Articles by Steven


Steven has written 335 articles.
Look out for the Death Maze as You Escape the Monster
I seem to like avoid the wall games. I wrote many of them over the years, inspired by other games I played like “Cavern’s of Mars.” It isn’t a surprise as the ZX81 made it pretty easy to write a vertical scroller. For Death Maze, I added a little twist…
Posted Jun 26 5 min read

Tower of Love Was an Ambitious Idea That Failed
I 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. A q…
Posted May 20 5 min read

Check out This Awesome Remake of Pole Dodge
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…
Posted May 17 3 min read

Quick, Stop the Bomber before It Destroys You
Wait 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…
Posted Apr 19 5 min read

How to Make a Bar Chart on Your ZX81
Taking a turn from games, March's program is a bit more useful. Although not as flexible as some modern programs, Bar Graph does the job. Add some data and print. What could be easier? Well, a lot. Making a bar graph or chart.Best have your information ready…
Posted Mar 24 6 min read

How to Make Digital Rain on Your ZX81
Iíve been wanting to create my own version of digital rain for some time. The effect is well known from the Matrix movies, which used florescent green characters. Inspired by that version, I decided to go retro and generate a black and white stream of characters using the ZX81…
Posted Feb 20 6 min read

Time for More Ocean Fun in Blender and Mecabricks
I generated water in a previous model, but I wasn’t overly happy with it. It was a bit too smooth—more like bath water. So, I tried again with a different LEGO model. And, this time I’m pleased with the results. 2882 Speedboat by Steven Reid, on Flickr Building a better ocean…
Posted Feb 18 3 min read

Having a Little Photography Fun with This Year's Challenge
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…
Posted Feb 17 3 min read

How to Track Runs Using My Simple and Easy Race Tracker
Iíve been thinking about starting a running blog for some time now. Okay, Iím usually running at the same time. Call me crazy, but I enjoy it. So much so, I have completed quite a few races since I started running again. To kick things off, I offer up my Race and Run Tracking tool. A little history…
Posted Feb 10 4 min read

How to Add Stickers to Complete My Renders
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 …
Posted Feb 04 8 min read

Watch This Great Remake of Flywheel on the TRS-80
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…
Posted Jan 28 3 min read

Fight Your Way to Victory with This ZX81 Space Shooter
Nothing starts the year out better than a space shooter. The top of the printout was quite faded, so I wasn’t sure about ZTSXXSTZ when I started to type it in. But, once I got the first few bits working I realized I had something worth sharing. Playing it for the first time…
Posted Jan 20 4 min read

Donít Just Fix a Mistake, Try Something New
While uploading my last render, I noticed that something was wrong with my Windmill. It didnít take long to figure out what. When Iíd rotated the top part, I must have grabbed the wrong rotation point. Easy fix, but I needed to do more then render it again. Time to play in Blender. 550 Windmill (fi…
Posted Jan 14 2 min read

Enjoy the New Year with a Pair of Renders
Starting the year off with new renders of old LEGO sets. Both of these are from 1976 and are great examples of the styles from that era. Trying out some different lighting techniques, I enjoyed rendering these as much as building them. 455 LearjetGreat little airplane from the late 70ís, the cover …
Posted Jan 06 2 min read

2017 Was A Fantastic Year For Renders
Last year is over, but it was one of my more prolific years for LEGO renders. I ended up sharing 67 renders on Flickr, plus a few other renders I did only for Mecabricks. I even have a few test images squirreled away I won’t be sharing…
Posted Jan 02 6 min read

What Can You Do with a Simple ZX81 Animation?
Although may of my early programs were games, I spent a fair amount of time experimenting. Decemberís program, Slow Down, is one of my animation experiments. It is a straight forward sprite animation, with a twist. I used the ZX81 against itself to slow it down. If youíre ready, letís dig deeper. T…
Posted Dec 26, 2017 4 min read

Here Are a Few Renders to Kick of December
Trying to keep with my promise, here are my latest LEGO renders. Each is an experiment. Iím trying different techniques, or testing new ideas. Some work, and some donít. But, thatís okay. Life is about learning and trying. Why shouldnít my hobbies be the same? Letís dig in. A little Disney goes a l…
Posted Dec 06, 2017 6 min read

Time to Catch up on My Lego Renders
Although I havenít posted many picture lately, I havenít been idle. Old, new, large, and small, Iíve been trying out a few different things over last two months. Of course, this was between working, running, and other projects. So, time to catch up! Here are five images to round our your day. Somet…
Posted Dec 03, 2017 4 min read

Star Fight Is a Simple ZX81 Shoot íEm up Game
Back in 1983, Star Wars imagery flooded my life. With the release of Return of the Jedi that year, it only fueled the inspiration of my young teenage self. So, it shouldnít come as a surprise that I would create games with that look and feel. Star Fight, this monthís program, is one such game. Slow…
Posted Nov 26, 2017 5 min read