Google Blog javascript balls

So, I’ve just seen http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/ipv6-countdown-to-launch.html, if you don’t know what I’m on about, it’s pretty cool! Just mouse-over the balls, and have a play! :D

Unfortunately, they’ve hidden the code to do it, so there’s no easy way of finding out what they’ve done. Looks like each ball is tied to a specific point, and they just elastically bounce around that point. Still looks cool though :D

Front page redesign!

I’ve just redesigned the front page of the site – see what you think!

It replaces the navigation bar with a much more blocky navigation which takes up most of the front page, allowing you to easily get to an interesting bit – it looks cleaner too.

Minecraft Pixel Art

Hey folks

Just thought you’d love to hear about a few things I’ve been doing in Minecraft recently!

PIXEL ART!

I decided to make the Google Chrome logo from coloured wool in Minecraft.

I took the Google Chrome Logo:

Reduced it to 32x32px (actually, I initially found a 32x32px image :P):

Applied this GIMP Colour Palette to it to adapt the colours to the wool colours in Minecraft (Image -> Mode -> Indexed, using custom palette – you’ll need to right click the palettes window and import it first):
(this is the one I’m actually using, if you use the one above, you’ll end up with this)

Build in Minecraft!

I’m considering building all the major browser’s logos, but I’m having a hard time finding the resources to do just Chrome’s. And Chrome has gone and got itself a new logo in the meantime…

Because I was finding it hard to know what I needed, I also built a spreadsheet. This spreadsheet knows all the requirements for the wool blocks, asks you what you need to complete the project, what you currently have, and goes away and calculates what else you need to gather.

Download spreadsheet

If you want to download it, feel free to. I’ve released it under CC-BY-SA, so do whatever you want with it under the terms of that licence (attribute me and share any changes you make under similar conditions, otherwise do what you want). Details are in the file.

Minatures in photography

Video

Just seen this on a friend’s blog – it looks amazing!

The Sandpit from Human Music & Sound Design on Vimeo.

I’ve seen this sort of thing before as still images, something called tilt-shift or something. I dunno, but if anyone knows how to do it easily, preferably if it’s possible with a 5 megapixel phone camera, or editing with something like The GIMP, I’d love to know how.

I don’t consider myself an arty person, and I don’t really know any of the arty lingo, I just know that this looks cool! :D

Oh, and did I mention – the music in that video is really cool too! :D