This is Something Clever.

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Introducing a new project: Bat’s Eye! Bat’s Eye is an application used to help DM’s and other players keep track of themselves on the map.



  • Battle Switch: Toggle battle in and out. When in battle, units are forced to act in order, and are limited by their speed. Outside of battle, units move freely.
  • Unit Creator: Add units by inputting their name, icon color, initiative, and speed. Units are automatically ranked by initiative on the left!
  • Feather Pointer: Click on the map to guide the selected unit, right click on a unit to edit their initiative!
  • Trash: Delete individual units and items from the map.
  • Move: Move units around the map freely.
  • Grid: Toggle the grid; each square represents 5 feet.
  • Ruler: Click twice to adjust the unit ratio of 5 feet to better fit your map.
  • Fog Pen: Draw fog of war onto the map to hide it from other players; right click to remove it!
  • Item Creator: Name and place item icons around the map to denote where your favorite javelin fell.

This program is NOT a map maker! As of now there is only one map you can use, in the future you will be able to upload more.


  • When you scroll the wheel up, players move faster and further, instead of just faster. Keep rolling that wheel down and you should be fine!
  • If you delete two units at once, the game crashes.
  • Text input displays in an awkward location that can be hard to read.

I just DMed a session with this program, and while there were a few snags, everyone agreed they would never play a tabletop rpg again without this program at hand. Incredibly useful for accurately calculating weird diagonal paths that you would usually just avoid.

I’ve got a lot of features planned, this only took 2 days to make so expect a more stable version soon! (The map is from the DnD 5e starter kit!)

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Galactic Center of Our Milky Way

The Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory — collaborated to produce an unprecedented image of the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

Observations using infrared light and X-ray light see through the obscuring dust and reveal the intense activity near the galactic core. The center of the galaxy is located within the bright white region in the upper portion of the image. The entire image covers about one-half a degree, about the same angular width as the full moon.

Each telescope’s contribution is presented in a different color:

  • Yellow represents the near-infrared observations of Hubble. They outline the energetic regions where stars are being born as well as reveal hundreds of thousands of stars.
  • Red represents the infrared observations of Spitzer. The radiation and winds from stars create glowing dust clouds that exhibit complex structures from compact, spherical globules to long, stringy filaments.
  • Blue and violet represents the X-ray observations of Chandra. X-rays are emitted by gas heated to millions of degrees by stellar explosions and by outflows from the supermassive black hole in the galaxy’s center. The bright blue blob toward the bottom of the full field image is emission from a double star system containing either a neutron star or a black hole.

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