The A index

As usual, if something bothers me, I turn to creativity to somehow vent my anger. This time it is about journal editors – how surprising. I am used to rejections and idiotic referee comments, but I find that more and more of my papers travel from one journal to the other not because the editors …

Ludum Dare 29 – Post Mortem

Last weekend was Ludum Dare Game Jam again, and this time the theme was “Beneath the Surface”. For this game jam we deliberately tried to approach this with a very small team: Jory Schossau, Clifford Bohm, and me. The second decision we made beforehand was to relax about the topic and focus more on making …

Ink of Zen – iPad

Release: March 7th for FREE! I am happy to announce the latest addition to the “of Zen” series, with a new twist on the “connect three” mechanism. In the usual zen manner, this game is about relaxation and meditation. Asian calligraphy is not only an artform but also a way of meditation. Ink of Zen …

Global Game Jam 2014

Last weekend was GGJ 2014, and this time our team was insanely large. In total I think 12 people were interested in joining us, and in the end we had 8 on the final credits, but I am jumping ahead. I was very concerned about organizing this, and my biggest concern was about finding a …

5 best things to eat while being attacked by a gazebo

We all know them. These links either on facebook or an any other social media site, or right next to the article you actually wanted to read, that read like: 20 top celebrities who once slept in a park 5 cars you can’t buy for money 10 gymnastic exercises that will make you smarter Sure …

When will MSU really open again?

Due to the bad weather, cold temperatures, and painfully cold windchill our President Lou Anna K. Simon wisely closed our alma mater – a very good decision in my opinion. First of all we can all enjoy a longer vacation, don’t get frost bite, die in a car accident, and most importantly we can prepare …

One Torch

This years Ludum Dare game jam topic was “You Only Get One” and our team (Clifford Bohm, Thomas Leonard, David Phillips, Jorden Schossau, and me) decided to join. The game jam was 72 hours. I have to admit, when we read the topic, we were quite puzzled. I think we discussed about 2 hours before we converged on …

The End of Flash Gaming?

In preparation for my big data class I do various data analysis exercises myself. I like to write Flash games, not because they earn money (less than iPhone actually) but because they reach more people faster, and I like to see when my games are played. However, releasing a game is somewhat tricky, you have …

Watching Evolution in Action

Once in a while I ask myself if I regret not doing research in Biology using a specific organism instead of what I am doing now? The computational research I do is very abstract and about processes and theories. I don’t have a nice cute organism to show, with fur and cute eyes who might …

missed opportunity

Once in a while I check my website stats, like this morning. I haven’t done it in a while, and to my surprise I saw that the month of September had about 10 times more traffic than usual. Curiously I dug deeper to find this inconspicuous looking stat:   telling me that my game loops …