The Pantsless

January 27, 2008

Improv Everywhere’s 7th annual No Pants subway ride.  This year we had 900 people in New York, and 2000 across the world.

  • “Harmful to consumers’ health.”
  • Encourages “the subversion of public order.”
  • “An attack against the democratic state and the law and against public security”.

Way to go, Judge Carlos Alberto Simoes.

This article says “it’s alleged EverQuest is harmful because players are asked to accept both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ quests, the psychological burden of which is said to cause problems.”

… and later replaces Mario with with a swarm of small Marios.

According to boingboing:

“Japanese hackers merge an old (pre-EyeToy) hand-recognition system with Super Mario Brothers, and screengrab several rounds of bonkers Mario, nudged along by a ghostly, giant hand. In the climax, over 100 Marii are unleashed into pale-blue-sky-land and set to running and bouncing by the Barely Visible Hand.”

No Patns on the NYC subway

Tonight’s 20/20 has a segment on Improv Everywhere. They shot footage from 2004’s No Pants and the recent Mp3 Experiment 4, among other things. I did both those missions as a camera operator, so I doubt I’ll appear in the show. Look for it on ABC at 10pm Eastern.

MP3 Experiment 4 - 826 People

Wii Hacked

January 3, 2008

Just presented at the 24th Chaos Communication Congress.

The upshot: Now you can make and run your own games for the Wii. Previously, homebrew games could only run in Gamecube mode, which had limited access to system resources (like the Wiimote).

Also awesome: Johnny Lee’s head tracking with the Wiimote.