Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Da Vinci's Challenge 3000" by Paul Micarelli

I'm ending the year 2013 with a look to the future...

There is a likelihood that the strategy game I created, "Da Vinci's Challenge," could be back on the market next year.

The game has an ancient theme, due to the long history of the Flower of Life symbol featured on the game board.
Despite this classic heritage, maybe one day it will be made into a sleek, high-tech version... by laser wielding robots!

That's the scenario I was imagining when making this addition to my 3D art gallery:  



Monday, December 30, 2013

Fractal Snowflake Zoom

If there was one subject that I'd have to say is essential to understanding the reality we experience, it would be- Fractals.

The  Monkey Buddha Archives:

Fractal geometry is the closest conceptual model we have to the recursive & endlessly detailed structure of our world.

This is a hypnotic animation I saw on Oerbital, of a particular fractal edge known as a Koch Snowflake.

Like all fractal animations, it's basically a 2.5 dimensional image- a flat picture, but with virtual "depth" that can be zoomed in & out in infinite, self-similar detail:


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Super-Brained Monkey

I saw this on fusion anomalog & it cracked me up.

This already-intelligent monkey's 'super brain' has produced an Evolution Accelerator:


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Craziness 2013

It's Christmas time, marking the ending of yet another year.
Time to celebrate the rest of 2013!

Here's some funny Holiday goodies I've come across recently...

The magic of Photoshop is far superior to the magic of Christmas:


Speaking of "magic", some interesting thoughts about the origins of Christmas

Inhabitat:

The horrifying reason that Santa has a beard:


Never forget to fight the annual Fox News-sponsored "War on Christmas™"


Finally, a moving rendition of "Silent Night":




Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lord Hanuman Demands Equal Representation!


This is pretty funny-

After a monument featuring the 10 Commandments was placed on Oklahoma's state capitol grounds, Satan worshipers & also Hindu devotees of the monkey-god Hanuman are now petitioning to have their faiths represented, too.

Raw Story:

This is what happens in America when you try to impose your religious ideology onto the rest of the public...

Every other religious group will (rightly) demand equal recognition under the law. This is not a Christian nation, despite the endless arguments from people who confuse their religious tradition with civic law. America is a country of secular government, but was founded on religious freedom & tolerance for all beliefs.

You can worship any damn thing you please - Jesus, Satan, Hanuman, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc. Just don't impose your reality tunnel on the rest of us.




Monday, December 16, 2013

Game Review: "Deus Ex- Human Revolution"



I recently finished "Deus Ex: Human Revolution". The concept & story was interesting enough to make it worthwhile for me, but in my opinion the actual game play could have been much better.

Deus Ex takes place in the near future, 2027, where humans are physically merging with machines to an unprecedented degree. People with cybernetic augmentations are called "Augs," and they have abilities that are unavailable to natural humans.

As a result of the inevitable socio-political tensions that arise from one group having an advantage over another, an anti-augmentation movement forms, called "Purity First".

Far from being a mindless waste of time, games like this can actually offer powerful commentary on ethical issues like human augmentation & the role of technology in our evolution. These are emerging problems that are already in the news, and we are going to have to deal with very soon.

NOVA:

Gizmodo:

io9:

New Scientist:



Deus Ex is a 1st-person RPG shooter, so it has role-playing elements for the character interactions. Although I like the idea of influencing the story through the player's decisions, it was a little too much talking for my tastes. I've recently started the Mass Effect series, which also features alot of narrative and decision-making elements. It is much more seamless in that game experience, though. My main problem with that kind of interactivity is that I sit there trying to think of all the possible outcomes for any given choice of dialogue. Pondering these choices, combined with taking my time to look at all the visual elements, results in this kind of game taking me forever to play!


 
The setting of this game features futuristic locations such as Hengsha (Shanghai), where an upper metropolis level called "The Pangu" towers over the lower city. There is a predictable class division that results from this physical separation of the population.


Although the sci-fi look of the game is cool, the amber color that dominates most of the environments makes everything feel very bland & monotone overall. The city areas are much more open & engaging than the levels that are indoor corridors. The last level is an anti-climatic Arctic base that is mostly hallways. The enemies and firefights are pretty intense in those close quarters, though.

