Archive for April, 2007

Processing 1.0 (BETA)

April 25, 2007 in General | Comments (0)

 

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.

Stumbled across this, looks kind of interesting. Be sure to follow the Mobzombies link and watch the video of people running around in a crowd, staring at a handheld computer. I like the notion of location-based games. While this one isn’t really location-based (you could easily run into a wall since the game knows nothing about the spacial environment it’s in) you could certainly couple this tech with real world geometry.

Source: Processing 1.0 (BETA)


Mayonnaise and Beer

April 22, 2007 in General | Comments (0)

Read this if you could use a little perspective, or if you could just use a beer.

Hold the mayo.

Link to A.I. Answering Service & Call Center – Mayo and Beer


Flash Element TD | Novel Concepts

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My current favorite online time waster, this game is one where you drop towers to defend yourself from various “creeps” who traverse the map and try to get out through your back door. Sort of odd that the minute they get out they come right back in, but it’s still strangely engaging game play. Always fascinates me how something this simple can keep you enthralled for so long. If you’ve got lots to do, don’t follow this link.

Link to Flash Element TD | Novel Concepts


» Second Life to open-source grid; will Google bite? | The Social Web | ZDNet.com

April 20, 2007 in General | Comments (0)

So every day it seems it gets easier to create compelling content for the web, the PC, the handheld device – the trick is coming up with something that is actually compelling. By open-sourcing Second Life, does a true multiverse now become possible? I’m always intrigued by this kind of news, then disappointed because I’m pretty sure I won’t be the one making anything exciting happen with the technology, but I’m definitely an interested observer.

I wonder if my host would let me run a grid under my shared account? 

Link to » Second Life to open-source grid; will Google bite? | The Social Web | ZDNet.com


Powerful Printing in Flash

April 19, 2007 in Programming | Comments (0)

I haven’t messed around with Flash in a long time, and when I implied that I wanted to do a presentation with it I was warned that you couldn’t print a “deck” from a flash presentation like you could from PowerPoint. I figured this probably wasn’t true, so I started poking around for articles on how to go about printing from Flash.

Sure enough, it’s doable with a little scripting. What I found interesting was that none of the articles I stumbled across were newer than 2002 or so. I’m hoping that means that the printing mechanism just hasn’t changed much in a long time.

This article gave a nice, simple overview. If you’ve had any experience printing with Flash, especially dumping a bunch of key “slides” out as a deck for distribution at a meeting, feel free to comment and post links. I wouldn’t turn down that kind of help.

Link to Powerful Printing in Flash