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Entries from November 2009

Programming MandelBulb

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Sorry that I have been a bit quiet lately. Inspired by the great site of Daniel White: Skytopia, I started to work on my own MandelBulb program using Ruby-Processing. You will find a first result below. The program I made actually rotates the object real-time, that is why is looks somewhat airy. This can be […]

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Spore in each Classroom?

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Wired gives us 5 reasons to use Spore Galactic Adventures in the classroom:
1. World Building;
2. Understanding relationships;
3. Media Literacy;
4. Learning about Evolution;
5. Cultural Studies.
Good to know there are people finding merit in the game, I sure hope we’ll get to see more of it in the future, in spite of all the rumored lay-offs. Read […]

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Be a Martian

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

This week the NASA and Microsoft started a site where we, the public, can help interpreting the mega-load of pictures of Mars. The site is called Be a Martian; it allows you to create a free login and choose a robot to represent you on Mars. It is all done in a creative and friendly […]

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Tags: Robots · Science

Mandelbulb: 3D fractals

November 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Browsing the web I found this amazing video. This is fractal graphics at its most organic! The creator of this video had two computers working six months (!) to compute all the images that make up this movie.

If you want to read more about the recent developments in 3D versions of the Mandelbrot function, dubbed […]

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Tags: Art · MandelBulb

Striped Icebergs

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

With the global climate in the spotlight the poles are in the center of global attention. From the poles originate the ever beautiful and ominous icebergs. Did you know they too can have layers?

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Tags: Art · Science

LCROSS confirms: water on the moon

November 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Remember LCROSS, and the live footage of the impact? Well, the data is in! The data confirms that there is indeed more water than was even hoped. This bodes well for future Moon missions.

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots

Rumor: EA to layoff (some) Maxis staff

November 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Electronic Arts is said to be planning to layoff 1500 staff by April 2010. Kotaku says:
Also said to be affected heavily are Spore and former-Sims studio EA Maxis, social network gaming acquisition Rupture Studios, and Mercenaries and The Saboteur creators Pandemic Studios LA.

We can just hope that the rumors are wrong and Spore will get […]

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Tags: Maxoids · News · Spore

Fast-talking Aussie Frog

November 9th, 2009 · No Comments

National Geographic News reports that scientists in Australia found a new species of frog. It has a distinctive tapping call that is often a prelude to aggressive wrestling matches with competitors, hence the adjective.
Over the last ten years in Australia, scientists have unearthed an average of at least two new species a week! National Geographic […]

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Tags: Biology

New header item: Apps

November 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Just a quick note to tell you that you now can get to the Spore applet I made in August through the menu on the top of this page. I hope to add more in the next months. I’ll keep you posted. If you have any remarks, suggestions or ideas, please tell me!

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Tags: Fanstuff · Me

Spore Islands Open Beta officially launched

November 5th, 2009 · No Comments

EA sent out a press release about the open beta for Spore on Facebook today. A quote:
“In Spore Islands, players get to invite friends in their social web to play on
their island, so creating this game exclusively for Facebook was a natural
choice for us since they are the largest and most popular social platform for
games,” […]

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