Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Happy Poisson d'Avril, everyone! This was a fun holiday when I was in France. Here, it's not quite as absurdist, but the internet has made it more entertaining. Some examples are flying penguins, Google's new custom time email, and a collaboration between Virgin and Google called Virgle that promises to take us all to Mars. I took the questionnaire to see if I would qualify and got the following: "Well, you're distressingly normal and could conceivably adjust to life as a deep space pioneer, though we recommend instead that you leave the Mars missions to the serious whack jobs."

Also: Squidpunk.

Which brings us to steampunk! No April Fool links here, although it may sound like one when I go on about Tesla towers and self-propelled Victorian houses...but both of these and more will be at the Maker Faire in May.

The Cabinet of Curiosities has an all-steampunk edition; go and peruse!

Will nanotechnology and body modification lead us into a second Enlightenment? We can only hope.

Questionaut is an educational game that is not really Victorian at all...but as the main character wears goggles and travels in a hot air balloon (a DIY one at that), I'm going to say it fits. It's fun to play, too, and takes some problem-solving brainpower to move up the levels!

If we get rid of trucks to save the environment, we still need a large-scale delivery system. Why not consider the underground pipeline? (Better yet, let's make them all pneumatic. Zoom!)

And finally, not steampunk, not an April Fool, but just plain good news: Fafblog is back! Hooray!

1 comment:

bjkeefe said...

Virgle: funny! Thanks.

I got the same score as you. What do you suppose were the odds of that?

I had seen the flying penguins vid earlier today, and had they only shown the first bit, I bet a lot of people two weeks from now would insist that "some penguins can fly." Pretty amazing CGI.

Happy March 32.