Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Merry Medieval Jester

The Merry Medieval Jester

Now it’s official: once I was a court jester. At least thats what What’s Your Medieval Profession test says. That didn’t actually surprise me.

You are very energetic and funny, you love to make other people laugh and feel goofy. You entertain people at a very dark, medieval time, and for that they are grateful. Your heart leads your life, and you just enjoy the ride. ‘Tis most splendid!

I guess that proves being a merry jester is some kind of fate. That’s how I am, at least when not acting serious.

(photo and quote from What’s Your Medieval Profession test)

Learn to code! Draw.

Learn to code! And do it in the most rewarding way: create graphical output. We had a 3-week course called Software Studies for Media Designers where we first studied Processing  and then JavaScript, using JSBin as a playground.

Drawing simple and not interactive pictures with Processing was a great way to start. Then adding animations and interaction were the next steps. I really enjoyed creating kind of art with code. In some cases the results were really nice. Drawing with code is very easy for someone who knows how to do it but since I didn’t have any previous experience I was many times mesmerised by the power of if and of course by the results, too.

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As a final project I created an Asteroids type of shooting game. I wanted to see and learn how a simple game engine can be created. I was quite happy with the result. You can play the game here: http://tuomasahva.net/bubblexploder/bubblexploder.html