Building Ships

Pulling about 11,000 names of asteroids and minor planets into a database and then naming fictional ships based on them. Geeky? YOU BET!!

Current mood: Amused

Currently listening to: WKEITH Radio

As most of you probably already know, I have my website that is based on the fictional world I created as a kid – and that I use for my sci-fi stories. One part of this website is the ASDB, or the Advanced Starship Design Bureau. I had a database of ships loaded, about 400 or so… but I wasn’t happy, because according to my designs there should be thousands of ships. The trouble was creating them – coming up with names, etc.

So, I recently stumbled across a list of about 11,000 names… technically of “minor planets” or asteroids. I imported the list into a program I wrote (in about an hour and a half) and it is currently cranking out ship after ship. It’s a pretty clever little program – it uses “templates” that I created for each ship class, and it randomly chooses the type of ship for each name. So when it’s all done, I’ll have a fully-filled in database of 11,400 ships or so. Coolness!

I’m such a geek. 😉


Author: Keith Survell

A geek, programmer, amateur photographer, anime fan and crazy rabbit person.