The main character is Adam Jensen, a security officer who got injured in a terrorist ambush. When he came out of his coma, he was augmented with military-grade cybernetic enhancements. He was given these implants & prosthetics by his employer, the biotech company Sarif Industries.

The character of Jensen is basically a clone of Neo from The Matrix- from his look to his voice. It's not too annoying, just not very original. He has all kinds of awesome powers to upgrade throughout the game resulting from his cyber-enhancements. He can increase his physical abilities, such as jumping over 9 ft. high, lifting heavy objects, and sprinting faster. There are also many sensory upgrades like being able to see through walls, targeting improvements, and stealth capabilities like cloaking.

My biggest criticism is one that applies to many games- even ones I really enjoy, like Assassin's Creed. By the time you have your character anywhere near to being fully leveled up... the game is over!!! Deus Ex has all these awesome augmented abilities for your character, but most of them aren't unlocked until the final chapters. Just as you are getting to enjoy these kick-ass superpowers, you realize there's not much game time left to use them.

Overall, it's a good game whose thought-provoking content & ideas about the future of humanity held my attention more than the mediocre game play or its spotty action.

• The Monkey Buddha's official rating: 7.5

Friday, December 13, 2013

Flying Dream


Last weekend, I took a nice afternoon nap, & had a dream where I was flying.

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Luckily, I've trained myself to remember my dreams. I've experienced 'dream flight' several times before, & each time it's like riding a bike. It feels a little weird at first, as you get used to mentally propelling yourself off the ground. Then, you can go higher & faster until you're soaring into the atmosphere.. if you can handle it.

This dream took place at my parents' house. There was a BBQ in the backyard, with a lot of family & friends there. I suddenly realized that I was in a dream & able to fly. I was showing the kids how I was hovering by propelling invisible energy out of my hands, like Iron Man. Then,

I started flying up at the tops of the trees around the house. I was baffled, though, because nobody there seemed too impressed that I was doing this amazing feat! I decided to leave the party, so I started flying away really fast, straight through the trees in the woods... & that's the last thing I remember.


*On a related note, I was reading a Reddit post about the idea that your mind is processing crazy scenarios all throughout your sleep, but the dreams that you remember are basically quickly compiled in the process of waking up.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Welcome to the Internet

If you are new to the The Internet, have no fear!

Your helpful guide to surfing the Virtual Universe has arrived...

Click to begin your journey
http://monkeybuddha.blogspot.com/

"Welcome to the Internet,
Please Follow Me."

'Evolution' Shadow Sculpture


On io9, I saw this video of a 3D sculpture that can be rotated to form different shadows.

The artist is J. V. Muntean & this particular shadow sculpture, Evolution 1, can be rotated three ways to show the development of man from an ape-like creature.

These ingenious constructions can be seen as a metaphor- for the idea that the changing forms we see in the world around us are only slices of higher-dimensional space

Like Plato's "Allegory of the Cave", our senses can't directly perceive these higher forms. We only experience the "shadows" they project into our awareness in 3D space.


Funny Monkey Photo Gallery

I can't resist a gallery of funny monkey pics, This one is from The Chive:



Sunday, December 08, 2013

Pleasing the Client

As a professional designer, I've learned that the most important thing is to give the client what they want. Luckily, most of the clients I've dealt with have enough experience & good taste to make decent design decisions.

Sometimes, the client's requests can clash with the artist's vision for a design. One of the challenges of graphic art is to incorporate everything requested, while making it all look good.

I've also learned NOT to show concepts that I really hate as an option- because that will inevitably be the one that is chosen!

I can definitely relate to this comic strip by Jesie Castro, showing the danger of trying to use reverse psychology in the design process. I saw it posted on the hilarious website Clients from Hell:


Also relevant:
The Oatmeal:


Thursday, December 05, 2013

Hubble Image: Messier 15 Star Cluster

Recently, Hubble Telescope added another image to it's amazing collection. This is the Messier 15 star cluster, one of the densest areas of stellar bodies yet discovered.

Looking into this photo of millions of stars, that are billions of years old, is like gazing directly into infinity...

spacetelescope.org:



Monday, December 02, 2013

"Pristine" by Paul Micarelli

I've added another image to my online gallery of 3D art: 


This scene shows a crystal-clear sky temple, containing a pristine gold relic in the shape of a star tetrahedron.  

