Reid’s For Fun

My personal blog to write about what interests me including coding, retro computing, LEGO bricks, running, photography and music.

Loving the Rush at Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2024 by Steven Reid

We took a road trip early in the spring to Twin Falls to see Shoshone Falls. Known as the Niagara of the West, Shoshone Falls is quite a show and definitely worth the trip. We picked a time of year when we knew the falls would be at their fullest. We were drenched with mist getting out of our cars. Although not the best photo I took of the waterfalls, it captures the power of the water rushing over the ledge. A spectacular sight that I felt made a great top image for my blog.

Getting Creative with Custom Print Formatting on the ZX81

Print Using Emulation , ZX81 Screenshot, 2024 by Steven Reid

My ZX81 programming has taken a back seat of late as I focused on other activities. Whether family, work, or the latest video game update, I haven’t put as much effort into finishing projects. For this month, I decided to focus on tackling an interesting problem, emulating the PRINT USING command.

Crafting Mazes for the ZX81

Maze Generator, ZX81 Screenshot, 2024 by Steven Reid

Something I’d been itching to do is write a maze generator. Even though they seem simple enough, for some reason, I struggled to code one. With so many different algorithms out there, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. It wasn't until I took a vacation that my mind settled down enough for me to finally tackle the task.

Crafting Black Hole Graphics on the ZX81

Black Hole, ZX81 Screenshot 3, 2023 by Steven Reid

I had forgotten about this Black Hole program until I ran across it while cleaning up some directories. It is a conversion, not an original, program that was shared on one of my BASIC forums. It doesn’t look quite as good as the original, but it was interesting to see what the ZX81 could do with its simplistic graphics.

ZX81 Aquarium Makeover—Revamping Kimmie Fish in Assembly

Aquarium Screenshot 1, 2024 by Steven Reid

While on vacation, I spent some relaxing time converting my Kimmie Fish BASIC program into something a bit more interesting. In addition to the normal speed improvements, I wanted to give it an aquarium like feeling with bubbles and depth. No color here, this is all stock ZX81 graphics. Only thing needed is the requisite 16K memory pack.

Using Generative AI to Create Lunar Equestrian Dreams

Moon horse. AI Generated image, 2023 by Steven Reid

Funny enough, I'm still having a surplus of fun creating AI art. Between challenges and random ideas, it's been quite a year. I love reading articles and seeing what other creative minds come up with. Reading "This AI Tool Combines Stable Diffusion's Level of Control and Midjourney's Image Quality — It's Called Distillery," by Jim Clyde Monge, I was intrigued by some of his images and thought I'd give it a whirl with my own whimsical prompt.