Cool Stuff: Atari Arcade

October 16th, 2012

Perpetual procrastinators, turn away now! Atari and Internet Explorer have worked together to create reimagined versions of old Atari games, all playable from within the browser. This sounds like fun…

Last Wednesday I got invited to the Atari Arcade event in Shoreditch, to come and experience the new reimagined games. They had set up 4 of the games (Breakout, Pong, Asteroids and Centipede) on tablets, touch screen TVs and a Surface table. In total they’ve got 8 games released so far on the Atari Arcade site: Pong, Breakout, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Combat, Centipede, Asteroids and Yars’ Revenge.

It was great playing the games, but so much trickier than I remembered! Although that could also have to do with them being touch controlled; using a controller or joystick or anything with buttons is much more what I’m used to for these games. They had one proper arcade machine setup with Centipede, and later on in the evening had a short competition to win a tablet. I’m proud to say I became second (no prizes alas for 2nd place)!

Besides those Atari games though, IE also revealed they had worked together with the Contre Jour creators to bring that game to IE. I hadn’t actually heard of the game before, but the game looks gorgeous and is the type of game I could easily get addicted to! If you like Cut The Rope and those type of games, Contre Jour is a game for you!

What do you think of the Atari Arcade games? What’s your favourite game?

Wow, I hadn’t expected not to blog the past six days! I went on a last minute trip last Thursday to Berlin to help out with the Think Big workshop at Campus Party, which was a lot of fun, but it didn’t leave me a lot of time or connectivity to update this blog (or Twitter).

Since last year I’ve started collecting Starbucks mugs from all the places I visit. I’m still trying to retroactively get the mugs from places I’ve already been to (Australia, Indonesia, Egypt/Cairo, Italy/Rome, Paris/France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, San Francisco), but it’s quite tricky getting your hands on them if you’re not actually in that country.

So I was quite happy to get the Berlin and Germany ones while I was there:

Starbucks Mugs

Starbucks Mugs

Starbucks Mugs

My collection is growing! I’ve now got: London, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Austin, Houston and now Berlin and Germany. The obvious one I’m still missing is the England mug, but each time I’m at a Starbucks I can’t be bothered to drag it with me.

I’m loving this ad for Total Recall; I like how it’s an ad for the in-movie company and doesn’t mention the movie actually at all.

Welcome To Rekall

I’ve been seeing these type of ads for the past two weeks (as far as I’m aware there’s also a variant one with a yacht and two girls in bikinis), but each time I tried to take photos with my iPod Touch, they turned out horrible. Two days ago though I was on my way back from the Gymnastics finals and luckily had my DSLR with me.

I love the asterisk bit on the bottom. It’s a bit tricky to read from the photo, but it says: Side effects may include sleeplessness, headaches, memory loss, paranoia, delusions, schizophrenia, and possible death.


I wonder though how many commuters just won’t get it (and how many won’t even bother reading what it says).

I came across this cute etsy store 4/Four Cards that does snarky printed cards. I’m featuring the four here that I like the most, but they’ve got a ton more on their actual store. I especially like the last one… mainly cause I know some people who could definitely use this card!

These lamps inspired by traditional laboratory beakers from London-based design team Authentics are so cool! They look uber geeky, but are also quite stylish.

The lamps come in three different shapes (cylinder, conical and sphere), two different colours (white and grey), and two different types (pendant and floor). They’re all available on Fab at the moment: the white ones cost £255 and all the greys ones costs £269.

What do you think of these? I think they’d look awesome as kitchen lighting: it’s recipe experiment time!

Cool Stuff: eBoy Posters

July 14th, 2012

Ooh, the EU Fab has all the eBoy posters on sale for the next two days! They’re only €2 cheaper, but that still qualifies as sale, right? I got the FooBar poster as a present ages ago, and I still love it:

It’s the type of poster you can stare at it over and over again, and still discover something new. I wish they’d update it though; the poster is missing a couple obvious additions of the past years (and still features some companies that have long disappeared).

I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on the London one (for obvious reasons). It doesn’t seem to have as many geeky references as the FooBar one, but I still love the little details:

They’ve got a whole range of other city posters: Baltimore, Berlin, Cologne, L.A., New York, Paris, Rio, Tokyo and Venice. Take a look at the sale on Fab; all posters are €18. If the sale isn’t available for you, check out eBoy’s actual shop; all posters are there €20/$29.

They announced a while ago that the London BFI IMAX would be closed from 22 June till 5 July to install a shiny new screen, new speakers and an IMAX 3D Digital projector (alongside the IMAX film-based 3D projector)! Someone kindly documented the entire process and it’s really awesome to see how it all looks behind the screens:

Awesome, right? I can’t wait to see The Dark Knight Rises there; I managed to get tickets for the Sunday afternoon screening. So excited!

This is such a cool idea: a Peter Pan shadow on your wall. I came across it on Pinterest, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where it’s originally from (if anyone know who I can credit let me know). Can you buy this somewhere or did someone just make it for themselves?

These rings from shapeways shop Ammnra Creations are pretty cool. Sadly they’re not meant for me; they all look awesome in the pictures below, but they come unpainted and I really do not have the talent to paint them as precise as that myself.

Mass Effect Thermal Clip N7 Ring

Mass Effect Omni-tool Ring

Mass Effect Garrus’ Visor RIng

Portal GLaDOS Ring

Portal Space Core Rings

Assassin’s Creed Apple of Eden Ring

Assassin’s Creed Apple of Eden Pendant

Wow, this illustration by Anna Rettberg is awesome! I instantly recognized most of these characters; I think the only ones I struggled with were from shows that I haven’t watched (only 2 actually: Arrested Development and Breaking Bad). How many can your recognize?

Here’s all the characters in the picture:

Back row: Dwight (The Office), Caprica 6 (Battlestar Galactica), Dr. House (House), JD (Scrubs), Tobias (Arrested Development), Liz Lemon (30 Rock), River (Firefly), Jack and Vincent (LOST), The 11th Doctor (Doctor Who), Walter (Breaking Bad), Rick Grimes (Walking Dead)

Middle row: Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bill (True Blood), Jeff (Community), Quinn or really any other cheerleader from (Glee) and honestly could be Claire from (Heroes) if you’d prefer, Barney (How I Met Your Mother), Don Draper (Mad Men), Dexter (Dexter), Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Bottom row: Sheldon (Big Bang Theory), Spock (Star Trek:TOS), Chuck (Chuck), Sydney Bristow (Alias)

Window: TARDIS (Doctor Who), USS Enterprise (Star Trek), Galactica (Battlestar Galactica), Serenity (Firefly)

Via Geek In Heels