Archive | November 2005

Random Ideas

Guest Editor Tokens – Blogging tools should allow for the creation of special tokens that bloggers can give to friends, family and peers. Each token would allow others one opportunity to post as a guest editor on the user’s blog.

App for Embedding URLs in Podcasts – I’ve mentioned this one before. Podcasters need an app that embeds URLs in Podcasts as a series of tones. Players on the PC and Mac could decode these tones and browse to the URL.

My favorite XBox 360 game cost me $5

Geometry Wars is a cross between Robotron and Asteroids with a ton of special effects thrown in.

Interview with Geometry Wars creator, Stephen Cakebread
. Excerpt:

Q: One of the most striking new graphical features in the game is the “gravity grid” play area. How did you make this look so cool; does every object in the game really have its own gravity?

The grid itself is made up of 60,000 points, each one exerting a small amount of force on its neighbour. The simulation itself sits on the edge of stability which is what causes it to swing about so much when one of the game objects gives it a small push!

Only a few types of object affect the grid. As the grid system is rather expensive to calculate, it actually runs on the second core along with the audio system, (the first core being dedicated to gameplay and particles, the third is used to render the audio).’s official Geometry Wars intro page. Excerpt:

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is the sequel to the original Geometry Wars mini-game… You use the left analog stick on your Xbox 360 controller to fly your ship around the area, and the right analog stick to fire a bullet in any 360 degree angle. Avoid the spawning enemies, and shoot them down for points. You can also pull the right trigger to fire a smart bomb, which decimates all bad guys on the screen. Save these up for when the going gets really tough!

Geometry Wars Forums

Paul Griffin on the Nano iTrip Hack

In a small interview with Griffin Technology’s CEO, Engadget learned more about the amazing Nano iTrip Hack:

Yeah. Isn’t it sexy? You can do really crazy stuff like Preferences, More Preferences, More Preferences, information screen. Nobody has ever used an iPod screen this way. It bitmaps screens to the iPod through a serial connector from the micro-controller. It’s just crazy.

Bloglines – Keep New

I would love to be able to export the items I choose to ‘Keep New’ in Bloglines as an xml document. Though I could create bookmarks for the items instead of marking them as ‘Keep New’, I like having them categorized by the site they were on. I also like having them in my face the next time I check that feed.