Why you would want Google’s Nexus tablet

With Google announcing it’s very own tablet (designed and produced in cooperation with ASUS), one might ask if they’re not making the market for Android devices even more complex. By becoming a hardware seller, Google will compete directly with a whole bunch of other companies, using the exact same software. On the other hand, these other companies have had plenty of time to design the perfect mobile phone and tablet running on Android.

Spotify Playlist: The ‘Getting things done’ playlist

I’d like to share with you a playlist I have created over the past few weeks. I’ve called it the “Getting things done” playlist, but you could also describe it as the Powerr! Playlist. Descriptional keywords are: Loud, Uptempo and Energetic. Curious? Please give it a listen! The playlist contains the most energetic songs from artists such as the Foo Fighters, Muse, Greenday and many other artists. At the moment it contains 87 tracks, good for 5 hours of power.

Udacity: Great place to learn new stuff

A few weeks ago I heard about Udacity; a new website with extensive online classes, dedicated to learning you interesting new stuff. The classes are all about programming, but they’re really educational and well explained. I’m currently enrolling in the CS212 class, which means the Designing computer programs class. It’s about lots of complex problems that you can solve by writing (smart) code. For example here’s a video with a solution for the well-known zebra puzzle:

HaxeNME – One language to rule them all?

Everyone wants to make apps these days, but what is the best platform to do this? With all these smart people around, why would we still need to program all these complicated byte buffers and texture memory if all we want to do is make an interesting game? Well, search no more, NME is your answer. I recently found out about the existence of NME, a platform that is able to compile applications (read games) for basically áll relevant platforms: Android, iOS, WebOS, Blackberry, Windows, Linux and the Flash Player.

Toxiclibs explorations: 3D sketching app

Anyone who follows the developments around Processing, knows about the infamous toxiclibs. These are libraries for adding more and far more powerful functionalities to processing than ever before! The Toxiclibs website contains a bunch of these examples, which all demonstrate a particular part of the libraries. As the name suggests, the toxiclibs aren’t just one, but are a bunch of different libraries, most of them in the area of mesh generation.

Great piece of software: F.lux

For these moments when you just don’t want to stop working, even when it’s already midnight. You start getting a slightly burned feeling behind your eyes, and when the night progresses, this feeling get’s even worse. When you finally decide to go asleep, the only thing you can still see when staring at your cealing, is a bright spot, where once was your computer screen. f.lux can help you with this problem!


Today, I discovered an interesting website called EndlessForms. This website takes a completely different approach towards design and iterating trough different forms of a design. The website uses some sort of Darwinian algorithm to let you be “in charge” of the natural selection of your form. You start with picking a basic form. Next, you will get a screen with all possible evolutions of your form. In this screen you can decide which forms are interesting enough to stay, and which will have to leave.

SnakeOut v0.9

I want to share my first stable version of Snake for Arduino with the internet. As I said in an earlier post, this version of Snake does not need an Extra shield for your Arduino, it only needs a video plug, and 2 resistors (like the schematic below).

For testing purposes, controls are via a processing sketch, so every enthusiast is able to control the snake, without hacking a game pad first… I will present the code for both the game and the processing sketch below, in a format that is (hopefully) readable and understandable.

Arduino TVout means: Play Snake on your tv!

I recently discovered the TVOut capabilities of the Arduino, which is of course a very interesting first step into developing a game with the Arduino. The capabilities of TVout are limited, but offer enough possibilities to make something nice, in stylish black and white… After looking trough the samples, I decided to start with my own game, a rewrite of snake, my all-time favourite game 8) _In all my eagerness, I did not even check if someone did this already, which made me totally overlook the Snakeduino project over here_.

Rainmeter Skin: Daily Quote

In my attempt to make my desktop more inspirational and usable, I discovered Rainmeter, a system for adding widgets to your desktop, and also to develop your own easily. What I have seen so far from RainMeter did not excite me about the system though. For example, the screenshot below:

RainMeter Skin example, Dark Eve by ~crucafix

The desktop is cluttered with widgets and information, while the user probably wont use most of the information displayed. The nice thing about rainmeter is, that it can be used as shown above, but it can also be used to just display one widget, which is actually helpful for the user. This is my focus with the widget I designed, The Daily Quote widget, for your daily inspiration

Screenshot Daily Quote Skin

Screenshot Daily Quote Skin