January 24, 2004
Online Toys of the Monet
Awesomely compelling Zip Code Explorer...it starts out with the entire continental USA lit, as you type in each digit of a 5-digit zipcode, the lights go out for everywhere except where the digits typed so far could apply to.
Actually, the website of Ben Fry, the designer, has something, interactive or just visually compelling, for everyone. :
- For gamers (or game programmers) deconstructulator is a look into the mind and soul of a Nintendo as it plays Super Mario Brothers.
- Coders might also like dismap, a static visualization of a NES processor playing through Excite Bike, or revisionist, a visualization of computer source code as it goes through changes.
- The politically-minded might be interested in the protest element of My Fellow Citizens,
- For genticists, lots of stuff on genome visualization.
- The artistically-inclined might have a few minutes of fun playing with natural/unnatural.
- Finally, immiscible fluid mixing simulation is a virtual toy that reminds me of those old sand/oil in a frame things. (It's based on processing, a 2D/3D Java-based toolkit I mean to work with as soon as I finish up my darn Atari game.)
Quote of the Moment
"I must say I feel rather sad that today's children seem to get so much of the 'either-or' teaching. 'A girl is either smart or pretty.' 'A man can be either a top-flight technical person or a top-flight human relations person.' 'A woman can be a success at marriage, or at a career.' Such thinking seems to me basically wrong. Why not try to be both smart and pretty? Adequate both technically and in human relations? A success at both marriage and a career?"
--Lillian Gilbreth, the "supermom" from the original 'Cheaper by the Dozen'. Ever since I was the father in that play in Middle School, I've had a soft spot for that amazing story.
Mostly, I just wanted to say that "Adequate both technically and in human relations?" might just be the secret to my software development career thus far.