What I’ve been up to…

I’ve been watching a bit of youtube lately and found some things that interested me. Numberphile is a channel where a lot of math gets done (e.x. Illegal Numbers, Why YouTube Views freeze at 301), and Computerphile is the same thing, with the same guy, but with computers instead.

http://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile – Numberphile

http://www.youtube.com/user/computerphile – Computerphile

Plasma grapes? Tasty!

I was browsing the interwebs and found a video by 1veritasium on how to make plasma using grapes and a microwave oven.

When a grape is cut nearly in half and placed in a microwave, plasma is produced. Please use caution if attempting this experiment: don’t leave the microwave on for too long, make sure the area is well ventilated, and stand back. Remember the contents will be very hot afterwards.

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Michio Kaku: Wow, what-a-nerd

I was just watching some of Michio Kaku’s (physicist) videos and found some that caught my eye. So I decided to post them here:

The Search for Antimatter

Which Came First: The Galaxy or the Black Hole

He’s a really cool guy, I suggest that you go check him out!

Spam users and new captcha plugin

Recently when I logged on, I found that a massive queue of spam users and comments have been created. They were all deleted, but I have added a captcha to the login screen. When you log on, you will now also fill out a captcha to make sure you are not a machine.

Thank you all for signing up, if I accidentally deleted your account then please sign up again.

–WebMaster

Gods’ Revenge Update

I finally decided to use some libraries: LWJGL(Light Weight Java Gaming Library) and TWL’s PNGDecoder. I am currently working on the block display system, a tedious task. A screenshot:

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Please note that this is still in the pre-pre-pre-alpha prototype.

I will attempt to get a site working with the game on it sometime soon.

I will also try to make regular posts on my status of the game.

Game coming soon, unable to take email requests

I just started to develop a game in Eclipse (called Gods’ Revenge) and will be unable to take requests for games. I am unsure when I will be done, but it will take a long time.

Merry Christmas!!!

Game Ideas

Anybody got any game ideas(Ideas here)? I’ll make your game and publish it as a playable link below.

How NASA makes some of its prototype robots

A few years ago, I went to NASA. During a tour, I thought I saw something familiar. It looked a bit like this to me, but blurrier:

It turns out that NASA uses Lego NXT and VEX!

Hey! Model rocket fans!

I was browsing the web today, looking for model rocket simulators. I found Apogee Rockets and looked at their software, RockSim. I thought it looked great, but thought it was a bit too expensive. Then I saw OpenRocket and thought it was great (and free)! I had a bit of a time using it, but it worked. Then I tried selecting a motor. Then I found out that Apogee Rockets has a chart which helps you figure out what engine you need. Handy!

Interesting – Duolingo

Interesting… Recently I stumbled across a cool website – Duolingo. With Duolingo you learn a language for free while helping to translate the web. Check out the video!

Check it out at Duolingo.com!
(me)

Pretty hard, but good – Processing

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing also has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.

» Free to download and open source

» Interactive programs using 2D, 3D or PDF output

» OpenGL integration for accelerated 3D

» For GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

» Projects run online or as double-clickable applications

» Over 100 libraries extend the software into sound, video, computer vision, and more…

» Well documented, with many books available

To see more of what people are doing with Processing, check out these sites:

» Processing Wiki

» Processing Discussion Forum

» OpenProcessing

» CreativeApplications.Net

» O’Reilly Answers

» Vimeo

» del.icio.us

» Flickr

To contribute to the development, please visit Processing on Google Code to read instructions for downloading the code, building from the source, reporting and tracking bugs, and creating libraries and tools.

–Processing.org

Simple games of Mahjong made with Processing 2.0a6 can be downloaded at the Downloads section.

Merry Christmas!

Merry christmas! For christmas, I have created a program for the Arduino. It plays “Jingle Bells” on a 16Ω loudspeaker on pin 8. To download the program, go to the Downloads page and copy code for Jingle Bells for Arduino.

A dot in place…

 

I made this with Wordsmith.

 

 

 

Cool lego links

This guy creates stuff with the RCX but it is still pretty cool:

http://www.philohome.com/mindstorms.htm

You can see a lego domino setting machine set dominoes here:

http://woodgears.ca/domino/index.html

And here you can see a lego marble pump:

http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/marbles/lego-machine.html

Pretty interesting, huh?