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September 30, 2003

Space, Colors, and Flash

Do you ever come across sites that make you ache to upgrade them in Flash? I'd love to do this one, and expand it.

HubbleSite - Meaning of Color

September 24, 2003

Fractal Landscapes Flash Challenge Begins

For this challenge, we're trying something different. To encourage collaboration, while maintaining an element of competition, the challenge in the forums will be a qualifying round for participation in the GalaxyGoo Curiouser Blog and inclusion in the Contributing Authors list for the GalaxyGoo website.

Theme: Fractal Landscapes!

Goal: To share ideas and explore artistic and scientific expressions in the medium of Flash.

Rules: Be creative, comment and share your code, site your references and influences...give credit where credit is due. GalaxyGoo Employees and contract service providers are ineligible to win.

How to enter:
Post in the GalaxyGoo forums, and upload a zipped file with your swf, fla and any supporting files. A readme.txt file is encouraged. If you're not already a registered member, registration will be necessary.

first draft: by October 17

second draft: by October 31

Final draft: by November 14

September 22, 2003

Applet or Flashlet?

Back in April, I asked Which tree does the Applet fall from?. With AS2 so similar to Java, I'm even more inclined to call my work "Flash Applets" rather than "Flashlets" or RIA's. It's still jargon, but it's more descriptive jargon ;-)

September 18, 2003

Updated main page

Some long-overdue changes on the main page went up today. No radical design change, just some text that better describes what GalaxyGoo is:

An Online Exploration of Science and Community

GalaxyGoo is an interdisciplinary, volunteer "think tank" dedicated to exploring expressions of science and math with online technologies, for public benefit.

The GalaxyGoo website is a community center, a resource, a collaboration space, and a gallery of experiments in multimedia and online technologies.

Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT

If I could go to MIT, I'd want to be in this research group: Lifelong Kindergarten Group. Looks like a dream come true!

Help! problems with cross-domain policy file

What's a cross-domain policy file? It's a simple XML file that lists the domains you want to accept data from, when importing that data into a Flash application at run time. In most cases, you'll only need one on the server where your flash file is located. If the data is passed through a specific port, like a socket server, you also need a cross-domain policy file on the second domain.

Personally, I think it's a good thing that F7's domain comparison has been tightened up a bit. It certainly opens up some possibilities for managing web services for flash clients. However, it would be nice if there was more help on how to deal with it. Currently, the flash7 player displays a warning message when visitors use our Interactive Periodic Table of Elements. The application calls for data from a webMathematica server on the sub-domain math.galaxygoo.org, through port 8080. I uploaded cross-domain policy files on both servers, but the flash player doesn't seem to be finding the one on the math server.

Is anyone else having problems with the cross-domain policy files needed by the Flash7 player? How are you dealing with it?

For more information: Moock, Macromedia

September 15, 2003

Upcoming Flash Extensibility Book

Keith Peters and Todd Yard have teamed up for an upcoming Friends of ED book on Flash MX 2004 extensibility. Looking through this site, which is still in development, I can hardly wait for the book to come out.


Curious Blogging

You may have seen mention of a Curiouser blog around here. Well, it's now official. The blog we used for the Blogathon will host future "events" and flash experiment galleries.

While still in the planning stages, the next Curiouser event will focus on fractal landscapes.

What happened to the "Blogathon 2003" blog? We just changed it's name to "Curiouser", and created a category for the blogathon.

September 10, 2003

Flash Doesn't Like my Computer

At last, the new version of Flash was mine...or so I thought.

Download went fine. Unzipped like a dream. But then, I tried to install, and a pesky warning message ruined my day with the words "Macromedia Flash MX 2004 is not supported on this operating system..."

So I looked up the system requirements on Macromedia's website, and my operating system was supposed to be supported. What was going on?

I reviewed the system requirements more carefully, and noticed that a Pentium3 is required. It wasn't my operating system, it was my processor that Macromedia didn't like.

Now what? Well, I can install on my laptop, but that will be a big hassle. I could get a new desktop, but I don't have the funds for it right now and I like my good old machine. I guess I'll have to go with the laptop :(

September 09, 2003

Blogathon Awards Announced

The results are finally in, for the Blogathon Awards, and in the category for Best Visual Project, the winner is...GalaxyGoo!

"Flash experiments made the winner of the Best Visual Arts blog, Galaxy Goo, highly entertaining to follow. The project had pizzazz, and caught the eyes of bloggers and judges alike. Congrats to everyone at the site, and thanks for making sparkly things." ~Cat Connor

September 08, 2003

Next Flash Challenge: Fractal Landscapes

A few weeks ago, folks here were talking about the next GalaxyGoo Flash Challenge. It looks like we're going with fractal landscapes. The theme is fairly open, so landscapes based on math in general, are also welcome.

Before we begin the challenge, there are a couple things that we need to discuss as a community:

1. When to start? Now, or after there's been time to get used to Flash7?

2. Prizes are nice, but they don't encourage collaboration. Perhaps we could run a "qualifying" round, where participants work together, and have the main event be more like the blogathon project we did in July (but with a sane schedule)--where we each post our entries, on the same day, on GalaxyGoo's "curiouser" blog.

If you're interested in participating, please post your thoughts in the comments here, in our forums, or send me an note at "challenge" at our domain.

September 05, 2003

AS2 Resources

Eagerly waiting to get my hands on Flash MX 2004, I've collected a few excellent resources about AS2:

Ignorance is the root of fear. As I gain more knowledge about the next incarnation of Flash, my worries and fears slip away.

I'll add more as I find them.

Back From Vacation

I'm back from my much needed vacation. I hope you didn't miss me too much :-)