Watch a giant ‘Pong’ game played on the side of a 29-story building
On Friday evening, Philadelphians were treated to a larger-than-life version of a gaming classic. The side of the Cira Cenre — a 29-story building lined with programmable lights — was turned into a massive Pong game, letting players control three-story-high paddles via a laptop. Dr. Frank Lee, the Drexel University professor who programmed the show, was inspired by seeing the Cira Centre’s lights five years ago. "For whatever reason, I saw in my mind’s eye… Tetrisshapes outlined by those lights, falling and twisting and rotating," he told Polygon. To make the game work, he had to connect a port of Pong to the building’s roughly 1,500 LEDs, using both the building’s own light-show software and another program created to communicate with it.
Despite getting off to a rough start due to connectivity problems, the game apparently made a strong showing on April 19th, helping kick off Philly Tech Week. It’s also set to come back on the 24th. Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica, who made the video above, has written an excellent breakdown of Lee’s five-year struggle to get the Cira Centre on board and build the game — and an account of what it feels like to actually play an over 400-foot-high game of Pong.
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A Stunt Cyclist’s Tour de Fence
Published in the NYTimes
By CAROL WALLACE
Published: December 28, 2009
EDINBURGH — Like his fellow Scot Susan Boyle’s entry into show business, the stunt bicyclist Danny MacAskill can divide his life in two: before his YouTube video and after.
Read the entire article on the NYTimes @ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/29/sports/global/29cyclist.html?_r=1
by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian
Thursday August 06, 2009, 6:35 PM
Abby Metty/The OregonianHillsboro teen Savannah Outen has fans as far away as Kuwait and Australia but doesn’t yet have a record label. She plays a song she wrote during a visit to Coyote’s Bar & Grill in Hillsboro.
HILLSBORO — Savannah Outen is looking for her big break. The thing is, the 16-year-old singer is already famous.
Outen has more than 38 million hits on her collection of 40 YouTube music videos. If that were a CD, she would have the Recording Industry Association of America’s diamond album hanging on her wall, just like Celine Dion or ZZ Top.