June 30, 2002
A little Google API widget

This is a little tool I just hacked together. It uses the google api to search for a certain phrase and then present the results. I think this could be quite useful inside a weblog, because you can dynamically add the query...

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Posted at 10:03 PM
The Making Of Wolfenstein 5k

Lee Semel from Innofinity explains here a little bit the background story behind his excellent 5k Award entry "Wolfenstein 5K". On the same page he links to an interesting tutorial by F. Permadi about ray-casting, a 3D technology which probably could also...

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Posted at 07:39 PM
The World According to Flash

Here we we go with version 4 of the world map locator. I finally fixed the zoom function and included the quality switch during panning. Plus I added a little javascript which give the focus to the flash file, so it...

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Posted at 06:02 PM
June 29, 2002
Resolve and Apply

Somehow methods that go down to the core of Flash programming have always a strange fascination to me. When it comes to inheritance, abstract classes and prototype chains first of all I have difficulties in following at all. So I am lucky...

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Posted at 11:43 AM
3rd World - The Sequel

Another update to the "Where do you come from?" worldmap. And this time you can already see where this could be going: I added the locations of the last 20 visitors to the map. Roll over the dots and you get some...

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Posted at 02:49 AM
June 28, 2002
You've come a long way baby...

Here is a little update to yesterdays file. I tried to implement day and night zones, but this is probably not correct for Oslo in winter. I did not find a good formula to calculate this shape yet. I also impoved the...

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Posted at 01:13 PM
June 27, 2002
You are here (probably)

Here is a new toy I'm playing with. If it works correctly it should show approximately where you are located geographically. I only tested this with my home coordinates and a few others, but perhaps you can give me some feedback if...

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Posted at 07:30 PM
June 26, 2002
Warchalking

What a cool idea - Making invisible wireless networks visible by chalk markings. The guys at Warchalking explain it like this: "What is all this about? Well - it was born out of a good lunch, like lots of ideas; where we...

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Posted at 08:58 PM
Better Blogging

Dive Into Mark gives a lot of useful tips on how to improve one's weblog, with a special focus on accessibility: 30 days to a more accessible weblog. Looks like I should improve some stuff here myself......

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Posted at 02:52 PM
How to drive

"Yes and No" - A pretty evil flash film that shows you the right ways to drive a car. By Bruno Bozzetto the creator of Signor Rossi. [Via brain/map]...

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Posted at 01:49 PM
June 25, 2002
The 5k Award - Rating Has Begun

Finally we can have a look at the 366(!) entries of this year's 5k award and vote for the best. Wading through all of them looks like a lot of work, but I'm sure it's well worth it....

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Posted at 08:05 PM
Steering Behaviors - Step 3

It looks like including the polygon matrix (see step 2) really adds more speed to the whole execution. But the test-scene is more of a joke regargding complexity. As soon as I add more obstacles and vehicles the thing slows down again...

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Posted at 07:35 PM
June 24, 2002
OOP 99% bad?

I think there is a very interesting voice speaking up against OOP - on "Object Oriented Programming Oversold!" you get something to read which is probably pretty unpopular in certain circles. In short they state that OOP is not the solution for...

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Posted at 05:57 PM
June 22, 2002
Steering Behaviors - Step 2

Here is part 2 of my current exploration into the world of flocking, evading and colliding. After getting rid of all the "getters" and "setters" I already felt a little improvement in speed. But rewriting the whole render engine and improving the...

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Posted at 08:53 PM
June 21, 2002
Steering Behaviors - Step 1

As I wrote before I'm currently trying to implement so called "Steering Behaviors" in Flash. Well, I made some progress, but.... hmmm..... I'm not really there yet. I took the open source Java code from Thomas Feilkas and Christian Schnellhammer and tried...

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Posted at 06:35 PM
Shameless Self-Promotion

I will not do this more often than necessary, but I want to show you some of the stuff I do when I'm not working on this site (which is currently 90% of my time): I'm a co-owner of coma2 - collective...

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Posted at 01:37 PM
Apache Security Update

If you are running an Apache server you should immediately download the latest patches from www.apache.org. A big security exploit was discovered a few days afo: Versions of the Apache web server up to and including 1.3.24 and 2.0 up to and...

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Posted at 11:11 AM
imagedive

I think these are the most beautiful photos of goldfish I've ever seen: imagedive from Japan have an amazing portfolio. The whole site has an incredibly clean design. Another great link I found on valiyard|ru - this guy digs up such impressive...

