.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/22/2006 17:56  |    11

Howdy peoples, sedgemonkey here.

To help recognize the extraordinary work that comes rolling into Pixel Joint on a daily basis we will soon be putting an awards system into place.  You'll get a spiffy trophy/medal/ribbon graphic for your profile, bonus points and the admiration of your fellow pixel homies.

With any luck the awards system will be up very soon. Stay tuned. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/20/2006 13:43  |    8

Billy West, voice of Fry and a zillion others on Futurama, posted on his forum that they are working on a deal to make new Futurama episodes

Goody goody gum drops.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/20/2006 15:25  |    12

An interesting take on Pac Man's jacked up past. Who knew the puck-like figure was a pill popping, wife beating, abusive prick?

Edit: Link actually works now.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/20/2006 15:33  |    4 | Source
Scientists have made a map of the Americas from... DNA strands! They've also made other pictures, such as a smiley face and a trippy hexagon. I guess "DNA" is now a new.. genre, of art.
Posted by Lawrence @ 3/16/2006 08:46  |    5

Reading Garfield without Garfield's wisecracking really gives the entire strip a bold new flavor. 

An interesting thing...if you remove Garfield's thought balloons, it goes from an unfunny comic to a rather sad, poignant story about a lonely man who has wasted his life talking to his cat.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/16/2006 08:51  |    6
Great news if you are Gmail and Firefox users! Gmail Space Extension for Firefox allows you to use your 2 GB Gmail space as a storage space. But file still have a limit  size that's same as  attaching file with your Gmail account - which is 10MB. Might not be enough for you, but what can you expect when you got 2GB FREE server storage space per account!
Released Dec 05...
Posted by bunlee @ 3/14/2006 15:50  |    3

Hey guys,

Thought you might dig the ability to have all your readers submit art for possible inclusion in the "i am 8-bit" exhibition this April. Lots of prizes up for grabs!


// jon

Posted by iam8bit @ 3/14/2006 17:25  |    4

Mashups have been all the rage lately what with movie trailers, the Grey Album and a whole issue of Wired Magazine dedicated to it, but nobody has come through with a Magaman mashup.  WTF you say? 

Wait no longer Capcom enthusiasts... you can now play through some Ghosts n' Goblins with the spunky blue protaganist.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/13/2006 09:14  |    9 | Source

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (genuises behind the successful comedy/horror flick, "Shaun of the Dead," as well as the Channel 4 comedy series still mostly unknown to the majority of people in North America called "Spaced.") are now in the production phase of their new movie. The movie is a buddy cop-type in the same... ahem... vein as SOTD. It will star Simon Pegg as police constable, Nicholas Angel and Nick Frost as Danny Butterman. A wide array of popular and talented British actors fill in the rest of the slots and it looks like it should be another great success for the two writers.

Read more on the upcoming movie (set for release in Feb '07) as well as other news on the cast of Spaced at their official website

Posted by pixelblink @ 3/10/2006 00:26  |    14
BlockCAD is a funny tool for building virtual models with Lego-like bricks. If you are one of those who never could afford such toys, you are now able to build your models using your PC.

BlockCAD Page
Posted by d-p @ 3/10/2006 00:48  |    6

Check out these interesting creations by artist David Chatt. They're three dimensional sculptures of everyday objects and figures made entirely from tiny glass beads, interestingly enought they sort of resemble pixel art (if you squint and cover your eyes). My personal favourite is number 9 of 12.

Thanks goes to my girlfriend Justine for spotting these.

Posted by iSTVAN @ 3/9/2006 04:31  |    4

What a brilliant contest. Sci Fi Channel is looking for people to dress up as their own original super hero characters for a new TV show. The winner gets fame and glory as well as getting to have their own comic book produced by Marvel Comics under Stan Lee.

"Finalists will leave their former lives behind and live as their brainchild heroes 24/7, all under Stan Lee’s watchful eye.  Each week, our aspiring heroes will be challenged with competitions designed to test their true Superhero abilities. "

If only I lived in America. I'd be able to dress up as my own hero Black Hole (plug intended).

Posted by iSTVAN @ 3/9/2006 04:37  |    5

Exanimus is an online massively multiplayer game created in a world where the dead live and roam the earth eating the flesh of the living. While most of the world is dead, there are small pockets of survivors that exist in barricaded cities across the globe. Players of Exanimus will have the option of playing as a living survivor or as one of the dead roaming the earth. Exanimus will allow players to experience a MMO based in a horror genre by creating a dark and visually "intense" environment. Exanimus is expected to be rated "Mature" and not intended for anyone under the age of 18.

This sounds like the MMO game that will finally get me hooked like a junkie. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/9/2006 09:50  |    9

It didn't take long for SNL to throw out a follow up to the terrific "Lazy Sunday" rap short.  Natalie Portman's hardcore rap rant has a lot of the same delicious flavor even without Chris Parnel throwing out rhymes.

Oh yeah, technology f*cking rules.  By the time SNL aired on the West Coast (the US West coast for all the international homies) the clip was already available for viewing on the internet.

Edit:  NBC lawyers got to the above youtube link so here's the official SNL clip.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/5/2006 00:52  |    6

Ha, now, 11 years later, Penn and Teller videogames released "Desert Bus". It is a game where you have to drive a bus from Tucson to Las Vegas through desert. The fun part is that there is absolutely no scenery and no other cars whatsoever... The game is real-time, so it takes approximately 8 loooong hours to complete.

Go check it out! http://torrentfreak.com/desert-bus-the-torrent/

Posted by inkspot @ 3/4/2006 12:46  |    2

I have no idea what the source of the live action Simpsons intro clip is, but it's a hoot.  It's weird seeing all those yellow people come to life.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/4/2006 15:37  |    9 | Source

Star Wars episode IV animated in ASCII?  Someone has a little too much free time...

Either way, it's worth a watch.  Check it out here!  Additionally, Java is needed to view it, which can be found here!

Posted by Gnarf @ 3/2/2006 19:22  |    4

Hey there good people. We've put a new member ranking system in place and given some rating benefits to members who have "leveled up".  Check out this FAQ for more details.

We've also added a Bio field for member profiles so go ahead and enter in all the tawdry events of your sinful life. Dooooo eeeeet.

Edit: Due to some lousy planning on my part you might need to log off and log back on just this one time before you'll see the new functionality.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/2/2006 21:11  |    30
Kudos go out to the deviantART.com pixel wrangler halfliquid who was interviewed for an article about deviantART.  Can featured guest spots on CNN and MSNBC be far behind?
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/1/2006 06:30  |    7
For those of you who know about the PJ Game being designed, I thought I would share some information that will come into play later on down the line.

First off... One of the designers on the C/C++ Team thinks he can convert the game to GBA format. This means... If you use a Flash Card for your Game Boy Advance then you could play the game on your Gameboy!

Secondly... The other team, the Flash coding team, may have a way to port the game over to the PSP once we are done thanks to some coders who are putting in work for their own reasons!

Check this link out for the Flash Player for the PSP

Flash... on the PSP!
Posted by randomblink @ 3/1/2006 08:33  |    1

Video of a pixel art wall made out of beer cans...


Posted by mrmean @ 3/1/2006 08:37  |    4
The 2006 Mini Game Compo for 8bit machines has started here.  Judging from last year, most (if not all) graphics will be pixelled by hand, none of this pre-rendered crap.
Posted by pmprog @ 3/1/2006 10:37  |    0

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