Shared posts

01 Dec 09:19

Weekender: Jack Scanlon, schoolboy, 5

by Becky Barnicoat

"I'd like to play the Doctor when I grow up as all the actors will be dead by then."

Jesus, kid, maybe you should audition for the Master. Today.

'I'd like to play the Doctor when I grow up as all the actors will be dead by then – I want to act like David Tennant'

Doctor Who is my favourite TV programme. I'm not scared of it. I've got loads of Doctor Who toys – I've got a Doctor Who bouncy ball, I've got the Tardis, and another Tardis that speaks. I'm the Doctor's number one fan.

I started dressing up as the Doctor a long time ago, when I was four. The 10th Doctor [David Tennant] is my best doctor. I like his coat, because it's like a cape, and I like his suit, because it's all nice and stripy, and his tie and shirt and his messy hair – it's just really good. And his shoes are good for running, so he's really fast. I'm a really good runner. He's really smart, and my friends say I look really smart, too. They don't dress like the Doctor because they haven't got a suit like me.

On Saturday mornings I go to drama at the Henley Children's Theatre Group. I'd like to play the Doctor when I grow up as all the actors will be dead by then. I want to act like David Tennant. At drama group, we dance and play games. I'm the best at dancing. I'm going to be a bean in the Jack And The Beanstalk panto.

After drama class, I go to the park with my mummy or shopping. My favourite shop is the Doctor Who Experience shop in Cardiff. Mummy took me in the summer as a reward for getting a good school report. And just being good.

• Are you a Weekender? Email a photo and a brief description of how you spend your weekends to

Becky Barnicoat © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

01 Dec 09:17

Kerbal Space Program 0.18

by Alehkhs

Rocket-construction and space-exploration game Kerbal Space Program celebrated its two-year anniversary tonight, and version 0.18 has just launched.

Kerbal Space Program 0.18

The jump to 0.18 is the largest update KSP has seen and brings with it many new additions, including new resource and flight-planning systems, new parts like solar panels and unmanned probes, the ability to dock ships together, two new celestial bodies to explore, and more.

On a two-year anniversary stream, the team behind KSP also unveiled Kerbal SpacePort a new community hub for the sharing of user-created content. Future development plans were discussed as well, including aspects like weather, resource-mining, and rover creation.

01 Dec 05:53

obscurevideogames: title sequence - Karnov’s Revenge aka...


title sequence - Karnov’s Revenge aka Fighter’s History Dynamite

(Data East - Neo Geo - 1994)

  • 1-on-1 2D fighting game. 
  • follow up to the original Fighter’s History

requested by umezono

01 Dec 03:53


01 Dec 03:53

Parking meters could dot Northwest Portland as soon as next year

by Beth Slovic, The Oregonian
If approved, the plan would give Mayor Sam Adams, who leaves office Dec. 31, major bragging rights: Efforts to control Northwest Portland parking have been in the works for more than 30 years.
01 Dec 02:36

Music Hack Day project maps out lyrics to Johnny Cash's 'I've Been Everywhere' in realtime

by Chris Welch
Cash I've Been Everywhere

In 1996, the legendary Johnny Cash recorded "I've Been Everywhere," putting his signature on an old-time country classic. The song, which rattles off dozens of locations throughout North America, was an appropriate fit a musician that toured rigorously throughout his storied career. Now through the magic of Google Maps, you can listen to the song while each one of those destinations is labeled with a Johnny Cash pin — all in realtime before your own eyes. Developer Iain Mullan whipped the project together for Music Hack Day London 2012 using MusixMatch (for lyrics), Toma HK and his own programming know-how. In all, mapping out "I've Been Everywhere"'s itinerary results in 112515 miles of travel. Cash undoubtedly crossed through many of...

Continue reading…

01 Dec 02:35

Firefox 20 Will Finally Fix Private Browsing Mode

by Soulskill


darthcamaro writes "Unlike every other major browser vendor, Mozilla today does not allow users to have their private mode browser window open at the same time as a regular browser window. That's now set to change. This is a flaw that has been in Bugzilla since 2008 and has been the subject of heated discussion for years."

