Archive for March, 2009

Puzzles

March 25, 2009

Puzzles

In my mind a “puzzle” differs from a “game” in that the former is designed to be pretty much a solitary exercise, while the latter is meant to engage two or more people in some sort of competition. On this page I’m listing various puzzles that I have invented. They are heavily leaning toward the mechanical and geometric type of puzzle.

One of the joys for me, as a designer, is to figure out how these are best made (what material and so forth). I generally try to create prototypes that can be made simply and quickly, drawing upon the resources I have handy.

I often end up selling copies of these to friends (especially during the holidays) when they are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Trickier than actually creating interesting puzzles seems to be naming them. As mentioned under the “Jimmy Cube”, I offered to let the first person who solved a new puzzle name it. But I’m not sure if I’m going to strictly adhere to this. After solving the Jimmy Cube at the local coffeeshop, said solver, Jimmy, couldn’t really think of a name he was completely happy with. One possibility was “The Wei” or “The Way” (a play on his first name), or, poking fun at fellow cafe-goer, Mary, who did not solve it, he thought of “The Mary Couldn’t Do It Puzzle”.

But this is led to unforeseen consequences, as Mary (though not solving it) later suggested I name 8CTO “Jimmy Is A Punk-Ass”.

Maybe I will just come up with my own names…


<!–Puzzle-crafting is not a full-time endeavor for me these days. However, if you see something that you really, really like, and you email me really, really nicely, I might find time to build you one [grin]. These items are all hand-made, built-to-order, so there are not particularly cheap. But if you are looking for a unique gift, or just love having a puzzle that you cannot buy at Wal-Mart, these may be for you. –>

Encaged

This “sliding burr”-style puzzle is being manufactured by a company in Germany. It was originally designed for and featured at my Spring 2007 Puzzle Party.


2006 Pentomino Daily Calendar

Not exactly a hand-crafted, manipulative puzzle, but related nonetheless. People interested in geometry, games, and puzzles, might be interested in my compilation of pentomino challenges in the form of a Daily Calendar. Even though we are past 2006, this item may intrigue you if you would like 365 pentomino puzzles to solve.


Eclipse

This puzzle is a set of 6 hexagonal pieces. Each is made of thin, clear plastic and is partitioned into 54 triangles. On each piece 9 of those 54 triangles are colored in black. The object is to stack the six hexagons atop one another so that the whole shape is filled in by the black triangles (i.e. no triangles remain clear all the way through the layers).


Hexerei

This is basically a smaller version (and simpler version) of 8CTO (below). It uses only 3 different colors, and a 6×6 square is formed with the pieces, not an 8×8.

Here is one solution. I do not know how many non-trivially distinct solutions there may be.


8CTO

This is a puzzle consisting of 8 rectangular pieces, each 2×4 colored unit squares. The squares are colored plastic (red, blue, yellow, or green). The object is to assemble them into an 8×8 square such that each row and column has exactly two squares of each color. The unit squares are 1″ by 1″, so the final solution measures 8 inches square.

The solution is not unique. Here is one answer. I do not know how many non-trivially distinct solutions there may be.


Jimmy Cube

Ok, first off, I know that this puzzle is not a cube. However, as friends of mine were playing with the prototype, I started a “competition” by saying whoever solved it first could name it. After several folks tried unsuccessfully to assemble the 30 rhombic pieces into a single polyhedron with the painted line forming one continuous loop, friend, Jimmy, finally succeeded.

While he was celebrating his triumph, someone off-handedly referred to the puzzle as “the Jimmy Cube”. So, until Jimmy comes up with a better name, that’s going to stick.

Besides, it’s easier to say than “Jimmy’s Rhombic Triacontahedron”.

The model pictured here is made of spruce wood (I needed light weight) with embedded magnets. It is hand painted.


Colored Icosahedron, Easy Version

Built in a similar fasion as the Jimmy Cube above (with magnets embedded in the sides of wooden pieces), this puzzle, when completed, has twenty sides, not thirty. The goal is to arrange the pieces so that the colored sections at the vertices match. There are twelve vertices on a regular icosahedron, so I painted it such that there would be 6 pairs of colors (red, white, green, yellow, blue, and orange).

This is an easier version of a related puzzle I built, which I will document later.


Colored Icosahedron, Hard Version

The same shape as the puzzle above (20-sided), this one is painted differently. The goal is to arrange the pieces so that the colored sections at the edges match.

Because there are many more edges than vertices, and of the independence of the edges’ orientations to one another, this puzzle is significantly more difficult than the “easy” icosahedron above.


Surface Mazes

I also enjoy creating mazes. Recently I’ve been focusing on creating mazes on the surfaces of various geometric shapes (or, more accurately, I’ve been focusing on creating computer programs which generate random mazes of the surfaces of geometric shapes). Pictured to the right is a maze on the surface of a “buckyball” (i.e. a truncated icosahedron, or soccer ball).

The maze is “perfectly formed”, meaning that there are no loops, and every spot on the maze is reachable from every other spot on the maze. This is really just a prototype; I plan to make a nicer one with a solid wood structure beneath the laminated paper surface. The pictured one is simply heavy paper laminated with clear contact paper and taped at the edges of tha faces. The laminate allows one to use an erasable marker on the surface when solving.

I created a maze on the surface of a cube for my first Puzzle Party back in fall of 2004. I did not have one at EPP2, but I expect similar puzzles to crop up again at future Parties.


Color Cube

Pictured here is a rough prototype of a cubic puzle I designed. The cube can be separated into 8 subsections (they slide together with tongues and grooves). This model is fashioned out of wood, and painted.

I hope to make later ones smoother and with a higher degree of precision so that the tongues and grooves fit more snugly. I will also paint the blue section a lighter blue so that it is easier for me to tell it apart from the purple section.


Explore

This puzzle was my entry in the 2005 Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition (formerly the IPP Design Competition). I have a webpage devoted exclusively to this puzzle. It is a somewhat “open-ended” challenge in that the best possible answer is not immediately obvious (in fact, I still do not know if the best answer so far obtained is the theoretic optimum).

Despite this goal-ambiguity, I very much enjoy this puzzle as I feel it encourages the player to simply manipulate the pieces and try to discover interesting configurations… thus the name.

Advertisements

mazes

March 25, 2009
Read reactions to this story

Mazes – Mazes

Read “Mazes-Mazes” Article from the source – Click here!

March 24, 2009 by Peter Ekman
Category: Albums (and EPs)

mazesNumerology never did you any favors, safe to say, but dig this big crux: Mazes spin off from The 1900s, the psychish Chicago poppers formed in 2004 and last seen orbiting the blogosphere. (Not 1990s, mind you, those rakish Scotsmen [2006] with Yummy Fur wafting through their veins.) The 1900s? Seven-piece. Mazes? Just three.

