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This & That

Links that just don't fall into any of my Bookmark categories or which kind of fall into many but not really any one. You know, miscellaneous links. Arranged randomly.

  • Animated Knots by Grog™ — "the most popular website about knots."
  • Printable Paper — 1,078 papers you can download and print for free. We've got graph paper, lined paper, financial paper, music paper, and more.
  • Who Called Us — The phone is ringing, and I don't recognize the number. All Caller ID says is, "NAME UNAVAILABLE". Please help me figure out who is calling and if they're legit.
  • Every Time Zone — not technically every time zone, but the current time in various time zones (denoted by a major city in that time zone), with a different visualization twist. If you revisit after a while, you may need to hit "refresh" to get a proper display. Related: USNO Time Standard (all US time zones)
  • Down for everyone… — if you can't get to a website, see if it's down for everyone or just you.
  • URL Xray — see where shortened URLs lead without clicking on them!
  • Fax Toy — "Random Stuff Sent From Your Fax Machine." Useful to see if your fax machine is sending properly.
  • Fax Zero — send a fax for free, to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Useful to see if your fax machine is receiving properly.
  • DaFont.com — thousands of (mostly) free (at least for personal use) fonts for PC and Mac.
  • Survival Blog
  • I <3 Organizing Blog
  • Consumer Price Index - monthly values from 1913 to present

Plasma Pong

awc 2013-10-26 Sadly, this is no longer available


Plasma Pong screenshot

Developed by a student in the Game Analysis and Design Interest Group at George Mason University, this is an interesting twist on one of the first video games ever produced: Pong.

PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment.

Players have several new abilities that add fun twists to the classic game. In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area. All these abilities have fluid-based kinetic effects on the ball, making Plasma Pong a fast-paced and exciting game.

A networked version of this game would be cool. With the current two player mode, the players must share the keyboard, which can be somewhat crowded and / or awkward. Also, for me the keyboard controls are not near as responsive as the mouse.

Along the same lines, the Plasma Pong website credits Road Blocks with “a loss of productivity in my life.” I can relate! This web-based puzzle game quickly becomes addictive (but it ended too soon and now I’m experiencing withdrawal).

awc 2007-07-17 12:52:19

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