Sex and Heavy Rain


Oh gosh I am going to talk frankly about sex and videogames because I very much like both of those things and have found a weird parallel since I’m a pattern recognition machine, so here’s hoping everyone decides to be a fucking adult about it. That sound you can hear right now, from whereever you are in the world is me laughing at the impossibility of that statement. I know you’re not supposed to laugh at your own jokes but the laughing stops me from screaming so hey. Pick and choose, friend.

Also this gets rambly. But it’s a blog so fuck the police.

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What a perfect analogy.

I’ve heard of gameplay described as performance, similar to music or theater. You know, actually requiring a degree of skill to be involved with.

I’ve used the analogy of language to describe video game controls.

But using sex to describe the co authorship of gameplay. Brilliant.

No rest for the wicked

No rest for the wicked


Ah, my old personal website. How you look so interesting yet so functionally bad. Sadly, I don’t have the time to update you my wonderful test ground for JS and CSS. No, I got myself a fancy job at a mega corporation. So its not like I need this website for much of anything right now. I haven’t had the time to work on my personal projects as much, and I’ve signed NDA’s so I…

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No Bullshit Pixel Art Tutorial — Week 1

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This is my attempt to start sharing everything I know about pixel art as concisely as possible. It comes in the form of focused tips, packaged into 10 second videos. The intro + first two are already online. The rest of Week 1 will air one per day for the rest of the week. Go view them at:

The slides above expand on the videos and act as cheat sheets on the topics I cover. Like & reblog if you want to support this project.

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3D web browser by James McCrae designed for the Oculus Rift uses customized HTML to help create 3D web spaces. A VR headset isn’t necessary to use it, but the video embedded below is in dual-screen VR mode:

A personal project for learning programming for the Oculus Rift - a 3D VR internet browser which I called FireBox (webpages are represented as boxy rooms - get it?). A spatial walk through the internet, inspired by reading Snow Crash. The analogy here is that webpages are rooms and links connect rooms as doorways. Pictures embedded in the webpages hang on the room’s walls. The environment is dynamically generated, based on order of navigation using a portal-based system. Ideally, the experience would be collaborative and multiple people could navigate the virtual space together.

More recently, pages with special FireBoxRoom HTML tags can show enhanced 3D content (this is still a work in progress, but serves as a proof of concept). I have created some interesting VR interface “widgets” to allow for interactive editing and creation of these “FireBoxRooms”. I have also added some “site translators” which take the content and known structure of existing sites, and generate FireBoxRooms from this data which spatially arrange the content in a meaningful manner.

The software is constantly in development, so more impressive features are to come. Whilst I don’t see this as a complete browser replacement, the creative possibilities here are impressive.

You can find out more (and download the latest versions for Windows and Linux) here


Anonymous asked:

hello i'm a dc fan but i read marvel as well and something that's always bothered me is nick fury? like why is he sometimes white and other times black? it's just something i never really understood. thanks friend!




ok so are you familiar with the marvel multiverse? the main chunk of marvel comics that everyone knows takes place on earth-616, but marvel also has another group of comics that all exist on earth-1610. they’re just different realities, shown to exist in the same multiverse. the comics that take place on 1610 are called ultimate marvel, and the main team of avengers are known as the ultimates. this is also the universe with the black/latino spider-man, btw.

so on earth-616, the original nick fury is this guy:


eyepatch, gray streaks in his hair, grizzled and smoking cigars all the time, been around since the 1940s and kinda sorta immortal but not really white dude nick fury. formerly head of shield, currently…not head of shield.

now in 2000, marvel released ULTIMATE MARVEL, presented as a streamlined, reimagined version of 616 without the massive backlog of continuity attached. nick fury was reimagined as a black guy. in his first appearance, his design was just black dude with an eye patch and crazy spy gadgets. but when he was put in the first ultimates comic, bryan hitch based his design off of samuel l. jackson, although they didn’t get his permission.

so ultimates nick fury looks like this:


like it wasn’t even a secret that he’s slj. they make a joke about it in the first volume


this was waaaay back before the mcu was even a possibility, since marvel was still broke and the best marvel movies were x-men and spider-man. no one wanted to touch the avengers. but despite that, when slj heard that his likeness was being used for a comic book character, he contacted marvel and secured the rights to play the character should he ever appear in a film adaptation.

ALL THIS LEADS UP TO 2008 with the release of iron man and the introduction of black nick fury to the marvel cinematic universe. the mcu, btw, is structured similar to the way ultimates is, but with more 616 characterization. that probably means nothing to you. I’m sorry.


so samuel l. jackson is nick fury in marvel’s multi-billion dollar franchise, and thus cemented as nick fury in pop culture. but fury is still white in the main 616 comics. and marvel, desperately attempting to use the popularity of their films to boost the flagging comics industry, decides to try and do some subtle restructuring of the 616 universe to more closely resemble the films. because fans of the films would be confused and lost and never get into comics otherwise!!! obviously the solution is to introduce a character named marcus johnson in a miniseries that no one read, reveal him to be nick fury’s biracial biological child whose birth name is nick fury, jr., cut out his eye and give him an eye patch, and then gradually phase old white nick fury out of the comics and replace him with this new, bald, black nick fury. that’s totally not confusing. comics!!!!

