I’ve had this link open for like a week now, so that’s probably a good sign that I should post about it. Some mad genius has come up with the idea of taking Garfield out of the Garfield comic strip, leaving just John, a sad, pathetic, schizophrenic man who talks to no one but himself and freaks out on a constant basis. It’s funny how without Garfield there, it totally looks like John has multiple personalities, going from one extreme emotion to the next. How someone would even think this up is beyond me, but it’s pretty dang good. Click here to take the journey that is Garfield Minus Garfield.
The Greener Grass has done it again, coming up with yet another awesome way of helping the environment using good design. I posted about their Current State iPhone Concept earlier this month, but now they’ve got a phone idea that’s all their own.
The concept is called Linc, and while it looks and does everything like an iPhone, that’s not what makes it cool. What makes it stand out is that device already has its life planned out for it. Basically you lease the Linc for about a year until they send you a new one with all the fancy upgrades that usually come along a year later. You then sync all of the data from your existing phone to the new one, then ship your old one away to be recycled. Their idea is that older Linc’s could be disassembled Johnny 5 style and the materials could be re-used for future versions of the phone.
I personally think this could work simply because they make it look so easy to do. I mean, they would send you the cool new phone that makes your out-dated phone look antiquated! And getting your existing info onto your new phone would be a breeze as well. One thing they would definitely need to include is a system that wipes all the info off of your phone, I know I wouldn’t want someone getting my phone numbers off my old phone. It would be cool if Apple could implement some sort of program like this, thought I’m not quite sure how well it would go over with people.
Would you pay a monthly leasing fee instead of one big sum to be up-to-date with the coolest phone and help the environment?
I can easily admit that I have a problem with magazines. I think I always have, though now-a-days my 25 year old paycheck is larger than my 19 year old paycheck, so I tend to buy a lot more. This habit leads to having stacks of magazines all over my apartment. But if I had something like this Ladd Magazine Holder by METAPHYS, this probably wouldn’t be so bad, and my apartment would be a lot cooler looking.
I’m not entirely familiar with METAPHYS, though I know they all into the same minimal, Japanese design category as Muji and plusminuszero. Basically it’s awesome stuff you can only get in Japan (Muji being the recent exception). Ladd up there goes for ï¿¥49,800, or about $50 dollars$500 DOLLARS. I totally put my decimal point in the wrong place, and now I regret posting these. They are rather cool, but nowhere near $500 cool. I’ll just got to some craft fair and buy a ladder made out of branches or something…
I’m pretty sure that we’re reaching the point of indie video games being produced at the same quality level as mainstream systems like Wii or PS3. Take for example flOw, a game that started out as an MFA thesis project in game mechanics and ends up being finding a home on the Playstation 3. I feel like Crayon Physics Deluxe is going to end up falling into the same category.
The game is ultra simple, you need to make the ball touch the star, that’s it. The reason this is so fun is that you have to use your imagination in order to make that happen. watching the trailer, it looks like it would be an absolute blast to play. This game is totally made for either the computer, or one better, the Nintendo DS which has a stylus already. I think games like these really go to show that indie gaming community are pushing more boundaries than the bigger video game developers. How many more war or racing games do we really need?! The most creative games of the last 10-15 years are games like Parappa the Rapper, Ico, and Katamari Damacy, which pushed the envelope of what’s creative and interesting.
Crayon Physics Deluxe doesn’t have a release date yet, but it did win the Best Game at the Independent Games Festival which netted the developers $20,000. That should definitely help the game get some legs, so hopefully we get to play it soon!
That little headline got me all excited. A week ago FirstShowing.net revealed that the most well known anime in the world is getting the Hollywood treatment next summer. The rights were purchased by Warner Bros. who describe the film as “Blade Runner meets City of God”, which when you think about it like that, it sounds even better. They’re also saying that the movie going to be based more-so on the manga than on the anime, which should make for a much bigger story. One thing that FirstShowing mentions is that it might be taking place in “New Manhattan” instead of a neo-Tokyo. This would be pretty damn annoying if it was, Japan is the perfect setting for this movie, and always will be.
I think as long as they get a good director, don’t butcher the screenplay, and give it a decent budget, this should be awesome. They should just let the Wachowskis do it since they’re already directing Japan’s other most famous anime, which is also being produced by Warner Bros. I don’t even care for them that much, I just don’t think they’d screw up.
Who else would be cool for this project? Leave me some suggestions in the comments.