M. Sc. Computer Science and Physics, Indie Game/Software/Web Developer, Writer, 3D Artist, and too many other interests. https://pingpoli.medium.com/membership

More and more companies are adopting the free and open-source software.

A screenshot of a scene and the user interface in modern Blender versions. It’s a scene of a beach with a lot of rocks and dune grass and an ocean with a sunset. The userface is dark gray and you can see a node editor at the bottom.
A simple scene in the newest Blender version that can easily compete with other 3D programs, image by author.

3D modeling and VFX software is incredibly expensive. Licenses for Maya, Cinema 4D, or 3DS Max cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year. This makes it very difficult for beginners to learn and too expensive for most independent artists and developers.

For a long time, there were no…

What is a good admin panel design and is it worth your time?

An image of my website’s admin panel with the navigation link tab open and a short list of links with a few options.
The updated admin panel of my personal website, image by author.

They live in the deepest and darkest corners of the internet. Always in the background. Never seen by the majority of normal users.

No, I’m not talking about porn or the dark web.

I’m talking about admin panels and dashboards.

These days, almost every website has some type of configuration…

The Netflix drama series shows the struggles of an orphan on her way to become the best chess player in the world

The movie poster of The Queen’s Gambit, an image of a woman sitting behing a chessboard.
Image from imdb.com.

As I was scrolling through Netflix, a new thumbnail caught my eye: A beautiful woman sitting behind a chessboard. This had me intrigued. I love chess and as it so happens beautiful women. I started watching and got immediately hooked.

The Queen’s Gambit follows the life and career of Beth…

The Riot Games produced animated Netflix series breaks the trend of bad video game adaptations and is one of the best series of the year

The series poster for Arcane. You can see Jinx, Vi, Caitlyn, Jayce, and other characters from the show.
Arcane series poster. Netflix

In the past, movie adaptations of popular video games didn’t turn out particularly well (Assassins Creed 18%, Warcraft 28%), so I was a bit hesitant when I heard about Arcane, the new animated series by Riot Games and Netflix that plays in the fictional universe of League of Legends, one…

Income and other stats from my first somewhat successful side hustle

Background image by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

To get to the point straight away, it’s 699 dollars and 6 cents.

It’s an increase of almost 10 times compared to last year and is quite amazing considering that I am still a fairly small writer. Some bigger YouTubers like Graham Stephan talk about how much money they make…

The green falling rain text effect is easy to implement with JavaScript and HTML canvas and still looks great

An animated gif of the Matrix text effect. You can see the iconic green text with a fading trail on a black background.
The Matrix text effect in JavaScript. Image by author.

The Matrix text effect is one of the most recognizable effects of the early 2000s. Inspired by the release of The Matrix Resurrections (which I didn’t get to see yet), I rewatched the old trilogy and it made me want to implement the effect for myself. It turns out, it’s…

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