Links for February 11, 2019

Video games to play if you liked Netflix’s Bandersnatch

Now Black Mirror’s two least interesting episodes share the plot of “video games exist”. What’s Bandersnatch’s larger point? That you should be more careful who you take LSD with? Anyway. Video games. Luckily there’s a big list of personal computer doodads which cover similar topics to Bandersnatch and have a little more to say.


A little text placeholder generator of Jeff Goldblum awesomeness.

HTTBey Status Codes

Beyoncé-inspired HTTP Status Codes

Links for January 21, 2019

Introducing Scratch 3.0: Expanding the Creative Possibilities of Coding

Today, we’re launching Scratch 3.0, a new generation of Scratch that expands how, what, and where kids can create with code. As we’ve tested prototypes of Scratch 3.0, we’ve been amazed by the projects that kids have made — like a hedgehog that speaks French, a hippopotamus that dances to hip-hop, and a soccer game you control with your shoe.

The Embroidered Computer

The Embroidered Computer uses historic gold embroidery materials to craft a programmable 8 bit computer.

blank vhs covers were kinda beautiful

Links for January 14, 2019

My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley

Shirley Wang’s father, Lin, was on a business trip when he ran into NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. It was the beginning of a friendship.

Trail Blazers’ Game-Day Posters Are Often First Shot Against Opponents

Sometimes playful, sometimes poignant, the posters drawn by local artists take aim at opponents and play up Portland’s aesthetic.

444 (Yes, 444) New Autechre Videos

The British electronic duo Autechre appears to have uploaded some 444 videos to YouTube over the course of 2018, beginning in January.... The full playing time is in excess of 13 hours.

Links for January 11, 2019

Project Horseshoe 2018: Group Report: Constructing Emergence

In practical game development, constructing systems that show emergence can also seem risky, since few understand what emergence is, and since such systems often look incomplete and broken until suddenly they’re not.... A system being designed with emergence in mind might be on the threshold of working spectacularly well, or it may never come together; it can be nearly impossible to tell the difference.... Given the importance, benefits, and difficulties of creating emergent systems, we are looking for tools and methods to more reliably construct emergence in games, rather than just hoping for it and stumbling over it.

The problem with adding a famous Cree chief to ‘Civilization’

To many, the game-makers’ decision to depict Chief Poundmaker without first seeking permission from the chief and elders seems like history repeating itself.... Milton Tootoosis, a headman at Poundmaker Cree Nation and cousin of Clyde, says custom requires that “if you’re going to borrow from another culture you must get approval.” He is angry no one asked permission to use the image of Chief Poundmaker in the game or sought input about the narrative from his First Nation.

sigur rós - liminal

liminal is much more than an ambient sigur rós mixtape curated by jónsi, alex somers and paul corley. liminal views sigur rós as an eco-system. it identifies the connections and blurs the boundaries between work done and work to come; between brand new music and ideas barely yet nascent; between songs written 20 years ago and collaborations to be made tomorrow.

Links for January 9, 2019

Doctor Who fan spin-offs

An oral history of the franchise’s unlicensed spin-offs with Sylvester McCoy, Nick Briggs and those at the heart of Who’s fan-made films


Turtletoy allows you to create generative art using a minimalistic javascript Turtle graphics API. You can only create black-and-white line drawings on a square canvas. By offering a very restrictive environment we not only hope to stimulate creativity, we also make sure that the turtles can (at least theoretically) be plotted using a simple plotter.

Very Slow Movie Player

A film watched at 1/3,600th of the original speed is not just a very slow movie, it helps you see yourself against the smear of time.

Links for January 7, 2019

IF Comp Roundup

IF Comp is now over for the year! Here are a few recommendations for different audiences, depending on what you’re looking for.   If you want serious story: Bogeyman (hypertext) is a story of children who have been taken away by the eponymous character as punishment for behaving badly. It’s a little simplistic to describe…

Some Words Defy Translation. Angela Merkel Showed Why.

Germany’s chancellor used an English-language vulgarity in a speech recently. Oddly enough, German doesn’t have a mot juste of its own.