This is a sacred geometric figure- a 3D version of the religious symbol known as the "Star of David" or the "Seal of Solomon".

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ultimately ALL 'laws' & 'rights' are just figments of the collective imagination- fluid and subject to interpretation. 

They serve as abstract guides in the never-ending balance between individual freedom & social order.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was recognized by the United Nations in 1948. It is a set of ideals that most people would agree we should strive toward.

This excellent illustration of these moral guidelines was featured on Zen Pencils:


(click to enlarge)

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Unlikely Threat of Buddhist Terrorism



My friend posted this Onion article on Facebook & I thought it was pretty funny.

It demonstrates why there aren't many Buddhist extremist groups engaging in terrorism.

Being more of a philosophy of the mind than a religious ideology, Buddhism tends to involve giving up the the attachment to ideas & opinions which usually lead to a sense of of moral certitude.

Also, "unleashing peace & tranquility" would not be very effective at scaring people into accepting your political agenda.

The Onion:


This is almost as absurd as the portrayal of The Mandarin as a fake terrorist in Iron Man 3...

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Oscar Paradox

When I was a kid, I watched Sesame Street all the time. My favorite character from the show is still the grumpy green monster that lives in a trash can- Oscar the Grouch.

On this isn't happiness, I saw these funny instructions from Oscar on learning to be miserable. It's like a Grouch version of a Zen koan, a paradox or unsolvable riddle.

They are from a kid's book & record set called "How to be a Grouch". It's an entertaining look into the life of a Grouch, like Oscar.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Meaning of Life by Alan Watts

Alan Watts was one of the people responsible for bringing Eastern thought, such as Zen Buddhism, to Western culture.

His book, self-referentially titled, "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are," was one that profoundly expanded my worldview when I read it in college.

Since then, I have listened to many of his lectures & talks online.

I recently found this excellent quote that really does cut to the reality of our situation.

There is NO inherent or external "meaning" or "purpose" to Life. Any significance we give to our existence comes from the judgement of our own mind. This is not a nihilistic view. It's simply a recognition of the fact that we inhabit infinity.


"The meaning of Life is just to be alive.
It is so plain and obvious and so simple.
And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic
as if it were necessary to achieve something 
beyond themselves."

Friday, November 15, 2013

3 Media Monkeys

This version of 'The 3 Wise Monkeys' has been updated for our modern media environment, including monkey bloggers-  

"Hear All Evil, See All Evil, Post All Evil".

I like this version better because I prefer the freedom to experience & observe ALL things, regardless of their perceived moral value.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Minimalist Movie Posters

On BoingBoing, I saw this really cool set of minimalist movie posters. They all shared a common template below, which was used to convey the themes of various films.

by Michal Krasnopolski
 

Of course, I love the Star Wars ones, but there are other great solutions to this self-imposed design problem.

 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi



"Psychedelic Symbiosis"

I've added another image to my gallery of 3D art that I've been posting online:


This is an observation of the similarity between the mycelia of fungi and the physical connection of brain cells.

This branching connectivity is a feature that is inherent at all scales of reality.


Saturday, November 09, 2013

Eastern Aristocratic Monkeys

I saw these paintings on BoingBoing & thought they were pretty cool.

They are paintings of dignified monkeys, dressed as aristocrats in oriental styles.

 I love the gallery description: "Lindsey Carr’s exquisite watercolor and gouache paintings evoke the specter of Audubon if he had spent time in a Chinese opium den."

Here is the website for the artist's show:

Lindsey Carr 
("The Small Monkey"), at Roq La Rue Gallery


 
"Who Am I?"  
(detail)


"Foreign Medicine"

Left-Handed "Silver Surfer Syndrome"

I saw this pic on The Chive & immediately had flashbacks to my grade school art classes.

As a left-hander, the unavoidable smearing from pencils & erasable ink pens drove me nuts. I eventually began placing another piece of paper under my left hand while writing.

Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if I had seen it as a transformation into one of my favorite characters, The Silver Surfer.



Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Tesla and the Secrets of the Universe

Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and perhaps in all of human history.

He invented A/C electricity, wireless communications, beam weapons, and countless other ideas that have still not been realized.

