Board Gaming

Games we own. These are all available for game night with the North Tahoe Tabletop Board Game Meetup group....

Art Projects

I have worked on various art projects over the years. This is a collection of some of those projects....

Programming Projects

I have worked on various personal and professional computer programming projects over the years. This is a collection of...
Linkage Program

Rotating Cams to Their Followers

I’m about ready to turn the Beta Linkage program into the official production version. The only problem is that I still want to do more work on it. It feels incomplete if it can’t move a cam to make it meet a follower. In other words, the follower…

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Linkage Program

Improvements to Spline/Cam Features

Thanks to a user, I fixed a few bugs in the spline/cam simulation code. Splines that are not fastened to a link or connector are now treated as part of the “ground” and can be used as cam-like shapes without producing simulation errors. Speaking of connectors; a cam…

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Snappy XO

I was just looking at http://www.snappyxo.com and their site mentioned that they had the first planar linkage design software. I sent a contact form letting them know of their mistake and I got a really nice reply from the CEO that he knows they are not the first…

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Computers & Programming, Linkage Program

Simulation Woes

I had a running error, or something like that, in the Linkage program. I had targeted 30 frames per second for animations and I used a 33 millisecond target time for each frame. If a frame took less than 33 milliseconds to compute and draw, I would add…

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Computers & Programming

Parsing Strings with Multiple Delimiters in Swift

I have a specification at work that says my software needs to see a URL like this: https://blog.rectorsquid.com/derf?test={id}&test2={data} and then open the URL as if it were something like this: https://blog.rectorsquid.com/derf?test=12345&test2=hellothere I first wrote some code that would split the input using the open curly brace as a…

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Computers & Programming

Unmoving Windows 11 Taskbar

Windows 11 doesn’t let us place the taskbar on the side of the screen. Let’s count how much vertical space is taken up by things that are not the document that we are editing: title bar, tool bar, status bar, scroll bar, task bar, the measurement bar in…

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Games

Anno 1800

Anno 1800 is a board game designed by Martin Wallace (Brass, Rocketmen). It is a medium to heavy game that takes at least two hours to play. I played it for the first time a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Anno 1800 is a crafting game…

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