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Posted at 10:55 AM
June 20, 2002
Useful Math Resource

Among the finalists of the Webby Award I discovered this very interesting Mathematics site: mathworld.wolfram.com. It looks like you find almost every mathematical topic in there, for example the explanation of Complex Numbers which I encountered during my circle experiment. And if...

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Posted at 11:34 AM
text-to-speech blog

Robert Hall has an amazing text-to-speech Flash demonstration on his site. Actually all his entries are now speech-enabled....

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Posted at 11:15 AM
June 18, 2002
Composer

Whoa - this is some pretty nifty work. No wonder that they are among the FlashForward 2002 Finalists: The guys from extrajetzt have built a sequencer tool "Composer" with Flash MX, which looks good and sounds good at the same time....

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Posted at 12:56 PM
99 Bottles of Beer

What a funny idea: take a simple program and write it in 304 different programming languages. On 99 Bottles of Beer you find solutions from "A+" until "ZZT". But you won't believe it - there is no Actionscript version yet....

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Posted at 12:38 PM
logicaland

[./ logicaland v0.1] is a multiuser global simulation which happens to have a pretty cool design. It looks like flash, but it is actually done in Java. This project was featured during this years Biennial in Torino, Italy which did not really...

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Posted at 12:09 PM
June 17, 2002
viva la felicita

Here is my personal hit for this summer: Signor Rossi vs De-Phazz "Viva La Felicita". This is a great remix of one of my favorite tv-series tunes. De-Phazz have a nice site except for going to fullscreen immediately and having to wait...

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Posted at 10:35 AM
June 16, 2002
The 5K Award

Only a few hours are left to add your entries to this years 5K Award. The deal is, you have 5 kilobytes to make the best web page or site you can. Unfortunately this year I simply didn't have the time to...

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Posted at 04:05 PM
Blog Digestion

Perhaps someone can help me on this: is it something like bad etiquette to post a link to a different blog entry if you have found that link already in another blog? I just started with this site, so I must admit...

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Posted at 02:46 PM
June 15, 2002
Tears for Fears

Isn't this horrible? I just came back from the fleemarket where I discovered this collection of "crying kid" prints. I think the last time I saw something like this was in the late seventies when I was with my parents on...

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Posted at 04:28 PM
June 14, 2002
Complex Numbers

var fo = new FlashObject("komplex_menu.swf", "komplex", "300", "300", "8", "#eeeeee"); fo.write("komplex"); Here is a project I did a while ago which is one of those that came to a certain point, then something else popped in and dust started settling on...

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Posted at 10:41 PM
Verlet Integration

There are some very interesting IK and physics simulation techniques demonstrated on flashvoodoo.com. And it looks really fast and smooth. Definately worth a closer look....

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Posted at 05:52 PM
Envy

This is about envy, I hope it will not sound too bitter. A few weeks ago I attended the FlashForward conference in San Francisco. As I didn't go to any other Flashconferences yet I think that FlashForward is pretty cool. You get...

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Posted at 11:27 AM
June 13, 2002
MasterMind

I just rediscovered this game from my youth and must say - pretty cool cover design. Fits perfectly my current retro feelings. So I made this my current desktop background. If you also like it, you can download it here....

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Posted at 10:29 PM
More about pixel colors

As the EPS Parser is not really more than a study and not fit for real life I thought about how to improve it. Flash is definately not fast enough to do the parsing, so I hand this job over to the...

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Posted at 09:08 PM
Photoshop EPS Parser

Inspired by a question on Flashcoders if it is possible to get the color values of bitmaps into flash I gave this piece a try. It is able to load bitmaps into flash, render them and retrieve the pixel color information. The...

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Posted at 08:55 PM
Steering Behaviors

A while ago someone posted a message on Flashcoders about the works of Craig Reynolds regarding the "Steering Behaviors For Autonomous Characters". There is a site where the basic ideas are explained and the concept sounds very interesting. Basically it is about...

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Posted at 08:32 PM
The truth is out there...

Allow me to guide your attention to one of my works which is a little older now: Stream of Consciousness. Watch out this site pops up to fullscreen. There is a close button in the upper right corner. The idea to this...

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Posted at 06:11 PM
CSS Woes

It looks like I've been working with Flash for too long. Fiddling around with all these CSS settings makes me feel like I'm a complete fool. I'm sitting here for hours trying to find a good solution for the layout of this....

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Posted at 01:30 PM
June 12, 2002
Testing 1,2,3...

Hello? Is this working? I hate to be last on something like this, but I think this time I have to jump over my shadow and simply take the beaten path. I have no idea what this will be about - probably...

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Posted at 11:38 PM
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