Category: Supercool

StarCraft II announced by Blizzard

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OMG! Yesterday, at the Blizzard Invitational in Seoul, South Korea, Blizzard announced that they’re working on StarCraft II. If that doesn’t send shivers of unearthly delight through your spine, then you really need to go and read a bit more about the original Starcraft. In fact, why don’t you go out and buy it and spend the next few weeks losing yourself in the tightly balanced gameplay, the superb characters and one of the best control interfaces for real time strategy games ever (hint, use the keyboard shortcuts – they help). I can almost guarantee that the type of excitement the original generated in Korea will sweep the rest of the world with this next iteration. It’s definitely swept my apartment already!

“I Love Me, Vol. I.”

OMG. I love palindromes. Say it backwards, say it forwards. It’s the same! Get all your literary goodness every day from Jim Kalb’s Palindrome Connection.

I’m, alas, a salami!

UPDATE: I love them so much I made a cute little palindrome generator. Go to http://uberthings.com/palindromic for your word of the day.
UPDATE2: I am such a dork. I made a mobile palindrome generator with Textmarks. Text “pali” to 41411. Enjoy.

Chumby Devices Handed Out at Foo

Michael Arrington from Techcrunch writes about an interesting new hackfriendly mobile device called the Chumby.
Chumby Devices were handed out at Foo Camp to about 100 lucky Foos (I’m looking at you, Raffel) to prod, poke, develop world changing applications and generally hack to pieces. I’m not going reprint the technical specs verbatim, but the most interesting thing for me is the input methods – touchscreen or squeeze sensors on the casing let you interact directly with this guy, no buttons, keys or mice to get in the way.

Practically nipping at the heels of Synaptics touch screen cell phone prototype announcement, it definitely feels like there will be a fair amount of mobile/portable devices with gestural control interfaces in the near future. Now if only Synaptics would hand out some of those cell phones for student projects…

Starcraft Origami

Zerg Origami (so cute!)OMG. If you’ve ever spent hours building up your puny Terrans and mighty Protoss forces to withstand a Zerg rush – you know what I’m talking about. Here are those same terrifying pixels, gently shaped and folded to look something like this – 야후! 이미지박스. I should have guessed that it was a Korean who did it, it seems like everybody mainlines the stuff over there. If you ever get the chance, try to watch Starcraft TV. Who says video game spectating is boring? It goes a little something like this.