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March 31, 2003

ISBN flash applet

Do you like the flash app we've got for dynamically linking to a book affiliate program? You're in luck, it's available as-is under an academic open source license. You can download the zipped files in our forums.

March 28, 2003

Flash 6 player for Pocket PC

It's official! At long last there is a flash6 player for a hand-held device. This one's for the pocket PC 2002. You can download the Macromedia - Flash Player for Pocket PC here.

Are you feeling happy and generous? Do you need a deduction on your taxes? Are you interested in science? Then donate a Pocket PC to galaxygoo, so that we can experiment with developing applications for it. Applications like an Interactive Dichotomous Key Reader, for field data collection.

March 25, 2003


What are the lunch spots near the FlashForward conference in San Francisco? Off the top of my head, I can think of Max's and Chevy's. Max's is a local tradition with deli food, and...well, you know about the other one.

Another possibility...the New Asian Art museum is rumored to have tasty treats, and outdoor seating.

If you take the last table, be sure to save a space for me and Vera ;-)

March 24, 2003

Ming to MathML?

Peter Liscovius emailed me with an interesting idea: use Ming to generate a swf with mathML.

"Ming is opensource (LGPL) and is written in C, but can be used by many programming languages (c itself, c++, php, perl, pyton, ruby, java)

I'm using it with Perl. So using one of the XML-modules of Perl and Ming, it should be fun to write a nice math2SWF-converter."

March 21, 2003

A little remodeling

It's time. The default style just won't cut it anymore. I've been tinkering with MovableType long enough, and it's time to "personalize" the style.

Hopefully, this will go smoothly. It may not look better, when I'm done, but it should look more unique :-)

update: Some changes include adding a flash interface for ordering books, and taking out the calendar that came with MT.

March 19, 2003


Are you going to FlashForward? If you see "galaxygoo" on a badge, it might be me. :)

Staceys book store

Booksense is now supporting affiliation with specific independent bookstores. So, it was only logical that we'd become an affiliate of Staceys bookstore, of San Francisco. For tech and science this is the place! A geek can get happily lost looking through the stacks there.

Let's test it out with Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX and Colin Moock's ActionScript for Flash MX.

By the way, GalaxyGoo gets a 10% commission.

March 18, 2003

Real-Time Fluid Dynamics for Games

A recent thread from Flashcoders deals with the physics of fluid dynamics, where 'Raigan' from Metanet Software has provided a link to Jos Stam's paper on Real-Time Fluid Dynamics for Games. It explains the development of a stable algorithm, written in C, depicting fluid dynamics within a computer application based on accurate but unstable physics-based algorithms ... the so-called Navier-Stokes Equations ... made stable by applying the Gauss-Seidel relaxation algorithm within the diffusion step.

Real-Time Fluid Dynamics for Games
Flashcoders' thread
Jos Stam's website
More detailed version of the paper from his website

webMathematica Sandboxes

We've got some basic sanboxes set up on the math server, and we're starting to play around with webMathematica and Flash. Small steps so far. You're welcome to come see what we're up to.


March 11, 2003

ActionScript Optimization Tips

Here's an interesting thread on optimizing Flash actionscript, over on Keith Peters' Bit-101 forums. BIT-101 :: View topic - optimization tips

March 07, 2003


Scott Mebberson of pixelogic.org has written a great app that combines Flash and blogging: FlashBlog. It even uses templates. I had been thinking for a while about how one would integrate templates in a Flash-based blog. Scott has found a great way of doing that by loading a separate template .swf with design elements that are then scaled and positioned to fit the text.

The development of this app is described in great detail in Friends of Ed's Foundation Flash MX Applications. It really inspires me to take blogging with Flash to the next level.

New GalaxyGoo Blogger

It's my pleasure to introduce our newest blogger at GalaxyGoo, Vera! You may know her as verabug, on various discussion boards.

She's also working with me on a project that integrates flash and webMathematica.

AAAS calls for "Fair Ballance"

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) reminds the US Federal Government that the The Federal Advisory Act, passed in 1972, requires committees to be "balanced in terms of points of view represented."

"The selection, removal or replacement of advisory committee members, or the disbanding of advisory committees, based on criteria extraneous either to the scientific, technical or medical issues...compromises the integrity of the process of receiving advice and is inappropriate." --The AAAS Resolution Regarding Membership On Federal Advisory Committees (March 3, 2003)

March 06, 2003

Wordsearch Game Version 2

Today, I uploaded the new version of our old wordsearch game. What's different?

From the user's perspective:

  • menu of vocabulary themes, now scrolls

  • letters change color when mouse rolls over them

From the developer's perspective:

  • takes advantage of some flashMX features, like loadVars for data handling, and remote attachment of code to movie clips and buttons.

  • centralized code

  • all in one frame

While I was at it, I changed the color scheme and background a little, too.

March 04, 2003

Flash Trace Alert Box component

Do you work with Flash and serverside ? Vera's traceAlert component could come in very handing during development.

"...whenever I am working on server side stuff that is best tested in the browser, the TraceAlert component comes in very handy. After you install the component, you can use traceAlert() instead of trace(), and the output will show up in the component instead of the regular trace window, so you can see the output even in the browser."

March 03, 2003

We're famous!

Reading the flashguru blog today, I was pleasantly surprised to see "GalaxyGoo" in the "Flash News" menu.

Thanks, Guy!

FlashGuru's MX 101