Chris Rywalt's Portfolio Page
|This is me.
|This is stuff I've done, for various reasons, at various times.
Please don't take anything I say or do seriously. I don't, why should
In response to receiving a link to this page on FBI keystroke monitoring, I wrote this hack to
escape the Feds' prying eyes.
I've got a gallery of recent drawings (some of which I've been selling on
I've written a couplafew pieces for Tee
Vee and I copyedit for them, too.
I liked seeing the Faces again so much, I figured I'd put together a page using
them to make The Cynical Mood Generator. Fun
Long, long ago, I created a series of symbols called Faces. Here they are.
After moldering in my bookshelf for N years (where N is an arbitrarily large
number) I finally got around to scanning in the entire run of Campuside,
the cartoon I authored for my alma mater's newspaper for a couple of years.
Campuside has a special place in my heart, just above the cholesterol
A number of places on the Web claim to have images which consist of the Netscape
color palette -- the famed ``Netscape Color Cube''. Some of them are wrong.
This one, which I generated using some C code
and good old Thomas Boutell's gd library, is not wrong. I think.
Not long ago, my wife and I discovered the wonderful fact that we are pregnant.
Since I like to play with Web pages and I'm an amateur journal writer, I
figured I'd put together Web pages detailing the whole pregnancy experience.
Imagine my surprise when I blurted out to my wife, ``I'm writing a book!''
And so it is a book. And it is called
It's Just Another Baby.
Along the same lines but much neater than Virtual Tangoes -- though
written before I wrote Virtual Tangoes -- I designed the
Apple Corps. Like its
cousin, this uses gd, and similarly, the code and data files for this can be
snagged directly. The most recent
major change has been to recode the Perl script into C, an effort which once
again owes its success to Thomas Boutell, this time for his cgic library.
Virtual Tangoes is a Web-based game,
held together by Perl scripts and C code, that uses the
gd graphics library by
Thomas Boutell and the
convert package (for rotation) so you can play this anicent Chinese game
with the almost-latest technology. (If only I knew Java when I wrote this).
The code and data files for this can be grabbed directly from their
directory. Note that none of the images created by
users ever resides on the server end -- they're rebuilt every time the page
is loaded by a script called in a server-push Netscapey manner.
My Animation of an unfolding Dymaxion Map
is available as either a 1.4 meg ZIPped 640x480
QuickTime or a 40k ZIPped 320x240 QuickTime,
or a 400k 160x120 Java animation.
The source code to generate the
Persistence of Vision Raytracer frame
files for this animation is written in C.
I've done icons and other graphics for
WestNet Internet Services' homepage. Most recently, I designed the
animation for WestNet's custom configuration of Netscape.
I've done a lot of writing, graphic design and image manipulation for Aloysius
HyperDiscordia HyperText Creature From Hell, most notably the
The First Church of Jesus Christ, Elvis, a
devoted to a scholarly subject, a
Pope Card Generator, and, most recently, the all-seeing
Ball of Magick.
For some time, I've been working on getting some of Buckminster Fuller's
important work on the Web. Anything here is intended
for reference only -- buy the books.
In the same vein, I've scanned some of my
photographs of applications of Bucky's work.
There is some discussion of the artifacts as well.
My Cumulus Vitalis has been
rewrit (and my finger has moved on).
There's very little of my writing at this site. It once occurred to
me that most of what I've found on the Web is complete drivel, and then it
occurred to me that my stuff must be complete drivel also, and I see no need
to inflict anyone else with it.
However, I came to a conclusion not long ago: the World Wide Web is like
everyone in the world being allowed to have a free subscription to any
magazine they like, and also everyone in the world being allowed to publish
any magazine they like.
The nice thing about this is, if someone puts out something absolutely
horrendous, no one has to actually look at it, except the few twisted souls
who wish to. This is in direct opposition to billboards, which take up your
time and your space without anyone at all asking you if it's okay.
How much nicer the Internet is than billboards.
P.S: Thudthwacker would say that there are are two kinds of people in the
world -- those who get it and those who don't. He's wrong (but infallible --
he's a pope, after all). The two kinds of people are those who divide the
people of the world into two kinds of people and those who don't. The Goddess