The Pac-Man Drawings

Check out the maze from designer Toru Iwatani’s recently-divulged Pac-Man concept sketches, side-by-side with the final arcade version: Arcade classic Pac-Man and inventor Iwatani’s concept sketch thereof. They’re different!  Why?  As the story goes, after one too many blind Tokyo alleys, Iwatani expunged dead ends from the prototype.  A fortuitous accident in modulo-28 space created the tunnels.  And theRead More The Pac-Man Drawings

Barrel O’ Links: July 2010

One summer vacation’s worth of linky goodness: A Field Guide To Typestaches (torweeks) Yo, ocean, bro? You are like so totally over. (TarpSurfing) Growth opportunities in the Inuit bathing suit market! (NOAA) Many mightily massive multipliers (greg.org) God hates Jedi and other revelations (ComicsAlliance) My god, it’s full of conifers! (TreeHugger) Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning (Vittone) “Refute”Read More Barrel O’ Links: July 2010

Freeway Bound

Over at the excellent Twelve Mile Circle, Tom Howder recently wondered: where’s the smallest chunk of occupied land completely surrounded by Interstate highway?  Well, if “occupied” means “residential,” the answer might be Wright Street, a stubby cul-de-sac tucked inside the looping ramps of LA’s Harbor-Santa Monica Freeway interchange: Wright Street (at bottom) and the Harbor-Santa Monica FreewayRead More Freeway Bound

Season Creep

Hooray!  It’s the first of June, and long gone are winter cold and spring gloom.  We’re footloose and parka-free, baby birds chirp with glee, green lawns and mowers duel endlessly, and he intercepts the puck at mid-ice, shakes a defender, speeds over the blue line, fades right, jigs left, cocks his stick, lets loose withRead More Season Creep

Seeing Carbon Dioxide

This past Halloween, we approached a curious jack-o’-lantern with the solitary number 350carved into its flesh.  A bright-eyed man emerged from the tiny home behind it.  My kids yelled “trick-or-treat!”  He dropped some candy in their buckets.  And then, I asked the question that he’d obviously been waiting for: Industrial emissions. What’s with the 350 pumpkin?  Is that yourRead More Seeing Carbon Dioxide