Edward Anderson and Caroline Donovan shed the wall-of-twee plenitude The 1900s do so well, and in tandem with Charles D’Autremont weave a markedly looser “mid-fi” collection hatched in that venerable, nebulous American thirdspace: bedrooms, basements, and the odd studio under duress. It’s a thoroughly pleasing ride, with twangy divagations here and there — just echoes, really: see, inter alia, “Heather on Heather” — but for the most part is a clear-sightedly eclectic popfest, surprising but never jarring.

Anderson’s voice isn’t distinctive, but his steady delivery, his allergy to overt histrionics, keeps the layered instrumentation at center stage. What wags will doubtless call lush, shimmering, haunting, strikes me as just subtle. Each track wears its thick adornment lightly, and it never feels fussy, just mindful.

The press machine says Mazes channel New Zealand — i.e. Flying Nun, 1981 A.D.; The Chills, The Clean, and all — but I’m hearing a synthesis and gentle reconfiguration of ’90s archetypes above all. When the Farfisa cuts through on “Cat State Comity,” assertive but not strutting, a baroque little foil to the vocal melody, they’re speaking Aislers Set. Similarly on “Love to Lay,” as close to pop perfection as it comes: organ meat lines the skeletal form, nearly motorik in its hushed insistence. Vocal lines dive and weave, setting up daring chord changes that don’t disorient so much as enlighten. The lazy boy–girl act recalls the light-hearted Yo La Tengo that comes out on Fakebook; post-surf amuse-bouches fall in with the Crabs, the K also-rans, or the supple, spare guitar duels proffered lately by, say, Real Estate.

Perhaps Mazes isn’t as freewheeling as they say — everything works in deference, even if not outright submission, to a cunning, capacious logic — but it supplies a certain levity that higher-strung perfectionist pop often manifestly lacks. The stars align, maybe, and it all adds up.

<!–
google_ad_client=”pub-6107988094753674″;
google_ad_host=”pub-1556223355139109″;
google_ad_width=300;
google_ad_height=250;
google_ad_format=”300x250_as”;
google_ad_type=”text_image”;
google_color_border=”F5F5F5″;
google_color_bg=”F5F5F5″;
google_color_link=”0000FF”;
google_color_url=”808080″;
google_color_text=”000000″;
//–>
window.google_render_ad();

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-9036496575879934448”)); }

Mazes

Imk Blot Mazes is a really cool resource for mazes.
Many of the mazes are of celebrities or of some famous piece of artwork. Others are just plain famous pictures from the press or media.

This is a maze of monkeys jumping off roof tops. It took something like 20 hour to draw this one, and it probably can be solved in about 1-4 minutes. Totally worth it 🙂

Team of Monkeys

Team of Monkeys has a great variety of really cool printable mazes for you to complete. I really like the originality of these mazes. Exceptional stuff.

Mazes Team Of Monkeys Comics

Real Simple maze of a monkeys face close up. This maze should take about 20 to 30 seconds to complete, about the same time it took for you to read these sentences 🙂
mazes picture for close up maze of eyes

Have a look at our maze collection. Enjoy.

Mazes

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8

Maze of an Olympic Pool – Y.Frimer Mazes
pool maze 001
Please contact the maze artist if you’d like to use any of these mazes in your publication or paper.

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-5329448974444311254”)); }

Sunday, March 22, 2009

BLIVETs

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-6523212820864854084”)); }

Blivet (believe it) these are mazes


Blivet Maze
Blivet Maze small
Blivet Maze – 2009, By Yonatan Frimer

Home Contact About The Artist Maze Blog Maze News
Home Contact Info Image Archive 2006 Mazes About The Artist

Maze Page 2 Maze Page 3 Maze Page 4 Maze Page 5
Maze Page 6 Maze Page 7 Maze Page 8 Maze Page 9
top-10 Maze Page Maze Page 11 Maze Page 12 Maze Page 13

Maze of Mazes
mazes picture for close up maze of eyes

Have a look at our maze collection. Enjoy.

>>Next Maze>>

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8

Maze of an Olympic Pool – Y.Frimer Mazes
pool maze 001
Please contact the maze artist if you’d like to use any of these mazes in your publication or paper.

Download Maze of An Olympic Pool in Larger PNG Format
Download Maze of An Olympic Pool in PNG Format
Download Maze of An Olympic Pool in Thumb gif Format

>>Next Maze>>

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8

Maze Blog
Download PDF Maze of Mazes Booklet #1
Download PDF Maze of Mazes “Most Popular Mazes” Booklet
Y.Frimer Maze in the Chinese Newspaper, The Information Times

gilad shalit maze portrait mazes by yonatan frimer  Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier.gilad shalit mazemazes by yfrimer April Showers Bring Maze Flowersmazes by yfrimer click me!mazes by yfrimer My MAZErotti does 185Maze Kong mazes by yfrimer
mazes by yfrimer Maze A Delicalmazes by yfrimer Mazeum - at least act snooty if this doesn't downloadgilad shalit mazeoptical illusion mazegilad shalit mazestatue of liberty gift from france maze of monkey illusion medium mazes, mazes, maze of mazesblivet maze

President Obama Portrait Mazesportrait mazes by yonatan frimer epileptic warning banner optical illustion vertical lines maze of 3d impossible boxportrait mazes by yonatan frimer mazes, mazes, maze of mazes commander in chief portrait of barak obama maze by maze of mazes artist yonatan frimer

Maze Portrait
Fun Mazes
Online Mazes
Cyborg Stock cliparts

Maze Portraits
Albert Einstein.

mazes Portait maze of albert einstein
Home Contact Info Image Archive 2006 Mazes About The Artist

Maze Page 2 Maze Page 3 Maze Page 4 Maze Page 5
Maze Page 6 Maze Page 7 Maze Page 8 Maze Page 9
top-10 Maze Page Maze Page 11 Maze Page 12 Maze Page 13

A webbed maze of web mazes and other puzzling fun.

HomeContact MAZE ARCHIVEMonkey Comic SiteAbout The Artist

Here you go…
MORE MAZES.
Scroll down to view it all – TeamOfMonkeys.com
Maze Aquarium - MazeriumThe MAZE Sets the Sun

Maze cover for Edvard Munch, SCREAMAZINGAbsolut Maze
<!– google_ad_client = “pub-4308292063968851”; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; google_ad_format = “728x90_as”; google_ad_type = “text_image”; //2006-12-31: teamofmonkeys google_ad_channel = “4516573481”; google_color_border = “6F3C1B”; google_color_bg = “B47B10”; google_color_link = “FFFFCC”; google_color_text = “CAF99B”; google_color_url = “000000”; //–> window.google_render_ad(); window.google_render_ad();

Bless AmericanMaze Kong

– Click on the MAZE to view the FULL MAZE –

– And tell your friends about TeamOfMonkeys.com –


My MAZErotti does 185Get to the spider

maze header it isfly butters

maze of Samurai Monkey ButterFly killerThe Artist

window.google_render_ad();window.google_render_ad();

Wondering who draws all these mazes?
Click here to learn about the artist, Yonatan Frimer

HomeContact MAZE ARCHIVEMonkey Comic SiteAbout The Artist

You may print these mazes all you’d like for your own use.

