As I write this, the Moon is emerging from the shadow of the Earth. Tonight is the Total Eclipse of a Supermoon – a somewhat rare combination. Earlier this evening, my family went out to look at the moon for a while. Of course in Pittsburgh, any astronomical curiosity is met with cloudy weather, and tonight was typical.
Any interesting astronomical event is, in Pittsburgh, a portent of rain.
We sat around on a damp park bench in cool evening breezes for more than an hour, and caught only a few glimpses of the moon through gaps in the clouds.
A waning half moon on the night of a full moon.
Frustrating, but in the end we did see the moon go from full to half to a small waning crescent.
The Moon is rapidly waxing again now, ultimately visiting all the Phases of the Moon in one busy evening. But the sky here is now a uniform blue-gray blanket, and also rain is falling from it. Oh well; techincally we saw the eclipse, and I even coaxed my camera into focusing on the moon a few times…or nearly focusing. (Ever try taking pictures of the Moon? It’s possible, but it’s not easy.)
Earth steals the spotlight, shutting down a full moon for a little while.
And now to bed. “Goodnight room; goodnight Moon; goodnight Shadow passing over the Moon….”
your favorite language that isn’t like that.)
Then I happened to check the Ludum Dare site. Sure enough, Mini Ludum Dare #58 had just begun, and the theme was PONG.
Perfect! I wanted to experiment with some techniques that are perfectly suited to a PONG variant. A real Ludum Dare Compo is a grueling weekend, but a Mini burns longer and cooler…they’re for practice, basically.
So yeah, I’m in. Let’s have some PONG!
I cooked up a preliminary beta version: just a screensaver with no user input, but it illustrates the look of the game I hope to cook up over the next few days. Enjoy!
I do like what I came up with, and I’ve continued to work on it in my spare time. I’ll post about it again eventually.