Reid's For Fun


My personal blog for what interests this computer guy. Web development, LEGO ray tracing, ZX81 retro computing, writing and photography.

Tower of Love Was an Ambitious Idea That Failed

Tower of Love, ZX81 screen shot, by Steven Reid, 1984I had lots of ideas as a teenager. Many of them became actual programs, while others languish in my notebooks. Others made it a bit further, becoming programs on my ZX81, but never finished. A journey abandoned is still a journey. Let’s explore one such program this month: Tower of Love.


Check out This Awesome Remake of Pole Dodge

Tower Dodge by Jim Gerrie, 2014

Jim notified me earlier this month that I’d missed one of his remakes of my ZX81 programs when I blogged about them earlier. Tower Dodge for the MC-10 is Jim’s version of my updated Pole Dodge 2. Not sure how I missed it as he rewrote it back in 2014. Of course, I can’t believe I wrote mine back in 2012! Time sure flies—get the pun? Anyway, let’s dive in and see what’s new.


Quick, Stop the Bomber before It Destroys You

Blaster, ZX81 screen shot, by Steven Reid, 1985Wait what? Another month? Another game? You betcha! April is upon us, and pretty much over. So, to pass the time I introduce Blaster, a shooter with a twist.
Use Z to move right, . to move left, and M to fire. Not the most exciting game ever, but you’ll find it hard enough to spend a few minutes with it.





Having a Little Photography Fun with This Year's Challenge

Slaying the Beast by Steven Reid

Since the start of the year, I’ve been participating in a weekly photography challenge in an attempt to improve my photography. Although I shared them on Flickr, I wasn’t blogging about them. Perhaps it was because of a lack of confidence of their quality, not liking their originality, or just fear of ridicule. Overcoming all that, I’d like to share last week’s photo. It’s all about fun!



How to Add Stickers to Complete My Renders

Updated 373 with Stickers by Steven Reid

Taking some time to unwind before my workout, I traced out the last few stickers needed to finish this set. Although I had the images from previous POV-Renders, they weren’t of a high enough quality. I’m not done with this set yet. But, it is close to what is sitting in my storage cases.


Watch This Great Remake of Flywheel on the TRS-80

Fly Wheel by Jim Gerrie

While digging around my site’s SEO this morning, I ran across these great videos from Jim Gierrie. Both depict his remake of Flywheel on a a TRS-80 MC-10. He had shared in a comment on my site, but I’d missed it given how busy last year had been. I love that Jim took the concept and made it his own, exactly the purpose of this site.