The semester has ended and I’m starting to play with some other projects like C++ coding, working on the next mythology book (this time the educational focus is Latin, rather than science – but I consider it part of the same series) and some other writing projects. In my most recent C++ coding problems I’ve been trying to get a good handle on how to manipulate objects and create vectors (like arrays) of objects. In order to do this, I’ve made several simple projects to generate a vector of objects (I’ve chosen my vector to be a clown car and my objects to be clowns).
The basic setup was a little tricky (for me), but I managed it with a little help from the good people at dreamincode.org. As the next step in this project, I’m expanding my program to allow for the clowns to interact with one another, eventually kicking one another out of the car. I’ve outlined my basic project on my ayearincoding blog. If you have any interest in coding, take a look there and either learn along with me or help me out.
In looking for some clown art for these posts, I came across an interesting article in smithsonian magazine about the psychology surrounding people’s fear of clowns. The reason I find this particularly interesting right now is two-fold: 1. I’m reading Stephen King’s ‘It’ right now. 2. My wife doesn’t believe me that anyone is afraid of clowns.