Old Project – TexGame

I uploaded a project, TexGame, from when I was 17 & 18 years old to github, it’s at https://github.com/bjwbell/texgame.

The code is in Python and uses PyGame for the graphics and sound.

The purpose of the game is to get as high a score as possible. To achieve this lines are eaten away. There is an eater block that goes across the screen. The rate at which it eats blocks depends on how many spaces it encounters. The more open spaces it eats the slower it moves, which is bad.

Menu Screen:

Playing:

Startup Idea

From my last post you can see that I’m interested in search with an emphasis on finding people and their personal information. Me and a friend have been hoping to capitalize on this by building a website/company. But yesterday I was browsing around online and discovered that someone already had the same basic idea. And made a website called wink.com out of it.

My conundrum is whether to continue with the same idea, abandon it, or modify it. From looking at wink.com the website seems very well put together so I don’t think it’s good planning to go head to head with them. I also don’t want to abandon this concept since I think it has a lot of promise. And I don’t have interesting ideas every day. Also I get to play with search engine technology which is fun.

The only choice is to modify the idea. My friend has been pushing all along to use public government databases (courts, prisons etc.) for our primary source and this, I think can be our distinguishing feature from wink.com

We’ll still use the google api‘s to search blogs, MySpace, etc. But we’ll also mine the government databases for information (I’m pretty sure wink.com doesn’t do this).

If you’re curious about the current state of our effort check out http://dewittbell.com/search/.

Juggling

Today I spent time learning how to juggle. I’ve wanted to juggle for at least three or four years but I never read any articles on how to juggle. As I was browsing around the internet watching various videos I found this video of Chris Bliss juggling. Then I searched around for a how to on juggling and found an excellent article.

And thus I was off and running. It took about four hours to get the basic routine of juggling three tennis balls. At this point I can do 10 catches.

I’ve uploaded a video of me doing a 4 toss juggle.

Juggling

If it isn’t clear what I said in the video the transcript is “Oh, wait you’ve got to replace the battery”. By battery I meant the camera battery.

And that was how my Saturday was spent.

First post

Hi, I’m hoping to write a blog on all the mathematical problems I like to solve. I tend to solve at least a problem a week. Most problems are not difficult or advanced but they can be interesting so I’m hoping you the reading can enjoy the solutions and hopefully have a feel for the beauty of math 🙂