Tesla was far ahead of his time, but luckily his work & wisdom live on. His insights still inform the human race of the infinite possibilities within our reality, waiting to be discovered.

This is a great quote about the nature of the Universe:

"If you want to find 
the secrets of the Universe, 
think in terms of 
energy, frequency, and vibration."

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Game Review: "Assassin's Creed: Revelations"


 This weekend I finished "Assassin's Creed: Revelations," the fourth title in the series.



I usually prefer to play open-world games, where you are free to roam around and engage missions whenever you choose. Since I only play casually, the vast amount of content & area to explore in these games means it takes me months to finish a title. (Recently, my Playstation has been mostly a Batman & Assassin's Creed machine...)

The rich, vivid re-creations of historical cities in all the Assassin's Creed games make the virtual time-traveling well worth it. "Assassin's Creed II", & "Brotherhood", both took place in Renaissance Rome, following the adventures of the Italian assassin Ezio Auditore. "Revelations" takes Ezio to Constantinople, the city in modern-day Turkey that was the center of the Byzantine empire. It was also a Roman & Ottoman capital at different times- a cosmopolitan city where Eastern & Western culture intermingled.


The Eastern influences in the Byzantine architecture, clothing, & decoration in the city are an interesting change from the styles seen in the Italian cities in "AC II" & "Brotherhood". The amazing level of detail in the cities are probably the thing I enjoy the most about these games. They are the closest thing we currently have to experiencing what the world was like back then. The talent & vision of the teams who create these virtual environments is truly impressive. As I've said in other game reviews, I spend alot of time just roaming around & observing the many details in different
parts of the map.



The game play is not much different from the other AC titles. Most of the missions involve stalking targets using stealth tactics, tailing people without being seen, or battling large groups of enemies. It is not repetitive enough to be boring, but there is nothing really novel in the mission objectives. Still, the story & side missions are fun overall.

There's a fair amount of platforming & environmental challenges, but not as many as previous games. The one that stands out was climbing the inside of the famous landmark the Hagia Sophia. I have a slight aversion to heights & platforming segments that simulate high areas always makes my hands sweat a little! By the time I had reached the top of the Hagia Sophia's interior, climbing across ropes & precarious ledges, my heart rate had definitely gone up.



In "Revelations", the story of Ezio is masterfully intertwined with Altaïr, the assassin from the Middle Ages who was featured in the original "Assassin's Creed". The story follows the historical struggle between two secret groups, the Assassins & the Templars. These two factions are trying to control powerful technology, in the form of relics from The First Civilization. This is a race of highly-advanced humanoid beings who existed before mankind. In fact, they originally created humans as a type of slave labor, similar to the myths of the Sumerian Annunaki.

Thousands of years ago, the genetically-engineered humans rebelled against their masters. The resulting war distracted everyone from a cosmic cataclysm, that almost wiped out both races. Afterward, they tried to come together & rebuild, but for various reasons the First Civilization ended up becoming extinct. They left behind remnants of their advanced tech & holographic avatars to guide the hybrid descendants of humans & "Ones Who Came Before". The hope is that, with enough warning, precautions can be taken to prevent another catastrophe from wiping out the planet's inhabitants yet again.

With this story as a backdrop, you are actually playing as Desmond Miles, the modern day descendant of the assassins. He has been accessing his ancestors' "genetic memories," via a virtual reality machine called The Animus. So, when you play as Ezio or Altaïr, you are really playing as Desmond virtually experiencing the lives of his ancestors. He was held captive by the Templar front company Abstergo, but is now back with his fellow Assassins as everyone is searching for technology called "Pieces of Eden".

In this game, Desmond's mind has begun to fragment, from the strain of all his virtual trips into The Animus. To prevent his mind from completely falling apart, his consciousness is stored in some deep part of the computer. It manifests in an area called "Animus Island," where he must go through several 1st-person environmental mazes. These sequences take place in minimalistic, but surrealistic dream-like architecture. Desmond's missions on Animus Island are a side aspect of the game that can be accessed from the menu at any time.



Of course, most of the action follows Ezio as he carries out missions & searches for keys that will allow him to unlock Altaïr's library, where a Piece of Eden has been hidden.

