Archives for the month of: November, 2009

really pissed that I can’t see this while I’m in Illinois:

another beautiful fall day in los angeles

hard to decide whether luke’s or stormtrooper’s is my favorite.

a few weeks ago i tasted real ranch dressing for the first time in years…and i can’t go back to fat free. i’m trying to choke it down right now and it’s just not working. hidden valley, here i come. maybe tonight.

creepy.

more info here.

via ellen

from penn jillette‘s twitter feed (moxie is his daughter):

I made my Mom’s Molasses Cookies. She made them every week. I made one batch and the[sic] came out pretty good. Moxie loved them, and I cried.

after a preview screening of ‘the blind side’ in westwood village. first terry and jula saw him in the lobby, then we saw him again in the parking lot; his car was next to jula’s. was wearing nice button down and a vest and with a very tall woman who i assume to be his wife. he drives a quite expensive mercedes suv and it looked to be brand new. also he’s pretty good at driving in reverse from what we saw of him maneuvering out of the parking spot next to jula. then terry and i passed him and his wife on the sidewalk on our way to my car a few blocks away.

folks, lt. hawke/buck compton be lookin’ good.

this article is all kinds of educational; I had no idea that ‘gilmore girls’ chick was in her mid-30s. freaky.

where should I eat?

via buzzfeed

read the article on io9.

in honor of today, ‘star trek out on dvd and blu-ray’ day, i present to you this article.

japanese bar codes

via buzzfeed

samizdat.com - the rules of the game

christian swinehart has a great essay up on his blog called ‘the rules of the game‘ about choose your own adventure books. i LOVED these when i was a kid (and, ok, i still love them – a shout out here to ‘lots of boys’) and would spend hours trying to get to every possible ending. this essay examines the structural differences choose your own adventure books have undergone over the years, as well as the patterns authors used to organize the books’ pages themselves, and it is all illustrated with beautifully designed infographics.

samizdat.com - the rules of the game

swinehart also includes animations of the reader paths through the books which i found to be hypnotizing, and in the colophon, a link to chris boraski’s fully-playable/readable html port of ‘zork: the cavern of doom’, on which swinehart has based his dynamic version of ‘zork’. in swinehart’s dynamic version, you can see a visualization of your progress á là his animations, which is very cool and quite elegant. use the links at the top of the main article page to see the animations, galleries, and play the game/read the book.

via eric

i could stare at these for hours. click to embiggen.

xkcd - movie narrative charts