Introducing Heldric

Heldric logo

I’m happy to share what I’ve been working on under wraps for the last few months.  It’s a new game called Heldric – The legend of the shoemaker.  It’s a mix between a hack-n-slash and city builder but without the grinding and resource gathering. It’s been a long road to this point with lots of […]

New Indie Game Development

Nara Character

So it’s been a while since my last posts.  As video games and programming have been long term hobbies of mine, I decided to launch a new indie game company, Astral Byte.  I’ve been working on a new project and making some really good progress so far.  This has kept me from other activities, but […]

Scars remind us

Smashed Car

February 22, 2013 marks the second anniversary of the 2011 6.3 magnitude earthquake here in Christchurch. Many lives were lost and much of the city was destroyed. At the time I was working on Tuam and Manchester Ave in the central business district. I wanted to start by sharing some of the photographs that I […]

Christchurch Aftershot Glass

Christchurch Aftershot

Even though it has been almost two years since the large 6.3 earthquake in February 2011, we still the stray aftershock.  Last week we got a good shake of 4.62 that reminded anyone of the big ones not so long ago.  This gave me an idea for laser etching on shot glasses.  I started with […]

Hardwood words of wisdom

Ladies, if a man says he will fix it, he will. There is no need to remind him every six months!

The past week been a busy one. I’ve tried my hand at making hardwood signs and engraving them with some choice quotes. After a good bit of searching, I found some nice Mahogany to test making signs. I started by adding a decorative edge with my router.  A bit of sanding and a nice light […]

Tangible digital pictures

Wet dog frame

It’s no doubt that we live in a digital world.  The old days of buying rolls of film to later chemically developed have been replaced with compact flash storage and online photo galleries. Most of these things have be wonderful achievements for everyone. I still remember the days of being limited to 12-24 pictures per […]

Minecraft – Not so random blocks

I’d like to share some images of my Minecraft server that has been running for over a year and half now.  I started this server not long after the February earthquake of 2011 here in Christchurch.  Just as we had to rebuild our city in real life, I constructed this virtual city server block by […]

Tea with Shakespeare

tealight box finsihed

Who doesn’t like candles?  Their warm light dances on the walls and over all objects in the room.  Okay, so maybe I’m not Shakespeare, but I do think he said it best about candles.  “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”   How fitting for a […]

2013 Cut into pieces

This year, 2012, has seemed to drag by very slowly for me.  I thought it would be a great idea if the coming year could be cut up into small pieces.  Keeping with that spirit, I created a 2013 calendar that is a jigsaw puzzle. The calendar was created using a Linux console command.   […]

SDR Software – Good, bad and very ugly

Drivers – RTL2832U SDR Before you run any software, you need to get the SDR device drivers.  For windows this is done by replacing the default TV driver using Zadig.   On Linux, rtl-sdr from OsmoSDR must be built from source.  This part was rather painless, though I do suggest using the non-root install option during […]

Bad program – no network


Once upon a time programs would ask your permission before using your resources.  The idea that a program would phone-home and connect to a remote system host would be appalling.  Today this practice is common place.  Applications do anything from just checking for latest versions to submitting tracking and usage metrics.  Wouldn’t it be great […]

Codename: Project Omega

Project Omega Early Screenshot

As I mentioned before when talking about low polygon artwork, making a your own game takes a lot of time and effort.  The actual worst enemy of a indie game developer is allowing feature creep to kill your project.  When I started “Project Omega” it had a very limited scope.  During my time working on […]

Egyptian jewelry box

Egyptian Wooden Jewelry Box

To choose a good gift you need to personalize it to fit the person.  In this case, the person was very interested in Egyptian culture.  Building off of that idea, I set out to make something that looked Egyptian and could be useful. After doing some research, I chose to do an Egyptian themed jewelry […]

Bamboo spatula

Engraved Bamboo Spatulas

Bamboo turns out to be a wonderful wood to work with on the laser.  I tested some bamboo spatulas with different ideas.  The only ones I could find had a wooden finger joint, seen in the picture as the dark stripes, in two places on the handle.  Bamboo also seems to be able to handle […]

Drinks on us

cork coasters

One of the biggest challenges of using a laser is learning how each material reacts.  Natural materials like wood and rocks are all different.  Even the same type material can have huge differences in density that can cause the same settings to come out differently. I thought I would give thin natural wood cork a […]