Portal Art Nouveau Print

It seems that Art Nouveau seems to be becoming fashionable with gamers. I posted about a Nintendo themed Tryptic the other day and today I see this lovely Portal image.

This one is being Auctioned by for Desert Bus For Hope for Child’s Play in November.

Update: Here is a slightly better version of the same image with out the Tumblr link at the bottom, turns out the image is by Megan Lara (Tumblr) (Facebook) (Twitter) whom I’ve blogged about before.

Megan Lara brings another Art Nouveau style piece to her arsenal and gives it an awesome Portal 2 spin. It was created for a good cause too! “This is a poster I did for Desert Bus For Hope 5. They’ll be auctioning off a 12” x 18” print of it for the children” - Megan Lara Art Nouveau Chell Poster by Megan Lara (Tumblr) (Facebook) (Twitter)

Via Scoped & Dropped.

I want this wallpaper!

I know next to nothing about this apart from the fact that the room was designed by a guy called David Flint Wood. But damn do I want this wallpaper and maybe that mirror in my bathroom…

I have found something similar on NotOnTheHighStreet.com but it’s £385!


I’m not sure I’d pay that much for it… I might though.


Via Decorate

I remember when I wanted to work in a book store…



This image is doing the rounds on the internet to be honest most of these grievances are applicable to almost any retail outlet. There was a time when I wanted to work in a bookstore, I was actually very close to applying for a job as a midnight shelf stacker in the Borders in Glasgow before I got my first job as a software developer. I think it was mainly because I hated working in a mobile phone shop, but also because I love books.

I miss Borders, but not because I ever bought any books there (I did occasionally but it was almost always cheaper on Amazon). I think that was their problem, they didn’t seem to care what they didn’t sell to people, they wanted to provide an environment where you could in fact just read the book in the store rather than buy it so that you might buy it half way through. This failed them because I think people just ended up reading the first few chapters in Borders and then ordering off of Amazon to finish the book.

  • We hate when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie.
  • It confused us when we were asked where the non-fiction section is.
  • Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer … if you like him, fine, but facts are facts.
  • We greatly dislike the phrase “Quick question.” It’s never true. And everyone seems to have one.
  • Your summer reading list was our summer reading NIGHTMARE. Also, it’s called summerreading, not three days before school starts reading.
  • It’s true that we lean to the left and think Glenn Beck is an idiot.
  • We always knew when you were intently reading Better Homes and Gardens, it was really a hidden Playboy.
  • Most of the time when you returned books you read them already — and we were onto you.
  • Limit One Coupon did not mean one for every member of your family — this angered us. Also, we did know what coupons were out.
  • It never bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We’d rather you do if you’re putting up a stink.
  • “I was just here last week and saw this book there” meant nothing to us. The store changed once a week.
  • When you walked in and immediately said, “I’m looking for a book,” what you really meant to say is, “I would like you to find me a book.” You never looked. It’s fine, it’s our job — but let’s be correct about what’s really happening here.
  • If you don’t know the author, title, or genre, but you do know the color of the cover, we don’t either. How it was our fault that we couldn’t find it we’ll never understand.
  • We were never a daycare. Letting your children run free and destroy our section destroyed a piece of our souls.
  • Oprah was not the “final say” on what is awesome. We really didn’t care what was on her show or what her latest book club book was. Really.
  • When you returned your SAT books, we knew you used them. We thought it wasn’t fair — seeing that we are not a library.


Via Shelf Life

Android Phone Review Template…

I loved this template for an Android phone review that Stephen M. Hackett of 512 Pixels put together, unfortunately it is so true.

I am a big fan of Android but apart from there being more space on the device I don’t see any reason to upgrade my Android phone, the features are creeping in but too slowly for my liking.

  • The screen is better, brighter and bigger than on previous devices.
  • It’s thin, but not iPhone-thin.
  • The OEM’s Android skin isn’t awesome, but in some places, it could be.
  • The new launcher comes with lots of widgets that do things.
  • 4G is cool, unless you like battery life. But damn, those 28 seconds of browsing are fast!
  • The camera software still sucks.
  • Also, FRONT-FACING CAMERA! Note: This can be swapped for “3-D!!!!” if the review requires it.
  • While Android is open, there’s lots of crapware on this phone.Hello, VZContact Manager FREE!
  • This may be the best Android phone yet, but if not, just wait a week or two.
  • The current version of Android lacks some polish, but the next version of Android will be the one to have, we promise. It’s going to rival iOS. Granted, this phone probably won’t ever get to run it.

I’m looking to upgrade soon and to be honest I’m kind of stumped as all the high end Android phones on the Market seem to be exactly the same phone with a slightly different shell…

So much so that I’m debating going on an 18 month fruity holiday to see what it’s like on the other side of the fence and to allow the platform to differentiate it’s self a little…

I think that choice hinges on what Apple announce on the 4th and on what the new Nexus Prime handset has to offer, although I doubt there will much difference between the Nexus Prime and the current Galaxy S II, I do like the idea of having a phone whose name is part Blade Runner and part Transformers.

Nintendo Art Nouveau Posters By Megan Lara


There is something about art nouveau art that just exudes class, I really like these three Nintendo themed pieces available as a triptych or separately from artist Megan Lara‘s store over at society6. I’d love to have these up on my wall as they are quite subtle and it’s not immediately obvious that they are video game inspired.

More images of the art in the flesh from Level up studios:

Megan has also done some pretty cool Firefly inspired posters among others, it’s worth having a look at her site to see her other work…



Via Rampaged Reality.

Metal Gear Solid Risk Board + HD Collection


The Metal Gear franchise is one that I will always have a weird feeling about, Metal Gear on the MSX was one of the first games I remember playing, I didn’t actually complete it until a year or so ago though. I’ve never played any of the other Metal Gear games though despite owning/having borrowed them on multiple occasions.

Anyway, I like risk, I like classic risk and I also like the new fangled Risk 2210 and Risk Godstorm games, so there is no reason I won’t like this game. It looks interesting and has artwork by Yoji Shinkawa the art director of the Metal Gear Solid Series.


On another note, I just found out that Konami are releasing a Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the XBOX 360 and PS3. Oddly it only contains MGS 2, MGS 3 and Peace Walker (The PSP game that is supposed to be Metal Gear Solid 5) Why not include the original Metal Gear Solid? Some of us haven’t played that yet!



On the plus side it does contain the original MSX games Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. I might play thought MGS on the Playstation and then get this so I can play the others and maybe finally get round to playing Metal Gear Solid 4 which has been sitting on my shelf for 2 and a bit years…

The HD collection is available to pre-order on Amazon, dunno about Risk… Oddly though the links below look like two PS3 links the first should take you to the XBOX 360 one…

Via Gamefreaks

Winter is Coming: Weather Man Edition

This T-Shirt over at RedBubble is awesome and sums of the plot of the Song of Ice and Fire series completely… (No it doesn’t)

If you’ve not started reading the books or at least watched the first season of the HBO series get to it! If you have then you like I will want this T-Shirt…

Via Rampaged Reality.