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Neko Time!!! =^_^= Game Jolt (Beta)

A few days back I found Game Jolt, a web-page of indie games for players and developers.

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Basically once you make an account you get access to the library of free indie games.

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When you find an interesting game, like Solitude, you will find more media in its webpage. Images, videos, info… And the download link.

Sometimes the game will run in your browser, sometimes it needs to be downloaded… and sometimes you will need to install extra things (like Unity Web Player).

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A part from the game itself, there is more info in the webpage. Like the rating, the developer info, follow the game (for future updates) and the scores achieved by other users.

There is also a forum to speak about the game and help its development, or  if you are interested in a developer himself, you can also view his profile and what games he has done.

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The good thing of this system is that you can have games you follow and they will be developed it they are good enough to catch some attention. A part from that, of course you can play them whenever you want.

The games you follow will appear in your profile, your comments, games you played…. (by the way, if you join, please send me a friend request).

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The last interesting thing is developers.

You can change your account into developer and start uploading games… and earning money. Well, the money is made by adds, the more people goes to your game webpage, the more adds revenue (which is not quite a lot, so you will need like million visits to get something back).

Hope you like it!

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We love what we do and we want to do it better. That is why now we have a “Tip’s Jar“. You can find it in the right hand side menu or through this link..

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We will appreciate quite a lot if you donate and share it with your friends. Rising some money will help us maintaining this blog and trying to go for bigger projects.

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Neko Time!!! =^_^= Dresden

I just moved house and I was a little bit busy. That’s the reason for the delay writing this post….

At the beginning of May I was on Germany. Why? Well there was a magnetism congress… the annual INTERMAG conference held this year in Dresden.

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It was also the 50 anniversary of the IEEE Magnetics division, so they gave us a mug.

I was there to present my work on micromagnetism. Basically I’m studying structures of about 1 micron in size and how magnetization operates inside of them. The same rules for big objects don’t operate on small ones, and new features appear. One of those features is the possibility of using them to detect magnetic nanoparticles. And why magnetic nanoparticles are interesting? Because you can attach them to biological structures (cells, drugs, virus, DNA… ) and in principle is easier to detect/manipulate the nanoparticle than detecting/manipulating the biological structure alone. But be careful, this doesn’t mean it’s an easy task. Is still very difficult and that’s why we are researching how to do it efficiently and in a reliable way. And about the outcomes… well, when this technology reach the market, we will have analysis techniques that will require less tissues (e.g. blood) or that will allow to implement new medical techniques, or improve actual ones making them more specific. It will be a giant improvement on medicine.

But today I’m not here to speak about the science I do, I want to speak about the city of Dresden and what kind of beautiful things it has.

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This lovely city was destroyed during the WWII. I mean, massively destroyed. But it has been rebuilt, and to be honest, they did it amazingly good. The next image is Dresden’s Frauenkirche which was rebuilt in 2005 after it’s destruction during the war.

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Now it’s possible to visit it and even go to the dome and see the whole city. As usual… =^_^= I took a panorama (click on the image to see it).

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So…. Dresden, beautiful city, rebuilt. What did I visit?

About the 3D experiments, I already commented about the Statue of Saxon King John, but I made a second one with better results. (Click image to see both).

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So, next one, the transport museum. It’s just in front of Frauenkirche, so quite convenient.

The last car/transport museum I have been was Turin car museum, but I was also in train museum like the one in York or in racing museums like the 24h Le Mans racing museum… and many more. I can tell you the one in Dresden maybe is a little bit small, but it can stand against the biggest ones.

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The good point is that it is not focused on cars. Actually, cars has the smaller exhibition.

The biggest part (compared to the small size of the museum) is driven by trains and engines.

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Obviously the railway tradition of the city is very big.

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This one was in the transport museum, where kids (and not so young ones….) can play with trains.

Did you notice the cabin picture? Is actually a very good panorama reconstruction. And the engine without the cover? I like it so much, because it represents how technology has evolved through the years. Nowadays the engine is a fraction of that size and has a lot more power.

But the museum was not the only place to play with trains. The next one is in one of the city train stations and everyone can play with it (and of course I did =^_^= ).

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A part from trains, the museum has a brief part about aviation. Especially the period before the WWII, with nice replicas.

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And to be honest, as a kid who grow up listening stories about the Concorde (and who actually wanted to become a pilot). It was nice to see something about it.

Did you saw the “experimenting” area? It was a very nice set-up with panels explaining everything and machines to test it.

I’m a fan of airships, and it was nice to see some of them, but you know what was more exciting? This small aeroplane.

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Want to know what makes it special?

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Well, in the first place, I love seaplanes and specially the ones with engines on top. They remind me Porco Rosso which is a movie linked to very special feelings.

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And in the second place and most important. Only one plane was built. ONLY one! in 1927, and they have the model. Isn’t it amazing? I like this kind of things. Makes it to be very special.

Ok ok, let’s keep going with the visit.

Next stop… boats!

