Sunday, March 19, 2006

Update: Da Vinci's Challenge Articles

I added some recent press that features Da Vinci's Challenge, as well as the new games Da Vinci's Challenge Card Game & Da Vinci's Mancala.

Interactive Touchscreen

Check out this interactive touchscreen technology that is so cool, I can't friggin' stand it...

I'm going crazy waiting for Apple to release a touchscreen tablet PC with this technology!!! It seems that somebody has already figured out how to fabricate an "iTablet." This is the computer I have been dreaming about for years.

Where's My Party?

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

DaVinci's Challenge: Top 10 Fab Products

Edplay is a magazine for specialty toy retailers & museum stores. Debbie Scholl of FUNdamentally Toys! in Houston recommended Da Vinci's Challenge at the #2 spot in this list. Very cool. A big shout-out to Debbie for her excellent taste in games! Click the scans to enlarge...

Press for New "Da Vinci's Challenge" Games

I picked up a bunch of trade magazines and publications from the Toy Fair in New York City this year. I'm going to post some of the previews that I've found for the 2 new games: Da Vinci's Challenge Card Game & Da Vinci Mancala.

• This is from the Toy Fair Times trade publication:

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• I saw this in License Magazine's coverage of the Toy Fair:

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• And one more article in some trade magazine called Toys & Family Entertainment:

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

God, the Fractal Geometer

Last night, PBS played Arthur C. Clark's "Colours of Infinity" about the mind-bending field of fractal geometry. Even though it was made in 1995, the show was still pretty amazing. (Here's my previous post about the fractal nature of the reality we experience.) As I was watching, I remembered this 13th century illustration showing "God the Geometer." (link)

To me, the most interesting thing about this image is how the universe contained in the sphere that God is creating has an uncanny resemblance to the Mandlebrot Set, the most famous fractal formula & image. Check out the picture of the Mandlebrot fractal & compare. Of course, the painter could not have known what a 'fractal' even was, but to see the universe portrayed by this medieval artist as an irregular fractal-like form that so closely resembles the M-set is one of those things that makes you wonder about creativity and the insight of the human mind.