Monday, November 15, 2010
Wherein a Computer Program Causes Me to Attend Church with Bed-head
On Sunday morning, I decided to finish up my homework as soon as I got up so I wouldn't have to deal with it after church.
The assignment was to setup a space scene with a lunar lander, a spider robot, a space alien and some rocks and to program the following scenario: The spider robot walks over to the rocks. When he gets there, the space alien pops up. The spider robot whirls around and runs back to the lander.
(Yes, the spider robot is kind of a chicken-shit. What can I say? He's not my protagonist.)
Anyway, simple program, right?
I was almost done when I decided I had too many rocks. Since I couldn't remember how to delete an object, I just resized one till it was too small to see. Only then, when I pressed the "play" button, the spider robot would just kind of spin in place with his legs hopping up and down like he was standing on a hotplate.
After a while, I figured out that the robot was trying to walk over to a rock that was too small to see. That was, apparently, right under his feet. I spent the next half hour trying to locate this rock molecule so that I could make it big again.
Turns out it's impossible to resize a rock you can't see.
I had to start all over.
Which is how I wound up at church on Sunday with bed-head and no make-up.