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March 31, 2010
A real person, a lot like you (great writing from Derek Sivers)
MOON8 (8-bit cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon)
Snopes debunks the Scarface school play (the YouTube user's profile and favorites were a nice touch)
March 30, 2010
I Can Hold My Breath Forever (from the Daniel Benmergui school of poetic art games with long names)
March 29, 2010
Tim O'Reilly on the state of the Internet operating system (like his first Web 2.0 essay, a loose collection of thoughts defining a movement)
Colorbind for the iPhone (my new iPhone game obsession; amazingly, the whole game is playable with red-green colorblindness)
March 28, 2010
Chat Roulette Piano Improv #2 (Merton returns)
March 27, 2010
Run, Jesus Run! (blasphemous 10-second game for the Experimental Game Project; I made a speedrun)
First images of Scott Pilgrim game, with music by Anamanaguchi and pixel art by Paul Robertson (insanely awesome; don't miss the teaser trailer)
Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt get coffee (Gizmodo asked a body language expert to analyze their poses)
March 26, 2010
SimpleGeo's visualization of SXSW checkin activity (related:, location-aware web app in private beta to check into multiple services at once) [via]
March 25, 2010
Auto Smiley (computer vision watches you smile, then pastes a smiley into the topmost application) [via]
I'm Here, A Love Story (short film by Spike Jonze about robots in love) [via]
Future Sounds shuts down WOXY one year after Lala sale (it's easy to blame management, but the root cause is obscene streaming royalties)
March 24, 2010
Specter Spelunker Shrinks (clever game mechanic, growing and shrinking with time dilation) [via]
Less Talk, More Rock (it's worth reading, though I'm mostly linking this for the gorgeous Superbrothers art)
Paris Smaragdis' demo video of user-assisted audio selection (mind-blowing demo; sing along with vocals or instruments to magically isolate them from the background music)
Preview of Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill feature (from SIGGRAPH to product in about a year)
March 23, 2010
Nintendo's mini-feature on Cave Story's elusive creator Pixel (his first public appearance; the game came out on WiiWare yesterday, go buy it!)
How a gaming community flamewar spawned a real game (titled "Dudebro, My Shit is Fucked Up So I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It's Straight-Up Dawg Time")
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Patton Oswalt as Dr. Demento is inspired casting)
March 22, 2010
Slate's experiments with running Google TV Ads (54 airings, 1.4 million viewers for $1,300)
Come On Paint Me White Again (a conversation between UK street artist mobstr and the Newcastle City Council)
Google stops censoring Chinese search results (they're now redirecting to the uncensored
MC Frontalot released Zero Day for digital download (it has quite possibly the most insane secret track ever committed to disc, spoilers ahoy)
March 21, 2010
Ben Folds' live piano improv on Chat Roulette (a tribute to his doppelganger during last night's concert in Charlotte, NC)
Brandon Boyer plays with Jason Rohrer's Sleep Is Death (collaborative game, where one person manipulates the world for another)
Soren Johnson's "Fear and Loathing in Farmville," notes from GDC 2010 (best summary of the turmoil social gaming's causing in the gaming industry) [via]
March 19, 2010
Fredrik Larsson's TV Theme Song Medley (I'm a sucker for people accompanying themselves) [via]
Jane McGonigal's TED talk on using games to save the world (games can motivate you to do mundane tasks or something meaningful, choose wisely)
March 18, 2010
C-SPAN opens massive video archives (160,000 hours of video dating to 1987)
Joel Johnson, "Raiding Eternity" (more tech writing like this, please)
xkcd's Google phrase frequency charts ("I got $x problems")
Newspaper Club designs, prints, distributes overnight newspaper at SXSW (I was lucky enough to grab one of the hand-numbered issues)
March 17, 2010
Crowdsourced demographic study of Chatroulette (the info was gathered by Hacker News users)
March 16, 2010
