As many dear friends know, I sometimes ponder the meaning of life. Other times, I am less grand or ambitious in my thoughts. For example, when I allow the x-box controller to drop limply from my hand in a slow motion dribble of disgust, or catch myself screaming out loud at my inability to drive a van downtown in GTA 4, you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking, ‘Man, if there were a peeping Tom a’peepin’ through my window right now, the only erection taking place would be him putting up the sign ‘thar be nutjobs’ and buggering right off.’
Video games are more than their controllers, discs or platforms. They are a grinding mist of compacting power, taking the room around you and creating an impenetrable shell to cocoon your fast-twitching body.
Photographer Robbie Cooper’s “Immersion” captures what goes on inside that bubble. The letting go of all outside thought and diving your synapses and neurons into the warm pixel pool of escape. The concentration, the anger, the joy. And it’s nice to see that kids don’t swear half as much as I do.
How can I resist the Tetris theme played on bottles? I can’t.
Via The Presurfer
Trying to catch up on 3 weeks of missed RSS is a pain. Seriously. *sigh* This made me smile. Check out the Clearly AV to see a bunch of themes played on unusual instruments or in unusual ways.
Now back to the RSS swamp.
Ye gads, consider the passengers!
Gizmodo has video and plenty of pics of the LEGO secret vault. This magical vault contains all LEGO sets ever made, all new, unused and kept in a temperature controlled vault. Awesome, non-embedable video – so go and watch it at Gizmodo. I mean, it’s awesome if you’re into that kinda stuff, which I guess I am.
I’m still digging through all the photos I took while back home in April. This game of Tops and Tails is actually something my mother played with as a child. Some of the illustrations are a little un-pc for our times. I scanned in all the cards, but here are a few class combos.
Enjoy for a moment, the smoking chimp with kangaroo butt.
Or try the ostrich with cat’s behind.
And finally, the piggy with chimp legs. I believe the chimp’s arse is getting a ticket.
You can view the full set here on flickr.
I don’t eat McDonalds. It’s a known thing in my life, so much so that as a joke one year, my friends threw me a birthday party there. Man, that was a good joke. There is no way you can make a McDonald’s burger appetizing to me. Even if you made it out of lines. Anyway, check this out – Linerider goes mainstream for a McD spot.
Well, I could explain why it’s hanging out on this site down thar at the bottom. But Ian at Crackunit.com does a much better job. I can’t enter to win, but I can bloody-well participate. I need the traffic (sorry Mum, gone are the days where you reading this is enough. I need MORE!)
Status update: Powerbook HD overdosed on hot talent of owner.
Attempted repair: Repair failed, new HD needed.
Consequences: Blogging from iPhone considered too ‘fiddly’. Blogging suspended until someone loans owner a laptop while theirs is being fixed.
What to do?: Play x-box and rejoice in the slew of subtle touches thrown into The Simpsons Game.
One of the great joys of finishing the game Portal is discovering the song “Still Alive” and soaking up the joyous lyrics. (SPOILER ALERT! Not sure if that’s needed, but don’t click that link or watch the video if you want to enjoy the greatness of the ending when you play yourself.) I just stumbled on this video at Vimeo showing Jonathan Coulton performing the song in Rock Band. It’s going to be added to the game in near future.
And for those who don’t know the joy of Portal, get out and frickin’ buy the Orange Box. Worth it for that game alone. Here’s a review to whet your appetite.
Get that brain workin’ overtime!