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Miscellaneous / A thank you to the Omnimaga community
« on: August 17, 2016, 09:49:47 pm »
Some 5 years ago, in middle school, I joined Omnimaga, curious about calculator programming, never having written code before.
Through this community, I learned about Axe, and started my first coding project. I finished a stupid shooting game, that I was incredibly proud of at the time.
I found Omni to be a fantastic community of fantastic people, and I wanted to stick around and start some new projects that I could share. Most of my games never ended up getting finished, but still, the experience of writing calculator games got me hooked in programming.

Thanks to that spark that I found here, when I entered high school, I decided to take computer science and join a robotics team. Although my interest in calculators faded as I became increasingly inactive around here, I continued coding robots and computers. Programming became my love during high school.

Now, I'm just a few days away from starting college, to pursue computer science at MIT.
I truly believe it was calculator programming and the Omnimaga community that enabled me to discover the passion that got me accepted to my dream school.
Sure enough, my college admissions essay started off with:
In 7th grade algebra, I was introduced to an incredible machine. With a whopping 27 kilobytes of RAM and a blazing fast 6 MHz processor powered by 1970s technology, the TI-83 Plus graphing calculator was a vessel of pure magic to me.

So with that in mind, I'd like to thank the all the wonderful individuals on this site who inspired me, the admin team for keeping this place up and running, and the Omnimaga community as a whole. And it looks like DJ Omni isn't here anymore, but if you see this, thanks for starting this place. It sparked an interest that changed my life for the better.

Humour and Jokes / Re: Important life algorithms
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:35:07 pm »
True statement. Except I didn't even mention it today...

That's where the "else if(num < 0.2)" comes in :P

Humour and Jokes / Re: Important life algorithms
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:28:15 pm »
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How I decide when to go on omni most of the time :P
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public void onFacebookMessageReceive(Message m)
        double num = Math.random();
            if(num < 0.8)
        else if(num < 0.2)

Miscellaneous / Re: What is your avatar?
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:32:17 pm »
I just changed my avatar from 2013 FRC robot to 2014 FRC robot.
This one pretty much throws big balls into a goal.
The bar on the left with the yellow wheels is used to suck balls into the catapult, which is in the "fired" position in this picture.

Computer Programming / Re: Android programming, anyone?
« on: November 29, 2014, 04:43:33 pm »
At school, I'm starting a club for android development. Our starter project is a programmable calculator app made in Android Studio.

As for games, I've used LibGDX (for java), which supports a bunch of platforms including android.
I made a game with LibGDX once which was a nice experience, but I haven't tried compiling it for android. Maybe I'll try that this weekend.

News / Re: Cemetech At World Maker Faire 2014 Recap
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:33:26 pm »
I was there!
I went to the maker faire this sunday and stopped by the cemetech booth.

(first time I've posted in over 3 months :P )

Computer Projects and Ideas / Re: Swerve Drive Simulator
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:20:42 pm »
Made collisions a bit less terrible, and added a menu that can be accessed with esc.

And here's one of our matches, with us the red robot labelled 2067, scoring for the alliance.
Despite being 2 on 3 with one of our robots dead, we won the match.
This is at the world championships in St Louis.

Computer Projects and Ideas / Swerve Drive Simulator
« on: June 06, 2014, 09:48:54 pm »
This year, my robotics team (FRC 2067) used a swerve drive, which uses 4 independently controlled modules to allow any combination of rotation and translation.
I recently made a simulator/game for this in Java.

Here are the controls:

*the harvester has to be down before you can shoot
Scoring in this game can be done by throwing the ball over the truss in the middle of the field, or shooting into the blue goal at the end of the field.

It's a bit buggy, like when interacting with other robots, but I figured I'll share what I have, since I haven't posted anything in such a long time

Here are the links:

Html5 version:

Desktop, which supports USB controllers:
Controller functionality tested on a Logitech Gamepad F310. Left stick for translation, right stick for rotation, LT and LB for harvester, RT for shoot, A for field centric, B for robot centric, D-pad for move rotation point, back for reset rotation point.

Tell me what you think :)

Introduce Yourself! / Re: Helloes
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:40:08 pm »
Welcome to Peanuts!
Have some omnimaga:

General Calculator Help / Re: Alternate Charging Port for Nspire CX
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:36:06 am »
Well, when charging stopped working, I still had a few days of battery left.

General Calculator Help / Alternate Charging Port for Nspire CX
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:12:23 pm »
I'm pretty sure the charging port on my nspire is shot; it looks rather damaged.
So I've been stuck with a dead battery.

Can I somehow use one of the other ports to charge? Or am I stuck with an unchargeable calculator?

Humour and Jokes / Re: The Rules Game
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:06:03 pm »
Each new rule must never use the letter "o" and... wait, what is that vehicle in the distance?

Humour and Jokes / Re: The Rules Game
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:45:50 pm »
Let us commence.

Every rule shall contain at least one palindrome of more than 3 letters (can be multiple words), or else I will whack you in the side of the head with a kayak.

Computer Programming / Re: Scratch Language
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:56:23 pm »
Yeah, my FRC team uses labview. I'd prefer to use a something else, but none of the mentors on the team know any other languages.

What do you mean by branching if statements?

Other / Re: FIRST Robotics Competition Discussion
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:12:25 pm »
Hmm, that's quite a short lever arm on that shooter.  How is it powered?
That'll be one powerful machine with that drivetrain!

Also, does anybody wanna suggest some names for my robot?
One suggestion was "Crabapple" because our team name is Apple Pi and we're using swerve drive... but I don't like it :P

Here's a video of our robot at a scrimmage on Saturday.

The ball wasn't fully on the catapult, so it got stuck in the harvester a bit, which threw everything off. So the ball fired straight up, and our cocking mechanism failed and got stuck so we couldn't reset the catapult.

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