T-Bird’s Tidbits 58-14

How do we regulate the ever soaring costs of an education, so Michigan residents can get the education they need without paying for it into their retirement years? According to the Michigan League for Human Service article “Importance of Postsecondary Education,” secondary education is vital as Michigan is shifting from a skills-based to a knowledge-based…

Cody’s Chaos Column 58-14

Prepare to catch Pac-Man Fever… again! “World’s Biggest Pac-Man” (www.worldsbiggestpacman.com) combines the familiar game play of Pac-Man with the creativity of the Sims, and the online multiplayer style of Farmville. The site allows any Facebook user to login and create their very own “Pac-Man” map, complete with dots, ghosts, fruits, and power pellets. Each exit…

Chaos Column 58-13

I’ll be the first to tell you how dissatisfied I am with the popular music of the last decade. I typically dismiss the auto-tuned, overplayed, and under-talented robot voices that have come to dominate the airwaves as of late. As a radio DJ for the last 6 years, I may know better than most my…

T-Bird’s Tidbits 58-12

The recent earth quake and resulting Tsunami have focused the entire world’s attention on the plight of Japan and her countrymen. The lack of medical supplies and the most basic of human needs such as water and food have made these necessities highly sought after, costly items. The depravity this country has been forced to…

Cody’s Chaos Column 58-12

Surely all of us recall, at some point, arranging magnetic letters on the refrigerator door. As with most things, the Internet has found a way to reinvent that adolescent activity, all the while maintaining its childishness. “Lunchtimers” (www.lunchtimers.com) is a simple web application which simulates hundreds of plastic letter magnets that you can rearrange at…

Cody’s Chaos Column 58-10

“BallDroppings.” Surprisingly something that isn’t nearly as gross as the name suggests. Quite the opposite really. The game (if you can call it that) at www.balldroppings.com is really more of an idle art form, brilliant in its subtlety. Is is a musical tone generator that works similar to programs such as the popular “Line Rider.”…

Cody’s Chaos Column 58-9

Evolution. It’s topic that can can bring as much chaos as it can progress, or in this case, inexplicable entertainment. A web application called “BoxCar2D” has taken the fundamentals of the theory, and turned them into a “genetic algorithm,” which is then applied to a succession of 2-dimensional vehicles. The vehicles are spawned and mutated…

Attempt number 56 for Cody to play "QWOP" "Qwop" property of Foddy.net

Chaos Column 58-8 – QWOP

How do you spell “frustration?” I spell it “QWOP.” “QWOP” is a free web game on foddy.net, and also available as a smart phone application that is as addicting as it is frustrating. You play as “Qwop,” an Olympic runner from some small unnamed country. The goal is simple: Run 100 meters. The bad news…

Cody’s Chaos Column 58-7

Do you enjoy anime but hate watching countless hours of filler? Well, an Internet trend has put an end to all that. It’s called “abridging,” and it has become quite popular in recent years. The first “Abridged Series” was started by a Youtube user called “littlekuriboh” in 2006, and has been running ever since. What…

Cody’s Chaos Column 58-5

Cody Kimball Webmaster An advancement in artificial intelligence (and possibly the doom of us all, depending on what science fiction films you watch) has manifested itself in a web program called “Cleverbot.” Currently the program has benevolent applications as a means of entertainment. Cleverbot, for all intensive purposes, is a computer that tries to hold…