Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
has been approved to write and submit what may be the first ever Ph.D. dissertation in comic book form
. See here
(PDF) for a taste of the style and content.
Who gets to make money off WordPress?
Dust-up brewing in the world of WordPress as theme author Chris Pearson
head honcho Matt Mullenweg
battle out the question: Is a theme a 'derivative work'? [more inside]
The Mandolin & Unicycle Project
is a thesis project from Matt Manos
"I have always wanted to learn how to ride a unicycle, and I have always wanted to learn how to play the mandolin, so the most logical conclusion I came to was to learn how to play the mandolin while riding the unicycle. In one month." The project blog starts here
Notes towards the complete works of Shakespeare [pdf]
by Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan. (About the authors
. "Making of" video
. [previously discussed, but never actually linked].
From the same people
: Carbon Life Form
, a small Mac application that will die of starvation unless you feed it files.
on My Bloody Valentine's album Loveless
(full thesis as pdf
Flow in Games: a Jenova Chen MFA thesis
'This site is currently focused on Jenova's MFA thesis research. It is about inventing new methodologies usable by the frontline game designers to help realizing dynamic flow
experiences for different individuals and more importantly for potential gamers who are still out of the current video game market.'
Try the experimental game fl0w
, more info
Learn more about the thesis methodology
, or take a look at some further reading
. [warning: site appears to be under development somewhat] (see also
(Quicktime req), the thesis project of ITP (NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program) student Chia-wei Chang
, gives restaurant customers a preview of their orders by projecting photos of the meal on their empty plates. The system also allows them to modify their orders by using a projected menu with a touch sensor interface which includes menu text and food images. More ITP thesis presentations from last week »
How to do things with four-letter words.
Why do we swear? Or, more importantly, why are swear words "bad" and other words are fine? Angus Kidman's thesus on the semantics of swearing in Australia - and most other English speaking places as well - tries to shed some light.
Can't seem to finish your thesis?
Then this site may be for you. It's a support group for those of us who just can't seem to write up and finish off that Ph.D./Masters degree. It'll either give you hope and motivation or it'll make you more complacent. "Well, I guess I'm not the only one who's taking a long time; I won't stress out about it anymore".
A Hong Kong student has written her thesis about the world's oldest profession,
and found that the ten 'subjects' she chose to follow are real people too, and ultimately befriended them, offering financial and legal assistance. Apart from the actual story, of interest in the tone of the writing of the piece which underlines that the 'class' structure still exists almost everywhere . . .
is selling copies of over 1.5 million college dissertations and theses published since 1871. Contentville claims that authors will be paid royalties if their works are sold, but somehow I don't think they contacted most of those authors for permission to put said works up for sale in the first place.