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Neat little puzzle game

Casual Gameplay Escape is a fun little puzzle game, one of those that doesn't tell you what to do. I finally managed to beat it, without using any hints. Yay! :) Give it a shot! Very doable.

Btw, please don't succumb to using any walkthroughs. The fun's in the solving, not in seeing the ending. The only hint you might want is the one that the author gives you on the page, and you probably don't even need that one. (I didn't see it till after I finished.)

Graphical History of AT&T Splits And Mergers

This is old news, but I've never seen the AT&T merger history in such detail before. Click through for a giant JPEG:


You can also go to the original Free Press page, which displays it in pan-able Flash form, with JPEG and PDF links at the bottom. Their copyright page says all their original content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike.

Toast Wars finally on YouTube

On the 10th anniversary of Toast Wars in 2006, I posted it on the Internet for the first time. At the time, YouTube had a 100MB upload limit, so I had to put it on Google Video and archive.org. Now that restriction is gone! :) So Toast Wars is finally on YouTube!

(Btw, if for some reason you're reading my blog but you haven't seen it, I would actually prefer that you use this archive.org link then right-click the "QuickTime 215 MB" link on the left, and download/save it. Watch that version. It's much higher quality than the YouTube/Google Video ones.)

P.S.: I wish YouTube had more flexibility in choosing the preview frame, because all three choices it gave me sucked. :P

Pull Shapes

I'm totally obsessed with this song:

The Pipettes - Pull Shapes

"Pull shapes" is apparently slang for dancing, and the video is based on a scene from the movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, written by Roger Ebert! Here's the original scene:

Notes from a lost dream

Sometimes I wake up from an interesting dream in the middle of the night. I immediately grab my laptop and type out what I can remember. In the morning, I refer to my notes, and I can recall and flesh out the details.

I just found some notes from a dream I had back in July. Unfortunately, I must've forgotten all about that dream the next morning, because I never went back to my notes. Now the notes bring back extremely vague memories, but I can't really recall much more than what they say. So the notes are all I have. Here they are:

Subject: dream movie

mark walhberg looking for someone at mall/subway station. can't find him (matt damon) because he's got a fake mustache.

then i'm matt damon.. to get into my place of work, i leave my car door open, then wait for another employee to go home and leave his keys for me.

You must be riveted, I'm sure. I bet the only thing less interesting than someone telling you his dream is someone telling you notes from a forgotten dream. :P

Okay, here's a bonus one, from March:

Subject: time travel

fry eggs wit h my dad until they're perfect ,tlling him which iteration thi is.

I wanted to tchange the DB schea.

Was shown a modified version.

began wondering about overclocked ratios.

was braver than in real life. wnated to see what would happen if we messed around.

I have zero idea what that one was about. :P

Wikipedia has become a woman!

Or at least, she has in the latest Dinosaur Comics.

If only this were true. IF ONLY!

*is distracted*

The Ting Tings at Popscene

The Ting Tings @ Popscene

I went to see the Ting Tings tonight. I'm surprised that people I mention them to haven't heard of them, because I discovered them through an iPod commercial, hardly obscure:

The Ting Tings had a ton of energy live. Jules De Martino banged on the drums on night while Katie White sang vocals and occasionally played a guitar. (I think De Martino controlled the synthesizers with foot pedals.) They just released their first album, so they stretched out a lot of the songs with longer instrumental sections. That worked quite well, actually; it added to the dancy feel. (The audience section at 330 Ritch was way too packed at the sold-out show to actually do more than wiggle and bop though.) The crowd seemed pretty into it, and the way that Ting Tings songs tend to crescendo as they go along helped; at one point White told us they were going to switch it up with a slow song but decided to keep up the energy instead.

During some of the songs, White would bang on this ginormous upright bass drum. That was awesome. :P

A little over half an hour into it, they stopped for the encore tease. I don't know if the crowd was too cool for school, wasn't as into the band as it seemed, or was just surprised and confused, because there was zero cheering. The host had to work the crowd, asking us to cheer if we wanted to see the band back. At that point, the crowd did cheer for a bit, but it eventually kinda died out, with pretty pathetic attempts by some to give occasional hollers. (No one was really applauding for some reason.) I found it pretty sad.

Anyway, the band soon came back out. They started with a song where De Martino played guitar for a while to switch it up, and then I was happy to see them finish with my favorite song, That's Not My Name:

That made for a great ending. I thought they worked great live, and I hope to see them again in a larger venue some time, and with more songs.

And now the ugly: While their set lasted only 45 minutes, I waited another 45 minutes in the coat check line. During the first half, the line literally did not move at all. Well, it was more an amorphous mass than a line, so maybe the front of the line was thinning out? Or maybe someone lost their coat? All I know is that the only thing saving my sanity was the fact that Popscene was playing good music in the interim while I waited. :) (I recall hearing New Order's Blue Monday, MGMT's Kids, some sort of mashup featuring Kanye's Love Lockdown, MIA's Paper Planes, and even The Rapture's House of Jealous Lovers! (That last is probably my favorite dance song, but I don't have any friends who care about it. :P))

Btw, I should mention that I enjoy the Ting Tings' album, We Started Nothing. I thought it was a little annoying when I first got it, but it quickly grew on me, and I've been listening to it quite a bit in the car. To sum up: The Good: The Ting Tings were energetic and fun live. The Bad: Not sure why the crowd seemed into them one minute and uncaring the next. The Ugly: The 45 minute coat check wait. How hard is it to find people's coats quickly and efficiently?

P.S.: I was experimenting with high quality YouTube links and embeds with the first two YouTube videos in this entry. Do they run too slowly for anyone? You can open their YouTube pages and click "View in normal quality" below the video if they do.


This Boy on a Stick and Slither is my favorite in a while.

A Shadow of Chinatown

A Shadow of Chinatown

I took this at Pine and Grant in Chinatown. I saw this when hanging out with a friend one day, but I didn't have my DSLR. This time I had my DSLR with me. I think I could do a better job next time by using a wider angle lens and a tripod.

Mental body-swap with a mannequin

Swedish scientists hooked up cameras to a mannequin's head and fed the view to research subjects, then poked both the mannequin and the subjects' stomachs with sticks. The subjects perceived the mannequin's body as their own. When they slid a knife across the stomach of the mannequin, the subjects got really nervous.

Of course, I find this entirely unsurprising. I even wrote an paper arguing for it in college back in 1997: "The Wave-Particle Duality of Michelangelo's Statue of David" [PDF]. (I'm particularly proud of the grade I got from my TA on this paper: "I 100% disagree with this paper. A+")

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