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Multiuser Sketchpad is a collaborative drawing tool, created in Javascript by Mr. Doob (Previously).
posted by gwint (48 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I think I must be missing something because I don't see how this is collaborative or multiuser.
posted by Outlawyr at 2:15 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ditto.
posted by Malice at 2:20 PM on July 7, 2010


Erm, yeah, unless I just happen to be the only user, I don't get it either.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 2:20 PM on July 7, 2010


Somebody sketched over my penis.
posted by mazola at 2:21 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sorry, didn't mention it only works on Chrome 4+, Safari 5+, or Firefox 4+
posted by gwint at 2:21 PM on July 7, 2010


Wow so everyone on the Intertubes really is a 12 year old that can't draw.
posted by desjardins at 2:30 PM on July 7, 2010


How does it.. um... how does it work?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:30 PM on July 7, 2010


Is it time again for this idea?
posted by DU at 2:31 PM on July 7, 2010


Why are dudes obsessed with drawing penii? There are at least 4 on my screen at the moment.
posted by desjardins at 2:31 PM on July 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


"the Internet is a revolutionary means of communication that can decentralize power by providing everyone with a voice, since it is the only truly free medium of global information exchange, as it is not controlled by any one organization, corporation, government, or media cartel."
And we're using it to collaboratively draw doodle penises.
posted by leapfrog at 2:33 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


How does it.. um... how does it work?

Consult the Book of Armaments!
posted by The Bellman at 2:35 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Very minimalist approach.
posted by Xoebe at 2:43 PM on July 7, 2010


Ok, it's working. My drawing of Trogdor was awful.
posted by Xoebe at 2:46 PM on July 7, 2010


My Firefox is updated and it's still not working.
posted by Malice at 2:48 PM on July 7, 2010


Oh, oh! I saw something that wasn't a penis! It was a vaguely Dragonball-looking character! Pointy, stabby hair and everything! Teh internet is saved!
posted by tapesonthefloor at 2:51 PM on July 7, 2010


10 seconds to penis. Maybe 5. Nice work, intertubes.
posted by GuyZero at 2:51 PM on July 7, 2010


Another one?
posted by jeffamaphone at 2:53 PM on July 7, 2010


8====D
posted by Greg Nog at 2:54 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


So the deal here is that this is "pure" HTML - it's as canvas with Javascript controlling the UI. It's not Flash or Java.
posted by GuyZero at 2:54 PM on July 7, 2010


Did you know if you X-ray Rembrandt's paintings you can see a bunch of penis doodles?

It's a well known fact.
posted by mazola at 2:56 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seriously though — why penises? Presumably [most of] the current traffic on the site is coming from MeFi, which is a respectable and intelligent place. Are you guys doing that? Why? What goes through your mind, when you figure out what you wish to draw, before settling on the male sex organ? There is a thought process there, and I'm dying to find out what it is 'cause it sure isn't happening in my own brain.

It's almost as reliable a law as gravity: When an artistic medium is combined with anonymity and a large audience, people will depict penises. Guaranteed. I promise I'm not being snarky or mean, I legitimately want to know. At least one penis-drawer (whether on this site today or some other one in the past) is reading this comment right now, and I'm asking you to please speak up. Again, I ask: why penises?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 2:56 PM on July 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


I have 3.6.6, which I believe is the current version of Firefox. Am I on the wrong Internets?
posted by Outlawyr at 2:56 PM on July 7, 2010


Ok, it's working. My drawing of Trogdor was awful.

I said consummate V's!
posted by turaho at 2:56 PM on July 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


At least one penis-drawer (whether on this site today or some other one in the past) is reading this comment right now, and I'm asking you to please speak up. Again, I ask: why penises?

I can't draw gallbladders.
posted by mazola at 2:59 PM on July 7, 2010


I mostly glanced at the link to verify that there would, indeed, be a small menagerie of cocks + tits. I was not disappointed.

As to why? Because you're not supposed to, I guess, so I'm sure people get a little tiny microthrill from doing it.
posted by kavasa at 3:01 PM on July 7, 2010


I got it to work. Then, I drew a vagina.


...and then a penis.
posted by Malice at 3:05 PM on July 7, 2010


Outlawyr: "I have 3.6.6, which I believe is the current version of Firefox. Am I on the wrong Internets?"

