Chris Johnson

254 Added | 19 Magazines | 35 Followers | @Saiteron | Composer/Sound Summoner/Improviser/Audio Engineer/Chaos Magician/Video Gamer/Amateur Game Maker/Programmer/Masters Student at USC (the REAL USC)

“Expedition to the End of the World”: A spectacular voyage toward doomsday

A ship of artists and scientists visit the unexplored fjords of Greenland, and contemplate our coming extinction<p>“We are our own worst enemy,” one acerbic Danish scientist observes from the deck of a three-masted schooner as it sails through the northeastern fjords of Greenland, quite likely the …

Can Starbucks Make 23,000 Coffee Shops Feel Unique?

Years ago, every Starbucks felt exactly the same. Now designers ask, can 23,000 Starbucks feel like 23,000 different coffee shops?<p>At Starbucks’s global headquarters in Seattle, a designer quietly ushers me down a shadowy hallway, tucked behind a room filled with boxes and photocopiers that it …

Can Rocksmith 2014 Really Teach You to Play Guitar?

Two Popular Mechanics players find out whether an Xbox game can level up their axe skills.<p><b>Following the phenomenal success of games</b> like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Ubisoft sensed an opportunity. If gamers went nuts for playing real rock songs on plastic guitars, why wouldn't they swoon for a game …

Guitar

Side-boob, humblebrag and Yolo among new words added to dictionary

OxfordDictionaries.com adds neckbeard, Yolo, listicle, humblebrag, binge-watch and side-boob as it sees rise in use due to social media use<p>Do you humblebrag about your neckbeard and sideboob? How adorbs.<p>The latest intake of works to OxfordDictionaries.com show how language emerging on social media …

Language

Edward Snowden Reveals NSA's MonsterMind Program

It's a cyberwar robot that always hits back.<p>In the high desert near Bluffdale, Utah, there lurks a creature made entirely of zeroes and ones. Called "MonsterMind", the project is an automated cyber weapon, perched atop the data flows into the National Security Agency's Mission Data Repository. …

Rayman creator shows off Wild

Renowned game designer Michel Ancel showed off a trailer for <i>Wild</i>, his new game with Wild Sheep Studio, today at Sony's PlayStation press event at GamesCom.<p>The trailer shows untamed landscapes, animal life and tribal people living off the land. In the trailer, cartoonish people run around, ride …

Another nightmare Comcast customer service call surfaces

And it is painful to listen to<p><i>Updated with response from Comcast:</i><p>Yet another painful snippet of audio between Comcast and a customer has surfaced on the Internet.<p>Nearly one month ago, audio of Ryan Block, an AOL product manager, locked in a painful attempt to shut off his Comcast service, went …

Business cards grow a brain with SwivelCard

SwivelCard, a business card that folds into a USB drive, directs recipients to a Web page and can be updated, even after you've handed it out.<p>Most business cards end up in the recycle bin or tucked away in a drawer, discarded and forgotten. That's why there have been some creative attempts at …

Morrissey Dropped by Record Label

Move comes a few days after singer complained online about lack of support<p>Morrissey has once again been set adrift without a record label. True To …

Morrissey

Do Your Potato Chips Have A Security Flaw?

The microvibrations of a nearby snack food bag can let observers eavesdrop on conversations.<p>Well, this is a bit creepy: Researchers have shown that they can recover various types of audio, including human speech, by filming and analyzing the tiny vibrations that sound creates in objects nearby. In …

Light Painting

Light Painting

Ninja Sphere promises to turn your house into a smart home for $329

Back in January, a smart home device called Ninja Sphere made over $650,000 on Kickstarter. Now, its creators (Ninjablocks) has started accepting its first pre-orders outside the crowdfunding website for $329 per unit. But, what can a Ninja Sphere do in the first place? Well, this …

