Musings of a Fondue


Original Date: December 24, 2014

I came across this webapp called Meatspace. It’s a chat system with a twist. In lieu of a profile picture, each message you send is accompanied by a two second gif captured by your webcam.

Though not unique to Meatspace, two more things add to its charm. First, the messages are “ephemeral”. If you weren’t there when they were posted you don’t see them (the server doesn’t store conversations).* Second, anyone can drop in to the conversation. There is no need to create an account or login.**

I think it’s an awesome idea!

I find myself way more confident than I would be in real life talking with people I am meeting for the first time.

Blender X Python

Original Date: November 21, 2014

Did you know Blender uses Python?!

I had created a shape on Blender and wanted to export its vertices for use in another program. Not sure how to go about it, I Googled for ideas and came across this StackExchange answer.

It was a small Python script that did just that. And, I understood it!? And even tweaked it!

Custom Windows Sounds

Original Date: November 14, 2014

My mom was commenting on a sound effect her Windows account makes on error. I found it hilarious cause it sounds like the noise some chibi thing would make after being poked.

And it got me thinking… All the possibilities…

If you get sounds from X thing you like (music, TV show, real life, etc.) and then snip it with Audacity, or any other free sound editing program… You can create a custom sound for each notification!

SVG X Khan Academy

Original Date: November 11, 2014

I was inspired by the first person to port the SVG Doge to Khan Academy (the link might be to a clone and not the original). I deduced from the highly detailed image that it must have initially been an SVG file because it’s essentially impossible to create it using just the Khan Academy environment. Creating such a detailed image necessitates the use of vector editing software like Illustrator and Inkscape. Also, the decimal precise coordinates were a giveaway that it was imported from somewhere.

I Googled around for a copy of the Doge SVG file, and came across this one shared on Reddit.

After messing around for a bit, I was able to port a portion of it to Khan Academy.

Http Sniffing

Original Date: November 7, 2014

I was watching this video on phone hacking,

And there was this part at around 12:45 where he was reading the password and email sent. Except what he was reading looked awfully familiar…

It was a simple HTTP POST request! I had to try it out.

Open Frameworks

Original Date: September 24, 2014

I came across this video,

And was curious if I could get it working on my computer. On his website, Memo Atken shares download links for the app. After 4 hours (non-continuous) of trying to set it up, I finally got it working.

The real point of this post however is to get you to checkout Open Frameworks.

There’s a lot of cool stuff people are making with it.

Bezier Sketch Tool

Original Date: September 17, 2014

I created this tool to help with drawing using bezier curves. You can draw freehand or upload* an image you wish to trace.

It outputs the relevant coordinates (sX,sY,c1X,c1Y,c2X,c2Y,eX,eY) for each curve used to create the drawing. The coordinates can then be used with any number of programs.

* Uploaded images are not stored. Ain’t nobody got money to pay for that!

Website Study - Parachutes

Original Date: August 31, 2014

Came across this site and was blown away by its design!

After spending an inordinate amount of time browsing through it, I decided to see if I could duplicate one of the pages.

Here is the result