Saturday, March 31, 2012

New space game from the maker of Minecraft

Coming soon from Notch - - Mars Effect:

The game is still very early in development, but here is a list of things we hope to include:

Hard science fiction.
Lots of engineering.
Fully working computer system.
Space battles against the AI or other players.
A game ending that makes sense.
Abandoned ships full of loot.
Waist high walls.
Seamlessly landing on planets.
Advanced economy system.
Mining, trading, and looting.
- Notch
This could be funded on kickstarter by the end of the day. Via.

Fun iOS game - - Dead End

Dead End is a zombie-killing game with an unusual control scheme. Free this weekend.

Brilliant new keyboards from Google

Two new keyboards from Google - - the drum kit version with keys for common emoticons, and at the other end of the spectrum, the morse code input:


Virgin Volcanic

When you're done messing around with the new Google Maps, book your seat on Virgin Volcanic. Sounds great. Via these sites.

8Bit Google Maps

Brilliant April Fool's Joke from Google - - what if Google Maps was created for the NES and powered by Square Enix. There's a list of fun landmarks at Reddit. Via.

Darth Vader by Amanda Visell

Darth Vader by Amanda Visell.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Link roundup

1. Grantland:

By 'choosing to stay' in Orlando until the end of the 2013 season, [Dwight] Howard strategically positioned himself to be a talked-about item for the next year. Brett Favre pulled a similar trick in Green Bay. And then did it again in New York and Minnesota.
2. Nobody knows what happened to Atalanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson's eyebrows.

3. Life-sized Darth Malgus statue available for preorder at the BBTS.

Illustration roundup

Dave Dorman is having a show at Rotofugi.

Tinkerbell by Glen Brogan on sale here.

Contributions by Esao Andrews, Ryan Heshka, and Scott C. for an upcoming Twin Peaks-themed show at Copro.

Green Lantern Happy Meal toys at McDonalds

Green Lantern Happy Meal toys at McDonalds. Via.

*Buy Happy Meal toys at eBay.

50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus

A few of my favorites from the huge 50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus:

Horse and Tree by Ying Xie.

He Worried His Friends Only Loved Him for His Golden Scales by Erika Steiskal.

Banshee and Vampire by Solongo Mellecker.

Three by Bill Mayer.

Homeless by Jenessa Kundinger.

Four, including The Monster from the Watergate Lagoon by J. Anthony Kosar.

Madaly's Shoes and Just Like Dad by Hunter X. Huang.

Beer Camp by Jeremy Holmes.

Future Accommodations by Stef Grinder.

A Toast to Creativity by Michael Glenwood Gibbs.

Humpty Dumpty by Lisa Falkenstern.

Dandelion Treat by Sue Cornelison.

Monopoly Man by Scott Anderson.

C'est Tucson (After Magritte) by Gary Aagaard.

Link roundup

1. Walter Russell Mead is my favorite source for world news. From a recent post on Syria:

Britain’s Channel 4 News aired a segment earlier this week that shows Syrian activists faking some parts of videos they broadcast on YouTube. In one instance, activists record themselves asking the international community for help, with black smoke swirling in the background; the activists had set the fire themselves before turning on the video camera.
And a post on Mali:
The Tuareg mercenaries of West Africa may have failed to save Qaddafi’s crumbling government last year, but they have had one success—toppling the democratic government of Mali, described by the FT as “one of west Africa’s most stable countries.” According to an FT report, this Tuareg revolt, carried out with weapons brought back from their stint in Libya, surprised many in the international community. Apparently the stable democratic institutions in Mali weren’t strong enough to weather the fallout from an unrelated civil war in a nearby country.
2. Particularly cool "station ident" by LiquidNight for Warren Ellis.

3. Great collection of Batman-themed Draw Something drawings. (I'm jstruan if you want to play with me.)

4. Last weekend to try to win the DC Chess collection.

Popcorn with maple syrup topping

"Starting Thursday, Canadian Film Festival goers can put a truly Canadian topping on their popcorn. To promote the festival’s Canadian content, advertising agency JWT Toronto will be turning hot butter dispensers at the Royal Theatre in Toronto into hot maple syrup dispensers. And the taste is surprisingly delicious. “A perfect mix of sweet and salty” says Festival Director Bern Euler. The festival runs from March 28th to the 31st." Via.

Illustration roundup

Big gallery of Hunger Games propaganda posters by Caldwell Tanner and Nathan Yaffe.

Chinese cover for Coraline.

North by Northwest by Andrew DeGraff for an upcoming show at Gallery 1988.

Recent Batman drawings by Jon Morris. Via.

Don't Ever Love Me available at eBay. Via.

*Buy North by Northwest posters at eBay.