28 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: First test

Today has been unusually productive, with over 500 lines of code written and tested, allowing the app to reach a point where I have been able to test it on an actual device. I can happily report that it ran really well… in fact, it ran much faster than I was expecting it would on […]


25 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: Atlas & Thor

Two more models are now complete, including Atlas and Thor rockets. In both cases I’ve chosen to create models of the variants of these two launchers that did something interesting – for Atlas, I created a Mercury variant which launched the first American to orbit the Earth, while for Thor, I built the Able 1 […]


22 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: Vanguard

I wasn’t looking forward to working on the model of Vanguard because I knew that there aren’t many good photos of the launcher that don’t involve it blowing up. Nonetheless, I persevered and the model is now largely complete. Vanguard was intended to launch America’s answer to Sputnik, but numerous problems caused it to take […]


21 May 2012
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Rockets of The Space Race

Well, a quarter of the rocket models are now done and they’re looking very good. I’ve further refined the technique I’m using and I’ve also added some specular shine to so that patterns and grooves created by the normal map are more pronounced. From playing with the rockets a bit in the early version of […]


17 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: App coding has commenced

Software development is a very time consuming process and it’s all too easy to get caught up working on something, only to find out it’s not suitable for the task further down the track. To avoid that trap, I’ve started work on the app code so that I can import the first couple of rocket […]


12 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race: deciding what to include

Well, that was exhausting! Over the last week I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I’ve created a preliminary list of rockets to include in the app, including taking an initial stab at creating a family tree which really shows how the V-2′s that were captured after the war by both the US and […]


6 May 2012
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Rockets of the Space Race

My next project is going to be another education app called “Rockets of the Space Race” (or something similar) and will focus on the rockets developed during the space race, starting with the V2. This is closely related to the history of spaceflight project that I shelved a few months ago as it will use […]


1 May 2012
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Barnes and Noble’s Microsoft deal is a mistake

I read with alarm the news today that Microsoft was making an investment in Barnes and Noble and the ridiculous patent lawsuits were going away. This news is of particular interest to me because I found out a few days ago that B&N finally decided to allow non-US developers to release apps on Nook back […]