geek: September 2011 Archives

monkey typing shakepeare.jpg A computer programmer is testing the old adage about a million monkeys with typewriters recreating the entire works of William Shakespeare.

But Jesse Anderson is not dependent on primate keyboard skills and will run his experiment virtually with 'digital monkeys'.

Using a computer simulation of the theroretical simian typing pool, Anderson is seeing how long it takes them to randomly reproduce the works of the bard in nine character long snippets.

And it seems to be working. The first work completed was the poem A Lover's Complaint which appeared in a book of The Bard's sonnets.

"This is the first time a work of Shakespeare has actually been randomly reproduced," Anderson wrote on his blog… assuming he's not using monkeys to write that too.

John Schuepbach is better at playing Tetris than you -- not content with making lines disappear, he uses the falling blocks to create images.

Recently he recorded himself playing the classic game and creating an image of the Nintendo character Luigi in the process. Yes, during a live game.

Schuepbach carved out the impressive image by keeping the right coloured bricks and lines in place, while clearing the ones he didn't.

This one attempt took him more than an hour and we dread to think how many attempts it took to get it right… but we're certainly glad Schuepbach didn't have anything better to do.

275x250.jpgA ban on the sale of the classic computer game Doom in Germany has finally been lifted… after 17 years.

In 1994 the first-person shooter had been put on an index of controlled titles along with pornography and violent movies.

This meant it could only be sold in adult-only stores in case it could harm and corrupt youth in the country.

But, rules have now been relaxed as it's been deemed Doom is now "only of artistic and scientific interest" and holds no appeal to youngsters.

However, one version of the game remains on the index and therefore banned, because it features Nazi symbols on some levels.

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