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July 31, 2002

netscape woes

Do you have experience with netscape-friendly templates for movabletype? We need your help.

July 29, 2002

Some Helpful Links

Added a couple links on this page, to the main GalaxyGoo site, today.

July 25, 2002

Looking for Great Books

We're going ahead, and teaming up with an independent bookstore to sell books on the GalaxyGoo website.

At this point, we're working on building a short and carefully selected list of titles. If you have any ideas, please join the discussion on our forums.

July 24, 2002

"Legend" has it

As requested, I added a simple legend to the Periodic Table project, to show the significance of color in the table.

Lighten up some elements

Today's progress with the interactive periodic table, is a design/usability issue. To make some of the text easier to read, I lightened up the background color on some of the elements.

July 23, 2002

new version of periodic table project

Progress! I've just uploaded a new version of the flash/webMathematica periodic table .

What's new? The symbols for each element now display, along with the atomic number On rollover, element name appears. Data for the symbols and names is pulled into the flash movie from a simple XML file.

July 16, 2002

squeezed out of the table?

While writing an algorithm for arranging the graphics for each element in the periodic table , it struck me how odd the table is...

I recall a chemistry lecture, where the history of the table was briefly presented. Early organizations of the elements seemed odd to me. My fellow students and I then tried to memorize the modern periodic table before the next exam. I've never been talented at rote memorization, so that class contributed little to my understanding of chemistry, nor to my GPA.

Fortunately, for me, that wasn't the end of my education in chemistry. Which brings me back to the topic of this ramble, and one of the projects I'm working on these days: an interactive periodic table, currently in a rough draft state. I've been working on the flash interface, and Brian Higgins (at UCDavis) did the webMathematica development.

The odd thing about the table, from the perspective of writing an algorithm to generate the graphics for it, is the way the Lanthanide and Actinide series' get sqeezed out of the table.

July 15, 2002

books for sale?

GalaxyGoo may partner with an independent bookstore, and offer book shopping options from our website. More news, soon...I hope.

July 11, 2002

Wordsearch game: fixed number of words?

Currently, the wordsearch game, generates games in which the number of words in each game varies. This is because the algorithm loops through a list of words, only once, finding a place for each word as it comes up. If after a number of tries, a particular word isn't placed, it's skipped over.

Why did I do it this way? It seemed like the fastest way to generate the games. Since I envisioned this application being used primarily by school teachers, I assumed that many would be on a slower machine, so speed was a big concern here.

If you'd like to take a look at the source FLA, it's available for download. I've been a little preoccupied with other projects, so I haven't finished the conversion to MX. This is one application that, I think, would really benefit from the advances in MX.

The next version, could very well have a user option for setting a fixed number of words per game. With the new event models, that should be a lot easier to set up.

Periodic Table Live

It's live! We've got a rough version on the site.

July 10, 2002

Periodic Table: flash interface, webMathematica server-side

Iím having a good day. With the help of some folks on the flashcoder's list, I managed to get the periodic table project interface prototype working.

The table is dynamically generated in flash. When the user clicks on an elementís square, Brian's webMathematica MSP is called, and a pop-up window opens (with info about that element).

So far, the new interface (flash and HTML), is only 2K all together. Thatís down from over 30K for doing the same thing in an HTML table.

Lots of potential for this projectÖIím having fun.

Up and running, at last!

Welcome to the GalaxyGoo blog! I can hardly believe that it's finally up and running.

What's this blog about? We'll be talking about what goes on at GalaxyGoo, our projects and whatever comes up.

We tried using a forum, but it was used more like a blog...so, we set up this blog. Where's the forum going? It's staying right where it is, but we'll use it when a discussion gets too active for this format.