# Graph sim

2015-05-17, post № 29

programming, Pygame, Python, #bar, #bar graph, #bars, #color, #color change, #colors, #different colors, #generates, #generator, #graph, #pseudo random, #random, #WolframAlpha

Thinking of graphs — especially bar graphs — as a pretty piece of art I wanted to create something related. But due to me not having any data I could graph, I decided to just use randomly generated data. It has no real purpose rather than look good.

## Some calculations

Source code: graph-sim.py

2015-05-16, post № 28

programming, Pygame, Python, #-gon, #around, #around the center, #black, #change, #changing, #circle, #color, #color change, #colors, #controlled, #creating, #grid, #light, #lighting, #lightness, #polygon, #polygons, #random, #randomly assigned colors, #red, #saving, #shadow, #shadows, #tile, #tiles, #tiles.txt, #vector, #vector math, #vectors

Thinking about vectors and polygons a bit more, I came up with an idea to mimic shadows. In this program you can create colorful polygons with no limited quantity of individual points anywhere on the screen. Furthermore you then can move a light source (represented as a yellow circle) to change the polygon’s pitch black shadow.

The shadow can also be modified in that its distance to the polygon can be changed. To understand the shadow’s creation, there is also an option to visualize the path the light would — in reality — go.

Due to the shadow not changing in size (only in distance to its polygon) but rather in distance, I implemented the option to get a grid as the background. That way you more have the impression that the shadow is casted onto another surface beneath the surface containing all the polygons and not floating on the same surface.

To have a nice contrast from the polygons to their shadow, I decided to give every polygon a randomly assigned color by creation.

Lastly the program will save every polygon that has been drawn in a file called tiles.txt. It will be saved in the current working directory (in short cwd). If you create a new polygon or change the color of an existing one, it will automatically be saved.

## Usage

• Right-clicking moves the light source,
• Left-clicking adds one new point (for polygon creation),
• Left-clicking in flowdraw-mode adds points while holding the button,
• Middle-clicking will connect the new points and create another polygon,
• Scrolling (mouse wheel) changes the shadow-polygon distance,
• Scrolling while holding ‘Space’ changes the distance ten times as rapid,
• ‘l’ toggles if the path of the light is shown,
• ‘b’ toggles if the background grid is shown,
• ‘f’ toggles flowdraw-mode,
• ‘r’ removes the polygon containing a point nearest to the mouse courser,
• ‘c’ changes the polygon’s color containing a point nearest to the mouse courser,
• ‘s’ lets you manually save your progress.
• All the key bindings can be changed by linking — in the code posted below — main.keys.X to another pygame.K_X.

An example how tiles.txt can look (here for drawing ‘Jblog’ and some triangles): shadow_tiles.txt

# Shaper

2015-05-10, post № 27

programming, Pygame, Python, #black, #change, #changing, #monochrome, #monochrome polygon, #mouse, #movement, #moving, #polygon, #pseudo random, #random, #red, #shapes, #shaping

Playing around with randomness I came up with this program which randomly generates various shapes. It starts off with one point in the center which will start randomly moving. By clicking on the screen you can generate new points or remove previous ones. If the number of points gets higher than 𝟤, a monochrome polygon will be displayed (using the pygame.polygon() function).

## Usage

• Left-clicking generates a new point,
• Right-clicking removes a previous point.
Source code: shaper.py
Extra assets: shaper-1.png

# The Firefox Unicorn

2015-05-09, post № 26

games, #animated, #browser, #color, #Firefox, #internet, #internet browser, #module, #monochrome, #moz://a, #Mozilla Firefox, #spinning unicorn, #task, #taskbar, #unicorn

Using Firefox as my main browser [1] and often surfing in the internet I surely spend a lot of time with this piece of software. Maybe a bit too long… In an incident of pure boredom I decided to remove every module out of the task bar (positioned on the right). And what then happened was unexpected.

When you remove every module, a monochrome unicorn appears.

If you then put your mouse cursor onto the surface, the unicorn shows its real beauty.

Being really risky you can also click and the unicorn will show its happiness by spinning in circles.

It is just a funny little gag I found out and wanted to share.

# Circle splatter

2015-05-03, post № 25

programming, Pygame, Python, #around, #around the center, #black, #center, #change, #changing, #circle, #color, #cursor, #mouse, #mouse position, #red, #repel

Continuing to work with vectors (see ‘Circle Crawler’), I thought to include the mouse cursor. In this simulation there are 𝟣 ⨉ 𝟣-sized entities (𝟦𝟢𝟢 of them) which create a circle around the center. By going near the entities with your mouse cursor, you push them away. Every entity has the urge to go back to its original position.

## Usage

• ‘m’ toggles if entities move or stay.
Source code: circle-splatter.py

# Rain

2015-05-02, post № 24

programming, Pygame, Python, #black, #black and blue, #blue, #chill, #dripping, #drops, #peaceful, #quiet, #rain, #raindrop, #raindrops, #rainy, #simulation, #weather

Inspired by the current weather — my favourite weather, the rain — I made this simple simulation. There are no controls, just look at it quietly and peacefully.

Source code: rain.py

# Star

2015-05-01, post № 23

programming, Pygame, Python, #around the center, #black, #black and white, #blue, #change, #changing, #circle, #color, #controlled, #creating, #degree, #shape, #shape shifting, #shift, #simulation, #star, #star shape

I had an idea to make a simulation which generates stars. Using my getCirclePos() function, two radii — an inner and an outer one — and a number of points I realized the idea in this program.

## How it works

• $\frac{360^\circ}{\text{number of points}}=\text{circle sector}$
• $\frac{360^\circ}{\text{number of points} \cdot 2}=\text{shifted circle sector}$
• Using those to sectors — and alternating between the inner (shifted) and outer radius — the program connects the points and out comes a star shape.

## How to use

• ‘d’ toggles debug mode (gray circles),
• ‘f’ toggles points being drawn (blue points at the corners).
Source code: star.py

# Worldwide Pinhole Day

2015-04-26, post № 22

art, #anim, #animated, #animated gif, #day, #gif, #photo, #photography, #pinhole, #pinhole day, #worldwide, #WW Pinhole Day

Get out your pinhole camera and take a photo!

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