Archive for November, 2009

Updated Internet Tricks

IndigoControlPageAs seen previously, I’ve got our garage door on the internet.  Six months later, I finally hooked the sensor up, so now we can find out, from anywhere where there’s internet, whether our garage is open or not.  I’ve also added more lights, and put them on a schedule, so we get some key lights on at sunset, off at bedtime, and the turtle gets her own schedule.  All of the devices can be controlled from an iPhone or anything with a web browser too.

Over at the right is exactly what it looks like.  If the garage is open, it changes to a picture of our garage with the door open.

I think it’s awesome.  It’s also great for messing with four-year-old nephews.

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I Made Asteroids

AsteroidI stayed home sick today, and made a little browser asteroids game on my laptop.  The cool part is, it doesn’t need Flash or any other plugin.  It’s all JavaScript.  The even cooler part is, I am still blissfully ignorant about JavaScript, I wrote the whole thing in Python, using Pyjamas.  I’ve tested it on Firefox and Safari, works great on both, and runs super smooth even with lots of asteroids.

It’s not much of a game, really, just classic Asteroids without even scores or keeping track of ships or much of anything but the basics.  But it’s only about 300 lines of Python, and it runs in any off the shelf browser.

I’ll try to add some polish to it and get the source up somewhere soon for anyone interested.  I’m pretty happy I managed to do all that in a day, plus a few hours on previous days getting Pyjamas set up.

Update (11/19): I uploaded the source code. It’s not the best code I’ve ever written, and it’s not commented at all, but now it’s a real project!  Sort of.

Update (11/20): Version 0.2 is now live, with sound effects, a score, and a different Canvas object that allows it to run in IE6.  It’s too slow to be playable in IE6, but at least it runs.

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