Tag Archive: programming


A few scripting examples in Stencyl, showing my 'Click to Select' behavior

Event based, drag-and-drop, pretty colors and asset pipeline simplicity - scripting in Stencyl

I keep wanting to make more games – tiny, little, niche games that would have a market of one (me) – but, as it has been pointed out to me in the past, I have been irreparably scarred for life by a love affair with BASIC.  Try as I might, more ‘grown up’ languages like C++ (or even C#) just baffled me with their convoluted asset pipelines and frustratingly long-winded setup and grammar.  Even dabbling with something accessible like XNA had me throwing up my arms over scope, types, and constructors.

Lately, I wanted to dabble with some Flash game making – 2D specifically – and after failing to find all the correct versions and up-to-date tutorials for Flixel, I discovered Stencyl.  Oh, my word – how it’s been a balm to my BASIC-crippled mind!

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I love things that glow; that flicker and twinkle, fade and pulse.  Obviously then, I love LEDs!  Soft circuitry and electronic clothing facinates me, but like great swathes of fashion, I’m convinced that they’re usually doing it wrong.  The LEDs you see on clothing, frequently flashes, blinks or blinds – these LEDs I do not care for.  How, and why, I made the gentle glowing LEDs above, is below.

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Plans and Ideas for Lamp Making

Team Droid's inspirational crystal in a lightbulb

I intend to make myself a bedside lamp – so here’s the plan.  I’ll hollow out some lightbulbs, stuff them full of quartz crystal points, inelegantly shove some LEDs into drilled holes in the quartz, and attach it all using some painted gubbins onto a hollow wooden box with an arduino brain inside.  I’m still trying to hammer out the details.  My influences, and inspiration include the following:

I have the quartz points (ebay), I have two rather funky faceted light-bulbs from my local Home Depot (they look a little like diamond shaped bulbs), I’ve got the wooden box, a collection of strange copper fittings from the plumbing aisle, a rotary tool with brand new diamond coated bits (quartz is a 7 on the Moh hardness scale – very hard indeed!  I melted a steel bit on it.)  Ready to sit at the heart of it all, is a Arduino Uno experimenters kit from Sparkfun electronics.  Until I finish this, I have no bedside lamp – so wish me and my eyes luck!