Archive for March, 2011

Starfield 3D Resubmitted!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

It’s been a busy past few days what with the baby and my wife needing me at home but I managed to eke in a couple hours of development after everyone went to sleep and Starfield 3D for the iPad has now been submitted. With any luck, you’ll be able to try it out next week!

Starfield Compass

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I am very close to submitting Starfield 3D to the App Store. I just need to work out this one linear algebra problem, which I’m a little too tired to figure out right now. But in the meantime, I added another feature.

I need to use the iPad’s compass to orient the stars and everything and during debugging, I had a vector pointed to where the iPad thought north was. But it turned out to be such a handy feature that I’ve kept it in as an option. So you’ll be able to use Starfield 3D as a compass, too!

Baby Darth Vader

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I don’t know what the baby’s first word is going to be, but I know what his first sound effect is….

Starfield Horizon

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I’ve added another feature to Starfield 3D, a horizon effect that is visible if you point your iPad to the north. So now you can use it as a compass, too! That is, if Apple accepts this upcoming app submission.


Monday, March 21st, 2011

The penny on the left features the familiar design that I have known my entire life. Imagine my surprise when I found the penny on the right recently in my pocket.

What the heck?! They changed the penny?! Why did I not hear about this? Did this happen while I was out of the country? It’s quite surreal to discover that something like this suddenly changed on you. What other things have I not noticed happening in the past year?

On a completely unrelated note, there sure is a lot more stuff in this house nowadays. It’s as if I’ve got a baby now or something…

Starfield Wormhole

Friday, March 18th, 2011

One of the things I’ve added to Starfield 3D is an audio visualizer. It’s this blueish spiral thing that responds to sounds coming into the microphone. I’m calling it the “wormhole”.

Earthquakes and Crawdads

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The earthquake in Japan has been on my mind a lot. I don’t have much useful to say about it beyond the sentiment that my heart goes out to the people affected by it, especially my friends and family.

But I was reminded of the gulf oil spill, which was another large scale disaster with wide regional impact. It was heartbreaking to see so much devastation. But this past Thursday, we were in Louisiana and I had some crawdads for dinner. In a small way, it felt like it was symbolic of the gradual recovery of that region.

So I have hope that Japan, too, will recover like the crawdads of Louisiana. Well, except for this one, which I ate.

Starfield Audio Visualizer

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Since we’ve had some babysitting this week and I’ve been on vacation, I’ve had some time to do iOS stuff. I’ve used the opportunity to work on my rejected iPad app, Starfield 3D. Specifically, I’m working on an audio visualizer for it. I still want the option to have just the stars but I figured if it has more bells and whistles, it’ll have a better chance of getting accepted by Apple. If all else fails, I’ll add a fart app.


Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

So, it turns out that there is in fact no WiFi at my in-laws’ place. But there’s something even better: free babysitting. We’ve been sleeping in every morning and it’s been glorious. Best. Vacation. Ever.

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

If you’re seeing this, then that means that I was not successfully able to find WiFi while visting Shreveport, LA. What’s in Shreveport? Good food, riverboat gambling, and family. But apparently not WiFi.