notes & things

Sprite Sheets

by lia on April 15, 2013, no comments

I read that Zach Gage made Ridiculous Fishing with OpenFrameworks, with heavy usage on the ofxSpriteSheetRenderer. I had never heard of them before, so I’m catching up. Sprite Sheet Renderers are usually built into game engines, but nice folks have found a way to use them with OF + iOS. Here’s a good starter tutorial [...]

Systems vs. Empathy

by lia on April 15, 2013, no comments

More on girls and boys in this Fast Company article. “In tests, on average boys show more interest in games like Lego, and girls are more interested in dolls, acting out social stories where they inject emotions and thoughts into the plastic figures. Lego is just one example of systemizing; this is the drive to [...]

Lessons from girl Lego

by lia on April 15, 2013, no comments

This is an article from Businessweek about Lego’s new line targeted at little girls. While I don’t agree with the pinkification of a beloved childhood toy, there are some really good tidbits about what the anthropologists learned studying the differences between how girls play vs. boys. In the last few years Lego has been making [...]

What it is, is beautiful.

by lia on April 15, 2013, no comments

Such a contrast to the new Lego line for girls. Is the girl in the last one relaxing in her backyard jacuzzi with a martini? Boy’s lego has pirates, firemen, ROBOTS, and little girls have what looks like Kim Kardashian’s tuesday afternoon. Read more about it here.

Designer Toys suck

by lia on April 14, 2013, no comments

This article, called “Why Do Designer Toys Suck So Badly?” is a sobering rant from a frustrated parent. “Despite appearances, Automoblox are a trophy toy: all looks, no lesson. And as I survey the field of design toys for kids, I see too many other wooden, bright, no-battery, retro, expensive items that seem like no [...]

Museum of Math

by lia on April 10, 2013, no comments

We went to the Museum of Math over the weekend. My three favorites: The fractal tree interaction was as simple as can be, but very effective in demonstrating the idea of fractals. Kids and adults played and never wanted to leave. They say that the “mirror” interaction is one of the most captivating, but I [...]