Some of you may have already played through Today I Die, an independent flash game that has more in common with poetry than gameplay. It is a little interactive gem with something to say, or at least something to make you feel. If you haven’t, take the 10 minutes or so you’ll need to noodle through it to completion.

If you don’t have the time or the patience here is a youtube “walkthrough.” You’ll get the drift but not the heart. Either way is better than not at all.

Weekly WWW Wrap-Up

Posted in Inspiration on by James Penman

We’re unabashed junkies of culture, addicted to today’s 24/7 datafeeds, spotting of trends like bird-watchers spot, well, birds. This is the first of a (hopefully) weekly list of nifty stuff that might have slipped by you unnoticed.

Gives Me Hope
We’ve all seen and enjoyed the schadenfreude of FML. Seb Lee-Delisle tweeted about an inspirational version of the same thing called Gives Me Hope. As they call themselves “Like FML for optimists”. Unless you’re a charcoal-hearted jerk, you’ll find something on there to bring a hopeful smile to your soul.

Natske Inspired
“canvas” is a new HTML element which allows for the display of scripted visuals. It was first introduced by Apple for the Mac OS X Dashboard but it has made it into modern versions of Safari and Firefox (sorry Internet Explorer users, the following link won’t do much for you). Eric Natzke creates generated artwork. Here’s a link that has been passed around Twitter quite a bit this week that uses the “canvas” element to produce “Natzke inspired” interaction. READ MORE →

Cliff Drive

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Cliff drive shot

After a year of badgering, David finally caved and bought a road bicycle. Up until that time, he had been riding an old mountain bike he purchased at Wal-Mart back in college. The thing was a heavy armored vehicle that crushed the asphalt beneath its thick treads as David rode. Oh, and although it had gears, they were broken and didn’t shift! More details and images after the jump.


Dynamic Drawing

Posted in Inspiration on by James Penman

I was fooling about with the behavioral seeking code that drives the fishpond in our former Play section. I’ve just started dipping my toe into the drawing API of Actionscript 3.0 and was interested in having a line draw the path one of my fish would be swimming. The test worked out fine, so I followed through on the idea a little more and added fish, changed behaviors, and so on. I ultimately came up with a nifty random doodle drawing animation where one line wanders at random, another line seeks the wanderer, and then a third line seeks the second line (as pictured below). The topmost line I made the same color as the background so there’d be the illusion of negative space.

Dynamic Drawing Output Screenshot - Johnny Lightning Strikes Again

Screenshot of the dynamic drawing output