Game Camp 08

I was at Game Camp 08 on Saturday. It was held in Sony’s 3Rooms building near Shoreditch which is amazing. Imagine your dream flat, but full of rather more PS3s and PSPs than you could ever need. That said, the Sony branding wasn’t actually overpowering, and the venue was a very good choice. The day […]

ETS Rocket Day 2.0

I joined the IBM Hursley ETS (Emerging Technology Services) team just a few weeks after their first Rocket Day in 2005. Today was version 2.0, and it was the most fun team-building day out you can imagine; a field full of geeks and their (water, air and coke-and-mentos powered) rockets, cameras, access to good food […]

Blogjects and Tweetjects

Before there were blogjects, there were blobjects. In the closing speech at SIGGRAPH 2004, Bruce Sterling started by talking about blobjects, or blob-shaped consumer items. Blobjects are the period objects of our time. They are the physical products that the digital revolution brought to the consumer shelf. Sterling goes on (via ‘gizmos’, the current state […]

Laptop Stickers

Ever since the Dedicated Followers of Fashion post about laptop stickers used a photo I’d snapped of Cory Doctorow’s heavily stickered ThinkPad, I’ve been a(n even) keen(er) observer of laptop stickers and their owners. I’ve been avidly photographing them, uploading them to Flickr and tagging them ‘laptopstickers‘. Here are a few examples. Gavin Bell (Sparse, […]

Physics Games

Three different physics games I’ve been enjoying recently. You might like them too. 1 – Toribash (Mac, Windows) is my favourite fighting game ever. The physics, rendering and tense multiplayer action make it an instant addiction. 2 – Crayon Physics (Windows) is the freeware prototype of something which went on to become the eagerly awaited […]

Every tribe has its talismans – on buying a MacBook Pro

Every tribe has its talismans. Here and now, mine seem to be: Moleskine notebooks (if you’ve never owned one, I dare you to pick one up and not fall in love) digital cameras (I’m rather excited about the new Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi) Macs. PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, … pretty much […]

Flight of the Conchords – convergence at CES

Along with yesterday’s Macworld conference (MacBook Air… mmmm…) CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is one of the highlights of the geek year. New devices are announced and launched; bigger televisions, smaller mobile phones, faster, better, now! The wonderful kiwi comic duo, Flight of the Conchords (who you’ll remember I’ve mentioned here before) played there this […]

X is the new Y for 2007

The Boston Globe’s Ideas section today features an updated version of my “X is the new Y” diagram. [Update: it’s actually the front page feature of the Ideas section. Thanks to Kelly for the picture…] Originally inspired by the LeisureArts chart from 2005, I decided to bring the idea up to date in September. Essentially, […]