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ESC Sequences

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 12:00am
 

Language, Bushisms, Hamlet, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Leno, film: there's a lot going on out there. Anybody remember those computer games of old which had a simple text interface? And who doesn't like to take a popular quiz and score higher than their mates?


hamming it up


For those of us who remember them, there were games a long time ago that were purely in text form. You typed in commands and then read a response. It was fun in its own way and here are two revivals. The original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game has been rewritten in Java for the Web. A lot of fun if you remember the original. www.douglas


adams.com/creations/infocomjava.html. Another fun site for a similar game parodies Hamlet. This may require a certain level of interest in the play but then the play's the thing: www.robinjohnson.f9.co.uk/adventure/hamlet.html


loony leno


Once a week, the American late-night talk-show host Jay Leno shows headlines from newspapers all over the United Sates. Many are just plain silly, but some will have you falling off your chair and rolling on the floor. One of his favourite categories is 'stupid criminals'. Read on: www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/headlines/H_2761/16.html


he's a worry


Speaking of the press, The Guardian likes to give its readers the occasional quiz. Here is one on some of the extraordinary things the US president has said: Can you guess which ones are true? www.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,5961,1088715,00.html


sting in the tale


For those who love film, here is a quiz on 'twisted endings'. Do be careful. If you have not seen some of the films, you may not want to look at the answers. http://film.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,5952,1287520,00.html


it was his idea


Hong Kong has lots of designers and they must deal with customers. Here is one way a designer abroad explains himself. Rather odd, if you ask me. www.veer.com/ideas/stream/


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