Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20080721

Hi,

Still busy so straight in this week.

Congratulations Phil and Keith, so sorry we couldn’t have been there.
Jools and I want pictures.

Now on with the sillies

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Michael Cross is a bridge builder. or a man with delusions. or a man with a vision.

From his website.

“I wanted to walk across the water to the middle of a lake, so I saw that I would need a new kind of bridge and I decided to make one. The Bridge would be made of steps that would rise from the water as you walked across them, and disappear back underneath behind you. I wanted to make the whole thing mechanical (no extra electrics or hydraulics) so that the person walking on it would power it, their footfall on each step raising the next.”

This looks so amazing, I am pretty sure he is actually a man with a vision and I hope he gets to install it permanently in a lake somewhere.

http://www.michaelcross.eu/morebridge.html

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Over on the Worth1000 photoshopping website, the current contest is Star Wars meets fine art. Some of these are just priceless.

The Vitruvian Wookie broke me up. I think it’s time to get my good taste chip adjusted.

http://www.worth1000.com/contest.asp?contest_id=20242&display=photoshop

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Mythbusters, is there a scarier word in the English language? Well if you are in the States, the lads are having yet another (their third) at the Archimedes melting the navy myth and they need volunteers to help out. About 350 of them to be precise and why? You will be a mirror wrangler.

I spotted this at Make magazine
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/07/help_mythbusters_recreate.html

And my hand is so up in the air, going pick me, pick me.

Sadly the commute is a killer.

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Jools spotted this one, it’s titled “I Met The Walrus”

“The interview is a little trite but the film making is cool.
Love, Jools

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmR0V6s3NKk “

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The latest copy of Edge is up and there is a great story by George Dyson in it. Here is the intro from Stewart Brand

“How does one come to a new understanding? The standard essay or paper makes a discursive argument, decorated with analogies, to persuade the reader to arrive at the new insight.

The same thing can be accomplished-perhaps more agreeably, perhaps more persuasively-with a piece of fiction that shows what would drive a character to come to the new understanding. Tell us a story!

This George Dyson gem couldn’t find a publisher in a fiction venue because it’s too technical, and technical publications (including Wired) won’t run it because it’s fiction. Shame on them. Edge to the rescue. “

The rest of the issue is pretty cool as well. Don’t miss the interview with Steve Pinker.

http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge250.html

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Duggup was a lot of fun this week. Let’s face it though I always have a ton of fun with it. Two Scottish indie bands, an acoustic duo playing guitars. very very well and Allison Crowe a Canadian who should not be missed. Jools pick this week was a band called Lydia,they are amazingly good. Head over to http://duggup.com.au/

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Flash Game Dept: Impediments to Productivity is a the name at the top and it’s Monday so lets bring capitalism to it’s knees (unless you happen to be one of my clients in which case this one is blocked at the firewall.. Just kidding). We haven’t had a “Go into strange new lands, meet strange new creatures and chop them to shreds” for a
while. So lets go meet Dragon Fable. Those of you out there with an Adventure Quest account will recognize this straight away, there is one crucial difference though. You can actually login and play on this one.

The deal is simple, create an account, login, create a character ( I am currently a rogue) and then go on a quest and chop everything to shreds, get the gold and kill an hour.

This is a perfect game for your lunch break.

http://www.dragonfable.com/

Well that’s enough for this week. Have a good one.

thatch

{Currently listening to Juliana Barwick and Neil Young}
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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20080714

Hi,

Straight in this week…

Ok we have all seen a demonstration of non-Newtonian goo (e.g., cornstarch and water) before, I covered this a while back, have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2XQ97XHjVw to jog your memory. Now someone has put together cornstarch paste and a subwoofer. don’t you wish you had thought of doing it. I know I do.

Here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px9jcA4decA
And here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw4qklgNIxI

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Bob Geldof wrote “I Don’t Like Mondays” he also wrote a truly wonderful piece in the Daily Telegraph last week. He really is a good writer. And still angry. It’s good to see.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/07/10/do1001.xml

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This one swiped a ton of time recently, I was trying to work out how they did some of it and of course make pretty pictures. I haven’t seen one of these for a while now and this program is really well done. What the hell am I talking about? Wasting time of course. Click here and have a nice Monday

http://thisissand.com/

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Jools found this clip and I seriously expect to see a spate of these as the Olympics get closer.

