Extreme time wasters

28 Dec 2006

Sorry, my posting have been off for awhile. Here is the main reason…

From http://www.kottke.org

It’s the Friday before Christmas weekend. Stop pretending you’re trying to get any work done today. Your boss is either off on vacation already or has her feet up on the desk, waiting for the appropriate hour to sneak off for a “late lunch” and never come back. To help you in your final hours of pre-holiday work, I compiled a list of some addictive online games, easy to play but hard to master. Have hours of fun. Go on, you deserve it.

link to kottke

Line Rider has been the most addictive so far. Just got bought out and will appear on Nintendo systems.



Daily Cartoon PocketMod

29 Nov 2006

cartoon bankHere is a PocketMod mod that grabs the daily cartoon from www.cartoonbank.com, which luckily is a jpeg. The PocketMod app does not allow for importing gifs (sorry, no Dilbert).

Cartoonbank has a strange way of providing the artwork, they name each one as the date, and not the “cartoon_of_the_day.jpg”. I do not know which timezone they are in and when the generate the file. Just wait a couple hours after midnight and you should be fine.

Grab the mod here.



Daily Horoscopes

16 Nov 2006

Horoscope pocketmodAdd one part RSS feed from tarot.com, and a pinch of zodialogical clip-art. And presto! A Horoscope mod. Just edit the description in the xml for your sign and it will grab the correct feed.

I do not believe in astrology, I just can’t get over the fact that other people born the same week that I was are going to get the same advice, like… “Get good news from a friend” or “Now is a good time to ask for a raise”. A friend of mine told the reason that I did not believe in it was because I was a virgo. What? Oh, nevermind.
I have had a sudden burst of module development recently. I won’t have a new ones in while, too busy with the holidays.

PocketMod – standalone flash player

Daily Horoscope – PocketMod module



Quotations for PocketMods

10 Nov 2006

pocketmod photoGet new quotations each day from The Quotations Page delivered to your pocketmod.

Download the mod



PocketMod TaDa Lists

06 Nov 2006

tada list pocketmodBased on my experiments with the weather mod, I came up with this one, download here. It grabs the rss feed from one of your shared public lists.

You could use for shopping lists or just a nice way of getting your todo’s into your pocketmod without writing them down.

Step by step instructions:

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Micro Maze for PocketMod

31 Oct 2006

PocketMod maze makerMy kids said that the last maze maker was too easy. Here is a new one, micro maze. It will generate a smaller maze. You can still use the original for the younger children.



Local Weather PocketMod

30 Oct 2006

weather forecastI had a break-though in my Pocketmod ( PocketMod is a standalone flash player) module programming experiments. I have away to have user customized mods. Here is my first one in the series. Weather forecast, download the swf and modify your xml. Here are the rules:

  1. The label in the xml must be “Weather”
  2. You can only have one copy at a time, it will use the last one in the list
  3. Rename the swf to zipcode of the forecast you want.

Hopefully the next version of wordpress will allow me to post xml snippets better.

It’s a little large for a pocketmod, because of the graphics and the fact the fonts are embedded (for print rotation).



PocketMod Maze Generator

24 Oct 2006

PocketMod maze maker That is pretty much it. This pocketmod generates a new maze each time you reload it. Uses maze algorithms to generate maze. Download it from the site and grab the xml for your flash PocketMod app.

Here is an example below of a maze generator in one line of code by John Tromp. It hard to see from the post, but the code spells out the word “MAZE”, incredible. Visit his site for more details.

char*M,A,Z,E=40,J[40],T[40];main(C){for(*J=A=scanf(M="%d",&C);
--            E;             J[              E]             =T
[E   ]=  E)   printf("._");  for(;(A-=Z=!Z)  ||  (printf("n|"
)    ,   A    =              39              ,C             --
)    ;   Z    ||    printf   (M   ))M[Z]=Z[A-(E   =A[J-Z])&&!C
&    A   ==             T[                                  A]
|6<<27^rand()||!C&!Z?J[T[E]=T[A]]=E,J[T[A]=A-Z]=A,"_.":" |"];}

(I had to change one character to get wordpress from "eating" the code. It was the caret in front of rand on the last line, it was supposed to be a <)



PocketMod Download Site Update

19 Oct 2006

My PocketMod Site. Sorry for missing a few posts, but I was working on a new design and layout for my PocketMod website. I will be adding a few more next week and decided to give it a face-lift. It was a pain to create a new graphic for each entry. Now it is a bit plainer but, easier to maintain. Plus it now contains a xml snippet to paste into your file.



More games tonight

28 Sep 2006

Sling screenshotFound a very innovative Flash game this evening called Sling. The best games, like this one are simple to play, but a tough to master. It seems every night this week I have been side-tracked with some game. As you can see Sling is extremely addicting, that is why this blog entry is posted so late. It gets kind of frustrating towards the end and you can’t look up the answers for this game like the MM dark movie game.