Sphractals

Here are some cool fractals displayed on a sphere using polar coordinates. This first group of 4 images is of the same fractal pattern ( Mandelbrot 1 ), as the camera zooms in on the sphere. Click here to view the 3D presentation of this pattern. ( Note: at the bottom-left of the presentation are two checkboxes. The bottom checkbox enables you to turn on a black plane that bisects the sphere,...

If a human were made of LEGO blocks

This is all just silly fun but I think it helps illustrate just how amazingly huge we are compared to the building blocks from which we are made. Each of us is a massive collection of molecules working together to maintain a complex biological and chemical machine. There are so many pieces to this machine that it is impossible to wrap your head around it. But that doesn't mean we can't try....

Random Walk in Away3D 4.0

I don't know what it is but I just love the patterns, or lack of patterns, in a random walk. Especially when it's done in 3D. It sort of reminds me of a complex protein molecule folding up on itself. At any rate it's fun and easy to play around with and so I thought I'd update my old random walk done in Away3D 3.6 with a new one done with Away3D 4.0 beta. The only real difference with this one...

Mathematical representation of the Apache Flex Logo in Away3D

I don't know about you but I love the new Apache Flex logo. And when I saw it I couldn't help but see that the shape was similar to a mathematical Rose. So of course I spent way, WAY, too much time futzing around with values until I could create a rough representation using Away3D 4.0. If your curious the Apache Flex logo = 2.0 + 1.6 * Math.cos( i * 4 ); Creating the shape of the logo was pretty...

The year behind, the year ahead

I think the biggest news for me personally for 2011 was that the RunPee app reverted back to my control. Briefly the story goes that I built the website back in 2008. Then in 2009 it became really popular and lots of people wanted an iPhone app. Since I had no way of making it myself - yeah, like I want to learn Objective-C and program on a Mac - I partnered with a company to build it for me. So...

I’m too lazy to be a HTML developer

There's no denying it. I'm just to damn lazy to be an HTML developer. This really sunk in when I looked at a tutorial for doing a jQuery Lightbox - for a client project. The tutorial was titled "Super Simple Lightbox with CSS and jQuery" but after reading it over I thought a better title would be "A really freaking hard tutorial on the inane intricacies of doing something that looks simple but in...

TRON clock using Away3D

I was inspired by the Algorithmist's TRON Clock so for funzies over the weekend I wanted to make my own using Away3D. I find that I learn the most when I'm just playing around with something like this and exploring different ways to code or design. Starting with the outermost ring - hand - you can see the month, date, hours, minutes, and seconds. If you watch the seconds hand closely you'll see...

Flash, will you be my Valentines?

I refuse to celebrate a corporate holiday sponsored by the diamond industry and chocolate companies by purchasing a bunch of crap to further perpetuate the Valentine Industrial Complex. But that doesn't mean I can't celebrate in my own way by playing around with some trig and polar coordinates using Away3D to draw hearts in 3D space. Here's the simple version view source The Heart equation...

3D Spirals with Away3D

Mike Chambers' post a few days ago about making spirals with EaslJS inspired me to play around with the same idea in Away3D. While these are quite pretty they don't really move around to well in 3D space because there are so many lines to move. This will all work much, MUCH, better when we get access to Flash Player Molehill. Click on the image to view the application. view source Here are a view...

Interview with Christian Cantrell

I don't know how many of your are aware of this but our very own Christian Cantrell is not only an Adobe AIR Application Developer, Project Manager, and Evangelist. He's also a published Science Fiction author. His first full length novel is called Containment You can read a review of Containment here. Christian was gracious enough to agree to an email interview and take the time to respond very...