Trump Wall, the game

Political satire

I had too much time on my hands in-between jobs, so I figured I would have some fun. I went to Florida to babysit my teenage sister during her spring break, but I quickly realized it was a pretty boring task. When we weren’t at the beach or driving, we would watch election coverage on TV. Political tensions were flying high. In-fighting within both political parties. Just bring out the popcorn. I was really rooting for Bernie, yet it was Trump who was getting the most press.

I decided to code up a little game in order to capitalize on the Trump love/hatred that was sweeping the country.

Enter: Trump Wall, the game!

Trump Wall has a very trivial gameplay. You are helping the newly elected President Donald J. Trump fulfill his (filthy) promise to build the wall along US-Mexican border. You do so by tapping the square outline of bricks. Obviously, the wall is built from the bottom up (you’ll be surprised how many people get confused by that). And since you start from the bottom, that’s a perfect place for me to place an advertisement banner. The more clicks, the better 😉
You complete the level by filling in all the bricks. Once you get all the bricks, you hear Trump proclaim that “the wall just got 10 feel taller”, and the background moves up towards the sky.

The background is usually a random “Welcome to xyz” sign for the southern states that share a border with Mexico. As you complete more levels, you eventually reach one of Trump’s planes or helicopters. Naturally, the game does not have score “points”. Instead, the score represents a number of pesos spent on building the wall.

 

It obviously wouldn’t be a Trump game, if it didn’t feature Trump’s (in)famous sound clips! (“Who’s gonna pay for the wall? Mexico! Who? Mexico!” “We’re going to have strong, incredible borders!”, and so on). I went through countless YouTube videos of his actual speeches to collect them. I cannot believe people are buying this racist stuff. What a world we are living in!

But what about Bernie? Well, I included Bernie in the game too! As the levels get harder, Bernie’s election stickers stand in the way of some of the bricks. You then really need to mash them in order to make Bernie disappear.

Overall it was a fun side project. Political satire is a great way of poking fun at our presidential candidates. I had no issues publishing the game to Google Play, but Apple gave me some serious grief. I was rejected multiple times and had to remove a majority of the controversial content. I understand they are just protecting themselves, but how is it my fault that we have such a “tremendous” presidential candidate? 😉

You can download the game here.

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To my friends at Thomson Reuters

Friends,

As most of you already know, my last day at Thomson Reuters will be this Friday, April 1st. Over the past 15 months, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the brightest (and nicest!) people in my career, on very forward-thinking projects. I have learned a ton and, most importantly, I had a lot of fun and made some good friends and memories.

Let us stay in touch. My personal email address is filip-at-fracz.net, I am also looking forward to connecting on LinkedIn. I wish you best of luck in your future endeavors and hope we bump into each other again.

Best regards,
Filip

Migrated Słownik Polonijny

Last night I migrated my dad’s Słownik Polonijny to my DigitalOcean docker box. Originally it lived on Heroku (it’s a Python Flask site), but I’ve been trying to consolidate my sites under one umbrella. No need to update you links, since the domain name is the same. One added bonus of this migration is SSL support, so others won’t be able to see what funny polonized words you’re looking at 😉

Docker Compose

While I was working for Trading Technologies, we always planned on using Linux Containers to provide secure hosting of user-written TT SDK algos. Docker was supposed to be the way of ensuring proper isolation, resource management, as well as means of convenient deployment of client strategies. The infrastructure was in place, but I left before we had a chance to materialize our plans.

Recently I decided to give Docker another go, this time as a way of managing my various cloud projects. I was happy with DigitalOcean’s offering, so I began migrating my websites and jobs to their cloud. Everything, of course, is containerized and managed together. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with Docker Compose.

I must say I am pleased with the results. The migration has been rather painless, and I like how simple the config ended up. I am running a container with a shared MariaDB (MySQL) database, a reverse-proxy Nginx to manage routing, several WordPress blog containers, few C# ASP.NET sites (Mono, not CoreCLR), some Python sites (Flask), and bunch of Python/C++ apps. A sample docker-compose.yml file is shown below.

As you can see, I am using dmp1ce/nginx-proxy-letsencrypt image as a web proxy. Just like with jwilder/nginx-proxy, it’s dead simple to configure routes. All a container needs to do is to specify VIRTUAL_HOST=something.com variable, and the web traffic will be forwarded to its exposed port. Image dmp1ce/nginx-proxy-letsencrypt has LetsEncrypt.org support built right in. Specify LETSENCRYPT_HOST and LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL and voilà- free SSL for your site 🙂

Hacktoberfest

I finally got my Hacktoberfest gear from DigitalOcean. It was a fun opportunity to contribute to open-source projects while scoring a sweet t-shirt.
I fixed some annoying bugs in the weld build system that I’ve been using for my personal C++ projects. Hope you guys enjoy.

Hacktoberfest T-Shirt from DigitalOcean

Naturally this “hacktoberfest” made me take a closer look at DigitalOcean and what they have to offer. I’ve gotta say: I’m impressed! Seldom one finds such fast and cost-effective cloud providers. I’ve been using AWS and CloudAtCost, but now I am seriously thinking of migrating at least some of my projects to DigitalOcean. Well done, sirs, well done!