Summer 2011

Colin Martin and Matt Linton of CM Game Studios on Menlo School campus

In the category “how I spent my summer vacation,” Menlo School sophomores Colin Martin (left in photo) and Matt Linton can claim “creating the Zombie Survival iPhone game” and founding a startup, CM Studios. That they did is in part due to their being selected to participate in the eight week Teens in Tech Labs incubator program.

It was Colin who came up with the idea for the game. Matt’s parents showed him a newspaper article about Teens in the Tech Labs, which was their route to making it happen. “We were trying to figure out how to make this app but had no idea how to do it,” said Colin. “Teens in Tech taught us what to do and how to do it.”

Added Matt: “It was a great learning experience that will make it easier for us to be successful in the future.”

Matt and Colin said that while they weren’t the youngest teens in the incubator program, they were by far the least experienced. “Neither of us had any coding experience before the summer,” said Matt

The free game has been downloaded over 1,000 times from the Apple iTunes store. They describe it as a simple zombie game with waved defense. Zombies enter from one side and you shoot them. Between rounds you can go to an arsenal and buy better weapons.

“Both Matt and are huge gamers,” said Colin. “And we love zombie games. I think the best games are simple games.”

Are more games in their future? Maybe not right away. “I really enjoyed making the game and it was incredibly fun,” said Matt. “The truth is making a game at our level was extremely difficult. Maybe we’ll make more games but right now we’re working on a website-based project having to do with plagiarism that’s a lot easier to code.”

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Skateboarders take over the Valparaiso hill

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For the second year in row, Menlo Park Skate Jam is taking place from the top of Valparaiso down to Avy. Sponsors and a DJ take up the territory at the bottom; at top  boarders wait to take their turn in during practice and competitive runs. The event, organized by Menlo-Atherton High School graduate David […]

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Spotted: M-A grad Bob Melvin managing the As to a victory at Yankee Stadium

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Reporting from the field, we remarked to another Bay Area native at Yankee Stadium this evening that it was somewhat ironic to travel 3,000 miles to see home town sports hero Bob Melvin (number 6 in photo) make good, at least for one night of baseball. The third-in-their-division As crept into Yankee Stadium tonight and […]

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A Perfect Day for Tour de Menlo 2011

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Our stretch of delightful summertime weather continued this morning as the cyclists taking part in this year’s Tour de Menlo hit the streets of Menlo Park. The Tour features three different rides – 60, 75, and 100 kilometers – all leaving from Menlo-Atherton High School this morning. The bikers were all smiles as they headed […]

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Registration continues for Tour de Menlo on August 20

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Sign up for the Tour de Menlo today, which departs from Menlo Atherton High School between 8:00 and 9:00 am on Saturday, August 20, and you don’t have to decide how far you’re going until ride day. There are three routes — 60, 75, and 100 kilometer ranging from fairly flat to moderately hilly; descriptions […]

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Molly’s Revenge at Blue Rock House concert Aug. 20

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Celtic music band Molly’s Revenge returns to Menlo Park on August 20 to play a Blue Rock House concert. Organizer Gwen Fuller promises there will also be Irish dancers. Of note to band fans, this is singer and band spokesman Pete Haworth’s last year performing. As with all Blue Rock House concerts, it’s important to […]

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Biggest crowd of the summer turns out for Sun Kings

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Whether it was the music or just coincidence, the biggest crowd of the summer turned out to listen to Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings, at the last concert of the season at Fremont Park. It seemed at least a third of the assembled crowd was old enough to know most of the lyrics, so […]

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Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings appears August 10

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For the last summer concert of the season, Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings will play from the Fremont Park stage on Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 6:30. Together for 10 years, the band boasts a repertoire of 100 Beatles songs and crisp vocal harmonies. Get ready to sing along all you 60s folks!

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Spotted: Babies, kids and moms getting their groove on

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Wednesday night’s summer concert at Fremont Park featured the soul/R&B sounds of Touch of Class, complete with a three-horn section. We mention the latter because every good band of this genre features sounds of brass. With a nod to Motown of old, the three singers did some dance routines as well as call and chants. […]

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Touch of Class takes Fremont Park stage on August 3

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The Touch of Class brings a mix of R&B/funk, oldies and standards to Fremont Park starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 3. The 10-piece, Bay Area based band, formed in 1984, promises “variety combined with choreography and high energy.” This is the second to last summer concert sponsored by the city of Menlo Park.

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Catching up with musician Sarah Ghandour

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It was a year ago that we first sat down with accomplished cellist Sarah Ghandour. She was participating then — as she is now — in the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute. A year can make a  big difference in a young musicians’ life. In Sarah’s case, it’s been about trying out different ways to make […]

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