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Entries of year 2007

The dancing globetrotter

Matt Harding was a game designer at ActiVision who got tired of his work. Four years ago, he decided to do what many of us dream of but never get around to: He simply quit his job and travelled around the world.

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Return of the flatshade polygon cubes

During the golden age of demo coding, people were in awe if you managed to produce a large 3D cube in 50 fps. These were the days before graphical APIs so you had to write everything by hand, including line drawing routines and polygon clippers. To avoid hardware limitations, there were illusion tricks to create a seemingly endless parade of cubes across the screen.

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Silverlight: the artist previously known as WPF/E

Not very surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped the horrible codename “WPF/E” and chosen an easier name for their upcoming “Flash killer” technology. But I didn’t expect it to be “Silverlight”? It sounds too much like “Flash” to my ears. On the other hand, I suppose “Blue and white electromagnetic discharge” was unavailable for registration. Anyway, I’m happy that the new name lacks an “X” as well as a year number.

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Nine Inch Nails clever marketing

I just got back from a Nine Inch Nails concert in Stockholm. It was so great I started to cry. But even more interesting than the concert is the marketing hype surrounding this tour. It all started with letters in concert t-shirts from the current tour, spelling out a domain name: iamtryingtobelieve.com. A visit to this odd site introduces the mystical substance “parepin”, a fictional additive supposedly added to the water in the future.

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Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "

The urban maze of Tangier

"There are exciting things waiting around every corner and my bucket list is long, but the Medina has a mindset of its own regarding time and space."

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."