January 31, 2011
Fast Radial Blur

Given my track record of last year - a total of 4 blog posts - I do not have very high hopes that I'll do much better in 2011, but since I decided not to speak on any conferences this year I...

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Posted at 07:45 PM
January 14, 2010
Pibeca - Pixel Bender for Canvas

Let me say this first - I am not a fan of Canvas and tinkering around with this project I realized why I prefer programming in AS3 so much more to Javascript: my goodness - this language is a dirty mess, how...

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Posted at 12:59 PM
December 02, 2009
Bloom

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Posted at 09:22 AM
February 17, 2009
Getting the First Non-transparent Pixel in an Image

I just came across Sakri Rosenstrom's posts (1 2) about his methods of finding the first non-transparent pixel in a bitmap. Looks like he got inspired by my talk at MAX Europe - unfortunately he seems to have misunderstood my explanation back...

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Posted at 05:24 PM
July 14, 2008
Interview on Create or Die

Recently I was interviewed by Frank Reitberger about generative art, Aviary and Flash in general and it looks like the article (which is in German) is now online on Create or Die....

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Posted at 12:00 PM
May 05, 2008
Flash Nostalgia: 5K PONG

Searching for an old experiment of mine I just rediscovered a piece from 2001/2002 which I thought I had lost - it's a implementation of PONG in Flash 5 with a file size of 5K. Back then it was an submission for...

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Posted at 05:39 PM
October 25, 2007
The Blind Sketchmaker - Lecture Notes

The lecture notes for my talk "The Blind Sketchmaker - exploring generative and evolutionary art with Flash" are now available on lectures.quasimondo.com. The AIR tools I demoed - Image Analyzer, Art Critque and Sketchmaker are not available yet. The visuals evolved by...

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Posted at 02:10 PM
September 17, 2007
My Flashforward Feed @ Vuvox

Before I hop into my plane to Boston for the Flashforward conference I wanted to show you a cool widget by Vuvox, a company that I have the pleasure to work with for the past months. What you see below is the...

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Posted at 06:23 PM
August 29, 2007
Goodbye Image Proxy - Thank You flickr!

I'm very happy about Yahoo/flickr's great move to implement crossdomain.xml on their flickr image servers. This finally allows to use the BitmapData.draw() command with images downloaded from flickr.com without having to route it through a proxy on your own domain first. For...

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Posted at 09:10 PM
May 01, 2007
And the Winners are...

Lady Luck has drawn the two winners of a full-day ticket for the 9th flashconference which will take place this Friday in Stuttgart, Germany. The winners are: Patrick Schwab and Dominic Gräfen - congratulations!...

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Posted at 04:18 PM
April 16, 2007
Win a Ticket for the Flashconference in Stuttgart

Yes, it's that time of the year again where you have the big chance to win one of two tickets (worth €100 each) for the fmx & 9th flashconference in Stuttgart, Germany on Friday, May the 4th and for the Electronic Arts...

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Posted at 11:17 AM
March 05, 2007
Don't Panic - Meet Chumby (and More) at FITC

In all my excitement about the arrival of my new Chumby I forgot to mention the most important thing: I would have never received one of those hadn't it been for the legendary negotiation skills of my man Shawn Pucknell. He managed...

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Posted at 09:52 PM
December 18, 2006
The Mashup Baby! Designs

Since many people asked me if they could see the illustrations of my Mashup Baby! lecture one more time I've uploaded the complete three sets - for USA, Asia & England - to my flickr acount: Of course I did not draw...

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Posted at 11:09 PM
July 26, 2006
"Islands Of Consciousness" is a Flashforward Finalist

This morning started with a happy surprise: Islands Of Consciousness is among the four finalists in the "Original Sound" category of the Flashforward2006 Austin Film Festival. On Islands Of Consciousness I collaborated with the Ukrainian musician and composer Oleg Marakov who's concept...

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Posted at 02:58 PM
May 07, 2006
"Making a VJ Tool With Flash" Lecture Notes

For those interested in having another look at the slides from my talks at FiTC Toronto and fmx/flashconference Stuttgart here is the link to my collected lectures. The VJ tool itself will not be made accessible online but as I promised I...

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Posted at 04:10 PM
April 19, 2006
So Who Goes to the fmx/flashconference for Free?

The two lucky winners of my fmx/flashconference raffle are: Fabian Nöthe and Matthis Herrmann. Each of you will get a free four-day ticket for the fmx worth 185 Euro. Congratulations! And to all that have not won this time: I hope to...

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Posted at 01:38 AM
November 12, 2005
Jared Lost his Balls - Can you Help?

Somewhere in Singapore there are now ca. 20 superstrong Neodym magnetic balls either driving around with a taxi or exploring the local sewers. Well, Mr. Tarbell - you should have better left them at home instead of wearing them as a wristband......

