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Have you bunked in these cozy cabins?

Andrew Vietze Down East Books ePub

When the snow settles gently on this central Maine village, the population drops to about half of what it is during the summer. Maybe even less than that. Sporting camps like these make little boarded-up ghost villages, and the fishermen who come to troll for salmon are probably dropping lines for tarpon somewhere sunny. The family camps on the shore of this long lake are likewise closed for the season, and tourists disappear like Judge Crater, the New York Supreme Court associate justice who had a summer home around here and mysteriously vanished one day in the 1930s, becoming one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in U.S. history. These twelve camps are on a tiny island surrounded by communities with European names, underneath the shadow of “The Mountain” and just around the corner from Elizabeth Arden Road. They were constructed in the late 1920s by a local gentleman who actually built the island on which they sit, hand-filling an acre of water. Finding guests to fill the camps was never a problem. People have been summering in this area since before the turn of the century. A 1981 movie, set here but filmed in New Hampshire, introduced the nation to this land of lakes. Nowadays, kayak and canoe outfitters do a brisk business here, and in more recent years a golf course opened that has been rated one of “America’s Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest and continues to draw big crowds. Just not in January. See page 99 to learn the location of this wintry scene.

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1. Graphics Foundations: Canvas and Sprites

Mario Andres Pagella O'Reilly Media ePub

HTML5s canvas element makes it much easier to create complex graphic games, offering far more flexibility and speed than older approaches that relied on moving images around with the Document Object Model (DOM). Canvas lets you draw on an area of the screen directly with JavaScript, letting you apply traditional game graphics approaches in a web context. Though its a recent addition to the HTML universe, canvas is widely supported on newer desktop and mobile browsers.

The canvas element allows us to define an extremely fast drawable region on the screen that can be controlled using JavaScript with pixel-level accuracy. However, canvas works in immediate mode. Unlike Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG, not covered in this book), the calls that we make to the HTML5 Canvas API draw the graphics directly in the canvas, without holding any reference to them once they are displayed. If we want to move our graphics 10 pixels to the right, we need to clear the display and redraw them using the new coordinates. Later on, we discuss a technique called adaptive tile refresh that avoids having to clear the whole display just to modify a small part of the canvas.

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7. Chris Grant: Games and Press

David S. Heineman Indiana University Press ePub

ALONG WITH FORECASTS OF INCREASED DIRECT DEMOCRACY and a migration to virtual global currencies, one of the frequent predictions made by many of the early Internet prognosticators was that narrowly targeted news feeds would become the standard form of gaining information for those connected to the Internet. Specifically, many of them suggested that people would be able to find news that was specific to (and exclusionary from) particular geographic locations, particular ideological interests, or particular hobbyist pursuits. These targeted audiences would form communities and cultures around the news sites that appealed to them, creating a kind of feedback loop that kept the audience fixed and isolated. In the past twenty years of online journalism, some of this has indeed taken place. One of the best case studies for how it has occurred is unquestionably that of video game journalism.

Gaming journalism, popularized in the 1980s and early 1990s by thinly veiled adverti-zines such as Nintendo Power and Sega Visions and in youth-focused publications such as Gamepro (and, to a lesser extent, Electronic Gaming Monthly) joined much of the rest of the magazine industry in undergoing a significant sea change when the Internet gained in popularity in the mid- to late 1990s. In many ways, games journalism grew up with the medium it covered. As game publishers started creating more games meant to retain their aging player base, introduced a ratings system to make the content more palatable to parents, and started pushing toward multimedia, gaming journalism followed suit with more organized and focused writing, more objective and regular reviews, and more features that responded to the rapid pace of change in the industry.

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Do you recognize this hushed hall?

Andrew Vietze Down East Books ePub

With the colonnade of ash trees beginning to leaf out in the late spring sun, going to the mall is especially inviting on a June afternoon. The freshly mown lawn is but one of the many clues in this verdant scene. The flag pole in front of the imposing brick edifice is something of a giveaway, suggesting an institution of some sort, a public building. The multiple entrances and inviting steps further that idea. Could it be a town hall, perhaps? Maybe a venerable high school or post office or museum? Possibly a barracks even? It’s too pleasant-looking to be prison-related. Well, here’s what we know: Construction of this impressive structure began in 1941, but it was postponed because of the Second World War and completed in 1947. Funding was provided by a prominent businessman who donated a great deal of money in the area. The population of the town hereabouts is just over 9,000 in the summer, and the community, named for a Penob-scot Indian chief, is known for the pretty National Register homes in its historic district — testaments to the importance of timber in the region — in addition to the goings on in and around this particular building. On warm days, people appear here like dandelions in springtime, enjoying the sun or playing Frisbee on these green grounds. See page 100 if you’d like to educate yourself about this location.

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Rendezvous Picture Sharing with Panther

Story, Derrick O'Reilly Media PDF

Rendezvous Picture Sharing with Panther by Derrick Story

There are many clever features in Mac OS X 10.3 that don’t appear on the cover of Apple’s

Panther page. One of my favorites is the new Image Capture application that enables you to network images directly from your digital camera to others who can view them with a

Rendezvous-enabled browser. At first, this may seem more like a cool hack than anything truly useful. But depending on the features of your camera, this hidden Panther gem could bring new enthusiasm to your digital photography.

Our old friend, Image Capture, is at the core of this digital wonderment. While iPhoto gets all the headlines, Image Capture continues to work under the radar and improve with each version of the operating system. Panther includes version 2.1.0, and I think you’ll be impressed by some of its new goodies.

I first saw a discussion about some of these features on the O’Reilly Mac Editors list that I follow. Then I heard that David Pogue was playing with remote capture, and he included a demo in his keynote at the Mac OS X Conference, with me configuring the remote camera.

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