Author Archives: breakend

Understanding pipes in C

So, for my class in Parallel Programming, recently I had to use pipes to coordinate multiple forked processes in C. While perhaps it isn’t even practical to do this anymore with things like OpenMP and other multiprocess libraries, we had to do it nonetheless. So, what are pipes in C? According the linux docs, pipes […]

Apple Watch and iPhone 6

So like many, I watched the Apple Special Event and boy was I unimpressed. The iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) essentially looks like a pimped out Samsung Galaxy, which it basically is. And the Apple Watch looks like the Galaxy Gear, but again, pimped out. I don’t know what happened to the originality that came […]

Scene freezes after clicking on iAD or AdColony V4VC ad

So I’m working on a little iOS game project and I decided to implement ads to try to make a little side money (yay paying for university…) Well let me tell you, SpriteKit and Modal Views don’t get along. I just spent a good 3-4 hours tracking down a pain in the butt bug. So […]

Tutorial: Making a Label Button (thing) with SpriteKit

So, I recently found out that Spritekit is kind of lame and sucks while still being amazingly easy to use, but anyways, that’s beside the point. So I was having a hard time figuring out how to make a decent button in SpriteKit without using UIButton (since this seems to cause issues in SpriteKit). Anyways, […]

Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth

As a space geek, I was thrilled by this book. I probably watched Chris Hadfield’s videos (as well as most other videos) from the ISS a few dozen times each. I’m enthralled by the remote (very remote) possibility that I might go to space and experience that thrill. I imagined myself being in Chris’ shoes […]

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

So I just finished The Martian: A Novel, by Andy Weir. I’ve gotta say, it was pretty fantastic. Though it has a distinct air of Gravity to it, the Martian seems to much more thought out in terms of plausibility and reality (though some parts are a bit of a stretch). Realistically, if you strip […]

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

So I just saw this film, and I’ve got to say I was pretty impressed. Mark Reeves and Mark Bomback (among many others) have created a masterpiece that – as one astute person put it – is to The Planet of the Apes what the Empire Strikes Back was for Star Wars. Caution: may be […]