Saturday, November 23, 2013

Learn Fractions and get your concepts clear

The post title might be a little dull but this what exactly you will do with the App I am going to talk about. There is an app called "Tiny Fractions" published by "Tap to Learn" the company I am working with. This app simply is a gem when it comes to clear your concepts of Fractions.This is not a promotional statement. first you download it and play, and after that you do't feel the same, please! feel free to fill my comment box with your blasting comments. check it out on apple appstore .
Right now, its only on iOS. I wish it was available for the Android users.

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on the apple appstore 

there is a Davyhulme Primary School blog which has shown their students having a good time with Fractions
of course they all have Tiny Fractions on their iPad. 
this is just the screen shot. Please, go to their blog and view the pics.  this could prove to be a good testimony for you before you spend your $.
Oh yes, there is a you tube video done by Wendy Fletcher a real user of this app
watch it here: [----]
if you are the researcher type and want to do a full web check before you buy, then check out developer website.

screen capture TTL web

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Manoj Kumar and 15th August

I don't know how many people have written about this but I am sure most of us have heard Manoj Kumar movie songs on 15th August or 26th January. It is hard for me to celebrate Independence Day without these songs. I have fond memories of growing up hearing these songs in my school days. When you are a kid feel for country and respect for its freedom fighter is high. I used to get goose bumps listening these songs. Those were the days of VCR and VHS tapes. Usually on such occasions our school used to run these patriotic movies on VCP (video player). I remember watching Manoj Kumar's Upkar and Purab aur Paschhim it had a lasting impression on me for days the images form the films used to re-run into my head.

Manoj Kumar aka Bharat Kumar had spread the feel for the nation and ideals. In those days I was unaware that it's not Manoj who is singing but it is Mahendra Kapoor who is doing the task.  Mahendra Kapoor's voice perfectly matched Manoj Kumar's image on screen. May be that's the reason they created such successful and memorable films.
Some time back I had watched these films again.(as a grown up now) and it left me impressed. I could admire and understand a lot of aspect of film and appreciate it. first and foremost I  salute to the vision of the filmmaker for such great intentions and staying true to it. 2nd is the innovative and effective cinematography of  V.N. Reddy (consider the times these films were made 1967-1970). Editing is one of finest aspect of these films. Done by  B.S. Glaad (I tried to find more info about him but it seems there isn't much info neither a Wikipedia page)  Art Direction is so apt and connected to reality. see full credits on Imdb .

some videos from youtube:

 Once you have watched the video try noticing rotating round table and characters sitting just near the camera (may be on a dolly) and V.N. Reddy is able to give panorama of moving BG

This seven minute song sequence gives such a vivid imagery of India and I can not help but admire detailing done in this video. Notice beautifully captured Kashi, woman 's rope acrobat  and Rasleela artist playing thaali as Chakra on his finger. V.N. Reddy use the same Thaali reflection in one scene to show in-camera and off the camera views in one frame. I bet this sequence is better than most tourism ad films.

On location shoot real farm, real plough and notice how Manoj wears "gamucha" a classic opening song.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

illustrations of Marcos Oliveira

I had seen Marcos Oliveira's Scientific Illustration about a year ago in a feature by behance called : illustrationserved. I was impressed by his subtle and soft colors and seeing him working on location with his sketchbook and watercolors. I had thought about sharing his work through the blog post. I bookmarked the site and forgot about it.(this is a habit, I keep bookmarking a lot of stuff but hardly go back to see my bookmarked list) any way here I am writing about it. good things always, stick some where at your back of mind.
I wanted know more about Marcos Oliveira and googled for it. The first thing which appears in the search is a professional mixed martial artist from Brazil of the same name. Then I found his blog  according to profile description :  He is from Lisbon, Portugal. Born in 1967 at Santa Maria da Feira
"Professional illustrator since 1994, specializing in scientific illustration, biological and archaeological as well as historical reconstruction. Currently working as a freelancer."

Marcos Oliveira

Marcos Olivera on the spot
apart from beautiful water colors I liked the use of eye level and horizon

See his work featured at : illustration served

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Cloud Catcher mobile game

It was a pleasant piece of information I chanced upon. I was surfing the net for some visual research on "Art style and Games". There I came across a game called "a Little Turbulence" which reminded me a mobile game I was working on and was left unfinished due to fund crunch.
I felt a little bad because the game had the potential, if given the right push could have been a good play.
I moved on. almost forgot about it and was busy in new work environment, a different kind of set up.
I could not keep the discovery of  ALT with me, I shared the link with my previous boss.
The surprise was from him, he sent me mail about the publishing of the game on both platforms iPhone and Android. Though the game they published is not polished, the fact is they got it out and the story is exciting.
and I like the music they have done. there was only a generic loop in demo version with place holder noise effects.

here is the Game summary:

The Cloud Catcher mobile game
It is a simple click and collect game set in Pre electricity era. 
Story line:
This game talks about a scientist who is Leonardo's contemporary. Pre electricity era.
So he goes out in the sky with his hot air balloon and collects Electro energy from clouds.
His goal is to collect energy for his city. 
Game’s look is hand drawn. Visualizing  scientist’s sketch book to come alive.

a little turbulence (in short ALT)

cloud catchers

The Cloud Catcher mobile game Down load links:
Link1: iPhone
Link2: Android

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