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“A Steampunk Night behind tePOOKa’s Big Red Door / ?10 / 8.30pm – 3am

“After the R1001’s recent tour of the borders of Her Majesty’s empire and colonies the airship and her crew will be joining the Lady Lawson for their quarterly Rest and Recreation.

“We cordially invite all Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Realm to adorn their finery and join us aboard the R1001 when it docks behind tePOOKa’s Big Red Door on the 21st of August 2009 at 20:30hrs for Edinburgh’s first Steampunk extravaganza. Entertainment will be provided from our New York colony by Mr Thomas Truax and a demonstration of the South American charango from Messrs Karmadillo. A radio play shall be performed live. All under the watchful eye of our announcer Mr Andrew J. Wilson.”


Steampunks At Comic-Con International, 2009

The broke-down steampunk dystopian Magic Kingdom of Epic Mickey

Old new augmented reality

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These are a few weeks old but I couldn’t be bothered posting at the time. Now I’m trying to work through older tabs..

IBM?s ‘Seer’ Brings Augmented Reality to Wimbledon “Everything from tennis matches to dining and points of interest will be plotted using the combination of GPS, camera, compass. Users get a ?heads up display? to so they can see exactly what it is they are looking at. One added feature that other AR apps don?t use is tying in live data. For instance if you point your G1 towards a tennis court, users not only get basic information like the court number, but also details about the current and subsequent matches.”


TwittARound – augmented reality Twitter viewer on the iPhone “It shows live tweets around your loca¬≠tion on the hori¬≠zon. Because of video see-through effect you see where the tweet comes from and how far it is away.”

Pretty demos

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elevated – a stunning 4 kilobyte demo released in April of this year. I wish this computer could play HD video. 4 friggin K! The app uses Perlin noise procedural textures (a more detailed explanation here) among other things to get it that small.

Also from April, Excelence, done in Excel.

And, again, the fantastically psychedelic palindromeda suger, not for epileptics. The switchback occurs at 2:00.

That and a couple of my older favourites by tpolm; the sorrowful Staying Pictures and the eerie tomthumb.


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I’ve more or less been on the fence regarding which side to believe more in the recent Honduran political crisis.

One of the things that stuck out to me at the time was the report that, sayz Wikipedia; “Several hundred people recruited by Zelaya, and led by Zelaya himself, went to an air force base and took possession of the referendum materials stored there, which were then guarded by the national police.”

Now it’s come out that “authorities have seized 45 computers containing certified election results for a constitutional election that never happened. The election had been scheduled for June 28, but on that day the president, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted. The ‘certified’ and detailed electronic records of the non-existent election [n.b. ‘referendum’ actually -milk] show Zelaya’s side having won overwhelmingly” link

Putting aside the fucked up culture of extreme bias you seem to get from all sides in situations like these in South American countries, this is a fantastic twist. I was more against Zelaya at first, then for, now I’m back on the fence again. I’m not going to bother to explain why [online anyway] as there’s so many issues to take into account, but christ, this is an interesting drama llama.