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Ian has been coding since 1982. He is fond of the sea, having been brought up on the West Coast of Scotland. Ian enjoys brewing beer and the wonderful global family that is parkrun.

Solution for disappearing mesh in Godot

I am now using shaders in Godot to model the early version sails in Square Rigger. I noticed that when rendering the main scene, the mesh disappears when viewed from behind. According to https://godotengine.org/qa/18211/blender-created-meshes-appear-transparent-when-viewed-inside this is because back facing polygons are culled. Add [...]

By |2020-05-09T09:58:13+01:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Games|Comments Off on Solution for disappearing mesh in Godot

Sails using shaders in Godot

I've abandoned using SoftBody in Godot to model my initial proof of concept sails in Square Rigger. Now I'll be modelling them using shaders. This is new territory for me and in addition, I'm terrible at maths. I'm also starting to get a development workflow going and have discovered how to disable lights in isolated [...]

By |2020-05-02T09:02:05+01:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Games|Comments Off on Sails using shaders in Godot

First steps in ceramics

I was very lucky to have gone to school in Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland. Oban High School was very well equipped in the early 1980s and had an excellent art department and some wonderful art teachers. They were all so very encouraging and I really enjoyed the subject, despite not being particularly [...]

By |2020-05-01T08:13:14+01:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Pottery|Comments Off on First steps in ceramics

Airgoo AG-60 affordable pottery wheel review

As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, I'm rediscovering an interest in old hobbies I've had and I'm trying my hand at new ones as well. Long have I admired people who can throw pottery on a wheel with ease and we're big fans of the Great Pottery Throw Down on All 4. I [...]

By |2020-04-29T06:44:46+01:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Pottery|Comments Off on Airgoo AG-60 affordable pottery wheel review

Godot soft bodies & wind

My 18th Century sailing ship simulator Square Rigger will be initially developed within an imaginary proof of concept pacific atol. The atol will act as a confined sandbox to allow me to implement all of the features required for the simulator. Once this is done I can expand the area out into a real world [...]

By |2020-04-30T06:56:35+01:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Games|Comments Off on Godot soft bodies & wind

Playing with water in Godot

The excellent Hydro module for Godot offers modelling of water, waves and buoyant objects. I have been experimenting with it as the basis of a new game project which is temporarily called Square Rigger. So far I am very impressed with the results and will be doing some basic hull modelling and tweaking of [...]

By |2020-04-30T07:07:22+01:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Games|Comments Off on Playing with water in Godot

No more Android native apps

After working hard since mid 2015 on native Android apps, utilising libGdx as my third party graphics library, I have decided it is just too much effort to maintain these. I can feel some consolation in holding the number one position on Google Play for one of my apps for over a year. LibGdx is [...]

By |2020-04-06T05:56:46+01:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on No more Android native apps