Archive for August, 2007

Experiments in Flash I

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Following on from previous research into cymatics and my wondering whether it was possible to create a virtual tonoscope…

Click on the image to load Flash in a pop up. Move the mouse to the right to contract/speed up and to the left to expand/slow down the oscillations. Click the icon (bottom right) to start again.

… an instrument which allows you see the pattern a sound creates – I looked for examples that would allow me to play with particle systems in 2D and 3D.

This demo isn’t actually based on the physics of vibration induced standing waves as in cymatics – rather on oscillation, randomness and reflection. But they do have a very similar look about them…

and here’s the source file: disco_flakes_lewis_3.fla with my comments in the code.


OS X tips

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

As a declaration of geek pride here’s my best OS X tips…

– Browsing a Nokia N95 from OS X over WLAN
– Keyboard shortcut to send files via Bluetooth
– Make a DVD copy of Mac OS X Tiger
– Installing OS X 10.5 onto a 1.42Ghz Ghz PPC MacMini
– Writing to an NTFS formatted drive
– Locking/unlocking multiple files
– Removing Automator actions from Finder contextual menu