Sometimes, we play at the park at Lincoln heights.
I got there a bit late, so Doug and I played 2 on 2 while waiting for the full court games to go back into session.
It all happened way too quick, but I remember a flash of motion and one of the guys we’re playing with bleeding from the side of his face, as he got hit by some random person taking his backpack. Next thing I know, I hear a clanky-click as he cocked his gun and pointed it at the kid he jacked the backpack from. All of this about 10 feet away.
The kid with the gun and the backpack skipped away with his friend. Literally skipped, like he was completely happy with joy. A broad smile graced his face. I remember thinking what nice teeth he had for some guy with a gun.
We later found out there was nothing important in the backpack, that it was a completely random incident.
We discussed amongst the group on what to do. We decided to stay and play.
The description of Jott.com from various places sparked my interest, where you call a number and then it uses some fancy speech-to-text technology to email what you said (while in your car for example) to yourself or to other people. From the description on the main site:
Jott converts your voice into emails, text messages, reminders, lists and appointments.
Signed up for Jott.com, called the Jott toll-free number. It asked me to who I wanted my message sent (“Me”), and then if I wanted a reminder at a later time (“No”). In my best chinese accent, I said….
Seriously though, Jott asks you to WHO you want to send the message to, and if you would like a reminder at a later time. Very cool stuff.
Especially compared to some of the other games that are currently free in the App store, like TapTap, CubeRunner, and Blip, Aurora feint will initially shock you with its slick graphics and production quality.
The game mechanics are simple– it’s basically a destroy the blocks type strategy game, cleverly using touch to enable you to move blocks with your finger for more than 1 space at a time. Playing for more than 5 minutes or so, one quickly realizes, and as the game’s developers promise, the game mechanics go way deeper. You level up by destroying blocks in order to purchase new abilities, the first of which includes the ability to gain combo-ing ability. In this regard, and taking advantage of the iphone’s internet connection, this game becomes an online strategy game RPG.
Aurora Feint promises to be an MMO (probably with some type of combat mode — I doubt in real time– although you can add your friends to your party) it already seems very interesting and deep. It would be nice for them to add some kind of combat mode.
You can initially only choose between a male and a female character, although it seems likely more enhancements and such will occur as time progresses.
Be sure to try tilting your phone to the right or to the left, if you get stuck. It moves the blocks in that direction!
I don’t typically shill for geeky sites I go to but I found this gem of a store in my bookmarks the other day. I must have stumbled onto it during one of my midnight internet sessions. Some things they sell include cool things like this Brillo toothbrush here:
Embarrassment is when returning from the apartment gym with your shared apartment gym keys jangling, which spooks the apartment dog into barking. So you rush to your room to put down your gym bag, and then when you return outside to return the keys you quietly muffle the keys to hang on the door, the exact moment when you place the lanyard on the door handle where the keys usually go, you can hear the sweet sound of love emanating from your roommates’ room.
Not knowing what to do– do you slink away quietly so they won’t know you were there, but how about if they already heard you?? or maybe if you slink away they think you are trying to be all creepy, or should you make a coughing noise so they are aware of your presence, but how about if they haven’t heard you at all and only heard the coughing noise then they will think you are being creepy.
… so then you simply panic and stumble your way out of the hallway in a half-stutter step with a brightly crimson hue to your cheeks making all the noise in the world hoping they didn’t hear your ill-planned retreat back into your room.
Dave’s Guide to Looking Like You Are Skilled at Using a Something On The Computer
Have you ever been absolutely amazed at someone’s apparent skill level when watching them use flash or photoshop or windows or whatever computer application? Have you ever wished you could instill the same amount of awe into someone else?
Here are a couple of easy steps to make people think you are an uber whatever.
For this example, I’ll use the example of “designer”. Specifically, website designer.
Memorize these words when describing your artwork:
Use these words whenever you are describing your artwork. It doesn’t really matter how you use them. Explain with arrogant derision when someone doesn’t understand what you are talking about: “Pssh. It’s too complicated for you man. Go read a book or something”
“Dude, like, the contrast of the elements provides a transcendent basis for my new paradigm. Don’t you like how the layers provide an abstract symbolic convergence?”
When you are using a program, like photoshop, or flash, look for the top couple of quick keystrokes that will make you look like you know what you are doing. When you are “designing” something, press all those keystrokes, for example, control I, control-tab, control-E, etc, all in rapid order. Explain with arrogant derision when someone doesn’t understand what you doing: “Pssh. It’s too complicated for you man. Go read a book or something”
If you are using photoshop, learn to open a picture and rapidly apply a whole bunch of filters on it. then talk about contrasting elemental layers that is the basis for your transcendent new paradigm.
Ridicule people who don’t use notepad like you do for HTML. Ridicule people who steal your code. Although HTML isn’t really code. And its been done a million times before you ever did it. Explain with arrogant derision when someone doesn’t understand what you are talking about: “Pssh. It’s too complicated for you man. Go read a book or something”