plash is an introverted abnormality from the lands of Ohio, USA — a very queer place. plash loves: computer programming, reverse-engineering, making all the things, video games, tea, sledgehammers (the phrase “sledgehammer connoisseur” is variably used when describing plash, according to plash), and SPACE (especially the shiny bits).
More formally, plash is a self-taught “software engineer” currently doing software repackaging (plash doesn't know how that happens, either), and is trying to study mathematics and computer science. The common name for his meatbag form is “Tim Howard”, which he clearly does not favor.
plash also does QA/playtesting for Linux video games. If you're a developer in need of some extra Linux eyes, do ping him.
A collection of cool things and questionably cool things-in-progress that plash has either created or touched.
Allopoeia (also known as The Allo) is an open-authorship journal/blag for anything and everything that was created as a replacement for plash's blog. See here if you're interested in posting something (it would be totally rad).
All the Maths‽ is a general-purpose mathematics library for C++11. It will eventually support all the typical vector and matrix constructs and procedures, exotic algorithms (for the fun of it), and maybe everything in-between.
duct++ presently gets the most care. It gracefully carries its own weight (with zero dependencies) and cracks many an enigma:
- Compiler and platform detection macros.
- Debug message and assertion macros.
- Endian byte-swapping.
- Unicode encoding and string conversion helpers.
- iostream helpers for binary and textual data (integrates with the C++ Standard Library).
- Generic token parsing.
- CVar-esque system with validation, and a markup language.
It requires only a sensible C++11 implementation — meaning, alas, it cannot be used with MSVC.
Prisma is a minimalistic color-based quasi-puzzle game created in a 72-hour period for Ludum Dare #26. The levels are poor, the audio is terrible, and the “puzzles” are mostly based on player speed. plash plans on remaking it. The code is available, but licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported.
Here are some other little things that warrant mention:
- brinktools: some shabby code for reading BRINK's SDMD2 and SDPK2 formats (including documentation; warning: code uses legacy duct++ API).
- Elian fonts: variant-width and monospace fonts for the Elian script (including FontForge source files).
Here are some links plash has procured for your enjoyment.
The unsorted bucket:
- Readability — an excellent site-formatting tool for pleasant reading.
- 99% Invisible — a podcast about design; lot of really neat stuff.
- Adam Savage's obsessions — Mr. Savage giving an awesome TEDTalk.
- Chip and Ironicus — they do LPs.
- Hawken — the beautifulest F2P mech game in existence.
- Johann Sebastian Joust — possibly the only legitimate use of PlayStation Move controllers in existence.
- Antichamber — a “psychological exploration” game (it's about life).
- Dustforce — leaf-purging platformer.
- LIMBO — spooky platformer.
- VVVVVV — platformer for masochists.
Webcomics, periodicals and books:
- Easy Pieces — the awesome essence of Neil Dvorak.
- Dresden Codak — awesome art & story.
- DOUBLE K — TTGL fanfic.
- Cucumber Quest — one of the very best comics on the net.
- Order of Tales — great story.
- xkcd — obligatory.
- The Bonefolder — a collaborative periodical about bookbinding.
- Machine of Death — collection of short stories by various authors.
Musicians and music:
- 8bitpeoples — 8-bit/chiptune music label; releases a whole lot of free albums.
- Anamanaguchi — chiptune band.
- The J. Arthur Keenes Band — chiptune-reggae coolness.
- Lifeformed — composer for indie game Dustforce.
- Danny Baranowsky — composer for indie games Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac.
- C418 — composer for indie game Minecraft.
- NEOTOKYO° soundtrack — for the indie HL2 mod NEOTOKYO° by the awesome Ed Harrison, now free.
- Portal 2 soundtrack — THREE VOLUMES! free!
- Arcanum soundtrack — by Ben Houge, free.
plash made – but has not yet executed on – plans to update and release all of his reverse-engineering projects. Someone should bother him a whole bunch about that.
- PGP public key (51C1FC61).
- Yes, plash worked on mooege.
- Yes, plash likes the word ‘awesome’. Perhaps excessively.
- No, you cannot have a sledgehammer.