This animated GIF first posted on a Russian message board shows what it looks like to actually beat the classic arcade game Snake. In the GIF, the player eats all 100 pellets and their snake fills the entire screen. The full playthrough took 13 minutes and 17 seconds, while the sped-up version runs two minutes and six seconds.
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“Mod Men” is a photo series created by designers at Shutterstock that explores how the world of Mad Men would look in the 21st century. Retro items that characters use in the AMC television series are compared to their modern day equivalent. You can view the full collection of images at The Shutterstock Blog.
The impact the show has had on modern culture can’t be overestimated, its influence permeating everything from filmmaking to fashion. But while it’s been steadily making everything old new again, we can’t help but wonder what things would look like if Don Draper and company were heading to work in 2013.
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I honestly don’t understand why the Helium exists. To be clear, the Helium and Air are both great, but do enough people care so much about such a small difference in size, weight, and battery to warrant two separate cases released just weeks and $20 apart? It would be more understandable if there were more space between the two, perhaps if the Air had a 2000+ mAh battery and the necessary increase in overall size. Then again, I don’t work in the battery case industry, so maybe Mophie knows something I don’t.
I had one of these for my iPhone 4 and 4S, but I’m seriously questioning if I’d ever even use one for my iPhone 5. And like Chartier, I wish they charged via Lightning rather than micro USB; I don’t want to pack the extra cable.
via Daring Fireball http://davidchartier.com/iphone-battery-juice-pack-helium-air-compare/
John Siracusa scores the mobile industry:
So who’s winning? When pondering this, I find myself thinking about dependencies. What is each company doing for itself, and in what ways does each company rely on others? I think this balance, much more than profits or market share, is what will determine long-term success. Let’s see how the players stack up.
via Daring Fireball http://hypercritical.co/2013/03/19/self-reliance
An obscure digital currency – used mostly for running drugs and laundering money for dictators – suffered a sudden crash on Wednesday, causing a minor sensation mostly among financial journalists and pundits.
I thought journalists went to school.
Don’t worry, she went on to get many more things wrong.
Responding to a petition:
The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that
consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without
risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same
principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly
similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile
device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other
obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It’s
common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and
important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant,
competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and
solid service to meet consumers’ needs.
via Daring Fireball https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7
A great interview talking about creativity and entrepreneurialism:
When somebody has high standards, it’s because they’re obsessive about the things they’re making. What sucks about that is that obsession is painful. When you’re obsessing about things, you’re subjecting yourself to the experience of being disappointed many, many times a day. It feels like that even with these videos we make. Each one is a monumental set of disappointments and figuring out problems that need to be solved in order to make something that’s presentable and not going to potentially ruin your career. At some point, you just want to relax and have it work.
via Shawn Blanc http://thegreatdiscontent.com/adam-lisagor
Earlier this month, BMW designed this outlandish 42-wheel, 19-engine dream car to the exacting specifications of a 4-year-old boy. The story began in late January when auto blog Jalopnik posted a note from a reader whose young nephew had just outlined specifications for his ultimate dream car, the “4219ELi.” Among the specifications: 19 Porsche engines (though the car had to be a BMW), 42-wheel drive, three steering wheels, and a trunk full of toys. The reader asked for artist’s renderings from the Jalopnik community and many readers complied with sketches. BMW USA responded with their own entry, a week after the original post.
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