Zelda 2 U.S. Map

Zelda 2 U.S. Map

Have you ever wanted to know what The United States would look like as a map if it was redone using only Zelda 2 sprite artwork? Well, you’re in luck because I did just that. I used the sprites (16 x 16 pixels each) to put together this map using the same ones found in the game. You will see the key of what each area is based on its colors and patterns. I used U.S. geography maps to create the map in Photoshop. Be sure to click on the image above to see the full size version.

Pokémon Battle Trozei Attack!!

Pokemon Battle Trozei

A couple days ago I downloaded a 3DS game called Pokémon Battle Trozei. Although I don’t really understand 100 percent on exactly how it’s played, it’s cute, it’s fun and you get to collect Pokémon. The game is similar to Bejeweled and Candy Crush in that you need to match Pokémon faces together in groups of three or more horizontally or vertically to make that group disappear and the characters above fall. After matching up a bunch of characters in a row, a faster mode will happen where you only need to match them up in groups of two or more. When you have matched all that you can within your time limits, you will then attack the Pokémon on the top of the screen and if he loses all of his power, you will catch him.

Each level has at least five Pokémon to catch and once a level is complete you will unlock a new level in that area. After you unlock Pokémon, you can look in your Pokédex and see the list of all the Pokémon you caught so far. All together there are over 700 Pokémon characters to catch and at eight bucks this game is a steal. This game is honestly up to par with a full game that you’d pay $30 for and because it carries the Pokémon name, you’d think it would come at a premium price. I highly recommend this game to casual puzzle and Pokémon fans.

Exactly 30 Years Ago Today was a Saturday

The Breakfast Club

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

One of my top 10 favorite movies, The Breakfast Club, took place exactly 30 years ago today. And although the world has changed a lot in the past 30 years, the movie’s story is still very good and I still end up watching it every few months all the way through. Definitely check out The Breakfast Club if you haven’t seen it yet.

Yoshi Spits Out a Special Edition 3DS XL

Yoshi special edition 3DS XL

To celebrate the release of Yoshi’s New Island, Nintendo has released a special edition Nintendo 3DSXL that features an image of Yoshi on the front and a few Yoshi eggs on the back. The system launched on March 14, 2014. The green and white colors of this 3DS work well with the Yoshi theme. I hear that if you use parts from this 3DS XL and the Mario special edition 3DS XL, you can make an all-white Nintendo 3DS XL. The other one may look kinda weird though. Check out more on this special edition portable along with the new game on the official Yoshi’s New Island website.

Working Lego Keyboard

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I’ve been posting a lot about Lego lately, so I might as well continue that trend and talk a little bit about what makes this Lego keyboard so cool. The thing I like most about it is that most of the components that make the keyboard work are made from real Lego pieces. Check out how creative the designer got with the printed Lego bricks that represent the tops of the keys. More details on the keyboard can be found here including pictures of a nine year old prototype of the project.

Table Tennis Robots!

Table Tennis (ping pong) is fun, but it’s not always easy to find someone to play against. A wall will sometimes fill that void but it aint got nothing on this awesome table tennis robot. Go robot go! Now imagine if all this was accomplished using Lego technic? Bonus video of a robot that can balance a table tennis ball while tapping it in the air.

Uncle Otto’s Truck

Uncle Otto's Truck

I’m a Stephen King fan and I love short stories so I really enjoyed the book Skeleton Crew. My favorite short stories in the book include Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, Word Processor of the Gods and The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands. The one story that really stands out however is Uncle Otto’s Truck.

The story is about Otto Schenck, a wealthy land owner in Maine. He and his partner George McCutcheon drive Otto’s truck around their land until it one day breaks down in a field when the engine blows. Otto murders George by crushing him under the truck and then starts to become obsessed with it. Otto is so interested in the truck that despite being a millionaire, he builds and later moves into a small one-room house with no bathroom a few yards from where the old truck sits. He insists that it’s slowly moving closer to him every day and that it’s going to kill him. The story is told by Otto’s nephew who later describes the day he found his uncle dead in bed with oil and a spark plug inside his mouth.

Overall it is a very well written story. It’s eerie to think that a man can dedicate a large part of his life to observing an old truck that sits in a field. I’d love to see it turned into a short film similar to the shorts you’ll find while watching the Creepshow series of movies.

Font With Human Features

Human fontBeing a web developer, I’ve come across many types of fonts over the years but never have I seen one quite like this. French design studio Kerozen has released a font entitled “Human Type” and it’s quite fascinating. Each letter features amazingly accurate human like elements including wrinkles, hair, lashes saggy skin and eyeballs.

I read the article on how the font was made and first the letter models were from with clay. Next, pictures of them were taken and brought into Photoshop. Finally, skin textures were added along with the hair and eyes. I’m not sure what type of article or design that this particular font would be good for but I’m sure that someone will find a use for it. Even though it’s just a jpg image on the right, I keep seeing the eye on that R blink as I type this. It’s creepy. No word yet of if the font will be available in other races besides Caucasian but stay tuned. Read up on the human font and see more letter examples here.

