LEGO retro video-games

LEGO Group
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I know I’ve been bashing all the upcoming LEGO video games but this is different! Instead of video-games representing LEGO, which is bleh…, this is LEGO representing some classic video-games, the opposite which means it has to be cool! And if you watch it, you’d realise it is! Enjoy.

[Kotaku – LEGO Asteroids, LEGO Pac-Man & LEGO Frogger – Humor]

Half-Life 2 Cinematic Mod

This is apparently a heavy cosmetic mod for HL2 with new textures, shaders, sounds and some models. While the quality of the model is highly debated, most people agree that the environments look jaw-dropping. I was tempted to give it a whirl then I realised the recommended requirements of a 64bit OS with 4GB RAM, multi-core CPU and a high-end GPU. Not put off by the hefty requirements, I was willing to take a gamble until I realise the core pack for v9 weighs in at an incredible 4.5GB. I’m not sure if it’s just that unoptimized (which can also explain the high requirements) or the team really threw in that much original content. It was only then did I remember that a good game is never about the bells and whistles. The video demostrate the pretty 2008 version of HL2. If you can check out the video in HD over at Youtube.

Tetris and Photo Editing

According to researchers at Oxford University, playing the popular, classic puzzle game Tetris after a traumatic experience could significantly reduce emotional scars.

Huh…. what? One of the comments sum it up pretty well..

So now video games promote violence AND erase the memory of it? I’m so confused.

[Kotaku » Health: Tetris Wipes Out Bad Memories, Say Scientists]


While surfing Lifehacker, I found a gem known as Picnik! It’s a free online image editor. While it’s not as powerful as Photoshop, it offers more effects and tools than Picasa. Some of the stuff I did on Picnik.

tiny-rhino

pig

Daily Rounds: X’mas Tree, Eating and Rabbids

[Lifehacker » DIY: How to Make a Beer Bottle Christmas Tree.]

I always knew there’s something I can do with all the beer bottles I used to collect. Such a shame I didn’t figure it out before I cleared them all out.

[Lifehacker » Food: How Eating Slowly Will Help You Lose Weight.]

There are a lot of factors in losing and maintaining a healthy diet and weight, but the HealthAssist blog points out that eating slowly might play a larger role than you realize.

Along with the general knowledge of your body needing more time to figure out it’s full than most rush-rush meals allow for, “insulin resistance” and other factors suggest eating more slowly is something to strive for.

So basically, if I eat slowly, I’d lose weight? Perhaps the rising rate of obesity in Singapore is due to shorter and shorter lunch breaks. :roll:

[Kotaku » 2008 Holiday Cards: A Holiday Video From Raving Rabbids.]

For the rabbids girl.

OMG-Rubber Band Gun

The Silver Wolf Full Metal Rubber Band Gun sports a folding front grip, built in flashlight, laser pointer and enough steel to pistol whip someone into unconsciousness. It even has a safety switch.

I remember back in primary school when some of the kids would make these rubberband guns out of ice-cream stick. Now, this is taking rubberbang gunnery to a whole new level. Maybe the creator was one of those kids being laughed at for making icecream stick guns, well, once anyone see him with this, we’d see who’s laughing now. [Metal Gear Solid Rubber Band Gun is All Kinds of Stealthy]

Ubiquity

Ubiquity Prototype Offers a Natural Language Web Command Line

Very cool shit. I’m too lazy to make the video embed to work but it’s definitely worth checking out. I guess if they fix the interface, they could convince casual users to pick up the command line input system.

Introducing Ubiquity from Mozilla Labs.

Sorry for the really bad entry, just too lazy.