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Thursday, March 11, 2004
'Doing things, not buying stuff, has proved to be a superior pathway to pleasure in life', via Amit Patel. 'The good life [according to Leaf Van Boven's paper To Do or to Have? That is the Question (pdf)], is better lived by doing things than having things.' Related: Emotional Design, or how to make things that people want but don't necessarily need, via three levels of function: visceral, behavioural and reflective. Of this new holy trinity, only 'behavioural' relates to the old functional approach. The others are about desire and meaning - wanting something primarily because of how it will reflect on your sense of yourself and on other people's perceptions of you. Van Boven might have a point, but he's fighting a losing battle.

Amit also provides extensive Game Progamming Information, links about game-related terminology (e.g. isometric views) from a hobbyist game writer. See this timeline of how his first creation, SimBlob, evolved / Some other things. This is just too confusing to try and work out, but it's about things, big and small (via Coudal) / the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA). Or try OBAG, the Ohio Bad Art Guild / David J Osbornís English Landscapes. Very, very lovely, but not hugely representative of the British countryside. Both via tmn.

Material Culture at the University of Wisconsin, including the 'painted forest' / in the woods / live bands at photo 2000 / Building Utropolis, the Lego skyline (via Lostshot, via Abstract Dynamics via No Sense of Place). The Black Tower is especially Gotham-esque / miniature whiskies, via me-fi.

things will become more bite-sized for the next couple of months, due to pressures of work. Quality, not quantity, or something like that.