So I guess I missed the entire month of April. I have been rather busy with other stuff so there’s not much to report on Platformer, sadly. Hopefully I will be able to return to working on it soon.
I finally got around to making a portfolio site for myself. Also, shilbert.com now directs to the portfolio instead of this blog. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
I’m going to GDC this year. I haven’t been before — the GDC and NCSU’s spring break never lined up — but now that I’ve graduated it doesn’t matter. Should be interesting.
Once again I have forgotten to update this blog in months. Some of you may have noticed that shilbert.com was entirely down for a couple months. What happened was that my web host decided to disappear off the face of the planet; luckily, I was able to get backups from the datacenter the host was using, LiquidWeb. They had my data back to me the night I asked. Classy service.
I have not done an awful lot more with Platformer. The Portal Turret project has been resurrected, and I spent this weekend making my own programmer for the dsPIC33f MCU I am going to use, rather than paying $60 or more for a programming device. I might publish the circuit schematics/Arduino sketch/Python program I made at some later date. I also reverse-engineered the audio-based level transfer system for Bangai-O Spirits for DS, and made a receiver program in C#. This could let people develop PC-based level editors, and also to pass around levels in binary format instead of as MP3′s or YouTube videos. So, some stuff has gotten done, although I want to get back to working on Platformer soon.
Oh, so there is a blog here. I almost forgot.
I have had a little bit of time to work on Platformer again. Some of the things I am working on are:
- Refactoring how rendering works a little.
- Thinking about enemy design.
Particles are not very interesting right now; they’re just a prototype that only supports single-pixel particles. Eventually I am going to have particles made up of series of line segments (for sparks) as well as particles that are animated sprites (for smoke.)
So, my parents ordered a replacement broiler pan for their oven from GE. This is what a broiler pan looks like:
This is what we got:
The part number says NEV202DXFU. According to Google, it is an air conditioner part. On top of that, it’s almost solid copper. Bizarre.
I wish this kind of thing happened to me in delis. The guy even looks a little bit like me. There’s a whole series of these, if you look at the related links, too.
I ended up next to Sam Ruby (wikipedia entry / blog) on the flight from Raleigh to Dallas Ft. Worth today. He explained to me that he was involved in the Atom standard and that he works at IBM, but I didn’t know he was the director of the freeking Apache Software Foundation until I looked him up on the internet when I got to San Jose. Apparently he lives in Raleigh too.
Oh, and then a stewardess spilled a tray full of drinks on me. (Bloody Mary, club soda, and apple juice, I think.) I was pretty lucky I didn’t have my laptop out at the time, really. So much for first class.