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency

Here’s Olivia Wilde Looking Lovely And Glamorous While Breastfeeding Her Child

It’s not just Olivia Born to Be Wilde who’s on the cover of Glamour’s September issue. Her son, Otis, is there, too, in the middle of a breastfeeding session that his future-friends would make fun of him about in 20 years, were his mother and father not cool parents Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. …

Someone's making a video game about slavery in outer space

If you're going to make a real-time strategy game all about slavery, it's probably best to set the thing in space and make all the people pixelated and raceless, to try to tiptoe around the obvious controversies of forced labor's terrestrial history.<p>Still, the concept for <i>Slave Driver</i> (for Windows …

Gear & Gadgets

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will keep the games' original multiplayer glitches

<i>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</i>'s makers want to remain faithful to the way the four included games — <i>Halo: Combat Evolved</i>, <i>Halo 2</i>, <i>Halo 3</i> and <i>Halo 4</i> — played, so they're planning to retain whatever glitches may have appeared in the original multiplayer components of those titles, co-developer 343 …

Play as a Tourist in a Glitched-Out Video Game World

Meet the Werner Herzog of video games.<p>One of the wonderful things about Unity 3D is is how it has become an imaginative enabler for independent video game designers. Compatible with various electronic devices, its presence can be felt in games such as <i>Drunken Robot Pornography</i>, <i>Endless Space</i>, and <i>The</i> …

Game Design

First detailed looked at Samsung Gear VR management software

We’ve heard several rumors as of late that point to an upcoming virtual reality headset from Samsung that essentially works as an Android-based “budget” Oculus Rift-type device. Most recently we had learned that Oculus would be providing Samsung with the software and we even saw an early look at …

Samsung Gear VR

“Lucy”: The Eurotrash “2001” ScarJo action sequel you’ve been waiting for

Scarlett Johansson ingests designer drugs and becomes a godlike being in Luc Besson’s pseudo-science extravaganza<p>If you’ve always wanted to see “2001: A Space Odyssey” remade as a Eurotrash action film starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and the guy from “Oldboy,” with all the ass-kicking, …

How To Be The Next Great Designer-Founder

These six questions could help predict your startup’s success.<p>Ideo. Pinterest. Airbnb. Kickstarter. It’s an all-star list of the companies changing the way we live. It’s also a list of companies created and led by designer founders. The hallmark of a designer-founder is the ability to focus …

Indie RPG 'Majestic Nights' Thrusts Players Into Alternate 1980s -- Where Every Conspiracy Theory Is True

<i>On this day in July of 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down 1500 km southwest of Hawaii as the USS Hornet prepared to recover the crew of an historic moon landing. Or at least, that’s what “they” want you to believe.</i><p>Indie studio Epiphany Games (<i>Runic Rumble, Frozen Hearth</i>) has a fascinating …

A Guide To Talking Dirty Throughout History

Ever wonder what sex was called in the 1600s, how you might ask for a blowjob during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, or how your great-grandfather might have asked for anal sex?<p>Following up on his research which gave us 2,600 words for genitalia throughout the ages, slang lexicographer Jonathon Green …

How to build your own Game Boy with a Raspberry Pi and a hot glue gun

Buying a Game Boy from Goodwill is something of a risky proposition. It's not so much the $5 it might cost you, but the unknown condition of the 25-year-old handheld.<p>That didn't stop a blogger who goes by "microbyter," who overcame the damage caused by an exploded battery in a secondhand Nintendo …

Porsche designs a high-rise

For affluent urbanites who suffer bouts of nighttime car-separation anxiety, relief is at hand.<p>The Porsche Design Tower under construction near Miami, Florida, features a virtuosic parking system that whisks vehicles up to sky garages adjacent to handsome floor plans. This thrill ride for …

Real Estate

ROBLOX Launches Game Creation Platform on Android

User-created content platform ROBLOX has announced the launch of is ROBLOX Mobile app for Android. ROBLOX allows users to create games in multiple …

Ocarina Of Time Speedrun Record Beaten With Near-Perfect Game