I really need to get some of these running again and put them online…
AORTA was my undergrad thesis at UT Austin. Using the Approximately Orchestrated Routing & Transportation Analyzer, I once asked, what if vehicles could bid in auctions to turn a traffic light green faster…
I originally started programming to try to make games. Using a roguelike engine I built in Perl over many years, the most polished game from high school was called MnemonicRL. When I get the code running again, I’ll put up more pictures, but in the meantime, here’s the trailer.
The summer between college and work, I started Hotel Solipcyst, a game based on an old poem. The concept was that disasters stack – even if the hotel catches fire and all guests are poisoned, you (the butler) forge on through the time-looping day, slowly manipulating people’s schedules… The project is in Scala, and when I get it running again, I’ll put it online.
The only game that I’ve ever actually finished in any real sense is 15-minute Santa – so go play it!
First semester of college, I hand-mapped UT Austin’s campus and threw together a Perl script and web UI to find optimal routes between classes. There’s at least a screenshot here.
Possibly my first winter in Seattle, I learned OpenGL by making a 3D OpenStreetMap renderer in Scala, complete with falling snow. The project’s name is entirely inappropriate. When I get the code running again… I’ll scrub all references to that lewd nomenclature.
My origin story
The first real program I wrote was the Jigstar Music Daemon, or JMD, and I still use it to this day. When I’m playing all of my music on shuffle, sometimes I’m reminded of a particular band I haven’t heard in a while. I want to go listen to their stuff, but not lose my place in the original shuffle. So I want a stack of queues as my playlist. Somehow in ~2004, I couldn’t find anything to do this on Linux, so I put all those computer books from the library to good use and started learning enough Perl to get this working. I think it probably took a while (and so many questions on the #perl and #perlcafe channels from Freenode!), and the first version didn’t have NCurses or SQLite support, but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.