Something Wrong with the System

A Flash/Actionscript blog

Real Life Swarms

I just saw this on Youtube, it’s a video of  500,000 bats flying out of a cave filmed in infrared.  It really reminds me of the Boids swarming app I wrote, especially how the bats will zig-zag as they fly. 

October 7th, 2009 by Peter Organa
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The Lander (Circa 2004)

Back in 2004 I worked on a game called ‘The Lander’ it was eventually licensed by and (for not very much money at all).

‘The Lander’ is the project that convinced me that maybe I should continue working in Flash and ActionScript.

Anyway.  For the past 5 years ‘The Lander’ was hosted by my friend Mario Tan (this is back from the time when I was too poor to afford web hosting).  Mario’s hosting has finally expired, so I’m hosting it myself.

WARNING: This game is old (written in Flash 6!) and super buggy.     It is not an indicator of my current skill set!

You can play the game here

August 3rd, 2009 by Peter Organa
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PhotoPal (maybe PhotoViewr) ?

photoPal Sample Image

I spent some time the last week working on my dad’s website (he runs a portable Pet Photography Studio).  Specifically, I was working on a AS3, PHP+SQL application that would give his clients a preview of their photos before they order them.

I hadn’t worked on a PHP project in ages and the language was just as a I remembered it: Really ugly code that does exactly what I need it to do.

The Flash to PHP communication was handled via XML-RPC for PHP and XMPRC for Asctionscript 3.0.  XML-RPC is a set of libraries that help you ferry data from one system to another.  It took me a little while to get the knack for preparing the RPC Objects, but ultimately it was a painless process.

What I was left with is a (ugly as hell) back-end interface in PHP that outputs to an attractive (I think) Flash front-end.

The advantages here are:

  • My dad doesn’t need to know any code to get this to work, he browses his file system for images and the PHP code takes care of everything else.
  • Clients (who lack tech savvy) can’t download the JPEGs and print illicit images like they could with a pure HTML/PHP interface.
  • My dad doesn’t need to re-size his Images to fit flash as the PHP script will take care of that.
  • The PHP/SQL link up lets me save favourites and do per image click user tracking.
  • A Flash interface is just cooler!

I think my favourite part of this app is the Transition class, it transitions between any two display objects with a fade & re-size.  I’m using that class to display everything in the main window.  If anyone shows interest I’ll go ahead and clean up the class and post it here.

Anyhow.  You can see the app in action here.  Use ‘Reese‘ as a password.

If anyone is curious you can see my Dad’s Flickr page here.

Oh and if you’re wondering about the blog post title.  I have no idea what to call this application.  I’ll gladly take suggestions in the comments section!

July 23rd, 2009 by Peter Organa
Posted in AS3, Not Programming, Programming, Super Cool | Comments Off on PhotoPal (maybe PhotoViewr) ?

I’m now 29 (old)!


I  want to thank all the people who showed up for my birthday party last saturday.

I had a great time, and I was drunk enough to believe you were all having fun too!

A special thanks goes out to Ron for the dead astronauts drawn onto Dark Side of the Moon!

Also, I’d like to announce that Boom Blox is a great party game for the Wii!

December 10th, 2008 by Peter Organa
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I made this! Rose Recommends by McCain

Rose Recommends ShotHey! I haven’t posted for a while!   I was working on a huge project for McCain foods.

Now that it’s done I can share it!

The project is called ‘Rose Recommends’. It allows the user to plan out their meals for the week.  More importantly the application will show the nutritional information for each food item and the plate as a whole.  Now you can finally find out precisely how bad eating a plate full of Cottage Cheese is for you.

I spent a pretty exciting/stressful month working on this app, I hope you like it.

If you have any questions/comments feel free to post them down below.

I’ll try to get some experimental stuff up again soom.  I just need to enjoy the summer a bit first.  It’s almost gone!

Click to see the app!

July 24th, 2008 by Peter Organa
Posted in AS3, Not Programming, Programming, Super Cool | Comments Off on I made this! Rose Recommends by McCain

I’m not dead! I feel happy!

Hey, sorry that I’ve disappeared!

I’ve been saddled with a bunch of major projects (with deadlines!) at work and I just don’t have the strength to code all day and then go home and code some more.

I was working on an interpretation of Grant Skinner’s curved line code which was just giving me headaches. What I have so far is just a clone of what Grant’s done. Except that my math is completely different 😀 Not better mind you, just different.  I made it a point to code my version without looking at Grant’s source, I did steal his ideas though!

You can see it after the break.

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June 17th, 2008 by Peter Organa

Don’t Get Any Big Ideas

It’s been a while since I posted, and an even longer time since I made a non-programming post.

So. Check out this video. So geeky!
Don’t you dare fast forward! You’ll just be cheating yourself.

It’s Radiohead’s Nude played on an old Spectrum Sinclair and a whole bunch of junky (fantastic) old hardware.

I found this via Boing Boing Gadgets

And yes, I’m planning a new AS3 project. But I need
A) An idea.
B) Time! Work has been crazy this week and I’m kind of exhausted.

Grant Skinner kinda sorta challenged me to re-do my Angry Red Tick with better code, so I may very well get started on that this weekend.

June 6th, 2008 by Peter Organa
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Something Wrong with the System

Something Wrong with the System

I think I’m going to leave the blog title as “Something Wrong with the System”.

A few weeks ago I saw this sign up at a Tim Hortons.

It was just too unintentionally subversive to be ignored!

So now you know!

Update: The sign reads,
“Tim Card –
Master card not working –
(something wrong
with the system)”


Oh and thanks to Erin for taking the picture!

April 29th, 2008 by Peter Organa

First post! w00!

Well, I’ve decided to step up and participate in the whole uh… ‘blog-o-sphere’ thing.

I’m hoping to use this space to publish some ActionScript3 source code. Maybe I’ll post some thoughts on… you know… topics and stuff.

So, non-existent reader. Be patient, I have no idea what I’m doing.

April 27th, 2008 by admin