Archive for July, 2007

Will It Blend?

Friday, July 13th, 2007

A product of about one day of not very hard work (because why would you want to be stuck behind a laptop when there’s so much else going on at Shucon?), Will It Blend? is our tribute to everyone’s favourite iPhone destroyers, It was put together in collaboration with Factor6 who did the music and additional graphics, with textual contributions from almost everybody. Which are largely unreadable, in more ways than one.


Friday, July 6th, 2007

So I wanted to enter the ZX81 Graphic Competition 2007. But I didn’t particularly want to type out block graphics character by character into a Basic program on an emulated ZX81 keyboard. So I wrote a ZX81 art package. In Javascript.

It does make sense – Javascript is one of the few languages you can write graphical applications in that’s truly cross-platform – as in ‘doesn’t require Windows users to install a massive runtime and a bundle of libraries’. Well, in this case we do require them to install Firefox, but come on, who’s going to object to that?

It’s dead easy to use (painting in three shades of grey is hardly rocket science after all) and it exports directly to ZX81 .P format courtesy of a neat Basic snippet from Russell Marks. So if you’re feeling artistic, give it a go – you don’t even need to download it. (But if you do, you get the additional perk of being able to supply an overlay image to trace around.)

Update (2008-07-12): Now features a handy clickable palette, as requested by Yerzmyey – so that people with less than three buttons on their mouse can use it. You’d think that a Mac user like me would have thought of that, really…

Shucon 2007

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Shucon 2007 – the Spectrum scene gets back to nature in Czechia