This was a very satisfying conclusion to Ezio's storyline, even if you have to wait until the end to really get some "Wow!" moments. He was a well-developed character, who was alot of fun to play. Following the many events in the lives of both Ezio & Altaïr give you a deep sense of identifying with the historical struggle of these characters to keep their secret order alive, while they were also trying to grow personally.


If you are willing to invest the time, the Assassin's Creed series is a quality production of the highest order. The visuals are stunning, gameplay is engaging, and the storyline makes you think about ideas like virtual reality, the mysteries of genetic information, and the interconnected history & future of humanity.

• Official Monkey Buddha Rating: 8.5

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monkeys in Creepy Masks

For Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to post this photo series I saw recently.

In southeast Asia, monkeys are used as street performers & often have strange costumes or unsettling doll masks, like the ones in these pictures.

TIME:
Terrifying Portraits of Indonesia’s 
Street-Performing Macaques

They are are like little creatures out of a strange, horrifying nightmare!

Thankfully, it seems like some action is taken to prevent the abuse of these animals.


by Finnish photographer Perttu Saksa




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Roundhand Lettering Demo

I'm a professional designer, so I consider myself to be very creative. However, when I see people with this kind of skill & talent, it also makes me realize the limits of my abilities.

In this video, master pinstriper Glen Weisgerber shows his technique for roundhand lettering. It always amazes me to see artists do freehand work like this.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

How to Confuse an Idiot

How do you confuse an idiot???
It's easy, & hilarious.

Click this link to see...


http://monkeybuddha.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-confuse-idiot.html


Friday, October 25, 2013

Contract with the Universe

I saw this on Dedroidify & thought it was pretty awesome.

It is a "contract" between The Universe & the 'Life Form' reading it:

click for larger size:

It was originally posted on the Facebook page for Symphony of Science.

Seeing the terms of our existence spelled out like this makes you realize how lucky we are to have such a rare chance at Life.

The whole idea is great - humorous & profound at the same time. I especially like how The Universe's signature is a brushstroke containing a vista of space.

So, are you living up to your end of the agreement?...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"White Lotus Flower" & "Under the Big Green Leaf"

I added a couple new items to the Photography section of my Cafepress shop.

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

They are both pictures I took at Longwood Gardens, which is full of amazing sights. 

The first is a radiant white lotus flower against the dark water of a pond. 

The lotus is a symbol of spiritual growth & enlightenment, emerging from the murky depths of our mundane physical existence.



The second photo is an abstract close-up, underneath a large leaf.

I really like the veins & the flowing texture inside the bright green areas.





Sunday, October 20, 2013

Movie Review: "Gravity"

This weekend, I went to see the movie "Gravity" in 3D.


I saw the trailer for the movie & read the rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. I love anything related to outer space, so I definitely wanted to see it. I'm glad that I did, because it was an awesome movie that's as close as most of us will ever get to the experience of being an astronaut. Basically, the story follows Bullock's character, as she is separated from the space shuttle and must keep finding her way to temporary safety while in space.





From the very beginning, the cinematography is amazing. The movie opens with a beautiful vista of our home planet, Earth, that fills the movie screen. A white speck comes into view orbiting the planet, that slowly pans into the space shuttle on which the astronauts, played by Sandra Bullock & George Clooney, are working. This beautifully gradual zoom is the first scene in a movie full of awesome camera work, effects, & editing, The scenes alternately go between the wide, empty vacuousness of outer space, & the up-close, personal situations of the astronauts. There are points where you even get a 1st person view from Sandra Bullock's perspective, such as looking out from inside her helmet as she's taking it off. However, all these viewpoints flow together seamlessly into a very suspenseful virtual ride in Earth's orbit.

The movie does an excellent job at making the viewer feel the crushing isolation that one must feel in the vast emptiness of space. It also shows how physically vulnerable we human beings are out there, without the help of our technology and intelligence.


Neil DeGrasse Tyson has famously criticized some of the scientific inaccuracies in Gravity. However, he also said there was a lot that was right with the movie & that he enjoyed it. I'm pretty well-informed about science, so there were a few pretty big errors that I saw during the movie. For instance, the distance between the different country's space stations are probably much farther apart then they are portrayed. Also, there's simply no way any human being could endure the craziness & physical punishment that Sandra Bullock's character had to go through. Despite my inevitable criticisms, these pale in comparison to the experience of being in space that "Gravity" simulates.

