MY NAME IS ANDREW, REMEMBER ME?— Wow, it’s certainly been a long time since this thing has been updated and there are probably a number of reasons.
First off, for some reason WordPress decided to change the layout of the site (mainly the admin pages). I personally think it’s shit. Yes, that’s right, it makes my eyes bleed. It’s so bad that whenever I’ve come here to try to write something, I’m just disgusted by how the interface looks.
Secondly, I just suppose that we have been completely lazy to actually write anything. Jason has recently moved out of his old house and has been in the process of getting settled in while I have been finishing up classes and beginning my summer job. Well, I figured it was time to get the creative juices going and revive this blog-o-palooza.
Here are just a couple items that I’ve seen over the past few weeks that I thought were quite interesting.
Mirror’s Edge is an upcoming Action-Adventure game which is a combination of a First Person Shooter and Platformer. You take the role of Faith, a courier who transports paper copies of information between rebel groups who fear that the current totalitarian government might intercept their electronic communication. You will guide Faith through the city through Parkour , which will give the FPS genre a proper kick in the butt after it’s been stagnant for a while. Even with some not so subtle political jabs at America’s current political status, this game is surely going to turn some heads.
Foldit is a research project/puzzle game which aims to make use of the human race’s wonderful ability to solve complex problems in abstract forms. It may not be the most exciting game around, but it’s a good time waster. Here is a snippet of their goal.
As described above, knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small proteins can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom. Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot of money and time, even for computers. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.
Thrice Alchemy Index Volumes III and IV:
Silver Wings (Vol. III)
One of my favorite musical groups, Thrice, have recently released the second half of their four disc epic, The Alchemy Index. Comprising of four discs, each representing basic elements, The Alchemy Index is an expansion that exemplifies the maturity the band has grown into over the past few years. Discs I and II represented the Fire and Water elements, respectively, while III and IV represent Air and Earth. Each element has a specific tone color which the band believes represents that particular element.
Child of Dust (Vol. IV)
Additionally, each disc ends with a short version of a sonnet that is represented on each disc. Again, these are done to represent each element. The videos I have posted above are the sonnets that are on Vol. III and IV. I plan to do a Music Monday on this group specifically in the near future so be on the look out.
Sorry about the hiatus, hopefully we will get back into our regular schedule. Perhaps I can prod Jason into doing a Music Monday tomorrow, we’ll see.