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

01 Dec 02:33

A Motorcycle Jacket Made From Reclaimed Cadillac Upholstery & Parts

by Rusty Blazenhoff

fuck your Caddy

A Motorcycle Jacket Made Out of Cadillac Upholstery & Parts

At the recent IDEO-hosted craft festival, Wunderfaire, I met Dustin Page, the founder of Platinum Dirt, an Oakland-based company that makes fashion accessories and jackets out of reclaimed leather automobile upholstery. At Wunderfaire, he had on display one of his VIN Jackets, a motorcycle-style jacket made out of (in this case, Cadillac) upholstery and parts. It not only used the leather from old Cadillac seats, it also incorporated its hood ornament (as a zipper pull), its embroidered wreath (as a sort of perfectly-placed crest), its metal logo and its metal VIN tag (as an adornment). The VIN Jacket is a special order and can be made with leather from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln, BMW, or Volvo vehicles. All of the Platinum Dirt products are available to order online.

A Motorcycle Jacket Made Out of Cadillac Upholstery & Parts

A Motorcycle Jacket Made Out of Cadillac Upholstery & Parts

photos by Rusty Blazenhoff

01 Dec 02:32

Last day to switch from Final Cut, Avid, & save 40%

by John Nack

After an amazingly successful run, today’s the last day to get in on a great offer:

With Creative Cloud, you can download every Adobe post-production tool — including Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop, along with Adobe Prelude™ for logging, SpeedGrade™ for color grading, and Story Plus for scriptwriting — for just US$29.99 a month.

Use Production Premium promo code: SWITCH. Creative Cloud discount applied automatically. Hurry, offer ends November 30, 2012. See details.

30 Nov 23:30

Far Cry 3 Servers Down Already: Ubi, This Is A Mess

by John Walker


Update: Ubisoft have tweeted an apology, saying they’re working as fast as they can to get the servers back online.

So, like many others, I’m very excited to play Far Cry 3. After Jim’s review, and many similar elsewhere, I’ve been dying to play it and finally have the chance. Today is my day off, hooray! And so far I’ve been treated to a horrible, horrible time, and all at the hands of the technical mess that is Uplay and idiotic mechanical choices. And right now? Ubisoft’s servers are down. On launch day. You can still play in offline mode, but ho boy, this isn’t a good start.


30 Nov 22:46




Really bad dubstep?


30 Nov 22:16

Mac’s Ugly Sweater Party @ MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co. | FREE Pint w/ Coat Donation, Music, Ugly Sweater Contest, Eggnog


From our sponsors:
Mac's Ugly Sweater Party @ MacTarnahansMac’s Ugly Sweater Party
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
5-9 p.m. | FREE | 21+
Facebook event

MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co.
2730 Northwest 31st Avenue Portland, OR 97210
(503) 228-5269 | More Info:

Bundle up and head down to MacTarnahan’s Taproom for an Ugly Holiday Sweater & Beer Release Party. First pint is FREE with donation of a gently used winter coat. Coats will be donated to the Portland Rescue Mission.

· Ugly sweater contest
· Live music
· Humbug’r eggnog
· Samples of our new winter brews
· Photo booth
· An appearance by Drunk Santa

30 Nov 21:03

Ron Gilbert Wants Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion Back

by james_fudge

Double Fine's Ron Gilbert wants the Monkey Island franchise back from Disney. The creator of the popular point-and-click adventure game franchise lost the rights to Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion after he left LucasArts. Then the company decided to sell the franchise off to Disney. Gilbert thinks that Disney doesn't know what to do with the franchise and is just letting it languish. He describes the situation as very sad.

"Yeah, I wish I owned Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, you know?," said Gilbert.

read more

30 Nov 20:41

From Russia with cyberpunk love: STEALER

by John Polson

I want STEALER to be an anime, and I mean this as my most sincere form of flattery. ShinnyMetal's music. The cyberpunk look. Journey to Hammerdale developer Winged Doom has nailed it. What was once a 100% Flashback clone is now "something like Sokoban, but platformer, with focusing on atmosphere and exploration," says the Windows game's ModDB page.

