This is Alexander Gilbert, a follower of technology, games & culture on the internet.

Alex is currently part of both P'unk Avenue (a web software company) and Screaming Rattler (a band).

From Philadelphia.

Then at last his gaze was held: wall upon wall,
battlement upon battlement, black, immeasurably strong,
mountain of iron, gate of steel,
tower of adamant, he saw it:
Barad-dûr, Fortress of Sauron.
All hope left him.
(from: The Fellowship of the Ring, page 521)

Then at last his gaze was held: wall upon wall, battlement upon battlement, black, immeasurably strong, mountain of iron, gate of steel, tower of adamant, he saw it: Barad-dûr, Fortress of Sauron. All hope left him. (from: The Fellowship of the Ring, page 521)

The Terror was a bit slow and clunky as a horror novel, but I really enjoyed being sucked into the world of a 19th century Naval Arctic expedition. These photos of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic voyage will pull you right back there. Powerful, spooky stuff.

(via kottke)

The Terror was a bit slow and clunky as a horror novel, but I really enjoyed being sucked into the world of a 19th century Naval Arctic expedition. These photos of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic voyage will pull you right back there. Powerful, spooky stuff.

(via kottke)

David DeSandro

DeSandro is a crazy genius. Every time I look at this site I’m inspired to get to work on something. I’m especially intrigued by his use of Stacey CMS (note his thoughtful post about switching to this new system) and excited about trying out some of these techniques with the Screaming Rattler site.

I’m looking forward to a year from now when I remember to check in on what he’s been up to.

New developments on the Screaming Rattler side include a limited run of t-shirts and an improving web presence. We also spent some time in the studio earlier in the month and should have six proper songs ready for release soon. Get excited.

New developments on the Screaming Rattler side include a limited run of t-shirts and an improving web presence. We also spent some time in the studio earlier in the month and should have six proper songs ready for release soon. Get excited.

Using genetic algorithms to find Starcraft 2 build orders

At its core, the program is a genetic algorithm. For those of you who don’t know, a genetic algorithm is a type of optimization algorithm that tries to find optimal solutions using a method analogous to biologic evolution (to be specific: descent with modification & natural selection). Put simply, you take a “population” of initial build orders, evaluate them for fitness, and modify the population according to each element’s fitness. In other words, have the most successful reproduce.

putting a page flipping effect on iPad content to make it feel more like a book is similar to putting a saddle on an automobile to make it feel more like a horse.
iPad as the new Flash

You will never see anyone closer to a volcano than this. (via kottke)

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
Jackie Robinson
On Set: Empire Strikes Back

On Set: Empire Strikes Back


  "Accident. Rig shuts down while replacement of key personnel takes place. Miss one turn."
  "Fire breaks out. Pay $2,500,000 for repairs."
  "Hit High-Pressure Gas—Rig Damaged. Specialists called in."
  "Blow-Out! Rig Damaged. Repairs cost $2,000,000"
  "Drill pipe breaks. Pay $500,000 for replacement."
  "Strike High Pressure Gas. Platform Destroyed." 
  "Blow-Out! Rig Damaged. Oil Slick Clean-Up costs. Pay $1,000,000."
  

Dig these amazing, somewhat eery photos of BP’s Offshore Oil Strike board game over at BLDGBLOG. Unfortunately, my eBay searches turned up empty.
  • "Accident. Rig shuts down while replacement of key personnel takes place. Miss one turn."
  • "Fire breaks out. Pay $2,500,000 for repairs."
  • "Hit High-Pressure Gas—Rig Damaged. Specialists called in."
  • "Blow-Out! Rig Damaged. Repairs cost $2,000,000"
  • "Drill pipe breaks. Pay $500,000 for replacement."
  • "Strike High Pressure Gas. Platform Destroyed."
  • "Blow-Out! Rig Damaged. Oil Slick Clean-Up costs. Pay $1,000,000."

Dig these amazing, somewhat eery photos of BP’s Offshore Oil Strike board game over at BLDGBLOG. Unfortunately, my eBay searches turned up empty.

Prologue: Iron Man 2

A really interesting piece on the motion graphics created by Prologue for Iron Man 2.

Not since the Minority Report have interfaces played such a major role in a Hollywood blockbuster. For Iron Man 2, Prologue lifted screen design elements off of flat surfaces and into the three dimensional world surrounding Tony Stark. As he struts through his secret lab, a virtual world of swirling data and wireframe plans pops forth from the genius playboy’s fingertips, creating a seamless dance between man and machine that elegantly echoes the symbiosis between Stark and his exoskeleton.

The videos are private and un-embeddable, but worth the watch. I wasn’t really planning on watching this movie until now. (via butdoesitfloat)

Pentagram has designed the identity for the US bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Really loving the typeface and color palette. Looks like they handed off these materials to Blue State Digital for the creation of the website. One of the leads on this project was also the designer of the ‘94 World Cup logo. Good stuff. Sign the petition!

Pentagram has designed the identity for the US bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Really loving the typeface and color palette. Looks like they handed off these materials to Blue State Digital for the creation of the website. One of the leads on this project was also the designer of the ‘94 World Cup logo. Good stuff. Sign the petition!

EpicWin is a “playful productivity app” for the iPhone. It reminds me much of Panic’s status board. Great opportunity for the EpicWin developers to make their app work for groups. The best RPGs come with parties, after all.

Ni no Kuni is an upcoming RPG for the PS3 and Nintendo DS being developed by Level 5 in collaboration with Studio Ghibli.

Dragon Quest VIII meets My Neighbor Totoro — this is something to be very excited about.