Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Hacks: Articles about programming in Python, Perl, PHP, and whatever else I happen to feel like hacking at.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Use Perl, Python, AppleScript, Swift, and Automator to automate the drudgery of computer use. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps.

Use simple scripts and make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk to you. Create ASCII art from your photos. There’s a script for all of that in 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh by Jerry Stratton.

Persistence of Vision tutorial

Jerry Stratton, January 29, 2006

I’ve just finished and uploaded a Persistence of Vision tutorial I’ve been meaning to write for quite some time. I had an epiphany of sorts on Friday about a project that would work perfectly for going, step-by-step, through the very basics of creating 3-D images using POV-Ray.

This image of a planet with rings and a moon, against a starry backdrop, is easy to make and takes only a few lines of instructions for POV-Ray. And it's a lot of fun.

Simple Photorealism using Persistence of Vision will complement my Persistence of Text collection of POV-Ray tutorials. Despite what it looks like, I haven’t given up on those, and have had a 12-sided die tutorial outlined for a while now.

This tutorial is available under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.1 and is available in HTML, PDF, and Rich Text Format.

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