Amusement, Musings, Probably Only Important to Me, thoughts

On Flickr: Skin Wins or Sex Sells

Ok, this isn’t really anything new necessarily, but it was really interesting thing to see. A picture, good or bad, put a sexy girl in it and people will probably like it, or at least look at it a lot. This can be seen subtly in photo contests, where you have two magnificent photos going head to head, but the winner is probably the one with the attractive girl in it (I see this the most in DPChallenge). This is kind of a massively broad and general statement- but I’m just speaking on what I see often.

Like right now, I’m refilling my Flickr account (after having it deleted for unknown reasons) and posted this picture.
Club Life IMG_5372
Within a minute of posting, it had 6 views and now, within 3 minutes from post has another ten for a total of 16. I don’t really have a popular stream, all my other photos are still at 0 views, even the ones right before and after it in the stream. It’s not in any groups/pools and doesn’t have any leading tags. I’m not complaining really, just thought it was an interesting observation.

Maybe it’s not that our culture hasn’t evolved, maybe its just the contrast of content. When you’re looking through the public stream of sunset after sunset, rivers, fields, some cool lighting, peoples cousins and kids, then BAM! a white girls ass on a stark black background. The feeling of risk, like something shouldn’t be there. Oooo, this is kind of risque, lets click on it… I don’t know exactly- I just think the occurrence overall is worth noting.

This happened before too, and this photo is nothing spectacular, but on my old stream this exact photo had the most views and most frequent views on my stats (I had a Pro account) and was one of the photos with the most comments. But the comments weren’t “sexy girl”, “oh, I’ll fap to this”… They were “great photo!”, “beautiful shot”… people trying to disguise the fact that, hey, this photo is of a hot ass, I like it!

What are your thoughts?

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Probably Only Important to Me, thoughts

Whr has my Flickr gone? [10/30/08]

I’ve had it- this is it, I’ve got to do something- because this is ridiculous. The thing is- I’m actually really sad about this whole fiasco because I really did love Flickr, but every day of this BS makes me more and more adverse to wanting to ever go back.

If you want to read about all that’s gone down- check after the jump.

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Probably Only Important to Me, Reviews, thoughts

Is SPORE as sweet as everyone says it is?

The short answer: ABSOF$#KINGLUTELY.

Although I never played World of Warcraft, I had friends and coworkers who did- so knowing that-

take: WoW, The Sims, Sim City, Sim Copter, StarCraft, Age of Empires, Master of Orion, A little Command and Conquer and a little bit of the Fallout series and you get- SPORE, quite possibly one of the most addicting and entertaining games I’ve ever played.

KRS-001

Now, I haven’t really invested time into a video game since, Red Alert 2 (Which came out almost exactly 8 years ago, for those at home counting). Gathered I was pretty involved with Team Fortress 2 a few hours a week last year, it wasn’t anything to be worried about- I’d play for an hour or so, then put it down for a week. I stopped playing it all together without much hesitation.

Today, I played SPORE for nearly 5 hours straight without even fully realizing it. I went from the Tribal stage straight to space in one sitting. I allied tribes, killed my enemies, conquered a planet and expanded my galactic empire in one sitting. Too much? Yes. Worth it? Totally.

However, it is now 1am and I have accomplished little to nothing since I got home around 6:30pm.

Why is it awesome?

The Sodomizer

When you take it at the bare bones- SPORE is really just an elegant mash up of a MMORPG, RTS (real time strategy) and life simulation. You have attributes and can have allies and wars and interact with online players- but what makes it shine is the detail and complexity of the characters. There are virtually endless possibilities when creating and painting/skinning a character. Your choices directly and dynamically effect your gameplay. The options are astounding. You created every creature, every building, vehicle, space ship. It’s insane! The freedom within the creator is incredible too. Mash elements, stack elements, resize, control the appearance, angle, etc. It’s unbelievable.

The only thing is that I wish it told you that whatever you look like before the Tribal stage is how you are stuck looking for the rest of the game.

My Creature

The game play is great too! Now, I’m not sure if I have yet to actually interface with real online players- I know I’ve abducted some, but as far as allying goes- I’m not sure. Anyway- you should get it and you should play it. You can check out my player page here. Also, my user name is Dex110 and my planet name is Leroy. So join up. This game rocks.

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Announcements, Probably Only Important to Me

iCarousel, AJAX and iFrames….