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Duggup was a lot of fun this week. Let’s face it though it always is. Jools spotted Dan Sultan on the ABC Sunday Arts show and I covered Charlie Parr (the Vodafone ad with the blues singer in the background). Head over to http://duggup.com.au/

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Flash Game Dept:

Todays game is from Jools.

“Possible MMI material. I have the reflexes to compete with the worlds best but I either under or over shoot the pit lane – yeh right.

Love, Jools

http://www.youbethedriver.com/ “

I took one look at it, and of course it’s Impedimentia. We wont go into my score but do read the “How To Play” bits, helpful beyond belief.

One last piece of silliness… Bomomo is a web-based drawing software that you can use to blow the day and quite probably the week. You are given a bunch of visual tools, that you can freely use to draw anything that you have in mind a create your work of art, which you can later save locally in PNG or JPG format. Free to use, no registration needed. http://bomomo.com/

This thing is just way too much fun.

Well that’s enough for this week. Have a good one.

thatch

{Currently listening to Peter Gabriel and Magnetic North}
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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20080707

Hi,

I had some interesting email during the week from one or two readers,Yes I did forget to put the game in . I was sick, that’s my excuse and I am sticking with it. Seriously I discovered a couple of Big Country fans, surprised the hell out of me. Anyway time for some sillies.

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Over at Magnatune (one of my favourite sources of left of centre music) is a short documentary about Creative Commons Business Models.

Frances Pinter and David Percy have made an excellent documentary film about business models in the publishing world that use Creative Commons licenses.

“Frances has been heading a CC-based publishing project in Africa. It is the Publishing and Alternative Licensing Model of Africa (PALM Africa), is based in Uganda, and South Africa, and she tells me the Ugunda project is going especially well. She also tells me she’ll be soon expanding this idea into other publishing spheres, which is very exciting.”

http://blogs.magnatune.com/buckman/2008/06/short-film-abou.html

The whole 30 minute doco is at Google video

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7018138206968267827&hl=en

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One of my favourite pieces of film in the “gratuitous use of speed” dept would have to be the famous car chase scene from Steve McQueen’s Bullit (was it really 1968???). A dude over at Seero has mapped the video to a GPS track onto Google Maps. This is so much fun.

http://www.seero.com/video/Steve_McQueen_3

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Blame Dept. take it up with Jools.

“MMI coming up. Love, Jools

http://www.addictinggames.com/globegame.html “

and

” Ah gee what can I say – thought it might be geeky, but it was actually well done.

Love, Jools

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5rctg_mandalorian-dance_fun “

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Walter Jon Williams is nifty little science fiction writer. Two of his stories are “Days Of Atonement” and the “Hardwired” (one of his cyberpunk jobs). Anyway Night Shade Books has posted to their website the complete text of Williams’ Nebula Award-winning novella “The Green Leopard Plague.” And you can find a couple of his other works at

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/downloads

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Duggup continues it’s bumpy journey through the world’s bands and music. Jools discovered “Ulytau” who are a prog rock band from Kazakhstan,just amazing. Me? I was captivated by Katie Dill, a singer/songwriter who has a nice line in gentle almost folk songs. Head over to http://duggup.com.au/ and have a listen.

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Flash Game Dept: Yeah yeah I forgot last week. So this week’s entry in the fine art of placation is

“The Several Journeys of Reemus”. Some of you will find it reminiscent of old Lucasarts games like Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, and Sam and Max. There is a minimalist point-and-click interface that lacks the obvious verbs like “Use,” “Look,” and “Pick Up.”

So we have Reemus and his cute purple-bear sidekick Liam. Reemus, an insect exterminator, is summoned by the local boozer to rid the place of ants before the prince and his bride-to-be arrive (god these things get sillier and sillier). Your mission is to get Reemus and Liam out of each puzzle, and you have to interact with the environment to find a way out. The game is a bit brief (assuming you get through some of the puzzles), but it’s entertaining and can be rather out there.

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/the-several-journeys-of-reemus/

Well that’s enough for this week. Have a good one.

thatch

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