Saturday, May 30, 2009

Neat Video

My friend sent me a link to this neat little video for a Death Cab for Cutie song "Little Bribes."

Death Cab for Cutie - Little Bribes from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

My favorite bit is seeing the word "time" written in cheese melting and burning.

Thoreau Meets Video Games

I must say, Thoreau's Walden is not one of the first titles that comes to my mind for books that can be turned into video games. However, it seems that Electronic Arts is tackling doing this. You can expect this game to be different and philosophical, but I'm really at a bit of a loss as to how you'd make a game out of it.

Still, I appreciate that video games are maturing as an art form.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Dog Breeds = Different Species?

I stumbled across this humorous article dealing with the idea that different breeds of dogs should be classified as different species. It's an excellent example of how humorous writing can make interesting scientific concepts feel much more accessible to the reader.

American science education could use more articles like this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So Tempting...

I saw a link for this functional transforming Ravage USB drive and I was so tempted to get it. I almost did preorder it, in fact. I stopped when I realized I would be paying $50 (including shipping) for it.

I would probably pay around $30 for something like that without regret.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

How Embarrassing

I actually like Taylor Swift's song "Love Story." I guess there's something neat to me about Shakespeare making it into modern music? It's not bad musically, either.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kids These Days...

I feel like I'm an old fart or something, but more and more younger folks that I meet online these days seem like they didn't have a good upbringing. Their parents did a terrible job if they let them grow up to be such self-centered, uncaring people.

It seems like a lot of kids were brought up with the idea that they are entitled to happiness. It's almost as if their parents catered to their every whim and spoiled them until they could no longer comprehend not getting what they want without putting forth effort.

A parent's job is not to provide kids with everything they want. Parents are supposed to provide for their child's needs, but another big part of their job is teach their kids the right lessons. Happiness is not something people are entitled to. Happiness is something people work hard to achieve.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say that much of the value in things that make a person happy comes from the effort in achieving it. Isn't it much more rewarding to work hard to achieve a goal and then eventually achieve it?

Without this basic lesson, these spoiled kids end up being emotionally unable to understand how to find happiness in life. Everything in their life that doesn't go their way defies their whole world view so is incomprehensibly shattering. Everything that does go their way provides minimal happiness because that's merely the way things should be.

It makes me sad how clueless so many parents are. I wonder if they even comprehend that they are ruining their children's lives. I consider myself lucky that I have great parents.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Dynamite Hack - Boyz In Da Hood

It's not often that remakes of gangsta rap turn out any good, but Dynamite Hack pulled it off about as well as the great Weird Al.

Slap Chop

I know this video has made its way around the internet quite a bit, but it's really such a great remix that you should watch it if you haven't already:

If this had been the original infomercial, I bet the makers of Slap Chop would be far richer than they are right now.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Transformers 2 Game Trailer

Yay, our new trailer is out. I think it's a pretty good trailer overall. Take a look yourself.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox is seriously way too hot.

Yeah, I know that's not really what her daily life is like, but it's hard not to fantasize a little. haha.

In any case, she did at least come in to do her character's voice for our Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen video game. Unfortunately, our game is more about the big, giant robots than the hot, female humans, but hopefully she helps us sell more copies of the game in some way.

We should be releasing another trailer for our game any day now!