Schools and teachers may reprint mazes freely for classroom use.

If you are a printer, publisher, illustration agent, or have some other commercial interest in mazes, please contact directly thru the contact page – Thank You.

– All Rights Reserved –

– Click here to visit our monkey comic site –

We train to fight so as not to fight
– Click here to visit our monkey comic site –

buy  maze of 3d impossible boxBlivet Maze thumb buymaze of monkey illusion medium buy

buy  barak obama portrait maze by maze of mazes artist yonatan frimerbuy  buy maze of monkey illusion mediumbarak obama portrait  maze by maze of mazes artist yonatan frimer
Labyrinth
Some of the most difficult mazes I have attempted in a while. Very expertly crafted for diffiulty, and extremely well designed. I am a big fan of this type of very engrossing mazes. See more at:
Astrolog Maze’s

Emma
Weekly Mazes by Emma. The great thing about Emma’s mazes is their simplicity and the hand drawn quality. Not to mention the fact that she adds a new one nearly every week. A really cool resource for mazes.

Team of Monkeys

Team of Monkeys has a great variety of really cool printable mazes for you to complete. I really like the originality of these mazes. Exceptional stuff.

Black And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion With Monkeysbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisa
Black And White Maze Of A City Over Run By MonkeysBlack And White Maze Of Mushrooms maze-a delic clip art buybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey FaceBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion Of A Cube

Mazes
A maze of web mazes and other puzzle fun.

HomeContact Info MAZE ARCHIVEMonkey Comic SiteAbout The Artist

Maze Kong

CLICK on any maze to view, print and enjoy. Free.
– Only at TeamOfMonkeys.com –

April Showers Bring Maze Flowersclick me!My MAZErotti does 185

buy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Davidbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey FaceBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of LibertyBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion With Monkeysbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An ImpersonatorBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion Of A CubeBlack And White Maze Of A City Over Run By MonkeysBlack And White Maze Of Mushrooms maze-a delic clip art buybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allen
CLICK any maze to view FULL SIZE!
View, print and share our mazes – TeamOfMonkeys.com

Want even more mazes? – CLICK HERE

You may view and print these mazes all you’d like for your own fun.

Schools and teachers may print and reprint mazes freely as rewarding classroom fun.

Printers, publishers, illustration agents, or others with commercial interest in mazes, please contact before running off any copies. See our contact page or click on any of these images for purchasing our mazes as royalty-free clipart for editorial or commerical use. – Thank You.

buy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey FaceBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of LibertyBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion Of A Cubebuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of A City Over Run By MonkeysBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion With Monkeysbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An ImpersonatorBlack And White Maze Of Mushrooms maze-a delic clip art buybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allen


The Mazeum – Ink On Paper, Winter 2006, by Y. Frimer
Mazeum - at least act snooty if this doesn't download
buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisa
http://www.TeamOfMonkeys.com
Your source for mazes. <!– google_ad_client = “pub-6107988094753674”; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; google_ad_format = “728x90_as”; google_ad_type = “text_image”; //2006-12-31: teamofmonkeys google_ad_channel = “4516573481”; google_color_border = “6F3C1B”; google_color_bg = “B47B10”; google_color_link = “FFFFCC”; google_color_text = “CAF99B”; google_color_url = “000000”; //–> window.google_render_ad();window.google_render_ad();

Hallucamazenic – Ink On Paper, Winter 2006, by Y. Frimer

Maze A Delical

Click here to buy Maze A Delic Royalty Free License – For Editorial and Commericial Use


buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisa
TeamOfMonkeys.com
Your source for mazes.

Still want more mazes? – Click here.

ClipArtOf.com
<!– google_ad_client = “pub-6107988094753674”; /* 728×90, created 2/17/09 */ google_ad_slot = “8662535416”; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //–> window.google_render_ad(); window.google_render_ad();

HomeContact MAZE ARCHIVEMonkey Comic SiteAbout The Artist

<!– google_ad_client = “pub-6107988094753674”; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; google_ad_format = “728x90_as”; google_ad_type = “text_image”; //2006-12-31: teamofmonkeys google_ad_channel = “4516573481”; google_color_border = “6F3C1B”; google_color_bg = “B47B10”; google_color_link = “FFFFCC”; google_color_text = “CAF99B”; google_color_url = “000000”; //–> window.google_render_ad(); window.google_render_ad();

AGAIN:

You may print these mazes all you’d like for your own fun.

Schools and teachers may print and reprint mazes freely for classroom use.

If you are a printer, publisher, illustration agent, or have some other commercial or editorial use for political and celebrity maze portraits or any of my other mazes, you may now easily do so online

>click here to buy royalty free license of these mazes for commercial and editorial use <

If you are interested in having your daily, newspaper, or magazine, subscribe to our Editorial Feature: Political Mazes. then please view our contact page – Thank You.

– All Rights Reserved –

More mazes? – CLICK HERE

buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisa

– Click here to view the Team Of Monkeys comic site –
Run monkey, run!
– Click here to view the Team Of Monkeys comic site –

THANK YOU for visiting TeamOfMonkeys.com

Stock Photo Archive

Bang It Out The Daily Dose Daily Trip Deals CIA UK Home Price Maps UN Guardian Wikipedia Israel Poster Center DTF NC NY Sun Economist Google News
Fox News My Space CNN China USA Today al-Qaeda How Stuff Works NY Globes Boston Globe Drudge Report Noldus Chicago Tribune Arizona Republic LA Times Yahoo!
North Korea ABC Reuters Yahoo News BBC msn WorldNews MSNBC Russia Haaretz Illinois SchoolSucks Ohio NY Times Michigan Penn California Texas Florida CBSCanada
eBay imdb Flickr UPS Google Weather Cnet ask Digg ComCast MS Target Amazon CraigsList Face Book Live Blogger Apple aim Monster About go aol You Tube

ClipArtOf.com
Mazes

Click the mazes to view it in a higher resolution.



