Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Necromancing the Stone

Another terrifically bad/bizarre/something party game idea:

Invent your own tetris-family game, describe it in enough detail that people could either implement it or imagine playing it. Particularly motivated people should actually implement it... Other particularly motivated people should think about things they might prove about the game in the realm of statistics and math..

Which makes me think there should be a general tetrislike abstraction over SDL for this purpose. What is the best abstraction for tetrislike games?

Family tree:

  • clear by lines
    • Tetris
    • Triangle-tetris - I don't recall the actual name of this, but it used varying shapes composed of tiny triangles instead of squares. It was surprisingly difficult to get used to...
    • 3d tetris - a game where one drops blocks from above and has full 3d manipulations to rotate them into place. I remember playing this on DOS but don't quite remember the rules.
  • clear by proximate characteristics
    • Doctor Mario
    • Tetris 2
    • Puzzle Bobble - Goes under many names, involves launching of balls and clearing of all touching balls over size 3 of a colour when a new ball hits. Possibly too different to be part of a nice abstraction because of the need for bouncing, the non-grid layout, etc
I also recently came across a presentation mjd gave a long time ago on typing in languages. Poking around, I see he now has a rather awesome blog (which has a LJ syndication). I first met mjd many years ago at one of ORA's Perl (now opensource) conferences - bright and creative guy with eclectic interests. It's unfortunate that Advocacy eventually died out..

Scattered misc stuff:

  • Something about this amuses me - EuroNAT is, like many other "superparties", an organisation of diverse political movements across the varying European states that have similar values. EuroNAT in particular is a superparty composed of groups like Front National and the British National Party - the far-right xenophobic, racist, and often jingoist parties. I imagine it would be strange to be in a EuroNAT meeting and listen to them trying to get along well enough to coordinate whatever needs coordinating..
  • The BBC has profiles on its website for various leaders, places, and topics, which help provide background about them to people who arn't current on whatevers mentioned. The profile for the Lal Masjid in Pakistan is an example (it seems to me that in the long run either the state should take permanent control of the Mosque or it should bulldoze it, as painful as that would be in the short run)
  • An interesting article on criticism of the political elite in Italy by a prominent blogger, Beppe Grillo. The actual blog (I'll link to the English version) is here
  • Three links relating to movement in the UK on the Archbishop of Canterbury's statements suggesting that some aspects of Shari'a law should reach legitimacy in Britain: one, two, three. I most like the third - I don't think that encouragement of alternate dispute resolution is a positive thing in modern liberal states, and would want to restrict heavily even their voluntary use under the framework of mediation, because as noted they fragment society and are often unacceptable under modern western values (e.g. gender egality). We might, for example, better prevent social pressure from forcing women to accept gender-related injustice by denying legitimacy to all but carefully monitored (if even that) parallel systems of government. If it proves necessary to ban hijab if male leaders of a community routinely force females to wear it, then doing so may be useful until the community is absorbed enough into society that it loses that characteristic
  • I've been thinking about the recent US Supreme Court ruling on the second amendment to the US Constitution. I still have no real opinion on whether guns should be permitted/encouraged (and I'm also not particularly interested in that issue). It's interesting to see one of the interpretations of that amendment given a voice though. I think there are a number of possible readings of that, as well as disagreements on the type of logic that should govern understanding it - I found it very irritating that on slashdot one of the tags attached to their coverage of the story was (punctuation added) "sudden outbreak of common sense" - regardless of how much one likes a particular reading, it's intellectually dishonest to suggest that one's conclusions on what was meant are so obviously the only correct ones as to call them common sense.
  • A possibly interesting interview with Noam Chomsky on the state of Democracy in the USA.
  • A slightly old article on speeches and anti-intellectualism in American politics. Also a related book that I might read sometime. Key idea: speeches and eloquence in American politics have become worse over time, and Obama is unusual in that while he's not up to the eloquence of US Presidents a century ago, he's much more so than any recent presidents, which might or might not be a good thing for him in his political future. Given the growth of alternative (participatory) media, I suspect that mastery of language is both something which more people will regard as important in the future and something which Americans will start demanding of potential leaders. If so, hopefully these times will be regarded as a miniature "Dark Ages" which we'll emerge from soon
  • Article on the FCC's decision against Ma Bell in their attempts to keep non-Bell devices off the phone networks.
  • For those curious folk who have never read it, the first, botched attempt at a government for the United States that was in effect in the years between the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
  • Recent olpc "joyride" builds keep getting better. I have learned to do "yum update" before doing olpc-upgrade to prevent bizarre errors.



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