March 25, 2005

Warning Sign Shotgun

In years to come, people will look back on my blog and say “Did you see this guy’s weblog? Why didn’t we see the warning signs???”

So, you have been forewarned! Onto the links!

  • Squares 2 (Game)
    • Simple and fun flash game. You’re a rotating black square, you must pick up the other black squares. Avoid the red squares!
  • Dress Up Like Master Chief! (Nerd Antics)
  • Feynman Lectures on Physics (Science)
    • Audio files of the complete Feynman lectures. Feynman rocks. Physics rocks. Get smart.
  • Castle Wolfenstein in 5K (Game)
    • It’s the classic first-person shooter game, written in Javascript, within 5k!
    • Doesn’t work in Firefox, though. You’ll need IE.
  • Bloodmobile (Flash Video Music)
    • They Might Be Giants music video by Dave Logan
    • The Bloodmibile is your circulatory system. TMBG is the Schoolhouse Rock of the 00’s.
  • Sobriety Test (Video, Police)
    • The guy is drunk, but he almost got away with it. Wink!
  • Teenage Mom (Video , PSA)
    • Get ready for Teenage Mom - the ultimate gaming experience! It’s an anti- teen pregnancy video in the style of The Sims 2. Clever. But it promots condoms, so you’ll never see it on TV here in the US.
  • Credit Card Prank II (Pranks)
    • So, how important is it that you sign your actual name on that credit card slip? This man was intent on finding out. Watch as his attempts to mess up the system get more and more outrageous. Awesome — I love this guy’s sense of humor. Reminds me of so many of my friends.
  • House of Cosbys #1 (Flash Animation)
    • What happens when you try to clone too many Cosbys? Aside from the detrimental side effects, you get a super Cosby on every 10th cloning! Har! Funny little short animation.
  • Whack The Dead (Game)
    • Stop the zombies with your shovel.
  • FireTune (Internet Optimization, Techie)
    • FireTune is an easy-to-use tool for speeding up your Firefox installation. It works, my copy of Firefox has definitely become more speedy since I’ve used this. Allows you to back up your configuration, so you can go back if you don’t like having a faster browser.
  • Slaps (Game)
    • Online version of the classic game of “Slaps” where you try to slap your opponents hand. If you miss, it becomes the other player’s turn to slap your hands, so slap carefully.
  • High Speed Film Video Clips (Science, Video, Slo-mo)
    • Fascinating videos using high speed film. SLow motion technology reveals what happens when a water balloon pops, when a moth flaps its wings, when a cube of Jell-o hits the ground. Many, many videos. Check out the Hall of Fame for the most interesting ones.
  • 100 Games in 1 Semester (Games)
    • These students (calling themselves Experimental Gameplay) aim to make 100 games in one semester.
    • Each game must be made in less than 7 days
    • Each game must be made by one person, including all art, sound, and programming
    • Each game must be based around a certain “toy” ie. “gravity”, “vegetation”, “swarm behavior”, etc.
    • I am addicted to Tower of Goo!
  • TV Tropes Wiki (Language, TV/Movies)
    • TV is full of visual idioms. This site catalogues them, along with plots, devices and characters.
    • Here’s where you can find out what an Aesop is.
      • An Aesop is when a character articulates some lesson learned at the end of an episode.
    • Better still, learn about the oft-used Double Aesop!
      • That’s when a character describes his Aesop to another character, and the second character has the epihany that the same lesson applies equally to his own situation!
      • eg, In Arrested Development?, scrawny George Michael tries wearing leather to appear butch to his cousin, while Michael decides to stop being the family doormat and start being more ruthless. Near the end George Michael gives up the leather thing, and being questioned about it by Michael, goes on about not being able to change who you are. Michael realises this applies to him as well. Double Aesop.
      • Frequently done with a guest character, to apply the moral of their story to a longer-running established story. eg, In CSI Grissom once realised the way this week’s killer felt about his victim reflected the way he himself felt about Sara Sidle (I kid you not).

There you have it, fellow netizens. Thanks to all my sources this week. I’ve stopped inlining source references to streamline the shotgun. If you send me a link and would like to be sourced, let me know. This week I got them from all over, and was sent at least one by Bob McCown.

Now is the time on Shotgun where you discuss. Don’t be too productive; it’s Friday, folks.

Posted by James at March 25, 2005 6:56 AM
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Stormtroopers are hot.

I like Jell-o.

Posted by: Julie at March 25, 2005 8:26 AM

Personally, I prefer the stormtrooper outfit.

I wonder if they'd let me in to jury duty wearing one of those and carrying a blaster. I used to have the stormtrooper blaster rifle as a teen. Wonder what happened to that.

Heck, I'd wear it to work for a lark.

Posted by: James at March 25, 2005 8:29 AM

I thought the post said dress up like a master chef, and I had visions of Iron Chef in my head. Sadly, I was wrong.

Loved The Bloodmobile (anything TMBG does gets my vote).

Posted by: Patti M. at March 25, 2005 9:25 AM

Good collection this week, JP. TMBG rule. And Cosbys was pretty good, too.

Posted by: briwei at March 25, 2005 4:23 PM

Thankee sir.

Apparently, the sobriety test is from Reno 911. Ryan informs me.

Posted by: James at March 25, 2005 5:02 PM

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