Blivet Maze – Optical illusion maze of an impossible object.
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  Blivet Maze medium
Blivet Maze – 2009, By Yonatan Frimer
They that mistake life’s accessories for life itself are like them that go too fast in a maze: their very haste confuses them

Seneca quotes (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

Maze of Monkey Illusion – 2009
Optical illusion maze caused by conflicting horizontal and vertical lines.
maze of monkey illusion medium InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot
Maze of Monkey Illusion – 2008 – By Yonatan Frimer


“Boris Podolsky: James! How’s the rat business?

James Moreland: Well, actually it’s mostly students I’m experimenting on now.

Kurt Godel: My God, the mazes must be enormous.


IQ quotes (Movie)

buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Davidbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An ImpersonatorBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion With Monkeysbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody AllenBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of LibertyBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion Of A CubeBlack And White Maze Of Mushrooms maze-a delic clip art buy

Maze of the Statue of Liberty – 2009
maze of the Statue Of Liberty - InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot
Maze of Liberty – 2009 – Yonatan Frimer


The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.

Earl Warren quotes (American Republican Politician and Judge, 18911974)

buy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An ImpersonatorBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Davidbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allen

Barak Obama Maze – 2009

barak obama maze Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot

Maze of Barak Obama – By Yonatan Frimer

Real obstacles don’t take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.
Barbara Sher

Maze of 3D Impossible Object – 2009 – By Yonatan Frimer
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  maze of 3d impossible box
Maze Zen Impossible – Yonatan Frimer 2009

It is easier to penetrate your audience with one sharp, clean point or idea, thand with a maze of half-baked unremarkable, uninspiring ideas that will never motivate or be remembered.

~ Stavros Cosmopulos quotes

buy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President ObamaBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Davidbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazes

Maze Museum 2006
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  international maze of a museum
Mazeum, by Yonatan Frimer

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

Charles Caleb Colton quotes (English sportsman and writer, 1780-1832)

Maze of Barak Obama, profile view – 2009
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  barak obama maze by maze of mazes artist yonatan frimer InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Side Portrait Maze of Barak Obama, President

When I was in New York it was like a maze, a rat maze, going from one little box to another little box and passing through passageways to get from one safe haven to another.
Bruce Conner


Maze – Kong 2006
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  maze of kong InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Maze Kong – By Yonatan Frimer

Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learnt to walk

Cyril Connolly quotes (English critic and editor, 1903-1974)



Maze King, of Rock N Roll, Elvis
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  Elvis Maze InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist

Elvis Maze – By Yonatan Frimer

“They that mistake life’s accessories for life itself are like them that go too fast in a maze: their very haste confuses them.”

~ Seneca quotes






Matrix Maze – Keanu Reeves, Neo
Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  Maze of the matrix Neo InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Matrix Maze By Yonatan Frimer

The maze … was such a mind-altering and life-changing experience. … My gosh, I mean for something that’s pretend it changes your viewpoint on life,

~ John Travolta quotes


Black And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion With Monkeysbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody AllenBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion Of A Cubebuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President ObamaBlack And White Maze Of Mushrooms maze-a delic clip art buyBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of David
French Maid Maze – 2007

Ink Blot Mazes, Optical Illustion, celebrity, icon inkblot  French Made Maze InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Maze Maid in France By Yonatan Frimer

buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Davidbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona LisaBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obama
buy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisabuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody AllenBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion With Monkeysbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President ObamaBlack And White Maze Of Mushrooms maze-a delic clip art buybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey FaceBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of An Optical Illusion Of A Cubebuy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazes

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-5699471821236492649”)); }

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Revolutionary Mazes

maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty free michaelangelo statue of the davidmaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentrodney dangerfield no respect  maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymona lisa maze clipart royalty free leonardo di vinciobama, president maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama president
maze clipart royalty freeformer president bill clinton portraits headshot celebrity  maze clipart royalty freewoody allen maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritykeanu reeves maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free statue of libertyelvis maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrityalbert einstein sticking out tongue maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity michael jackson king of pop

Maze Revolution
Che Guevara 1928-1967
Revolutionary-Maze-Che-Guevara-500.gif
Maze Portrait of Che Guevara 1928-1967

maze clipart royalty free michaelangelo statue of the davidmaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentrodney dangerfield no respect  maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymona lisa maze clipart royalty free leonardo di vinciobama, president maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentmaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity michael jackson king of popmaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty freeformer president bill clinton portraits headshot celebrity  maze clipart royalty freewoody allen maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritykeanu reeves maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free statue of libertyelvis maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrityalbert einstein sticking out tongue maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity

Dalai Lama Maze Portrait
dalai lama maze portrait
Dalai Lama Maze Portrait


Revolutionary-Maze-Che-Guevara-thumb.gifmaze running ponygirl mazedalai lama maze portrait

Girl Maze
girl maze
Girl Maze

maze clipart royalty free michaelangelo statue of the davidmaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentrodney dangerfield no respect  maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymona lisa maze clipart royalty free leonardo di vinciobama, president maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentmaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity michael jackson king of popmaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty freeformer president bill clinton portraits headshot celebrity  maze clipart royalty freewoody allen maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritykeanu reeves maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free statue of libertyelvis maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrityalbert einstein sticking out tongue maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity

Running Pony Maze
maze running pony
Running Pony Maze

maze running ponydalai lama maze portraitRevolutionary-Maze-Che-Guevara-thumb.gifgirl maze
Buy mazes? Top Ten Maze Links Maze Archive Images Archive

maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty free michaelangelo statue of the davidmaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentrodney dangerfield no respect  maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymona lisa maze clipart royalty free leonardo di vinciobama, president maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity barack obama presidentmaze clipart royalty freeformer president bill clinton portraits headshot celebrity  maze clipart royalty freewoody allen maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritykeanu reeves maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty free statue of libertyalbert einstein sticking out tongue maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebritymaze clipart royalty freemaze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity michael jackson king of popelvis maze clipart royalty free portraits headshot celebrity

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-4746105925914198783”)); }

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blivet and Nitnoid

BLIVET AND NITNOID

[Q] From John McWilliams: “I am an engineer and have used the words blivet and nitnoid all my professional life, but I’m not sure if they are real words. To me, a blivet is some small amorphous shape like a blob. A nitnoid is a small mechanical device of little importance as in, ‘that nitnoid keeps the belt tight’. Any help?”

[A] Blivet is by far the better known of the two words and dictionaries of American slang suggest it dates back to American servicemen in World War Two. It is frequently said to be any small, useless, unnecessary or superfluous thing. It looks like a mixture of blip and widget, though your definition suggests that it might instead be from blip plus rivet.

