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Posted 2000-11-22 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
  • At twenty inches tall, and weighing in at ten pounds, Sony's latest robot is no Terminator. Yet. The LA Times reports on Sony's soccer-playing bipedal bot. Supplemental- I found an interesting blurb on Sony Japan's site about the bot's creator, Toshi Doi .
  • Check out this crazy netgamer from Oakville. He has a whole warehouse for LAN parties, and hosts them every 6 weeks. The downside is you have to bring your own rig. I am seriously considering buying a PC next year for many reasons, and gaming is only one of them :)
  • Yoinked off Camworld from yesterday, yet another Micro$oft Borg move- "MS-HTML". This form letter to webmasters explains it all.
  • Game-Skins . Tee shirts for serious geeks. I like the " Roots " tee. [link>russ]
  • The new Pentium IV sucks ass. So sayeth PC World . Thanks, McQuade :)
  • Snagglepuss was the first openly gay cartoon character. Scooby Doo's Fred was the second.
  • Google is my new favorite search engine.
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    Posted 2000-11-14 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • Played Armored Core 2 until 2am this morning. Man, that is one cool PS2 game. As the pilot of a giant robot, you have a gigantic arsenal of insane sci-fi weapons and gadets to outfit your mech with. Since the first Armored Core, there have been a number of improvements to play that make the whole experience even more anime-stylie. Now you have a ton of "Extensions", "Inside" parts, and "Optional" parts, like energy shields, anti-missile missiles, and other crazy counter-measures stuff. I am currently driving a huge tank, with twin shoulder-mounted gattling guns, twin machine-gun arms, decoy deployer, and slap-and-blow bomb packs. You see there's this radar installation I have to destroy...
  • Somewhat related to giant robots, this article from Slashdot today mentions that armed, unmanned aircraft are due to be tested soon. Aren't these called "drones" in all the sci-fi shows? I predict a Hollywood movie about one of these aircraft "gone bad". Oh wait, they already made The Terminator.
  • Is Apple using OS9 to spy on you? Seems as though some users are experiencing regular calls to "littlebuddy.apple.com". This discussion at MacAddict has some bizarre details, as does this Hackintosh thread .
  • It's appropriate that after Myth's 3rd birthday, sketchy details of Myth III should surface.
  • Some of you may remember Bat Boy from the Weekly World News. Memepool has word of Bat Boy: The Musical .
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    Posted 2000-09-21 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • I am sick to death of patents. For fuck's sake, every two-bit "idea" is now being wrapped up into a patent, and the worst part is that these patents are actually being granted. It's going to become a challenge to designers of the future just to design something that does not infringe on someone else's "property". Amazon's one-click shopping was bad enough, then Apple had to go legitimize it by licensing this "invention". There is the insanity of British Telecom claiming to own the idea of hyperlinking. I have recently heard of the "idea" of left-side "nav-bars" being patented. Sooner than you think, every concept involved in basic web design is going to be owned by someone else. What will happen then? Soon web publishing will be akin to pirate radio, with the "authorities" hunting for intellectual property trespassers. I think I'm going to patent the idea of putting a brush to canvas.

  • An update to my internet filter tirade of yesterday: Today's WiredNews reports "Fed up with such filtering programs and other so-called Internet 'censorware,' the Digital Freedom Network has launched its Foil the Filters contest."

  • A new version of the venerable and mighty NetHack was recently created. NetHack is an ASCII-based (i.e. text-character graphics) adventure game that is probably almost as old as you are. [more] There is no end to the game... you just keep going and going and going...

  • Lego robot competition! Block stacking! Sumo challenge! Pretty cool, and on the UofT campus for you Torontoites. [link>russ]
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    Posted 2000-08-31 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • Self-replicating robots are one step closer to reality. "The little white robots were made of bars, actuators, ball joints, motors and circuits. People intervened only to insert the motors into the plastic parts spit out by the prototyping machine." [story@canoe] "Laurent Keller and his colleagues at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland described how they taught robots community spirit by programming them to behave like ants in foraging for food." [story@yahoo] Nothing scarier/cooler than robots that can make themselves. Thanks for the heads-up, citizen greg-from-germany.

  • Can't find the links to back this up, but word on the street is that 40% of Canada's plants and animals are at risk due to global warming. In story ran last night on CityTV, ecologists were saying that this will likely occur within 100 years, but could happen within 20. Better start bottling up those polar bears for future cloning. [greg-from-germany found me a link here]

  • Rogers AT&T cellular "Pay as you go" vulnerability described in detail. How to get the most out of one $25 phone card. Pretty good exploitation of this security hole.

  • My favorite Mac Gaming site, Mac Gamer's Ledge, just got bought by the company that owns Macgamer.com. The two sites will merge under the Macgamer banner, hopefully for the betterment of the Mac gaming community.
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    Posted 2000-08-09 by Tony Walsh
     
     
         
     
  • Have you tried the SETI screen saver? It hooks up CPUs from around the world to work on the largest distributed computing project ever. Now, some brainiacs have come up with the idea to apply this idea to figuring out other tough scientific problems, such as cancer and global warming. Pretty useful way to spend your idle CPU cycles. I just hope the results of the calculations will be opened up for public consumption. [story@bbcnews]

  • I just found out that grrl-rock-game Um Jammer Lammy features a Master Onion crossover from Parappa. One more reason to get my Playstation fixed. [link>wendy]

  • The most annoying word-processor around isn't actually Word Perfect, it's Word Perhect. Trust me on this- look under Projects at Frieze.com (sorry, they were clever about hiding any linkage).
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    Dinozoiks wrote:
    Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
    in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


    yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
    in More iPhone Gestures, Please


    Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
    in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


    Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
    in More iPhone Gestures, Please


    It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    @GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    ...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
    in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


    Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
    in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock


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