Nov 22, 2014  •  In Art/Design, Entertainment, Geek, Movies, Star Wars, Video Games, Web

5 Things I Found on the Internet This Week

1.  Do you want to code a snowflake?

Disney Interactive and Code.org has teamed up to inspire future computer programmers — especially girls — to learn some basic coding skills in a fun, visual way. Head on over to the Frozen Hour of Code to help Anna and Elsa create shapes and patterns on ice using simplified blocks of code that snap together.

No prior coding experience is necessary, because you start off by drawing simple lines, with short video tutorials between each subject. (Pop quiz: which “dinosaur” makes an appearance to explain functions? ;-) ) But you’ll soon be creating shapes like this:

frozen_hour_of_code

To appeal to the social-media loving crowd, the game even lets you share your creations with your friends. Each generated URL leads the visitor to a unique page where people can see your code in action. (See an example here.)

frozen_hour_of_code_social_media

Give it a try! I’m sure any Frozen-loving child — heck, adults too! — interested in computers would love the tutorial.

Via Mashable.

2.  The competitive rankings of Super Smash Bros characters over time

Head on over to The Unbalanced Design of Super Smash Brothers, written by Forrest Smith, to read and pore over various data, charts, and research dissecting the game and its characters, how the game has changed over time, and how the players’ perception of balance has shifted through the years.

In other words, some very nerdy stuff.  :mrgreen: 

smash_bros_rankings_chart

Via Reddit.

3.  Concept art for General Grievous’ original form for The Clone Wars.

The bottom right one is completely terrifying.

general_grievous_concept_art

Via Reddit.

4.  Only people who have seen Interstellar can decipher these posters

Have you watched Christopher Nolan’s latest movie yet? I liked it a lot better than I thought I would (a bunch of my friends had told me it was overhyped and overrated) — it’s a film that left me still thinking about it days after the viewing.

Anyway, as the title implies, these posters by Edgar Ascensão is only fully understandable by those who have watched Interstellar. The designs, like the movie, are deceivingly complex and full of (sometimes hidden) objects and subjects from the film.

interstellar_alt_poster_1

interstellar_alt_poster_2

Via GeekTyrant.

5.  Word as Image by Ji Lee

I could swear I’ve seen these before, but I think the simple yet utterly effective designs betrayed my memories. Here are my favorite 7 — head on over to this Imgur gallery for the rest!

word_as_image_vampire

word_as_image_spiderman

word_as_image_condom

word_as_image_tsunami

word_as_image_van_gogh

word_as_image_comedy_drama

word_as_image_horizon

Via Reddit.

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