Intersection of programming, maths and art

### Needs more explode()s

It’s happened to all of us. (Vagueness intensifies) You’ve walked out of the cinema, and you can’t help but think “that needed more explosions”. Similarly, we’ve all written a PHP script and thought much the same thing. Right? …right? Now there’s a solution. This all-new PHP function, needsMoreExplosions(), will solve all your problems by exploding […]

### Portal ASCII

I took a screenshot of every bit of ASCII from the Portal end credits. Then I copied the text by hand. Well, I spent about an 1½ hours on these: .,-:;//;:=, . :H@@@MM@M#H/.,+%;, ,/X+ +M@@M@MM%=,-%HMMM@X/, -+@MM; \$M@@MH+-,;XMMMM@MMMM@+- ;@M@@M- XM@X;. -+XXXXXHHH@M@M#@/. ,%MM@@MH ,@%= .—=-=:=,. -@#@@@MX ., -%HX\$\$%%%+; =-./@M@M\$ .;@MMMM@MM: X@/ -\$MM/ .+MM@@@M\$ ,@M@H: :@: . -X#@@@@- […]

### Geminids

Last night I watched about three meteors from the annual Geminids shower. They occur once a year from around December 7th to December 15th. This year it was December 14 11pm – December 15 1am in Sydney. The stereotype of a meteor/shower is quite different from reality. First of all, there’s only one every minute […]

### “Beating the System” of Portal 2’s chamber 8

NOTE: Apparently this isn’t meant to be done, as you can’t get the cube through the door. Ha Valve, been outsmarted! First, grab the cube and walk to it. Then place the cube against the bit with the hole. Jump on and next to the hole, And shoot the necessary portals to line up the laser. Proof […]

### Human Brain Cloud

From Kyle Gabler, co-developer of World of Goo: The Human Brain Cloud: a massively Multiplayer Word Association Game! You will be shown a word. You will type what you first think of. You will be shown another word. You will type what you first think of. Ad infinitum. But it’s fun! The idea is, the […]

### Triple 9 clock

This clock is seriously epic. It appeals to me in all sorts of ways I wouldn’t have thought possible. Here’s the clock without flash: Though 9-√9+.9(repeater) is kinda cheating… at which someone pointed out that the mark is actually at the 6.999999999th hour. Admittedly, .9 repeater is equal to 1, but it just feels wrong. […]