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Archive for May, 2006

Krypto Kakuros in Games Magazine

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Hey look at that! I managed to sneak a few of my Krypto Kakuro puzzles into the July issue of Games Magazine! Welcome puzzle solvers! If you’re visiting Krazydad because you want more puzzles, you’ll find ’em here. Also, you may enjoy the various offerings in the fun & games section.

Processing Group at Flickr

Friday, May 26th, 2006

The Processing group at Flickr contains a gallery of stunning images created with my favorite language for making motion graphics and algorithmic art: Processing. As I’ve mentioned before, processing is an excellent first language for budding algorithmic artists.

Clouds, clouds, everywhere

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

When I told my family I wrote an article about tag clouds for O’Reilly, they went “Huh? What’s that?” But then again, these are the same folks that thought I was writing an article for this guy, instead of these guys. Anyway, this is a tag cloud: 2d algorithmic ALSA audio automatic bison blog book […]

The Shape of Song

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Martin Wattenberg’s The Shape of Song provides a series of graphic analyses of MIDI files. The arches link musical phrases that are repetitions of each other, and provide a striking guide to the structure of the music. The above image is Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” The site contains images of varying styles of music ranging […]

PicoCrickets – Mindstorms sans Testosterone

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

A PicoCricket is a tiny computer that can make things spin, light up, and play music. You can plug lights, motors, sensors, and other devices into a PicoCricket, then program them to react, interact, and communicate. For example, you can make a cat and program it to purr when someone pets it. Or you can […]

God’s Email

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I’m testing out Google’s new “Gmail for your domain” service with my domain Here’s a screen snapshot. It’s pretty cool – all the goodness I’ve come to expect from GMail, with a much cooler domain name. currently gets about 30 to 50 prayers a day, and a very large amount of spam. He […]

Childhood Reads

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Stranger from the Depths, by Gerry Turner, 1967. Abridged version 1970. This was my favorite book for much of my childhood (until about 8th grade). I read the Scholastic abridged version a kajillion times. At least a couple dozen. One of the only science fiction books of my youth whose cover & blurb truthfully advertised […]

I’ve been dugg!

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Welcome, visitors from digg. Here are some recent music-related posts from KrazyDad: About the Whitney Music Box A φ fractal Organum Mathematicum Text to Song More fun stuff in the links on the upper right… Enjoy! UPDATE: Welcome also, visitors from My favorite comment on your site was this one, which needs no translation: […]

QFold Puzzles

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

The QFold puzzle website contains puzzles that are meant to be printed and solved with a pencil. The puzzles are beautiful symmetrical designs that contain 20 hidden asymmetrical elements. To solve the puzzle, you identify these 20 elements of the puzzle and count the number of instances of each class of asymmetry (this is explained […]

Why Flickr is cool

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Today I emailed this photo to Flickr. I had taken it with my cellphone last month while traveling on business. Within minutes, Jogales added a comment which revealed the make of the plane, the airline, and pointed me to a far more interesting picture of this very same plane colliding with another plane, on the […]