Archive for March, 2009

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Papercraft Friday #32: International Space Station (ISS)

March 13, 2009

issWell, I was going to post this model this week because the space shuttle was supposed to launch last Wednesday, carrying the final solar panels to the International Space Station.  That launch was delayed until Sunday (tentatively) because of a leaking hydrogen line.  Then today, the ISS made news because of a near miss with some space debris, that forced the crew to move to the Russian Soyuz lifeboat.

So I guess with all the news, it’s still appropriate to make it this week’s Papercraft Friday model.  Download it here, courtesy of the Double Helix Science Club.  Debris not included.

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Zombie Truth

March 12, 2009

Ok, it’s a pyramid, not a chain… but I still love it!

song chart memes
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Game Impressions: Age of Booty

March 12, 2009

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Introduction

I am not a fan of real-time strategy (RTS) games.  I can certainly see the appeal.  Maybe they’re intimidating, having to order little little troops hither and yon.  Maybe they give me the impression that in order to be any good at them, you have to invest a considerable amount of time learning all the nuances, and I just don’t want to limit myself to one thing.  So it’s odd, to say the least, to see me giving my game impressions of a RTS game.  I read about Certain Affinity’s downloadable game Age of Booty in a gaming magazine and the concept intrigued me.  I checked out the demo on Xbox Live Arcade, and decided to take the plunge.  So do I now have a Certain Affinity for piratey RTS games?

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Free Books for “Read an eBook Week”

March 10, 2009

kindleI’m confident everyone out there in Internetville is enjoying Read an eBook Week, but for those of you reading my blog instead, here’s some links to a few good free ebooks.

KindleFormatting.com
This site has links this week to 28 fiction and non-fiction titles in Mobipocket format, which will work in a number of readers including the Amazon Kindle.

Suvudu
Random House’s sci-fi blog Suvudu’s Free Book Library has five titles available right now, with links to official titles in Kindle format, Sony eReader format, Adobe format (from scribd.com) and Stanza for iPhone.

Project Gutenberg (and other Public Domain book sites)
Don’t forget there are also a ton of good books with expired copyrights that are available for free.  Project Gutenberg alone has over 27,000 free books in .txt format.  Related sites like FreeKindleBooks.org have converted the Project Gutenberg titles into .mobi and .prc files.  Even Amazon itself will “sell” you public domain books you can send directly to your $0.00, like Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and even the Holy Bible!

 
Enough books to be Henry Bemis (before the unfortunate accident).  Start reading!

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Game Impressions: Flower

March 8, 2009

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Introduction

Every once in awhile, a developer will come along with a game that makes people question the nature of what is a game.  Indie games and/or games that are available only for download as WiiWare, or the Xbox Arcade, or the PSN store tend to take more risks and expand the boundaries a bit more than games delivered on more traditional media.  The first offering from the folks at thatcamecompany, fløw, was definitely a mold breaker.  Does their second offering, Flower, soar?

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Free Game Music: Big Bang Mini

March 7, 2009

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My bro & co. got me Big Bang Mini for my birthday a few weeks ago, and it’s a simple yet awesome little Nintendo DS title that’s I’d recommend anyone to pick up and play.  It’s a shooter game where you use the stylus to launch fireworks via the touchscreen.  It sort of came out of nowhere for me, and I love to be surprised by games I didn’t know about or wasn’t expecting.

The music, by French electronic group Yubaba, Smith & Fortune, is a pretty integral part of the game experience, and now the developers are now offering the soundtrack of the game free to download from their website.  Just click on the floating balloon with your browser “stylus.”

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Papercraft Friday #31: Carousel

March 6, 2009

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This week’s model is an intricate one, but one the kids will love to see.

A carousel, or merry-go-round, is a type of ride often seen at amusement parks. It features a revolving platform with seats on which users can sit. The seats are shaped like horses and they rise and fall as the platform rotates, simulating horse riding. The first carousel, powered by a steam engine, was made in France circa 1860, and its popularity had spread through Europe and to the United States by the 1870s. The horses on this papercraft carousel really move up and down when you turn the base. Have fun playing with it, or use it as a decoration!

I think moving paper models are awesome, when how they move makes sense to the model.  A carousel with horses that move up and down as it turns is perfect.  Go to Canon Creative Park to download the model and instructions.

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