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programming projects

FARAGames

What in the heck is FARAGames?

Back in 2012 I joined a small programming group by the name of FARAGames (I’m on there as barakados). FARAGames was a programming group started by a dude who went by FaceRadiation, who created the group based on his name. At our core we were a group of teenagers interested in programming who motivated each other to make games. We originally started out as a group of people who met over forums and chatted over a singular Skype chat for a pretty long time.

Things were always pretty interesting, with one guy almost never online except on rare spottings, one guy whose intricate understanding of the windows platform to make programs that were one step ahead of you, and everyone claiming sin has been committed when someone attempts a group call on the main chat (that problem kind of solved itself once we switched to discord).

The FARA Pirate Ship

Over the years we’ve gotten to keep in touch, help each other troubleshoot code, do prank calls at night – and occasionally we’d publish some games. Below is a collection of these games (and a sneak peek inside them). Special thanks to the FARAGames artwork team for providing graphics!

Avoider

Avoider is a simple arcade style game where you avoid incoming black pixels as a green one by moving left and right; hit one and you’ll lose a life. Occasionally you’ll come across blue pixels which can do twice the damage. Or a peach one which will give you an extra life. Try to manage them effectively, as you only get 3 at the start: lose them all and you’ll turn orange! You can change your speed or enable ‘color mode’. There is also a laser system that you can activate by pressing space, and you get one laser burst to knock out blocks per 100 blocks traveled. Check out Avoider here!

ThanksKilling

ThanksKilling is one of my more interesting game. It features a vengeful turkey who wants to kill pilgrims. You click on tiny pilgrims that pop out of the pie in order to squash them. Points are given for how accurate and quick you are. One of the cool parts of this game was collaborating on artwork with some other members of the group. Be one with the turkey and check it out here!

Lights Out

Lights out is my attempt at bringing new twists with an old game experience. Your goal is to turn all the lights on the board off – clicking any square inverts the square & its neighbors. There are different game-modes, like ones where you can only touch tiles that are on, and even a mode to help you learn! Download and play here!

Puzzle Cannon

This project is a pixel based arcade style game. Shoot out blocks onto the playing field (using your mouse to aim the cursor around). If you make a group of four or more blocks together this will cause the blocks to disappear. This game also has music built into it and is built on LWJGL (a very fine java tool for gaming that I have used on other projects). Also contains a small library of gamified music that you can browse through by going up or down. Get your puzzle on here!

Where are they now?

Most of us are still occasionally in touch: we switched to discord a while back. But our days of energy and passion for making java games have been replaced with bigger goals and ambitions.

I am grateful that I got to know this network of programmers and help each other create some fun projects. Be sure to check out their games on FARAGames as well!

Sail on boys.

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update

What’s new for 2021?

2021, soon to be year of the Ox by the Chinese Calendar, currently the Fruits and Vegetables by the UN. With this fantastic combination, everyone is sure to have a strong and healthy year. I have several goals that I am working to accomplish in 2020 – with one of them being eating more vegetables – but I wanted to share some of the goals I have for using this website. So without further ado, here’s what you can expect for 2021 from this site.

More Blogs!

I want to work on posting more about what’s going on and keeping a regular-ish schedule on blogging. I am going to commit to at least one update blog a month. This could be on projects I’m working on, cool things in the city I’ve learned about, and what I’m thinking about doing next.

Project Showcase

Along with a place to put blog posts, I want to showcase my projects I’ve been working on over the years. These could be programming projects I’ve written in the past, recipes I’ve made that haven’t resulted in the shrill beep of the fire alarm, or polls I put out to get a pulse from you guys: whatever I think people could benefit from.

More Archival Posts

I have a lot of old projects, videos, and memories I think other people might be able to benefit from (with some exploration). I used to love making video games that . I’ll be making more of these posts on a timely basis once I get the proper consents.

What are your web development goals for 2021? Leave a comment below if you want with something you want to make happen; let’s make 2021 a productive year for you and me!

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food

Pizza Making 101

Pizza is one of those things that seems daunting at first; it is the best food of all time after all. But once you try it you find out that it’s not too expensive to make, takes very little active prep time, and is quite delicious.

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think + your favorite pizza toppings in the comments! I personally add ~1 cup of sauce, a good amount of mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni, basil, onions, and jalapenos.

Pizza with pepperoni, mushroom, onions.

Pizza Dough

This is my go to friday night pizza dough! Awesome with sauce and toppings.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cold Fermentation Period 2 d
Total Time 2 d 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 Servings

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Cutting Board
  • Bowls
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups/Scale
  • Parchment Paper
  • Pizza Pan
  • Plastic Bags

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp yeast check to make sure your yeast is good
  • 6.5 cups flour 800 grams
  • 2.1 cups water 500 grams

Instructions
 

  • Lay out all of your ingredients into separate bowls. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees.
    Salt, pepper, and yeast placed in small red bowls and flour and yeast placed in large red bowls.

Making the dough

  • Mix warm water with the sugar and yeast in a bowl. Leave aside for 10 minutes. Check it after 10 minutes to see if your yeast has proofed; you should see active yeast floating on the top of the water.
    yeast fully proofed
  • In a separate bowl, mix most of the flour with the salt. Save a heaping tablespoon of flour for later.
  • If the yeast is proofed properly, pour the flour mixture into the liquid mixture. Make sure they are combined well.
  • Place remaining flour onto kneading surface. Knead ball of dough until everything is properly combined.
  • Cut dough into four equally sized balls. Cover lightly with olive oil and place in plastic bags. Leave in fridge for 2-5 days to let it cold ferment.

Prep

  • Take a pizza dough out of the fridge, and place it on a surface you can stretch on, with cornmeal attached.
  • Stretch out the dough. The best way to do this is by lightly pushing on the dough away from you.
    Pizza Dough Stretched Out
  • Once your dough is stretched out, pre-bake the dough for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add sauce, and toppings to your liking.
    Pizza prepped to go into the oven.
  • Place into oven for 8-10 minutes. Take out when at your desired crispiness levels. Enjoy!
    Pizza with pepperoni, mushroom, onions.

Notes

  • I like adding cornmeal to the bottom of the crust to give it a crunchy texture. Regular flour works fine as well.
  • You don’t have to pre-bake the pizzas, but it helps with supporting toppings.
  • An important rule of cooking that applies here is that cooking=time * temperature. If your oven can’t get up to 550 degrees, you can go lower but it will take more time.