Articles by Steven


Steven has written 420 articles.
Here Is a Simple Start to a ZX81 Drawing Program
As my programs attest to, I did a fair amount of digital drawing on my ZX81. As noted in past articles, I tended to use graph paper to design my games. Yet in 1984, I built a simple drawing program called Picture Use. Sadly, I never used it. Let’s draw!The program is quite easy to use…
Posted Aug 31 3 min read

Check out my ZX81 rendition of the US Flag
Although July nears its end, patriotism remains. From the frantic happiness of the 4th, to general love of country, July is about fireworks and Summer heat. Digging into my archives, I found a US Flag to commemorate the month. Interesting but boring.The flag is, well, a flag…
Posted Jul 26 2 min read

You Can Copy Your Screen with This Simple ZX81 Demo
Not all programs need to be games. And, in the case of Screen Copy, it is a demo program that ultimately became a utility. Most of us take the idea of making a screen shot for granted. Yet, back in the early í80s, the idea was uncommon. That didnít deter me. Not quite an iPhone…
Posted Jun 26 4 min read

Spring Is the Time for Fun with LEGO Bricks
Spring is in full swing and Iíve taken time away from running to complete a few LEGO renders. The topics range from movie blockbusters, old BASIC sets, to random sets from Pinterest. I even did some experimenting with Mecabricks rendering to see how it compared with mine…
Posted Jun 02 4 min read

Shoot the UFOs in This Simple ZX81 Game
Taking a minor departure this Memorial Weekend, my ZX81 program is actually from my childhood best friend. Neighbors during our time in Italy, Jeremy and I spent a lot of time together playing with our LEGO bricks, D&D, and on our computers. U.F…
Posted May 26 4 min read

The World Was Doomed And This Is The Result
The eighties were a turbulent time. Political turmoil grew out of the Cold War, which wasnít loss on this teenage programmer. The vocal leaders of the US and the USSR bubbled up often in the pop culture of the era and the esclation of war…
Posted Apr 29 4 min read

Have a Super Happy Blocky Easter!
With the arrival of Spring and warmer weather, I found myself inspired by the cheerful colors. Looking through my pins for ideas, a rainbow sparked my creativity. Thoughts of an Easter hunt with eggs and grass completed the theme. The blocky nature of the LEGO bricks invoke adolescence and whimsy …
Posted Apr 19 4 min read

Here Are the Two Faces of Moai on Rapa Nui
After posting my artistic image of Custombricksí Moai, I decided to share the models on Mecabricks. I probably should have checked first, as I found others had already shared. Oops. Nevertheless it was also an opportunity to download and render the models for a more realistic image. Moai on Rapa Nu…
Posted Mar 29 1 min read

Moai on Easter Island
Although I posted this on Flickr awhile back, Iím getting around to sharing on my blog. I was looking for something quick to render and had this Moai of Rapa Nui from custombrick in my Pinterest. Not thinking twice, I was off to Mecabricks to build the scene. Moai on Easter Island by Steven Reid, o…
Posted Mar 27 2 min read

Hit Is a Fun and Simple ZX81 Game of Blackjack
In my youth, I often looked to real games for inspiration. Card games were one such source and one I drew from often. Some attempts, like Stud, were simple high and low games. For Marchís program, Hit tackles the more complex Blackjack, eschewing graphics to focus on gameplay. No cards needed…
Posted Mar 25 5 min read

My Blog Image For 2019 Is A Playful Sea Turtle
Although I enjoyed that moon picture on my blog, itís been there far too long. In looking for something new in 2019, I decided to use a picture of a playful sea turtle. The photo, taken while I was in Mexico in January, shows the backend of the turtle as it swims away…
Posted Mar 05 1 min read

February Fun with a Sleeping Lego Caterpillar and More
As February closes, I thought it fitting to recap my renders this month. Four in total, although not quite one a week. Added to last monthís render, Iíve almost shared as many as last year. Hopefully this means a lot more LEGO fun is in store for the rest of year…
Posted Feb 25 4 min read

Itís Easy Stopping the Rain of Missiles in This ZX81 Game
I dug into some older games for Februaryís program, Missler. A simple yet effective game, Missler is a great example of programs I dealt with in the eighties. In this case, you must maneuver our anti-missile artillery in an attempt to stop the incoming barrage. A little bit of fun…
Posted Feb 24 3 min read

Running This Trench Is Just Double Trouble
The start of the 2019 year is passing quickly, so I needed to get a game in quick. I found a short little program called Trench Runner, but to my surprise, it had two listings. So, I took advantage of the situation and am offering two ZX81 games for January. Version one—the typical program…
Posted Jan 30 6 min read

Time to Kick off 2019 with a Render
Itís been awhile since I rendered a LEGO model. Checking into Mecabricks, I noticed a comment that the name plate for my Sydney model had been added. Although someone had been kind enough to add it to the model, the render was now out of date. So, I got to work updating it! 21032 Sydney (2019) by S…
Posted Jan 30 2 min read

Try out This Simple and Easy ZX81 Landing Game
Over the holidays, I dug through my listings to see what was left. I still have quite a few left, but the pile is definitely smaller. I’m starting to come across games I don’t remember as much. The Monster, this month’s program, is one such game. Digging into the game…
Posted Dec 29, 2018 7 min read

Test if You Think Your Reflexes Are Good in This ZX81 Game
I’m running a bit late this month, but I’ll try to make it up by offering a larger game. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Eighties unless it was almost impossible to play. But, at least it looks good. All in the looks…
Posted Nov 30, 2018 3 min read

Happy Time for a Little Writing, Again
Although November is often thought of as ďNo ShaveĒ month. I prefer to leverage it as an opportunity to improve my writing skills in National November Writing Month. For this yearís NaNoWriMo, Iím focusing on finishing Steel Strong. I canít wait! Starting over…
Posted Nov 02, 2018 5 min read

Just a Silly Little ZX81 Landing Game
Funny enough Lander, October’s game of the month, came out after my Lander 2 game. Weird, huh? No matter, it is a fast and sometimes difficult, sometimes easy, video game. Go give it a try, then let’s dig deeper. What’s with that platform…
Posted Oct 29, 2018 5 min read