Firefox 4.0 is in Beta but I learned my lesson with pre-releases of Mozilla products years ago and am waiting for the release.
posted by octothorpe at 3:06 PM on July 7, 2010


Someday I'm going to build one of these sites and call it Penisboard, your destination for collaborative genitalia/mammary doodling. It will be the most thoughtful art site on the web, with nary a penis in sight.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 3:13 PM on July 7, 2010


Again, I ask: why penises?

I do it for the annoyance factor.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:13 PM on July 7, 2010


Why are dudes obsessed with drawing penii?

It's not any penis. It's his penis.
posted by Nelson at 3:14 PM on July 7, 2010


SketchRoulette
posted by GuyZero at 3:24 PM on July 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: I do it for the annoyance factor.
posted by The Potate at 3:36 PM on July 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


Why why? Sometimes a penis is just a penis.
posted by kozad at 3:43 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Etch-A-SketchRoulette
posted by ryoshu at 3:54 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I drew a girl pointing at the myriad crude penises on the screen and saying "Peeners!".

Before I was even done someone had drawn nipples and a vagina on her.

Yaaaay?
posted by egypturnash at 3:57 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's almost as reliable a law as gravity: When an artistic medium is combined with anonymity and a large audience, people will depict penises.

If you want a vision of the future, it's that cartoon from Johnny Dangerously, forever.
posted by JHarris at 4:00 PM on July 7, 2010


Oh, also, this is why we can't have nice things.
posted by JHarris at 4:01 PM on July 7, 2010


I'm sure that Elmo does have a penis, but I didn't need a visual depiction of it.
posted by vverse23 at 4:17 PM on July 7, 2010


I got it working with the Firefox 4 beta linked above (which installs in a separate directory, so you don't need to overwrite your current stable install - which is a good thing, seeing as although the new Firefox is very pretty and speedy, I don't trust it yet...). If you're not seeing the other drawings even then, refresh the page a few times.
posted by ZsigE at 4:18 PM on July 7, 2010


Fun to mess up other people's penises
posted by found missing at 5:09 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's all penises, nazi symbols and writing sinner over and over.

Ann Coulter must be masturbating furiously.
posted by Hiker at 5:12 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, it is collaborative in that I saw some other dude draw a meticulously accurate penis, but noticed that his balls were bare. Can't have the man bare-balling it up on the internet. So I meticulously drew crinkled hairs on his balls, which is a sentence I didn't think I would say when I got up this morning.

Why penises? They're easy to do (huh huh), easily recognizable, and come with free emotional feedback--people either giggling or getting annoyed or, you know, finding Jesus.

Also penises are kind of awesome. I mean, we can aim at stuff. That's pretty cool. Maybe those are all male pride badges.
posted by DanielZKlein at 5:17 PM on July 7, 2010


Anybody remember that multiuser magnetic letter game from a while back?
posted by eviltwin at 7:49 PM on July 7, 2010


I love cock and all, but it's pretty frustrating when someone draws a penis over everything I draw.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:00 PM on July 7, 2010


It took me a second to figure out that there's no erase tool or erase button; everyone sees the page as blank when they load it and starts seeing drawings from there.

So someone who loads the page after you won't see your drawings. They'll just see a blank canvas and start drawing ... right on top of whatever you had.

Which if you leave the window open for a few minutes and then come back to it, leaves you with some pretty interesting stuff.
posted by Kadin2048 at 8:35 PM on July 7, 2010


Yeah, nobody is drawing a penis over your stuff on purpose.
posted by hellphish at 9:17 AM on July 8, 2010


I don't know about that. I drew a smiling dude, and someone drew a cock jizzing right into his mouth.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:24 AM on July 8, 2010


I just tried it; I drew a man in a hat, and somebody gave him fancy shoes, and then I saw a guy drawing a pine tree at the top left so I added a couple of stars in the sky above the tree, then suddenly there were two other people adding stars, and then a couple of people drew shine lines around the stars; I drew a crescent moon and somebody else added a smile and a nose to it; the original tree guy was still drawing his tree and a couple other people were adding similar trees to make a little forest.

Then somebody scribbled over the whole thing like a jackass, but for a minute there it was actually a kind of magical experience.
posted by Shepherd at 11:25 AM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


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