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Posted at 10:56 AM
October 02, 2005
That Old Devil Called Back Button Again

Jens Franke's excellent session on the Flashforum Tour about Flash usability issues inspired me to give the old "Flash breaks the back button, there is no deep-linking possible and there is no way to bookmark pages" problem another go. To make it...

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Posted at 03:27 PM
September 09, 2005
New Orleans: Not as Seen on TV

I just read "Get Off The F*cking Freeway", an eye-opening article written by two eyewitnesses who describe how they survived the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A must read....

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Posted at 02:06 PM
July 12, 2005
Flash Player 8 Beta - Test Your Stuff Now

As we are approaching the coming of the next version of Flash, Macromedia has released the beta version of the new Flash Player 8 today. Of course the first thing that everybody wants to do now is to try out all the...

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Posted at 03:07 PM
April 21, 2005
And the winners are...

The two winners of a ticket for next week's flashconference in Stuttgart are: Katharina Klodt and Taufan (who doesn't have a last name as he's born in Indonesia, interesting, isn't it?) As everybody wrote really nice emails and had perfect reasons to...

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Posted at 06:55 PM
April 19, 2005
Processing Beta is Available Now

Finally Ben Fry and Casey Reas have released the official Beta of Processing. Unlike the previous versions that were labeled "alpha" and only available on request, version 0085 is publicly available in the Processing download area....

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Posted at 04:28 PM
April 18, 2005
The End of Fireworks, Freehand and GoLive?

As you can read all over the place by now Adobe is about to acquire Macromedia. What a surprise! Still don't know if I like it or not - but I really hope that Macromedia's great corporate culture will survive the merger....

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Posted at 12:00 PM
March 12, 2005
How to Enable MP3 Ringtones on a Sony Ericsson v800

In my personal top ten of the world's most disgusting companies this week's highest entry is Vodafone who almost managed to supersede Monsanto in their lead position. The reasons: greed and bad taste. What happened? (You can skip the now following rant...

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Posted at 06:46 PM
December 13, 2004
How to circumvent the XP SP2 popup blocker

It looks like someone has found a way to sneak past the new popup blocker mechanism of Windows XP SP2. The trick can be seen in action on http://www.malware.com/flopup.html. Note: I removed the direct link to this page as some visitors say...

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Posted at 03:56 PM
September 03, 2004
Why Google's Indexing Of SWFs Is Worthless

Okay it looks like the "Wow google now indexes swfs!" news has somehow risen from the grave again. I wonder why nobody has yet objected to this. It is correct, Google does indeed index swf files, as much as it indexes PDFs,...

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Posted at 06:57 PM
September 02, 2004
More Flash Europe

Finally the site for the European Flash Conference in Barcelona has been updated. Check it out....

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Posted at 01:07 PM
June 05, 2004
Say Farewell To window.open()

With the advent of Windows XP Service Pack 2 which is expected to be released in September this year a new challenge is waiting for Flash developers: under the title "safer browsing" Microsoft will introduce some new security features into Internet Explorer....

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Posted at 12:12 AM
October 22, 2003
côdeazur is here

Finally I'm allowed to announce it. This month was full of changes for me - after 6 great years I decided to leave the company I was co-founder of: coma2. For me it was about time to do pioneer work again. That's...

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Posted at 12:03 PM
October 10, 2003
Spam Couture Shop Opening

After reading Jonas Galvez' Viagra post I decided to take action myself. So I just opened my Spam Couture shop at Cafe Shops. My first two motives are following in the footsteps of the Oktoberfest classic "Sex Instructor - first lesson free":...

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Posted at 03:08 PM
September 16, 2003
No, actually just 2 minutes, Stuart

Bing! for (var i = 0 ;i<a.length;i+=8){ trace(String.fromCharCode(parseInt(a.substr(i,8),2))) } I couldn't help it....

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Posted at 01:12 AM
September 14, 2003
Swift Tools in Trouble

Oliver Debon, creator of tools like SwiftGenerator, SwiftMP3 or Quake Video Maker has some ugly trouble going on with his former webspace provider. Under his former URL one only finds some text with some defaming allegations, which made me really wonder, because...

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Posted at 02:46 PM
August 01, 2003
How to use the new Flash 7 goodies

Now everybody is exicted about the new possibilites that the Flash 7 player has to offer: right click context menu, mouse wheel support etc. The problem is: it doesn't seem to work. Bokel found the reason: you have to change the internal...

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Posted at 01:25 PM
July 31, 2003
Will I manage to be the 5th on MXNA?

Flash Player 7 Beta is here!! A first look at the release notes sounds promising: Finally the player checks for updates itself. Actionscript performance has been improved a lot Video performance and quality have been improved...

