January, 2009

Flirting with infinity, your geometric progeny

Feeling: Happy


Again, more original MIDIs have been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. Also, I just hit 200 composers! w00t!

Three more fonts in the Game Font Database; Super Mario and Ultima based.

I have tomorrow off to spend with my friend Kimberly who is in from Missouri. No updates until Monday--please try to contain yourselves.

You know what I find funny? That a Hooters Girl outfit is often used as a Halloween costume, but it's the mandatory dress code for women that actually work at Hooters.

Just get it done!

Feeling: Anxious


Some more original MIDI tracks have been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. This time from the game Bio Menace.

Four more fonts have been added to the Game Font Database, as you've come to expect by now.

For some reason lately I feel like my ambition drive has kicked into high gear. The problem is that my motivation capacitor is still only functioning at 50%. I have a huge drive to desire to do stuff, but I lack the interest to actually do them. This results in me feeling worthless for not accomplishing a million things in a day. I could take some crystal meth and stay awake for fifty hours straight to take care of business, but I don't think that's a good idea. I want physical activity, but winter is ruining my plans. I'll be skiing this Friday, but what about today and Wednesday? Grr!

Heartburn and headaches and soon-to-be ulcers

Feeling: Bored


My company is currently undergoing a major programming conversion where we're adding multilingual support into our programs. This is a huge undertaking for us programmers because we have to look through tens of thousands of lines of code and determine if translation is needed on each line. The up shot to this is that we'll put on about 150 new clients as soon as the translation is complete. The down side is that I think I'm going to be permanently cross-eyed after today.

Last night I decided to be creative so I started working on a painting. I'll post pictures when I finish it.

There's an update in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

And of course, another update to the Game Font Database!

Times Square can't shine as bright as you, I swear it's true

Feeling: Happy


I had a wonderful weekend. On Friday evening I went skating with Rachel, Phil, June, and Rob. It was nice to strech my legs in a nice heated skating rink. They also had a DDR machine there, so I was able to impress several 12-year-olds with my 1337 DDR $killz. The place was packed with tons of kids screaming, skating, listening to crappy music, and making out in the dark corners where the workers couldn't see. It reminded me an awful lot of my own childhood. Minus the making out, of course. While I was there, I was thinking to myself, why don't they have places like this for adults? Then, I realized, they do. They're called bars. And they suck. It's amazing how much less fun can be had when you replace videogames and skating with smoking and drinking. Although, it seems most adults never grow out of the crappy music and making out in the dark corners.

I spent most of Saturday with Devin and Kaylee. We ran around the mall for awhile and got dinner ar Chili's. Good times. On Sunday I slept in and kept warm by staying inside for most of the day. A few more times of skiing and I'll be ready for summer.

Gasp! Could it be more game fonts? It could? Oh joy! Today is the Imagic games typeset, the Sin game font and the Abadox game font.

The editing process of the first draft of my Pocket Debate Book is almost complete. I've already made all the corrections in the hard copy, now I'm just updating them in the electronic version. After that, I'll print out the second draft, edit that one, and release the first edition!

Heat flop, karate rock, Cobra Kai, Cobra Kai, Cobra Kai, banzai!

Feeling: Lazy


You know the drill by now; more game fonts.

I have a quandary involving our culture's rules on politeness. Whenever I'm looking through the pictures of women on dating sites I occasionally see a picture of two girls in a picture and a caption which reads something like, "That's me on the left." Now, sometimes the girl on the right is way more interesting looking than the girl on the left. My question is, how would you ask, "How do I get in touch with that girl in the picture with you because she's say hotter than you?" in a polite way?

I did my first round of teeth whitening last night. It wasn't all that comfortable. Luckily, pain is beauty, and therefore, anything that hurts you must make you more attractive. Remember that the next time you smash your thumb with a hammer or accidentally run a razor blade across your tongue for the fifteenth time.

I'm going to do some skating with my homies tonight right after work. My fat ass needs all the exercise I can give it!

Lollerskates! Roflcopter! Pwnage! 1337 speek! teh pr0n 1nterwebs! j00 a hax0r 4 teh Warez!!!11one

Feeling: Lazy


More fonts have been added to the Game Font Database because I apparently have nothing better to do. Actually, I have plenty of things better to do, but I don't really feel like doing them.

I less than three less than forward slash three

Feeling: Accomplished


Another dentist visit this morning. My lower impression was fine, but my upper one was a little distorted, so I had to make a new one today, and I'm going in again tomorrow morning for new ones. Lame.

More fonts in the Game Font Database. I added the font used in the NES game Bionic Commando as well as a font with little jigsaw pieces popped out of it. The Bionic Commando Database has also been updated with the font.

My teeth are worth their weight in gold

Feeling: Okay


I had a dentist appointment this morning to smooth out some of my front teeth and get some impressions made for some whitening trays which I pick up tomorrow. Only $400.

Holistic crybabies and morons like Jenny McCarthy have brought back the old vaccination scare. They think that vaccinations are the cause of autism because vaccinations contain mercury and they once read in Cosmo that mercury is bad for the brain. Actually, it's mercury vapor that's the real problem, not so much the liquid itself, but that really doesn't matter because most childhood vaccinations haven't contained any mercury since 2001. And even back when they did, if you were to total up all the mercury that a child received from their vaccines, it's such a small amount that it doesn't have any adverse effects. We're talking about as much mercury as you would get from eating about 14 cans of tuna fish--hardly enough to get worked up over. The leader of Autism Speaks, an autism awareness group, examined all of the test results of vaccinations versus autism and concluded that vaccinations don't cause autism and that the group would benefit from looking into researching other causes. Saying that made her the ex-leader, because she was then asked to step down from her position. Obviously she was using logic over fanaticism, and bandwagon jumping parents just can't have that.

