I’m finally on the recovering end of a bout of the flu which has forced me to not code anything fun for about three weeks.
On June 5th I bought a new Nintendo DS Lite.
After the announcement of the Wii (The console formerly known as the Nintendo Revolution) at E3’06 and demonstrations of its unique controller and the engaging game-play, the 18 month old Nintendo DS is back in the spotlight because it has a touchscreen and voice and gesture recognition capabilities that are used to great effect in many of its games.
People are giving it a second look.
I’ve spent the last three weeks going to warm warm bed early and continuing a campaign in “Final Fantasy Tactics Advance” that has been going now on and off for almost three years. I also have the DS Japanese cult hit, Nintendogs, my son loves calling to his virtual puppy every night and feeding it.
I have handed over some cash to a Russian guy for a black market DS hardware mod so I can run Linux. That’s is about as Gibsonesque as I’m planning to get this year.
I despair that you can’t hack Gameboys like you used to. For my last Gameboy hack I actually built my own EPROM burner and my own Cartridge. Nowadays the hardware and DRM makes this a bit more complicated. I’m time-poor so I’m willing leave that level of devotion up to the professional DRM assassins.
The real reason for the DS? It runs linux and has 802.11b which makes it a cheap portable wireless experimentation platform.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time thinking about circles and the Monte-Carlo Method (which is not an extravagant method of contraception, unless you spend too much time sitting at a computer playing with arcane mathematics).
Probably only one other person on the planet knows why I have been thinking so hard about circles.
And the fact that to solve some problems you really need real random numbers. 🙂