Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20081117


Well how fab is this, as I type this Ligeti’s music is playing and 2001: A Space Odyssey is just starting up. Strap in folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Let’s get started shall we.

Jools sent this one along
“This is an interactive video adventure. Will the intrepid trio esca[e the men in black suits? Will Rob kill the dragon?
Only you know the outcome. Very silly.

Love Jools ”

A wonderful impediment, especially if you were a fan of the “Choose Your Own Ending’ books. I blew quite a bit of time on this one.

Ted Talks: A tough one this week. Spoilt for choice.
Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.

Bonus Ted Talk. J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery — a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias — back to its magical beginnings.

London artist Roger Hiorns covered every square inch of an abandoned apartment with blue copper phosphate crystals. Called “Seizure,” it looks like a magical cave from some fantasy novel.
He basically grew them all in place on the wall. I think it’s pretty.

roger hiorns: seizure.

duggupp had an interesting week. I was having a fun time with some strange indie bands. Efterklang and Castanets. Not to everyone’s taste but that is the way the MP3 player falls. Stroll over to and have a look.

Flash Game Time: Remember Lunar Lander from back in the days of your Apple ][ or Commodore 64? I do. It was hard going, but landing was always sucjh a buzz ( as opposed to the regular ending – the crash) Well they just did the landing on the moon bit in the movie and these seems like an appropriate game for this week.

The idea resurfaces regularly and Super PerfectoProp is the latest one of them. The deal is that you are flying a little guy around, but instead of using jets, you’re using propellers, and instead of three, you have four. The idea is to take off on the left side of the screen, collect all of the coins, and land safely on the right side of the screen, avoiding the various dangers around you.

In terms of controlling your character, it’s a bit more complicated than Lunar Lander. Instead of one booster that pushes straight up, you have two that are on 45 degree angles. To go straight up, you have to press both at the same time, but if you do you’ll go up fast. And since there’s a power line overhead (what you thought it was going to be easy?), you have to be pretty careful about it.

This one is interesting for just about as long as you’d want to spend playing a time waster, which might be a great fit for your next coffee or lunch break.

OK the movie has finished and I am still in awe of it, I saw 2001 back in the late Sixtie’s and yes it’s dated but the Ligeti music is still as provoking as it was all those years ago. It possibly explains my interest in “Hard Listening” music.

If you watched it recently and it totally confused you try this, it’s sort of a primer for the movie.

Have a good one, sorry it’s short again. Blame Kubrick.


{Currently listening Actually watching 2001 A Space Odyssey }
{Currently reading: More Dreary MS SQL manuals (does it really need to be this bloody hard???)}
{Quick Status Check: Hell,was 2001 really released in 1968? }
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, nothing to see here ’til next year }

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