It’s often described as ten pounds of horse manure in a five-pound bag (though the quantities vary between tellers) and the excuse to retell that “explanation” to a naive onlooker is often the reason for using the word. I am told that in the 1950s the term could be used to describe a person who was either self-important and full of himself or grossly overweight, for whom this description was all too apt.

When this piece first appeared, many subscribers mentioned that they knew blivet as the name of an impossible two-pronged trident thingy, otherwise known as the Devil’s pitchfork. It is sometimes said that the name derives from “believe it”, which I don’t. Other subscribers remember blivet as a military term for rubberised bladders that were used by various air forces for holding fuel at temporary locations, usually small airstrips. Once drained, the bags would go flat and be easily stored until required for use elsewhere.

Your other word, nitnoid, is clearly also American slang, though it’s new to me and there’s nothing in any of my books to tell me its origin (the earliest example I’ve found is from 1992, but it clearly must be significantly older). There are references to it online that suggest it can be a niggling small matter of no consequence, or something that’s nit-pickingly frustrating, or a pedantic person intent on squashing the life out of some subject by considering every detail. This suggests a derivation from nit plus the suffix -oid to indicate something of a given nature (plus, to be nitnoid about the matter, an interpolated n to make it easier to say, and perhaps a trace more humorous). Examples include “he has written a book chock full of nitnoid detail”, and “this man is a nitnoid perfectionist”. A rare example in print appeared in the Atlanta Constitution in September 2001: “We need to appreciate every moment we have with each other and just be nicer and not get lost in the nitnoid frustrations of life.” Interestingly, though this is clearly in the same ball park as your example, none of the instances I’ve found have quite the same sense.

It was confidently said by many subscribers to derive from the Thai nit noi, meaning “just a little”, with the suggestion that it was brought back to the USA by servicemen returning from the Vietnam war. I can’t find evidence to directly confirm or deny this one, though the gap between the Vietnam era and the first appearance of the word might count against its being the source.

source

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-4328543128627377304”)); }

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mazes of Gilad Shalit, Woody Allen, Michalangelo’s David

Woody Allen Maze
Maze of Woody Allen
Maze of Woody Allen

Crestock Stock Photos Royalty Free Images stock photography

Michalangelo’s David
maze of david by michaelangelo
Maze of Michalangelo’s David

Royalty Free Images

Mona Lisa Maze
Mazes Mona Lisa Maze
Mazes Mona Lisa Maze

Royalty Free Images

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show – Maze Portrait
Mazes Jon Stewart of The Daily Show - Maze Portrait
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show – Maze Portrait

Maze of Gilad Shalit in Uniform PDF of this maze
Maze of Gilad Shalit with rifle strap in uniform  - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas
Maze of Gilad Shalit in Uniform PDF of this Maze
Maze of Gilad Shalit, Wearing a hat and in Uniform PDF of this Maze
Maze of Gilad Shalit, Wearing a hat and in Uniform Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas
PDF of this MazeMaze of Gilad Shalit, Wearing a hat and in Uniform

Maze Portrait of Gilad Shalit – Headshot Maze in PDF

Maze Portrait of Gilad Shalit - Headshot Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas
Maze Portrait of Gilad Shalit – Headshot Maze in PDF
Gilad Shalit Maze – PDF
Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas
Gilad Shalit Maze – PDF

mazes, Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit wearing Uniform and Riflemazes, Gilad Shalit Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamasmazes, Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier. mazes,  Gilad Shalit with Hat and Glasses in Uniform Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas

if (window[‘tickAboveFold’]) {window[‘tickAboveFold’](document.getElementById(“latency-1759932597403190518”)); }

Maze Pop Artwork

March 22, 2009

Home Contact About The Artist Maze Blog Maze News
Home Contact Info Image Archive 2006 Mazes About The Artist

Maze Page 2 Maze Page 3 Maze Page 4 Maze Page 5
Maze Page 6 Maze Page 7 Maze Page 8 Maze Page 9
top-10 Maze Page Maze Page 11 Maze Page 12 Maze Page 13

Maze of Mazes
mazes picture for close up maze of eyes

Have a look at our maze collection. Enjoy.

>>Next Maze>>

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8

Maze of an Olympic Pool –  Y.Frimer Mazes
pool maze 001
Please contact the maze artist if you’d like to use any of these mazes in your publication or paper.

Download Maze of An Olympic Pool in Larger PNG Format
Download Maze of An Olympic Pool in  PNG Format
Download Maze of An Olympic Pool in Thumb gif Format

>>Next Maze>>

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8

Maze Blog
Download PDF Maze of Mazes Booklet #1
Download PDF Maze of Mazes “Most Popular Mazes” Booklet
Y.Frimer Maze in the Chinese Newspaper, The Information Times

gilad shalit maze portrait mazes by yonatan frimer  Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier.gilad shalit mazemazes by yfrimer April Showers Bring Maze Flowersmazes by yfrimer click me!mazes by yfrimer My MAZErotti does 185Maze Kong mazes by yfrimer
mazes by yfrimer Maze A Delicalmazes by yfrimer Mazeum - at least act snooty if this doesn't downloadgilad shalit mazeoptical illusion mazegilad shalit mazestatue of liberty gift from france maze of monkey illusion medium mazes, mazes, maze of mazesblivet maze

President Obama Portrait Mazesportrait mazes by yonatan frimer epileptic warning banner optical illustion vertical lines maze of 3d impossible boxportrait mazes by yonatan frimer mazes, mazes, maze of mazes commander in chief portrait of barak obama maze by maze of mazes artist yonatan frimer

Maze Portrait
Fun Mazes
Online Mazes
Cyborg Stock cliparts

Maze Portraits
Albert Einstein.

mazes Portait maze of albert einstein
Home Contact Info Image Archive 2006 Mazes About The Artist

Maze Page 2 Maze Page 3 Maze Page 4 Maze Page 5
Maze Page 6 Maze Page 7 Maze Page 8 Maze Page 9
top-10 Maze Page Maze Page 11 Maze Page 12 Maze Page 13

Home Contact About The Artist Maze Blog Maze News
Maze of Mazes

mazes picture for close up maze of eyes

<<Previous Maze<< Mazes Page 2 >>Next Maze>>

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8
Home Contact Info Image Archive 2006 Mazes About The Artist

Maze Page 2 Maze Page 3 Maze Page 4 Maze Page 5
Maze Page 6 Maze Page 7 Maze Page 8 Maze Page 9
top-10 Maze Page Maze Page 11 Maze Page 12 Maze Page 13

Have a look at our maze collection. Enjoy.
mazes 101

Sniper Monkey – Maze by Yonatan Frimer

sniper maze 001
Please contact the maze artist if you’d like to use any of these mazes in your publication or paper.

