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October 25, 2007

Moo Cards! Flash on the Beach! and Mathematica!

The moo cards I ordered, to take to FOTB, arrived today! Yeah!

mooCards2007.jpg

Looks like the conference is completely sold out! Wow! Really looking forward to it! I just hope my presentation stands up to all the other great sessions on the schedule. I'm having a great time preparing it! Atoms, and fractals, and algorithms...oh my!

Thanks to a temp license from Wolfram Research, I now have a copy of Mathematica installed on my laptop. Yeah! If you're going to FOTB, and you're curious, look for me at the conference.

February 15, 2007

Stage Show Schedule at Family Science Days

The Stage Show Schedule is posted for the Family Science Days, and the Mythbusters are first up on Saturday! I think I have a view of the stage from the GalaxyGoo booth, and I'm looking forward to their show. It would be cool if they'd stop by our booth, and pose for a photo with me. Even better, wearing GalaxyGoo T-shirts :-)

GalaxyGoo's booth is sponsored by Adobe. Also, thanks to the generosity of Friends of Ed, we have some great books to give away. Peter was kind enough to send some copies of New Masters of Flash 3 and LEGO Mindstorms NXT: The Mayan Adventure.

Stage Show Schedule

AAAS Family Science Days
San Francisco Hilton
11:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Saturday, 17 February
11:00 AM "The Mythbusters: Jamie Savage and Adam Hyneman" — The Science Channel
Noon "BioBug: Field to Fuel" — University of Idaho
12:45 PM "Iron Science" — The Exploratorium
1:30 PM "Fun with Science and Astronomy" — The Zula Patrol and KQED Kids!
2:15 PM AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books: Awards ceremony
3:15 PM "Waves in Nature: Lasers to Tsunamis and Beyond" — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
4:00 PM "The Outreach Roadshow" — Women@SCS Outreach Roadshow, Carnegie Mellon University

Sunday, 18 February
11:00 AM "Name that Mammal!" — Platypus Media
11:45 AM "The Science Hour of Power" — Sikes Science
12:30 PM "Global Warming Discovery" — ClimateChangeEducation.Org
1:15 PM "The Science of Yo-Yos" — Yomega Corp.
2:00 PM "BioBug: Field to Fuel" — The University of Idaho
2:45 PM "Cloud Nine" — How The Weatherworks™
3:30 PM "Robotics: The Next 10 Years" — The Robotics Society of America and San Francisco State University
4:15 PM "Kinetic City" — AAAS

November 11, 2005

Class Based version of CML Reader

Eric Mulvihill contributed a class based update of Edwin's CML reader a while back. It's now available for download on the GalaxyGoo Working Forums - CML reader

February 07, 2003

Elemental Snow

This may be a sign that I really need a vacation, but I had some fun makng it. It's fairly CPU intensive.
Elemental Snow

December 12, 2002

Sneak peak at new GG game

Click-n-spell with the Periodic Table of Elements

How many Holiday-theme words can you spell? If you want your entry posted, don't forget to fill out the name and email fields.

October 04, 2002

webMathematica Powers Periodic Table of Elements

GalaxyGoo's Periodic Table with Flash and webMathematica now pulls data directly from webMathematica!

September 23, 2002

3D molecules in Flash

Edwin's CML reader is now on GalaxyGoo!

Be carefull, this version is a CPU hog.
CML Reader with Flash

"I've seen that in java," you may say. For client-side interaction, I think Flash is the better solution. For developers, it offers great opportunites for collaboration, and is easily updated.

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.