Author: Kevin 
Is it seriously already November? Gross!
November means that it's time for Thanksgiving (at least here in America), which is a celebration where people gather and give thanks and eat turkey- a LOT of turkey. Americans eat an estimated 46 million turkeys every Thanksgiving.
The 46 Million Turkey Project is an art exhibit that plans to collect 46 million different turkeys, submitted by artists, non-artists, sculptors- and even programmers like us! People are encouraged to send their turkeys to the project, and they'll be put on display at Harlow Art Gallery in Maine during the last week in November.
The idea is that the project will encourage people to think about exactly how big a number 46 million is. People can think of a single turkey, two turkeys, or maybe a group of turkeys as individual animals, but 46 million turkeys becomes a blur of anonymous meat. By thinking about the time we put into creating our artistic (or not-so-artistic) turkeys, maybe people will think a little harder about the 46 million turkeys they put on their tables every year. Even if you eat meat, maybe thinking about where that meat comes from will make you more thankful.
So with that in mind, I'm going to do my own little part and try to make a virtual turkey of some kind and submit it to the project. I hope you guys do the same! I think this project is really cool, but I'm also using it as an excuse to write some tutorials on custom painting to follow up the Swing tutorials I wrote last month! You could also follow our Processing tutorials and create a turkey that way.
You can keep it really simple and use this project to practice using functions to draw lines, circles, and other shapes to create an image of a turkey. Or you can get more advanced and make an animated turkey, an interactive turkey, or even a turkey game! For more ideas, check out the project's flickr stream, which contains a ton of artistic (and not-so-artistic) turkeys!
Once you have your virtual turkey set up, you can email a link to email@example.com. Alternatively, you could take a screenshot, and either send it to that email address or send it by snail mail to:
160 Water Street
Hallowell ME 04347 USA
(or just let me know and I'll help you submit it!)
Keep in mind that each individual printed turkey is only supposed to be 2 inches by 2 inches (they have to fit 46 million of them in a single exhibit!), but virtual turkeys can be bigger.
Also, you don't have to be a vegetarian or celebrate thanksgiving to participate. The more participants the better! In fact, if you decide to make a non-virtual turkey and send it in, that's awesome too!
If you make any games (or non-games) involving virtual turkeys, tag it with 46MillionTurkeys and I'll put it on the front page all month!
Bingo! I wanted to try fancy graphics anyway!