Capn Design

October 2009

This month I posted 13 entries, crafted 63 tweets, listened to 40 songs, watched 16 videos, bookmarked 1 site, took 5 photos and favorited 15 things.

This Pizza Box Turns into Plates and a Storage Container

They call it green, but I call it smart. Win win.

Myron Rolle Skips the NFL Draft to Be a Rhodes Scholar

"Rolle plans to carve his own legacy after Oxford by attending medical school and becoming a neurosurgeon. He has started a foundation that is building a medical clinic and recreation center on a remote island in the Bahamas." This guy sounds like a real d-bag.

Tracy Morgan Shows an Introspective Side to Terry Gross

While promoting his new book, Tracy makes it clear that he's not always the character you see on 30 Rock.

Canabalt Tips & Tricks

Posted October 19, 2009

I don't want to over-Canabalt all of you, but bear with me as I get this out of my system. Below are a few items, some of them obvious, that might make the game a little easier for you.

  • Going too fast? Run into a box. The game takes longer, but going slower makes it a lot easier.
  • Tapping the screen more lightly results in a lower jump.
  • You can play the game using your own music. If you have a song playing when you launch the app, it will lay the sound effects over that. If you are a serious nerd about it, you could have a song that is silent so you can focus on the sounds of the game.
  • When a bomb is dropped, it makes a noise one building's-length before it lands.
  • A bomb always lands in the dead center of the building
Sorry You Married Me — Finding an Anniversary Card

Claire perfectly explains why anniversary cards are inadequate. In the end she wants a card that says, "Being married to you is fun! Let's do it another year at least. I heart you." Couldn't agree more.

Know Your Meme: Geddan Get Down

Posted October 18, 2009

Know Your Meme is my favorite video podcast. Even for someone like me who probably knows a little too much about the internet, I'm constantly learning new things. This site is also great for anyone who is confused by "The Twitter" and "FaceSpace".

The video above is my newest favorite episode. I suggest you watch it.

Stadium Franco Sensi

Posted October 17, 2009


This is the proposed design for Rome's new soccer stadium. I'm not sure if I like it, but it feels like the future.

the stadium's skin is surrounded by a perimeter band and screens. through the use of advanced technology systems messages will be communicated on the exterior using the latest generation LED devices.

More pictures and more information can be found at Designboom.

Audio Analysis of the Beatles Multitrack Masters

"While digging through Usenet, I stumbled on these three unidentified tracks that pick apart three of the Beatles' original multitrack masters, isolating and highlighting pieces from 'She's Leaving Home,' 'A Day in the Life,' and 'Come Together.'"

Is 30 Rock in Danger of Becoming Will & Grace?

Todd VanDerWerff of the A.V. Club argues that 30 Rock is primarily about great one-liners and lacks a good storyline, which means we may be in danger of growing weary of the shtick. I hope he's wrong.

A Great Interview with John Mayer

"What do you think about health care? Would you take the public option?" "Have you ever heard me play guitar? I'm really fucking good. You know what I'm bad at? Answering questions about public health care. This is not in my wheelhouse. Do you have any questions about music?" John Mayer just went up 2 points in my book. [via Dan]

Introducing: Canabalt High Scores

Posted October 14, 2009

20091014canabalt.pngI am becoming obsessed with the iPhone game Canabalt. In the game, you run and jump for as long as you can before you die. Maybe not revolutionary, but it's damn fun.

My biggest problem with the game is that the only way to share your scores is to tweet them. You have a leaderboard on your phone, but it's not global. And since I'm so awesome at the game and Sippey asked nicely, I built a public leaderboard based on people's tweets.

That's right, the world now has a Canabalt Scoreboard.

For those who are technically minded, I have a script that hits the Twitter search API every few minutes and grabs people's scores. I went back as far as Twitter would allow to grab old data and I'm ignoring scores from people (cheaters) who posted from the web and not the API (which sucks for me as I've gotten 16k+, but didn't tweet it).

That's it! Good luck, Canabalters.

Beep Baseball - Baseball for the blind

Ainsley, Kottke's fill-in, explains beep baseball, but this video does a great job of explaining the sport and pulls at your heartstrings.

Gyrowheel Makes Learning to Ride a Bike Easier

The video is impressive. The wheel has a variety of settings, so they rely on the gyrowheel less and less until they don't need it anymore.

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