I was sick all weekend and Saturday was a cold rainy day, so I cozied up on the couch with my wife and coded. For a while I messed around with animation on AWT. AWT is like ancient technology, but it comes stock on BUG's JVM and runs pretty well on BUG. Then, sometime saturday afternoon, I started playing with mtpaint and making pixel art.
I am inspired by a Zen rock garden I saw in Japan last year. This rock garden, at Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, has three walls, and, on the fourth side, a raised viewing platform. Viewer's are expected to rest on the viewing platform and quietly contemplate the garden. The garden itself is a large rectangle of perfectly raked stones interrupted by 15 large rocks. There is no place on the viewing platform where all 15 rocks can be viewed. One is meant to contemplate the meaning of that.
So, mixing AWT, pixel art, and the garden inspiration, I came up with ZenGarden for BUG. The app is usable but far from complete. Click on a spot to cycle through the rock features. Right now I only have 3, so I need12 more. I also need to somehow incorporate the idea of not being able to view all 15 at once. Finally, the rock placement is tied to the tile grid, which means they start to line up and, in my mind, detracts from the Garden's 8-bit wabi-sabi.