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Posted at 08:41 PM
July 23, 2003
Macromedia Answers

A minute ago Macromedia succeeded in positively surprising me: They finally installed an automatic email reply script! I just reported a little bug via their Bug Report/Wishlist form and expected it to vanish in this black hole as usual. At least this...

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Posted at 04:44 PM
June 25, 2003
Shared Library Secrets

Using Shared Libraries (SL) in Flash is still quite an adventure, similar to crossing the Pacific Ocean on a surfboard. It theoretically works, but you will need good preparation and be ready to expect trouble. Unfortunately in the past SL were really...

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Posted at 07:15 PM
June 22, 2003
How Alexa Hacked My Links

Sorry for another non-Flash related post, but this one is too nice not to be told: as you might notice lots of the links in my left sidebar are suddenly missing. [UPDATE - I have repaired them now, so you can see...

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Posted at 11:20 PM
June 18, 2003
Oops, I've Missed It

I'm not a fan of birthday parties, at least when it involves myself. That must be the reason why I completely ignored that six days ago was Quasimondo's first anniversary. On June 12, 2002 I made my initial post which was utterly...

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Posted at 12:38 PM
June 09, 2003
Flashforward NYC 2003 Finalists

Today the Flashforward finalists for the Flash Film Festival in NYC have been revealed. Go over to their site to check them out and vote for the People's Choice I didn't check all of them, but deciding from a first view my...

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Posted at 11:23 PM
May 20, 2003
Aral Speaks

As a lot of blogs already mentioned yesterday Aral Balkan's blog onRelease is closed down. My first thought was "finally they have hacked his site" - as we all know Aral has created quite a lot of discussion in the community by...

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Posted at 11:19 AM
April 23, 2003
When Geeks Go Flash

Living in a Flash-friendly environment you tend to forget that lots of hardcore programmers still think that Flash is a pretty evil thing. You just have to check out what these guys rant about. So it's a nice surprise to stumble over...

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Posted at 05:34 PM
March 27, 2003
Macromedia Central Revealed

Finally the system.product() secret will be revealed - today in its FlashForward Keynote Macromedia will announce the new Macromedia Central, a new way to deliver Internet applications as Kevin Lynch announced on his blog. There are already areas on the Macromedia site...

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Posted at 11:11 AM
March 26, 2003
Time to switch

Ha ha ha- they are not only slow in displaying flash... (I've got two of these overpriced "computers" myself, but I don't think that I will ever buy them again)...

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Posted at 08:40 PM
March 20, 2003
onClipEvent(initialize)

For all those who still like to program the onClipEvent way Ted Patrick has discovered an undocumented Flash MX feature: there exist an onClipEvent(initialize) which gets fired before the onClipEvent(load) function. The question remains what this might be good for, currently the...

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Posted at 06:19 PM
February 17, 2003
Flashforward Finalist? Me?

Now that's what I call a monday morning surprise: I just discovered that I made it into the Flashforward 2003 finalists with my AmazonExplorer application. I feel honored to be placed next to great creations like Josh Dura's Texteditor Component and Grant...

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Posted at 10:57 AM
November 25, 2002
Fear And Consume

Yesterday I've been to the movie theatre to watch Bowling for Columbine and I can only recommend you to watch it, too. This documentary tries to explore why in the United States every year more than 11,000 people die at the hands...

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Posted at 11:27 AM
November 07, 2002
No Relevations Today

I surrender. Please don't shoot. I'm not a bad person. See - white flag!...

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Posted at 03:31 PM
October 18, 2002
Ramalama DENG Dong

What is DENG? Finally Claus Wahlers explains it in a language that is understandable also to normal people. Well, even if it looks pretty dull at the moment it is definitely WOW!...

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Posted at 05:30 PM
September 24, 2002
The Dark Side Of setInterval()

I just came across a nasty "feature" of the setInterval function which almost gives me mystical feelings. This is not for the weak hearted. We'll be entering an area of phantom functions and lost pointers: Start the example and read on. We...

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Posted at 11:40 AM
August 29, 2002
Oblique Strategies

As probably 95% of all humanity I call my self being "creative". But there are these moments in life when this big problem is sitting before you, the clock is ticking and your head is completely drained of ideas how to solve...

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Posted at 06:06 PM
July 13, 2002
Crying Boy Fanclub

I can't believe it. There is a whole site dedicated to the "Crying Boy" by J. Bragolin. Unfortunately it is Dutch only. A while ago I found this set of prints on the fleemarket and decided to collect this stuff. Now these...

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Posted at 12:10 AM
July 04, 2002
Google Zeitgeist

Probably I look pretty stupid now because everybody else has known this for years but I didn't know this part of google yet: Google Zeitgeist gives you some interesting statistics about search trends, browser usage, operating systems and more. I wonder what...

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