Articles by Steven


Steven has written 451 articles.
Creating Charts on Your ZX81 Couldn’t Be More Simple
As usual, I procrastinated a bit in finishing my ZX81 program for November. Between holidays, work, and NaNoWriMo, I didn’t get around to it until this last weekend. I decided to try something a little different for this month’s program…
Posted 2 days ago 7 min read

Entering a Program Shouldn't Be This Frustrating
Back in July, I made a mistake and entered in Star Probe again. I had forgotten that Iíd already shared it. But, unlike my first attempt, I had taken a different approach which made it a much different game. Jumping ahead, I decided to finish what I started…
Posted Oct 25 12 min read

Here Is a Silly Test Program for the ZX81
September proved to be a rather busy month, at work and home. It isnít unusual for me, and I usually find time to throw a render or program together. As this month closed, I found myself in need of a program to share and not a lot of time…
Posted Sep 29 3 min read

Here Is My Crazy Idea to Make a ZX81 Game with a Printer
Back in the day I learned to program on school PDP-11 with a 6 teletypes and a CRT attached. I was still in computer club at the time, thinking the 8" floppies were pretty cool. To my despair, the poor thing died that Summer and, when I took my programming class, it was on an Atari 800…
Posted Aug 29 8 min read

Now Is a Good Time to Build My Mini ZX81
A retro blast from the past! The four chip Sinclair ZX81 was the first computer I owned and I thought it would be fun to build a LEGO version of it. The 2K of memory (in my US version) was pretty limited…
Posted Aug 09 4 min read

Adding a New Topic Category: LEGO Building
I haven’t added a new topic in awhile, but I ran into a bit of a problem lately. As an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), I recently got back into building with real LEGO bricks. In doing so, I decided to start taking pictures of some of the sets of been building…
Posted Aug 08 3 min read

Introducing Tree Winter, My Second LEGO MOC
After finishing Tree Fall, I had an idea to turn it into a winter scene. I thought it would be easy to swap out a few parts with white ones, but my wife disagreed. She recommended some changes and, after some trial and error, I created Tree Winter! Something different. Although like my previous MO…
Posted Aug 08 3 min read

Can You Win in This Easy Game of ZX81 Dice
Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my programming journey. It is hard to believe that it has been over nine years since I started writing my monthly articles. I’m nearing the end of my printouts, and thought I’d write about my ZX81 Dice Game. Walk down retro lane. Although I’d s…
Posted Jul 31 5 min read

Introducing My First LEGO MOC Called Tree Fall
Awhile back, I had an idea on a run for a little LEGO vignette. My vision included a small tree on a hill. Most often, my mind refocuses on my workout the vision fades. This time, the idea stuck and became reality as Tree Fall. From idea to render. Using a simple 4x4 pattern, I started to build my…
Posted Jul 13 5 min read

Try to Be a Great Space Navigator Taking This Silly ZX81 Quiz
Having a healthy imagination and perchance for sci-fi, Spaceship is a bit of both. I assume I conjured up the idea as part of some playtime activity. Written in 1983, it was one of my earlier programs and lacked graphics. Yet, it was still a bit of fun. Navigating a spaceship is easy. As a navigat…
Posted Jun 29 5 min read

More May Fun With Blender And Lego Bricks
I’ve been having a lot of fun in May, rendering images and trying out some new techniques when I can. I’ve also been trying to learn Blender, work on decorations for old models, and try out new sites…
Posted May 25 4 min read

A Silly Little Code Hack For The ZX81
I have some sort of fascination with code breaking. A byproduct of all the spy movies I watched as a kid. A friend of my would make spy cases with Lego’s, and I had to build my own of course. I had a wallet with home made credentials and so on…
Posted May 25 5 min read

Planes, LEGO and Motion, What Could Be More Fun?
As May kicked off, I got to work finishing the decorations for set 6444 Outback Airstrip. Because I had a few different decorations to finish, I got distracted. That distraction was with a much older LEGO Airplane. Both renders gave me a chance to revisit motion blur in Blender. 320 Airplane The f…
Posted May 17 4 min read

Cheers To April and a Month of Great LEGOs
Shifting from POV-Ray back to Blender, I'm playing around with Mecabricks again. Taking a break from blogging about images, I decided to shift my focus. During the last week of April, I decided to clean up models and make new decorations…
Posted May 02 9 min read

A Good Start To Adventure Game That Never Was
When I was a child, I remember going over to a friends house and playing Wizardry on his Apple. Leaving his house, I was super excited about the game I saw. Although my lowly ZX81 was no match, I had visions of creating my own games like it…
Posted Apr 28 7 min read

A Flash to the Past, Here Is the Latest Render of My 588 Police Station
Following my Blender renders for 588, I started work on rendering the POV-Ray versions. Not quite the original versions, these renders use radiosity with an updated environment. Besides being a larger render, I turned on some of the features I usually donít…
Posted Apr 23 8 min read

Here Is the Refresh of My Favorite LEGO Fire Station
Last week, I shared my POV-Ray version of LEGO 590. Now, it seemed like a good time to build a Blender version. Starting in Mecabricks, I was fortunate to find that awesomo had recently built the model…
Posted Apr 20 8 min read

Here Are the Results of My LDraw and Blender Experiments
Not quite done trying things out, I spent time the futzing around with Blender the other night. Looking around for LEGO materials, I ran across a Blender importer for LDraw files. I didn’t know such a thing existed…
Posted Apr 16 4 min read

Learning New Tricks With LeoCAD and Blender
On Monday, I decided to hack around with Blender a bit. I’d been playing with POV-Ray and looking for a way to convert my LEGO scenes to Blender. I was unable to export SDL to a mesh. Loading up LeoCad, I discovered that I could export my models and import them into Blender…
Posted Apr 16 6 min read

Here Is a Police Set to Delight Your Inner Nine Year Old
Ah, canít you smell sweet nostalgia of this LEGO set from 1979? One of my larger town sets as a child, 588 Police Headquarters was also one of the first ones I built in POV-Ray. Looking for something else, I ended decided to check if 588 was in Mecabricks. To my surprise, it wasnít…
Posted Apr 10 5 min read