Pittsburgh goes blog wild

Web loggers, or bloggers for short, are that new breed of armchair documentarian, chronicling the day’s events — politics, sports, music, arts, family, dating life, anything — on Web sites that are updated daily, or several times a week. But unlike a newspaper Web site, which brings a new front page with new stories each day, yesterday’s blog musings generally aren’t wiped out by the next day’s postings. Scroll down,…

IF Quake

–IF Quake (Loonyboi) I wonder whether everyone who claims to have downloaded it and played it is in on a grand April Fool’s joke, so I’ll just let you decide for yourself.

An Ounce of Brains

Hand over hand, he slid it up past the sinus that sphinctered and wheezed wetly around the plastic, and Jimmy grinned when the jug fogged with his breath, proving he’d made a tight seal. This egged him on as the tube caught for a moment against the back wall of his sinuses — a dull knock against the door to his brain, somewhere behind his eye sockets — and with…

Harking back to good old texts

The text adventure lives on as a result of a network of websites and Usenet groups, and each year this small community gathers to hold the IF competition, in which amateur entries are subject to peer review. Dennis Jerz, associate professor in English and new media journalism at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, says interactive fiction scratches a particular itch among some players. “An IF game requires the player to combine…

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Why Consumer Products Have Inferior User Experience

People use these devices [i.e. remotes] while watching movies or TV shows at home. Given this, two key elements of the user’s situation are likely to be: Wearing glasses for distance viewing, rather than reading Low levels of lighting Of course, a young designer whose vision hasn’t yet started to deteriorate wouldn’t have the first problem. And anyone reviewing design options in a brightly lit meeting room wouldn’t have the…