I've posted here before about mankind's destiny to travel among the stars. This movie reveals how pathetically little we've truly adapted to life in space. We have barely transitioned to surviving just outside our atmosphere. We literally have light-years to go before we are ready for extensive space travel, even within our own galaxy.

There are also deep themes of rebirth & transformation throughout the film, such as scenes of Bullock in a fetal position inside a womb-like space capsule. She also emerges from water in a baptismal scene where she can be said to be re-born. Like the classic "2001: A Space Odyssey," these scenes could also allude to the transformation of humanity, into a new being that exists beyond the confines of our current world.


"Gravity" was an awe-inspiring movie that helps put our feeble, yet miraculous, lives into a much wider perspective. I recommend it for anyone who loves science, astronauts, or just a great thrill ride through the deadly darkness of outer space.

Official Monkey Buddha Rating: 8.5


Friday, October 18, 2013

Monkey Computer Publishing

Since I'm posting monkey gifs, here's one that shows a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how The Monkey Buddha blog is published.

This is how all my thoughts are carefully transferred into the virtual world of the Internets...


seen on FFFFOUND!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Homer Simpson's Monkey Mind

In Buddhism & other spiritual practices, the purpose of meditation is to tame the "monkey mind".

It is a term to describe the normal state of consciousness- in which an endless stream of thoughts & internal mental chatter interfere with the direct awareness of reality.

This state of mind is illustrated by the monkey in this animated gif, persistently banging cymbals inside Homer Simpson's head.


Wikihow:
How to Meditate

Monday, October 14, 2013

Omni Reboot

 Omni Magazine- November 1978
This is an issue from the year I was born,
featuring cover art by H.R. Giger.

When I was growing up, my Mom would take me & my siblings to the local library to check out books. My thirst for knowledge was as great back then as it is now, so I would check out a wide array of books each time I went.

I've posted before about the importance of my early reading habits to my intellectual development. Specifically, I mentioned the many interesting Usborne books I used to love as a kid- about UFO's, Monsters, Ghosts, and the Future.

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Even at a young age, these books reflected my interest in the many mysteries of the world.

Omni magazine was another publication that inspired my interest in both science & the strangeness in the Universe that science attempted to explain. I would take out 2 or 3 Omni magazines from the library at a time to read. My young, curious mind couldn't get enough of the far-out ideas in their pages.

 As a credit to the many other people the magazine inspired, Omni has finally been "rebooted" online:


There is no better medium for an intellectual forum which has been such a rich source of vision regarding technology, futurism, & Fortean phenomena.

Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, it is now also possible to go back and read old issues of the magazine, in digital format:

Internet Archive:


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Size Comparison of Sci-Fi Spaceships

Several years ago, I posted a chart showing the sizes of various spacecraft from science fiction:

The Monkey Buddha Archives:

I recently came across an even more expansive chart, comparing the sizes of a large number of sci-fi spaceships, from such stories as Star Wars, Star Trek, and even games like Halo & Deadspace.

It is an awesome reference guide to the endless possible ways that we can travel among the stars!

The chart was made by DeviantART user, DirkLoechel:

Click for a hi-res view:

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Colbert Report: "Not a Game" Government Shutdown Game



The Colbert Report is one of the few shows on TV that I consider required viewing. I've been watching since the 1st episode, & Stephen delivers consistently brilliant satire on the current state of affairs.

As can be expected, he's had a field day with all the absurdity surrounding the 2013 Government Shutdown.

The other night, he had this awesome segment that combined some of my favorite topics- politics, humor, and games!

He introduces some 'Government Shutdown' board games, such as
• "Operation: Denied Due to Pre-Existing Condition"
• "Not Sorry!"

Then, he plays the patently ridiculous, yet depressingly accurate, "Not a Game: The Government Shutdown Home Game" - based on the shenanigans surrounding the standoff around 'Obamacare' & the government shutdown.

 
The Colbert Report
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Monday, October 07, 2013

"A Night at Sea" by Paul Micarelli

I've added another image to my gallery of 3D art that I've been posting online:



A team of glowing ships silently hover over the deep ocean toward their base- a bioluminescent colony, floating on the waters of an unknown world...


by Paul Micarelli