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A Half-hour to Learn Ruby Code Golf

A Half-hour to Learn Ruby Code Golf

This article, inspired by a similar tutorial about Rust, tries to go over the main features of Ruby code golf. Mass Assignment a,b=5,6 Use Less Than instead of Equals a%2==0...

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Mindswap Update

Mindswap Update

A few years ago I made a game at a game jam called Mind Swap. A simple two player game where two mice run around a maze and have half...

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MindSwap - First place winner at MADJAM 2015 Unity Jam

MindSwap - First place winner at MADJAM 2015 Unity Jam

Another MADJAM video game making event has happened and this time we’ve taken first place with the game MindSwap! This MADJAM event was sponsored by http://unity3d.com/ and the theme was...

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MADJAM - Joe Artwright!

MADJAM - Joe Artwright!

Another MADJAM has been made! Our team won second place at GDX MADJAM! Joe Artwright and the Particle Furnace is an exploration based game. You can play and vote for...

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MADJAM - Panic!

MADJAM - Panic!

<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>I’m excited to be participating in MADJAM 2015! MADJAM is a video game development challenge that will have four events...

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First Android Game!

First Android Game!

Hi Everybody! I’m excited to announce my first game for android, Blue November! You pilot a damaged submarine as you try to escape from Swedish waters. Depth charges and mines...

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Multiple Viewports in Processing

Multiple Viewports in Processing

When getting started with 3D, it can be difficult to understand exactly what’s happening in the scene. Using viewports, you can view the same scene from many different angles at...

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Robotic Arm Revisited

Robotic Arm Revisited

In 2012, I created a 6 axis articulated robotic arm. Under power and unstable, the arm was still fun to play with. Later, I was able to update and design...

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Shapeoko

Shapeoko

I’ve been using my 3D printer for work lately, but there are a few things that I wish it could do better. I am stuck with the limited range of...

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Robotic Arm Updated with Inverse Kinematics

Robotic Arm Updated with Inverse Kinematics

A major challenge in hobby robotics is making the robot useful. Most robots made from RC servos are controlled by moving each joint individually. This is great if you just...

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Create Great Looking Documents with LaTeX

Create Great Looking Documents with LaTeX

Example of a paper from school LaTeX (pronounced lay-tek) is a well known secret for creating professional looking documents. It’s used by publishers to create entire books, complex technical manuals,...

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How to Break a 3D Printer

How to Break a 3D Printer

Bent Hot End (Budaschnozzle) The print head is bent! How could this have happened! It was all going so well, but something had to break eventually. In this post I’ll try...

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Concept for Real Time Filament Measurement

Concept for Real Time Filament Measurement

One major challenge with 3D printing is the quality of the print material. Any reprap owner understands the difficulties in dealing with plastic filament and the inconsistencies you can get while...

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Pocket-Tactics Test Print

Pocket-Tactics Test Print

I don’t normally play the sort of games that requires hundreds of pieces, but the open source game Pocket-Tactics has some great looking pieces. The game is fully open source...

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Arduino and Breadboarding

Arduino and Breadboarding

I’ve been trying to learn to use Autodesk Inventor so I needed a project. Here’s the result of my first attempt. Its a thing to tie together the Arduino Mega,...

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Programming the Cat

Programming the Cat

I’ve had a bit of down time lately, and thought I’d try to teach my old cat a new trick. So I downloaded the cat food dispenser from thingiverse and printed...

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Projects from the Past

Projects from the Past

I was going through an old website from school and found a bunch of old programming projects. Here’s a few of the highlights.<h2>3D ROTATION CUBE</h2>This was a project I did...

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Rapid Prototyping a Replacement Part at Home

Rapid Prototyping a Replacement Part at Home

I recently fixed my scooter using Google Sketchup, my 3D printer, and a friend’s milling machine. I have a scooter that was having problems with the front brake assembly. Since...

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Heart Gear Wedding Cake

Heart Gear Wedding Cake

This is the heart gear cake for the top of a wedding cake! I printed the heart gear and it was entirely motorized and powered inside the cake. The entire...

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Why you need a fan on your printer

Why you need a fan on your printer

The three things I've learned for printing is calipers, calibration, and cooling. Having the proper tools and taking the time to calibration a machine is a must. But no matter...

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3D Printing at Home, RepRap!

3D Printing at Home, RepRap!

The best thing about reprap is printing a printer with a printer. That’s right, a printer that can print a copy of itself, for the most part. You still need...

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Sphere Bot

Sphere Bot

For this Winter break, I decided to make ornaments for everyone. I found some great plans for making a knock off Egg-bot on Thingiverse.com and decided to make my own....

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Printable Planetary Gear

Printable Planetary Gear

Here’s a printed planetary gear I found on thingiverse.com. I’ve only made a few objects with the 3d printer, but every time its better that I could have expected.The planetary...

