Daniel Anderson created a procedural butterfly generator. Simply click the button for another adorable low-poly lepidopteran. A suggestion: my little son's been collecting them with the iPhone screengrab tool. Let us download specimens!
Terence Eden reminds us that CSS—the basic, nothin'-fancy code used to style websites—has simple commands that prevents printing of websites using the normal print controls. You'd need to do something tiresome like edit the CSS with developer tools or screengrab pages to get the job done. I've tested this, and it works in Firefox, Safari,… READ THE REST
Shaun LeBron set out to generate legit Pac Man mazes, but it turns out their simplicity and elegance concealed unexpectedly hard work: "Generating random Pac-Man mazes is a deceptively difficult problem that I spent some months working on. It is not easy to describe clearly. I hope you are patient." For example, the underlying grid… READ THE REST
Residents of Redding, California are reporting mysterious letters and numbers drawn in the dust on their automobiles. Some people are suggesting that the codes could be the work of sex traffickers. For example, "2F" could refer to two females and "1F1B" could mean one female and one boy. Police think the markings are weird but… READ THE REST
Look, not everyone can be a writer, and there's no shame if you're one of the many who has made peace with the fact that sterling prose just isn't in your wheelhouse. However, that realization doesn't absolve you or your business of the consequences. Whether you're a wordsmith or not, someone has to craft a… READ THE REST
Backing up everything you save on your phone or tablet seems like it should be an incredibly easy process. However, anybody who's actually done can attest that it seldom happens smoothly. To have enough space to back things up, users usually need to pay for an expensive cloud storage option, which also requires a stable… READ THE REST
If you're a creative type who is always thinking about creating and customizing your own looks and styles, you've probably thought about heat transfer before. The process of transferring ink-based designs onto your favorite fabric is so simple that you have to wonder, "Why don't I make my own shirts, tote bags, and hats myself?"… READ THE REST