Saturday, March 24, 2012


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday, after five heart attacks over the past 25 years and countless medical procedures to keep him going (source).  Doctors now believe that Cheney's recurring cardiac problems were due to his heart being two sizes too small (diagram below).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Rick Astley and Chrono Trigger plus a nod to Star Fox 64. This will always brighten my day. I just feel sorry for people who don't know the source material here.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Video Game Mashups

Awhile ago now, I came across a YouTube video called "Mega Man vs. Donkey Kong."  The results were obvious yet inescapably hilarious:

Since then, an entire series has emerged based on this concept.  Here is my favorite of the 13 episode First Season, entitled "Video Game Mashups: Contra vs. Paperboy."

Anyone who's played "Paperboy" can appreciate how frustrating this game is and how gratifying it feels to watch the soldier from "Contra" annihilate the entire neighborhood. The underlying visual rhetoric of this series is that videogames used to be pure, wholesome fun with genuine gameplay challenge... whereas modern games are crude, violent expressions of raw power and require little skill to complete.  While not entirely true, this combination of pixelated slap-stick and satire is a worthwhile exercise, particularly as a celebration of post-modern retrogaming culture in Web 2.0.