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DOA Empire

Watch that video.  And then marvel at the fact that 30 years ago The Empire Strikes back was released to the world.  Were you alive?  I wasn’t.  But thats regardless because it was an impressive movie.  If you haven’t watched it, you should, it’s on this weekend.  And if you’re in Times Square on Saturday May 22, 2010, you should go situate yourself outside of the big screen outside of MTV because Spike TV will broadcast the full movie in all its HD glory.  Do it, you know you want to.


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The Moon Nazis are Coming

Iron Sky, the independent film about Nazis that escape to the Moon has a trailer:

No acting yet, and not much else to see about the film.  But so far so good.  Hopefully it will be as awesome as I am hoping it to be.

I made a demand that it be shown in my area, you should too.  (Demand it in my area, and yours)

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Rollercoaster Spam

rollercoaster spam gameEvery so often there’s a spam comment that’s worth it’s weight in gold.  Unfortunately the weight of an individual spam comment is about 0.0000017 grams, so it’s not much.

But I this one on Earth Hour was just that.  I saw it in the moderation que and had to click the link because I love rollercoaster games.

The very first computer game I got into was Rollercoaster Tycoon wayyy back in the day.  I had all of them, and I beat all of them.  In fact I still play them they are that good.  My Gravity Gardens is kick ass with 40 years of service, almost 4,000 guests, and 23 completely custom built incredible rollercoasters all with an excitement rating of 6.0 or more.

I think Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 was the pinicale of the series.  Sure 3 made it into the 3rd dimension, and let you ride the rides, and stuff.  But the scenarios are stupid easy, and it’s too fucking hard to make custom rides or paths in some parks because the land moves too easily.

I like the isometric views of RCT1 & RCT2, and the simplicity of it.  Also, some of those scenarios took me ages to beat.  Like Gravity Gardens above, you had to repay your loan of $10,000 and have a park value of $500,000.  Except you could only build rollercoasters, no other rides.  And, the price to go on the rides was free.  You made money on entry to the park, and food/shop sales.  It took me 30 game years to beat.  But since it was so kick ass, I just kept playing it.  RCT3 is just too easy, I can beat a scenario in a few hours, and I have no interest to keep playing each one because all the parks are the same.

Anyway, back to this spam comment.  Go play this rollercoaster game, it’s fun, and I spent most of the day playing it.  I managed to beat it and it’s harder then it looks.  The hardest track is number 13 – Trailblazer.  That took me forever to get 5 stars in.  Anyway joy it.

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Google Photo Photomosaic

Google Photo Logo

That is a full blown actual size Photo Mosaic.  I love Photo Mosaics  I make them all the time.  I’ve made famous people. My mosaics though, are small computer sized (although, I have printed a few out, and they are pretty nice).

Upper LGoogle’s though is made of actual 4×6 photographs.  Much more awesomeer.  In total it’s 884 different photos.  And I must say, it looks pretty damn impressive.  I just don’t like the “lense flare” they put over the “o” and the “e.”  I mean, come on, is that really necessary?  And before you say that it’s just flash glare in that picture, watch the time lapse video below, it’s built into the mosaic.

Some of the photographs are pretty weird though.  If you look at it large size some are clearly discarded rejects, but there are also excellent photos of different places and people, and in all they mesh together perfectly.

It took them 5 and a half hours to put it together, and 40-50 hours total to make it.  That’s still quite alot.  But when you think of it, you can just take the digital versions of the pictures, and put them into the software to make the mosaic, and then just match them up and glue them to a wall.  Yea, easier said then done.

Also, it was done in the Google UK office, so all the photos are from around the UK, all were donated by UK Googlers, for a total of around 4,000, of which only 884 got used.  Oh well, still looks good I think.

I think they need to make this a Google Doodle one day.

{Google | Clay Bavor}

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Don’t touch my stapler

staple city

Or should I say staple city, or Ephemicropolis.

Yes, those are staples.  Thousands of them.  Some full sized magazines, some individual staples.  Here’s a nice close up shot of the individual sky scrapers

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And below you can see the entire breath of the domain of Ephemicropolis.

staple city domain

It looks like a 5×5 grid of tiles.  Except I just made that up, and I have no idea how large those tiles are, they look like 18inchers.

They say it’s about 600 x 300 cm.  According to Google that’s 27,900 sq inches, or 193.75 sq ft.  That’s alot.

And if that’s not enough, check out this video of how he made it. One person spending 40 hours breaking, and stacking, and removing, and setting up these staples. I bet he had more then a few moments when he wanted to burn down the building.


The making of Ephemicropolis from Peter Root on Vimeo.


Happy Birthday Me.


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This is a hard game.  I was able to get a 7 line game, but I didn’t screen shot it, or save the replay.  Oh well, 5 is pretty good.  And for those of you who won’t read the intro, you can get every piece.  It’s hard.  I’ve yet to get a T piece, probably because they are so usefull, and like the name says, it’s hatefull.

Anyway, enjoy you’re game, and don’t come crying to me when you can only get 0 lines.