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Announcing Badlands, a little game

A sort of single screen microgod game that is roughly 10% complete but functional. Free download for macOS. Windows build coming soon. More on the itch.io page.

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Blubox – A Metafilter TV Channel

I’m happy to present to you the newest entry in the long-lost 6 hour projects (this one took more like 2) section here at Extra Future: blubox.

blubox is a script and page that takes the most recently posted videos on Metafilter.com and puts them into a YouTube playlist. The source code is available on Github.

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Tybor, the Extra Future chat bot, Lives!

I spent last night making some needed fixes and changes to XFU’s resident learning chat bot, Tybor. His brain is now stored in a SQLite database, making him much faster and more portable. He even works on iOS and Android phones.

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Introducing Twitov

Twitov is a generative text bot that takes your Twitter history file and uses it to make new Tweets based on your own personality. It’s free, all you need is your Twitter history file.

Twitov is an Extra Future 6-hour project that ballooned into a week-long one. Whoops. Previous ExFu 6-hour Projects include Kove (a community-editable Choose Your Own Adventure Game), Liblr (Something like Mad Libs for Twitter), and Kreskin (An app that generates album covers for fictional bands based on real Flickr images, Wikipedia, and famous quotes).

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Introducing Kreskin, A Band/Album Generator

Kreskin is an album generator, which essentially automates the Wikipedia Band Name Game. To wit:

  1. Go to the Random article page on Wikipedia. The page it goes to is your band name.
  2. Go to Flickr’s most interesting photos for the last 7 days. Find the third image. That is your band’s album cover.
  3. Go to the quotations page and pick the last quote on the Random Quotes page. The last three words of this quote is the title of your album.

You have likely played this game on a grey workday afternoon, but Kreskin makes the process much easier. Using the sources above, Kreskin grabs the needed information and presents you with a lovely image with a permalink that you can pass around, no manual labor needed. Kreskin also picks from a random assortment of freely-licensed web fonts to snazz up your album covers.

Kreskin is an Extra Future 6-hour Project.

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Kove, A Community-Created Choose Your Own Adventure Game

This of it as a wiki-style take on the classic book genre. Just sign in via Twitter OAuth and start adding and editing pages. All content is published under a CC-BY license. There is also an atom feed of new pages.

Kove is an Extra Future 6-Hour Project.

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Liblr, The Twitter Mad Lib Machine

Liblr is an Extra Future 6-hour Project which takes the public Twitter stream and lets your replace one phrase with another, in the name of fun. An example, taking the phrase ‘had sex’ and replacing with ‘played scrabble’ gives you gems like the following:

Is it normal for a 21 year old boy to have played scrabble with about 30 woman in his whole life..??? wow idk

I hope you enjoy it.

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Mote, the Amazon S3 Music Player

Mote began as a 6-hour project and slowly changed into a 12-hour one. It takes the contents of any Amazon S3 bucket, checks for audio files and lets you play them like an album. It defaults to using HTML5’s audio tag, and falls back to Flash if your browser does not support HTML5.

Mote is clever enough to know if your browser supports any of the specific kinds of files in the bucket (say, M4A in Firefox) and if not, will fall back to Flash for those files.

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Tybor, The Extra Future Chat Bot

Adding to the pile of Extra Future 6-hour projects, I present to you: Tybor, a Markov chat bot. He is a chat bot based on the Hailo perl package, with a custom retro-styled HTML5/CSS3 interface written by me.

He also has a jabber account, which Google Talk/Google Apps users can talk to by adding the user tybor at extrafuture dot com to their contact list.

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Fullness

As another one of Extra Future’s 6-hour projects, I present the following: Fullness, a web page which displays today’s date (22 February 2010). Each second that passes from the moment the page was made live will “age” it, blurring the text. As the viewer’s memory of the page ages and deteriorates so will the page itself, until eventually the text is entirely obscured and unreadable.

In about 5 years, the text will be one big smear. It will be be impossible to visually tell that it was ever text at all.

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Introducing FRMT.me

FRMT.me is an online CSS formatter using the Extra Future house style rules, which I’ve yet to codify here but will soon. It is one of my 6-hour projects, and as such is considered a sibling to Megaman II’s Intro in HTML, CSS, and jQuery.

House style on the name is to print the domain all caps and the TLD in lowercase, like so: FRMT.me.

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Megaman II’s Intro Animation In HTML

Created by yours truly. No Flash, just CSS, HTML5, and jQuery. The animation is very not smooth in Firefox, but works great in Safari and Chrome.

You can check it out here.

Using the scrollbar to bring the view upward was a stylistic choice, it could’ve just as (if not more) easily done in a single “screen”, but what’s the fun in that? The demo uses the jQuery backgroundPosition-Effect plugin to achieve the parallax scrolling effect, and the new Javascript audio capabilities introduced by the HTML5 group. The timing may not work very well on older machines.