This looks pretty good. There’s a new free browser game called ‘Star Trek – Infinite Space‘ coming this summer. You of course get to command either a Star Fleet or a Klingon ship. The explosions look impressive, as do the starships in this little preview.
Emlyn Boyle of Ireland made this beautiful Gothic horror animation about a girl who has a late night encounter with a young vampire.
Official selection at CINEME, 2003 Chicago International Animation Film Festival.
This is a short film that I started back in 2001. 9/11 happened and I put the film on hold for almost 2 years. When I returned to it I was able to finish it in several months of hard effort. I was working with Flash and my process was kind of awkward. The drawing is actually very crude. But the film came out decently. It got into a Chicago film festival in 2003 and it has remained in its Flash form on CandlelightStories.com ever since. It was recently shown by NewGrounds.com as part of their ‘Treasure Hunt’ festival of animation.
But getting the film out of the Flash ghetto and into video proved to be more work than I thought. So I’ve made a few little updates and improved some of the film effects a little. So now the film is actually closer to the film I was imagining back in 2001.
It’s hit me what I really can’t stand about the new Apple iPad. It’s been mentioned by most of the reviews of this new tablet device, but I don’t think people are really getting the scope of what Apple is up to. The iPad, like the iPhone and iPod Touch before it, does not support Flash. You know, Flash, perhaps the single greatest technical innovation on the Web since the invention of the Web itself. Flash is what brought us nearly universal moving images on the Internet. Flash brought us YouTube. Flash has created almost every single good game you have ever played in your browser. Flash is responsible for the greatest explosion of animation talent in the history of the art form. There is not another single piece of browser software that has brought so much to the web browsing experience as the little Flash player that’s installed on nearly every computer on the planet. Here’s a blog entry by one of the Adobe Photoshop developers that explains why Flash is so great.
But Apple does not allow Flash on its iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Won’t allow it to run. That’s why you get a broken plugin icon whenever you encounter a web page with Flash in it. The company says silly things about Flash being too slow, or Flash hogging CPU cycles. Complete horse radish. Apple doesn’t want you to have Flash because Apple wants you to buy apps in its App Store instead. That’s what this is all about.
So, essentially, Apple is fighting for a closed and walled-up Internet where all your cool moving images and games come straight out of their App Store and nowhere else. When you behave this way with a small-screened device like an iPhone or iPod Touch it’s one thing. But when you blow the whole thing up onto a big fat glorious iPad screen it’s another thing entirely. Now it really shows up as a flagrant attempt to disable every creative piece of Web work that any artist, animator, filmmaker or game designer has ever done and force people to accept your little library of 140,000 little applications, most of which cost good money.
Try visiting this web site on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. See all our games and movies in the drop-down menus? Not a single one will work. Not one. Because of dear old super-genius Steve Jobs. Mr. Dingbat gets up in front of reporters at the public iPad unveiling and says idiotic things about having ‘the Web in your hands.’ He presents his new iPad device as a Web browser. It can’t be a Web browser if it disables half the Web. It simply defies logic.
This is really all anyone should need to know about Apple and its devices. They are building little cash registers that limit your view of the Web and lead you to one final destination: the App Store. They are trying to make you pay for the World Wide Web. Great technology. Very dark plan. I’m on Flash’s side. Go Flash! Apple, you suck.