<<Previous Maze<< Page 2 >>Next Maze>>

Maze_1 Maze_2 Maze_3 Maze_4 Maze_5 Maze_6 Maze 7 Maze 8

Download PDF Maze of Mazes Booklet #1

Download PDF Maze of Mazes “Most Popular Mazes” Booklet

Best Mazes of 2009 – top ten list.

March 19, 2009

Monday, November 19, 2007

Free printable mazes from 4 great websites!

Maze Master
You want to be a Maze Master? Then check out this website and the really neat colored mazes available. These mazes include some of the more advanced under and over type mazes which add a level of difficult and complexity. Really neat compositions as well.

Labyrinth
Some of the most difficult mazes I have attempted in a while. Very expertly crafted for diffiulty, and extremely well designed. I am a big fan of this type of very engrossing mazes. See more at:
Astrolog Maze’s

Emma
Weekly Mazes by Emma. The great thing about Emma’s mazes is their simplicity and the hand drawn quality. Not to mention the fact that she adds a new one nearly every week. A really cool resource for mazes.

Team of Monkeys

Team of Monkeys has a great variety of really cool printable mazes for you to complete. I really like the originality of these mazes. Exceptional stuff.

Amazing Challenge I

By Shawn Olson

Posted on 12.18.03

As a kid I used to draw mazes all the time. Sometimes I would draw a couple dozen mazes and tape them together, so that the entire maze was twenty feet long laid out. I hadn’t made any mazes in a long time, so I decided it’s time to get back in the habit. Here is the first maze in my series of Amazing Challenges. Enjoy.

Click the image to view the maze full-size.

shawn's amazing challenge 1

Copyright © 2003-2009 by Shawn Olson.

*****************

Help the Monarch butterfly fly south for the winter.

Back to Fall mazes.

Be sure to visit our main printables index for more fun including our Fall coloring pages, word puzzles and check out our great Fall crafts!

Click here for printable version

More fun printables and activities to enjoy:

****************************

buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obama

****************

Surface Mazes

I also enjoy creating mazes. Recently I’ve been focusing on creating mazes on the surfaces of various geometric shapes (or, more accurately, I’ve been focusing on creating computer programs which generate random mazes of the surfaces of geometric shapes). Pictured to the right is a maze on the surface of a “buckyball” (i.e. a truncated icosahedron, or soccer ball).

The maze is “perfectly formed”, meaning that there are no loops, and every spot on the maze is reachable from every other spot on the maze. This is really just a prototype; I plan to make a nicer one with a solid wood structure beneath the laminated paper surface. The pictured one is simply heavy paper laminated with clear contact paper and taped at the edges of tha faces. The laminate allows one to use an erasable marker on the surface when solving.

I created a maze on the surface of a cube for my first Puzzle Party back in fall of 2004. I did not have one at EPP2, but I expect similar puzzles to crop up again at future Parties.

***********

buy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of DavidBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Libertybuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona Lisa

http://www.TeamOfMonkeys.com

Your source for mazes.

Hallucamazenic – Ink On Paper, Winter 2006, by Y. Frimer

Maze A Delical

Click here to buy Maze A Delic Royalty Free License – For Editorial and Commericial Use


buy albert einsteing sticking out tongue Black And White Maze Of Albert Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out ink blot mazesbuy clipart mazes ofink blot mazes Black And White Maze Of Elvis Presley Or An Impersonatorbuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of President Obamabuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of David

buy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of Woody Allenbuy clipart mazes of Black And White Maze Of An Abstract Monkey Facebuy clipart mazes ofBlack And White Maze Of Mona LisaBlack And White Maze Of The Statue of Liberty

TeamOfMonkeys.com

***********************

Mazes for Discussion

Adapted from Business Mazes by Joni Farthing, Hart-Davis, 1981

maze

What is a maze?

A maze is a puzzling game. A garden maze is a network, or labyrinth, of paths between high hedges. The puzzle is to find the paths that will lead most quickly to the exit, but the hedges prevent you from seeing where alternative routes lead.

How to read a maze

There are five mazes designed to introduce and practise language common in business situations. Just like the garden maze, each one involves making decisions. However, the aim is not to reach the exit as quickly as possible, but to solve the problem effectively.

The entrance is ‘the situation’. Everyone starts here, and then chooses a course of action from 1. If none of the alternatives are exactly the path you would like to take, choose the one nearest to the ideal. Each decision leads to another number in the maze, which shows how the situation has changed because of the action you have taken. Write down every number you turn to. This is your numbers-route, (If you find yourself on a familiar path, think again!) Continue until the end, or exit, of the maze is reached.

In a garden maze you cannot use a ladder to take a quick look over the hedge to see where other paths lead. In this book, you should not look at routes unless they are indicated by your decisions.

I suggest that you work through the maze in a group, but you can do it by yourself, discussing each choice in detail before reaching a joint decision and going to the next stage. Practise your English by trying to convince others that your point of view is right, but listen to their opinions too. Keep a record of the problems and your decisions. After you finish the maze you can either discuss it further or go back along your number-route and take another look at the unfamiliar words and expressions you met on your way. Write a report when you have finished.

No Smoking

The Salesman

The Complaint

The Reference

Reg Collins

Random Maze

Here is a random maze I have generated by Monte Carlo.  Can you find the way out?

In reality, a random maze would be much more convoluted than the above example.  Such mazes are less pleasing to the eye. In the case above a maze consisting of walls that spiral from the origin was generated, and then subjected to a Monte Carlo simulation for a short time (before the maze would randomize completely).

Random Tree:

A maze is a special kind of random tree:  in particular, it is a spanning tree of a square in the square lattice (such a maze would have only one way out from the center).  Below is a random tree in the square lattice.


Towards the limiting random lattice tree

If the number of edges in the tree above should be multiplied, while the length scale is shrunk appropriately, a limiting random tree will be seen.  In the picture below there are 10000 edges, each too small to be seen here, in a lattice tree generated by a Monte Carlo program.  The tree begins to appear like a fractal object.  The existence of a scaling limit is known in high dimensions (above 8).  There is general consensus that it also exists in dimensions below 9.


Random Disks

The interior of a closed loop in the square lattice (or a polygon) is a Disk.  In this example, a square lattice polygon was randomized by subjecting it to a Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm.  The interior of the polygon is a disk.

Die Oranje Vrystaat.

Die foto is in die Noord Vrystaat geneem.

************************

Part 3 – Tile-Based Graphics, and Maze Creation


Often in game creation it becomes necessary to create multiple sets of game graphics and background images which contain similar details and repeating elements. It may be for a HUGE outdoor overhead map for a role-playing game showing landmarks, hills, trees, grass, monsters, etc., or as in our case, a bunch of similarly-constructed mazes, or whatever. As game designers and programmers, we need to be able to store, manipulate, and recreate these in our game, using as few graphic, memory, and hard disk storage resources as possible.

