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This is the birthday cake made by Wedding Cakes By Nicole featuring Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Tetris and Frogger scenes on each side, and Pong on the top. And if you think I wouldn’t peel all those characters off and eat them you are incorrect. Dead incorrect. If you were a computer game you ‘d be blinking GAME OVER right now.
Dimity asked me to create a cake for her Fiance, Stephen, who adores “old-fashioned” video game.
I created a 3 tier square cake, with each of the sides representing a preferred retro platform game. Topped off with a game off Pong, with the score showing Stephen’s “30″ years. The board had a joystick, buttons and coin slot.
Man, I would have gotten rid of to have that birthday cake. Hell, I would have pushed someone down the stairs to have ANY cake. And choked somebody for a single pal to even keep in mind my birthday. Do you even understand which month it is? \* waving knife \* TELL ME WHICH MONTH IT IS. \* journeys and falls on knife \* I simply … desired … a shock celebration.
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I Went To Chuck E Cheese: Parents Build Animated Zelda ‘Skyward Sword’ Cake For Daughter’s 10th Birthday
This is the animated Skyward Sword themed cake Kotaku reader Will Turnbow and his wife made for their daughter’s (no word what her name is, so we’ll just call her Lucky) 10th birthday party. It has a bunch of animated characters that move around and make me all jealous of a child (which seems to be a growing trend).
Based on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the cake includes Skyloft, the Sealed Grounds, the Faron Woods, and a ton of characters and other intricate details from the game.
“The Temple entrance is 6 batches of Rice Krispies and the backside of the temple is 9 cakes stacked as high as we could make it,” Turnbow writes on his YouTube video’s description. “The small tower on either side are styrofoam wrapped with fondant. My wife made and painted all of the characters out of clay except for Link (I was able to use my Figma Link).”
Mmmm, count me in for one of those fondant-wrapped styrofoam towers. I don’t like fondant though so I’ll just peel that off and eat the tower. What are the ingredients in styrofoam anyways? Does it have any trans-fat? I know I’ve had the peanuts before but I’ve never actually seen how it’s baked. “You’re an idiot.” I’ll DVR some Food Network.
Hit the jump for a video of the cake in motion.
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For all the dimensions that Physician Who has checked out on TELEVISION, the 3rd has been a rarity– there was an early 3D experiment in 1993 for the series’ 30th anniversary, a 2010 trailer, and that’s that. For the show’s 50th birthday, the business is willing to make a return trip through a two-part 3D special. Many of what’s in shop for the unique occasion is being concealed, although we picture we’ll see a lot of Sonic Screwdriver action. We’ll need to see how closely the special’s broadcast dates line up with the official anniversary in November; ideally, it’s far enough into the future that Whovians could prepare with a little TELEVISION shopping.
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This is the Imperial Star Destroyer birthday cake made by Lorenzo Wood (links to Flickr album of the entire build) for his son Alexander. The cake sits atop a custom base Lorenzo made that had light up windows and BONUS thruster flare effects. There’s a video of those doing their thing after the jump. A video of me doing my thing? Just search “booty poppin’ dance fail broken leg” on Youtube.
Hit the jump for a shot of the rear and a video of the light-up effects.
On December 3rd, 1992 in the little town of Newbury, Berkshire, a UK developer delivered his finest mate a few lines of welcoming using an one-of-a-kind new method called Short Messaging Solution. The developer, Neil Papworth, was a test engineer for the Sema Team, and delivered the message via PC to the phone of Richard Jarvis, a Vodafone worker. The message was “ Merry Christmas. ” Vodafone intended the solution as an enjoyable and simple method to interact inside.
That obviously wasn ’ t the case. It took seven years after that very first message for texting to remove, however now almost 8 trillion messages cross the air every year. Grownups 18-25 send 133 messages a week each.
The Guardian has a good long review on the solution, however let ’ s take a moment to doff our hats to the lowly messaging system that could. SMS was, a minimum of in Europe, prominent for a number of explanations. Before economical service plans, a single ring to a person ’ s phone from yours was made use of as a kind of signal that you had actually arrived or that you wanted to talk. This provided means to texts, which were frequently cheaper than “ phone impulses, ” relegating voice calls to the back burner.
SMS began with pagers which, in turn, got their start in telegraphy and telex. Messages like 911 and 07734 (review it upside down) were methods to send fast notes to pals. This caused “ text pagers ” and the very first BlackBerry, a two-way pager launched in 1999, with its “ druplet ” keyboard. Text, in numerous means, became the chosen mode of communication in business and between pals.
As you reach for your phone to tap out a message, drain a dram of wassail for the little messaging solution that could. While my grumpy generation wld argu that txtspeak hz destryd th writun wurd, I suspect the increase of autocorrect and video chats might decrease our dependancy on the old methods. However there ’ s still something unique about getting the old “ I luv u; x ” from a substantial various other and a little the old “ 80085 ″ from a buddy.
On December 3rd, 1992 in the little town of Newbury, Berkshire, a UK programmer sent his best mate a few lines of greeting using a unique new technique called Short Messaging Service. The programmer, Neil Papworth, was a test engineer for the Sema Group, and sent the message via PC to the phone of Richard Jarvis, a Vodafone employee. The message was “Merry Christmas.” Vodafone intended the service as a fun and easy way to communicate internally.
That obviously wasn’t the case. It took seven years after that first message for texting to take off, but now nearly 8 trillion messages cross the air every year. Adults 18-25 send 133 messages a week each.