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One word, amazing. The number of models was immense…

Did you saw the “chain ship”? I never saw it before. Sometimes, if the boat is for carrying materials along a river, instead of putting an engine on the ship, you use horses or external engines to pull the boat. In this case a chain lays on the river and the boat uses it to pull itself. I know is something stupid… but its a great idea in fact. Probably the increment in efficiency of the engine was huge compared with wheels or propellers.

Ok ok, I don’t say anything else…. next stop… ship simulator!! They had a copy of ship simulator game where you can use a real wheel (I manage to sink my boat in less than 30s).

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And… not only simulation games. They also have RC boats in real water. It was so cool.

Ahhh I wish I could have that at home. Maybe one day…

The last thing in this museum, and which has the most significance for me. It’s one of the few places where I saw bicycles as a part of an exhibition. Not as the precursors of motorbikes but as a transport.

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I think is curious the evolution from the first model of bikes to these ones with big wheels and back again…

It was nice.

From the Transport museum I move through the Procession of Princes wall.

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to the Zwinger Palace (where a panorama was needed =^_^=).

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The palace has a few different expositions inside… but the only interesting for me was the Physics and Mathematical instruments. weeeeeee =^_^=

Actually the collection is pretty small, but has a nice set of telescopes and mirrors (it seems they like to burn things with the mirrors).

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It also includes some of the most complicated clocks ever made, like one being able to tell the celestial movement through the year and predict which constellations will be visible one particular night.

Yes, there is a bear… and it was a clock… and actually it plays the drum… it was a present for some kind of king or prince…

From the maths and physics museum I move to the puppet museum. And… I finally saw the famous German nutcrackers. And to be honest, they where quite funny.

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The museum is a quite strange building, but a little bit hidden. Fortunately, it’s the only building with a puppet on top of the world.

I think the faces are quite funny. =^_^=

The most valuable object in the collection? How about this landscape inside a nutshell?

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From the puppet museum I made my last visit, the war museum (full of tanks of course).

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And here are the tanks (did I mention I like tanks? And trains? and cars? planes? Almost any machine).

The museum is arranged displaying the war history from the medieval times. But unfortunately, the whole museum is designed by some kind of artist and it’s very weird. Really, fuck off. I mean, don’t invent new things for museums, you are probably going to screw it. (Ok, I really hate the design).

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Really, sometimes you get lost, and everything is in darkness.

The mos interesting thing in the museum? This!

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This is actually a replica of a submarine…. that was the most advanced of his time… and was sunk in the inaugural day… because trying to save money some pieces were removed. (Sorry, but I have to laugh).

Apart from submarines and helmets and useless stuff… they have part of the Berlin Wall…. and I think this is the perfect end. Did you enjoy this walk? Are you going to visit Dresden someday?

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What? More? No more. Just a promise, in 2 months time… Vienna. That is going to be epic.

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Neko Time!!! =^_^= Dresden Asisi Panometer

Welcome to another Neko Adventure!

Last week I have been on Dresden, Germany. I went for a scientific conference and I explore a little bit the city… and guess what I found?

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Panorama! Actually, this time I didn’t make the Panorama, it was already there. I visited the Asisi Panometer in Dresden.

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The Panometer is an exposition where a massive painting arrange in 360º around a tower allows you to see the painting as inside of it. In other words, it’s Google street view handmade.

It seems that Asisi has been doing this exposition for a while, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Everest, Rome… All the time bringing a place to life, either an actual view or an ancient one.

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The one in Dresden offers a magnificent view of the city as it was in 1756, with all the people going around in horses, with traders in the streets, boats, farms… all the small details of the painting offer a story to the visitor.

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If you have the chance to visit it, don’t hesitate, GO! Or maybe one of the others. I want to visit the one about Rome, it promise to be amazing.

If you want to take a look and see how it looks, I took a panorama for you (click on the image to go).

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(Of course, I added this place to the Atlas Obscura ).

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What? Want more? Isn’t enough? Ba!

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Ok, here it is

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Neko Time!!! =^_^= Atlas Obscura

During this year I have been several times on the Hampton Court Palace and I though about writing a Neko Time… but then I found Atlas Obscura.

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Atlas Obscura is a social network of places/adeventures updated by the users.

Let me show it to you. For isntance, I love to go to Iceland and I want to go off the track, explore not common places. Is there anything there for me? The search shows 25 places.

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Hmmm let’s take a look and see what is interesting for me. Number 10 looks like an interesting place. It’s called Svartifoss and it’s a waterfall.

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The web gives us the location, some info…

” Over centuries, lava flows cooled at a languid pace in Iceland’s frosty air, gently forming the stacked hexagonal crystals that provide the backdrop for the falls. ”

and show us recommendations and users that marked this place as visited (usually that users will know nearby interesting places).

Ok ok, interesting. Something else? Well, in fact we can make wishes about places to go and receive updates about them. And also, of course, mark places you have been.

I made a profile and mark some places I visited in the past.

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From my own list, things I recommend… Grotta Gigante in Italy, near Trieste.

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(The path can barely be seen on the image, It’s huge!!!!)

So, as a resume. Here you can find interesting places, experience from other visitors, share your voyages… and explore, specially explore. And the more users it gets the more places it will have, so please, join and share.