While I’ve been keeping busy with school work there’s still been time for my new hobby; Ingress. For those of you who haven’t run into Ingress its a game from Niantic, the makers of Pokemon go. It’s actually been around for several years and the location data is what they used to create the pokestops and gyms. I started playing last year and it was Christmas eve when several of us gathered together to create a massive Christmas star over the city of Bakersfield that I really got into the game. Something about being able to play as a team was very appealing. Since then I’ve been playing regularly and have even joined in some out of town trips to Anaheim (there’s a lot of portals there).
It’s a fun hobby and I look forward to playing for some time to come.
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.
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.
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.
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
I decided I wanted a more rugged terrain though so I added some peaks I shot over near 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
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
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.
Finally I needed a model for the rider, I had a shoot of model 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.
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