Friday, 14 September 2007

Mario Brothers Flash

I was first introduced to Alex Leon's Mario Brothers series thought about three years ago, the basic idea was to turn Mario from a simple game avatar into a fully fledged epic hero using only the original sprites torn from the NES game.
Originally the series was seen as a joke, a pretentious retelling of the Mario story but as new episodes were released the story became more ambitious. Leon has used the medium of flashed based sprites to create a story that more than punches above its weight. The series is finally complete and can be found here

Thursday, 13 September 2007

The Back side of Fire

The Back side of Fire, originally uploaded by The Eye of Brad.

Something i found on Flickr, I've been fascinated with camera tricks like this for a while. I'd love to be able to emulate this work. Might do something similar when RUCS start up again

Friday, 7 September 2007

Post Secret

I first herd of Post Secret a few years ago when it had just started. The site is an art project run by Frank Warren from his house in Maryland. What participants are asked to do is to produce a postcard with one secret and decorate it, the idea is simple but the results can be stunning.
There is something comforting about people letting you into there anonymous little lives. Some of the secrets are tragic, some are romantic and some are just strange ("I stole your duck and took it to San Fransisco").
The site is run as a not for profit organization donating the majority of the revenue generated by its book for to the suicide help charity Hope and has overall been a massive success. Frank has said in interviews that he has had at times thousands of postcards a week as people rush to exercise there personal demons.
And sometimes the site publishes a short testimonial from someone who has had there lives changed by the site like the woman who was proposed to by her boyfriend after she wrote down all her secrets and left them by his bed or the man who phoned a suicide helpline rather than taking his own life.
The site continues to prosper and is currently number 8 in the Technocrati league table.
If your interested check it out at

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

The Avatar Machine

As reported in PC gamer, there is a strange idea coming from the internets. The avatar machine is an art project who's sole purpose is to simulate what it is to be a 3rd person perspective video game character, the idea is strange but the video is stranger and not entirely unlike like being a drink person walking behind someone. Check it out at