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  1. JSDB.io - The Database of JavaScript Libraries

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  2. "So the interpreter gives up and shouts out a parse error. Imagine you’re running down the streets of Manhattan at supersonic speed. The sidewalk on 35th street has some cracks in it, so you trip. But you’re going so fast that you land on 39th street and dirty the pavement with your blood and guts. Then a traffic safety officer comes over and says, “Hey! There’s a problem with 39th street! Someone’s soiled the sidewalk with their innards!” That’s what the PHP interpreter is doing, in this case."
    PHP Debugging Basics by David Sklar, author of Learning PHP 5
  3. laughingsquid:

Norman Joseph Woodland (1921-2012), Inventor of the Barcode
  4. Tower and Trees.

    Tower and Trees.

  5. Trees and sky.

    Trees and sky.

  6. Unconventional Video Game Graphics

    September 25, 2012

    Not that I’m complaining, but most video games today tend to feature hyper-realistic 3D graphics, or Manga and Anime stylings. In addition (especially among indie and mobile developers), retro pixel art is enjoying a resurgence among veteran gamers while exposing a new generation to this classic style.

    But occasionally, a developer will release a game that takes a few risks with art direction. And if done right, it can really pay off. Here’s a short list (in no particular order) of games that have unconventional visual styles.

    LIMBO

    by Playdead

    Platforms: Xbox 360 (XBLA), PlayStation 3 (PSN), Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, OnLive

    Entirely in black & white, LIMBO features a grainy, eerie environment. Despite being only in black & white, there’s a considerable amount of depth and subtly. +1 for sweet parallax! More Videos and Screens can be found at the Developer’s site.

    And Yet It Moves

    by Broken Rules

    Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, WiiWare, Onlive

    Visually, a personal favourite of mine, And Yet It Moves utilizes a ripped paper and mixed media approach notable for using elements not rendered solely from a digital imaging tool. Broken Rules also has another game great looking game called Chasing Aurora.

    flOw

    by That Game Company

    Platforms: Adobe Flash, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable

    flOw is the antithesis of the typical video. No HUD, no grimacing steroidal protagonist, no giant Anime sword, just serene music and minimal, fluid graphics. Gamers may also notice the similarities of this and the first stage of EA's Spore.

    Another World

    by Eric Chahi

    SPOILER ALERT: The following video contains a walk-through of the entire game!

    Platforms: Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, DOS, Mega Drive, SNES, Mac OS, 3DO, Tapwave Zodiac, Mega-CD, GBA, Mobile phone (Symbian OS), Windows, Windows Mobile, iOS, Android

    Another World blew me away with its graphics when I first played it in the mid 90s. Granted, some of the graphics weren’t as slick as mainstream titles, even at the time, but few games managed to achieve such a cinematic experience without the use of live action footage.

    What’s particularly interesting is how much technology influenced the art style. The author relied on flat polygonal shapes in order to achieve the visual effects and manage to keep the file size small enough to have the game distributed on floppy disk. Not only did this allow the game to have cinematic animation, but the clean simplicity of the untextured polygons creates a very unique look.

    The graphics have been updated over the years but I still remain partial to the original.

    BONUS: The game’s author has written a nice overview of the history and development on the game’s official site. Well worth the read.

    Machinarium

    by Amanita Design

    Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3 (PSN), PlayStation Vita, iPad 2, BlackBerry PlayBook, Android

    The “doodle” thing has become a trend and can sometimes feel a bit tossed off, but when you have something as stylistically cohesive as Machinarium, you’ve got a real winner. You can play a free demo right from the Machinarium site.

    Journey

    by That Game Company

    Platform: PlayStation 3

    Another entry from That Game Company. I didn’t want to post two entries from the same company, but you can’t really argue with these graphics.

    Kirby’s Epic Yarn

    by Good-Feel/HAL Laboratory

    Platform: Wii

    Like And Yet It Moves, another mixed media game, this time with string and fabric.

    Little Big Planet

    by Media Molecule

    Speaking of fabric and mixed media, Little Big Planet has some of the best game creative I’ve seen in a long time—and I don’t just mean the textures. The depth of the world and the unique elements are very impressive. Tons more video and screenshots here.

    Incredipede

    by Northway Games

    Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

    Although this list isn’t ranked, this one pretty much takes the cake for in terms of art direction. Woodcut artwork? In a game? Wow. And serif fonts in a non-RPG? Radical. The game is four years in the making and you can see a drastic evolution in game art here.

  7. The shape of jazz, Ornette Coleman.

(Source: LondonJazzCollector)

    The shape of jazz, Ornette Coleman.

    (Source: LondonJazzCollector)

  8. Retrospaced Windows Phone Game

    September 13, 2012

    wpgame:

    Market Download

    M.S.cxc Say

    Retrospaced, in this game, you control a plane, you can move to evade the enemy aircraft, and then to shoot at the enemy, at the time of shooting, you need to select the angle of shooting.

    Preview

    Youtube Video

    Free Game

    Resource War Space Traveler Escape Fresh Cap

    Nice to see more shooters in the Windows Phone Marketplace!

  9. Coltrane (Source).

    Coltrane (Source).

  10. laughingsquid:

Tiny Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Sandwiches

I don’t have anything relevant about Windows Phone or gaming to post (although I could/should have posted something about the new [Lumia 920](http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/nokia-lumia-920-official-dual-core-1-5ghz-snapdragon-s4-cpu-wi/)) but instead, I’m posting something relevant to LIFE ITSELF: Peanut Butter.

    laughingsquid:

    Tiny Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Sandwiches

    I don’t have anything relevant about Windows Phone or gaming to post (although I could/should have posted something about the new [Lumia 920](http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/nokia-lumia-920-official-dual-core-1-5ghz-snapdragon-s4-cpu-wi/)) but instead, I’m posting something relevant to LIFE ITSELF: Peanut Butter.

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