Feature feature feature draw feature feature

Since the success of the Mandala maker, I’ve been pumping out a ton of features, improvements and bug fixes. They are too numerous to list but a few stand out.

  • Collaborative editing using websockets for drawing mandalas with multiple people on the same session.
  • Drawing without mandalas, there are only so many Mandalas one can collaboratively draw and so I created http://draw.akrin.com which leverages all the Mandalagaba goodness for drawing and removes the mandala specific layer.
  • Read only mode guided by artists who like to livestream their drawing, I created a read-only mode to the collaboration. This way, people can watch but not participate.
  • An iOS app was born
  • High resolution renders are possible for $2, the charge helps with server costs and makes it a bit fairer if one was going to make money using the tool.
  • Not visible but noteworthy nonetheless, an intricate server strategy was put in place to alleviate future waves, load balancing had to be built from scratch because of the collaboration layer.
  • many, many, many other little things 🙂


In terms of use, while the initial tsunami is dead, the project was picked up by artists and educators. I can’t post all all the pictures for privacy but I can’t tell you how awesome it feels to receive pictures like these:

Kids enjoying a Mandala making lab somewhere in China





Artist Peter Draws created more amazing work:





The mandala maker was deployed on big touch screens which turned it into a more social activity much like arcade games.





Here’s draw.akrin.com: Click to pop out.

Tough sugaring so far

Very tough sugaring so far, the weather isn’t cooperating. The conditions on the ground are horrible with ice and melting snow, you never know what will happen on the next step you take. Then you need to handle utensils in these conditions, next to a raging evaporator, glasses covered with steam, at night, by yourself. The potential is real for a freak accident that involves boiling, burning, impalement and maple syrup. We also had a wind storm which blew everything away but the cover on the evaporator thank god; a building around the evaporator will be very nice.

Some trees produce profuselyIMG_8205

The sap wagon

Got stuck… had to shovel snow out from underneath the sap wagonIMG_8211

boiling awayIMG_8209

Hello fogginess my old friendIMG_8215IMG_8220


The reward: 1.5 gallons of unadulterated maple sweetnessIMG_8230