DHTML snow warming our hearts, cores and planet

animated GIF of the christmassy Strato home page with snow and some cpu temperature stats

Hosting provider Strato delights us with animated snow this season, which they programmed inefficiently so our hard working CPUs can warm our hands resting on our laptops and also our hearts. It goes nice with the busy hum of my snow blower CPU fan.

Multiply that by thousands of users staring at the Strato front page and soon snow, like its DHTML simulacrum, will be a faint, nostalgic memory.

Scraping Elite Force

As blog “research”, I read this very long and moderately interesting half-oral history of Elite Force I+II (a Star Trek video game and its sequel).

I remembered that Elite Force was build with the Q3A engine, which I have often worked with. This engine has a particularly open design, it is really easy to get to the textures – something 10 year old me would have been surprised and delighted about.

So I downloaded the demo, dug a bit, threw some imagemagick in, and here we go: Continue reading “Scraping Elite Force”

cellular automata

I made a website for my pal Cameron Scott a while ago. He freezes stuff and photographs it, so I thought cellular automaton favicons might be a good match. Here’s all of them 256 rules, including the classic hits, left-to-right, top-to-bottom. They start with a black pixel in the top left corner, but now I suspect they’re not 100% correct (and the right-to-left plot is weird).

  • If you check out the website, keep in mind that only Firefox supports animated favicons at the moment.
  • I had to shave a couple pixels off due to tumblr’s 500px limit.