Robyn - Last Christmas (Wham! cover) in the Live Lounge

Links for December 14, 2018

How To Kill Your Tech Industry

After hitting the glass ceiling first in government and then in industry, Shirley did what women were supposed to do—what the two Annes and so many other women had been encouraged to do—she got married and resigned from her position. But, unlike the Annes, she wasn’t happy about it.... In 1962, she started her own software company, Freelance Programmers, out of her home. When she had stationary made for her new company she half-jokingly put the name all in lowercase, because “we had no capital at all.” Nevertheless, she began to recruit women who had similarly been forced into “early retirement” by having children or getting married.

Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor

Her device freed secretaries from the typewriter. But as word processing became ubiquitous, it helped eliminate their jobs.

J-deite RIDE unveiled

J-deite RIDE LLP built up a 2 seater transformable robot. Name of the robot is ‘J-deite RIDE’. J-deite RIDE is a kind of world’s first robot. He is 2 seater, transformable to car, walk itselves, and drive by battery energy.

Links for December 12, 2018

Physical game design quickstart toolkit

These questions are designed for use in a small-group situation where you want to add constraints up front in order to minimise the time it takes to get something playable. They’re not doing the same thing as the double diamond design approach, which is all about going broad at the beginning of the process – you could look at this as a way to get right to the end of the first diamond very quickly, if you like.

Allusionist 84. Trammels

Why would you write books or poems or plays with only one vowel? Or in palindromes? Or only using the example sentences in dictionaries? Sometimes you need to force yourself to jump a few hurdles (and perhaps the rest of the obstacle course) before your creativity will be unleashed.

Breaking Down the Beat: The Art and Science of Beatboxing

In each video, a beatboxer showcases a sound by producing it both in isolation and in the context of a larger beat. What you see are the movements of the lips, tongue, and other vocal tract articulators as they work together to produce these sounds.

Links for December 10, 2018

The Archivists of Extinction

What if I told you one of the largest ever undertakings in American historic preservation was happening not through the graces of any large institution, but through the autonomous participation of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of individuals across the country, who are collectively stitching together their own narrative of architectural history?

The “Kmart” group on the photo-sharing website Flickr has amassed a staggering twenty-five thousand photos of its subject, a struggling American discount store. It hardly matters that, against the grain of the high-architectural image factory, many of these photos could not be called artistic—a number of them appear to have been taken with shaky cell phones, or from the wrong side of a speeding car. The production of high-gloss photography is not the purpose of this group. It’s purpose is to document a slow extinction.

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?

I used to feel this pressure on me — I’m talking like a physical pressure, you know? But I used to be able to go out onto a basketball court and just unleash it. You could let it all out. You could dunk the shit outta that motherfucker in front of 100 people or 20,000 people and feel good for a minute.

Basketball got taken away from me at 27, and I was lost. I was just kind of going through the motions. Then a couple years later, my momma got taken away from me, and I pretty much went insane.

Could Winnie The Pooh Be Removed From Shanghai Disneyland?

Believe it or not, there’s a good chance that Winnie the Pooh might be removed from Shanghai Disneyland in the near future. That’s right, no more character meet and greets, no more merchandise and the attractions could get rethemed.... Over the years, the people of China have used Pooh as a way to mock their president by comparing him to the Disney-famed “chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff”.

Links for December 7, 2018

Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along

In East Germany, a gamer scene emerged just before the fall of communism. Teenagers met at a computer club to swap and play C64 games. The state watched with interest.

Classic Tetris World Championship: How it became esport

“There are players that can tap the controller faster than I can hold it down,” Neubauer said. “It’s a physical technique, it’s going to change the way these tournaments are played in the future, it already has. I’m going to have to take my game to the next level. Honestly, it’s tough at this point, but I still think there’s room to go.”

Fallouts 5-75 reviewed

In the build-up to the release of Fallout 76, we felt it was important to put the game in its proper context. With that in mind, we commissioned games historian Nate Crowley – aka @FrogCroakley – to write capsure reviews of Fallouts 5 through 75.