Will STEALER deliver as a game? I may not want to know. The wonderful aesthetics from this trailer provide enough replay value already.

[Winged Doom]

30 Nov 20:39

Giulia, Bringing Homemade Pasta to Porter Square, Opens Next Week

by Kara Baskin

Hello, Giulia.

Hey, Porter Square denizens, if you're tired of waiting in line for ramen at Yumewokatare, consider this: Giulia, the new Italian spot from Via Matta ex-pat Michael Pagliarini, opens next week. We're told that they'll host some casual friends and family meals in the next few days, but expect free-flowing pasta starting on December 3 or shortly thereafter.

As we mentioned before, you can expect a lovely “Pasta Table” adjacent to an open kitchen used for rolling n' shaping during the day and a chef's table by night. Pagliarini will also serve antipasti, meats, local seafood, and an all-Italian wine list, plus cocktails. The restaurant is at 1682 Mass Ave., where Forest Cafe (sniff) and Rafiki once stood.

Earlier: What? A Good Restaurant Between Porter and Harvard Squares?

Read more posts by Kara Baskin

Filed Under: coming soon, giulia, michael pagliarini

30 Nov 20:39

Google Acquires Shopping Locker Service BufferBox

by Liz Gannes

Google has acquired BufferBox, an e-commerce shopping locker start-up. BufferBox will continue to offer its service, which is currently free.

One notable aspect of the acquisition is that it is only the second time Google has purchased a Google Ventures portfolio company. The previous such deal was for Milk, Kevin Rose’s mobile start-up. Rose is now a partner at Google Ventures, and he was the one who led the investment into BufferBox.

But this isn’t just some Silicon Valley insider deal. BufferBox — which did complete the Mountain View, Calif.-based Y Combinator program — is actually based in Waterloo, Ont., where its 10-person team will be moving within the same building to Google’s local office.

Said a Google spokesperson, “We want to remove as much friction as possible from the shopping experience, while helping consumers save time and money, and we think the BufferBox team has a lot of great ideas around how to do that.”

BufferBox faces much competition in its efforts toward quicker and more convenient e-commerce deliveries, from the likes of Amazon, eBay, ShopRunner and the UPS-backed Shutl.

30 Nov 20:35

Surprisingly, touchscreen laptops don't suck

by Sean Hollister
touchscreen laptop

With Windows 8, touchscreens are more relevant than ever before. However, some pundits have long believed that a touchscreen simply doesn't belong on a laptop. Sometimes, they quote Steve Jobs. "Touch surfaces don't want to be vertical." That's Jobs in 2010, telling the world why Apple notebooks wouldn't feature the technology.

"You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not gonna be pleasing to the user." That one's from Tim Cook earlier this year, explaining the company's stance on convertible tablet PCs.

These were the opinions of the leaders of the most profitable tech company in the world. I believed them myself. And yet somehow, neither of them have kept me from instinctively, repeatedly touching...

Continue reading…

30 Nov 20:34

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture

by Caroline Williamson

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

Located on a narrow, steep lot nestled at the foot of the Pöstlingberg mountain in Austria, House Y2 is actually one house, divided into two skinny structures that are connected by an underground passageway. Designed by destilat Architecture + Design, the plan was adapted to the land the home is built on making most of the views of the Danube River below.

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

One of the structures is for the living area while the other one houses the sleeping quarters. From the outside, the house almost appears to be a duplex. The exterior of both are covered in vertical slats of larch wood giving a modern, uniform look.

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

Around front, the house is closed off, giving a sense of protection; it seems like a single-story home.

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

The tree column in the corner window is from a tree that had to be removed when the house was built. It was dried and the bark was stripped and now it supports the house as a column.

