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May 31, 2010
LOST reimagined as a Lucasarts adventure game (if this existed, it'd be 120 hours of gameplay where 95% of the puzzles had no solution) [via]
May 30, 2010
Portland Mercury goes inside the Achewood test kitchen (Chris Onstad ate your balls) [via]
May 29, 2010
Exit Path (addictive runner inspired by Portal and Canabalt, from the creator of Achievement Unlocked; try the multiplayer mode)
Kevin Kelly's 1997 list of quotes from the first five years of Wired ("predictions of the future are really just predictions of the present")
Smokescreen, a Flash player in Javascript (don't miss the Strongbad demos; Simon breaks down how it works, with reformatted source)
May 28, 2010
Ken Jennings' anatomy of a Wikipedia hoax (in fact, the founder of Orange Julius never invented an inflatable shrimp trap or pigeon shower)
Super Mario Bros. Crossover creator commentary (he announced this week he's adding Ryu from Ninja Gaiden)
May 27, 2010
M.I.A. takes revenge on NYT Magazine writer for unflattering cover story (she tweeted the reporter's phone number; summary of the story) [via]
May 26, 2010
Nifflas releases FiNCK (devious free platform puzzles inspired by SMB 2, from the genius behind Knytt and Saira)
My Desk Is 8-Bit (simulated stop-motion inspired by Michel Gondry and R-Type)
GQ on the National Enquirer and their attempt to win the Pulitzer (reminds me of someone)
1983 Naked Eyes Song Was A Burt Bacharach Remake? (strangely disorienting and anachronistic, like hearing Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" as '60s soul)
Collection of bowling alley scoreboards (design that smells like old shoes and beer)
May 25, 2010
Jeff Rubin's Unanswered Lost Questions (all the answers are in the mystery box, and you can't have it) [via]
Phoenix Wright released for the iPhone (weird gem for the DS makes it to the App Store)
D-Pad Hero 2 released for NES (worth it just for the Queen cover)
May 24, 2010
Sean Bonner on the near-death of Metblogs (people are pledging to keep it alive, and they may be saved)
Short film on the making of 48HR Magazine ("The most powerful thing in the universe is a whole bunch of people paying attention to the same thing at the same time.") [via]
The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield (15-page comic about the discredited link between autism and the MMR vaccine)
May 23, 2010
The Big Caption (reminds me of Wayne White's art)
Pixel: An Art Documentary (11-minute short about modern pixel animation) [via]
The Swinger (EchoNest-powered hack makes any song swing)
May 21, 2010
spta's MonsterMaker (fun with face tracking)
The Discography of Greyson Chance (a safe prediction)
Hurt Locker producer calls downloaders morons who belong in jail ("I hope your family and your kids end up in jail")
Google's Pac-Man homepage doodle (the first playable doodle, with audio!)
Superbien's video projection onto mapped blocks (when I first saw this, I thought it was CGI) [via]
Ask Metafilter saves two Russian students from NYC sex traffickers (Internet heroes save the day in real-life)
May 20, 2010
How Etsy does deploys (save the princess!)
First synthetic cell created (subject of an embargoed Science story and cover of the new Economist)
May 19, 2010
Google releases BigQuery and Prediction API (I feel bad for Directed Edge)
Typekit and Google announce open-source collaboration (see Google's free font directory and the new Font API and WebFont Loader)
HTML 5 Zombo.com (view source for an explanation on how it was made)
CBS threatens 48 Hr. Magazine over trademark (they claim confusion with 48 Hours, the news show)
Google open-sources VP8 video codec (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Flash will all support it)
Girl Talk's Feed the Animals sample visualizer (using my sample list, HTML5 audio, and iTunes web service)
May 18, 2010
Newzbin closes down (keep in mind, they only indexed metadata for Usenet binaries, not hosting files)
May 17, 2010
Alex Payne leaves Twitter for BankSimple (I love the idea, just signed up)
May 16, 2010
Ronnie James Dio, dead at 67 (watching this in his memory)
Why Peter Serafinowicz pirates movies, including his own (great essay from a tech-savvy artist)
Gink (not just another social networking site) [via]
SNL's Timecrowave, meals from the future (also: Great Day digital short)
May 14, 2010
4chan's moot raises $625k for stealth startup ("reimagine what an image board should be today using the current technologies available")
50 Greatest Samples in Hip-Hop History (I could listen to these source cuts all day)
May 13, 2010
Drunk History of Frederick Douglass (with Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle and Zooey Deschanel)
Valve's Portal recruitment video (can't wait for Portal 2 this winter, with luck)
Shaun Inman's study of the Super Mario 3 camera behavior (and how he applied it to his new game)
Greyson Chance performs on the Ellen show (the star-maker machinery works fast these days)
May 12, 2010
NYT's chart of Facebook privacy settings (privacy policy's longer than the US Constitution; also, the evolution of Facebook privacy)
Panic loads Apple //e Grandaddy music video source using an iPad (feels like WALL-E connecting to EVE)
Ben Folds covers Elliot Smith's "Say Yes" (my favorite of the A.V. Undercover project so far)
Steam for Mac released (and Portal's free for Mac and PC until May 24th!)
