Posts tagged “Atari”

Friday, 1 May 2015

“Of the Month” May 2015

TV Show of the Month:
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Daredevil

Hot-damn, this is how you do Daredevil. This show is dark. Dark. Horrible things happen to good people. Routinely. The heroes are mostly powerless, and lose more than they win (for the most part). The villain is a complex, developed character. Lies, betrayals, good ol’ Catholic guilt, and bloody, bloody beatings. All the performances are just spot-on, especially Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin. He’s like a gigantic tea kettle that is constantly in danger of boiling over, but at the same time is genuinely shy and uncomfortable around other people, and especially in public. Even though at times it is a grueling experience, it is an amazing show.

Album of the Month:

They Might Be Giants: Glean

They Might Be Giants have a new non-children’s album! And it’s very strong. The worst songs on this album drop only to the level of “average TMBG songs,” which still put them light-years ahead of most any other songs in existence. And the best songs are absolutely stellar. My favorite is “End of the Rope,” which has a very cool, almost-spy vibe to it and a wonderful lyric cadence. Also fantastic are “Madam, I Challenge You to A Duel” and “Hate the Villanelle” (which is actually a 100% correct villanelle, a very strict poetic form). But really all 15 songs are good stuff.

Documentary of the Month:
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Atari: Game Over

A fascinating urban legend among nerdy circles is the tragic tale of the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game for the Atari 2600. A huge bomb, it was critically and commercially panned, and Atari was stuck with warehouses full of unsold cartridges. Legend says they were unceremoniously buried in a landfill in New Mexico. The whole tale is symbolic of the home video game crash of the early 1980s, which wouldn’t be rescued until the NES hit the scene. This documentary is part historical—tracing the rise-and-fall of Atari and the 2600’s place in nerd history, as well as the personal history of the programmer who actually created the E.T. video game—and part mystery. Did this landfill event actually happen? Can it be found? There is a surprising amount of build-up and suspense!

Categories: Of the Month.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Harris Family Halloween Costumes 2014

I know, I know, I’m not supposed to post baby stuff on this website (I’m supposed to post it on THIS website instead), but you’ll have to indulge me this weekend because:

  1. It’s Avery’s First Birthday today!
  2. Carrie & I each made a costume for her by hand for Halloween, and we’re proud of our work!

So here were our Halloween Costumes for 2014!

Avery’s Costume #1:
My Neighbor Li’l Totoro!

The Tiniest Totoro!

The Tiniest Totoro!

Yes! I cut and sewed a tiny Totoro costume! It even has a zipper running up the back to the top of the hood. I’d never sewed anything with a zipper before! We took her to Zoo Boo in this costume and it was completely adorbs. If you don’t know who Totoro is, (A) Shame on you! And (B) look it up. Trust me, it’s great.

Avery’s Costume #2:
Wee Cacklin’ Witch!

A li'l witch and her (grumpy) cat!

A li’l witch and her (grumpy) cat!

Carrie made the tutu, and I embroidered the pumpkin on the black onesie (using a very fancy Brother XV8500D Embroidery Machine at my work), and Carrie made the embellishments on the witch hat. Collaboration at it’s finest!

We decided quite a while ago that it would be pretty durned cute to dress Avery up as a witch for Halloween. One of the main reasons is because she has such an excellent witch’s cackle! Just listen:

See? Perfect for a wee cacklin’ witch!

My Costume:
A working version of “Atari Combat”

Old-School 2600-Style

Old-School 2600-Style

It has always been a dream of mine to make a working video game for my costume, and this year I finally figured it out. I made a working version of the classic game “Combat” for the Atari 2600! It’s pretty sweet. Here it is in action:

Carrie is not big on dressing up in costumes, but we did get her to put on a matching witch hat (and she was wearing a black dress), so that counts, right?

My Witchy Women

My Witchy Women

And just for funsies, here’s the punkin I carved this year:

Wait... that's not a punkin at all, BUT A HIDEOUS ROBOT! The horror!

Wait… that’s not a punkin at all, BUT A HIDEOUS ROBOT! The horror!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Can’t wait for next year.

Categories: Holiday, Pictures, Robots.