Archive for the 'Design'

Procescape

A few years ago, a guy named Shamus Young coded something really cool: a procedurally generated city. Using just a few assets (a bit of texture, some general building models, a bit of code for cars) he makes and entire world appear. He explains it much better than I do in the video. You can download it here. It exists as a Windows screensaver file — .scr, remember those? — and is a whopping 127K.

Death Has Come In The Pantry Door

I wrote previously about IDing a cover of a book I own from several seconds of noticing it as set-dressing in an unrelated production. Watching Law & Order recently, I caught a new one: L&O S4E14 “Censure” Yep, that’s Lt. Anita Van Buren, under cover and reading a copy of the 1974 Bantam printing of Gravity’s Rainbow. A book I owned for years. Co. Pynchon-L I put down that book in sheer exasperation more times than I could count. When I moved, I...
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Auto Ran

I’ve talked about my delight with electromechanical games earlier, and while they have basically no advantages over their fully-digital counterparts, there’s still a certain amount of charm to them. So there was a bit of delight when I stumbled across this. I also have a lot of love for Out Run’s aesthetic which is admittedly a bit underrepresented in this adaptation. In case you don’t remember it from sucking up your quarters at the arcade from 1986 onward, Out...
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Pearl of Foreseeing

The Monster Brains blog acquired quite a treasure recently. The complete Official Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Coloring Book, scanned for your entertainment. My favorite page has to be “A Vision of Demon Fire,” wherein the party’s dwarf has a vision of all matter of demonic (and baboon-ic) hellfiends playing what seems to be a friendly game of cee-lo on a pentagram inscribed into the floor. Adorable.

Galactic Pot-Boiler

One of the first serious, popular looks at Philip K. Dick’s work was this Rolling Stone profile from 1973. It was even featured on the cover, right under the cover article on Rod Stewart. Besides the reporting, the article featured this beautiful splash page. The scattered pills, the yin-yang necklace, the nightmarish file cabinet and that it’s-not-there-it’s-not-there-it’s-not-there glance on PKD really make it for me.