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We’re nearing the end of Day 2 of World Exploration Weekend. Do you have both of these achievements for today?

If not, you still have time! Log into Empire.Kred and check out SQRL’s mission(s). You’ll get Kon-Tiki for logging in, and Endeavour for correctly answering any of the questions posed in the 5 active SQRL missions for today!

It’s important to collect these achievements, as after the weekend’s festivities are complete, we will award a special World Explorer achievement, with a boatload of eaves, to every Empire.Kred explorer who receives all of the in-event achievements!

Tomorrow, Day 3, we will have another set of SQRL missions to lead you to another Explorer achievement. On Day 4 we will have two Explorer achievements, one of which will be awarded the same way as on the first 3 days, and the other one which will be, we think, extra EXTRA difficult. It will…

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From a few places on Earth where the atmosphere is just right you might see the Milky Way and some of the local group galaxies – including the Large and Small Megallenic Clouds.

This panorama shot by Amit Kamble is one of my new favorites. LMC and SMC (bottom & top, left), and our milky way galaxy with its shiny center.


Photo / Amit Kamble – Night Sky Above the Māori site Opotaka, New Zealand

The arms of the galaxy encircle us at an incredibly far distance. It’s impossible to fully behold it all at once, and to get a perfect photo of it from Earth or anywhere.

Some other panorama shots flatten the galaxy arm to a straight line; but then the ground is not straight. From Earth we only see about 180° of the arm; so neither panorama is any “more correct” of a way to do it, I’d say. (more…)

Where to Post That?

Posted: June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Just made this infographic. Embed it on your site if you wish

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If you’re wondering where you should post that image, meme, or article for most visibility this infographic can give you a hint.

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That’s my opinion.

And maybe some movie soundtracks, I don’t watch many movies these days. I don’t play too many games either but I often listen to the soundtracks of some old and new games. Very nostalgic.

Here are some playlists I’ve been curating, with video game music.

Video game Epic/Classical Soundtracks

Battle Themes (Video Games)

And also Video Games Trance/Techno Music. Little is more exciting than a cool techno soundtrack while playing a game.

Many things can be said about video games as one of the latest forms of storytelling.

Certainly some people would say video game is the best story telling medium. As it is both interactive and can have the same visual effects that film/video can, sometimes better. But it is opinion still, that interaction makes stories better, or that real human characters make stories better in film.

The challenge of making books into movies has often been great, and we have finally reached a point where things like Lord of the Rings is possible. And it’s safe to say most books are possible as films (or games) one way or another, if anyone cares enough and has enough money. Sometimes however, because of length and other things, they’re not always viable as films, but maybe series, TV shows, or games.

In a video game there are more options for including more of the details described in the book, without making a “too long” story, as is often the case with video.

How would you tell a story like this in a book?

I wonder, is there any story that is better told in a video game than any other medium?

The whole storyline of “Bioshock: Infinite” would have to be a pretty long book. Even though the game is only a few hours long. In order to describe all the details etc. the book could be very long. Definitely the game series Fallout and Elder Scrolls would be long books. The games themselves include big worlds to explore, which can take days/weeks, though the main storyline can be completed in hours.

In video games you can tell such stories, with an immense amount of data and detail that is optional, and adds a lot of richness to the story whether the player explores the optionals or not. Since they are in the background and define the virtual world.

The main strength of video games is that they can tell a story with variables. With multiple endings etc. and with optionals to explore.


Theres an increasing interest in gamifying certain tasks to make them less boring. And it’s also increasingly common for movies to have game apps, facebook apps. or some form of game related to the story.

I think as time progresses, more parts of daily entertainment will involve some gamification.  And also more of the tasks will.

At one point virtual worlds will probably be the most popular form of entertainment. And many entertainers will see there’s more money to be made in virtual worlds.

Especially big entertainment companies will, I believe, eventually there’s more incentive and money to be made in virtual worlds because the average fan spends more on entertainment in a virtual world.  And it will probably be true whether it’s an interactive story or not, I believe 2D video will become a less popular form.

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

AB's Reflections

Chrome gobbles up RAM and makes other programs run slower, while Firefox in its newer incarnations is the ideal socialist citizen, sacrificing browsing experience for the performance of other programs.

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#Maythefourth be withyou – Star Wars Day – via Tubeblogger – Star Wars Day – May The Fourth Be With You.

May 4th is Star Wars day, and today is also my one year on Empire avenue, The Social Network Exchange, so I’m commission free for a day =D

And welcome to my new subscribers. Since some are email subscriptions, I’ll try to not post many times per day. Check out my video about setting up your Gmail inbox filtering. Thanks for subscribing!
I got to see some Star Wars stuff this sunday in the Disneyland Resort =D


Mickey Vader Beanie - My Style =D

Out of the many cool disneyland items I recently bought, this one is definitely one of my favorite.

The Darth Vader Mickey Beanie!

My Fridge – Instagram

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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