BlackJack


BlackJack!

Black Jack!

In case you were wondering how I went about creating my poker game, I’ve written a complete tutorial

on another simple card game, blackjack

You can read through it here

and there’s a zip file to download that contains the files used and a small run-able example.

Any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to let me know and If you make something cool be sure and let me know.

What’s the Deal?


As mentioned , I’ve been playing around with programing this summer and completed one project, still got a couple of others I’m working on. Anyway, the one I finished is a simple card game I wrote in C# using visual studio for windows pc’s. Requires .net 4.0. I’ve tested it on windows 7, 8.1 and 10 and seems to work fine let me know if you enjoy it or run into any problems running it.

CaptNemo Poker

CaptNemo Poker

Since this is my first windows program any feedback is appreciated and I expect there will be some problems, but hopefully nothing major.

The cards are all custom, original designs I created.

CaptNemo Poker

 

Sci-Fi lizard


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Sci-Fi Lizard and rider

Sci-Fi Lizard and rider

 

I spent the last weekend laying about the house trying to shake off a cold that I seem to have come down with. So since I didn’t want to go out and make anyone else sick taking new pictures was out but since schools out I didn’t have homework to keep me busy so I started browsing through my photos and came up with this Sci-Fi lizard collage.

It’s actually a little more complex then it may appear at first glance(final file was a 200mb psd) I started out with a landscape shot I took at Arches at sunrise

 

arches sunrise

arches sunrise

I decided I wanted a more rugged terrain though so I added some peaks I shot over near pinnacles national monument

 

 

Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles National Monument

 

I wanted a little more Sci-Fi feel so I added a moon picture I took along the American river

Moonrise on the American river

Moonrise on the American river

Of course for a sci-fi feel what could be better then a classic looking rocket ship like this one I spotted at Maker faire

Maker Faire rocket ship

Maker Faire rocket ship

Next up I added a lizard, I decided to use one that looked like someone could be riding him and this one from the Sacramento reptile expo looked perfect.

 

lizard

lizard

 

Finally I needed a model for the rider, I had a shoot of model Kat

Kat

Kat

 

but the only shot I had of her seated in the correct pose was in a swimsuit and bare feet, so I painted some boots for her.

I placed all the separate elements on different layers in photoshop so I could blend them using layer masks, then painted in shading.

lastly I tweaked the color to give it a more other worldly look and applied a painting effect.

Voila Sci-fi lizard rider.

 

lizard Rider

lizard Rider

A lapse in time


A few weeks ago it was time for me to retire my trusty HD2 phone and to delve into the world of new smart phones, the HD2 had served me well for over two years and still functioned but only on speaker phone, since it was out of contract it seemed a good idea to get a new phone instead of trying to get it repaired.  I have had a really good experience with my android tablet so an android smart phone seemed like a good match. I chose the Samsung S3 and so far it’s been a great phone, I really like the fact that Samsung makes a card reader/usb attachment so I can directly download things to the phone  from sd cards and usb drives as well as use usb devices like speakers, keyboards and mice. I haven’t been able to get a hold of the necessary MHL cable but am hoping I’ll be able to connect it to a tv or projector for slideshows when I do.
On to the point of this post though- I  downloaded one of several apps that allow you to set your android phone as a time lapse camera and played around with it this weekend- here’s the results, disclaimer- the still shots at the end were not shot with the s3 but with my Olympus, also there is no HD version of the time lapse clips as I was using a free app that only allows high res if you upgrade which I may do once I come up with a tripod mount that allows me to hold the phone still for a longer period of time.

Apparently this video doesn’t show up on wordpress in all browsers so here’s a link to it on my smugmug site Video of Sacramento

Android


A couple of weeks ago, I spotted and android tablet at Fry, I’ve been looking at them on-line for awhile now. Picked up a coby kryos M7015 tablet, it’s a little slow and only has the 2.1 OS, which means it doesn’t have full flash support, but I have hope someone will crack that. Following the advice from the android forums over at  http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/coby-tablets/ I was able to get root, and install the full google marketplace(it came installed with an app loader that didn’t have nearly as many apps). I’ve installed a bunch of e-books and movies on it, video playback was the happiest suprise- full hd without a stutter, even has hdmi so I can play it on my tv and used it to show a program with a projector at our caving meeting.
The biggest disappointment was trying to get it to tether with my phone, apparently android won’t connect to ad-hoc wi-fi only AP, so I’ll have to keep working on that.