Thoughts on Chingu’s Licensing
June 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm EST

Yesterday, I complained about AndEngine’s documentation situation, so I thought this would be a fitting time to talk about this new issue.   Chingu is a Ruby based game creation framework, and is pretty awesome.  Open source, just like AndEngine, and overall a great time, just like AndEngine.  From a technical aspect, it’s really cool, and I love playing with the functionality built into it.  That said, the main issue I have with Chingu is it’s licensing situation. Chingu is built on Gosu, yet another cool but slightly lower level engine.  Gosu is licensed under the MIT license, but Chingu uses… Read More »


Thoughts on AndEngine Documentation
June 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm EST

For those of you who have not gotten a chance to use AndEngine, it’s a powerful and mature Java based 2D game engine for the Android platform. Well designed, it’s quite a pleasure to use. For the most part that is. The biggest flaw with AndEngine is not in the engine design itself, but rather in it’s documentation.  For whatever reason, the only given documentation is a set of outdated examples that don’t work with the latest build.  Many users claim that since AndEngine is open source, the source code itself is sufficient documentation.  Some (not all) people on the AndEngine… Read More »


[Tutorial] Changing the Brush Size in Krita
June 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm EST

Bizarre that such a trivial task should be so hidden! I recently started using Krita but I couldn’t figure out how to change the size of the brush. In the video below, I describe 2 super easy ways of resizing/scaling the brush in Krita. You can use the ‘.’ and ‘,’ keys to change the size, or you can also hold down shift and click and drag the mouse left and right.


Installing Amnesia: The Dark Descent on Linux
May 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm EST

So, the latest Humble Indie Bundle (number 5) includes Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The installation should seem fairly trivial, with a shell script for an installer. I however ran into the following problem: [kota@archdesktop Downloads]$ chmod +x amnesia_tdd_1.2.1.sh [kota@archdesktop Downloads]$ ./amnesia_tdd_1.2.1.sh Verifying archive integrity… All good. Uncompressing Installer for Amnesia – The Dark Descent…………. Uncompressing sub archive…………………………………… …………………………………………………………. ……………………………. Collecting info for this system… Operating system: linux CPU Arch: x86_64 Error: Couldn’t find any suitable frontend for your system Now, the source of the problem is when there is not enough space in /tmp to extract the installer. This problem… Read More »


GitHub MD Syntax Highlighting Language Support
May 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm EST

GitHub’s MarkDown (.md) support includes syntax highlighting for a large number of languages. Internally, GitHub uses Pygments, and as such, one can look at the list of available lexers to figure out what languages are supported. For convenience and to procrastinate however, I have compiled the list of supported languages in the table below. Feel free to leave a comment if I made a mistake anywhere or missed anything! Note that this is not a full, comprehensive list. Still working on figuring that one out! Language ```lang alias Agile languages Factor factor Fancy fancy, fy Io io Lua lua MiniD… Read More »


[Tutorial] Code Completion for PythonFu in Aptana Studio/Eclipse
May 11, 2012 at 8:30 am EST

This video describes how to use code completion in Aptana Studio, and consequently Eclipse with PyDev. Also, I recommend you download the IDE from the website even if you are using a Linux distribution with the IDE in your package repository as the ones in the repo tend to be outdated. While this video describes the process under the Linux platform, the details should be relevant under other platforms through slight modification. Aptana Studio homepage: http://www.aptana.com PyDev homepage: http://pydev.org/ Also, for those of you still waiting for the preview window tutorial, that’s still coming!! I’ve been very busy, and that’s… Read More »


Gnome 3.4 Released!
March 28, 2012 at 11:33 am EST

Gnome 3.4 has just been released!!  I’m hoping to get it up and running on my machine later today and then I’ll post a video featuring it’s awesomeness. Key new features: Application menus Boxes virtualization application Documents application improved Network manager improved Wacom tablet settings improved Epiphany browser has new interface and is renamed as “Web” Empathy gains Facebook and MSN integration Evolution also gets a redesign and is called “Mail”   EDIT: I know I said I would post a video, but ffmpeg and Gnome Shell don’t seem to want to play together very well…


Websites with Free Images
March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am EST

Finding images to use without violating any laws is really tricky.  Whether it’s for that awesome 3D scene you’re working on, your latest website extravaganza, or that presentation you are rushing out the door, there is a need to find images and photos that you can use without worrying.  As such, here are some awesome websites that either only have public domain images, or something close to it. Pixabay: A slick website with a lot of public domain images.  The search engine is really slick! US Government Photos: All images and photos on government sites are public domain. PCDrome: Another… Read More »


Hobby Site – FindRacingGames
March 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm EST

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I really enjoy racing video games.  As such, I thought it would be fun to brush up on my JQuery skills by creating a simple racing game finder. Link to Site (www.findracinggames.com) Technologies Used: JSON JQuery HTML5 CSS3 BlueprintCSS


[Image] Futuristic Quantum Levitation Vehicle
March 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm EST

This picture was a lot of fun to make.  Blender 3D (with Cycles), and Gimp 2.7 were used.