Showing posts from December, 2016

Holiday Greetings from LOGO Santa Claus

Greetings from Santa Claus ... a little exercise in Three.js (WebGL) based on a LOGO-like custom syntax. Although this could appear as a voxel designed object it is actually generated via a command sequence parsed using Regular Expressions. For example the head is:


The drawing syntax is based on boxes with height 1 size specified by S command, color by C command, write by the dot "." and a bunch of moving terms. Finally hierarchy is provided via anchors A#, while some spatial memory stores are based on the P(ush) and p(op) commands.

The outline effect is based on the interesting postprocessing pipeline from Three.js examples.

Source Code: github
Website: here

Research wise LOGO in 3D can be found in some examples: Paliokas, Ioannis, Christos Arapidis, and Michail Mpimpitsos. "PlayLOGO 3D: A 3D interactive video game for early programming education: Let …

anycat - general decompressor at command line

This is a micro post about a simple command-line utility that is decompresses several file types and sends them to stdout much like cat. Its' called anycat. The rationale is that in some cases we do not now in advance which file we need to decompress, or we want to test different algorithms. Another usage is in the context of flexible networking tools such as socat.

The source code of this script is on git.

The script invokes the correct decompressing tool using the extension of the input file or by means of an argument. Supported compression formats are: gzip,bzip2,xz,lzma,lz4.

anycat can extract a file contained in a tar or zip archive path; in this case compressed tar files are also supported.

Some examples:

anycat some.lz4 

Decompresses some.lz4 identifying it by the extension

cat some.lz4 | anycat -4 -

Decompresses the stdin content to stdout using an argument (-4) to identify the compression type

anycat -a under/someinside.xml

Extracts the file under/someinside.xml fr…

Lone Wolf story graph

Few days ago Joe Daver of the Lone Wolf fame passed away, that a pity, it was an enjoyable type of book when I was a child. Since several years Project Aon is freely publishing his works in a browsable way.

Project Aon provides a graph representation of the books (e.g. here) but I wanted to have my twist as remembrance.

I have prepared a browsable story graph of the first 7 books, highlighting deaths, combats, quiz nodes, looping edges and death probability. In particular I have create also one single view with all these 7 books that gives an impression of the flow at glance.

Legenda Click on the nodes to get to the page.
Orange octagons are fighting situations. Red cut circles are deadly situations.Sommerswerd mention is in magentaStart and End are in green Edges: Looping edges have special arrowEdges are colored by death probability (only DAG graphs)Edge label is the death probability (only DAG graphs)Bold edge means shortest pathDashed edges means subject to random pick