10 countries at the London Olympics you probably didn’t know: Bhutan

I must confess that I did not recognize some of the countries at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. To improve my foreign affairs, I’ve decided to research those countries. I begin with…

Bhutan

Buthan flag

Buthan flag

Bhutan (Dzongkhaའབྲུག་ཡུལ་tr ʼbrug-yul, “Druk Yul”), officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked state in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People’s Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby country of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by the Indian states ofAssam and West Bengal.

Bhutan location

Bhutan – Google Maps

People

I won’t bore you with facts about Bhutan; Wikipedia would do a much better job. But I will show you pictures of Bhutanese in all their Asian glory!

Traditional Bhutanese

Traditional Bhutanese

Bhutanese woman

A Bhutanese woman

Bhutan at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Bhutan have competed only in archery since they were first represented at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and they will be doing the same this year. Here is their profile at the 2012 Olympics: Bhutan Profile.

Bhutan's Olympic committee

Bhutan’s Olympic committee

Sherab Zam

Sherab Zam

I hope you root for Bhutan at the Olympics.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bt.html

http://www.london2012.com/country/bhutan/

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What’s better than an infographic about you?

Imagine an infographic about you?

my bio on vizify

My bio (looks like a desert!). This is actually an interactive infographic – visit the site.

Actually, this infographic is about me – my social profile. It’s one of the many pages available on Vizify.These are some of the other pages that I got when I registered. You can create a lot more.

My Bio 2

Vizify keeps a record of your tweets. Now you can tell if you are really a nerd or Justin Beiber…
My Bio 3

Location, location, location. Vizify captures your location too. Remember: it’s interactive – this picture does it little justi

Vizify is currently invite-only but I registered with a code I got from Mashable. The code is “Mashable”. The code is only available for 500 people so I suggest you hurry. And create a better-looking infographic than mine.

MOBILE GAME IDEA OF THE WEEK: WIND RIDER

In this post, and its sequels, I share my game ideas with the hope that they inspire someone to make a beautiful mobile game.

Triple Town

Triple Town. A well-designed mobile game.

 

The increasing use of smartphones has greatly lowered the entry barrier for video game developers: games can be developed by two – or even one – man teams; development tools are easier to obtain and use. Almost anyone can develop a video game (mostly mobile games) these days.

I have a passion for video games and I’ve often dreamt of creating a game myself (I have made a couple of pen-and-paper RPGs, though). Now, I can realize that dream except…

I’m lazy! I develop game ideas but I’ve never developed a game. I believe there are people out there who need game ideas and are not lazy so I’ve decided to stop being selfish and share. Every week, starting this week, I’ll publish a new mobile game idea. Here’s the first:

TITLE: Wind Rider, Sky Surfer

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

Use a glider to ferry messages between locations. Ride mild drafts of air; evade powerful guests. Race against time.

GENRE:

Adventure, Racing

SCENARIO:

The game is set in a fantasy version of ancient South America, specifically in the Andies.

GAME SYSTEM:

Rules:

Beat the time for each level to move to the next level.

Game objects:

  1. Different bodies of air with varying intensities; from mild drafts to tornadoes!
  2. Projectiles fired from the ground (in some levels).
  3. Other riders (in race levels). 

GAME MECHANICS:

  1. Touch left and right controls to turn left or right respectively. There are no controls for forward or backward movement.
  2. Ride a draft to move in the direction its flowing e.g ride forward-flowing drafts to move forward.
  3. Ride up-drafts to gain altitude. The glider loses altitude, steadily, as it moves.
  4. Tap a location to visit it. 

I apologize for the lack of diagrams: I am a graphic design noob. I’m working on the diagrams, though, but don’t expect anything visually-appealing, soon.

If you think this game is cool or less, do let me know; don’t spare any comments – I promise to read them all!

Sources of inspiration:

Lost garden link

Pocketgamer

Peter Parker, a radioactive spider and creativity

The Amazing Spiderman

The Amazing Spiderman is one of the coolest movies this summer – it’s a must see. Just in case you don’t know who Spiderman is, here’s a little refresher:

Peter Parker was an ‘invisible’ nerd until he was bitten by a radioactive spider and transformed into a superhero. This is the story of Spiderman.

Spiderman is one of my favourite superheroes because I think I share kinship with his alter-ego, Peter Parker. And he’s not some super-rich playboy or a world renowned scientist or an Asgardian god.

I digress.

Let’s return to the subject of this article with the aid of a simple analogy:

Peter Parker + radioactive spider = Spiderman

consumer + creativity spark = creator

I hope that cleared things up a bit.

I believe we all are born creative but only a few of us employ that creativity in our lives. Why? I really can’t say but I do believe that, sometimes, we need that spark of creativity; a moment of inspiration.

It may be because we need to be bitten by a radioactive spider (figuratively, of course).

It is important to remember that Peter Parker was in the laboratory – not the dormitory – when he was bitten by the spider. This means that spark of creativity will only find you in places that inspire your creativity.

How do you find those places?

Explore! Try lots of stuff. Hang around creative people. And the spider will find you for sure.

In case you were wondering, I was ‘bitten by the spider’ recently. Everyday, I discover new things about myself. It’s an experience everyone should have. I hope you get ‘bitten’ soon (if you haven’t been) so you’ll see what I mean. If you have been ‘bitten’, do let us know. Thanks!

 

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