Troop 349 The Dice Game
This is what happens when you have a laser engraver/cutter and too much free time on your hands while driving to and from work. You get a custom dice game and computer simulation to determine how playable it is! This game is really designed for the upcoming (tonight) game playing troop meeting the Scouts have scheduled. It’s incredibly simple, you roll two dice to determine the winning point total and then take turns trying to roll your way there by adding or subtracting your rolls. It’s that simple… except that the dice only have
9 on the faces!
PolarFish PICO-8 Game
A simple game I created in an hour or so this past weekend at the Colby/Bates/Bowdoin Hackathon (Feb 24, 2019) using PICO-8
You are a hungry polar bear (Bowdoin’s mascot) on a chunk of flaoting ice. You need to catch fish to keep yourself alive. Use the arrow keys to catch the jumping fish to extend your time and increase your score. As time goes on, the fish don’t fill your belly (time) as well as they used to so you need to get quicker at catching them!
K40 Whisperer macOS Package
Packaging of Scorchworks K40 Whisperer
as an macOS Application. The official K40 Whisperer and instructions are at Scorchworks K40 Whisperer
. This fork is merely to add packaging for macOS systems, creating a clickable ‘Applicaion’ that can be installed on any macOS system. This eliminates having to run K40 Whisperer from a Terminal prompt.
K40 Whisperer is an alternative to the the Laser Draw (LaserDRW) program that comes with the cheap Chinese laser cutters available on E-Bay and Amazon. K40 Whisperer reads SVG and DXF files, interprets the data and sends commands to the K40 controller to move the laser head and control the laser accordingly. K40 Whisperer does not require a USB key (dongle) to function.”
A compact browser based application to show Amatuer Radio QSOs on an interactive map and table. Does not require any desktop installation. You can either upload an ADIF
file through your web browser or give the application a URL to load a web-accessible ADIF
and Open Street Map
SoME Book Club Book List
A small, lightweight, system for keeping tack of the books we (the Southern Maine
Men’s Book club) have read over the years. It’s a substibute for sites like
and a few add-ons, like
F-Engrave macOS Package
Packaging of Scorchworks F-Engrave
as an macOS Application. F-Engrave generates ‘GCODE’ for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems from text and bitmaps. It “Suppoprts Engraving and V-Carving, Uses CXF and TTF fonts, Imports DXF and Bitmap images”. The official F-Engrave and instructions are at Scorchworks
. This fork is merely to add packaging for macOS systems, creating a clickable ‘Applicaion’ that can be installed on any macOS system. This eliminates having to run F-Engrave from a Terminal prompt.
Good Turn (Android)
After a few months of code-doodling the Good Turn
developed way back in 2010 on iOS is now available on Android!
The app is a complete rewrite in Java using Google Firebase for
the data back-end. This version has actually been in development
since 2010 after the iOS version
was released, I just never got
it to a state where I felt it was releasable until now.
Maine Campus Crush
Maine Campus Crush
is a tile-matching puzzle video game. It is also a
challenge game between the University of Maine System campuses. Choose
your team and play for the highest scores!
Portland Women's History Trail
Architalx Audio Portal Application
An interactive audio controller app that mimics the 17-foot interactive
tower as part of Architalx’s
25th anniversary exhibit,
“Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx
.” At the Portland Museum of
from February 2nd through May 19th, 2013. In collaboration
with Raphael DiLuzio
and Matthias Oostrik
iPad app controls the audio portals and allows visitors to listen to
snippets of audio from past lectures on architecture by visiting
The United States
The United States
is an educational application designed to help
K-5 students learn their United States geography. It was originally
envisioned by my son after many interruptions from my daughter asking
where a particular state was on the map. Developed by me over several
months and play tested by my daughter. Now that all our family members
are experts at identifying the states of the Union, it’s your turn.
Good Turn (iOS)
The Good Turn
application is a simple yet hi-tech
replacement for the age-old good turn coin carried by many scouts to
remind them to “Do a good turn daily.” It was primarily designed for the
iPhone and iPod touch. It works on the iPad in the double-size mode. The
fully functional application is free of charge. Additional in-app
purchases provide different stylized coins, bronze, silver, and gold,
for flipping each time a good turn is done. The cost of these goes
towards keeping the web companion site running, future development, and
most importantly supporting our local Boy Scouts
Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Timer Application
A Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
application that implements a simple countdown timer. The pen itself has
several applications for recording written notes and audio. Many users
had requested a countdown timer application even before Livescribe
released a development kit for the pen. This application was also
entered in the Livescribe Developer Challenge
iPhcalc iPhone Calculator
A native iPhone calculator application. The interface is based on the
distributed iPhone calculator application. The goal was to cplay around
with iPhone development It is really a base to flesh out the basic
functionality and a platform to build more on, if I have time.
Available on Google Code
An experimental Adobe Flash game that helps a skateboarding Shawn Houser
avoid hitting his fast running sister Brianna. Keep your mouse inside
the game area and use the left and right keys to move Shawn and avoid
Big Brother Traffic Light
Network Operations Centers and Help Desks all over monitor their systems
and networks with an open source product called Big Brother
– the freely available version is now
. Here’s how to add a traffic light to indicate network
picSimon - Handheld Microcontroller Game
In my recent twiddlings with Microcontrollers a project has emerged.
picSimon! A reimplementation of the classic toy using a single
chip, a few discrete components, a few switches, and 4 LEDs. So far it
is quite a hit at home and the office. Shawn (my 6 year-old son) has
gotten up to about 6 moves, I have gotten 18 (once) and at the office
12-15 seems to be the range.
Kids MAME 1
This project was a nice little Christmas present for my kids, and a
prototype for Me. Using MAME
, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator,
I built a “universal” arcade machine. The style of the case is a 3/4
scale version of Defender, one of my favorite arcade games.
W1REX QRP Transmitter
This is a 40/80M Amateur Band CW (continuous wave) transmitter built from parts and board provided by Rex Harper (W1REX). It was a preparation for a QRPme
Well after some playing around in my "side yard" my Big Ugly Dish (BUD) is up and receiving. This page is the story of how it all happened. Perhaps it will contain some helpful hints for other newcomers to the BUD world. Maybe not, but here it is anyway.