< August 2005 >

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Pixel Joint now has an RSS feed for the news section for all you hip cats with RSS feed readers. You can find the link at the bottom of the news section on the front page. Not sure what RSS is or how to get feeds? Check out BBC's user friendly RSS description and you'll see just how useful RSS can be.  It's a bold new world my friends.

We also added a bunch of links to the member profile page. The layout could still use some love, but at least you can see people's news posts, link posts and SEARCH/FILTER a member's pixel art. The search a pixel artist gallery link is useful for browsing an artist with a larger gallery like pixelblink, iSTVAN, samson or sedgemonkey. 

If you've got more ideas for improving the site keep suggesting them in the Resources and Support section of the forum and we'll try and get to them. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/31/2005 09:01  |    8
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I love watching people embarassing themselves on camera.  We all freak out once in awhile, but save it for the commercial break fella.

This choice bit found on the cool comic strip gaming site MyExtraLife.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/31/2005 09:57  |    2
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California is on its way to outlawing online hunting and fishing popularized by the live-shot.com website. The site allows people to shoot and kill live animals remotely.  Is it just me or does this seem completely sadistic?  It's sad that an actual law has to be passed to prevent knuckleheads from killing animals with their mouse during their coffee break at work.  Play some Minesweeper instead you redneck freaks.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/30/2005 08:30  |    1
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I hope you kiddies savored every moment of summer break because it's over.  Time to join the rest of the world toiling day by day in some neverending hamster wheel. 

I've been reading a ton of commencement speeches lately -- entertaining and usually inspirational stuff. Perfect for all you kids starting a new year of school or new grads lookng to do something with their life after their last summer break. A few funny commencement speeches...

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/30/2005 12:16  |    3
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I've been trying to convince my girlfriend for years that we need to get a monkey.  Maybe this video of Gizmo will convince her.

Found this great link at Also Online.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/29/2005 08:59  |    5
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I posted a tile art tutorial for general RPG themed tiles in the Resources and Support  Forum. Hope you'll find it useful. You can find it here.
Posted by Squirrelsquid @ 8/25/2005 16:52  |    2
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The title of the site reads "STACKOPOLIS: The most addictive game since Tetris!"

Quite a boast eh?  I wouldn't exactly put it on par with Tetris, but it is a fun pixel art puzzle game with a beautiful pixel art interface. 

Check eeeeeeeeeet.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/23/2005 11:40  |    5
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I've seen these comic strip builders before, but this is the first one with a decent collection of objects, characters and a really easy to use interface. Really fun tools to mess around with.

Go build a strip!

Found on the always entertaining chrisdiclerico.com blog.

Edit: If you need some ideas for how to create a strip click here.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/19/2005 09:17  |    10
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Due to numerous insulting comments by annonymous posters we are now requiring members to be logged in to post comments.  This will make it much easier for admins to track down offending posters. Here's a list of all the site changes that have gone down during the last few days.

  • Members must be logged in to post comments
  • Added "Report Comment" button so members can narc on each other
  • IP is now logged for EVERY member action for easy fraud/abuse detection
  • Improved member favorite gallery by adding page browser and streamlining display
  • Links section will now open links in new window
  • IE PNG transparency fix no longer disrupts PNG display in Opera
  • Improved pixel art browser code and cleaned up a lot of garbage comment code for (small) performance boost
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/18/2005 09:02  |    2
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 You spend hours, days, weeks, and even months placing each of those pixels with love and care (Or wildly and hateful ).  Pixel Blocks will now allow you to take that pixelized masterpiece of yours and make it real.  Well, as real as it can get...  You can get up to 20 colors, and even a greyscale kit.  Don't mistake these for Legos, they only come in single pixels, and the can be connected top to bottom, or side to side.

After some investigation, I found the best price for a kit of 200 blocks of one color is the cheapest at their site, and the other kits are cheapest at the Exploratorium Store.  The also have a list of places retailers in the USA/Canada.

Great idea if you want to do some pixel art if your power goes out. 
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/14/2005 02:10  |    3
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This is an interesting experiment in pixels.  How many pixels does it take to recognize a superhero?  Apparently 12 will do.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/14/2005 14:12  |    14
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Sony doesn't seem to like the evermore occuring phenomenon of people importing hardware, which is almost obligatory for gamers who want the latest technology- they sued Lik-Sang.com for selling and shipping PSPs to UK gamers. Even though they postponed the PSP in Europe for a few months- no wonder those UK gamers were craving for their PSPs!

Read the full story.
Posted by Brian the Great @ 8/9/2005 09:05  |    9
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 I use to think I was good at playing those fighting games like Mortal Komabt and Soul Calibur...  Then I find out I can easily get my but kicked by a blind kid...

"Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as "Mortal Kombat."  In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age.  Except for one thing: He's blind."

This just goes to show you, there really isn't such a thing as disability if you don't want to have one.

Full Story   (From CNN.com)
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/4/2005 00:20  |    10
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Attention all cartographers and explorers: your services will no longer be required.  

Google Earth is no ordinary map tool... you can view 3-D maps of terrain and buildings, zoom around the world with a click of the button, save points of interest and so much more.  It's a hoot.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/3/2005 11:16  |    8
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Charlie Murphy, one of the stars of the Chappelle Show says that the show is over.  A huge comedy hit flames out in just two seasons -- how the hell did that happen?  It's a damn shame.

Click here to find out more about the end and read a suprisingly apt comparison between Tupac and the show by Charlie Murphy.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/3/2005 14:37  |    6
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4-year old Jake, a golden retriever from San Fran, doggy-paddled his way into the record books by being the first dog to participate in the South End Rowing Club's 10th annual "Alcatraz Invitational", a 1.2 mile swim from Alcatraz to the mainland of San Francisco.  Go Jake!

Click here for the full story

Posted by Faktablad @ 8/2/2005 09:33  |    2

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