Welcome to Semi-Nerdly

Semi-Nerdly (www.semi-nerdly.ca) is my personal blog. I enjoy making computer games, game mods, and the associated graphics, sound, music, writing, etc., though I profess to be neither a great programmer nor an artist.

Find me on: GitHub, Google Drive, and GOG.

When it comes to programming, I enjoy the puzzle solving and “bringing an idea to life” aspects rather than the computer science of it all, which is why I would rather program in BASIC, JavaScript, and Lua than C/C++ or assembly language. Being an old fart, I also have a soft spot in my heart for retro computers, such as the Commodore 64 and 386/486 PCs running DOS and Windows 95/98. Luddite that I am, I would rather use Microsoft QBasic in DOSBox (using modern keyboard layout!) than try to wrap my brain around Assembly on the Commodore 64 and other 8 bit machines.

Project wise, I will eventually finish RocketTux and I am using QBasic to make small character graphic style games. I’m not really doing anything serious anymore… Not doing much of anything with my “hobby time”… Anyway, RocketTux is game I created using PhaserJS with the intention of “making it on a Chromebook, for use by Chromebooks”, however that failed miserably for various reasons. Still, I continued on with it as a “web app” using NW.js to run the game as a stand-alone program. RocketTux disappoints me, because it didn’t shape up to be what I had intended to create, which is why I still haven’t finished it two and half years after I planned.

I’ve also been using GNU/Linux since 1998, more so since the late 2000s and almost exclusively when it comes to programming, music, and graphics production. Currently I am using Devuan 3 “Beowulf” on both my laptop and my desktop. Personally, I think Linux Mint 17.3 was the pinnacle of GNU/Linux – things sure keep getting weirder and different for no good reason! Devuan with the Xfce desktop and an AppImage of GIMP 2.8 is functionally identical to good o’l Mint 17 (and Debian Wheezy!). I will say that I miss the idea of Slackware, with its simple configuration and great performance, but I don’t miss the every day reality of using Slackware. Honestly, I would much rather use the Debian Apt package management system and its massive software repository, because as much as I like configuring systems there does come a point when I need to turn on my computer and have it “just work”. That’s sentiment is why I play my Windows games in Windows! Still, lots of love to all the Open Source Community – thanks for your hard work, it’s had such a positive impact on my life!

Over the years I have created and contributed to several open source projects, with the majority of my time being spent working on mods for the Star Wars Galaxies server emulator. However, as of 2020 I have shifted my focus to smaller, less time consuming projects so that I may spend more time with my family than my keyboard. As limited as they were, I am proud of my contributions to the open source community and I will continue to share my creations as best as I can.

My Open Source Projects:
Rescue Girlies (based on SuperTux)
Loop Dipole and the Chaoties
Legend of Hondo (based on SWGEmu/SWG)
Tarkin’s Revenge Creature Database
SWGEmu UI Color Theme Builder

My Open Source Contributions:
Tarkin’s Revenge Server
Tarkin’s Revenge Updater
TarkinII Server
Tarkin Server

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