Archive for the ‘Weird things’ category

Internet wisdom

04/02/2010

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Just a little fragment of “internet wisdom” I randomly stumbled upon on Youtube the other day. (Click for large version.)

I’m not conspiracy-prone, but these guys look almost too funky to pass up on:

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The established Stewart Swerdlow with wife, Janet. (Click for homepage.)

Who are they? What do they actually do? Developing topic!

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Drug Usage (Comic)

01/01/2010

Something that feels this good shouldn't be legal. I swear, by the time I turn thirty my ears will fall off!

(Thanks to NCES for the graph tool!)

In other news…
And the prize for weirdest game ever goes to… Seaman!

GD-ROM (Comic)

27/12/2009

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Poor GD-ROM!

In other news…
You are reading my shortest blog post ever!

Even further…
I admire how Paypal is unable to show you a list of your current active payment subscriptions, and how to even see your subscription history, you have to navigate through layers and layers of submenus. The designer has clearly been on vacation for a while.

“Assembling the Rolig IKEA chair” or “Web Detective Extravaganza”

08/12/2009

This might seem a very odd topic for a technical blog, but I just had to pass on this knowledge, for the sake of humanity.

We have in our possession one of these weird puffy arm-chair pictured above, and decided it was time to get it washed. But underneath the cover there’s a myriad of cushion-like components which have to be placed in a correct fashion if the chair is to contain its original form. When we were supposed to stuff the cover again we ran into a pickle, how exactly do you fit these things in? Mother mentioned it had been bought at IKEA, and the assembly instructions were long lost, and so …

…detective work begins!
I noticed the cushions were branded with SoftAir, which apparently is something as simple as a company that makes furniture out of air-filled bags. So far so good. The chair was no longer in the sortiment, but I managed to find this forum post from IKEAfans.com which had a link to the manual.

Conclusion
I hope that someone stumbles upon this page through a search engine one day and managed to find the manual in a simpler fashion than I had to go through. Also, this is a little reminder for me the next time we wash this thing. xD

Oh yeah…
…almost forgot the manual.

In other news…
Our dog peed on our “Rolig” IKEA arm-chair.

Bored? Try my hellish Image Maze web game!

21/09/2009

imagemaze_level1The beginning…

Level-based/hacker web games have been around for a long time now. The usual premise is that you land on a page using your browser, and with the help of the information on this page are supposed to reach the “next level”, ie. the next page, with yet another mystery, and so on. This is accomplished by either manipulating the URL through the hints you have received, or inputting a password in a form on the page.

I’ve always thought it was a great concept and have played quite a few of them in my days. (Although I’m having a real time finding them right now, maybe I’m using the wrong search terms – if you remember any of these classics, feel free to post the link to them in the comment section!)

But you’re not here for them, no you’re in for my very own Image Maze. So head on over to
http://fs.shrtl.com/imagemaze/ and you’ll soon notice that you have been bumped to
http://fs.shrtl.com/imagemaze/first – “first” being the level name, and your task is to find the next level, for example, if you were to guess that the next level is called “brownie”, you simply go to http://fs.shrtl.com/imagemaze/brownie/ and check it out. Now you’re on your own!

The game contains six levels, which quickly go from very simple to sucker hard, each level has a very vague hint on what to do to find the next level name, and features some of the photos I’ve taken over the years. Once you’ve finished all of the levels you’ll get a unique code, post it in the comment section if you want to brag about your accomplishment! 🙂

I’ve assembled a bunch of hints if you get stuck, but don’t peek unless you’re absolutely lost – because just like Hint Coins in Professor Layton, it ruins the experience! In order to view the hints, simply mark the text in the black boxes below.

Hints:
Level 1 – What kind of extra information does an image carry when used in HTML?
Level 2 – Now would probably be a great time to check out the HTML code!
Level 3 – Woah, that’s quite a big image – but why?!
Level 4 – What usually causes an image to now be shown?
Level 5 – Your browser won’t help you solve this one, there’s a secret inside the image.
Level 6 – This one is kind of like the last one, only the other way around.

In other news…
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Small logo improvement suggestion to account for actual company policy.

The oddball, unstable queue  and booking system employed by Swedish event ticket seller Ticnet stinks. The fact that they have pretty much a monopoly on any larger event doesn’t make things better. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy my Rammstein concert sitting down… in the back… Blargh.

3D Realms shuts down – millions of Duke fans weep

08/05/2009

Duke – Smug as always,
unaware of his fate.

Update 1: There’s great coverage on the history of Duke Nukem: Forever here, a fantastic read.
Update 2:
An insider story about the life and death of Duke Nukem: Forever, check it out!

It felt almost unreal reading this article and realizing that Duke Nukem Forever might actually never be released. This holy grail of vaporware has been in the making for over twelve years, which in perspective is more than half my current life length! The game has gone through a number of 3D-engine changes and a cascade of other issues.

I was one of the people that always believed. I believed when the game first became notorious for its long release cycle back around the millennium shift. I even discussed DN: Forever with Per just a week ago or so, where he proclaimed that the game would never be released, following Broussard bold claims that DN:Forever would hit the shelves this very year.

Now it sadly looks like he was right.

