Thursday, May 26, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Japanese Kitty Games
DDRMAX AIM icon
I made an AIM icon based on Konami's DDRMAX game.
Here it is:
Annoying Thing (Crazy Frog)
The Crazy Frog is an amazing (albeit irritating) example of viral marketing, and the changing nature of business...
There was an article in the papers over the weekend about how it originated when a 15-yr old Swedish kid imitated the sound of a scooter and sent it around to his friends. Another Swedish CG animator took it and made a character. It was incorporated into an "insanity test" questionnaire which created a buzz on the internet.
A couple of years later, some middle-manager at a ringtone company picked up on it, pitched it to his bosses, the company bought the rights, and the company has gone on to make millions in profit.
In short, what would have been a joke cassette tape with an audience of about 5 in the pre-internet days, can now irritate millions worldwide through the power of modern technology.
(the original guys -- who, by the way, apologised for monster they've unleashed - can be found at: http://www.turboforce3d.com/annoying/ )
Blather is a strange collection of random commentary about words. Sometimes insightful, sometimes less so.
It's like the anti-Wikipedia.
Monday, May 02, 2005
I'm a Pescetarian
Pronunciation: pes kuh tay' ree un.
I decided that I'm eating fish again. The main reason being, unlike red meat and poultry, I miss things like Sushi and smoked salmon.
I think it's worse for my psyche to say -- "oh... I really want that."
Besides, my vegetarianism came from the philosophy that I did not want to consume life as a pre-packaged product -- far removed from the original animal.
I used to go fishing as a child, so I can reconcile myself with the death of Fish.
Perhaps, I will return to vegetarianism if I can create or find a seaweed-based fish substitute.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
In my continued quest to create artificial intelligence, I've come across this:
A simple-to-use visual neural network designer.