Xmas: gifts for Web Developpers

Always use protection

A Christmas gift for Florent, a really addictive drug for real gamers: stupid, simple and time wasters web games.

  • Chaos Theory: A simple chain reaction game. 3 clicks to finish the game;
  • iSketch: Dessinez c’est gagné on the web, with french room to play with correct vocabulary;
  • Bendito machine: Not a game, just a super great animation;
  • zWok!: Excellent worms-like online with multiplayer gamplay and profile to upgrade. Days to waste here;
  • Nest of Moai: Just for fun. First level is a bit hard, but humour is present in the rest of the game;
  • Line Rider: Draw a line to make your slider ride his ludge. No goals, create your own, like “the biggest just ever” or “as many loops as possible“.

There is another game with a kind of spaceship drilling earth to get metal, going back to surface to buy fuel and vaious upgrade. If someone can find it for me, I’ll be grateful.

It’s a bit the opposite of ‘Humanity saves time‘ philosophy, but hey, we all love games.

Top 2006 ‘I like it’ Moments

Here is a list to be completed until 31st of December 2006.

  • Meeting again Christine after not seeing her for 2 years
  • Trip to Tenerife for Hifi workgroup
  • Having a half-hour walk every morning to go to work
  • Lots of picnics in Toulouse parks
  • Dreaming about being late at work, and waking up as a new Freelancer
  • Making cakes every week
  • Learning that my brother and Sandra are married
  • Discovering the powerful color of flowers on a macro-photo
  • Learning how to make simple origami, and having some boxes full of them to offer
  • Buying 2 20Go Ipods for my birthday, one for Joan, one for me
  • Offering a Threadless 12 month club subscription to Joan
  • Building my own home network under a Linksys WRT54GL routeur, and a real server (SVN, Wiki, VNC, VMWare, …). Really geeky but wanted this for years!
  • Hosting Fred for a few days in Toulouse, with all the needed ‘kick your ass’ reflexions he came with
  • Learning Zen with Adam Watts, and feeling dizzy or really light sometimes discovering the power of life

Saving time

I believe one of the purpose of any creation if saving Humanity time, just to have more time to create new tools.

Today, I’ve discovered a tool that will save few hours of my life, just to build HTML/CSS grid layouts. Simple, elegant:

http://blog.davglass.com/files/yui/grids/

YUI is a nice “2007 tech” challenger. Enough of all these homemade hack to have a Javascript working on IE-Firefox-Safari. 2006 was the year of Web 2.0 JS packages like Script.aculo.us, moo.fx or Lightbox, let’s see what will happen in 2007.