The Guardian has a nice long write-up on the service, but let’s take a moment to doff our hats to the lowly messaging system that could. SMS was, at least in Europe, popular for a number of reasons. Before inexpensive service plans, a single ring to a person’s phone from yours was used as a sort of signal that you had arrived or that you wanted to chat. This gave way to texts, which were often cheaper than “phone impulses,” relegating voice calls to the back burner.
SMS began with pagers which, in turn, got their start in telegraphy and telex. Messages like 911 and 07734 (read it upside down) were ways to send quick notes to friends. This led to “text pagers” and the first BlackBerry, a two-way pager launched in 1999, with its “druplet” keyboard. Text, in many ways, became the preferred mode of communication in business and between friends.
As you reach for your phone to tap out a message, drain a dram of wassail for the little messaging service that could. While my grumpy generation wld argu that txtspeak hz destryd th writun wurd, I suspect the rise of autocorrect and video chats may reduce our dependence on the old ways. But there’s still something special about getting the old “I luv u ;x” from a significant other and a bit of the old “80085″ from a friend.
Do not think the festivities surrounding Pong’s 40th are restricted to official networks. Sander Veerhof of the Netherlands is marking the occasion in his own means with an augmented reality variation built as a Layar plugin. Rather of batting the ball across a TELEVISION screen, players play around whole continents: anyone who’s been on-line lately is fair game as a fresh target, and the camera’s area of view provides a sense of where challengers reside in genuine life. Games will not be almost as fast-paced as you could bear in mind from that classic system from the gallery or living-room. Nevertheless, they’ll still be tips that individuals around the world have a soft spot for the Nolan Bushnell title that arguably began the video game industry– and worldwide Pong sure beats a game of worldwide thermonuclear battle.
Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s big return to the smartphone stage after Windows Mobile’s gradual decline and demise, turns two today, according to a tweet by Joel Belfiore, Microsoft’s head of Windows Phone product definition and design. So I thought it would be fitting to take a look back at Windows Phone 7′s life up until now, and what the mobile OS has or hasn’t done for Microsoft so far.
On October 21, 2010, the first Windows Phone 7 handsets officially went on sale in New Zealand, Australia and parts of Europe and Asia. 10 launch devices brought the mobile OS to users, made by HTC, Dell, Samsung and LG (early highlights of the lineup included the LG Optimus 7, Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC HD7), spanning 60 carriers in 30 countries, and expanding to more in 2011. Early sales were promising in some markets, and even generated lines according to an AT&T spokesman, but overall failed to impress, with only 40,000 total units reportedly sold in the first day of U.S. availability.
In December, Microsoft Corporate VP of the Mobile Communications Business and Marketing Group Achim Berg revealed in an interview posted to Microsoft’s official blog that Microsoft had sold over 1.5 million devices – but that was to carrier partners, not sales through to customers, which meant there was no telling how much of that was sitting on store shelves or in stock storerooms. Berg hedged against potential criticism in that interview, saying that Windows Phone 7′s “numbers [were] similar to the performance of other first generation mobile platforms.”
The news didn’t improve terribly in January the following year, when Microsoft announced passing the 2 million mark about 10 weeks after its Windows Phone 7 launch, but again, those numbers were to retailers, not overall sales to customers. By most accounts, users seemed pleased with the OS, but growth rates still looked to be a considerable challenge.
A month later, in February 2011, Nokia and Microsoft announced a broad partnership, with the aim of using Nokia’s hardware expertise to boost Microsoft’s struggling mobile OS. The idea seemed sound: Nokia was enjoying flagging fortunes in the worldwide handset market, having trouble competing with Android and iOS device gains, and Microsoft needed a focused hardware partner it could work closely with to both guide the future Windows Phone’s software design, and also make sure device/OS integration was as tight as possible. Here are three crucial bullet points from the press release announcing the arrangement:
- Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
- Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
- Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
It was a bold move on both sides, and one that seemed on the surface to have at least some potential to help both companies rally in the increasingly competitive mobile ecosystem. But it would take until October before consumers got any inkling of what kind of hardware we’d see from the partnership, with the official unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 800, and another month after that before it would ship to consumers. The Lumia 800 was fairly well-received by reviewers, and included Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango,” a significant update that brought a number of features to the OS users thought were missing in the original release. Mango also made it to a lineup of other devices from manufacturers besides Nokia, though by this time, it already seemed like some of Microsoft’s other hardware partners might be losing interest, owing to its special relationship with Nokia.
Nokia Windows Phone 7 sales failed to impress, and Microsoft remained mum on the subject during the first conference call it had following the Mango device launches, which wasn’t reassuring anyone. Then, in June, Microsoft essentially dealt Windows Phone 7 a killing blow, saying that it wouldn’t be possible to upgrade devices running Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8. They announced Windows Phone 7.8 at the same time, which would bring some functionality from the newer OS to older devices, but the damage it did to existing hardware sales was evident in Nokia’s most recent earnings, as it only sold 2.9 million Lumia devices, with its smartphone sales overall taking a sizeable blow.
In July 2012, a Nielsen report put Windows Phone 7′s market share relative to other smartphone operating systems at just 1.3 percent, and predictions from analysts at the time only saw it rising to around 4 percent by end of year. Windows Phone 8 will prove important for Microsoft in terms of its ability to gain ground on the other mobile operating systems out there, and at least one analyst firm believes Windows Phone will still become the second most popular smartphone OS by 2016. As for Windows Phone 7, it will live on in 7.8 updates pushed out to existing owners of Lumia and other devices, but for all intents and purposes, it’s on the path to oblivion. But despite not taking the world by storm, Windows Phone 7 may have paved the way for a return to mobile prominence for Microsoft, even if it’s hard to see that happening based on the current state of affairs.