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July 11, 2008 11:06 AM   Subscribe

This is Sand "is a website for play. It changes the pixels on the screen into digital sand that can be used as building material for cosmic landscapes, Clemens-style sand paintings, mandalas and so on." [Via The Presurfer]
posted by homunculus (23 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Just wait until the lolcats discover it and it becomes unusable.
posted by sciurus at 11:11 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


It was cool until firefox crashed.
posted by delmoi at 11:18 AM on July 11, 2008


See also
posted by DU at 11:19 AM on July 11, 2008


Nice, clean and minimal, but you can't make things blow up in this version.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:19 AM on July 11, 2008


Sorting the gallery by most viewed turns up more variety. I like this one best.
posted by sciurus at 11:19 AM on July 11, 2008


See also
posted by Burhanistan at 11:23 AM on July 11, 2008


I mean, See Also
posted by Burhanistan at 11:24 AM on July 11, 2008


Neat idea, and well executed. I had no problems in Firefox 2.

I always like things like this, but the interest rarely lasts more than two minutes or so. I remember being in awe of the old Praystation stuff, though.
posted by greenie2600 at 11:24 AM on July 11, 2008


Oooooooooollllllllllllddddddddd. The one with all the pyro materials is the best.
posted by Aquaman at 11:25 AM on July 11, 2008


This is crashingmybrowser.
posted by sour cream at 11:32 AM on July 11, 2008


Cute, but I hope the artists (who seem to be using this as part of a final-year show) acknowledge the works they're plagiarising. The site makes no reference to the long list of sand simulation toys (such as the couple that DU mentions above) that came before.

So maybe, a B for implementation, a C for bullshit, and a D- for integrity?
posted by davemee at 11:33 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


And see also

Metafilter: We're really into sand
posted by anazgnos at 11:46 AM on July 11, 2008


Oh man, I just spent an hour playing with this. I'd love to see that fleshed out into a full game with sound effects and pretty graphics and so forth.
posted by greenie2600 at 12:09 PM on July 11, 2008


Should I be upset that there were zero sets of footprints?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:50 PM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Except for the head-tilt and degree of mouth being open, most of the resemble is make-believe.

Cookie Monster and James Earl Jones? Please...and Cookie is a much better actor to boot.

but Janice and Versace was spot on, 8 on the Bizarro scale.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:08 PM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


damn, wong thread
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:08 PM on July 11, 2008


Like such as sand.
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:15 PM on July 11, 2008


That was pretty neat. But it needs more bristle worms.
posted by quin at 1:15 PM on July 11, 2008


Cute, but I hope the artists (who seem to be using this as part of a final-year show) acknowledge the works they're plagiarising.

Plagiarizing? You are aware that these are all based on a physical things, right? I mean it is actually possible for people to come up with similar ideas on their own.
posted by delmoi at 1:23 PM on July 11, 2008


"Just like the actual sand gets its colour from its origins, the sand used on thisissand.com covers the RGB palette natural to digital environments. Also the sounds of the falling sand on thisissand.com resemble a real life phenomenon: singing sand is discovered in about 35 desert locations around the world where the wind triggers a low-pitch sound in the natural sand. Instead of nature’s frequencies the digital sand generates white noise, which is a random signal with a flat power density. It is considered analogous to white light which contains all frequencies - like the RGB sand on thisissand.com.

This project is trying WAY too hard.
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:59 PM on July 11, 2008


In case any one was curious, Andrew Clemens, a native Iowan, created some fine sand bottles They really are quite extraordinary.
posted by IvoShandor at 2:06 PM on July 11, 2008


Trying way too hard is what art school is all about.
posted by greenie2600 at 3:05 PM on July 11, 2008


Cute, but I hope the artists (who seem to be using this as part of a final-year show) acknowledge the works they're plagiarising.

I had a falling-sand program on my Amstrad CPC back in about...1989, 1990? The concept is stupidly simple. Obvious even. No need for acknowledgment.
posted by Jimbob at 8:24 PM on July 11, 2008


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