Posts for July 2002

File Under Water

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The girl with the arm-stilts pops the pillow-bubble releasing the underwater horse... floating mermaids dance... jackhammer-boy explores the sunken ship. No, it's not a Dali fairy tale, it's one of several possible _plots_ auto-generated by the ambient Flash film _Infrasound._ Discrete environments, characters, and objects are constantly shuffled according to subtle algorithms, creating on-the-fly narratives that vary each visit. Gorgeous illustrations by crankbunny and an evocative soundtrack by members of Mogwai make Infrasound a high-bandwidth experience worth waiting for. (Free CD-ROM can be ordered too). - Curt Cloninger

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Tall on Small

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Where can you find an animation of a man diving into a cup of coffee, a photo gallery dedicated to flip flops flying through the air, and miniature illustrations of your favorite musical bands? All this and more awaits you at Flip Flop Flyin' (FFF). The artist behind FFF gets his kicks out of making whimsical graphics that are very small, entertaining, and twee. Art fans will especially enjoy FFF's _minimoma,_ a tiny permanent collection of works by some of the 20th century's biggest artists. A Warhol is most definitely still a Warhol at 25 by 30 pixels.

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The Fun World of Data Entry

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Handheld computing give us a Tetris and Scrabble hybrid, Dasher. On the surface, Dasher is a new data entry interface for devices without keyboards. But in practice, it looks more like a video game, zooming through multicolored rooms to get to each letter, intelligently presenting options for what users are likely to select next. Utilitarian or fun? Download a beta version and check out this cross-breed for yourself. - Eryk Salvaggio

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