My First iPod, WOW What an Experience

a bunch of iPods

The company I worked for at the time was giving away iPods as a raffle prize and it got me interested in what they were. I had exclusively used CD’s and my discman to listen to music with at the time. I did a little research and tried one out somewhere and ended up buying one at the Circuit City in Laurel, MD for around $350 nearly 10 years ago today. That same Circuit City location is now a restaurant called “Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro” that still has the same red Circuit City plug looking entrance.

Anyway, the iPod I purchased was a 20GB 4th generation click wheel model with a black and white screen. I brought it home, hooked it into my computer and loaded it up with songs from my CD’s one by one. It took me days to finally get all my music on it but afterwards I just sat there holding it and skipping through songs and was amazed. It changed the way I listened to music. The thought of having thousands of songs in my hands was mind-boggling. It instantly rendered my CD collection nearly worthless and I say nearly because they would be good backups in case my iPod hard drive crashed which it did.

I think it had lasted me about 3 years before the hard drive crashed and I bought a new one that still works to this day. These days though I only use my iPhone for listening to music. Who needs two seperate devices when you can just have one? The iPod is an iconic piece of technology that will go down in history books. It was the Walkman on the Millennials and changed the way we purchased and listened to music.

PlayStation Vita TV Microconsole

PlayStation Vita TV

I just recently found out about a new product that Sony released in November, 2013 in Japan called PlayStation Vita TV. PS Vita TV is a microconsole that you hook up to your TV via HDMI cable and lets you play Vita games using a DualShock 4 controller. You won’t need an actual Vita handheld gaming system because the microconsole has everything built inside of it. Some functions such as rear touchpad, microphone or camera won’t work as they would on an actual Vita. Another cool feature of the device is that you can stream PS4 games from your PS4 system to another TV that has the PS Vita TV hooked up to it. The microconsole is about the size of a pack of playing cards and in Japan it currently costs roughly $100 or $150 for a bundle with a Dual Shock 4 and 8GB memory card. No news yet on if the PS Vita TV will be coming out west.

The Macintosh 30th Anniversary

Macintosh 128The mouse was clunky, the keyboard was huge and the screen was grey-scale but it was one of the most classic and iconic personal computing. The original Macintosh was released exactly 30 years ago yesterday. It cost $2,495 which would be at least double that with inflation if purchased today. The computer was introduced with the famous 1984 Ridley Scott Super Bowl commercial. In just 4 months after release, 70,000 units were sold. Here are some of the specs:

  • Release Date: January 24, 1984
  • Price: $2,495
  • Processor Speed: 8 MHz
  • Standard RAM: 128k
  • Built-in Display: 9″ Monochrome
  • Native Resolution: 512×342
  • Standard Hard Drive: None
  • 3.5-inch floppy disk

R.B.I. Baseball 14 On Deck For Spring Release

RBI Baseball

When I was growing up, there were two sets of baseball games on the NES. There was R.B.I Baseball that featured a MLBPA license, excellent gameplay, music and graphics and then there were all the other baseball games. R.B.I. baseball was always the game to have. These days all baseball games feature real players, stats, and great graphics so we’ve become a little spoiled. Still, some exciting news that I recently found out about is that R.B.I. Baseball 14 is being released for current and next gen consoles as well as phones and tablets, later this spring. Details are hard to come buy right now and the only thing we have is a screenshot of the logo but it’s still exciting news for video game baseball fans.

Lego Announces Simpsons Set

Simpsons Lego House

I used to be a huge Simpsons fan in the 90′s. Today, I’m honestly surprised that it’s still on the air but there is definitely some nostalgia there. Lego announced a Simpsons set that features The Simpsons house complete with garage and their famous pink car. Inside the two-floor home, items include a piano, kitchen appliances, bedroom sets with posters, and the TV in the living room where the famous shows intro is shown. The garage is filled with tools and features a working garage door. The house opens up on hinges similar to a doll house so you can move the figures around inside. The minifigs include Homes, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and next-door neighbor Ned Flanders. The set is scheduled to come out on February 1 and will cost roughly $200.

Dr. Luigi is Dr. Mario With a Steroids Prescription

Dr Luigi

Fans of the original Dr. Mario for NES will remember how addictive the gameplay was. It was Nintendo’s answer to Tetris and one of Nintendo’s best puzzle games ever. But 23 years after its release, the “Year of Luigi” is upon us and Nintendo has decided to release a game called Dr. Luigi. The game is an eShop only title and you will get four modes; Retro Remedy, Operation L, Virus Buster, and Online Battle. Retro Remedy is the same as the original Dr. Mario but the other three are completely new game modes. I haven’t had a chance to purchase this game yet but am interested in it. The only thing about it is that at $14.99, Dr Luigi has real doctor prices. I expected the game to be $9.99 or less and I will be waiting for an eShop sale because of that.

Sonic Lost World: Yoshi Island Zone

Sonic Yoshis Island

Nintendo announced a new stage for Sonic Lost World, Yoshi’s Island Zone. I didn’t have much interest in purchasing Sonic Lost World but I kinda want it just to play this level. Who would have thought they’d see Sonic running through a Nintendo themed level someday. The content is available to download from the Wii U eShop for free right now! A second Nintendo themed DLC level based on The Legend of Zelda will also be available for the Sonic Lost World early next year. Check out the video to see how much fun it looks.

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