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Tabular Is My Simple and Easy ZX81 Word Processor
To date, most of my programs have been games and animations. It may come as a surprise that I also wrote a word processing program. Using a custom printer command, I designed a font that would allow you to use lowercase letters. Letís explore Septemberís program of the month to see how that worked…
Posted Sep 25, 2017 6 min read

Overcome Your Attachment to the Weighted Companion Cube
Portal was one of those games that game out of no where. Released as an add-on to the Orange Box, the Half-Life 2 box edition for consoles, the puzzler shined. Combining wry humor with entertaining game play, Portal gained a place in pop culture. In one of the more memorable levels, you are given a…
Posted Sep 03, 2017 4 min read

Quickly Avoid the Spiders in the ZX81 Game Tarantula
Tarantula, Augustís program of the month, was part of a pair of games that made me think I was a game developer. At the age of fourteen, I didnít let problems like the lack of a distribution channel tarnish my dreams…
Posted Aug 30, 2017 6 min read

Spider, I See You Hiding in the Window
I was actually working on a different model when an idea struck me. Wanting an object to look abandoned and old, I grabbed a spider web and threw a black spider in it for fun. But, the web was too large, so I left it off to the side…
Posted Aug 04, 2017 3 min read

How to Fix My Mistake That Blocked Campaign Parameters
Do you have those moments where you discover something and want to dig into it? Today was that day for me. Although what I found wasnít new, I still want to share what I learnedóthat way I wonít forget later…
Posted Jul 30, 2017 7 min read

How Long Can You Last against the Attack
Wanting something interesting, I struggled to find a ZX81 program to share. Plus, it was getting close to the end of the month. Digging into my old notebook, I stumbled upon Missile Defense. Although short, I expanded it into a something worth playing. Letís dig deeper. Signs of the times…
Posted Jul 27, 2017 5 min read

How to Use Myspace to Quickly Share Music
I got around to logging into Myspace again today. I never really used it in its original incarnation. Truth be told, I wanted to know what it was before when my daughter signed up for an account. Although Iíve known that it was more of sharing space for music now, I hadnít spent much time with it…
Posted Jul 17, 2017 4 min read

Enjoy This Cute Little Octopus That Floated By
I havenít cranked out pictures as much lately. My intent was to work on my writing this month, but life and work intruded. Uninspired to write last night, I searched for something new to render. This cute little LEGO creature offered me a nice diversion. 40245 Octopus by Steven Reid, on Flickr Floa…
Posted Jul 14, 2017 3 min read

Trying Not to Be Sad Today with My Love of LEGO
July 4th is bitter sweet for me. Iíve always enjoyed the holiday with its fireworks and celebration. Food, fair and patriotism mix for a usually fun day. Yet, my wifeís mother died on the 4th, making it a day of remembrance and sadness. Time to find something to take my mind off it. More sadness to…
Posted Jul 04, 2017 4 min read

My ZX81 Tic-Tac-Toe May Not Look Pretty, but You Can Win
As June winds down, I find myself reminiscing about writing monthís program. 34 years later, I still remember the glow of the TV as it lit the notebook in my lap. Although I have fond memories of Tic-tac-toe, time isnít as kind to it. Letís dig in. Would you like to play a game…
Posted Jun 25, 2017 6 min read

Enjoy This Simple and Elegant LEGO Dragonfly
Each month I check to see what the latest LEGO mini build is. Since I donít have a local LEGO Store, I often build and render them using virtual bricks. This month, I only needed to render it as as mathieub already built it. Yet, I decided to give it a little character. 40244 Dragonfly by Steven Re…
Posted Jun 23, 2017 2 min read

What Happens When You Mix Together Balloons, Boise and Bricks?
One of the first things I saw when I arrived in Idaho were colorful balloons floating across the brown desert and blue skies. A defining moment that Iíve carried with me for the almost 20 years Iíve lived here…
Posted Jun 18, 2017 4 min read

Ego the Living Planet and How to Make a Great Background
Last weeks, I ran across this build by changewing1 of the living planet. Mecabricks is a great community for such finds. Plus, I needed something to tax my old computer while trying out denoising feature in Blender. Stars alignedópun intended, and I was off to render my next image…
Posted Jun 11, 2017 5 min read

A Lonely Ostrich, Sometimes Simple Is Better
The lively colors in this Duplo ostrich caught my eye and inspired me to render it. My version of this lonely ostrich uses standard LEGO bricks, I was never a big fan of Duplo, nor do I have models of them. Yet, the simplicity of the model is quite effective. The render recreates that charm well. O…
Posted Jun 04, 2017 2 min read

Rub-A-Dub-Dub See My Little Boat in the Tub
I saw a great Pirate Ship render yesterday by saabfan. The water in it impressed me, and I had commented that I didnít know how to model it in Blender. Scrubs informed that it was easy, providing me the how. Off I went to try for myself. To my surprise, it was easy. Sort of…
Posted Jun 01, 2017 4 min read

6600 Police Patrol, a Fun Render of Old Lego
I spent part of the memorial weekend getting Blender working on my office computer, a 2011 Mac mini. Although not as fast as my laptop, I’d set up dual monitors a few months ago and was itching to use them. The result of my effort is this render of 6600 Police Patrol. 6600 Police Patrol by Ste…
Posted May 31, 2017 3 min read

Can You Get the High Score in the Worst ZX81 Dice Game
Okay, although not the worst ever, Dice Game is pretty dull. With only two dice, no strategy, and no replay value, you might think this an odd program of the month. But for the young teenager that wrote it, it was pretty cool in 1983. Letís dig in and see why. Itís all about the code…
Posted May 28, 2017 7 min read

10 Lego Renders to Enjoy Your Day By
Although itís been a month since my last LEGOģ post, I havenít been idle. With my current workflow, it only takes about 15 minutes to kick off a render, but I often donít have the time to blog them. Correcting that with a few spare minutes, here are my last ten Blender renders. #1 Ė A droidMy first…
Posted May 07, 2017 6 min read