Lazyweb: accelerometers and MAME, if you please

I keep seeing novel ideas for using the accelerometer in laptops like this Google Maps one but I’m still surprised I haven’t seen anyone port games to talk to the device.

Seriously, if anyone knows the ins and outs of gaming applications like MAME, please make me a version that I can use to play Marble Madness on my macbook. I would kill for something fun like that, using a physical interface to interact with the game. I thought it would be a matter of days after the macbooks came out that someone would do it, but I haven’t seen a game yet that interacts with the accelerometer.

update: sweet, thanks to some comments, there’s an open source marble madness type app, in addition to the standard sensor app, making a tilt game possible. Here’s a video I just shot of it in action:

Not dead yet

Normally, I can easily track people talking about or mentioning me by tracking my last name, but lately these ego searches are useless, since the corrupt former Irish PM Charles Haughey finally died (and people are dancing on his grave from the blog posts I’ve read but it sounds like he was an awful man). It was like a big DOS on my RSS reader, as my normally 3-5 hit ego searches are coming back with hundreds of items every few hours.


Thoughts from seeing Cars today (only the second time I’ve gone to the movies since Fiona was born — she was in daycare):

– Oh my god, the Ratatouille preview was awesome. Is that the sweet sound of PATTON OSWALT DOING COMEDY?! I can’t wait for Patton’s big film.

– The One Man Band short is mildly amusing, but forgettable compared to their earlier works.

– My god there are a lot of children in this theater.

– Disney once had a short cartoon about cars-as-people where an old junkyard is revisited by 50s teens and they soup up a rust bucket. The way the eyes and mouths work on these cars is pretty similar.

– The look of the film is mostly cartoonish. Here and there you see amazing super realistic digital effects (accurate reflections, atmospheric effects) but for the most part the lighting feels purposely “wrong” so everything looks like a cartoon. The Incredibles looked like little plastic/clay figures in real space — it was hyperreal but I guess talking cars are clearly fiction and the look was tailored to avoid realism.

– The film is clearly aimed at kids, with a few adult joke nods but not many. The Incredibles was total adult material while Monsters Inc. and the Toy Story series felt equally aimed at children and adults. I expected the film to work on multiple levels but it feels mostly like a very good children’s flick.

– The story is nice, but fairly simple and not particularly strong for a Pixar film. I know they spend 5-6 years working on scripts there and every Pixar film has been amazing. This is probably their weakest effort, but it’s still good. It just felt a bit weak for a Pixar project.

– I loved Tony Shalhoub and it was great to hear Paul Newman do another classic older hero role.

– I’m a car nut and I loved the little nods to car history but overall, I’d give it a 3 and a half out of 5 stars. Maybe it’s because I expect 5/5 movies from Pixar, which has always delivered.

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I should go back to tin cans on a string

Greg is kind enough to let me shack up on his server and today he sent a bit of info he noticed when checking the logs:

[root@eod log]# grep ‘Jun 7’ maillog | grep haughey\.com | \ grep ‘User unknown’ | wc -l 5678

[root@eod log]# grep ‘Jun 7’ maillog | grep metafilter\.com | \ grep ‘User unknown’ | wc -l 12976

That’s the total number of messages (in one day) going to anything@my domains that I previously told him to ignore and send to /dev/null.

That’s 18,654 spams going to non-existent email addresses. Greg says about 700 come in each day to my real matt@ accounts, and of those 700 only about 40 are legit. Gmail does a fairly good job screening the remaining, but it’s far from perfect. I probably wade through 100 spams a day to see my real mail.

It’s nice having the same email address for the past 9 years, but jeez, filtering 19k emails a day down to 40 is pretty messed up.

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