Gus Van Sant, Corewar, shell pasta, science

Friday, April 10, 2009

Corewar screen Today Portland-based director Gus Van Sant supposedly announced his next project via Twitter: “My next film is Dustin Lance Black’s adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’. It’s going to be really funny.” I am very excited to see what Van Sant does with Wolfe’s excellent book on Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters.

This new Sam Rockwell film Moon looks like it could be really good. Check out the cool poster and watch the trailer.

Analysis: Corewar – The Ultimate Video Game?” is a great article if you’re interested in early computer gaming/programming. Here’s an excerpt:

Corewar was first popularized in a series of articles printed as part of the Scientific American column “Computer Recreations,” a successor of Martin Gardner’s legendary Mathematical Games. This puts it in the same kind of company as John Horton Conway’s Game of Life, the prototypical cellular automata.

See this related post I wrote almost six years ago: “Junk food research (and Turing machines).”

Tweeting in Oregon

Multicolored pasta poster Now you can follow Travel Portland on Twitter and get PDX advice and recommendations by adding the identifier #inpdx to your tweet. Welcome to the “Twisitor Center.”

Multicolored shell pasta

I just wanted to follow-up on this tweet with a rainbow pasta photo that’s exactly what I was talking about. (The inset photo is actually a poster you can buy.) Yum. But I don’t know of any macaroni that comes in solid blue.

Thai postpacks

Also wanted to follow-up this tweet with a photo of the very cute Thailand Post padded envelope I received in the mail.

Science articles

These two stories are a little scary: “Military sonar blamed for mass dolphin strandings” and “Friendly ‘Death Star’ Laser to Recreate Sun’s Power.”

Also, a scientist in Italy predicted the recent devastating earthquake, but was officially denounced in court: “Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction.” Hmm.

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