Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm only 3 years behind....

With the release of Steam for Mac, I finally got around to playing Portal, something I've wanted to do since it was released in 2007. I didn't *need* to wait for a Mac version (via bootcamp or my dusty PC), but this made it much more convenient. Also, by waiting, I don't need a cutting-edge PC to play it easily.

It's really cool, using a first-person-shooter interface to solve a series of puzzles. It turns out that the independently created flash version of the game was a really good primer.

It was always cheap, but now, it's FREE. Highly recommended, assuming you didn't play it already.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Ultimate LEGO

A while back I blogged about "The Ultimate Machine" (a.k.a. "The Most Useless Machine"). Like all things in the world, this one is made better by LEGO's. Even better, this version forgoes servo motors in favor of clockwork.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Click click click click...

"Button, Button" was a short story first written by Richard Matheson in 1970, about a down-on-their-luck couple who were approached by a mysterious man offering a moral quandary: Here is a button. Click it and two things will happen. First, someone you do not know will die. Second, you will get 1 million dollars.

There have been many adaptations. In 1986 it was turned into a twilight zone episode with a different ending.

In 2009, the movie "The Box" had a simmilar story. It didn't do very well.

Also in 2009, "Hijinks Ensue" wrote a comic, parodying the new movie.

More recently, "Pictures for Sad Children", another web comic, created a wonderfully understated rendition.

"Funny Or Die" did a hilarious parody video too.
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