Archive for May, 2009
Paul Hamlet, our giant Lego friend from a few months back, has begun a blog entitled The Adventures of Micky Legohead. As well as chronicling his further exploits, he also provides some insight into the construction of the titular giant Lego head. Interesting stuff indeed, and we do hope it continues.
Living as we are in a harsh world of scant resources I have to hand it to 1-Up’s Retro Gaming Blog, who’ve provided an ingenious solution for the increasingly serious issue of Game Boy Camera equipment scarcity.
Using a few simple steps in Photoshop, any image can be manipulated to resemble one taken with the Game Boy Camera- taking us back over 10 years to the good old days when the world was viewed in 2-bit colour depth at a resolution of 160×144. Print the resulting image onto sticky paper and you’ve got a pretty good replacement for the Game Boy Printer too!
Read the article for the full low-down, whilst the lazy among us should check out Tiny Cartridge, who’ve made a Photoshop action which condenses the entire process to a single click. Meanwhile, here’s one we made earlier…
Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter shows us how it’s done, performing this post-apocalyptic improv piece using nothing more than some mini synths and a gaggle of Boss pedals:
“This is a brief tribute I made to the experimental work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who recently staged a performance in London, that I couldn’t attend. All the sounds and loops originate from the BC8 synth, the Gakken SX-150 synth and the BugBrand Weevil synths. All the effects and processing is done with the Boss pedals. Oh yeah… and I did the whole thing ‘upside down’.”
”What has occured in the world of Lego?” roared the maniacal hoards,
Well, Dirk has made this half size replica of the Venus de Milo,
It’s a work of outstanding quality, just look at the internal structure…
Joris Block has made this excellent Gameboy,
and an equally awesome Wico Redball Amiga Joystick,
Mt.Dew Monkey has been taking advantage of his naiive models…
and the Lego Architecture range hopes to inspire creative construction in a new generation,
Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 (6 months before the Guggenheim opened), it’s hard to know exactly what he would have thought about this lego tribute, but I suspect his first comment would be
” Erm, that’s not really what it look’s like…”
That is all.
In Balzac’s The Finger of God, our favourite accident-prone French realist recounts how he watches from a Paris bridge while a jealous seven-year old girl pushes her little brother into the Bièvre River, drowning him. As the mother realises what has happened (but not necessarily who has perpetrated it) we leap forward an untold number of years. The mother and her remaining children have just come back from the theatre, downcast. All go their separate ways except the youngest son, a bawling baby at the time of the accident, who stays and recounts to a family friend how they had all fallen silent upon witnessing a scene of the play where a man drowns his son. The mother and daughter then re-enter the room and the girl flashes her mother a frightened glance, worried that ‘these remarks would aggravate the punishment hanging over her’. It is a mischievously ambiguous phrase. Punishment for the current embarrassment, or punishment for the long-ago events? Has she never been punished? Does her mother even know of her guilt? Intriguingly, as time passes, is the potential punishment increasing or decreasing?
I thought of this moment of fearful anticipation today as I read about the fate of Sir Peter Viggers, MP for the constituency of Gosport since 1974. A few days ago it was gleefully reported in the press that he claimed on his MP expense allowance £1,645 for a duck island in an act utterly within spirit and legislature of the rules as they existed at the time, and yet he has subsequently been forced to retire. That the rules need to change goes without saying; what struck me was that this bombshell came fourteen days into the series of revelations. I wonder what the last fortnight of Sir Peter’s life have been like?