Yesterday, I published another Android app, WordKick.
The goal of the game is to change one four-letter word into another four-letter word by changing only one letter at the time. It’s easy to play, but some words can prove challenging!
I started playing this game by myself when I was in grade school, writing four-letter words in the margins of my notebooks while I was bored in class. Even in college it’s helped me endure the most miserable classes. I had the idea to make it into a mobile game while I was falling asleep at a conference last year.
It’s free to play, so check it out!
Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.
There are also the smarmy “Let me Google that for you” types who, when asked a simple question that you figure falls within their expertise, tell you to go look it up yourself, as if engaging in conversation about something potentially interesting is exhausting and unnecessary.
Excuse us for asking, right?
I made a VineBox last weekend.
Vine is a fairly new offering from Twitter that enables users to share six-second videos to the world through tweets. Like Twitter, these short videos are, for the most part, pointless and trite, but it’s kind of cool to see (and not just read about) what the world is up to in real time. I don’t have an iPhone, so I can’t create anything using Vine myself (although there seems to be an Android version in the works), but I do get a kick out of seeing how people are creatively using the service. It’s kind of like watching television in some ways: a lot of it is just noise, but occasionally you’ll hit something interesting.
That TV comparison is what inspired me to make the VineBox. I wanted to play around with the differences between traditional media consumption and the digital consumption of today, and I wanted to think about what “Reality TV” really means. I found an old analog television and hooked up a Raspberry Pi to it, and wrote some python code to download and play videos from Vine in real time. What you get is essentially true Reality TV: I’m seeing what’s happening to real people in the real world just as it happens. And it’s surprisingly addictive.
If you’re interested in doing this yourself, I’ve put the code up on github.
If you don’t feel like building something like this, but still want to see Vine videos in real time, online services like Vinepeek can help.
I recently created an Android app called BitCam that turns your pictures into pixelated 8-bit images. It started as a silly reaction to all of the Instagram hype, but then I remembered how much I enjoy that old school video game look.
Using BitCam is easy: take a picture, choose one of several nostalgic filters, and share your new pixel art with your friends. You can also post your images to the BitCam Tumblr.