To be perfectly honest I shouldn’t even be sad over this, I rarely play games nowadays, even though I have fond memories of the series, especially DN: Land Of The Babes which kept me company for what probably was an entire summer vacation. But this was one of those games – the ones that you just had to at least try because of the hype. If it was a great game or a disappointment came in second.

Take-Two still holds the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise, but has declined to make a comment on the situation. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue development and actually release it, although the chances are slim. But I’ll never stop believing… R.I.P for now, Duke.

The game back in 2001, when it looked almost finished, and still cool by todays standards according to me.

In other news…
tomcat

Rawr!

I’ve finally started to teach myself Apache Tomcat – a fascinating (albeit sometimes confusing)  implementation of Java for the web. If you’re a Java programmer and wish to develop dynamic applications for the web, this is where to start!

A trip to London

14/04/2009

Greetings everyone! As promised, here are my notes on the journey to London! Most of these were scribbled down on the plane home.

The culture
Under this section I’ll mention some of the sights and attractions visited and give my personal take on them. After writing all of them I notice a generally negative tone, but it isn’t really my intention. I liked most of what I saw… Maybe I just like to complain. (My friends will probably agree on that one. xD)

– The Phantom of The Opera

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I didn’t really know what to expect as I walked into the theatre for this performance. I’ve seen my fair share of musicals, and sometimes I’ve been really blown away. I remember seeing a Swedish rendition of “The Producers” and really liking it. Sadly, I wasn’t as amazed about The Phantom Of The Opera. The music was sort of repetitive, we were treated to half a dozen renditions of the signature track and another half dozen of “Angel Of Music” with other songs in the intermissions between the two giants. The lyrics were sometimes pretty laughable (Not a compliment!) and any “funny lines” seemed more likely to be a mistake than an actual attempt at comedy by Mr. Webber. I can’t complain about the story though. It was interesting, beautiful and captivating. All and all, I was satisfied with the show.

– The Salvador Dali Exhibition

20080915113438salvador_dali_a_dali_atomicus_09633uA famous portrait of the master.

I’ve seen a few paintings by this Spanish prodigy, but it was great to see some of his lesser famous works. Over 500 of his works are available for viewing, everything from giant paintings to quick sketches. All and all, a fantastic man, who had an extremely wacky imagination. (Compliment!)

– The Science Museum
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The two great arts… or something.

Now this is my cup of tea. A great museum (which incredibly enough was free with the exclusion of a couple special exhibitions) and an IMAX theatre under the same roof. The 3D technology used wasn’t the red-blue-based Anaglyph type, but rather some sort of polarization-based technology (although still using glasses) which was better, but still not perfect. The high-point was definitely the Computer Science exhibition, which showed a lot of old-age computer memorabilia. (Although I’d love to have an ERNIE-I in the closet connected to a server for use as a dice over 3G!)

london_2009_355Who says you can’t find practical uses for old computer today?

– The Kensington Palace

london_2009_153That’s got to be a pain to wear! But talk about child-bearing hips.

A look at the clothing of the royal family throughout the ages. Not really my kind of thing, although with the extreme care, talent and creativiy that goes in to creating these fantastic garments is really something to admire.

– Madame Tussauds

london_2009_459Overheard in the waiting queue:
“- Who’s that?
– Oh, that’s Angelina Jolie and MacGyver.”

I was excited to visit Madame Tussauds because of the extreme care and talent that goes into making one of these dolls. After seeing a few, the rest of the museum wasn’t as spectacular, although the Chamber Of Horrors cheered me up a bit!

PS. The dolls were harder than I had imagined. DS.

Observations

london_2009_460Look at me, daddy!

I really must say that England as a country was quite fantastic. I noticed an incredible mix of nationalities and races. It really is a multi-cultural country. Women and men were dressed handsomely and seemed to be generally very patriotic of their country and the royal family. The drug culture seemed a bit more relaxed than in Sweden, with smoke shops selling “Smoke blends” and bongs in all colors, but it’s actually pretty much as restricted as in Sweden – and so the tolerability amongst the population must be higher. Onto something a bit different, the Brits really love their CCTV – it felt like you couldn’t walk much more than a a few dozen feets between the signs warning you that you are constantly being monitored. A quick look at Wikipedia shows that there is an estimated 4,200.000 cameras in use throughout the kingdom. Cameras were everywhere – I wouldn’t be surprised if I was registered on several hundred of them throughout my four-day visit.

Oh yes, and here’s a British Big Mac.

london_2009_2391Verdict: Nice, reminds me of the Swedish version.

In pictures
Go ahead and look through the gallery below!

In other news…

jericho-finale-picHis awesomeness is so thick, you can almost
cut through it with a butter knife.

These past few weeks I’ve been indulging myself in the post-apocalyptic 2003 CBS show Jericho. Portraying a small town at the heart of the United States in the aftermath of a series of nuclear explosions. The show was initially cancelled after its first season but resurrected after a petition for a seven-episode second minis-season, after which it was… yeah, you guessed it – cancelled again. A real shame according to me. To be completely fair, the show is very corny – sometimes it feels like you could guess large parts of the dialogue, but despite its flaws, it somehow managed to go beyond them and the show really works. In fact, it works really well, although it might just be my love for dystopian futures at play. Definitely a recommended watch!