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July 28, 2005

Tessa Coe: Science Inspired Art

While in the UK, I had the pleasure of meeting artist extroardinaire Tessa Coe. If you saw her work you'd probably be drawn to the colors and complexity. The images are organized chaos, yet soothing to the eye.

Where does she get her inspiration? On her website, she writes "I am fascinated by things that are far too small for us to see, where scientists have to deduce what is actually going on, and use their visual imagination to help simplify great complexity."

Of particular interest, I think, are the Biology Series (1 & 2), and the Mathematics series.

3D Programming for Ordinary Mortals, with VPython

has jumped to the top of my list of things to learn, as soon as I have time.

I've picked up two books on Python, and I'm ready to dig in.

That is, as soon as I'm done with my writing job. Well, I have turned in all of my first drafts...and I don't have any rewrites yet...so maybe I'll forgo the self control and learn some Python :)

Visualization in Science Education

When Visualization in Science Education comes out, I definitely want a copy.

The chapters are organized into four main sections.

Section A: The significance of visualization in science education

Section B: Developing the skills of visualization

Section C: Integrating visualization into curricula in the sciences

Section D: Assessing the development of visualization skills

Wow! This could be essential literature for anyone developing educational software for science.

Here's the publisher's page for the book.

CNN article on Flash 8

Looks like Flash blogs may come out of stasis soon.

Flash 8 poised to take on Web video | CNET News.com

July 26, 2005

Skipping the Blogathon

This was a tough decision, but we're going to skip the Blogathon this year. While the last Blogathon was a great experience, several issues tipped the balance against GalaxyGoo participating this year. First of all, we've already got our hands full with the upcoming Art Auction and Benefit event. Secondly, Macromedia has already released a public Beta of the next Flash player. It seemed strange to be putting together a collection of experimental Flash pieces right now.

The last Blogathon was a lot of fun, and I wish this year's participants the best of luck.

July 25, 2005

GalaxyGoo Art Auction To Be Held At Lucid

Plans are moving ahead for the upcoming GalaxyGoo Art Auction Benefit Event. The date and location are set, so mark your calendars.

Thursday, November 10, 2005
Lucid, (art, entertainment, gallery).
580 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

Lucid is a really great space with two levels. They are currently remodeling the basement into a gallery space, which should be complete about three weeks from now. They even have WIFI in the whole building!

We were going to call the event "the art of science", but it appears that Princeton has beaten us to the punch. We're open to suggestions! I suppose we could go with "GalaxyGoo's Art of Science".

Already, the artwork coming in is fantastic! It's all inspired by Math and Science. Stay tuned for an event page, which will feature confirmed artists and event details.

July 18, 2005

Flash Reading List

Lately, I'm getting a lot of requests for a recommended book list for folks learning Flash.

Here's a short list of books that I've found useful for ActionScript:

ActionScript The Definitive Guide, by Colin Moock --O'Reilly Publishing
--This is an essential!

Essential Action Script 2.0, by Colin Moock --O'reilly Publishing
--essential for class-based OOP in ActionScript!

Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX --McGraw Hill
--This one is great for the new stuff that came with MX, ie the drawing API, and translating math into AS.
--drawback: based on currently outdated syntax and prototype approach

Flash Math Creativity, Tan et al -- friends of Ed
--just wonderful fun!, and you can pick up some good stuff in it too. However, it uses outdated syntax. A new, updated, version of the book is now available.

Are there any books that you'd add to this list?

July 13, 2005

The Blogathon is Back

The blogathon is back, and it's scheduled for August 6, 2005.

Last year, GalaxyGoo won the award for best visual arts project. The way we did it last time, we set up all the posts ahead of time and published them every 30 minutes during the blogathon. This worked well, and we took shifts.

To participate again, we'll need volunteers from the Flash community to donate experimental Flash projects and their source files. If you're interested, post a comment here or use our contact form. Be sure to include your email address, or I won't be able to get back in touch with you.

July 11, 2005

Stumble Upon Math

I recently got 'acquainted' with Stumble Upon, a free tool which gets a random link from a large set of categories at the click of a button. It's way more addictive than it sounds (so don't install it if you have very little time!), and there's a large Math-section.

Here's a small selection of fun Math-sites I 'stumbled upon' in this way (I've not given the website names so you'll get an idea of how this works and how much fun it is, hehe):
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4
Link 5

Three years of Blogging at GalaxyGoo!

Yesterday was the three year anniversary of our blog! GalaxyGoo has grown so much since that first blog post, from our first intern to first print publication and off-line events.

I'll have to take some time to reflect on how much has happened in the past three years, and how the blog has become an important part of GalaxyGoo. Anniversaries never seem to coincide with free time, though, and I have a huge back-log of work from when I was in Oxford.

I'd have to say that some of my favorite things about this blog include our participation in the blogathon, getting aggregated in fullasagoog, and getting in touch with Bob Crimi.

July 07, 2005

Safe and Sound

In case anyone has been following both this blog and the recent international news, and may have concerns about my wellbeing, I want to let you know that I am safe and sound.