Boris Karloff's Monster Game

I'd be (pleasantly) amazed if the actual play in Boris Karloff's Monster Game was anything but tedious, but LOOK AT THOSE GAME TOKENS. DANG.

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Hardships by Computer Jay

This video is beautiful.

Hugging robot

It's very satisfying.

28-geared, 3D-printed cube

Shapeways user Maundy created the Steampunk Geared Cube, a magnificent geared confection that came out of the 3D printed fully assembled!

Amazing things to do with a Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi, the tiny, cheap and hackable computer for children of all ages, may be used as the heart of an Ambilight media center, a cat feeder, a Minecraft or MAME console, to pwn your foes' websites and serve torrents, or as the brains of a supercomputer cluster. Me, I've been recreating the magic of failing to learn to program in the 1980s, when every home computer challenged you with a code interpreter the moment you turned it on. You can make it pretty with a custom case, and check out a zillion other great Pideas at Pingbin, Ars Technica and the official homepage. (Previously) Read the rest

The Guardian, a spooky free flash game

Nicole Brauer's The Guardian is a dreamlike adventure about a boy with a girl's name who feels compelled to leave the village where he is shunned. I love both the Shadow of The Colossus-inspired design and the fact that your sprite is a single pixel seen from afar—like my own TinyHack, but backed by beautiful artwork and effective storytelling. Kevin McLeod's ominous music ties the mood together. Read the rest

New Yorkers: catch Molly Crabapple's new show this weekend

Shell Game, a new exhibition from artist Molly Crabapple (previously, previously, previously) opens Sunday in New York.

UPDATE: Molly's now released the solo show's work under a Creative Commons license. Read the rest

BioShock, finis

The BioShock series, notable for the doomed libertarian dystopias into which the player is sent, took a startling turn in its latest outing, Bioshock Infinite. Taking place in a perversely patriotic theme-park echo of America, its spectacular world-building and storytelling generated critical acclaim, but its generic gameplay prompted second thoughts. Leigh Alexander puts it like so: "Infinite's is a sterile, mechanized system that could have been ripped from any other listless hyper-modern game like a bloody spine and grafted messily onto this vision, obscuring it. It doesn't even do it well; I wouldn't even say competently." Read the rest

Making brains transparent

Researchers developed a process to make a mouse brain totally transparent, enabling this magnificent fly-through video.

Twitter and information anxiety

"Sometimes at night I reach over and pluck my phone from my nightstand, press a little blue icon, and suddenly the whole world is in bed with me, talking," writes Mat Honan. "This is deeply unhealthy, of course, for my sleep patterns, my mental well-being, my marriage." Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Interview at the New Yorker

A visit to the New Yorker building in 1959, at its original location at 25 west 43rd street.

Solving classic NES games computationally

Dr. Tom Murphy VII gave a research paper called "The First Level of Super Mario Bros. is Easy with Lexicographic Orderings and Time Travel . . . after that it gets a little tricky."

Huge anamorphic sculpture of actor's face

Bernard Pras built a room-sized anamorphic sculpture of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté's face from wood, branches, rugs, clothing, rubber scraps, and other odds and sods.

Prank: Headless driver at the drive-thru

Heady humor.

The Man Who Owns Little

Mark Ernest Pothier is a Kindle Single author I have been watching. Since reading his story The First Light of Evening I've been waiting for his next. The Man Who Owns Little was released a few days ago and I read it last night.

Laser on ship shoots down drone

A US Navy demonstration of a high-energy laser on a moving ship shooting down a drone.

Power Glove's Tumblr of 1980s vidgame/tech/action movies/etc.

Musical group Power Glove have a fun Tumblr of ads and images that would be right at home decorating a teenage boy's school locker in 1984 or so. Power Glove Tumblr Read the rest

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