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Category — Actionscript 3.0

Thinking about Norman McLaren

John Robert Colombo kindly lent me a compilation set of Norman McLaren DVDs and we’ve been watching the works of Canada’s outstanding animator. McLaren was born in Scotland and went to art school there before he landed in Montreal and went to work for the National Film Board.

He produced experimental films that were half a century ahead of their time, beginning in Scotland in the 1930s but really taking off in Canada in the 40s and 50s. Here is an example of work done by drawing, painting and scratching directly onto film.

My reaction to McLaren’s work surprises me. [

July 11, 2011   1 Comment

More HTML canvas fun, with javascript

It’s a javascript particle emitter I call The Sprinkler and it’s here just because it’s fun to watch. It’s not a movie, it’s randomly running code. No Flash plugin required, but Internet Explorer probably can’t display it. [Read more →]

March 19, 2011   1 Comment

More HTML canvas fun

Well, this isn’t a lot of fun to look at, but it is a good demo of the way Flash-like effects can now be generated without Flash.

The animation is calling on one of an increasing number of “libraries” of open source code designed to save time and reduce errors. [Read more →]

March 14, 2011   No Comments

HTML5 and javascript have a beautiful future

You can view this kaleidoscope full screen here. (Well, maybe you can view it. Internet Explorer may not work. Nothing new about that.)

Try this cloth simulation, too.

No Flash plugin required

March 13, 2011   1 Comment

Click his smirk and watch him go.

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[/kml_flashembed]Sheriff Stephen is trotting out the old law and order ammo, getting ready for the next shoot-out at the Minority Corral. What better time to fashion a bobblehead for the Old West P.M.?


A bit of Photoshop to make the caricature and a bit of Flash Actionscript (thanks, Senocular) to make it bob.


The toy is just a fun way to announce that I’m getting back to studying Flash. I hope to throw in some Adobe After Effects in for good measure.

August 30, 2009   7 Comments

Why I am not pursuing Adobe Air

Adobe Air makes it fairly easy to create desktop applications that will work on any computer that can handle Flash… and that’s most computers, regardless of platform. Flash technology is good and it works well for web apps. Why not use it to make desktop apps, then? [Read more →]

June 21, 2009   No Comments

The Obamas will have their hands full!

Friends Blair and Louise have plenty of experience raising their bright, energetic Portuguese Water Dogs. (Same breed as the Obama’s “Beau”). Blair caught some delightful romps with his camera.

After years of watching some of the best commercial photographers in the business, Blair has picked up a few tricks. Nice depth of field work on the lilies and the bird, for example.

Blair was the youngest senior art rep at the famous TDF Artists company before he set up his own Keystone Studios.

April 16, 2009   3 Comments

Stephen Harper nose lengthener

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://ripple.ca/wp-content/stephenocchio.swf” height=”400″ width=”300″ /]

Put your cursor on his nose, press down and drag it out a bit.

Repeat. Squeeze. Squash. Have fun. For a fresh start, just refresh the page.

But wait! There’s more! You can make a movie! [Read more →]

October 1, 2008   4 Comments

Flash billboard transition

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://ripple.ca/wp-content/bill-boards.swf” height=”300″ width=”425″ /]

Back in the 90s, I designed  outdoor boards for McDonald’s, so I’ve used my own work in this demo of the Actionscript 3.0 billboard transition class. The script was written by the people at Flash&Math in one of their valuable tutorials.

September 7, 2008   No Comments

Toronto Fire Movie… 104 years old!

Renovating the bathroom is taking longer than I planned, so here’s some Flash filler that I came across. It’s amazing stuff actually… film of fire wagons racing up Bay Street over a century ago. It should autostart.


Here’s a link to an archive of photos, if you are interested.

August 7, 2008   1 Comment