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

Two Houses Connected by An Underground Tunnel: House Y2 by Destilat Architecture in architecture Category

Photos by Mark Sengstbratl.

Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook. © 2012 Design Milk | Posted by Caroline in Architecture | Permalink | 3 comments

30 Nov 20:30

Embroidered Circuit Boards

by John Baichtal
8230802379_7b3b3fa846_z-1handstitch, also known as Flickr user sisyuinu, embroiders replicas of electronic devices with a breathtaking eye for detail. The above image is of a NeXTcube board. Check out sisyuinu’s Flickr page to see more of her work. Found on the MAKE Flickr Group.Filed under: Computers & Mobile, Embroidery

Read the full article on MAKE

30 Nov 18:50

Kickstarter “Frankencar” combines solar panels with bike pedals

by Casey Johnston

A new Kickstarter project proposes to fill in the missing link between bicycle and environmentally conscious car: a “three-wheeled electric assist velomobile” that runs off rooftop solar panels, a top-off from a wall outlet, or the power of your own two feet. The vehicle is still classified as a bike in all 50 states and can go 1,800 miles off the energy equivalent of one gallon of gas.

The ELF, created by Organic Transit of Durham, NC, claims to solve many of the problems that affect our choice about which vehicle to take out for short trips. Bikes are efficient and environmentally friendly, but they leave you sweaty and storageless. Cars are comfortable, effortless, and you can fill them up with groceries, backpacks, and gym bags... at the cost of your personal contribution to climate change. The ELF navigates neatly around these tradeoffs as a single-seat podlike vehicle with an electric motor that can both assist you when pedaling or take over powering the vehicle completely, with a range of up to 30 miles (Organic Transit doesn’t specify the motor’s top speed).

Behind the seat, the ELF has room in the back for “eight bags of groceries or 350lbs of cargo,” according to the Kickstarter page. A 60 watt solar panel on the roof comes standard to charge the 88.8-volt lithium battery, though that aspect of the vehicle can be upgraded. The ELF also comes with built-in headlights, brake lights, and turn signals, so riders don’t have to signal by waving their arms out the door.

Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

30 Nov 18:48

Bo, the First Dog, Inspects the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations

by Rusty Blazenhoff

srsly doe that is one handsome motherfucking dog

In this cute video, Bo, the adorable First Dog, makes the final inspection of the 2012 White House holiday decorations. Chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama, the official theme for this year’s White House decorations is ‘Joy to All’ and she says (video), “…It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks.” You can learn more about how the holidays are celebrated at the White House (and download their recipe for Ginger Krinkles) at Inside the White House.


Bo in hat



30 Nov 18:37

R. Kelly Writing "Trapped in the Closet" Book

by Carrie Battan and Evan Minsker

R. Kelly Writing "Trapped in the Closet" Book

If 32 new chapters of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" are not enough, and you're left awake in bed at night wondering what these characters were up to before we met them, fear not: R. Kelly has told Fast Company (via Vulture) that he's working on a "Trapped in the Closet" book.

The 'Trapped in the Closet' book you see as an infomercial in the new chapters is a book that's on its way, that I'm writing," Kells told Fast Company. I know where Chuck was before he met Rufus. I know what was happening before they actually met. I know what happened with Bridget and the midget and everybody else's situation. So I feel like the fans have supported 'Trapped in the Closet,' so I feel like it's time to introduce them to these people before what they saw. It's the prequel meeting the sequel. You'll get to find out a lot of things you don't know, or that you can’t know, unless you read the book or unless I tell you-- so I decided to do a book on it." If you recall, this isn't his first book-writing adventure-- he did the incredibly titled autobiography Soula Coaster last year.

And don't forget: there's also a Broadway musical in the works.

But for now, we bring you the latest new "Trapped" chapter from IFC. In Chapter 28, we've finally left the therapist's office and are spending some time with Randolph (aka R. Kelly in a fat suit and old man makeup) and Rosie (the nosy neighbor). For this entire chapter, Randolph sings about his penis. Strap in.

