iPhone Accelerometer Turns Sadness into… More sadness…

Filmed on the Kodak Zi6 (on a train in poor light). I just loved the fact that the iPhone wouldn’t let dom be happy, no matter how hard he tried…

Viral Schwag and the Kodak Zi6

I got a lovely note suggesting that I might enjoy this product. And that I could indulge my love of floating heads…

Also in the package was a Kodak Zi6 HD video camera. It’s a small, lightweight cheap thing that can make videos and take photos. It’s incredibly simple to use. Takes AA batteries and standard SD cards and has a built in flip-out USB connector.

It’s by far the simplest way of getting bits of video into a computer I’ve ever come across (short of using an inbuilt webcam). And because it doesn’t look like a video camera people don’t start playing up to it (or geting shy and nervy) in the normal way. And the quality is totally decent enough for online use. Especially in good-ish light.

I’ll post some samples in a minute so you can see the video quality. But I really wanted to talk about the blogger outreach part of it.

The package was sent to me by a lovely guy called Mike Laurie (we used to work together years and years ago at Oven Digital) – he’s a regular commenter on Crackunit and he sends me great links all the time. You should have a look at his blog especially his monster post on viral(s) which I like a lot (he doesn’t seem to have updated in a while though, come on Mike keep it up. Your blog is ace!)

Importantly I wasn’t the only person at Poke who got one – Nicky who writes the fabbo Monster Munch blog. And the legendary Cookie, who’s still on the road, got one too (for when he gets back).

I just thought that there might be an interesting approach wrapped up in this. If you’re doing blogger outreach why not make a few key bloggers your distributors of the blog schwag? Rather than trying to identify 50 people to send something to why not pick 5 people and give them 10 things each to distribute to 10 people that they know / like / respect. Cuts down your work and makes sure that the approach / messaging is relevant to the recipient. I guess it’s like viral schwag.

Just a thought like.

I don’t think that’s what happened here though, Mike works for a company called JPMH who appear to be running this ‘outreach’ activity.

Spacetime Fusion

Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.

The science bits are pretty complicated. But who cares when it can make your videos look fucking awesome using the power of Spacetime Fusion!!!

5 Games You Need to Know About

I’m not a hardcore gamer. I play games very occasionally. I’d like to spend more time doing it. But I think I’ll save it till I retire. Games are bound to be super-awesome then and I’ll have loads of time to waste.

Here are 5 games that have caught my attention for various reasons, and they all have things going for them that I think make them at least mildly interesting for anyone involved with interactive things of one shape or another. And I reckon you can drop all 5 of these into gamer conversations without fear of someone saying they’re shit – I could be very wrong on this though.

First up Braid. Available on Xbox 360 as a download. And seemingly causing a lot of people to go out and buy Xboxes…

It’s a lovely looking platform game. All cutesy and painty-styled. But the big twist with the game is that you can muck around with time. When you die you can rewind time and go back to where you were. Or at any point you choose you can just do a quick rewind or ffwd. But depending on the level it works slightly differently each time. It’s quite hard to explain, I’m not even sure I fully grasp it, but this video helped…

It gets absolutely amazing reviews everywhere. I’m sure a lot of it is because it’s taken a classic format and done something to it that everyone is just going ‘damn I wish I’d thought of that first…’.

Equally I’ve always been a big fan of the idea that the web and computers allow us to mess with the standard laws of time and space (like being able to warp to different bits of a supermarket using just a search box). But it’s hard to get your brain to think of paradigms that don’t have real world equivalents.

We need more things like Braid that abuse our expectations of normality.

Which is a beautiful anti-segue into something that’s all about the wonders of physics, motion and gravity. Crayon Physics Deluxe has been seen millions of times and is hardly new. But in case anyone hasn’t seen it…

There is actually a playable sort of prototype (PC) that you can get from the website. But the deluxe version isn’t ready yet.

And if that’s all a bit crayony for you, perhaps Little Big Planet on the PS3 might be more your thing. It just looks stunning. And there’s a huge part of the fun which is creating your own worlds / levels and characters.

Here’s a drool-inducing gameplay montage:

It looks like it could be the awesomest thing ever.

But back to basics for now. I love simple games. They’re the games I can relate to best. Ones that don’t take hours of investment. Ones where I don’t need to learn anything. Games that are just instantly loveable and fun.

Step up: Coign of Vantage. It’s a simple little online game, that’s fiendishly brilliant. All you have to do is rotate your point of view until a picture appears. This picture won’t do it any justice at all:

coign of vantage | bobblebrook | delightful free online games

It’s just lovely. And the way that it introduces ‘how to play’ is a lesson to us all. Absolutely beautiful. I’m certain that the game has a directly educational benefit too, in terms of both spacial recognition and manipulation of 3d environments.

Please take a couple of minutes out to go and have a play. It’s fab.

Pure joy.

And finally Music Catch. This is just so calming and soothing and wonderful. Again massively simple. Just collect little shapes. But it’s the way that it uses the music to generate the gameplay that’s really sweet…

And you can play it right here, in the page. How good is that!

The music it comes with is perfect too. You can download a desktop version for a small price, this includes a number of tracks, as you play you unlock more. Or you can load up your own MP3s as the soundtrack to generate the gameplay. Nice.

If you want to keep up with casual games online, this site looks to be really good – I found it when researching music catch.

Radiohead House of Cards on Current.com

I was just watching Current TV and this film about the Radiohead House of Cards video came on…

It really is a bit good.

I Haven’t Got Anything Interesting To Say Today

I’m almost ready to write something marginally profound. But my brain’s a little too tired to pull it off, so I thought some of you might like this instead:

I was going to say how it reminded me of Zip-a-dee-doo-dah but without the Acid House connotations, then I found this clip on YouTube and realised that the Nathan Fake video is way less fucked up…

At The End of the Day

Like shooting fish in a barrel. But there’s a bit in the middle that’s a minor stroke of genius (I won’t spoil it)…

Originally found at jiggmiester’s Tumblr.

The Finest Sweatshirt in the World?

I bought me one of these Nike x Loopwheeler AW77 sweatshirts:

From the Nike 1948 store in Shoreditch.

I’ve been wearing it for 3 days straight. And I can’t take it off. It truly is the finest sweatshirt I’ve ever owned. I don’t normally get like that about clothes. And I loved it without hesitation before seeing the video (in case you were wondering).

Another bonus point for YouTube! It’s completely bonkers that I can find a video of my new favourite item of clothing on the web.