Oculus Rift Reddit Explorer

Recently both Firefox and Chrome released VR-enabled version of their browsers. Just as Lawnmower Man predicted.

I decided to test them out with the Rift, by hacking together "Mr Speaker's Amazing Oculus Rift Subreddit Explorer Thingy (tm)": It loads any ImgUr images in a sub, and finds related subs mentioned in the "about" info.
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Mac service: open iTerm at selection path

Opening the current folder or file path in iTerm is something I want to do a lot. The second time I ever wanted to do this I decided I should automate it. The 10,000th time I wanted to do this, I actually did automate it.

Here is an applescripted automator service to open the current selection path in a new iTerm window:

Clicking on the option will spawn a new iTerm window, and cd to either the folder path, or the containing folder if it's a file:

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CHIMP-8: a lil’ CHIP-8 VM

And now for something completely different... a full implementation of a CHIP-8 interpreter, complete with "sound" (via the Web Audio API).

But why? Well, it all started when I fell over a link to an article about Another World, and ended many hours later with the complete (as I can be bothered making it) CHIMP-8 interpreter! Feel free to have a peek at the source on GitHub, then go off and implement your own. CHIP-8 is the perfect interpreter/VM to get your feet wet with.

Your first Ludum Dare

So, you've decided to take part in your very first ever Ludum Dare... congratulations! I'm assuming you don't know what you've got yourself in for, so just remember: your primary objective is to finish something that (even vaguely) resembles a game. It doesn't have to be good, it just has to be. Here are a few tips on maximizing your chance of success:

  1. Submit your game!
  2. Be prepared.
  3. Dream big, implement small.

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Selling Swift: what a fool believes

Ok, Apple comes out with a brand new programming language.

Creating a new programming language is the absolute surest way to invite a hurricane of internet pain from coders worried they've bet on the wrong horse. Generally they'll try to shout at the horse until it dies - mostly with nasty tweets.

Yet somehow Apple got away with it. The reaction was unreservedly, un-internet-ly positive; even the worst opinions around were like, "meh" with not a death-threat to be seen - an incredible achievement as anyone who has ever tried to release a new language or framework can attest!

How did they survive the terror of day zero, and thus giving Swift a fighting chance to flourish? The spark of evolutionary genius was to make the language (on a superficial level, at least) look exactly like all other languages at the same time! This familiarity translated in to superiority and pomp on the part of the coder, which let them consider the possibility of maybe possibly trying it out some time.

Swift looks pretty nice to me. I maybe possibly will try it out some time. But to paraphrase the internet, Is it just me, or do some of these comments seem familiar?
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