March 2008

Jackson Pollock Interactive

by Andy Polaine on March 29, 2008

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Once again proving that the simple interactives are often the most engaging and playful, this Jackson Pollockpiece by Miltos Manetas and Stamen has apparently been around since 2003, but I hadn’t seen it. It’s a simple click and move the mouse around affair, but the feeling of the paint splodging around is surprisingly pleasant.

You can also download the source-code from Stamen too.

[tags]stamen, pollock[/tags]

Game Controller Family Tree

by Andy Polaine on March 29, 2008

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From the old, beloved Atari 2600 joystick to the Wiimote, how did we get from there to here?

The “Sock Master’s” family tree of controllers has the goods. There are some classics and some real stinkers like the The Nintendo Virtual Boy Controller. What were they thinking?

[tags]controllers, games, videogames, hardware[/tags]

Website Navigation Via Camera Tracking

March 28, 2008

The website of Publicis & Hal Riney uses camera-tracking in Flash for the navigation – the first website to use it as far as I know. Although described by a Twitterer as “Minority Report-like controls” (can we stop using that as the yardstick please!), it’s really more like the method used in the EyeToy Play. […]

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No Agencies Please, You’re Not Nice

March 27, 2008

Wandering off from a post by John Hicks about staff photos I ended up on the jobs page of my mates at Poke. They have a good tip for recruitment agencies (I’ve had similar experiences): Please no agencies. You’re too expensive. And some of you are really horrible too. We do work with a couple […]

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Parents to be educated about the Interweb

March 27, 2008

There’s a well-balanced piece from Patrick Wintourin the Guardian today about parents being shown how to protect their children online. It reports of a government initiative based on a review by Dr Tanya Byron (she works as a consultant in child and adolescent mental health and also presented quite a few programmes for the BBC […]

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Playful Measuring Jug

March 25, 2008

Metric is so passé. Just how much is a hill of beans? I’m not sure, but I know the problems of three little people don’t amount to one. On the other hand, this very amusing “Domestic Science” measuring jug from Harry White Design will at least measure 100 penne pasta, ten billion grains of icing […]

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Every (Nintendo) Video Game Online, Free

March 25, 2008

Everyvideogame.com is an archive of “all the Nintendo games you grew up with – online and free”. I was more of a Atari, ZX Specturm and Sega man myself, but this a pretty good archive. Prepare to waste an hour or so. [tags]games, emulator, nintendo, archive[/tags]

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Photographer’s Rights

March 25, 2008

I’ve long been uncomfortable and unclear about the law when it comes to taking photos in public places and have read of several situations when ‘security’ or police have prevented or questioned photographers or downright threatened them or made them delete images (the old film cliché of opening the camera back and spooling out the […]

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R.I.P. Leo – 8.30AM, 22.3.2008

March 22, 2008

Our cat, Leo, who travelled with us all the way from Australia, died this morning having struggled with FIV (the feline version of HIV) for the last year. For those of you who have never had a pet, this will probably sound ridiculously sentimental. Others will know how much they are loved and treated as […]

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Creative Play helps children’s self-control

March 17, 2008

There’s an interesting piece about Creative Play on NPR at the moment that looks at a school running the Tools of the Mind programme. One of the findings of the research is that creative play helps regulate executive function: Executive function has a number of elements, such as working memory and cognitive flexibility. But perhaps […]

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