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Cemetech Minecraft 1.8 Server: Intellectual Survival
Published by KermMartian on February 25, 2015 at 1:40:06 PM CST | Discuss this article (22)
Cemetech's Minecraft server in its current incarnation has reached 14 months of age, and over those 14 months of Minecraft 1.7 and Minecraft 1.8, we have seen a flourishing world of cities and rivalries grow. Dozens of Cemetech members have built towns and nations around our growing map, railroads connect the far reaches of the world, and almost every day sees mining, building, and PvP. Unfortunately, although we originally envisioned the map as a bastion of very creative, clever PvP, this play style is no longer tenable. Specifically, we have found that our current userbase and game mechanics make it difficult to separate the rivalries and politics of Minecraft PvP from the real world, which has led to hurt feelings, alienated players, and decreased activity. Therefore, in the spirit of revitalization, we are proud to announce Cemetech's "new" Intellectual Survival server!
What does this mean?
So what are you waiting for? Come check out the Cemetech Minecraft server at mc.cemetech.net, and bring your friends! To kick things off, the server has been visited by a mysterious rogue known only as the Jack of Spades, who has sent us the following message:
If you choose to pursue Jack's riddles, you may find significant riches and unique items that will make your search worth your while. I only ask that if you do so, you post screenshots of your findings here in this thread.
TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus Monochrome ASM on the TI-84 Plus CSE
Published by KermMartian on February 22, 2015 at 5:38:57 PM CST | Discuss this article (5)
We have been exploring the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition and its programming capabilities for over two years now, but to date, very few monochrome assembly programs have been ported to the calculator. We have seen a shell, Doors CSE, ported from its monochrome equivalent, and games like Spaze Invaders by JamesV, Puzzle Frenzy by MateoConLechuga, and Jezzball by yours truly. However, there has been no concerted effort to port the vast library of existing monochrome programs and games from the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus calculators to the color TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition (and soon the TI-84 Plus CE). That has recently changed, thanks to the efforts of MateoConLechuga, tr1p1ea, JamesV, Iambian, Hooloovoo, and other Cemetechians.
Two weeks ago, MateoConLechuga posted his first experiments making Sam Heald's famous Mario 1.2 game for the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus run on the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition. His project, later renamed the Mono2Color project, attempts to re-assemble monochrome programs for the color calculator rather than implement some sort of emulation or translation layer. The biggest necessary changes are in the LCD code; Mateo solves this by re-implementing iFastCopy and text routines to use a temporary graph buffer and half-resolution mode to get a surprisingly high framerate with minimal modifications to how the programs and games function. With feedback and parallel work from JamesV, Iambian, and tr1p1ea, additional programs were tested with this technique, including JamesV's Alien Breed 5, a 3D maze program, a 3D Rubik's Cube program, and a tunnel game. They continue to try to make it even easier to create fast, high-quality ports of monochrome assembly programs, so please stop by the Mono2Color project thread and offer feedback, encouragement, and if you're an assembly programmer, your expertise. In addition, I'm exploring how feasible it is to include helper functions to make Mono2Color projects work with Doors CSE for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition and TI-84 Plus CE, and MateoConLechuga (and now me) will be working on a MobileTunes CSE port of the storied 4-channel TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus music player.
Serendipitously, Hooloovoo has also posted a topic showing off his work creating a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition port of Michael Vincent's emu8x emulator. His work will allow at least the TI-82, TI-83, TI-85, and TI-86 to be emulated on the color calculator(s); his biggest obstacles at this point are also fast, efficient LCD emulation code. We will be following his progress keenly, and hope that this is a project that will find a home on many users' TI-84 Plus C Silver Editions in the months to come.
MobileTunes CSE music player project
emu8x Comes to the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
[TI-84+CE] Doors CSE (CE?) 9 and xLIBC(E) Brainstorming
From left: MobileTunes CSE, Mono2Color, and emu8x CSE
STEM Behind Hollywood: Science Friction for TI-84 Plus C SE
Published by KermMartian on February 9, 2015 at 9:58:06 PM CST | Discuss this article (9)
At last, all five of TI Education's STEM Behind Hollywood activities for the TI-Nspire are available for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition! Over the past four months, I have been porting the exciting STEM Behind Hollywood activities to the TI-84+CSE using the Hybrid BASIC functions in Doors CSE 8, and with today's release of Science Friction for the TI-84 Plus C SE, the complete set is available for both the TI-84 Plus C SE and the TI-Nspire. The TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition versions replicate all the lessons about friction, forensics, anatomy, chemistry, astrophysics, gravity, and more, with engaging plots and interactive simulations for students to explore. I am thrilled to complete the set of TI-84 Plus C SE STEM Behind Hollywood activities with the release of Science Friction for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.
In Science Friction, students will learn about static and kinetic friction and Newton's second and third laws of motion in this superhero-centric activity. After students get a background in how mass, normal force, and the coefficient of friction are related, they play the role of the henchperson to a villainous civil engineer trying to sabotage a new bridge. They must spray a concrete roadway with oil, water, or ice to stop the hero from saving the bridge, using their knowledge of friction to figure out the best substance to use.
Made for Doors CSE 8.1 or higher, Science Friction for the TI-84+CSE provides the same fun, real-world lessons about friction and Newton's second and third laws of motion as the TI-Nspire activity. Besides the on-calculator activity itself, it includes thorough teacher notes and a student handout, both heavily adapted from TI's original material. We would love to hear your feedback in the attached topic if you use this activity in your own classroom. We respectfully salute Texas Instruments and their hard work in creating the original material for this activity. We hope we'll have a chance to work with TI more closely as we continue to bring educational activities and programs to the ever-popular TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, and anticipate bringing STEM Behind Hollywood to the new TI-84 Plus CE as soon as our real jobs permit.
Science Friction activity for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
Projects of the Month: January 2015
Published by tifreak8x on February 1, 2015 at 7:57:36 PM CST | Discuss this article (13)
What better way to bring on the new year, and enter into February, then by bringing you all the news of projects old and new for the new year! :D
As always, I apologize if your project didn't make it up here; as you can see there were quite a few to look through and to post about. I look forward to seeing all the projects that you cool people will bring us next month!
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