Category Archives: C#

Proximity Vegetation

This is a game mechanic concept whipped up using Unity3d and C#.

I figured it might look interesting to see procedurally generated trees spawning in, and growing, as the player moves. The tree variance, growth rate, and spawn locations are randomized. New tree spawns are triggered by the player’s movement. Something I’ve never seen done with foliage in a video game before.

Watch the video.

London Drug Map

A look into open data about crime and policing in England.
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Found at I downloaded a date range from 2011 through 2016, ~5 years. The uncompressed filesize for all select-able policing forces was approximately 5.45 GB. A quick C# script was written to filter out only the “Drug” crime type category, and it’s long/lat degree coordinates.

The output was used to make the map below. Click map for larger size.


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The downloadable data comes in a multi-directory/multi-file structure. Below is a c# console application which was created to parse the root folder, and export the specific crime type’s coordinates throughout out all the files.

Comcast’s Monetary Influence Over Illinois Political Candidates

I found an interesting dataset on political contributions in the state of Illinois.. The downloadable .zip contains multiple tab delimited database files which contain the relationships between Donations, Committees, and Candidates.

Out of curiosity in seeing Comcast’s political influence in Illinois over time, I parsed the 650,775mb file called Receipts.txt. Below is a bar chart of yearly recorded donation totals from 2000 through 2015-08.


Not being very politically oriented, I wanted to somehow relate the donations to candidates. But in the form of the available data, it appears Donors make contributions to Committees, and Committees support a Candidate. But I do not know if Candidates and Committees are a One to One relationship at the time of typing this.

Parsing the text file called CmteCandidateLinks.txt, I related the Committee Id with the candidate Id. Parsing the text file called Candidates.txt I relate the Candidate Id to the Candidate name.

Lots of candidate duplicates per donation entry. Majority of Committees represent the same candidate under different ids, while some committees represent multiple candidates. Example here:


So I decided to distribute each donation amount between a potential multitude of candidates. I did this by dividing each donation by the number of candidates which belong to the committee recipient. From that, I got this list of Comcast’s Top Illinois Candidates.