Progress Wars (countless hours of fun)
March 15, 2010
Piano Improvisation on Chat Roulette (amazing how much creativity the site's inspiring) [via]
March 12, 2010
8-Bit Austin (I think I'll use this map to get to Datapop 2010)
Spritely, jQuery plugin for sprite and background animation (see also: gameQuery)
March 11, 2010
Trololololololo Shreds (some context) [via]
Preview of Sword & Sworcery EP for the iPhone (looks unlike anything I've ever seen) (essential iPhone-optimized site for SXSWi session planning)
Danc on the release of Ribbon Hero (turning Microsoft Office into a game, with competition against your friends) [via]
March 10, 2010
"Play" by David Kaplan and Eric Zimmerman (avatars as Russian nested dolls) [via]
Chatroulette Map (I think I'd rather not know, thanks) [via]
Steamshovel Harry (not sure how I missed this one last year, metagaming with music by Brad Sucks)
El Fin Del Mundo by Alberto González Vázquez (there's so much I love about this, I can't quantify it all) [via]
March 9, 2010
Wired Reread, blogging the best ads from '90s-era Wired (also, the complete SPIN archives are on Google Books)
Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer (related: McSweeney's categories for the meta-awards) [via]
Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg perform Lazy Sunday live (for the first time, backed by The Roots)
Adam Savage's pursuit of the perfect Blade Runner gun replica (related: his quest for the perfect replica Maltese Falcon and dodo skeleton)
The Panic Status Board (the instant feedback made work more game-like)
March 8, 2010
Valve ports game library and Steam service to Mac (Portal 2 will be released for Mac simultaneously with PC, along with "all of our future games")
Maciej Ceglowski on the discovery, loss, and rediscovery of the cure for scurvy (fascinating story of bad science and the unintended effects of new information)
March 7, 2010
8-Bit NYC, Brett Camper's videogame map of New York (he's using Kickstarter to expand to 15 other cities worldwide)
Sleep Is Death, Jason Rohrer's new conversational two-player game (watch the slideshow for details; I just wish it was on the web instead)
Obama appoints Edward Tufte to advise on stimulus transparency ("Maybe I'll learn something.")
PS22 Chorus sings Phoenix's Lisztomania (I love how expressive they are)
Echo Nest and SCHED's guide to SXSW Music (very nicely done, uses Echo Nest's recommendation engine)
GameInformer's Portal 2 exclusive cover story (scans, since it's not on GameInformer's site yet; Valve hired the TAG: The Power of Paint team right out of Digipen)
March 5, 2010
Cal Henderson on gaming probability in World of Warcraft (he's collected 118 pets, some of which only drop 1 in 10,000 attempts)
March 4, 2010
LiveJournal rewrites outbound links with affiliate codes (looks like the regex was a bit greedy)
NYT on Chinese "human-flesh search engines" (very similar to the H+ article on the topic from last year)
YouTube launches auto-captioning for all videos (a free, automated audio transcription service based on YouTube should be viable now)
OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass" (Rube Goldberg machine built by Synn Labs in Los Angeles)
Roger Ebert starts subscription service ($4.99 for a year, goes up to $5.00 on April 1)
March 2, 2010
Yelp's official response to the business extortion accusation (nicely lays out the case against the conspiracy theories)
Valve updates Portal with mysterious achievement and ARG trailhead (radio transmissions convert into Morse code and images pointing to a telnet BBS with ASCII screenshots)
Unit Testing Achievements (I'm still waiting for a ticket tracker with game mechanics) [via]
The Skull of Regret (even Pictures for Sad Children's guest comics are great)
March 1, 2010
NYT's auralization of crossing the Olympic finish line (hear the women's 1,000-meter speedskating gold medalist win by .02 of a second) [via]
Activision shuts down 8-year King's Quest fan project (even though Vivendi, the former IP owners, granted them a non-commercial license) [via]
Bioshock's lead level designer remakes Arcadia in Doom 2 (don't miss his companion article about Doom as Robotron)