Archive for October, 2005

Audio memory

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

The other day I was watching Adam's Rib with Mrs Elbeno. One of the many old movies we enjoy via the Blockbuster-Netflix-alike service. (You only have time to watch a finite number of movies in your life; why watch modern rubbish just because it's recent when you could be watching classic films of the 40s?) Anyway…

There's a bit part in the movie: the court stenographer. Has maybe 5 lines. But his voice is so familiar. Incredibly distinctive. But I can't place it. IMDB reveals all: it was of course Marvin Kaplan, better known to me as the voice of Choo choo in Top Cat.

Old movies are great.

Timeless

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

There are no clocks in this room. None that tell the right time. The clock on the desk shows 6.50 (stopped). My iPod shows 08:24 as does my PC. Both clearly wrong (but timestamping this post). Two more stopped clocks show 3.14 and 6.00 respectively. A stopped pocket watch shows 6.46. My watch (which shows the right time) is in the other room and I don't want to wake Mrs Elbeno by getting it. I haven't heard any sirens in an hour. Perhaps time has stopped for everything else in the world but me.

It is dark. If I assume that it will get light again in due course then I should probably head to bed.

IF Alert!

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

October is with us again, and that means the 11th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition is here.

This year we have:

17 Z-code
7 TADS (including 1 TADS3)
2 Glulx
1 Hugo, 1 Alan, 5 Adrift

And of course, 3 Windows native executables. Well I’m not holding out much hope for those (especially with names like “Space Horror I”, “Ninja II” and “Jesus of Nazareth”).

A change this year: the front-end z5 “game” is gone. There’s a thingy on the website which does the same thing.
36 games. 6 weeks. Ladies & Gentlemen, start your interpreters!