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How GOG.com Save and Restore Classic Games

September 16, 2015
— for Rock Paper Shotgun

An exploration of video game preservation, based on interviews with archivists and restorationists at digital distribution service GOG.com. This feature uncovers the process of digital archaeology, including license acquisition, emulators & wrappers, code hunting, and digitisation of printed assets, as well as touching on the wider issues surrounding the preservation of classic titles.

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Responsive Sprite Animations with ImageMagick and GreenSock

April 1, 2015
— for SitePoint

In this tutorial, I explain how to create the responsive sprite animations seen in my feature on Command & Conquer. The guide includes instructions for creating image sprites using the command line, animating them using the CSS keyframe syntax while maintaining their responsive dimensions, and finally a technique to bind playback to the scrollbar using JavaScript.

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Pixels Please: Image Scaling in CSS

March 26, 2015
— for Builtvisible

A practical introduction to the ‘image-rendering’ CSS property, now supported by all major browsers. By using the appropriate values (available here as a mixin), it is possible to override the anti-aliasing applied by the browser’s default scaling algorithm to preserve the pixelation of low-resolution images. Particularly useful for pixel art, the property can be applied to background images, inline images, and canvas elements.

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1.21 Gigawatts with Flexbox and SASS

December 7, 2014

Great Scott! With the site’s first birthday approaching, I felt that now was an ideal time to give Bennet.org a much-needed jolt of lightning. The features page, on which all my long-form projects now live, represents my first foray into Flexbox. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s made possible by flex layouts, and I haven’t yet rolled it out site-wide, but suffice to say it really does make the CSS layout mechanisms of yore feel like 1955.

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Hello World

January 14, 2014

Welcome to my new website. Shiny. This is the obligatory Hello World post. First things first, please forgive the pretentious choice of TLD. The appeal of a super-geeky firstname@lastname email address outweighed my reluctance to brand myself as a non-profit organisation. My main goal here was to create a website from scratch, without relying on a CMS. Wordpress is great and I use it daily, but when it’s necessary to tinker under the hood, I’m lost in loops and functions that I don’t understand or need.

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