Posts tagged with ‘retro’

Best Dad Ever, or Best Dad Ever?

A developer dad was upset that his daughter was upset, and his three-year-old daughter was upset because of Donkey Kong.

Seems she didn’t want Mario to save Pauline but instead wanted the roles reversed and have Pauline save Mario.

So what’s a dad to do? Re-engineer, of course:

My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline.”

You can follow Mike Mika on YouTube. If you’re interested in the Donkey Kong Pauline patch, you can download it here (zip).

Obit of the Day: Britain’s Photographer of the Stars


For forty years Cornel Lucas was the best known photographer of Hollywood’s greatest actors when they were in England. Lucas, who first became interested in photography while working in a film processing lab, honed his skills in the Royal Air Force’s experimental school of photography.

Following the war Lucas worked for British Film Studios and began taking portraits of film stars who were making movies in the U.K. In 1951 he had a life-changing encounter with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich, who knew nearly as much about photography as Lucas, was a difficult client but the results of the session were so stunning (top left) that he was given his own studio at Pinewood Studios.

He became a freelancer in 1959 and would continue to take portraits into the 1980s. Lucas’ work was celebrated in international exhibitions and is found in the National Portrait Gallery (UK) and the National Museum of Photography (UK). His achievements were recognized when he received the first ever “BAFTA” (the British Oscar) for a photographer in 1998. The Royal Mail also issued a series of postage stamps featuring Lucas’ portraits and labeled “Photograph by Cornel Lucas” in 1985.

Cornel Lucas passed away at the age of 92.

Sources: The Daily Telegraph and The Cornel Lucas Collection

Images, all copyright of Cornel Lucas:

Marlene Dietrich, 1951, courtesy of Time Lightbox (click for a full slideshow of Lucas’ work)

Joan Collins, 1953, courtesy of La Petite Melancolie

Self-Portrait, 1957, with upside down image of Lucas’ first wife Belinda Lee, courtesy of T for Tout (a tumblr)

Katharine Hepburn, 1948, courtesy of Mutual Art

Susan and Linda Travers, 1961,  courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Susan was his second wife

I’ve always liked this portrait. — Michael