My nephew Ian, out there in Arizona, got a kick out of the video above and sent me a link. If you look under Related Videos on its YouTube page, you’ll see that an entire sub-genre has developed around the idea of willful stick figures running amok in computers.

As far as I can determine, Animator vs. Animation originated with Alan Becker on deviantART. At any rate, he has a revised version from June of 2006 posted there which is set within the Flash development interface.

This in turn reminded me of another Internet meme I have been seeing in all sorts of forums:
The “delicious cake” puzzles using crude drawings and stick men to pose and solve a Portal-like challenge. I don’t play video games and I don’t know anything about Portal, except that the cake is a lie.

Finally, that reminded me of a cool NPR story I heard a few weeks ago while I was out shoveling snow: “Computer Game A Mash-Up Of Crayons, Physics.”

It’s about a clever new video game called Crayon Physics Deluxe created by Petri Purho, a computing science student in Finland. Crayon Physics Deluxe features a crumpled paper background and a crayon cursor that you use to draw simple shapes, which then obey the laws of physics.

Here’s the first trailer:

It looks like a pretty cool game, and the people commenting on the NPR story seem to find it very addictive, but there’s no Mac version at this point, so I can’t try it out. Ian writes that he has downloaded the demo.

As computer games typically do, Crayon Physics Deluxe gets increasingly complicated as you progress through its levels. Here’s another trailer:

Petri Purho has a blog at and he posts his videos at Vimeo.

Anyway, I just thought I’d pass this along. It might be a fun way to spend some Saturday with your kids or nieces or nephews.

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