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  • XPAIDER 8/31/02 
    Description: Spanish Design Farmer
    Comments: Today's pick comes as a result of my catching up on administrative things, like revisiting featured cool sites to double check for mistakes – my mistakes, that is.  It's easy to miss something the first time you visit a site.  I think I must have chosen to "skip intro" the first time I visited this one.  So, today I bring a site onto the best of the cool listings that belonged there in the first place.  What intro?  The "Retro Robot Machine" has got to be the coolest Flash creation on the planet!  Okay, so maybe I'm overstating that a bit – it's really just a little (hyperactive) splash page – in that case, I'll just call it the coolest splash page on the planet and leave it at that, since that's not really why I'm picking the site anyway.  There's actually 2 reasons.  First, the design.  Great implementation of the chromeless window idea and a great layout within the 810x316 window, not to mention the vibrant color scheme and graphics.  Second, and what I really mis-evaluated the first time I visited the site, is the content, baby!  Tasty screensavers, fonts, icons, and desktops for your downloading pleasure plus a big section of links (including a "link of the month" and "link of the week") that could keep you occupied the whole weekend (if you let it).  Lemme just call this my link of the day...
     
  • We Come In Peace 8/19/02 
    Description: some strange tales with some strange creatures (Flash)
    Comments: Drag the "little monster" towards one of the "stoneballs" and he'll eat it to launch a funny episode.  The monster has an existence similar to the coyote in the old Road Runner cartoons – I think that's why I find it all so funny.  There's 5 episodes and every one of them is a real gas – today's pick is serving up real entertainment – some of best Flash-based cartoons I've encountered.  So – take yer browser to today's pick for a few minutes, drag and eat, and enjoy (and don't worry, if your boss catches you watching, he/she will probably laugh their ass off, too)...
     
  • Beat13 8/16/02 
    Description: sounds, design, and art (Flash)
    Comments: Psst... wanna download some cool tunes?  Not tunes from those big record companies on copy-protected CDs or anything like that – naaw... these are tunes from some talented people you've probably never heard of who would be tickled to know you listened to their stuff and shared it with others (take that RIAA!).  There's a dozen different songs you can download but that's just a small part of what you'll find at today's pick.  You'll also wanna check out the "designlab" and some of the great illustrations and digital art in the "personal pods."  Thirsty?  There's a recipe for "Guinness Punch" that sounds yummy, but you might wanna wait 'til evening to try it.  I love the deep green color of the site and the Flash work and overall design is outstanding – after you enter, don't be in too much of a hurry to click or you might miss the swarm of robots...  
     
  • typorganism 8/14/02 
    Description: Communication Experiments focused on Interactive Kinetic Typography and Communal Interactivity (Flash)
    Comments: Okay, so I'm running a little late today, but when I started playing with "ASCII-O-Matic" and "Visual Composer" again, I got a little tied up.  I can't help it if Gicheol's stuff is so engaging (and fun).  He describes his site as a "series of communication experiments" which explore what he calls "Computational Interaction Design" and "Interactive Kinetic Typography."  "Type is an organism" says Gicheol and the site is a showcase that demonstrates, or supports, that statement.  Two other works related directly to typography are "DNA" and "Weight" – the first is an interesting look at letters/numbers as 3-dimensional molecular organisms, while the latter lets you actually compare the weight of different characters (from various font faces) by placing them in a cool scale.  It's all an excellent study of type as a living, breathing, and moving "lifeform, which lives on the Net" – interesting and engaging, and artsy to boot...
     
  • storyabout 8/2/02 
    Description: make and save anything you want with "16 balls" plus other works (Flash)
    Comments: If I'm not mistaken, the Korean designer behind today's pick goes by the nickname of "hansorry."  Though I can't read the content in his diary or on the message board, I found something here that's most amusing – "you have only 16 balls but i think you make anything you want" is the message you'll get if you choose to "make" a piece for gallery.  It's challenging and, call me silly, a lot of fun.  Another thing I really liked was "Flash Works" which showcases some of hansorry's actionscript savvy.  There's also a number of photo projects – though I couldn't read his descriptions about each project, that's fine because one doesn't need to speak the language to appreciate the images... and I did.  To those of you who've noticed a string of Flash picks this week, rest assured I have some non-Flash thingies in the queue coming up for you, but for today, enjoy hansorry's colorful site and make something with 16 balls...
     
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