H2G2: making humor from science

This is a presentation I did in 2012 for an internal “Inspiration Meet” at a previous workplace, where we shared any book, movie, or whatever inspires us. I gave a presentation about Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, the science fiction book and series by the late Douglas Adams, focusing on how he invented humorous fictional concepts and technologies based on existing science and philosophy.

The presentation went fairly well, except when I attempted to explain about the Infinite Improbability Drive. One of the audience actually fell asleep. :)) Here I added a video from the H2G2 movie which I should’ve included then. Enjoy!

Horror Movie Title Generator

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Movies of the horror genre are quite popular in Indonesia. Despite their cheesy titles, terrible production values, and random inclusion of fanservices and innuendo, many people flock to them in cinemas and also watch them on DVD (I, for one, don’t. Not scared, just don’t find them entertaining).

I made this app about a year ago. The purpose of this app is to generate a horror title, encode it into a permalink, and share it to social media. The horror title follows a randomly chosen pattern from several available ones, and a random word is in turn randomly chosen for each part of the pattern. It uses no database at all; the user’s name, generated title and timestamp are all encoded into the permalink.

Click here to try it out –> Generator Judul Film Horor

When IE screws up your PHP session…

This line of code will save you. Respect and cherish it. And put it on the first line of your scripts:

header('P3P:CP="IDC DSP COR ADM DEVi TAIi PSA PSD IVAi IVDi CONi HIS OUR IND CNT"');

The issue that this header solves usually happens when the session is started within an iframe, e.g. when building a Facebook app. It has something to do with Internet Explorer not trusting iframe content.

Anyway, P3P stands for Platform for Privacy Preferences. You can also Google that code to find out more.

Coca-Cola Five Senses

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Tools: Adobe Flash CS5.5, Audacity, Adobe Photoshop CS5.5
Roles: audio editing, coding, flow

This interactive app showcases how the iconic Coca-Cola bottle engages each of our five senses. Besides checking out the interesting facts (in Indonesian), you’ll also want to hover the five hotspots in sequence from the top and play with the ice cubes.

Check it out while it’s live!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! In case you’re wondering why, it’s because

March 14 => 3-14 => 3.14

Of course, only Chuck Norris knows the last digit of pi. But for the rest of us, there’s a website that shows pi to 1 million decimal places. The URL of the site itself shows the first 64 digits of pi: 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592.com

Have a blast and some Pi Pie!