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Entries from March 2007

Religion in His Dark Materials

March 25th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Philip Pullman, along with a couple of other people from New Line, gave an interesting talk at the Oxford Literary Festival yesterday about the process of adaption The Golden Compass for the cinema. There was a bit of a thrill of seeing some effects shots for the first time, although it turned out to be [...]

Tags: film · politics · writing

The Secret of Christmas Lights

March 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

‘Largest’ Christmas tree lit up (BBC News):
When lit up, the giant redwood will be visible on board flights approaching Gatwick Airport.
Two electricians spent a day replacing all 1,800 light bulbs before a pair of cranes were brought in to put the lights on the tree at Ardingly.
…Conservation manager Ian Parkinson told BBC South East [...]

Tags: silly

Beating the Hive Mind

March 19th, 2007 · 3 Comments

“What’s this?” I asked, toying with a white cylinder with letters printed across it.
“It’s a cryptex,” explained Eric Harshbarger, one of Mind Candy’s in-house puzzle designers. “Like the one from the Da Vinci Code.”
In The Da Vinci Code, a cryptex is a cylinder with five wheels that can be rotated independently; each wheel has letters [...]

Tags: arg · science · spec

Baba Yetu

March 15th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Like other game designers, I don’t play a lot of games.
I do have a Wii and a PS2, which sounds typical enough except for the fact that the only games I play on the PS2 are Katamari Damacy and Guitar Hero; Wii Sports and Warioware for the other console. Clearly I like quirky and accessible [...]

Tags: adrian · games · music

GDC 2007, ARGFest, Google…

March 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Updated with a link to my Google presentation.
Flying from west to east, I can recover from jetlag at about 2.5 hours per day. This means that when I come back from San Francisco, 8 hours behind GMT, I take a little over three days to return to my normal circadian rhythm. I once read that [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · conference · perplexcity

Fire Alert at Heathrow

March 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

I was sitting in the lounge area of Terminal 3 in Heathrow when the PA system came on.
“This is a security announcement. All passengers are reminded that baggage should-”
A sharp beeping interrupted the message. “A fire alarm has been activated in your area. Please go to the nearest emergency exit immediately. A fire alarm has [...]

Tags: adrian · airport · london · travel