Monthly Archives: June 2012

King Tut Exhibit

As a volunteer at the Pacific Science Center, I was able to get passes for Amber and I and a couple of friends for a showing of the King Tut exhibit Monday night.  It was incredible how close you could get to most of the exhibits and really see the detail and artistry.

I took a few pictures with my phone (didn't bring a real camera) to try to capture the beauty.  Here are some of the better ones. Statues - can't find a description Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut The Collossal Statue of Tutankhamun Colossal Statue of Amenhotep IV Golden Mask of Psusennes I Canopic Coffinette is one of four miniature coffins that held the internal organs of Tutankhamun.

Unrelated to the ancient Egyptians, I also snapped this picture of the Space Needle behind the Science Center Arches. 

The Space Needle behind the Science Center Arches

The exhibit was great. I highly recommend checking it out.  You have a while (January 6), but don't wait until the last minute.

Humble Bundle 5

If you like indie games, you should check out the Humble Bundle 5.  The Humble Bundles are a collection of indie games, but instead of paying a fixed price for them, you get to a) decide how much you are going to pay and b) decide how the money you pay is to be divided between a charity, the game developers, and the people that put together the bundle (to go toward their costs for hosting, etc.).

The two charities for this bundle are Child's Play (if you are a fan of Penny Arcade, then you are probably familiar with this one) and the EFF.  The kicker for this bundle is that if you pay more than the average ($8.09 at the time of this writing), then you get four additional games in the bundle. 

Included at any contribution is LIMBO, which I think is reason enough to buy the bundle.  Here is the complete list:

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Psychonauts
  • Bastion (pay more than the average to unlock)
  • Lone Survivor (pay more than the average to unlock)
  • Braid (pay more than the average to unlock)
  • Super Meat Boy (pay more than the average to unlock)

I think this is a great model for indie games.  For this bundle to date, they've had more than 455K purchases totaling more than $3.6 million.  Obviously it works.

There are only six days left to purchase…

Ray Bradbury

I somehow managed to go all of yesterday and most of today without learning that Ray Bradbury died yesterday.  Fahrenheit 451 is an excellent book.  If you haven't read it, do yourself a favor and get a copy.