Gamelog: Hexaflip

I've been playing some casual games as part of the Apple Arcade trial subscription, and have really been enjoying Hexaflip by Rogue Games. One part Q-Bert, one part Marble Madness, one part platform runner. It's a deceptively simple game - there are only two “controls” - tap left and tap right. No forward or backward. No jump. Just left and right, always moving forward. Some of the tiles can change your direction, so you have to plan accordingly. [Read More]

Must-play examples of great video game design?

The plan for my PhD is taking a bit of a different tack, to take advantage of an incredible opportunity that will remain cryptically-alluded-to for now. I need to go deep on video game design, and I'll be approaching things from a teachy-learny perspective so ideally I need to spend some quality time with key video games that are exemplars of experiential learning. I'm thinking it doesn't need to be full-on Oregon Trail you-have-died-of-dysentery, but should include games that pioneered approaches to teach in some way. [Read More]

Introducing Hypercardinator

For some reason, I felt like turning my blog into something reminiscent of Hypercard. Maybe it's nostalgia? Maybe it's a throwback to an era from before the web? Maybe it's an ironic attempt to de-emphasize design over content? Maybe all of those. Anyway. I found this great Chicago-inspired webfont, released under a Creative Commons license by Giles Booth. At first, I just used a local stylesheet to force it to be used on any site, but then I realized I wanted it running on my blog full-time. [Read More]

2016 / 366photos

I just pulled together photos from each day of 2016 - and realized I've been shooting at least one photo per day for a decade now. I didn't think I'd be able to keep doing it, but now can't imagine not doing it. The latest gallery has 366 photos, due to the leap year. My photos have gone through artsy phases, and have pretty much settled into an informal documentary style. [Read More]

student practicing in the TI gallery

A student practiced in the gallery for a bit today. Not bad. Love the acoustics of the gallery/loft/atrium space.

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2015/365photos

I just posted the set of daily photos for 2015, wrapping up the 9th year I've done a 365photos project. I'm trying a new publishing tool - instead of generating static HTML from Aperture, I'm exporting 960px-wide images from Photos, uploading those to my server, and using UberGallery to generate the web pages automatically. I haven't done much with metadata for the photos, so I'm just showing the photo and a title if available. [Read More]

NW Calgary Bicycle Commute Timelapse

A 15km ride from UofC to Deepest NW Calgary - only a couple of blocks worth of marked bicycle lanes, and a couple km of separated pathways. I used a helmet-mounted GoPro Hero 4 Silver set to shoot a 4K timelapse with frames recorded every second, played back at 30fps. Nice.

slow motion invertebrates

I did my BSc in zoology, and wound up focusing on invertebrates. There's an amazing diversity and beauty in them. There's just something about radial symmetry that still mesmerizes me.

via Jason Kottke

2013 Tour of Alberta

Evan and I headed downtown for the finish of Stage 5 of the Tour of Alberta (along with several thousand others). What an amazing event, and a fantastic finish. Hopefully this isn't just a one-off - it would be incredible to see it come back next year, with some mountain stages (the 1 mountain stage that had been planned was rerouted because of the June flooding in Alberta - hopefully next year's route would include a stage over Highwood Pass and maybe through the Rockies). [Read More]