*****************

Top Ten Maze Links:

  1. Mazes for sale, ROYALTY FREE on Clip-Art website – http://www.clipartof.com
  2. Bearded Bunny Blog – Free Printable Mazes – http://beardedbunnyblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/free-printable-mazes-from-4-great.html
  3. Team Of Monkeys – some very cool mazes, for free and larger sizes and vectors files for sale as clipart. – http://www.teamofmonkeys.com/
  4. Maze of Mazes – Collection of image mazes. – http://mazeofmazes.net63.net
  5. Handy Dandy Maze Editor – http://www.berighteous.com/euphoria/mazed.zip
  6. Experience Mazes, REALLY! – http://www.abcfamilyadventures.co.uk/experience/mazes
  7. Maze Master – Funky Mazes – http://www.mazemaster.com/MazeMaster/img/books/mm-ult002.jpg
  8. Ink Blot Mazes – Same artist as Team Of Monkeys, but  a much tidier site and also with some quotes and other puzzles – http://www.inkblotmazes.com/
  9. Maze Algorithms – Think Labyrinth – http://www.astrolog.org/labyrnth/algrithm.htm
  10. Mazes on Facebook – an public album on facebook of mazes. COOL! – http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=16542&id=678580452&l=76507ed7ba

**********************

One common way of doing this is called “Tokenizing” the image. Instead of saving and loading all the images we could possibly need for our game, we break the image down into a small number of replicable parts – a set of graphic pieces that we can arrange to create the image we need when we need it. Usually, most pieces in this set are the same size, and will match up against other pieces in the set. The graphic pieces are generally called “tiles.” The graphic screens are stored as a matrix of alphanumeric characters, called “tokens,” with each character in the matrix corresponding to one of the graphic tiles.

Here are the mazes I have created so far for Snack Attack!

The first “maze” is for the About this Game screen. The ghosts chase Snacky around the About this Game text. The next maze (top, middle) is the original Pacman maze, resized to fit our game window. The next four mazes (the red, purple, green, and brown ones) are the original mazes from Ms.Pacman, and the last two I found in hacked MsPacman roms on the net.

Looking at the mazes, you’ll see that they all contain similar elements – rounded ends, right angle bends, segments that are the same length, etc.. To create these mazes, I took screen shots of the Pacman, et al, mazes and cut them up into 24 chunks. These 24 pieces arranged carefully, can recreate any maze a Pacman game can run.

Once I knew what the pieces needed to look like, I had to determine how to create a set we can use for our game. I had to make some creative and technical decisions to make the game easier to do and to make the mazes “fit” in our game window.

The mazes in the Pacman Arcade game are 1.5 times as tall as they are wide, and our game window is roughly square in mode 19, which has a 3:4 aspect ratio. In the Original, the maze borders are thinner than the maze obstacles, and the vertical spacing between obstacles alternates between high and short as we go from top to bottom in the maze. To limit the number of tiles we’d need and to make maze creation and AI programming easier, I decided to have one set of tiles for everything, and to make all the tiles the same size. Notice our borders and obstacles are the same thickness.

After a couple hours of tweaking, I determined the “correct” matrix size for our game is 19×22, with tiles that are 12×8 pixels in size. My primary criteria was being able to reproduce the original Pacman maze using uniform-sized tiles, and this maze needed to fit in a square game window as close as possible to the screen size we have. Our game window is about 8 pixels shorter than my other games, so I added the light blue border box around the game window, centered it, and adjusted the size of our feedback window to make it balance better. Since our Maze tiles are 12×8, for consistency sake, I set the graphics size for all the moving sprites to also be 12×8. This really is arbitrary, but it makes keeping track of them easier. Another upshot of having 12×8 tiles is we end up with about 1/3 fewer dots than the original.

Here is our minimum tile set:

Notice that our tile set is not colored. In the game we need to draw the mazes in different colors, so our tile set here is black, white, and gray. When we draw the maze we’ll color the white and gray pixels in each tile to the outline and interior color, respectively. Here I’m showing you the 2D “arcade” tile set, because it’s easier to see how it fits together. I have a more solid, 3D pipes-look tile set in 10 colors that will be included in the final version of the game. It was constructed the same way, only I processed each tile in photoshop to make it look 3D like. We’ll have a game option to choose between the two tile sets.

Our tile set contains a few extra tiles to correspond with new features we’ve added to the game. The 6 images along the bottom row are doors. The first two are doors for the penalty box. In Pacman and MsPacman, the penalty box is always in the same place, in the same orientation. The reason I think is that they needed to hardcode the location so that the ghost’s eyes can find their way back to the box so that the ghosts can respawn when we kill them. For our game, we can just have the eyes target the Penalty box door, and they’ll always find it, so we can put the Penalty box anywhere in the maze and it can have a vertical orientation if we want it to. Therefore I included a Horizontal and Vertical Penalty box door.

The next two doors are Ghost-Only doors. Snacky can’t go through them. We may want to make passages for the ghosts so they can ambush Snacky. The last two doors are Snacky-only doors. We may want to block the ghosts from certain Snacky-safe escape routes.

Included in the tile set is a Dot, so we can place the dots only where we want them. Similarly, we can place energizers anywhere we want, and since Euphoria is flexible in redimentioning sequences, we can have as many of them in the maze as we’d like.

Our game will determine the starting positions and number of ghosts from the maze definitions, so we can place as many ghosts as we want to, anywhere in the maze. We MUST have a penalty box, with a Penalty Box Door, but we can have the ghosts start from anywhere.

Snacky’s starting position will also be determined by the maze definition. We can start the game with Snacky anywhere we want.


Tokenizing the maze
Ok, so we have a tile set that we can use to construct any maze we can think of. So, how do we do it? I told you before that we want to represent the maze as a matrix of alphanumeric characters with each character corresponding to a tile in the tile set. Our mazes are 19×22 tiles big, and thus they can be represented by a matrix containing only 418 characters. That’s pretty tight. Storing the mazes as a GIF image is 6 times as large and GIFs are compressed pretty tightly.

How do we choose the tokens for each tile? Arbitrarily. You can make any alphanumeric character represent any tile you want. I usually try to go for characters that look kinda like the tile, so when I look at the text representation, I can tell what the maze is. Here is a maze from Snack Attack! And it’s corresponding text representation:

( is an upper left corner,
) is an upper right corner,
[ is a lower left corner,
] is a lower right corner,
< is a left ending horizontal piece,
> is a right ending horizontal piece.
O is an energizer and o is a dot.
C is the player’s starting position – because C kinda looks like Snacky.
M is a Ghost (M for Monster)
P is the Penalty Box door.
= is a horizontal piece.

