Career Colleges, Toxic Choices

From a Seattle Times editorial:

For-profit colleges have successfully marketed a compelling story in which they star front and center as benevolent purveyors of the American dream through education and gainful employment.

The reality is the complete opposite. Former students testified before a U.S. Senate oversight committee this month about exorbitant tuition costs and unfulfilled promises of good jobs. One student spoke of completing a program in video-game design and ending up in the video games section of a Toys R Us.

Seattle Times: March 27, 2011

Gameduino: an Arduino game adapter

Very intriguing … I’ll bet people do some cool stuff with this technology!
Gameduino

Gameduino connects your Arduino to a VGA monitor and speakers, so anyone who can write an Arduino sketch can create video games. It’s packed full of 8-bit game goodness: hundreds of sprites, smooth scrolling, multi-channel stereo sound.

Gameduino is designed, tested, documented and the prototype is built. The videos were all taken from the real hardware — all the demos are on the Gameduino project page.

What needs to happen next is a manufacturing run. Because the board uses a fairly fancy chip, a short production run is the only way to keep the cost reasonable. Your pledge gets you a Gameduino from this first run.

With a horde of Gameduinos in kitchens, garages and classrooms, the resulting old-school 2D mayhem should be considerable.

Gameduino is open-source hardware (BSD license) and all its code is GPL licensed.

kickstarter.com

So are you that kind of person? Does the Gameduino look insanely cool, and you’re already daydreaming about the games you’ll create? Then go make a pledge!

Via Slashdot.

Obsolete

Obsolete by Paul Hynek

Obsolete (2006)

This belongs in a game somewhere. It really does.

Pawel Hynek’s 2006 image “Obsolete” depicts a homeless robot begging for electrical power; it’s striking and funny as well as a little uncomfortable-making.

Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing

I’m reminded of William Gibson’s novel Mona Lisa Overdrive, where we encounter The Finn (a character from earlier Gibson novels) now incarnated as a back-alley machine personality construct:
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Caution The Floor Is Now Lava

Caution The Floor Is Now LavaI would love to find this “Caution The Floor Is Now Lava” sign in a first-person shooter game.

Who will make such a game? Someone? Anyone?

I can’t pay you, but I will award you the Handy Vandal Medal for Doing Extremely Cool Stuff.

Seriously: you’ll get your own blog post, with a picture of you and your work (maybe a picture of you ignoring the sign, and slipping on the lava — whatever you like).

Link to original @ reddit by flipswitch

Via Laughing Squid.