If you’re hear looking for the iCarousel files, just skip to the bottom

Today I had the day off work. So I went to implementing some things to my site that needed to be done. A new (for that matter, the first) Current Works and projects section. I thought of the idea of doing it as browsing an iPhone in multiple pages. This came to me after I visited Uniqueblogdesigns.com when they were featured in a Smashing Mag article on communicating design. I saw the carousel they used and thought it was nifty. So I wanted one. The iPhone was my spin on it. I figured out they were using jCarousel (i think).
So I went about downloading and installing it on my page to find that the jQuery, Prototype and Mootools libraries DO NOT play nicely together. Either mootools effects work or the carousel did or nothing at all… After tons of fiddling, even with an launching the jCarousel in an iFrame so the libraries were not on the same page, I had no luck. I then discovered iCarousel- the Mootools built carousel. Necessary for AJAX library harmony… shortly after, however, I discovered it a) iCarousel was no longer supported anymore. b) the source files were no longer on the web, or so it seemed as the developers legacy page no longer existed.

So I got at some digging…

I found that Ajaxdaddy.com had a working demo of the module (really interested because EVERY OTHER Ajax tutorial SITE only had images that linked back to the now dead developers site). So props to Ajaxdaddy for actually having a workin demo of their own. However, it wasn’t that easy. The site linked to the dev site for download. So instead, I used DeepVacuum to grab all the files and libraries from that demo. The second hurdle was the that this particular demo only showed you how to make vertical carousels… with no documentation on the script itself, I was stuck momentarily.

Back to Google.

I went back to Google and search iCarousel then viewed the cached pages of the once was iCarousel website. From there I copied the link location to the horizontal demo page, plugged that into Google, went to the cached page and ripped source code. After about 30 more minutes of fiddling with libraries, includes and various versions of Mootools I had a working horizontal carousel, that did not conflict with script.aculo.us or prototype!

So check it out- my iPhone carousel

I modeled it after the real interface, even including a realtime javascript clock at the top of the phone so it displays the real time just like an iPhone in the top center. The background I made in photoshop and the thumbs I manually added a drop shadow too. I think it came out pretty well. One thing I had to abandon for now though, was opening the pages inside the iFrame (aka inside the phone). For some reason when I did that, once you open the page, you cannot get back to the main interface, refreshing the page doesn’t fix it either- it was strange. I didn’t feel like working in another iFrame within an iFrame- so I cut my loses and used a simple JS pop up script.

But really, it took me all day but it was worth it. What do you think?

Also, incase you stumbled upon this article looking for iCarousel, you don’t have to bend over backwards for the source files, I have re-uploaded them, complete with working horizontal module code, for your convenience- here.


[UPDATE Aug 6th]
The other day while writing this, I sent an email to Zendhi Nagao, the developer of iCarousel, saying his page was down and just a day later (yesterday) he relaunched it and sent me the link “http://zendold.lojcomm.com.br is back.” Thanks Zendhi! You should check out his mooCanvas experiments, the fractals one is pretty cool.

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Announcements, Music, Probably Only Important to Me

I’m doing an XM Radio Show (XMU Ch.43)

– I’M GOING TO BE ON XM SATELLITE RADIO- You can listen FO’ FREE!
Crap, don’t they have like 9 million listeners?
– Yes
That’s sick. How do I listen for free?
– Sign up here, it takes two seconds.
Word.

Ok, I’ve been telling you about this for a few weeks now from my WVAU Dexter’s Lab radio show blog (dexslab.net)- make sure to tune in! Same time as my usual show- 4-6pm Sunday, different network.

The show is on XMU, XM radio channel 43 – 1PM Pacific Standard Time (US) and 4PM Eastern Standard Time (US) on May 18th, 2008.

Expect music from artists like Radiohead, Of Montreal, BC Camplight and more- you’ll also hear at least one group I promise you’ve never even heard before.

Anyone can get a 14 day free trial of XM satellite radio to listen to Sunday’s show by going to: http://www.xmradio.com/xmuoffer
It only requires an email and takes two seconds.

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Third Person Narrations of People I don’t know: Amanda

(In a light proper BBC or PBS documentary British accent)
Amanda finds herself in the grocery store. She is looking for something scrumptious to eat. As she peruses down the aisles of the frozen food section, a small bag of peas catches her eye. She picks up the peas, places them into her cart and heads toward register. As she is standing in the queue when she realizes that she does not in fact desire peas, but instead longs for a sweet spherical food. Peas being the first rounded option in her journey, she naturally picked them up. “Rather,” she thought to herself. “I would like something sweet.” So Amanda places the peas down on the belt among the other items of the gentleman in front of her so that she may not be bothered in returning the peas to their place, and heads over to fresh fruit section.
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