Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Multiplayer NumptyPhysics (on a MT table)

(Again, not really tablet-related, but multiplayer could be ported to tablets eventually. Feel free to skip :)

The multi-touch table version of Tim Edmonds' NumptyPhysics gained support for multi-player modes and multi-touch drawing, dragging and deleting in the last few weeks. You can watch the evaluation video here or below.

New features and play modes include:

  • Multi-player cooperative (single token and goal)
  • Multi-token single-goal versus game
  • Multi-token multi-goal versus game
  • Draw multiple strokes at the same time
  • Move drawn items with two-finger-drag
  • Delete drawn items with three-finger-tap

Lesson learned: You need to get the level design right.

Word count for "multi" in this post: 10.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Someone in Singapore is posting these wise little sayings daily to random places around the city and letting people discover them. Since I will probably never happen upon one of these sweet notes, I might need to start a Bethlehem chapter.

via a cup of jo

Meanwhile, on another side of the planet, though I'm not sure where, Marc Johns is making more post-it art.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Love Birds

Reediculously excited about this project right now, mostly because it's so far from completion. I'm making Ann Woods style birds for my friend Gwen's (see her adorable proposal here) wedding!
I'm having a hard time with the shape and balancing...but here's my first attempt:

It's a humble start but I'll be back in my "studio" tonight.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

HOWTO: Stable Xephyr on Ubuntu 9.04 for Fremantle SDK

As stated in the Fremantle SDK Installation Notes, Xephyr on Ubuntu 9.04 crashes when clicking on a text field in the Fremantle Beta SDK. It also says that the Intrepid (Ubuntu 8.10) version works better. Here is how you can compile and install Intrepid's Xephyr version:

sudo apt-get build-dep xserver-xephyr
sudo apt-get install build-essential devscripts
dpkg-source -x xorg-server_1.5.2-2ubuntu3.dsc
cd xorg-server-1.5.2/
cd ..
sudo dpkg -i xserver-xephyr_1.5.2-2ubuntu3_i386.deb
Xephyr :2 -host-cursor -screen 800x480x16 -dpi 96 -ac &

Now you can start the Fremantle Beta SDK and run it without crashing all the time :) You can delete the rest of the .deb packages created - they are not needed for Xephyr. If you want to go back (well... "forward" really) to Jaunty's Xephyr package, you can simply use sudo aptitude install xserver-xephyr to upgrade it.