Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Breakfast of Champions

Well it looks like I've got me a 1st class honours degree. I extend a hearty thankyou to all the Processing folks (seeing as I started getting 1sts on projects just after I started using Processing). I also extend a hearty thanks to my parents for supporting me throughout the past three years.

Creating a package as opposed to a standalone sketch takes some serious thought on my part. I hope to get an outline of the A* part of my A.I. library done soon, but this is all new territory for me.

A friend alerted me to Fluxus a scheme based graphics programming environment. It boasts the advantage of letting you drop code in whilst it's running. I've wanted to learn a Lisp style language for some time, it's just a pity there isn't a Windows release.

The tragic condition of Patrick O'Brien prompts me to link one of his favourites of mine. The Man With the Smallest Penis in Existence and the Electron Microscope Technician who Loved Him.

And there's the Art of Science Competition results.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ai ai savelai

As folks on the Processing forum will know, I've been experimenting with the A* pathfinding algorithm. Here's a link demonstrating it and a couple of references. And from there I went back to my AI snake project because I wanted to get something ready for Transistor 2 which I'm very happy to be attending this year. I'm along for the third course - drop me a line if you're going or if you work in Unreal Tournament as that's the environment we'll be making some stuff in.

I made a bunch of snakes go at it at once. Then I pushed it to 3D. After that I extended the pathfinder to tackle all the diagonals possible in 3D. That's 26 directions.

Mr Carden put up an interesting link in the A* thread about an AI Tron project. It uses a genetic algorithm. It would be interesting to combine A* to this as it's grid map has a limited adaptive memory. Perhaps I should start writing an AI library. Hrmm...

And now for even more links, (deep breath)...

A rather pleasant animation
A rather funny animation (especially if you work in Flash)
An interesting article about making money on the internet
A project viewing what people are browsing on the web right now (and people actually surf porn with this plugin enabled - weird)
A free SDS radiation ringtone (?!)