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Post 4th July

First up: House of Air. We hoped it would be like SkyZone in Sydney but bigger. However, it was smaller, and worse. We still had fun though.

 

  

Afterwards, the kids were knackered and didn’t want to walk all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge at water level, so Shari took them home and I explored. I found an old fort with cannons! 

   
 And I was able to take a couple of photos of the bridge from an unusual angle.   

  
It was seriously windy and cold on the top of that fort.  

Wait But Why

I found a really smart website, called “Wait But Why” that delves into big issues and explains them really well. The author, Tim, tries to dig past the fuzzy parts and the politics, and largely succeeds.

I enjoyed the Elon Musk articles:

  1. Elon Musk – The World’s Raddest Man
  2. How Tesla will change your life

And the AI articles:

  1. Artificial Intelligence Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence
  2. Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction

The articles are long, but excellent.

Computer Game Pitch Tag

After seeing a cool idea for a creative game called Pitch Tag, I started playing it with Jason from work.

Dawn of the Blood Pixies

Dawn of the Blood Pixies is a real time strategy game where you command an army of Fairies who protect their forest from those who would destroy it. A new enemy has arisen! A dark wizard has constructed a new race of beings from the corpses of Pixies. The one catch is that they must consume the blood of a Fairy before Dawn or they will turn to dust. You must vanquish all the blood pixies before dawn or you and your army of Fairies will be no more.

Next: “A Tree Falls”

A Tree Falls is a 2D platformer that has the main character, “Billy the squirrel”, running from branch to branch trying to get off the large falling tree in the allotted time limit while collecting as many falling acorns as he can before the tree finally falls down.

Next: “C’thulu’s Lemonade Stand”

You play the part of C’thulu running a neighbourhood lemonade stand. The aim of the game is to maximise the amount of evil that you can accomplish from your lemonade stand. Poisoning your lemonade is one way, but if too many people start dying instantly, the total number of children killed will not be too high. To do well, you must delve into the mysteries of toxicology and design your poison to have the appropriate delayed action so that more people suffer in total.

Biological agents further increase the evil that can be achieved by C’thulu.

Many factors affect your success. The taste of the lemonade (evil and yuck won’t sell well), the weather, your sale price (ingredients are not free))

Next: “The Sheep of Solitude”

You play the part of Stephen (or Stephanie) the Sheep in search of a quiet place to practice your Ruminant Meditation.

In this puzzle game you must navigate through the large puzzle filled Temple of Fluff, each puzzle involves attempting to solve logic puzzles to a relaxing and contemplative sound track, till you arrive in a state of blissful quiet at the temples centre.

Next: “The Apocalypse Construction Kit”

You are evil. So evil, that your hobby is destroying worlds. In this game you outfit a robotic spacecraft that will travel across the stars to a target world and destroy it. This is not as easy as it may appear. The locals will do their best to thwart you and to survive in a hostile environment. You must outfit your robotic world destroyer against attacks on the way to the destination and have sufficient resources to create a successful Armageddon. Options may include asteroids to throw at the planet. Destroying the moon. Releasing toxins an biohazards. Nukes. Antimatter. Supernova trigger.

Next: “Anvil”

You are Phil, the laziest manager at Acme Anvil’s Inc. The game consists of working as a Marketing Manager and is a series of puzzle games to get Anvil sales as high as possible while managing to delegate all work to underlings, avoid getting caught snoozing in meeting and still get a half day on Friday for a round of golf!

Thats all for now.

Link

Fluid Dynamics WebsiteThis website is an impressive implementation of complicated fluid dynamics. It looks so pretty!

 

 

 

Gravity Golf

Many moons ago, in 2009, I was on holiday with the family in New Zealand. I made a little planet gravity game thing in Processing. The game is called Gravity Golf.

Recent advances in Processing means that I can publish it on the web. The aim is to find a really cool path of a particle around whatever planets there are to the pink target. The longest duration path is the one that is rendered.

GravityGolf

The controls are:

  • Left Click – Launch Single Projectile
  • Right Click – add/remove planet
  • Space – Move Arrow
  • T – Move Target
  • R – Launch Randomly
  • M – Rapid (Machine Gun) Launch
  • Z – Reset to a random configuration
  • H – Display this help

Enjoy!