Labor Day weekend is when people across the United States enjoy the last few days of Summer. While Fall doesn’t start until September 22, most people go back to work or school after the holiday weekend. Celebrations usually involve backyard barbecues or long days at the beach. But with Hurricane Hermine looming up the East Coast, it’s looking like a wet and windy mess for much of the break. So, I decided to turn it into a super-nerdy weekend. I decided this was the perfect moment to work on B.R.O.O.M.
The previous FPS project used a significant amount of CPU power. On my Mac mini, approximately 12.5% CPU power was used for the FPS gauge and text display. That drain on the processor significantly skews the performance numbers. The original project was intentionally left flawed and unfinished. The idea was to encourage Hype users to improve their programming skills. But since no one seems to have taken on the challenge, I decided to improve the template by myself.
While perusing the Tumult Forums, someone was having trouble with animated buttons. The idea was to animate the active button, then return to the previous state when not active. Hype can do that! To show how that’s done, I started working on another free Hype template. The end result is a project that grew larger than expected. If you’re looking for a way to create quizzes, the “United States Capitals Quiz” template could be a great starting point. It tackles complex issues, such as working with arrays and randomizing the display of that data.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that emphasizes privacy. The site explains itself as, “The search engine that doesn’t track you.” That’s an important feature with today’s increasingly invasive technology — but that’s not the main reason why I like DuckDuckGo. I like healthy competition. I’ve had lots of bad experiences with Google, so it’s nice to see a strong alternative. I’ve switched my default search engine to DuckDuckGo and it’s been pretty good. I especially like the “Bang” feature. It’s a quick way to search a specific website, like this one! Continue reading
This is why I should stay out of politics. After a fairly good Republican convention, and the chaos from the Democratic convention, Donald Trump was in great shape. All he had to do was stay on message. Just stay focused. Instead, he had a bad week. He was down in the polls. Maybe the press was showing signs of bias, as they were attacking him non-stop. Maybe the polls were a bit slanted, as certain demographics were being favored more than others. Benefit of the doubt wanes after another blunder from Trump.