Welcome to Semi-Nerdly


I’m Rob (aka Tatwi). I am writer, hobby programmer/blender/graphic artist, and quirky old dude who likes to do lots of cool stuff. This here WordPress blog is the centre of my digital universe. The post archive is organised by topic and is a great place to browse the content of this site, while my Github page and Google Drive are where you will find everything related to my open source projects.

You can also find me on: Github, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.

My projects for 2018:

I really like Javascript, always have! I just haven’t really had much of a use for it personally for a long time. But as it would happen, WEBGL and HTML5 have come a long way in the past several years, so I decided to crawl out from under my C++/Lua/Python rock and see what was new with good o’l JS. Let me just say, frameworks like PIXI, Phaser (which is based on PIXI), and CraftyJS take all that stuff you can do with HTML5/WEBGL and organize it into a really excellent workflow for creating games! So, as way to learn Phaser (and because I have really wanted to make another side scroller for a long time), I am making a game called RocketTux, specifically to run well on low-end Chromebooks. You can follow the development progress on GitHub. It’s really fun to work on!

General Geekery
I’m designing a self contained electronics and programming “command center” that I think would be a really fun way for kids to learn by playing with that stuff. Sure, you can already fill your desk with everything imaginable, but there is just something fun about retro-style all in one computers! I’d also like to make a computer game for a Commodore system for this year’s World of Commodore show in Toronto. As always, I am puttering with music creation using Sunvox, but I’ve also decided to go back 20 years to 1998 and create some music using Impulse Tracker on my Pentium 233MXX system.

Geekery Beyond the Keyboard
This is the year I stop being an overweight hermit and start living life again (I’m down to 175lbs from 198lbs as of May 5th – Goal being 165). Rock’n and walk’n in the out of doors, breathing the fresh air, because I can! So many repairs to the house… Much lawn to mow… And playing with my kids, of course!

– R. Bassett Jr. (AKA Tatwi)

If you’d like to show your support for the content I create, I would sincerely appreciate donations of some items that you no longer need. There are a couple projects I would like to work on and share, but I can’t really justify the cost of most of the parts – it all adds up! Here’s a list of things I am looking for:

SN0E Computer Prototype
– Raspberry Pi (any version)
– Mechanical keyboard without a numberpad
– Prototype board and bread boards
– 4″ LCD compatible with the Pi
– A 120/240V to 12V transformer that can handle about 5A
– Any misc electronics components for breadboard projects

Retro Computing
– Commodore VIC20 compatible tape or disk drive
– VIC20 compatible monitor
– VIC20 A/V cable

For My Kids and I
– 3 Chromebooks
– A full sized midi keyboard of any kind
– Microphone stand, preferably with a boom
– Drum kit
– Electric guitar and an amp
– Bass guitar

The items don’t need to be pretty, just functional or repairable – I’ll post about any repairs I complete! 🙂 If you have anything, feel free to send me an email and we’ll work something out.

As of Jan 2018, I have not received any donations (of any sort) and that’s OK, I don’t expect any! However, if you do happen to wish to make a financial contribution to support the content you see on Semi-Nerdly, you may do so via PayPal.

Any contribution, even an email to say hello, is welcome and sincerely appreciated!

I wish to extend my thanks to the following people/groups for thoroughly enriching my life, even though they’d never know it.

Impulse Tracker (Jeffery Lim)
Linux Mint
Slackware Linux
Sunvox (Alexander Zolotov)

At some point in my old age I realized that I’ve been blessed by the efforts of literally millions of people around the world; Through the division of labor and the pursuit of happiness (or tragically toiling in deplorable working conditions just to survive – a reality that should never be, but more-so never be ignored), I’ve had access to wonders unimaginable. There are so many people I would thank if I could. I think about this every time I eat a banana. Bananas don’t even grow in Canada. Heck, “bananas” aren’t even from a natural plant! How many people did it take to allow me to pick up that banana and eat it?

Despite turmoil and so much grief, it warms my heart that so many people around our world find the strength to rise above and make our world the amazing place it has become.

Thank you.

As of April 2018, I have enabled ad revenue on my YouTube videos, essentially because nearly everyone else does and no one cares, so I may as well too. However, this website will remain ad free. Also, I still don’t do sponsored content/reviews/etc, so you can trust that what I write or say is how I genuinely feel.

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