First Person Mario

I’ve always wondered what World 1-1 looked like from Mario’s perspective. I know now (though I’m not sure about the one-block-wide floor; I always assumed there was some depth there – but then why wouldn’t Mario just go round the Goombas? Ah, I’m arguing with myself about Mario Theory again.)

Via The Daily What

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Google Launch Tsunami Person Finder

Good on Google. In the aftermath of today’s massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Google have set up a simple ‘person finder’ to enable anyone looking for someone or with information about someone who is missing to concentrate their efforts online in seconds.

I also heard on BBC News this morning a man proclaiming that Facebook had “saved the world” as it had enabled him to be sure his loved ones were safe almost as soon as the tsunami happened – and Twitter is proving as invaluable a source of breaking news as ever. It’s great to know that these tools, while ostensibly invented mostly for fun, can be of such amazing use in such dark times.

Google Person Finder

[Via Engadget]

 

Snake Snake Snake Snake

Some mathematical ponderings on plastic snakes from a lady called Vi Hart. I continue to be overawed by people who see the beauty of mathematics in everything, or even consider trying to write binary messages in the coloured segments of snake bodies, like Vi does here. My brain just doesn’t work that way – so it’s a treat to watch someone whose does.

The £99 iPad on Orange

It’s now possible, at Orange.co.uk,  to buy a brand-new iPad for £99 – providing you take on a 24 month 3G data contract at £25 per month (£27 if you’re not already an Orange customer).

Now, those in the know would say you’d be mad to take this offer today. Engadget and others are reporting that Apple’s announcement of the expected iPad 2 update could be taking place as soon as this time next week. The iPad 2 will likely feature front and rear cameras for the rather swish Facetime video calling, as well as being lighter, thinner and generally more desirable than the current model. Why would you commit to a two-year contract today when the first-gen iPad will be obsolete in less than a week?

Well, I suppose, because it won’t be obsolete – it just won’t be new. It will have (and presumably continue to accept) the latest software updates pushed from Apple and the majority of (non-camera based) apps in the App Store will still work on it. It won’t be as fast, as smooth or as light as the iPad 2, but, like those people who picked up cheap iPhone 3GS’s this time last year, it won’t have cost you nearly as much as Johnny Early Adopter paid for his.

The Motorola Xoom running Honeycomb

A 10-inch refresh of last year's promising Galaxy Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having said all that, there’s plenty of reasons to hold fire in the tablet market right now. Android tablets are just starting to get really interesting with Google’s rather impressive tablet-tailored Honeycomb iteration on systems like the star-of-the-Superbowl  Motorola Xoom and with a new 10.1 inch version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in the offing too.

At £99 an out-of-date iPad is sorely tempting to someone like me – i.e. skint – but as with the special shelf of busted tins and squished eclairs at Sainsbury’s, I’m think I’m going to keep walking this time.

Djay for iPad

I definitely want an iPad – this is no secret. I also like to think I’m not too shabby at picking cool records to play and upset people with. At a friend’s wedding this year I played to no less than 3 people. Two of them said my music taste was “shit”. But I had fun – and now an app called Djay has come along to make me want an iPad even more.

You can select from any of the stored iTunes music on there and it can do things like beatmatching which is very important for the sort of DJs who like to do anything more spectacular than slowly dragging the crossfader to the opposite side when your first song’s almost finished.

Via Macrumors

This might be good… The Sony Ericsson LiveView

The Sony Ericsson LiveView, a Bluetooth accessory for Android that will show notifications from your phone and let you control the music player, among other things, now has a UK price and date. It’s listed on Amazon at £55.99 with a date of 22nd November – and I have to say it looks pretty sweet.

It’s not too bad a price for what it can do – I can imagine using it on a watchstrap to control my HTC Desire’s music player (which it is, apparently, compatible with) and to read texts and stuff. Also to show off my status as an awesome gadget-owning nerd-hero.

Via Engadget

Super Mario Bros on Violin

OK, so this video is really old in internet terms – but I just saw it so it’s worth sharing.

The way this guy includes the incidental sound from Super Mario Bros? O.M.Goodness.

This is some of the most memorable and meaningful music of my life – which makes it all the more exciting that on December 3rd Nintendo is releasing Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition. This is exciting enough in itself (All-Stars was the first game I got with my SNES and I played that cart to death), but the fact that it comes with an audio CD of classic Mario music from Bros. all the way to Galaxy? Sold, my friends.