Archive for fun

HowTo: Generate a Mandelbrot using XSLT

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 by Deems

We’ve seen before how Mandelbrots can be mathematically generated using T-SQL and ASCII art.

XSLTs are used to transform XML documents into more readable information. Now someone’s taken the time to create an XSLT template to transform a few values in an XML file into a mandelbrot image also using 27 ASCII characters (each with their own colour). [via The Daily WTF]



Chrome Experiements

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, 19 March 2009 by Deems

Just in case you thought JavaScript wasn’t powerful then check out the Chrome Experiments site. You don’t need to use Chrome to view them but they’ll run better and quicker than most other browsers. 

These experiments were created by designers and programmers from around the world. Their work is making the web faster, more fun, and more open – the same spirit in which we built Google Chrome. – source Chrome Experiments

You can play Tetris, look at some physics experiments and even make your browser talk. Go and check it out

Think you’re a hotshot JavaScript programmer – got a cool experiment or fun game? Why not submit it to them and you could find yourself being showcased on their site too.

Broken Picture Telephone game review

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , on Friday, 6 March 2009 by Deems

I’m sure most, if not all, of you are familar with the game of quick draw, called Pictionary. And if you know it or have played it before you know how much fun it can be and what hailarious results come out of someone drawing their interpretation of a word or phrase and their partner having to guess that word or phrase.

Okay, now keep that idea in mind, got it? Good.

Now, remember the game you might have played when you were younger or in school, called broken telephone (or Chinese whispers)? You know the one, find a group of people and have one person whisper a phrase to one person, then that person whispers it to the next and so on until you get to the last person who repeats the message to the first. Then laugh at how the message got changed somewhere along the way.

Get that idea? Now, imagine the hilarious results if you put the two together? You then get the Broken Picture Telephone game. 

You can either start your own game, or join in an existing game. Whenever someone takes a turn they only ever see the previous phrase and have to draw it’s representation or the previous picture and have to describe what they see as accurately as possible. Oh, and just like most games, there’s a 10-minute time limit to each go. 

Once the last person has played the game you were a part of you get emailed a notification that the game has been completed with a link to the game so that you can see how it progressed and what the result was. 

Then you get things that start out like this:


Progress to something like this:


And finally, amazingly, end up with this:


Just take a look at some of the previous games I have been involved in for more hilarious examples.

Thanks to onelargeprawn for spotting this one!

Tilt Shift Maker website

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , , on Monday, 12 January 2009 by Deems

I’ve been trying all weekend to get to the TiltShiftMaker website to try it out but it seems they’ve been inundated by people wanting to try out their free service. I wanted to try it out for myself before posting about it so I tried this morning and got it to work – the service is extremely straightforward and simple, it just seems they’re struggling with the demand.

Below is a photograph of the old Green Point Stadium I took while on a helicopter flip around Cape Town and the coast. It’s being replaced by the new stadium built for the FIFA 2010 Word Cup to be held in South Africa – I’d like to take another flip around town when it’s finished and take a photo of it for comparison. [via Lifehacker]


Tilt-shifted photo of Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa


Textorize any image

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on Friday, 28 November 2008 by Deems

What? I hear you asking – okay let me explain – here’s a free little website that allows you to point it to an image on the web, give it a few words to use as paint-brush strokes and voila – it uses the words you gave it as brush strokes to draw the image you gave it – pretty accurately too, and using the closest possible colours. I took my blog mughshot and textorized it with Demitri, Baroutsos and Deems. Go on, try it for yourself – it’s fun! [via Chris Pirillo]

PS: you can’t right click and save the image, because it’s not actually an image but a scaleable vector graphc created with rotated and coloured text – right-click and select view-source to see what was generated. 


Deems, textorized

PhotoFunia: Make yourself famous

Posted in Funny, General, Photography, Technology with tags , , , , , , on Friday, 21 November 2008 by Deems

Update: 11 Feb 2010 – it appears the Swedes have heard of me and I’m making a difference in their lives.

photofunia-logoEver wanted to be famous? Have your portrait hung on a wall, Warhol style or maybe on a wanted poster? Now you can, with PhotoFunia. Below are some samples I did quickly with my mugshot-photo. Try it out for yourself and see what the results are like. [via Seth]


Warhol-style - I'm famous!


Artist sketching me, nice legs eh? 🙂

Deems-Potter wanted poster

Deems-Potter wanted poster

Game: Fantastic Contraption

Posted in Funny, Games, General with tags , , , on Thursday, 23 October 2008 by Deems

Here’s a fun little flash game that will either frustrate the crap out of you or keep you busy for hours – have fun! The idea behind the game is to get a object from one location (light blue area) to the target location (red area) with the aid of various bits and pieces that roll or pull – you can even join things up to move the object around. 

Click on the image below (on of my own contraptions) to get to the game online. Source How-To Geek