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In case you live under a rock (or still use Ask Jeeves), Google put up a Star Trek themed interactive journey on their front page today to celebrate the franchise’s 46th anniversary. So if you haven’t already, go over to Google and click around on the image. It’s like a choose your own adventure game, but with only one, really short adventure. I’ve already played through five times hoping to bang an alien. So far, no good. I DEMAND EROTIC OPTIONS.
Thanks to Evil Ares, Dirjel, Victor, Bri, robert the robot (not cool bro) and James, who must have known I only search through Yahoo.
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Today ’ s Google Doodle is a working Turing machine that has 6 puzzles. Sophia Foster-Dimino on Google ’ s Doodle group built the application in honor of Alan Turing ’ s 100th birthday.
Exactly what ’ s a Turing appliance? It ’ s not an actual appliance, per se, however an idea experiment that enabled the advent of digital computing.
Turing went on to head the department at Bletchley Park that decoded Germany ’ s Enigma encryption machine, thus turning the tide of the war. The British government ultimately sentenced him for “ gross indecency ” – homosexuality – and supplied him prison or chemical castration. He chose the last and eradicated himself 2 years later on.
UK PM Gordon Brown posthumously apologized to Turing in 2009.
Let ’ s take a minute to keep in mind Alan Turing, the creator of the modern-day computer system and a persecuted intellectual that, in the end, offered us anything we utilize every day.
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This week sees many corners of the globe commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing. A man whose contribution to the globes of tech and gadgets is immeasurable– a sentiment not lost on Google. Today, geeks and norms worldwide will definitely be waking up to potentially the most complicated doodle to date. Can you set the machine and spell out “Google”? If you can, you’ll be sent off to tons more information about the man himself. This isn’t really the only thing Mountain View’s done to keep his legacy alive, having actually recently assisted Bletchley Park raise funds to purchase (and display) Turing’s papers, and more recently assisting curators at London’s Science Museum with its Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy exhibition. If you haven’t already, head to Google.com and pop your logic hat on, and if you get stuck, head past the break for a beneficial video.
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Tower defense games have been done in damn near every way possible: on consoles, mobile apps, and online flash-based games. However, there’s a new Kickstarter project, called Doodle Defense, that’s putting a new spin on that simple gaming idea using some open source algorithms, a whiteboard, computer, Kinect and a projector. The game works by projecting the battlefield and bad guys on the whiteboard, while users can draw in obstacles using a black marker and towers of varied attack abilities in red, green, and blue. Kinect tracks where your drawings are onscreen, and reroutes the invaders accordingly, while also keeping track of how much ink you have left to use. Check out the video after the break to see the game in action, and if you want to pitch in to the inventor port Doodle Defense to the iPad, hit the source link below.
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I’ve played through my share of tower defense games in my day — and have gotten hopelessly addicted to a few of them — but none really approach Andy Wallace’s Doodle Defense when it comes to execution. You see, instead of dragging and dropping pre-made parts onto a field, players must defend against invaders by drawing their own towers and obstacles on a whiteboard.
Wallace cobbled Doodle Defense together as a project for an algorithmic animation class, and the result is a simple-but-novel approach to a cherished genre of time waster. Draw black lines to block or divert the invaders, while drawing red, green, and blue dots create towers that have varying effects on the enemy. Just don’t overdo it with the drawings — a counter nestled in the upper left side of the game field keeps track of how much ink is left at your disposal, a la Okami.
Fun as it looks, Doodle Defense does require a fair bit of setup. The game itself runs on a Mac, and Wallace uses a projector to display the game field on a giant whiteboard. From there, the game interprets the user’s drawings as inputs thanks to a connected Kinect camera, and seeing it in action looks like an ink-slinging good time.
Ultimately, Wallace is looking for crowd-sourced funding to bring Doodle Defense to a handful of other platforms, including PCs and the iPad. I’ll be honest here, it seems like much of Doodle Defense’s appeal disappears when you’re stuck using a more conventional mode of input to play. Still, it’s a very promising project, and I’m looking forward to what Wallace (and the team of artists and sound designers he hopes to recruit) will do with it next.
If you’d rather not donate but still want to play around with the game, you could also just pore through his code: the entire project is open-source and available on Github.
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GLOW DOODLE REVIEW: www.youtube.com My review on the super hit app doodle jump in the app store. This app is a lot of fun and definitely worth the .99 it costs. Twitter: www.twitter.com Enjoy the review SUBSCRIBE
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Once in a while we see a Google doodle we just have to cover. This one marks the 189th birthday of Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, whose vital discoveries about inheritance patterns in pea plants weren’t fully acknowledged until after his death in 1884. Feeling overlooked in his final years, he famously promised himself that meine Zeit wird schon kommen (“my time will yet come”). And today, Gregor, it has.
Taken a look at Google’s homepage recently? If not, we’d recommend you do so, STAT. The image you see here will only be an active doodle — a name given to Google’s “special” logos used to commemorate certain events and holidays — for a few more hours. According to a lengthy report over at the Wall Street Journal, the Holiday 2010 Doodle is El Goog’s “most ambitious one yet,” taking five artists some 250 hours to create. Google estimates that it has crafted some 900 doodles since 1998, with a whopping 270 of ‘em running in 2010. This particular one relies on 17 interactive portraits of holiday scenes from around the globe, and it took the team a number of months to finally whip up a finished product that everyone was stoked on. We’d encourage you to click around on it to discover what the tiles actually mean, and if you’re hungry to learn about the shockingly interesting backstory that surrounds it, the source link has a URL with your name on it.
Flight Doodle iPhone app goes free on FreeAppADay
iPhone developer Eyedip has sent word Flight Doodle is free today only, to celebrate being FreeAppADay Gold App. Flight Doodle is billed as a high-flying, action-packed thrill ride, featuring customisable aircrafts, lush, colourful atmospheric settings and visually brilliant doodled art style.
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EA Mobile today launched The Sims 3 Ambitions on the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch. Here is more info on this new iPhone game:Now your Sims can turn passions into professions… Build dream homes or …
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