Mink Machine

The Blob

Blob

Update: Java Applets are no longer supported in Chrome or Firefox.

About the demo

This is a conversion of an old-school demo effect, often called “meta-balls”, which used to appear in several demos during the Atari/Amiga period in the early nineties.

The physics idea of this emulation is based on simulated gravity acting on mass distribution. The effect is quite familiar to the old lava lamps, where a slimy material suspended in liquid is shape-shifted by the heat.

[Coded in December 2000]

Featured stories

Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
Getting lost in Yazd

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."
Greetings from Moldova

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."
The lakes of Lombardy

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."
Exploring Chernobyl

Exploring Chernobyl

"The soundtrack of the day was Radioactivity by Kraftwerk, as we rolled into Chernobyl this morning."
Road trip across the American Southwest

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

Instagram

Seville
Venice
Fever Ray
Rome
Basel
Kuala Lumpur