May 11, 2010
Sixth-grader covers "Paparazzi" (move over, Bieber) [via]
May 10, 2010
Twitter follower hack discovered by Turkish heavy metal fan ("accept pwns")
Samorost 2 added to the Humble Indie Bundle (pay what you like, get six amazing indie games for Mac, Windows and Linux, including Gish, Aquaria and World of Goo)
May 8, 2010
Conan O'Brien at Google (special appearance by Andy Richter)
May 7, 2010
Creepy Robots ("It's only a matter of time before one of these kills somebody.")
Tasman Richardson, "The Game" (more from the artist; I love his Atari series and I Stole the Soul of Rock n' Roll) [via]
May 6, 2010
View to Corrupt (related: temporary.cc and Nobodaddy (now offline))
Get Out of There! (added to the Supercuts master list) [via]
Coney Island's last arcade burns in suspicious fire (older photos on Flickr; related: Last Summer at Coney Island documentary)
Non-Latin TLDs go live (Domainr now supports all three)
May 5, 2010
Disneyland tests talking Mickey Mouse (and testing the uncanny valley, along with it)
Hue Shift (brilliantly simple and frustrating game mechanic, reminds me of Flywrench) [via]
The Paywall (ITP thesis exploring alternative firewalls) [via]
Google Chrome's slow-motion speed tests (the making-of is as interesting as the finished product)
Star Wars Pregnancy Announcement
If Mario Was Designed in 2010 (related: Auntie Pixelante's dissection of level 1-1)
Jason Scott researches the story of Computer Beach Party (a truly awful comedy from 1987; unofficial trailer and a clip (note the error at 3:00))
Tim & Eric, Paul Rudd's Computer ("Computer, load up Celery Man.")
May 4, 2010
GameSetWatch on Pitch to Pixel, an album of jazz-inspired chiptunes (he talks about the inspiration for each track on his blog)
Fanedit.org's most famous fan edits of all-time (like Greasemonkey for movies, removing fan irritations like Rose in Titanic, Kirk in Star Trek Generations, and the plot of the Matrix sequels)
Sean Young's Super-8 footage on the set of David Lynch's Dune (fans made new edits of the film, pulling from the theatrical and extended releases)
Face.com opens free facial recognition APIs (try it in the sandbox) [via]
xkcd's Color Survey Results (most popular colors unique to women, "dusty teal" and "blush pink"; for men, "penis" and "gay")
Joel Johnson interviews 48 Hour Magazine's all-star team (the theme will be announced on May 7, 3,400 people have already signed up)
Inc. Magazine's cover story on Tim O'Reilly (one of the most inspiring and thoughtful people I've ever met)
May 3, 2010
Keyboard Matt (the creators of Where the Hell Is Matt and Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat merge memes)
Sketch Processing (web-based IDE using Processing.js and Bespin) [via]
Telltale announces Puzzle Agent (like Fargo meets Professor Layton with art by Graham Annable, coming in June!)
"Anatomy of a T-shirt" on Threadless (related: liveblogging the Three Wolf Moon panel at ROFLCon)
Feed Filter plugin for Firefox removes key features after Facebook C&D (they complained about the ad removal and extra requests) [via]
How Wired tracked down the prototype iPhone seller (it started with an anonymous tip about a curious Facebook comment)
May 1, 2010
Duke University to shut down historic Usenet server this weekend month (Usenet was started by two Duke students in 1979; the official announcement says Usenet was "made unnecessary")
Fun with secret questions & answers (the most fun you can possibly have with your bank)