ARTICLES

Fun 404 Pages

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:14

Zip candleFor fun on occasion I will build a simple animation for the 404 "document not found" page of a website I am building. Over the last few years working for Geographics I built a few. There is an office cat named Zip who is often my muse and is the subject of all of these animations. Unfortunately I do these on my spare time and I tended to quit before they were finished.

Optimizing Wes Mantooth

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 22:13

The whole idea behind this project has never been to create games. It was really an exercise to optimize my Javascript abilities. Generally at work if I write Javascript it's using jQuery and due to time constraints it can often be quite ugly and not very efficient. 

So I built a list of tools I felt would be necessary for a game engine and currently they aren't exactly efficient or easy to use.

For example the multi-canvas example currently can run about 60 objects on screen before it starts to slow down. .. That's terrible.

Hobby Projects and Ideas

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:16

On my "down-time" as a hobby I write code. I know, that's a hell of a thing, but you have to remember that I started getting paid to do my hobby. But, my hobby is still my hobby. Part of the problem I have always had with my hobby versus my professional work is that I start a project...Then I will get bored with it and move on to something else OR I will get interested in some caveat of the current project which will derail me from the current project.

Douglas Mcculloh - New Website for Local Photographer

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:58

This is actually an upgrade to the artists existing website. His previous website was built in Flash and was, well,... out of date. It had no search engine placement whatsoever and was only 640 x 480 pixels. Still it was, for its time, a pretty cool little site. I offered to simply resize the flash container to full up an entire browser page but, he opted for a complete rebuild. The layout is entirely his vision with my input, specifically on the image slider.

Alternatives to Domestic Violence

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:02

Ever so often I am tasked with building, maintaining or upgrading websites for non-profits. These organizations are of course limited in their funding and so the task is often done in increments over several months. In this case the website http://alternativestodv.org/, a women's health organization and shelter located in Riverside California had a website that really needed some work. It is a Wordpress website that had fallen into disrepair.

Sprite Page Generator Script

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 19:19

Google Chrome 54 introduced the ability to take a full screenshot of a webpage in April 2017. This by itself is pretty cool. But, I happened to be working on some game code and wanted to build a simple sprite sheet. I found a program, but it appears that sprite sheets are normally built to fit the content on to the sheet as best as possible. That makes sense, but I wanted something where the location of the images was organized into columns. This way I could easily calculate the frames for animation. So I wrote my own little program to automate the process.

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