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Robotic Arm Fun

Robotic Arm Fun

So what do you do when you have a week of free time? Built a robotic arm of course! I had a few smaller servos laying around and a pan...

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Atlys Spartan 6 Development Board

Atlys Spartan 6 Development Board

Update: I’ve found little use for the board since digilent so poorly supports the board. It basically requires the Embedded Development Kit (EDK) from xilinx to use much of the...

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New to Arduino

New to Arduino

So this week I got an Arduino board and played with one for the first time. While I’m not new to microprocessors, I am new to Arduino. The board and...

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XY Plotter Using Old Scanners

XY Plotter Using Old Scanners

I found some old photo scanners for free on craigslist so I thought I’d turn them into a plotter. I used an old microcontroller I had laying around to control...

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Wet Grass

Wet Grass

Grass, originally uploaded by waltergordy. We hadn’t mowed the lawn in a while and some grass grew pretty tall and started to seed. There are a few patches that the...

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Processing For Fun

I decided it would be fun to write another applet. This time I simulated field lines between static electric charges. The applet was written using processing. You can click on...

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Discovering Adobe Lightroom 3

Discovering Adobe Lightroom 3

<div>I recently discovered Adobe Lightroom thanks to a free beta from Adobe. I thought, if its free, I should try it out. I can’t believe this program has been around...

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Ojito Wilderness Camping Trip

Ojito Wilderness Camping Trip

Ojito Wilderness 2010, originally uploaded by waltergordy. We just got back from the Ojito Wilderness. What a great camping trip. I love camping in a place that has New Mexico...

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New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico, originally uploaded by waltergordy. We spotted this storm on our way to Estancia, New Mexico. I had to pull over and get my camera out. When we got...

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Wedding Photography Class

Wedding Photography Class

I've taken a photography class before at UNM Continuing Education and I had a bad experience. I thought I'd give taking a photography class a second try. This time its...

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Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here!

<div style="padding: 3px; text-align: left;">Cherry Blossoms, originally uploaded by walter gordy.</div>I’ve been waiting for spring to finally get here. Now that it is I can’t wait until summer gets here....

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New Keychain

New Keychain

Recycled Circuit, New Keychain. In a recent flurry of boredom, I decided that I would go through some of my old computer parts and see if I had anything useful....

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Water Drop Slow Motion

Water Drop Slow Motion

Water Drop Slow Motion, originally uploaded by walter gordy. This is a series of different water drops captured with different time delays. The camera was triggered by a circuit monitoring...

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Taking a class on Photo Composition

Taking a class on Photo Composition

Chicago as viewed from the Navy Pier, originally uploaded by walter gordy. A few weeks ago I got the wild idea to take a photography class. I had reached a...

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FPGA Board

FPGA Board

My FPGA Board, originally uploaded by walter gordy. This is my favorite piece of electronics in my toolkit. Its a FPGA development board. This is some what similar to a...

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strawberry drop

strawberry drop

strawberry drop, originally uploaded by walter gordy. Dropping stuff into water is awesome! I spent a few hours trying to get a picture of a drop of milk, water, and...

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Lone Salt

Lone Salt

Lone Salt, originally uploaded by walter gordy. I spent twenty minutes setting up these grains of salt with a mechanical pencil. Its hard not to crush them or damage the...

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Max

Max

Max, originally uploaded by walter gordy. Another cloudy day with nothing to take pictures of so I volunteered my cat Max. Surprisingly he sat there long enough to get sleepy....

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Crane in Field

Crane in Field

Crane in Field, originally uploaded by walter gordy. Shelly and I were driving around Corrales, NM just enjoying a lazy Saturday when we spotted a group of cranes in the...

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Art in the dark

Art in the dark

Art in the dark, originally uploaded by walter gordy. This is part of a series of smoke picture I tried to take. It was a cloudy day with nothing to...

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Daniel's Bike

Daniel's Bike

Daniel's Bike, originally uploaded by walter gordy. This is my first attempt at taking a picture for someone else. We tried all sorts of lighting and what worked was two...

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Brantley Lake State Planetoid

Brantley Lake State Planetoid

Brantley Lake State Planetoid, originally uploaded by walter gordy. Taking panorama pictures are fun, but what makes them more fun is making them into little planets. This one was taken...

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Playing with a Thermal Camera

Playing with a Thermal Camera

<div style="padding: 3px; text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: left;">This is just fun with a thermal camera. We had a the imaging core from a old obsolete thermal camera so it took a...

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AVR Microbot with Tank Tracks

AVR Microbot with Tank Tracks

Here’s the microbot project I started. Its built with an ATtiny861 microcontroller, A3901 motor driver, and two pager motors. It has three sensors in the front that can give distance as...

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