Category Archives: Musings
Back around the 7th century the Chinese invented fireworks. Punctuating cultural events, and religious purposes, fireworks are part of the human experience. We can enjoy them with sight, sound, smell, and even touch, as we sense the concussion in our bones. Fireworks are beautiful on so many different levels, that each one of us has a unique experience.
For me, some of my earliest, and best memories involve fireworks. Warm summer nights, celebrations with family and friends, parades and picnics. Throughout my entire life, I have spent time trying to re-create those experiences of awe and beauty. As a child I have made drawings, cartoons, even collected extinguished fireworks for a pretend stand. My neighbors must have thought me odd, sitting behind my red wagon stand, selling burnt out fireworks for play money! Later I took it to the next level, and experimented with making my own fireworks, safely I might add. No one got hurt!
My first software product was, “The Digital Fireworks Stand”, a CD-ROM based simulation that also included history, a glossary of terms, and safety tips. Since then I have paid tribute to fireworks with several other software titles, including screen savers. Even the name of this company honors fireworks! So you see, I am still drawing and making fireworks, sitting behind my red wagon stand, waiting for my neighbors.
Celebrate with fireworks each and every day, all year long!
FireworX Stand for Mac & iPad!
All year long, any holiday or occasion, FireworX Stand brings a festive mood to your Mac or iPad! These pyro-tastic delights burn cool, so they won’t burn you, or your screen! FireworX Stand is realtime particle animations of fireworks, with realistic sparks, fire, smoke, and authentic sound effects!
Virtual FireworX Screensaver for Mac!
Virtual FireworX are realtime 3D particle animations of fireworks simulations. Because the fireworks render in realtime, they truly vary from each viewing, randomly igniting in new locations in 3D space!
In the News: 17 Year Cicada Emergence
Arguably not as beautiful as fireworks, but just as noisy, a new 17 year Cicada emergence will happen on the east coast this summer. There are many species of Cicada; pronounced si-kay-da. Some are annual, others are periodical, remaining in juvenile stages for as many as 17 years before emerging as adults! Check out this screensaver dedicated to the 17 year Magicicada emergence of 2004, also known as ‘Brood X’.
Welcome to my new site for Skyrocket Software! Over the next few months, I’ll be migrating my old iWeb site, hosted on MobileMe, to WordPress.
I’m excited to be making this move! Not only did the Skyrocket site need a face lift, but I’ve been increasingly interested in expanding the content as well. Not only will I continue to maintain and update our current software catalog, but I’ll be creating new and original software products. Soon I’ll have some fun and exciting news regarding apps for Apple’s iOS mobile platform!
I’ve been brainstorming on how I can make Skyrocket Software a better site. Not only as a sales tool for my family’s benefit, but as an information resource for our customers. I plan to offer some tutorials on graphics, and programming, and even some basic/advanced tips that I use everyday.
I’d like to hear back from you. Hear what you’d like to see on this site. Maybe together we can collaborate and rocket this site to a whole new level!