I just accepted my new life passion to be a master programmer. Suddenly… I feel… full of knowledge! Wait, I mean, full of MOTIVATION! That’s the one. Here I am, full of want-to-be-master-programmer, but there’s still this gap between me and that goal. I know how to program. I know all the fundamental computer science theories, algorithms, and data structures. I can object-orient anything, even your face. I even love coding in C++! The next step, I suppose is to get more experience. So I did Code Kata #2. That’s the one where you recreate a binary chop algorithm 5 times. Simple right? Here are my attempts:
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This art project I created with Melanie Dickinson and Gabe Robledo was intended to simulate slinkies in real 3D life.
We used Max/MSP, an arduino, tons of wire, a heptagon, and 3 steel slinkies for the interactive simulation.
Another IF I made last summer. I really enjoyed making this one!! You play as a really unlucky wizard who has to go on a crash course of learning new spells to save your own ass. It’s heavily inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Disc World.
I’d prefer you play on your desktop, but if you must you can play through your browser here. Seriously though, you’ll miss out on some amazing in-game artwork if you play in the browser. It won’t take you too long to install a desktop interpretor using the above link I promise!
A quickie story created in Twine having something to do with hope versus despair and balance versus capitalism.
Play the Devious Red Baron online
This Winter quarter at UCSC, my final winter quarter :(, I took Interactive Storytelling with Michael Mateas (that genius dude behind Façade). It was a brilliant class! Mateas had just come back from sabbatical and was rather perky the whole quarter. We had a chance to break down the do-games-really-need-stories debate in a very academic way, that is to say we determined the two sides are both highly subjective so therefore the debate will never cease. Games are rather expressive but we can probably agree they aren’t expressive enough. So instead of getting caught up in an endless debate, let’s make new and interesting things and make games a better medium overall! (If only you could have been to some of Professor Mateas’ inspiring lectures).
Seeing as I am in college and rather curious and adventurous, I decided to brew some beer with my buddy John. He’s a beer snob. And, he’s only 20! John gets grumpy when we bring around 30 packs of watery beer– especially when we fill the fridge and leave no room for his yogurts. Fortunately, he’s really into beer, so besides the fancy bottle-type beer he’s always got in hand, we thought we’d take on the challenge of home a’ brewin’ and drink some of our own beer! With a little help (a lot, actually) from my daddio, we got a whole setup going starting a week and a half ago. Here’s the beiary, err the deerary, errrrrrr beer diary, fine. This is what happened. Continue Reading