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My Grandma’s Birthday Tarpaulin November 16, 2012

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A few years back, my grandmother requested for a tarpaulin for her birthday. Though I had designed graphics for tarpaulin before, I never made one for a birthday. Luckily, this is not a kiddie one, which is not my style.

There are three basic things I want to achieve in my designs: simplicity, elegance, and distinction.

I use minimal effects on my designs, depending on what the design calls for. Too much effects would seem chaotic. Here I’ve used different layer opacity and some drop shadows (which now I see that it does not match the rest of the design).

My grandmother told me she likes blue. Luckily, this gave me an idea for the color theme (thinking of a good color scheme takes a lot of my time). Hence, I made this monochromatic; the light blue shade gave serenity and calmness in the design, which fits a celebration of long life, with a cursive font to match the elegance.

Thanks to my uncle, I have acquired her pictures in different ages. I’m supposed to include only seven pics, each representing a decade. But Lola insisted that the last one was not the latest one, insisting that she looked differently that time. So I have to include a more recent one, though it had a low resolution.

Low resolution copy of Lola's tarpaulin
Low resolution copy of the tarp

The size of actual file is 3 x 5 feet, 72 dpi.


Old School Game…. Another programming trip November 5, 2008

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Kapag wala akong magawa, gumagawa lang ako ng programs. Kadalasan, di ko natatapos. Sa umpisa kasi, nacha-challenge ako sa mga naiisip ko. Pero kapag almost alam ko na ang gagawin or wala na ako magawa, di ko na tinatapos.

One time gumawa ako ng Sudoku Solver. Kala ko, tapos na ako. Nakaka-solve sya ng madaling puzzles pero natuklasan ko, hindi pala lahat kaya i-solve ng program. Binago ko yung program kaya medium puzzles, kaya na nya. Hanggang ngayon, naghahanap pa ako ng techniques para lahat ma-solve na nya.

Last week, napagtripan ko gumawa ng game. Naalala ko yung game sa Nokia 3210. Yung Snake. Within 4 hours, natapos ko ang basic structure ng program, meaning functional na sya. Then I spent several hours for the graphics and skins.

Snake beta 2 (download here)


Default skin, no maze

Doodle skin, maze 8

Doodle skin, maze 8

Snake beta 2 simulates the old school game of Snake in much better graphics than the old ones (which is basically blocks. It has 7 skins: Default (yellow), Blue, Red, Silver, Classic, 3D, and Doodle. You can also choose from 9 different levels or speed and from 9 mazes. Moreover, it can be controlled by mouse.

If you wish to try this game, do not be alarmed when it generates 2 files, score.dat and settings.dat. These are to store control configurations and high scores. Feel free to evaluate. Enjoy.