Programming

Classic Battlezone in Javascript

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:12

Coming Soon. Be sure and check back for details.

I was playing the Atari Classic Battlezone on Mame last night and got inspired. This would be a fun game to make. I built a version of Battlezone in Flash back in like 2002 or 3-ish. But it didn't use actual 3D. It wasn't even the psuedo-3D used in Doom or Castlevania. I faked the position by simply having the enemy tanks move left and right in relation to the player and the distance was a fake z-position.Being Flash the tanks and other aspects of the game were vector and it looked great... It didn't play that great.

Animated Grass Coded Into Anim8or Using Game Maker Language

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:15

In the late 2000's I was really into 3D animation and making 3D games. I was primarily using a free program called Anim8or. The program saved its files as a readable text file that could easily be edited. Also, to program had some simple methods for morphing model animation. I decided to do a few experiments dynamically creating animation by combining the output of another program I was using at the time Game Maker.

Find The Length of a Coastline - Programming - Part 3

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:56

About a week ago I wrote an article where I hypothesized that I could find the length of a coast-line using an algorithm based on a map or satellite image.

This is part 3 of the programming part of that series.

The task here was to find individual sections of the image that represent islands or land-masses. This way I can target a specific land-mass to be measured and discard the rest. (Ireland, France, The Isle of Mann,...etc). 

Spirographs

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:55

Inspired by this video I decided to make a good ole' spriograph program. It's true that I was playing around with these types of programs when I was like, 15...well to be fair I guess I started playing around with recursive for loops and writing vectors when I was like ... "8". But, I really didn't have a real understanding on what I was doing until my teen years after taking my first programming classes in junior high. Mr. Jones...Big guy.

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Find The Length of a Coastline Hypothesis

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 21:36

So, I was watching a Numberfile video on YouTube about finding the length of the British coast line.

The end conclusion in the video was that mathematically, it was impossible.

In the comments another poster suggested that a physicist would simply lay down a string along the coast and stretch it out to measure it as a single line.

Well, this got me to thinking about how I might approach this as a programmer.

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Python Hello World

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 21:07

Decided to start experimenting with Python. I see plenty of jobs available using the language and I am interested so why not.

As usual when learning a new language I start by following the documentation learning how to print, concatenate,...do a little math. Then I see how I might port some of the basic things I might normally do. 

 

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