Eyecandy: Turn your computer into an expensive lava lamp.


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Freeware © Kenneth M. Kolano
Pascal (Turbo Pascal), x86 Assembly
Kenneth M. Kolano


Similar to Acid Warp, Kaliedoplasma performs color cycling on plasma/moiré patterns. It additionally samples a window out of the plasma and mirrors it as in a kaliedoscope.

Like a lot of early MS-DOS eyecandy, it's stuck with only an 18b color palette due to VGA restrictions. This meant there were only 64 possible shades of each primary color (red, green, or blue) to select from, so each bar of color fading up and down would only cover 127 of the 255 palette slots. The 129 black entries in each color band meant bands of pure black were more common than when 24b palettes arrived.

Author Notes

Kaliedoplasma was written in Turbo Pascal, while at Shawnee High School. It ran on MS-DOS and used custom assembly for its graphics routines. It was my second major programming project on the PC. The first being, Kong, a pong-clone with a zooming image of my face as the puck, carefully copied in pixel by pixel into the source similar to Acidwarp's image of Noah Spurrier, since at the time I was unaware of how to directly load the bitmap I had scanned.

My junior year computer programming teacher's comment on Kaliedoplasma as it was set to run on PCs across the classroom, "I don't like that drug stuff".


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