Full-page video backgrounds seem all the rage for websites now, so we decided to jump in. At first we used a jQuery plug-in called BigVideo, but an HTML5/CSS solution seemed more lightweight.
Added the first four levels of Dungeon Master, custom doors, champion portraits, stairway renders.
Had more fun with Quintus by making a mashup tribute to IMHO the best platformers of all time: Donkey Kong and Braid. No enemies yet and a few movement bugs remain.
Joined the Google+ Community for Quintus discussion and already got help two times. Returned the favor by sharing solutions on two other questions. Added speech bubbles and name tags to the avatar sprites. Imported the first three wolf sprites in the world and animated them. Imported a template and an array of 15 monster fighting cards. Revised the map editor for a 58x58 initial map. Added a backup button. Need to move on to events and overlays for fighting and shopping. Probably need to rebuild the server-to-client message to return a more versatile JSON object. Rebuilt the pasting tool for chess tournament preregistration table visible through Google gadget.
Collaborated with a game designer to produce the rudiments of a MORPG. Put together a tile map editing system using jQuery. Added a chat-server system for text chatting and server synchronization. Started with Crafty but settled on Quintus for the HTML5 engine, mainly for the facility of its scrolling viewport. Imported nearly 300 tiles and 6 animated avatars. Quintus is well designed with decent documentation and examples, but the API documentation could be a tad better (jQuery is the standard for great API docs). Planning a Donkey Kong or Braid or Donkey Braid tribute.
Recalled an old Mortgage Calculator program written long ago in C#, now revived in PHP with some pretty pie graphs from the Flot graphing project. Also added more functionality to the Connect Four game including some database lookups, but still no AI. Started a Plants vs Zombies tribute page.
Lots of things broke porting the strategy games to a centered div and the updated jQuery 1.9.1, particularly animation using absolute positioning. Draggable snap presented an alternative. The old custom popup also broke so I went with jQuery UI dialogs. Interfaces are about 60% done. AIs are all disabled now.
Added task list for tracking progress on various projects. Not quite happy with delete and oblivion for tasks completed. Thinking of keeping finished tasks around as crossed out triumphs.
Been busy trying to revive an old game project done in C# called Stratosphere which would eventually allow playing against AIs in various strategy games. Also dabbled a bit in aggregating another job board, cloning the StarCraft II Achievements list, and starting an interactive Task List.
Added a table that presents the chess club roster as scraped from the club site with updated ratings as scraped from the US Chess Federation's rating server.
Added an RSS aggregator for Craigslist IT jobs in Reno. It is listed in a DataTables.net plug-in that automatically sorts by descending date of post. Pending feature could be to mesh CareerBuilder postings. Turned off drop-down menu transparency because of multi-layer clashes.
Added more life to the header in the form of a blinking animated gif. I hope it doesn't get annoying.
Noticed that the sun reflections in our background clashed badly with the white writing, so we expanded the leafy background and put a smoke-colored overlay behind the writing. Added another web client, this time consuming financial information from a little-known Google finance API serving stock quotes.
Changed the weather format to a single table. Changed the home page to a layout using divs instead of tables. Warning: CSS cleanup ahead.
Added game-win conditions and animations to both Dragon Card and Tail Spin and customized a weather web service client found at CodeProject that consumes web services from Weather.com to show weather data in Reno.
The web is constantly changing and the sites that have the most updates seem most attractive. What changes more consistently than the weather? We're working on a weather widget to show website visitors the current weather in our area.
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