Website Update Archive

Monday, April 30, 2007

Website Update- New Info on Factoid Page

Well, I came into work this morning and realized that it was the last day of the month, and I still hadn't posted anything to the site this month to keep my update per month goal. I've been so busy in my personal life recently (don't worry - all good things), that this month just slipped right past me. Anyway, I'd received an e-mail this month about the crocodile tongue statement on my Factoids Debunked & Verified page, so I spent my lunch break today doing some quick research on crocodile tongues. Go visit the factoids page to see what I found.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Website Update- New Page: X-Plane as an Engineering Tool

At my job, just about every time we have visitors that have never been to our shop before, my boss has me give a short demonstration on how we use the X-Plane flight simulator, not just as a pilot training tool, but as an engineering tool, as well. Most of the people find it interesting, so I thought I'd adapt it to an article on this site. It's not very technical, so hopefully non-engineers will still find it interesting, and get a small taste of part of what is that us aerospace engineers do. The article is X-Plane as an Engineering Tool, and I've added an appropriate entry to the Aviation page.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Website Update- Revised Artwork Pages

Looks like I still managed to keep my once per month update goal. I slightly updated the Artwork page. For each collection, I now use the same type of set up that I use for my photo pages - when you click on a thumbnail, instead of taking you simply to the .jpg or .gif file, it takes you to an html page displaying the picture, so that I could put navigation links on those pages, and you don't have to keep hitting the back button to view different pictures. Also, I added two new images to my Technical Drawings collection. On one of my more obscure pages, I've updated the Rough & Unfinished POV-Ray Work page. It was pretty much an all text page before. Now I've added thumbnails for each of the images.

I guess I'll make one note here - the reason I haven't been adding so much to my main site recently, is because I've been trying to update my blog on a fairly regular basis. Essays that before would have gone in my Writings section are now getting put there, instead.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Website Update- Change to X-Plane, UDP, VB Tutorial

The first update of the new year, and I've managed, just barely, to keep up with my goal of an update per month. I did a small update to the X-Plane, UDP, Visual Basic Tutorial for X-Plane version 8. With version 8.60 of X-Plane, you're now able to have X-Plane communicate via UDP with a program running on the same computer, so I've updated the Winsock section of my tuturial to explain how to do this. I also updated the sample source code that you can download from that page. I fixed a label on the form, where I'd mistakenly labeled an input box as "Local Port," when it should have been "Remote Port." Also, I went through and organized the code a bit better - putting the subroutines in alphabetical order, and adding a few more comments to explain things.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Website Update- New Artwork & the Program to Make It

I imagine this will be my last update of the year, and with it being the holiday season, I thought I'd do a more light hearted update. A month or two ago I wrote a Visual Basic program that makes images that look pretty cool (to me, at least - my wife and daughter were rather unimpressed when I showed it to them). So, I've taken some of the better looking images and put them on my artwork page (in the Abstract Series II section), and put an executable and the source code of the program, titled Circle Gradient Pattern Generator, by the way, on my downloads page and programming page, respectively. And while I was at it on the artwork page, it was getting kind of long where visitors had to do a lot of scrolling to see what I had, so I put a little menu at the top of the page with thumbnail images.

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