In keeping with the series on AI, here is an interesting project: Mario AI Competition, a competition for people to build the best Mario-playing AI possible. Here is one of the entries:
Here is the project page for the particular AI featured in the video.
The Mario game itself is a procedurally generated infinite level. John Funk likened this to putting a slinky on an escalator.
The Best of 2014
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2014.
Crysis 2 has basically the same plot as Half-Life 2. So why is one a classic and the other simply obnoxious and tiresome?
Crash Dot Com
Back in 1999, I rode the dot-com bubble. Got rich. Worked hard. Went crazy. Turned poor. It was fun.
Do you like electronic music? Do you like free stuff? Are you okay with amateur music from someone who's learning? Yes? Because that's what this is.
Good to be the King?
Which would you rather be: A king in the middle ages, or a lower-income laborer in the 21st century?