Xcelsius fun: Critical Response to the Artistic Photograph

From the Joe Lipka Photography page:
[swfobj src="http://axisgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/crap-with-white-title-and-border.swf" align="none"]
"Critical responses" are produced at the click of a button through an Xcelsius-generated Flash file.  How is this accomplished?

  • The source spreadsheet has five lists of sentence fragments that are concatenated into a single pretentious statement.
  • Recalculation of the spreadsheet is driven by the value of 10 - the number of possible sentence fragments - being inserted into cell B2 every time the Generate button is clicked.
  • Each list has its own expression using the random function in row 5, generating a number between 0 and 1 to be multiplied by the contents of cell B2 and rounded up to the next whole number, producing an integer between 1 and 10.
  • Those integers are then referenced in LOOKUP expressions in row 6 to retrieve sentence fragments with the corresponding indices
  • Finally, the sentence fragments returned by the LOOKUPs are assembled for display in cell B3.

What other applications could you build in Xcelsius with similar logic? A flashcard-like aid for studying or learning a new language, perhaps.  The SWF could even be embedded in a web page for the benefit of classmates.

Labyrinth Triptych 42 by Joe Lipka, currently hanging in my hallway at home

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