Retro Entertainment

Created on Thursday, January 12, 2006.
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I feel as if I am regressing in terms of how I amuse myself, seeing as I haven’t bought a new computer game in over a month.

First up we have Lego, brainchild of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, who started a Lego company in 1949 to market his Automatic Binding Bricks. Last night I played Lego until one in the morning, trying to build an Incredible Machine but becoming angered when I found no cogs that could translate vertical movement to horizontal movement. There’s something for Lego to develop: cogs that thread into each other from all directions.

After my ill-fated contraption was buried I fell to building houses with two-stud bricks and ‘flats’. I thought of illustrating a book with Lego pieces, but someone has already done it for the Bible.

Another diversion I’ve found is planetarium software, like Orbiter, which allows you to pilot spacecraft, and Celestia, which allows you to navigate to and look at the stats of “over 100,000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system objects, and a complete catalog of extrasolar planets.” Warning: you will learn things and be fascinated if you run Celestia.

The last fun thingy is Conway’s Game of Life. It’s that ancient program where you draw a little line picture and watch it be manipulated into new crazy shapes by the rules of Life. The only way you can understand it is if you try it.

That's all there is, there isn't any more.
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