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Comment: Re:If Minecraft is anything to go by (Score 5, Interesting) 67

by j_philipp (#48118347) Attached to: Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks
Oh you're right, this is not yet the scale of Minecraft, it's also very different, as you will see when exploring. Every distinct block is hand-drawn by the person, ranging from 19x19 pixels to 38x38 per drawing, with multiple animation cells and sometimes scripts attached to blocks, and numbers indeed don't measure the great things people have built... have a look at this screenshot gallery or explore the world and its many areas a bit to get an impression. Here's the City of Twilight or Green Mountain for instance, which you can add to too.

+ - Infinite browser universe Manyland hits 8 million placed blocks->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "Manyland is an html5/ JS-based MMO universe created by a community and two indie developers from Europe. Everything in the world can be freely drawn and placed: From the cars, animals, plants, houses, bridges, to everyone's own bodies. Like Wikipedia, by default areas are editable by everyone (and removing a block leaves dust which can be used to undo the removal). Since the opening a year ago, over 100,000 different creations have been made, and now, over 8 million blocks placed."
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Apple

+ - iPad 2-player "face to face" games-> 1

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j_philipp writes "For almost a year now I've been working on iPad 2-player "one shared device" games, a genre I'm absolutely in love with. The games are still all free, for now. Recently, I've switched to the terrific Corona framework, a middleware which makes it very easy to utilize things like a physics engine (Box2D), and do other game-related stuff. Before that, I used PhoneGap, meaning some of the other games are based on JavaScript and HTML (you can glean the full source of one of the games on the site). This week my new game, Siege Towers, got released. If you're a developer pondering your next project, maybe you can give Corona a try... a pretty fun framework."
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Books

+ - A New Book About Classic Graphic Adventure Games->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "As a fan of the genre, I've compiled and edited a book called "Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics By Lucasfilm, Sierra and Others, from the Pages of Wikipedia". As the title says, it's collected from the pages of Wikipedia, with slight or heavy editing as well as additional material — depending on what was needed to make it work in book form — and with many additional creator interviews I conducted with people like Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry) or David Fox (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken...). There's also many screenshots from the games. If you liked to play Loom, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Myst and many others, perhaps this is something of interest... and because the book is GNU-licensed, you can grab the free download if you like."
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Books

+ - A New Book About Classic Graphic Adventure Games->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "As a fan of the genre, I've compiled and edited a book called "Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics By Lucasfilm, Sierra and Others, from the Pages of Wikipedia". As the title says, it's collected from the pages of Wikipedia, with slight or heavy editing as well as additional material — depending on what was needed to make it work in book form — and with many additional creator interviews I conducted with people like Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry) or David Fox (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken...). There's also many screenshots from the games. If you liked to play Loom, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Myst and many others, perhaps this is something of interest... and because the book is GNU-licensed, you can grab the free download if you like."
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+ - New gadget photo comics->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "Slashdot, my neighbor and I are creating these gadget & tech toys photo comics. Today we've tested the Star Wars Force Trainer — which analyzes your Beta brain wave activity to measure concentration, allowing you to move a sphere with the power of your thoughts — and today we're also going live with the site. Let her know if you like the stories!"
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Comment: Re:On your marks, get slashdotted, go! (Score 1) 55

by j_philipp (#30719986) Attached to: Gallery of Past Tech (and Other) Advertising
Thanks for this feedback Reziac. A just-sorted-by-date section does make some sense, I will ponder what is feasible here in terms of navigation (one prototype of the site had a specially colored "Misc." section but I was not yet completely happy with it). Pls note you can already search by year (e.g. [1923], or in combo with a keyword) and you can search by decade by entering e.g. [1920s] or [1930s], and then page through the first 1,000 results.

And you're right, sources are included independent of whether an ad can be bought from there (and if there's a buy link there, it will be independent of whether or not I have an affiliate account with the site... I consider it useful). This is a museum and gallery site that's meant to be enjoyed by people and to be useful, and everything else is secondary to that goal. As you might expect I will run into problems if server costs are making me bankrupt, but other than that, I'm happy if I just cover server costs (if more, I'm very happy too of course, but not in a way that clutters the site or anything).

Comment: Re:On your marks, get slashdotted, go! (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by j_philipp (#30712800) Attached to: Gallery of Past Tech (and Other) Advertising
As the creator of the site, I'm hoping for the best :) For what it's worth, I'm using Amazon S3 for the storage of the images (which needs to be paid by bandwidth, admittedly, so I'll have to watch my costs closely), and due to caching there should be no database connections on any ad page once it has been viewed for a first time (unless I iterate the version of the site or clear the cache... never before searched queries do cause database connections, naturally). But none of this guarantess uptime during slashdotting... again I can just hope for the best!
Businesses

Gallery of Past Tech (and Other) Advertising 55

Posted by kdawson
from the masters-of-persuasion dept.
theodp writes "The Vintage Ad Browser takes you back to the days when Google conjured up images of Barney Google (1948). When the hip music player was a Walkman (1982). When Osborne meant state-of-the-art in computing (1982). When Big Picture TV meant 12" (1948). When compact camera referred to a Pocket Instamatic (1972). And when wireless meant getting phone calls 300 feet from the house (1982)."

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