I have some exciting news. I’ve been wanting to announce this for a while now, but tonight is the night. I am running for Florida’s House of Representatives District 49 as a No Party Affiliation candidate.
The Bernie Sanders campaign has resonated very closely with me. I believe that honest, transparent individuals can make a difference. I believe that everyone deserves healthcare, an education, and that with technology, we can provide those resources.
BUT, what I’m more excited to show off is a very early prototype of a project a coworker and I are working on!
It’s a Raspberry Pi Zero powered portable gaming system styled after the Nintendo GameBoy Advance using an SPI TFT and some other little cool things.
This is the first PCB I’ve ever helped design, and I placed the order for it this week. Boards shipped today, which means they will get here between 8 and 40 days. Argh, the waiting sucks!
On another note, Pokken Tournament came out today for the Wii U. It’s a really cool Tekken inspired Pokemon fighting game and so far I am loving it! My Nintendo Network ID is SSilver2k2 so if you want to fight, add me
I also picked up some really cool Nintendo retro consoles this week.
This is the Sharp Famicom Twin. It is the Japanese version of the NES (Famicom) and the Famicom Disk System combined into one unit. I also picked up the Family BASIC addon which allows you to do rudimentary programs in BASIC (HuBASIC) for the NES. BASIC programs can be saved and loaded off of a cassette tape player, or loaded from any audio player.
Sorry for the lack of updates, I got the flu and it kicked my ass! I’ve also been dealing with school, my grandma being sick, work, and just so much stuff on my plate. But yay It’s spring break right now, so I’m back for a bit.
While I was gone the Raspberry Pi 3 was released! How awesome is that! A 64bit Quad Core ARM core running at 1.2ghz with 1GB of RAM AND built in WiFi and Bluetooth. And it’s still only $35!
I’ve also almost finished the Storm Trooper Helmet
So this week the Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new version of Raspbian that includes experimental support for OpenGL. This is a big leap from OpenGL ES. This is real OpenGL that tons of games and software use. No mobile versions required anymore. That being said, its super experimental. It basically breaks the official screen and the camera doesn’t work. It also only works in xwindows and not on the command line.
BUT! One of my favorite games (and the way I lost 50lbs) is now available on the Pi! StepMania! The Dance Dance Revolution simulation game!
Here’s how to compile it:
First clone the StepMania repo:
git clone https://github.com/stepmania/stepmania stepmania
The winner of the Raspberry Pi Zero giveaway is Aaron! Congratulations! I will be emailing you later tonight!
Onto other news. This has been a hell of a week. Had a small health scare with my grandmother, so we drove 200 miles yesterday to visit her. We spent the night and drove back home today. Hence the late post. Shes doing better, so phew!
This week I implemented a cool video encoding queuing system using Redis and Django. The module I used is called Django-RQ, and it makes it super simple to convert your functions into queue-able objects using the @Job decorator.
This Tuesday is my birthday! Woo! I turn 32. I’m content. I also start classes that night. Yay lol. I bought this as a gift for myself:
It’s a Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer for $300. It’s a major upgrade compared to my Micro, but it takes a lot more to get it going. I’ve had it for two days and I’ve finally got most of the settings dialed in.
When I went to visit my Grandma I took along my Kinect sensor and used Skanect to scan her, so I was able to quickly print out a very low poly version of her as a bust.
The Skanect free version limits exports to only 5000 polygons. Once I upgrade I can export at full resolution.