Books Desktop

Jul 30, 2016

There will be no podcast this week. We're going to be recording them once every two weeks, rather than every week.  They take 2 or 3 hours to record, edit and post and as we near the end of the project, things are getting crazy and time becomes a precious commodity.

Next week will be our Friday Questions episode, so save your brilliantly insightful questions for next week.  I'll do a post on Wednesday asking for questions, so don't ask them here.

As a consolation prize for not having a podcast, here is a new desktop wallpaper.


- Ron

Charles - Jul 30, 2016 at 22:38
Is it weird that I immediately starting looking for the seams where this was tiled together from smaller sections....?

Charles - Jul 30, 2016 at 22:39
...and impressively can't find any, nice!

Farooq - Jul 31, 2016 at 02:09
I did that too :D

Trevor - Jul 31, 2016 at 05:10
There is lots of repetition, though done more cleverly than repetition of a single one-size tile. Look for the three thick blue books, some have a red book to the left, some to the right, so the repetition is made better by having mirror image inclusion as well.

Salty ride - Jul 30, 2016 at 23:15
Are there big words hidden? I see darker sections that seem to form something...

spiffy - Jul 31, 2016 at 00:56
It's one of those Magic Eye autostereogram images. You have to cross your eyes and you'll see the hidden 3D image.

Jammet - Aug 01, 2016 at 06:30
So what does it say?

Before I strain my eyes to bleeding, all I see is  ... like ..


Zak Phoenix McKracken - Jul 31, 2016 at 02:31
I think I will spend the necessary time to comb through the books and read the 1000+ titles suggested by readers' blog!

Nor Treblig - Jul 31, 2016 at 08:24
...cross checking with the blog post comments to find those book titles that were rejected or changed.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Jul 31, 2016 at 10:43
That's would be an interesting... puzzle!

Brian Small - Jul 31, 2016 at 20:18
... or added.

Schala - Jul 31, 2016 at 04:10
Haha cool! Thanks, Ron! When I saw it, I immediately knew I HAD to have it. And it is now my desktop image. :)

Mattias Cedervall - Jul 31, 2016 at 10:02
That's too bad, but I understand.

Nor Treblig - Jul 31, 2016 at 10:24
I remember playing Indy 3, scanning through all of the book shelves trying to find those individual books which could be picked up...
It actually payed off, being finally able to start that biplane on the airport was awesome!

Jammet - Aug 01, 2016 at 06:32
Oh boy, did I ever hate that puzzle. XD I literally had to stop playing for days, going through all the books and what not.

Nor Treblig - Aug 01, 2016 at 15:51
But all of those books which can be found are optional, you can play and finish the game without them unless you want all IQ points.

Dennis - Jul 31, 2016 at 10:37
this isn't just random: the darker ones form several numbers/characters .. if you step a little bit back you see a mirrored message

Jammet - Aug 01, 2016 at 06:30
What does it say?

vincent - Jul 31, 2016 at 13:04
where is the secret book  (for the  easter egg) ?

Ricardo Marichal - Jul 31, 2016 at 15:36
Ahá, there is my book "Commodore 666: Programmers Reference Guide". Is the red one...

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Jul 31, 2016 at 16:20
Does anybody has noticed the two *blinking* red eyes on the upper-right corner?!

Schala - Jul 31, 2016 at 23:25
Didn't notice them till you mentioned it. And now it's totally creeping me out, heh. They're not blinking on my screen, though.

Brian Small - Aug 01, 2016 at 12:43
I didn't notice that initially (I wonder if it was updated) - that makes this image 10x cooler.  And it was already in the top tier.

Nor Treblig - Aug 01, 2016 at 15:25
I downloaded the *original* image to use it as a wallpaper, soo...

Schala - Aug 01, 2016 at 21:10
Oh, hey, you're right! I grabbed the wallpaper not long after Ron posted it, and that one doesn't have the eyes.

Maurizio - Mar 27, 2017 at 11:14
Yes, awesome :)

Nor Treblig - Jul 31, 2016 at 16:57
Ohh, that's new!

Gv - Jul 31, 2016 at 20:20
What's this, a hidden object game???
By the way (shameless advertising) I am making a (very humble) hidden object game, you can find the link in my site. One of the drawbacks: it's in spanish.

Maxi Navarro - Aug 01, 2016 at 22:01
Did they send an email to the people who got their names for the books selected?

Ron Gilbert - Aug 01, 2016 at 22:07
No, there were too many books, so it will be a surprise. Very few didn't make it in, mostly for copy copyright or offensive issues.

Someone - Aug 03, 2016 at 05:52
You've read all six billion suggestions? :) btw: poor Boris ... it must be very time consuming to translate all those book titles ... :)

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 03, 2016 at 08:10
Please, take a look at this blog post:

Someone - Aug 03, 2016 at 13:34
Ah, right. I forgot this blog post. (I'm getting older... ;))

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 03, 2016 at 08:09
Please, take a look at this blog post:

Maurizio - Mar 27, 2017 at 11:13
I just noticed THE CREATURE lurking among the books and I pissed my pants.