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My pixel art is improving as well. I made a very low resolution explosion [8x8 version]. While it isn't much, again it's the techniques that are the step forward. Learn to use your tools, then they can build for you. In this case, it is is LibreSprite with the help of Gamedev.tv's Humble Bundle.

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Robot acceleration


Sept 5, 2022

Robot

I have recently built a small robot as a test platform for an advanced robotics project. Huh? Let’s put the advanced robotics project aside and talk about what I actually have. I have a working robot that can detect hard collisions and the code is 120 lines of CircuitPython (not counting the libraries used to be clear). I can write a lot more code, but there’s no point to make it overly complicated until certain goals are met. Those goals: detect soft collisions, detect false-positive accelerations that are not collisions, and store information. While these may seem pretty easy to overcome, the thesis of this blog post is that they are not.

Let’s start at the very start. When I was young I wanted a robot. I didn’t know why very well, but I knew that I did. I bought Handbook of Advanced Robotics from a used bookstore, a bunch of motors, balsa, wheels, and other RC stuff from my local hobby shop, and started building. After building quite a few uncontrolled cars, I realized that a lot of the robot lies in control. It did not occur to me until I reached university how much. I tried to build an ornithopter and after propulsion failed on that project, I went off to university and gave up on robots. As time went on I worked on electronics and realized that while I was better than average at soldering, I was particularly bad at finishing projects. Each project had an obstacle. Not only did I lack experience as a young person, I lacked the necessary support to complete projects of even modest difficulty.

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TetrisGYM SPSv3


July 28, 2022

TetrisGYM by Kirjava Cart Made by EricICX With RetroN 1 FC and original NES controller

TetrisGYM SPS 0.2 [sig]
TetrisGYM SPS 0.1 [sig]

TetrisGYM is a wildly popular mod of Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It has recently been made into a cartridge by one of the highest scoring players, EricICX. Released in 1989 ...

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Tetris Analysis ft. Tetrisfish

July 10, 2022

Tetrisfish-javantea

I’m playing a lot of NES Tetris recently and I won my first match. What happened? Well, I played well and my strategy turned out to work in this case. I learned about Tetrisfish, which uses the tetris engine StackRabbit to analyze games from video and I ran it on the first game. Since it ...

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Portuguese Words

pt_words-0.1.tgz [sig]
git clone https://www.altsci.com/repo/pt_words.git

Today I release a simple Sunday script building on the distant past. How do you sort a list of words in a language you're learning? The easiest order is the order you originally wrote them down in. The second easiest (and probably one of the best ...

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