You get the idea. When I run out of characters that look like tiles, I just start picking letters and symbols until I run out of tiles.

I store all the levels in the game (in the maze order shown above) back to back in one long sequence of sequences of sequences. Levels is all of the mazes, Levels[1] is the about maze, Levels[3][4][5] is the token at position 5,4 in the second level.(the red one in the image above – third maze in the sequence)

For our purposes, I have created a handy, dandy maze editor we can use to create the mazes. You click on the tile you want and then place it in the game window. The program indexes into the maze definition sequence and places the right token in the right place automagically.

If you haven’t yet downloaded my version of our course project, Snack Attack!, do it now, and play it a million times to get an idea for the game.

*****************************

How to Write a Book Report on George Orwell’s “1984”

March 18, 2009
How to Write a Book Report on George Orwell’s “1984”
PDF on how to copy and call it research – your teachers will be proud!

1.) Write the Introduction:

For all book reports, the first thing you need to do is write a paragraph that states the book’s title (underlined or italicized), genre, author’s name, and publication information. This should also include a brief statement about the book’s angle or message.
Sample introductions for 1984 can be found here

2) Write the Main Body:

Write 2-3 few evaluation statements on the book: What did you think about it? Was it Well written? What is the writing style?
Sample evaluation statesments for 1984 can be found here

Create a list of characters. You should always mention the main character, or the protaganist, as well as anyone else important to the message of the story.
Sample character lists for 1984 can be found here

Plot Summary. Write a 2-5 paragraph outline describing the plot of the story.
Plot Summary Samples for 1984 can be found here.


3) Write the Conclusion:

Conclude your book report with a paragraph or two that covers these points:

  • Was the ending satisfactory (for fiction)?
  • Was the thesis supported by strong evidence (for non-ficiton)?
  • What interesting or notable facts do you know about the author?
  • Would you recommend this book?

PLEASE NOTE: Some teachers prefer that you re-state the name and author of the book in the concluding paragraph. As always, consult your specific assignment guide. Unless instructed otherwise, you final last sentence should offer a one-sentence summary with your overall opinion
Sample Conclusions for 1984 can be found here.

Up And Coming Political Caricatures as mazes? Introducing “Political Mazes”

March 18, 2009
Click here to download Gilad Shalit Mazes in PDF
Maze of Gilad Shalit Wearing Uniform and Rifle
Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit wearing Uniform and Rifle
Maze of Gilad Shalit wearing Uniform and Rifle
Click here to Download these Images  of Gilad Shalit in High resolution PDF
Gilad Shalit with Hat and Glasses in Uniform
Gilad Shalit with Hat and Glasses in Uniform Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas
Gilad Shalit with Hat and Glasses in Uniform

Click here to Download Gilad Shalit Mazes in high resolution PDF

Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier.

Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier.
Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier.
Click here to Download Gilad Shalit Mazes in high resolution PDF


Gilad Shalit
Gilad Shalit Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas
Gilad Shalit

Click here to Download Gilad Shalit Mazes in High resolution PDF

Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit wearing Uniform and RifleGilad Shalit Maze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamasMaze of Gilad Shalit - Kidnapped Israeli Soldier by hamas Maze of Gilad Shalit, Captured Israeli Soldier.

More Mazes……

Woody Allen Maze
Maze of Woody Allen
Maze of Woody Allen

Crestock Stock Photos Royalty Free Images stock photography

Michalangelo’s David
maze of david by michaelangelo
Maze of Michalangelo’s David

Royalty Free Images


Maze of Grant Wood’s Son of Man
Maze Son of Man Maze
Son of Man Maze

Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo SearchRoyalty Free ImagesStock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search

Mona Lisa Maze
Mazes Mona Lisa Maze
Mazes Mona Lisa Maze

Royalty Free Images

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show – Maze Portrait
Mazes Jon Stewart of The Daily Show - Maze Portrait
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show – Maze Portrait


Crestock Stock Photos Royalty Free Images stock photography


Maze of Grant Wood’s American Gothic
Maze of Grant Woods' American Gothic art masterpeice
“American Gothic Maze” – By Yonatan Frimer

Royalty Free Images


Maze Portrait of Albert Einstein.
Portait maze of albert einstein
“Genius Maze” – By Y. Frimer

Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo SearchRoyalty Free ImagesStock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search

Maze of Robocop
Robocop maze AWESOME
“Robo Maze” By Y. Frimer

Royalty Free Images stock photography

Maze Portait of Rodney Dangerfield
No respect Maze of Rodney Dangerfield
“My Mazes Get No Respect” – By Y. Frimer

Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo SearchRoyalty Free ImagesStock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search


Blivet Maze – Optical illusion maze of an impossible object.
Blivet Maze medium
Blivet Maze – 2009, By Yonatan Frimer

They that mistake life’s accessories for life itself are like them that go too fast in a maze: their very haste confuses them

Seneca quotes (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

Maze of Monkey Illusion – 2009
Optical illusion maze caused by conflicting horizontal and vertical lines.

maze of monkey illusion medium InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Maze of Monkey Illusion – 2008 – By Yonatan Frimer


“Boris Podolsky: James! How’s the rat business?

James Moreland: Well, actually it’s mostly students I’m experimenting on now.

Kurt Godel: My God, the mazes must be enormous.


IQ quotes (Movie)


Maze of the Statue of Liberty – 2009
maze of the Statue Of Liberty - InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Maze of Liberty – 2009 – Yonatan Frimer

The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.

Earl Warren quotes (American Republican Politician and Judge, 18911974)



Barak Obama Maze
Portrait– 2009

Portrait barak obama maze

Maze Portrait of Barak Obama – By Yonatan Frimer

Real obstacles don’t take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.
Barbara Sher

Maze of 3D Impossible Object – 2009 – By Yonatan Frimer
maze of 3d impossible box
Maze Zen Impossible – Yonatan Frimer 2009

It is easier to penetrate your audience with one sharp, clean point or idea, thand with a maze of half-baked unremarkable, uninspiring ideas that will never motivate or be remembered.

~ Stavros Cosmopulos quotes

Maze Museum 2006
international maze of a museum
Mazeum, by Yonatan Frimer

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

Charles Caleb Colton quotes (English sportsman and writer, 1780-1832)


Portrait Maze of Barak Obama, profile view – 2009
Portrait barak obama maze by maze of mazes artist yonatan frimer InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Side Portrait Maze of Barak Obama, President

When I was in New York it was like a maze, a rat maze, going from one little box to another little box and passing through passageways to get from one safe haven to another.
Bruce Conner

Maze – Kong 2006
maze of kong InkBlotMazes Ink Blot Mazes, By Yonatan Frimer, your humble maze artist
Maze Kong – By Yonatan Frimer

Hello world!

March 18, 2009

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!