Someone with too much time….

If you have too much time on your hands during this holiday season I have the perfect thing for you! First of all go to this link or this link but do not click this link!
(you need to have flash installed)
Follow the instructions on the screen, or just draw a downward line from the left side of the screen to the bottom right. Push the ‘play’ button. Pretty cool right? At my old job my coworker and I spent at least 5 hours on one day playing with our little sledder. Our boss was gone so we had a hayday, although we did get caught by a different boss lady and I told her it was something I was working on for the next email newsletter. :) I’m such a liar!

So, once you have played around with that a little bit and made some jumps for your guy and have seen that he’s not indestructable go ahead and watch the video below. There are nary enough words to describe the detail and amount of time it must’ve taken to put that scene together. Amazing!


  1. PHIL!!! said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 10:07 am


  2. EsoPhil said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    Very cool! The one who really has too much time on his hands is the one who manages to find such a cool thing to put on his blog :) Out of curiosity though, after my first experiment with the little penguin guy, and after watching the YouTube video, I thought, “How is it possible to make all those ‘extra’ lines that form a scene without the guy running into them?” I did a simple experiment by putting a “tree” in the path of the slope. The guy on the sled simply didn’t ‘get’ that I drew the tree in the background (behind the slope!) and crashed right into it. Therefore, I don’t think that YouTube video, as cool as it is, follows the rules of drawing slopes in that Flash app. They probably drew all the lines that comprise the actual slope where the guy travels, then doctored it up in a separate program by adding the extra lines. Otherwise the guy wouldn’t be able to cross all those lines he does. He’d either travel up/down them as he encounters them or simply crash. At least that’s what it seems unless there is a way to draw “non-slope” lines, which I didn’t see. Okay, I have too much time on my hands writing this comment…

  3. normaljean said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    I saw that a week or so ago. Soooo flippin’ cool! I cant imagine how much trial and error went in to making that giant scene!

  4. Micah said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    hey EsoPhil, I can tell you it’s not doctored up….it matters which way you draw the lines. For example. You draw a downward slope from the top left corner to the bottom right corner, that’s the slope he’ll travel on. Now, if you were to draw a line from the top right corner that intersected your downard sloping line he would not crash into it. Lines drawn from left to right he’ll travel on top of, lines drawn from right to left, he’ll travel on the bottom side of…i.e. for loops and such. Make sense? Now I know you’re quite the artist and drawer so I bet you could make a killer sloping jumping run. Send me your video.

  5. EsoPhil said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    Alright, I’ll buy that… though MASSIVE attention to detail and care would have had to be taken when the guy is flying through that huge “tree” as it were… all those lines he passes through must have been somehow drawn from right to left, otherwise he’d slam right into them. In that case, this person spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME drawing that scene. Every line would have to be engineered from right to left or vice versa. In fact, many of the lines would have both R-to-L and L-to-R elements coming together. Craziness. I don’t see any way to erase a single line (just the whole scene by way of the ‘trash’ icon). That is hideous because if you make one mistake, you have to start your drawing over. So how would someone have made that huge scene without some trial and error to fix crashes along the way (erase a line, make it slightly longer/shorter, etc)? Sorry, just my analytical mind going.

  6. EsoPhil said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    And I guess the huge “tree” is probably supposed to be a waterfall… not sure.

  7. Micah said,

    December 16, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    well I don’t know if you noticed, but you can save your ‘track’ so if they drew a bit of it and then tested it, saved it. then drew a bit more but realized the guy crashes or whatever, then they could revert back to the saved version. Once again, an insane amount of time…right? so when can we see your version?

  8. Anthony said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 5:48 am

    I think all I can say is wowsa..
    Flash is truly the wave of the future folks…
    This is what I need to be learning next..
    Love it
    Love it
    Love it….
    ABC OUT!

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