30 December, 2012

Beautifully BASIC

I don't do a lot of book reading so no surprise that I read even fewer book reviews. Yet strangely, doing just that sent me headlong down an interesting path a few weeks ago. Testing out my new tablet (a Christmas gift I've defiantly been using since the end of November) I came across Slate's book review for 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. It set off a chain reaction.

First, I fell in love with the pattern output from this simple line of BASIC code. Look, it's gorgeous!

Then I felt compelled to read the book, right away. The entire text is available online for free so I got right to it (I purchased a copy too since the royalties support PLAYPOWER). About 30 pages in I realized I wanted to chart and knit the pattern. I can't remember the last time I felt so driven to do something; it was very exciting. I'll spare you all the tedious details of that excitement and jump to the first installment of the charts, a 12-page PDF version of the screenshot below (taken from my computer running the lovely Hoxs64 C64 emulator):

I left off the border and the line below the cursor but I'm confident you could figure out how to add either if you were so inclined. So without further ado I give you:
10 Print Charts version 1.1
Creative Commons License


Keep the love going...

I'll be updating this page with additional charts in spreadsheet (.ods) and .pdf formats. These are also listed in Ravelry here.

You can find me on Flickr as gab-fab. If you make anything from these, take some pictures and tag them "10 print" so I can find them. I'm planning on setting up a group as soon as I upload pictures of my current needlepoint project so leave a comment with your Flickr ID if you want me to invite you to the group.

Nerds unite!

1 comment:

  1. Charting code?! You rock. I love that kind of driven mania.