Thursday, May 28, 2009


Tonight we had our first baby lettuce, spinach, and arugula salad from the garden. Matthew was very excited about harvesting, because he is doing a farming unit at school. I thought we should eat some of the greens before the resident rabbits eat them all (I'm feeling sympathy for Mr. McGregor but I'm not ready to make any pies yet).

The garden makes me ridiculously happy, and sometimes I need to rush outside during dinner to see if seeds are up.

PS: happy belated birthday to mom!
PPS: these pictures are from the beginning of the week and everything is even bigger and greener now!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Check out some indie games

I know most of you on here don't play video games, but you should really check these 2-3 minute long experimental browser games out. It's surprising how evocative the simple art and elegant design in these games can be.

The first two are by Daniel Benmergui: Today I Die in which you can drag and drop different elements of the world to affect the narrative, and I Wish I Were The Moon in which you can take pictures of various elements and use the pictures to move them around.

Another one is (I Fell In Love With The) Majesty of Colors by Gregory Weir. In it you play as a gigantic Lovecraftian sea creature discovering the surface world for the first time.

In all of the games, the point is to simply play with the environment and see how your actions affect the outcome. They all have several different endings, and work best when you try to find them all.

Anyway, I'm really fascinated to see how these oddities from the gaming scene bounce off of people who aren't as immersed in it all the time.