The other day we brought you our interview with Mark Rosewater, Head Designer of Magic: The Gathering and Head of Magic Research and Development. Today we bring you the next installment of Magic love in our interview with professional player Sam Gomersall and give you some insight into why people dedicate their lives to the game of Magic: the Gathering.
Ubisoft has announced a sequel to the hit PC game Far Cry, titled Far Cry Instincts. The game story is pretty basic from what we’ve been told so far. Basically, it’s your job to survive the wilderness and take out mercenaries using every tactic and skill you know. The following bulletpoints about the game are quoted from Ubisoft’s press release:
- It’s open season in a 100% open environment: Do whatever it takes to exterminate the mercenaries in any situation. Take cover in the undergrowth, set traps, kill by stealth, battle from extreme long range and gun-mounted vehicles and fight in close quarters or through the wilds of the island.
- A real arsenal: Plunder an arsenal of responsive, realistic weapons and vehicles including ATVs, gunboats, hang gliders and much more. Turn the mercenaries’ stockpile into the instruments of their own destruction.
- Unleash your predatory skills: Survive the furious and inhospitable wilderness by unveiling your true nature: develop your vision, track the enemy’s scent and become faster and stronger.
- F.A.R. AI: Outsmart the mercenaries’ complex Full Action Response AI. Snipers, stalkers, scouts, and grenadiers react to your tactics with coordinated strikes from all angles, distances and terrains.
- Create your own shooter’s paradise: The battle continues with deep multiplayer and level editor features. Build custom maps in real time, upload them via Live Console Systems and stage ultimate deathmatches against your friends.
The game is scheduled to be released Fall 2005.
Entrepreneur.com has released it’s 2005 list of the 100 fastest growing companies in America with Huron Consulting Group, an IT consulting firm topping off the list. There’s quite a few internet marketing related business on the list with two in the top ten alone. It’s been a good year for internet advertising with estimates around $8.5 billion. That’s a lot of Google AdWords, Viagra emails and “Shoot the president and win an iPod” ads.
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Yahoo! has begun the rollout of their Yahoo! Publisher service, offering a $5000 prize to the site which most creatively implements the new service, namely Y!Q. Y!Q allows site visitors to perform a contextual search in relation to the content that is displayed on the current page. For example, if I was at a site reading about the latest version of the Apple PowerBook and used the Yahoo! Publisher contextual search, it would display the most relevant search results at that moment in time regarding the new PowerBook. To me, it looks similar to Vibrant Media’s IntelliTXT ads, which I actually don’t mind too much.
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We’re not too shocked that the Xbox 360 will be sold for around $300, but we’re curious about how profitable the machine is going to be for the first cycle of manufacturing. Aside from that, but I’m not sure if I’ll pick one up at launch. Ironically, I’m hoping that Microsoft can convince me to spend hundreds of dollars on launch day to get one as the thing just seems so damn cool. Either way, I can’t wait for the next-gen consoles to arrive.
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I personally don’t own any LPs or EPs, but I might consider converting some of my dad’s albums later on. I honestly don’t see much in the collection, but some invaluable LPs like a Pryor record are just too good to let them go to waste. I could buy a new record player, but even with all these technological advances they still haven’t created a portable LP player. This CNet article presents a more rational solution to anyone that wants to preserve and convert their records.
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Gross, yet sadly intriguing. If any of you try this mod/hack/disgusting feat - let us know, and take pictures.
“Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine” is a cockroach-controlled mobile robot system. The system uses a living Madagascan hissing cockroach atop a modified trackball to control the three-wheeled robot. Infrared sensors also provide navigation feedback to create a semi-intelligent system, with the cockroach as the CPU.
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While not real, it is certainly an interesting use of technology. The concept behind Forget-Me-Not panties is that they have a built-in GPS, and can detect body temperature and heart rate. All of the data could be viewed and managed remotely, thus allowing you to see if your wife/daughter/mother is getting their freak on when they aren’t supposed to. Check out this “testimonial”:
When my daughter hit puberty I nearly had a heart attack. She started looking like a woman and suddenly she was wearing revealing clothing and staying out late with her friends. Rather than become an over-protective parent , I decided to try forget-me-not panties.
They work wonderfully. My wife and I bought our Sarah several pairs so we can watch her around the clock, and if we see her temperature rising too high, we intervene by calling her cellphone or just picking her up wherever she is.
This is one of the many sites taking part in the Contagious Media project.
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Here’s another one for all you do-it-yourselfers out there. Lighter than air is an autonomous flying robot. It utilizes blimp design principles, combining a helium filled envelope with 3-channel motor control allowing it to navigate in 3 dimensions. The schematic can be found at the creator’s site. Cool, but I doubt not as flashy as the robot helicopter.
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