Condemned: Criminal Origins beat Doctor Who by two years

The Weeping Angels from the “Blink” episode of Doctor Who (June 9, 2007) instantly became one of the most iconic characters on the show, almost on par with the Daleks and Cybermen. They’ve been pretty popular and referenced in all kinds of other media since then. However, the game Condemned: Criminal Origins did that same concept two years earlier (November 22, 2005). At one point in the game, you investigate a derelict store and come across a bunch of mannequins which move when you turn your back on them.

For the record, SCP-173 was first posted to the /x board on 4chan on June 22, 2007, a couple of weeks after “Blink” aired, clearly inspired by it.

No doubt there have been other similar creatures imagined before the mannequins in Condemned. The concept is hardly unique or extraordinary. Feel free to mention some older ones in the comments.

Condemned: Criminal Origins released in 2005
Condemned: Criminal Origins had weeping-angel like mannequins in 2005
Doctor Who "Blink" episode released in 2007
Doctor Who’s weeping-angels were in 2007
SCP-173
SCP-173 was made right after the weeping-angels

New Year, New Decade, Again

It’s weird to think that most of the years that people used to think of as the future have already passed. The year 2000, 2001, and 2010 all came and went already, and still no jetpacks or flying cars. The year 2020 is the last “future” year that most of us will experience in our lives; the next futuristic sounding year won’t be until 2050, then 2100. (I damn well better be in a relationship by then; I better not still be alone at 122. ¬_¬)

It’s hard to believe we’re just a few hours away from a whole new decade; they don’t happen too often, maybe only once every few years or so.

Minecraft Villagers are Raccoons Aardvarks

Maybe it’s that most Minecraft players are too young to know about it, or that the show was Canadian, but something that’s always baffled me (“always” meaning the better part of the decade) is that, as far as I can find, nobody seems to have noticed that the villagers in Minecraft look an awful lot like the aardvarks in the show The Raccoons:

Cedric Sneer
Cedric Sneer from “The Raccoons”
Minecraft Librarian
Librarian from “Minecraft”
Cyril Sneer
Cyril Sneer from “The Raccoons”
Minecraft Villager
Villager from “Minecraft”

Easily see the micro-LEDs in an RGB LED

You can get RGB LEDs that look like a regular LED but contain a red, a green, and a blue LED in one. The individual LEDs tend to be extra-small to allow all three to fit in a regular LED. These RGB LEDs allow you to emit any of the three colors or three combinations or white (and even more colors by adjust the amounts of the three primaries). However, even though the RGB LEDs are supposed to be a single component, the fact is that they contain three separate LEDs which of course, are not in the same place. You can see their separate positions by casting their light on something close to it.

RGB LED casting its colors on a white paper which looks like three overlapping circles
Holding an RGB LED near a white surface shows the three small LEDs in them
Closeup of the cast of an RGB LED looks like a classic additive-primary color graph
You can clearly see the red, green, and blue circles overlapping and where they mix

Rubber-bands melted‽ 😕

I needed some rubber bands recently, so I dug out a bag of rubber bands I’ve had for several years. Unfortunately, they weren’t very usable because they had melted! I know it can get very hot and humid in the summer, but what the actual heck‽ What a waste. :-\

In one of the photos, you can still see one band is almost normal. On the other side, it’s all completely flattened.

Pile of melted rubber-bands

Pile of melted rubber-bands (other side)