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My Top 10 Shadertoy Picks of 2015

by Pol Jeremias on January 18, 2016

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This is something I have been wanting to do since we started Shadertoy almost three years ago now!

Every year, we get tons of submissions and sometimes it is easy to forget the amount of great shaders we have seen during last year. So, I have gone through all last year’s shaders and pick the best 10. This list reflects only my personal opinions, based mostly on two factors: aesthetics and tech.

If you like any of the shaders click on the picture and you will see them live running on your browser. Here is my top 10 Shadertoy picks of 2015 :

 


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“Impact” by Cabbibo

Impact

 


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“Mistery Mountains” by Dave_Hoskins

Mistery Mountains

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(Coffing) Coffee and Coding from… Tokyo

by Pol Jeremias on December 21, 2014

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Random t-shirt I found in Tokyo!

Found in Tokyo…

If you know me, you probably know two things about me: I like coffee and I like coding.

So, I guess it is not strange that when I am out of San Francisco I try to find good coffee shops where I can spend some time and code. This year, I have traveled a bit, and while I was out I collected a list of the coffee shops that I enjoyed the most.

This first post is about coding from great coffee places in Tokyo, Japan. Here we go!

 

Café Kitsuné Tokyo

Beautiful coffee shop near Omotesando Station, the coffee is great. But not just that, the place is carefully designed and the tables are nice. Go there with your laptop or tablet and enjoy and afternoon of coding with good coffee. Thanks @Llorens and @Joan for the recommendation.

Address: 3-17-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tokyo, 107-0062
Phone: +81 (0)120 667 588
Opening Hours: 9 am – 8 pm (Mon – Sun)
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Streamer Coffee

This place is a 10 minutes walk from Shibuya station. Inside this shop it felt like I was back in San Francisco. The place is designed to host people that want to work with their laptops, great tables, good internet connection, even power supply! And, the most important part, the coffee and the pastry are excellent.

Address: 1F 1-20-28, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: (+81).3.6427.3705
Opening Hours: 8 am – 7pm( Monday – Friday and Holiday) 11 pm – 7pm (Saturday) 11 pm – 6pm (Sunday)
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These is also some smaller coffee places, not so coding friendly, but with great coffee!

Cream of the Crop

A 5 minutes walk from Shibuya Station you will find this small, very small, coffee place with great coffee.

Address: 2 Chome-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6434-1567
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon-Sun)
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Omotesando Koffee

And finally, probably not the best place to work since there are no tables at all. However, the shop is beautiful and carefully designed. If you go to Tokyo and you like coffee, do me (and yourself) a favor and go get a cup of coffee there. Thanks for the recommendation @Gerard.

Address: 4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03 5413 9422
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm (Mon-Sun)
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If you go to any of these places and have feedback please let me know below!

Hope you enjoyed this article.

Three Seconds A Day

by Pol Jeremias on November 23, 2014

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During last year I recorded 3 seconds of my day, every day. And, just recently I have made a video putting it all together.

I took the idea from Cesar Kuriyama‘s TED talk and change it around a little bit, so instead of one second every day I have played with the idea of giving a bit more context and storytelling by adding a couple more seconds.

In the video, you will see many of the changes that occurred to my life from April 2013 to April 2014, including the shutdown of LucasArts and the beginnings of SoMa Play (including the development of our first two games Tetris Ultimate and Boulder Dash). During this period of time, I also met my girlfriend and I turned 30! Finally, you can also see a sneak peak of Beautypi‘s next project and lots of Shadertoy.

And many, many, good times with all my good friends.

If you feel your life is passing really quickly, take a moment to record your special moments because many (many) great things happen every day!

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Thanks and Good Luck ENTI

by Pol Jeremias on November 6, 2014

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After two years, I decided to visit Barcelona this past October.

When I visit my hometown, I always try to see friends and family. Also, I try to check out companies and projects that are being developed there. One of my friends that I respect, and that I wanted to meet was Oscar Garcia-Panyella. He had recently joined ENTI (Escola de Noves Tecnologies Interactives) to start the first video game degree in Barcelona. Congratulations for this achievement!

He invited me to give a talk while I was there, which I gratefully accepted. The talk was great and now that I am back in San Francisco, I wanted to take a moment to thank Oscar and ENTI for the opportunity. I truly hope you enjoyed my talk “Cami a Silicon Valley”. And, even more importantly: I am truly excited to see what they will come up with.

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Tetris® Ultimate @ E3 2014

by Pol Jeremias on June 20, 2014

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Tetris® Ultimate, the second game we are working on at SoMa Play, was shown at E3 2014 for first time. Here are some pictures :

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And here is the teaser trailer :

And some gameplay :

Check out our website for more information : www.soma-play.com