April's Program: RMS

Programming: 04/29/15 at 22:49:18 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[RMS,Are there any D&D folks in the audience? Come on, you know who you are. Past or present doesn’t matter, just if you know what I’m talking about. Why, you ask? Because RMS, April’s program of the month, will use your ZX81 to build monsters. Any fledgling DM could then use these creatures in their latest campaign. Elves and humans will cringe at your originality and cruelty.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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March's Program: Input One

Programming: 03/29/15 at 16:55:29 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[InputInput One, March’s program of the month, is a great example of the kind of simple and brute force programming of the 1980s. This was a time when computers had little memory and their users had to use simple BASIC programming to get things done. The alternative was to buy a cassette tape of programs that took minutes to load even short programs, assuming they loaded at all. For the rest of us, we either typed them in or wrote little programs like this.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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February's Program: Math Bash

Programming: 02/22/15 at 15:41:20 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[MathFrom its opening text, Math Bash is clearly an educational program. Its primary goal is to help students practice their math skills. At its core though it is still a game. Aliens are landing and you have to stop them. The key mechanic is solving various math problems correctly or the alien will reach the earth and end the game. There is a score and can thereby be competitive, but Math Bash doesn’t force a timer on you. There is no rush. The program ramps up the pressure by increasing the difficulty of the math problems. In this way, the program accomplishes its goal, perhaps too well as will discuss later. Now whether the game is fun is debatable.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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January's Program: Comp. Talk

Programming: 01/24/15 at 17:44:06 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[Comp.Mixing things up a bit, I thought I’d start off the new year without a game program. Instead, January’s program is Computer Talk, or Comp. Talk for short. Comp. Talk is one of several educational programs I wrote for reasons I’m not entirely sure of. Perhaps it was just the thing to do back in then. Many computer books, especially those that taught programming, had a mix of program genres. Whatever the reason, I wrote Comp. Talk as a way for the ZX81 computer to introduce itself and show a bit of what it could do.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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December's Program: V Water Battle

Programming: 12/29/14 at 15:26:37 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[VAs 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to end the year with an original program of the month. For December, that program is V Water Battle, an action game from 1984. For some reason, the title screen I created said designed instead of wrote but I did both. I was an odd duck in 1984. You use the “Z” and “.” keys to move. Use the “M” key to fire. The goal is to stop the ships from stealing the water. Miss them or get shot and its game over. Of course, they steal the water after each wave anyway to make it harder. Given that I haven’t beat it yet, the game is more difficult than it would seem. Let me know if you do!

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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November's Program: Maze Craze

Programming: 11/29/14 at 22:43:14 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[MazeHope everyone in the US had a great Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) and are now enjoying the last weekend of November. I’m busy with NaNoWriMo, and a bit behind. So I give you another program from my original ZX81 site, but not yet featured here. November’s program is the month is Maze Craze. It’s not hard, but you might need to graph out the maze if you get stuck. There are actually two mazes. Can you beat them both?

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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October's Program: NA

Programming: 10/21/14 at 20:15:09 MDT by SafePit

Programming “[NA,Whoa, there are still almost two weeks left in the month and I have October’s program done and waiting for you. Yep, you heard right. This month is a short one called NA. The program is an action game that requires you to use “N” and “A” to try to stop a runner. The letters have significance as you use them to stop the runner. However, there is a twist, miss and the program changes the letter needed. Sounds easy right? Guess what, I still haven’t beaten it. Can you?

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month. [ View Article ]

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DISH CINEMA Userbar (Updated ... again)

Programming: 10/15/14 at 22:21:20 MDT by SafePit

Programming I was doing a bit of clean up and, wouldn't you know it, my DISH pay-per-view (PPV) userbar broke again. Apparently this is going to be an ongoing battle. It is good for me as I don't spend a lot of time coding anymore. My eyes glazed over writing the new regular expression needed to parse out the title and image. Fortunately, it came back quickly.

Although the featured list is pretty small now, I decided not to add the new releases and events back in. The smaller list feels and looks better.


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September's Programs: Photon '85 and '98

Programming: 09/30/14 at 19:52:00 MDT by SafePit

Programming [PhotonWell, the month is over and life has taken over and delayed my program of the month. For the tail end of September, I offer two programs: Photon and Photon 98. Wait, what? Yep, you heard right. Im offering two programs this month. Sort of. Actually they are very similar. Photon is the original program from 1985, and Photon 98 is a minor remake that cleans things up a bit.

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How did you do this July 2014 Camp NaNoWriMo?

Writing: 08/24/14 at 22:35:35 MDT by SafePit

Writing “[2014Well, it’s almost a month since July Camp NaNoWriMo ended and I've meant to give a quick update. First, I did hit my 50K goal for the month, winning my second Camp. Nice! Second, I finished the book this time last month and haven’t touched it since, though I still think about the story almost everyday. I’m taking that as a positive as I look to start work on my 1st revision.

I’m giving it a month before I dig back in and do some polishing. There are a lot of grammar errors, time continuity issues, and at least one perspective problem. Although I haven’t done much with the story, I did spend the time combing the two sessions into a single book. Together, I’m at around 102K words which is about 268 pages printed according to Scrivener. That feels like a decent size, but I expect that will change a few more times as I revise it.

Since I bothered to combine the sessions, I also decide to build an EPUB version of the book. I did this partly to make sure I had a copy of it before I started to edit it. It isn’t entirely necessary since I’m using snapshots in Scrivener to track my changes. But, and more importantly, it gives me a copy I can read and share. My daughter said she would read it and I’d love to get her impression. Even if the book isn’t perfect yet, I’m curious what she things of it and I can use some feedback before I start to edit it. As my first novel attempt, and a rough draft, I’m a bit skittish to share more widely at this time; however, I really need to if I want to make it better.

I wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed the writing experience. Although I won’t feel done until I've revised and published it, the challenge has been worth it so far. My goal was to improve my writing. Even if it isn’t a run away best seller, it will be a success for me. And yes, I could just publish it as is on Amazon but that doesn’t count. If I’m going to do this, I need to do it right.

Right now, my next deadline is to get the 1st revision done by the end of the year. With November’s NaNoWriMo looming, I really need to spend the next two months revising and editing to make that deadline. If all goes well, I’m looking at my novel being up for sale sometime in 2015.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I’m also starting to plan for it. Although Camp has been fun and very motivational, I really want to compete in the November challenge. I’m trying to decide if it will be a spin-off story or something entirely new. I have a few ideas in mind already and I still time to decide. Until then, it’s almost time to get back to my first story. [ View Article ]

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