Tag Archives: Fun

I have to confess: I like the Vuvuzela!

While many people keep complaining about the Vuvuzela, I’m definitely a big fan of those. I think it’s so much better than the air horn (which I usually dislike). For everyone who did not make it to buy one I’ve sampled 5 mp3s of mine. Have fun!

Btw. I publish them under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license 😉

1st ITEC Soccer World Cup

While the bold and sporty soccer players run for the ball, we do electronic sports 🙂 ITEC proudly presents the 1st ITEC Soccer World Cup 2010. 16 teams will battle for the Cup, just before the actual FIFA World Cup 2010. To enter the Cup just sign up your team (2-3 players) on the Google spreadsheet. Rules and constraints are given here.


SOMA World Games event – you’re invited!

Playing Rockband in the MLAB @ FAUIn the course of the SOMA project we invite *you* on April 22nd, 2010 to the „SOMA World Games“ event. On four different stages four different games will be played:

  • Rockband,
  • Singstar,
  • Wii Sports Ressort &
  • Tony Hawk Ride.

Be there and join our games!

Why? We want to investigate how multimedia content is created in such a social event, and how this content can be used for our self-organizational approach of detecting and presenting “situations of interest” (as, e.g., “crowd formation”).

This means that you will become photographed and filmed. But do not worry, the gathered content is just used for our research purposes and will not be published elsewhere.

When? Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, from 17.00 to 23.00

Where? Lakeside Labs GmbH, Lakeside B04b, 1st floor, 9020 Klagenfurt

Please register for this social event in our doodle poll under http://www.doodle.com/vnw6sy5t7zgkae2i if you like to participate. There will be also plenty to eat and drink. We are looking forward to seeing you!

The SOMA Team

A refreshing selection of gender classes

While preparing my trip to the CHI 2010 in Atlanta I realized that I should get some classic game to play in my free time on my eee pc. I came to a site called GOG.com featuring “good old games”. And see there was a spring sale including Gothic 2. While this is great in general the registration process contained an even better feature: a whole new selection of genders to choose from. Of course I chose to be the dude 🙂

Btw. I’ll be in Atlanta next week. So if you’re there drop me a line and we investigate the possibility of beer.

Bruce Schneier would be proud of this security issues …

Lately I ordered two games in UK, like everyone does as they are much cheaper for us Austrian than buying them around here in a store :-D. The store of my choice has already promptly delivered a first package, so I was quite sure that this won’t pose a problem this time. BUT: After placing my order I got a “security mail”:

[…] Due to increased security for online orders, we ask for proof of address to be sent to us before we can dispatch your order.

This is a standard request on international orders, to protect us and our customers from fraud.

Please forward a copy of your bank statement or a utility bill (gas, water, electricity etc.) by email to info@xx-xx-xx-xx.co.uk or alternatively by fax to +44 xxxxxxxx39. […]

My answer was short and sharp: I don’t have any bills as this is my work address and I wouldn’t send one if I had one. First of all they already got the money (via paypal) and secondly this was already the second order. I also sent them a link to my homepage 😉

[…] Thank you for your email and your attachment.

I can now confirm that your order has been taken off hold and was
dispatched on 13/08/2009 ,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and
understanding in this matter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further enquiries […]

So it worked even without the scanned identity proofs 😀 To have an additional good laugh on internet security check out the Bruce Schneier Facts (A good one: “P = NP in Bruce Schneier’s very presence.”).

Appendix: Of course I will not tell you which shop this is. I’m not even allowed to do this. It says so in the email signature. Have a look yourself:

The unauthorised disclosure, copying, alteration or other use of this
message and/or any attachment(s) is strictly prohibited. The originator
does not guarantee the security of this message and will not be
responsible for any damages arising from any alteration of this message
and/or any attachment(s) by a third party or as a result of any virus
being passed on.

Registered Address: MyMemory Limited, FREEPOST 500, St Helier, Jersey,
Channel Islands, JE1 1FH. The information transmitted is intended only
for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain
confidential and/or privileged material.

Hally Poter Goblet of Fire or “why I like ordering things in Asia …”

Hally Poter Goblet of Fire

Just checking back on the dealextreme website once in a while to see if there were any new and interesting gadgets I found two really funny (at least to me 🙂 ) things. First of all I found a very interesting game on a 44 games in 1 cartridge named “Hally Poter Goblet of Fire“. I wonder if that game resembles a rather well known kids story 😀 Just click on the image on the right hand side and note the first game in the list ;). The product the image belongs to is here.

Secondly I found an interested on an image belonging to this product: “The export, commercial use or leasing of this product are prohibited“. *LOL* Find the image here.

Computer Games Course Presentations Today!

Today the final presentations for the Computer Games course at Klagenfurt University are due. Here is the program:

  • 10:00-11:30 Block 1
    • Lettmayer & Münzer – Zelda Clone
    • Pairitsch, Rainer & Winkler – Chromatophobia
    • Dieber, Grassauer & Mayring – GPS Bashing
  • 11:30-13:00 Break
  • 13:00-14:30 Block 2
    • Nagele, Warum & Moser – Switchboy
    • Blackert, Liebenberger & Reidlinger – Magneto
    • Dittrich, Mihelcic & Telsnig – Kontiki
  • 14:30-15:00 Break
  • 15:00-16:30 Block 3
    • Granitzer, Harder & Unterkreuter – Darth Invaders
    • Katzian & Primus – Dangerous Worms

We are in lecture room HS 2. If you want to see some great student developments: you are cordially invited! The design documents on the games are given here.