Archive for April, 2005

Friday Funday XXXV

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet during the previous week.

Frankie Flood’s Pizza Cutters []

You’ve never seen pizza cutters like these. Frankie Flood designs… Well, designer pizza cutters. I don’t usually have a lot of need for pizza cutters, but I want one of these.

The Art of Wayne White []

Wayne White’s New York debut is called, “I’m Not Going Around Advertising Surrealism,” but of course it is. He takes crappy paintings and makes them beautiful. I love artwork like this.

Finkbuilt []

Steve Lodefink’s (beautifully designed) website, which features all manner of things that are, “Finkbuilt”.

Huge Life Size X-Wing for Sale on eBay []

If you live in the lower 48 and exercise the “Buy It Now” option ($85,000), the seller will deliver the one-tonne fighter to your door for free.


What kind of car would the Pope drive if he weren’t stuck in the Pope-mobile? A VW Golf, apparently. The listing is in German, so I don’t know if they’ll ship internationally.

Phallic Advertising

Is it just me, or does this banner ad look rather phallic? And yes, it is work-safe.

Hover! (Part Two)

So, I took Phoenix‘s advice and downloaded Game Maker 6. It’s a pretty cool application, though, as per usual, the official documentation leaves much to be desired.

At any rate, I’ve begun work on a Hover! re-make, which I have titled Hover!XP (a title to which I am far from married. If you can think of something better, leave a comment and let me know).

If you’d like to see what I have so far, click here to d/l the .zip, which contains an .exe that you can mess about with.

To be perfectly honest, there’s nothing there. The GUI-thing is just a screen grab from the original Hover! game (to test the code and how to get an overlay graphic to begin with). In the room you’ll notice one of the green “power up” balls from the original Hover!. Well, that’s not really true, I suppose, as this one has a red “X” in it and isn’t animated. In this test room, you can drive around and try to get the power up. Once you do, it jumps to a random point in the room. I have yet to figure out how to add a delay to its reappearance (the method I thought would work didn’t).

Most of the basics are still posing problems. I don’t know how to do a lot and I suspect that a ton of it will require that I learn extensive GML (Game Maker Language). But I said I would learn it, so I shall try.

Pretty much the only thing that I think I have finished is the speed and friction of the hover craft. If you’ve played Hover! before, you should know that there are little “pads” that speed you up. Hold down the shift key when you drive around to see the speed I have in mind for the speed-up pads (hold it for about a second, then let go to more-or-less simulate hitting a pad). Okay, on looking at it again, it’s a bit slow. But play with it and you’ll get the idea.

And that’s it. The checklist of things to fix is long and the list of things to create is longer. Both are trumped by things to learn before I can implement the others. What have I gotten myself into?

Anyway, at least this is one of those projects without a deadline, so I can work on it whenever and take my time learning GML. Hopefully I’ll have a few more things sorted out in the coming weeks. My next two goals are to get bouncing off of the walls programmed in as well as the rear view mirror. I also want to clean up the matte/key job on the graphics and start coming up with ideas for the graphics. I also hope to build a much larger room and figure out why in the world the delay on the power-up ball doesn’t work.

If anyone is interested in helping out with this project, let me know.

Friday Funday XXXIV

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet during the previous week.

My Mother Is Insane []

No matter how messy you think your living space is, this probably beats it. And I thought I spent a lot of money on eBay. Please note that this is not in reference to =my= mother, who throws away important things (like owners manuals) if they’re left out on the coffee table too long.

Barcode Yourself []

This would have been perfect back when I wanted to get a barcode tattoo (if you don’t already know, feel free to ask me why getting a tattoo is probably not a good idea – especially a barcode one).

Motion Induced Blindness []

This stuff is blowing my mind. I love optical illusions. I want to paint some of these on my walls and trip people out when they come over. Free Music Downloads []

Did you know that Amazon had a page listing all of the free, no-DRM MP3s available for download on their site? Neither did I. Yet another reason why Amazon kicks ass.

UPDATE: Here’s an RSS feed of Amazon’s free d/ls.

Identity Card Concept Project []

I saw an article about some of these cards several years ago and thought they were super-cool. This site not only has all the cards I saw back then, but several others that I had never seen before. I want some of these.

Burning Man

You know, sometimes I think it would be fun to attend Burning Man. I start to wonder why I don’t just pack up and head out to the playa to commune with hippies and become covered, from head to toe, in gypsum.

Then I remember that tickets are $250 each.

Wikipedia: The New Pope

Can you believe there is already a Wikipedia entry on the new Pope? And there’s a ton of information!


Well, I’m convinced that I’m the only person here at KAYU that actually like the film Sideways. Everyone else here seems to have something bad to say about the movie (thought their arguments for why they didn’t like the movie are easily refuted).

New Hover High Score

Level 39, 3,201,000 points. Woot.


I have no idea what this movie is about, but man, do I want to see it.

Friday Funday XXXIII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet during the previous week.

Hasemalphaginnojinglanaporphomism []

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “What is a Hasemalphaginnojinglanaporphomism?” The answer is that it’s a reversed contradicting metamorph phrased as an anagram. That or it’s a made up word, which has become quite the meme.

Boeing 707 As Art []

This guy got a piece of a Boeing 707 and turned it into a light-emitting art piece. I want one.

Chopstick Joystick []

A HOW-TO guide for building a working joystick out of chopsticks, clothespins, thumbtacks, and a few other things. Be sure to read step #7.

You Have Died of Dysentery []

If you’ve never played Oregon Trail, you’re missing out on… Well, I was going to say a great experience, but really it’s more like a few hours of frustration. Anyway, here’s a T-shirt for those in the know. The description aptly reads, ” You bought 1350 lbs of this shirt but you can only carry 200 back to the wagon.”

The Best Page In The Universe []

I should point out that it’s the self-proclaimed best page in the universe. Overall, Maddox is pretty funny (I was laughing my ass off at work yesterday), but he comes off too harsh sometimes, which (in my opinion) diminishes his credibility and, to a lesser extent, his humour. Still, it’s funny shit. Cheers to Phoenix for putting the link on his site for me to find.

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