Tweepi – A Pi Powered Twitter Feed on a 16 x 2 LCD

Tweepi – A Pi Powered Twitter Feed on a 16 x 2 LCD

I was on vacation and as a way to kind of jump start my brain when I got back I took on a fun little project with one of the PI Zero’s I had lying around and an old LCD screen.  It took a bit longer than I expected and really got my gears turning again, that’s for sure.  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not perfect, I soldered to the board in a pretty messy way and the layout is probably not perfect, so there is room for improvement, but it was a quick “warm up” project to get everything in my brain working again.  It took some google searching and reading a few documents for the modules implemented but it was a great way to get learning. Continue reading →

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Games as Art: A Creative Outlet

Games as Art: A Creative Outlet

I’m one of those people that believes video games are a valid art form.  They are a blend of visual storytelling that interacts with the viewer (player) in a way no other medium can match.  While not all games are pieces of amazing artwork and not all games are that perfect blend of story, interaction and visual effect, a lot of games are.

Sure playing “Call of Duty”, or “Battlefield” is not the same as painting a picture or reading a book, but there are pliantly of games that I would class as art.  I’ve made this argument on my (now defunct) previous blog.  A piece where I talked about how games like “SOMA”, “Mass Effect”, “Spec Ops: the line” and “This War of Mine” were perfect examples of the medium as an art form.  The argument has been made before by people much more intelligent than me and people much better versed in this kind of discussion, so I won’t go too far into it. Continue reading →

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Remaining Focused

Remaining Focused

As anyone who reads my stuff may have noticed, it has been a while since I posted.  I’ve been pretty busy, lots going on and lots to do and that is where the heart of this post lies.  A problem I’ve had since I graduated university and got healthy and that is a problem of focus. Continue reading →

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Making a Game to Get Read

Making a Game to Get Read

I think a lot of people might wonder why I want to learn to program.  It seems like a big jump from working at being an author to working at learning to code, but I don’t think they are as far apart as people think.  Learning to program is also something that is not far removed from things I have been doing for years, from things I have been interested in since I was a kid.

I’ve been building and maintaining websites since I was a teenager, doing some basic HTML here and there, CMS systems like WordPress helped remove me from the ‘code’ side of things but there is still some work to do in that space when you own a website (or two or three).  I was just doing copy paste code though, I want to actually learn how to do these things on my own. Continue reading →

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Hiatus

Hiatus

For anyone that follows me here, or on twitter or even on my facebook page you’ll notice I’ve been on a bit of a break.  A break from posting, a break from tweeting, instagramming, all the other social ‘ing’s’.  I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus.  For a few reasons, some to do with ‘real life’ and some to do with a touch of burnout.  It just feels like there are not enough hours in the day anymore and I don’t know where they all go, so I needed to let some stuff slide. Continue reading →

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