13 September 2010

Happy 25th Birthday Super Mario Brothers

What's the most successful gaming franchise of all time? Super Mario, of course! Super Mario Bros. celebrates 25 years of grabbing mushrooms, rescuing princesses, etc.

The video below shows an evolutionary timeline of the game. The first 2 min had me grinning like a fool. After that I was like, hunh?

For more Mario goodness, check out The Guardian's 25 fun facts about Super Mario Brothers.

05 September 2010

Drivin' Around the OC on Labor Day Weekend

I can't wait for Labor Day weekend to be over. After Monday, the summer tourist invasion will be over for the most part and I can go back to my favorite spots in Laguna!

In the meantime I'm cooling my heels, hoping to catch an afternoon showing of Machete and enjoying some really good fake meat we discovered called Gardein. Will it grill?

I'm also out and about running errands. Here are some pix I snapped yesterday.

On my way home from the gym I saw a guy in a cow costume jumping and waving at cards.

Temperatures were in the upper 90's yesterday. I can't imagine being in a mascot costume on a 70-degrees-and-cloudy day much less sunny and 90+!. Haven't these guys suffered enough?

(I didn't take this photo, it's from the interwebs)

My next stop was the grocery store.

Why do people leave grocery carts in parking spaces? Look how close this F-ing cart is to my car.

Okay, now look how close the shopping cart return area is.

What's the deal, people?

I've noticed this problem is much worse at "regular" grocery stores (as opposed to Trader Joe's).

Okay, last thing...

The approach path for John Wayne Airport is directly over the 405. Having a plane fly directly over you while driving down the freeway - never gets old.  I swear you can almost wave at the passengers.

04 September 2010

Music Video 2.0

Whether you're a fan of Arcade Fire or not, their new video is worth checking out. Using a mash-up of video, animation and google maps, "The Wilderness Downtown" video experience is different for every user.

The website will ask you for the address of where you grew up - this is where the Google Maps effect comes in. New windows will open up showing both aerial and street-level views of whatever address you've punched in.

wilderness downtown video

I used my folks' house to start and it said there wasn't enough Maps data to make the video run with its full effects. I'm guessing that the program wants to use both recent images and ones from several years back. That said: I tried several different addresses and got the same messages every time. I tried:
  • My house
  • The old Henry Weinhardt's Brewery
  • Hotel Laguna
  • Catalina Island Pier

None of these had enough Maps data. If anyone comes across an address with enough history let me know.

Okay last couple things...

The site will also tell you it works best with Google's browser (Chrome). I ran the program on my Mac running Firefox, it seemed to do its thing just fine. That said, here's a link to download Chrome if you want it.

When the video starts, multiple browser windows will appear - don't close them, just let it run. You should, however, minimize the main browser window.

Read more about it and see more screengrabs, or go to thewildernessdowntown.com to see what it's all about.