IFC will be airing a new chapter each day. Read our account of the premiere of the new chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" here.

30 Nov 18:37

Warner Bros. Starts Looking For 'Amazon' TV Series Lead

by Graeme McMillan

heeeeeeeere we go again

Filed under: DC, Television

Warner Bros. TV is looking for its Wonder Woman. The studio is reportedly opening the casting process for Amazon, its new CW pilot based on DC Comics' superheroine, and as a result, we know a little bit more about the show's lead character... and ... Read more


Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

30 Nov 18:35

"…crazy bastards that want to kill us all…"

““…crazy bastards that want to kill us all…””

- Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Gitmo detainees. He and Sen. Ran Paul continued on to have a debate on the rights of said “crazy bastards.”
30 Nov 18:34

Fallout: New Vegas scribe knows when gameplay trumps writing

"There've been so many times where any story I've attempted to tell will get trumped by some action the player can do in the game systems, and it's a better story for that, and I can't argue with it."- Obisidian Entertainment creative director and writer on acclaimed RPGs Planescape: Torment and Fallout: New Vegas Chris Avellone on narrative design in RPGs. Avellone now believes in brevity and emergent narrative -- and doesn't look back on ...

30 Nov 17:22


by Matt Kish
Did you know I did commissions? Yeah, neither did I. It just never came up before, I guess. But someone asked me to draw something personal for them and offered to pay me for it, so I did it. They wanted Batman, which was kind of tough for me because even though I've read comics most of my life and continue to do so, my passion for superheroes vanished many many years ago. Still, I could see this in my mind, and knew what I wanted to do. It turned out pretty well, I think, and most importantly the person who asked for it liked it a whole lot.

I made it with good, archival inks and trimmed the paper down to 11" by 14" so it would fit in any standard, store-bought frame.

If you'd like me to make something for you, email me at mattkish87 (at) gmail and we can talk about the idea, the size, the media, and price. I apologize, I can't promise anything before Christmas due to the Heart of Darkness commitments but in January I am free.


11 inches by 14 inches
ink on watercolor paper
November 22, 2012

30 Nov 17:14

Release: Miner Wars 2081 (Keen Software House)

by Danny Cowan

Following up on a recent success with the Steam Greenlight service, Keen Software has released its "6DOF survival space simulation shooter" Miner Wars 2081 as a digital download via Steam, Desura, Impulse, GamersGate, and its official website.

Miner Wars 2081 offers a quest in which players scavenge destructible and persistent environments in the aftermath of the destruction of all planetary objects in the solar system. Though gameplay largely focuses on survival and resource management, players can also accept missions in which they will rescue survivors, race spacecraft, and explore abandoned vessels, among other tasks.

The game supports cooperative multiplayer for up to 16 players, and also includes a 16-player Deathmatch mode. Miner Wars 2081 is priced at $19.99.

30 Nov 16:58

8 To Go, Film Trailer About a Cat’s Struggles With Love and Club DJing

by Justin Page

8 To Go is a funny and dramatic original film trailer starring Heather McDonald and Warlock The Cat, directed by John Stalberg and presented by Fresh Step. It tells the story about Captain Cuddles, a cat that struggles with being a club DJ and having an owner who loves him too much. It will be featured in the Catdance International Film Festival 2013.

8 To Go

8 To Go

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

30 Nov 16:53

FCC order enables creation of thousands of new non-commercial local radio stations

by T.C. Sottek
FCC LPFM radio map

The FCC has just announced that it is prepared to implement the Local Community Radio Act — a bill that aims to give local community groups the opportunity to broadcast on low-power FM stations beyond small rural areas. The bill was signed into law in January, 2011 by President Obama after a decade of advocacy from supporters, and allows low-power stations to be created within three radio dial clicks of a major station. The bill was supported by the National Association of Broadcasters, which said that the legislation "will expand the number of LPFM stations in the US while providing full-power radio stations with the protection and clarity we have long sought." It overturned an earlier law that kept low-power radio stations primarily...

Continue reading…

30 Nov 16:17