I actually don’t mind that for all intents and purposes, nick fury is black in 616. I’m sad they haven’t given old nick a proper send off though and let him go out in a fiery explosion with jet packs that leaves his death ambiguous as befits his character, but whatever. what I do mind is them introducing fucking coulson to 616 because THAT IS WHAT 616 NEEDS, MORE BORING WHITE GUYS WITH TERRIBLE NICKNAMES but that’s my own personal issues showing.

so now, the nick fury appearing in secret avengers and various other marvel 616 titles is this guy:


also they put him in steve rogers’ old commander uniform and I am so not complaining about this that uniform is hotter than the sUN

also fun fact to round up this little explanation and to make things even more confusing, white nick fury is a disguise used by ultimates fury when he was on several undercover missions!!!! haha. comics.

damn, kiran. i couldn’t have said it better myself.

as a diehard 616 fury fan, i agree that the problem isn’t wanting to use a new fury that the general population would recognize, it’s not letting the Fury that’s been around for almost 60 years now the send off he deserves. just, show some respect to he guy, yknow.

also, the mcu fury is nowhere near the 616 one. sort of a middle ground of the 616 and the ultimate one. mcu fury is nowhere near as ruthless and general asshole-y and amazing as the 616 one is.

Unsung Hero of Black History: Panthro



Many aeons ago, a time so far in the past that it almost seems like the future, the once bountiful world of Thundera came under great assault. The mutants of the planet Plun-Darr, a neighboring planet of Thundera, used their dreaded Sword of Plun-Darr to destroy Thundera in a final decisive strike that forced the last remaining Thundereans to flee their beloved planet in the few space faring vessels left on the planet that could take to the stars.


Jaga the Wise, Tygra, Cheetara, WilyKit and WilyKat, child lord Lion-O, Snarf, and the ingenious Panthro, travelled many light years until they came upon Third Earth, the only planet within reasonable distance of Thundera that had an atmosphere that could sustain the displaced Thundereans. But Lo! The Thunderean’s arrival upon Third Earth was fraught with disaster! Their starship was destroyed when it crash landed on the planet’s surface and Jaga passed away during the long journey to Third Earth as he decided to pilot the ship instead of sleep in stasis chambers as the rest of the Thunderean’s did, arresting their aging process.


The Thundereans. From left to right, Tygra, Snarf, Panthro, Lion-O  WilyKit, Cheetara, and WilyKat (Not pictured: Jaga)

Now most historical documentation detailing the Thunderean’s early exploits on Third Earth focus solely on the child lord Lion-O’s journeys with that damn Eye of Thundera and the Sword of Omens, and this, brothers and sisters, is racism at its finest while simultaneously illustrating western civilization’s obsession with the penis and its many phallic derivatives such as the Sword of Omens. But that is a topic for another column. So like I was stating, all we are left in the present are basically a bunch of stories that go “Lion-O this, Lion-O that.” “Lion-O freed the Berbils” “Oh! We have to save Lion-O from Mumm-Ra (again)!” All of this bullshit about some cracker ass Lion-Man, while the true genius of the Thundereans, Brother Panthro, the only Thunderean of African descent, has gone entirely unnoticed by even the most astute historians, a mistake which I believe to be intentional. 

It was Panthro, using only mere scraps from the crashed Thunderean starship, who built the Thundertank! It was Panthro, who outfitted the Thunderean’s castle, the Cat’s Lair, with a majority of its technology, and I’d even go as far as to say that Panthro probably designed the fucking Cat’s Lair, but racist historians attribute its design to cracker ass Tygra, who in all honesty doesn’t exhibit any technological expertise in any other of the historical accounts we have today. (and considering the fact that Tygra’s weapon was a bolo-whip, I can see why historians would want to misrepresent Panthro’s involvement in the construction of the Cat’s Lair. Brothers and sisters, we all know what you call a white man with a whip, right? Why would massuh let his negro servant get the credit he deserves, right? And ‘Tygra’ sure does rhyme with ‘massuh’ don’t it?)

And despite the fact that Panthro, a black man of exceptional scientific expertise that far exceeds that of even the famed George Washington Carver, built the Thundertank with simple junk parts, the rest of the Thundereans made Panthro be the DRIVER OF THE FUCKING THUNDERTANK! They made him a fucking chauffeur! What kind of shit is that? Where else in history do you see this kind of hypocrisy? Did you ever see Lee Iacocca drive Chrysler car plant workers around? Does Wolfgang Puck ever bus tables? Did either one of those contemptible George Bushes ever offer to even so much as light a White House page’s cigarette? How many times must black men be the “Hokes” to countless Miss Daisies?

Though I’ve detailed Panthro’s intellectual expertise, I wouldn’t want you to think he was simply a man of strong mind but weak body, because that is not the case. Panthro could fuck someone up real proper like. Rather than list his various physical achievements, I will allow “new media” to illustrate Panthro’s strength. Please pay attention to what occurs between 1:51 and 1:59.

And the kids nowadays think Kimbo Slice is something? Pshaw!

The story of Panthro is a story of great hypocrisy indeed, but sadly a story that is not unfamiliar to African-Americans. So as Black History Month quickly comes to its end, let us not forget Panthro, one of the many Unsung Heroes of Black History.

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