Clubberjack\’s WordPress Experiment


Creative Link Dump

Here’s some more links relating to creating great experiences:


Link Dump

Here’s a pile of random links from the last few weeks.


September 12th

It seems like today is a good day to remember.

Here’s a game.


Testing

This is a test post to see if I can make a link and maybe post a picture.

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Net Neutrality: Save the Internet

This video explains the concept of Net Neutrality better than I could (and this ninja does too).

After you watch the video, do something.


Link Dump

I’ve got links building up that need to be linked… No time for deep commentary, just links, links everywhere:

Battlestar Galactica characters drawn like Simpsons

The Metaverse Roadmap Project
Pics of the $100 laptop (project site here)
Half-Life 2 Ass-kicking Machine
Oblivion Domino Day
Clint Hocking on the Wii and PS3 (Wii good; PS3 bad)
The Myth of Superman (he’s like a modern god)

Enjoy.


Animations Galore!

…or two animations anyway. Nina Paley is posting clips from her feature length piece “Sita Sings the Blues,” which is a rendition of the Ramayana set to old blues songs. In her FAQs, Paley talks about the combination of Indian myth and the Blues:

These songs – Mean to Me, Am I Blue, Daddy Won’t You Please Come Home, Moanin’ Low – tell the same story I found in the Ramayana. Woman loves man, man does her wrong, woman loves man anyway and suffers horribly. They’re the Blues; they’re Sita’s story, and mine. It seemed a natural fit.

Brilliant.

Another interesting project, Elephants Dream is an “open source movie.” I haven’t watched the whole product yet, but it looks very strange. Conceptually, this fascinates me in the same way as the Swarm of Angels project. Grassroots cinema.


Privacy

Bruce Schneier has a nice piece over on Wired.com talking about why privacy is important… even if you have nothing to hide.

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.

We do nothing wrong when we make love or go to the bathroom. We are not deliberately hiding anything when we seek out private places for reflection or conversation. We keep private journals, sing in the privacy of the shower, and write letters to secret lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a basic human need.

A future in which privacy would face constant assault was so alien to the framers of the Constitution that it never occurred to them to call out privacy as an explicit right. Privacy was inherent to the nobility of their being and their cause. Of course being watched in your own home was unreasonable. Watching at all was an act so unseemly as to be inconceivable among gentlemen in their day. You watched convicted criminals, not free citizens. You ruled your own home. It’s intrinsic to the concept of liberty.

For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.


Super Mario Galaxy

This snip from Penny Arcade has my mouth watering for a Wii and a copy of Super Mario Galaxy:

Visually bold and reminiscent of The Little Prince, you will find yourself sailing from world to world, with and controls that actively reinforce that your hands themselves are floating in space as well. Mario is controlled with the analog attachment, and the pointing device in your other hand essentially “helps” him in various ways by manipulating the environment. A platform game where tiny worlds are the platforms while boundless space fills in the cracks essentially feels amazing.

Just lovely.


E3 Games

I’m not actually at E3, but that’s not going to stop me from commenting on a few games that have piqued my interest…

Nintendo’s Wii offered quite a bit of excitment with the new controller taking center stage. I’m particularly eager to get my hands on Super Mario Galaxy. Seeing Mario walk around the tiny planets reminded me pleasantly of the Little Prince. Of course, the Twilight Princess on Wii looks pretty sweet too.

From Microsoft, I was deeply excited by Halo 3. However, the news that GTA IV was going to include episodic content delivered over Live warmed my episodic-content-loving heart. Alan Wake looked interesting as a potential breakthrough into more literary genres. I’m no longer caught up in Molyneux hype, but if Fable 2 can begin to live up to the hype of Fable, then it’s worth keeping an eye on. As someone who briefly played the paper RPG, Shadowrun was pretty exciting to see in game form. Finally, it’s not a game, but the demo of Live Anywhere was quite heartening. It was bound to happen, and I’m happy that it’s happening around games. Oh yeah, that Gears of War game doesn’t look too shabby either.

For some reason, I was less than excited by Sony’s showing. There were a number of crowd pleasers, but to me, they mostly looked like current-gen gameplay. Notable exceptions include the dragon-flight sim Lair, which looks pretty bad-ass, and what I can only guess is a safari game, Afrika. Finally, the Eye Toy demo, Eye of Judgement made me smile as the augmented reality concept is one I’ve actually worked on in the past. It’s certainly nice to see that Sony has embraced a concept that is so near and dear to my heart.

Wow, I sound like some kind of Microsoft fanboy… maybe I am… hm.