This fear of vaccines has led to several outbreaks of diseases in the USA that were all but eliminated. Last year, a family came back from their trip to Switzerland and their little boy, who hadn't been vaccinated, brought with him a nice measles virus. Eleven kids were infected before the outbreak was finally contained. Seven of them from the little boy's school in San Francisco (damn hippies!). The interesting thing to note is that of the 376 students at the boy's school, 36 of them had Personal Belief Exemptions permitting them to attend school without vaccinations. So 340 vaccinated, 36 not vaccinated, and 7 kids get measles. Can you guess which group of students ended up getting the measles? Why, it was the ones whose moronic parents didn't get them vaccinated of course. I guess those vaccinations work after all! Thankfully, most of the parents who initially opted out of vaccination realized how important they are and got their kids vaccinated. For the few who didn't, they must be thinking, "It'll take more than a horribly painful, and often deadly, disease to persuade me to give my child a mercury-free vaccination!" On the plus side, chances are that if these parents are this incredibly stupid, their children are equally as stupid, and I don't think the rest of the world minds having their genetic material wiped off the face of the earth.

Speaking of wiping something off the face of the earth; Bush is -finally- out of office. It's about bloody time. I don't have any fantasies that Obama will solve all our woes, but I still think a can of peas would have done better than Bush.

Yes, I've added another update to the Game Font Database. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?

I am my own movie star

Feeling: Cold Sore


My friend Amber came up this weekend to hang out with me and have me look at her two broken computers. I figured out what was wrong with both of them, but each of them needed spare parts to fix, which I don't have. We also dined out several times, did some gaming with my homies, and watched the last two Indiana Jones movies, (and by last two, I mean Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. Crystal Skull doesn't count!).

I added flame decals to my keyboard. They make it look like I'm typing faster!

A big update to the Game Font Database has been made. A new font format section and the font used in all the EA Sports games from 2000-2005.

See? This is exactly why dolls creep me out.

My cold sore is mostly gone now. I still have a tiny scab and red marks left, but those should be gone by the end of the week. Hopefully, my dentist appointment tomorrow should go through as planned.

And I saw my successor yesterday, and I smile cuz she looks like a cow

Feeling: Cold Sore


This morning was the coldest morning I've seen this winter so far. The temperature was -22C (-7.6F). It was so cold that the LCDs in my dashboard clock were frozen. They took about a full second to refresh when the minute changed. It has been colder this winter, but only late at night when I'm inside my apartment sleeping under my flanel sheets and comforter with the heat on full blast.

Yet another font has been added to the Game Font Dababase.

Friday. It's about time.

You exist, when you're living in a dreamworld

Feeling: Cold Sore


This morning, after I finished brushing my teeth, I grabbed a bottle of mouthwash that was sitting on the edge of my tub and took a swig. Then, I realized that it wasn't mouthwash at all, but instead drain cleaner! I quickly spat out the liquid into the tub, but I immediately felt the painful burning of the chemicals as they began to dissolve my throat. Then I woke up, realized I was dreaming, and went back to sleep.

However, what wasn't a dream, but involves the word "dream", is that on NPR this morning they were segueing from one program to another and they played the opening of the Rilo Kiley song "Dreamworld". It's always good to hear a song about the recreational use of LSD being played on upstanding talk radio.

The Riven font has been added to the Game Fonts Database.

My kingdom for a vaccine

Feeling: Cold Sore


Yesterday I was thinking to myself, "I'm far too attractive and confident. I wish there was a way to make me look ugly and socially unacceptable." Thankfully, I got a huge cold sore that covers the left half of my lower lip. Now I don't have to worry about looking attractive for the next two weeks. Whee.

Two more fonts have been added to the Game Fonts Database, and three more composers have been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

I think the New Age weirdoes have gone a little too far. Behold, the healing power of cancer.

Last night I got to hang out with my friend Wallee who is back from Chicago. She and I dined at Sanago and got caught up with what each other has been doing. The thing I love about Sagano (and all other Hibachis) is that you always get seated next to bizarre people. Last night we were seated with a group of foul-mouthed nurses. For some reason they brought up the topic of men's underware and the more loquacious nurse asked me if I wore boxers of briefs (she was betting on boxers), and she was proud of herself for being right. She asked another man who explained how he needed to keep his junk in place. I used the similie that briefs are, "like a bra for your sack." That received quite a reception from the nurses.

I've added three new albums to my collection: Aerosmith - Get a Grip, Matchbox Twenty - Mad Season, and Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell.

Everybody around Flint, Michigan has been up in arms recently because a Sonic just opened. There was a line out the door around the place for weeks after it was built. Finally, after the hub-bub died down, I went and ordered a burger from them. It tasted just like every other fast food burger. The only difference is that you have to order from and eat in your car. So, apparently, eating in a cramped car while dropping fries under your seat and spilling pop on the dashboard is superior to eating in a climate-controlled dining area with plenty of space and toilets. What kind of morons do we have in Flint? All that's left to do now is hold our breath for a Checkers or a Jack In the Box.

I put the 'bod' in bodacious

Feeling: Excited


Part of being a super huge mega stud like me means updating videogame sites. As such, the fonts from Super Mario World and The Legacy of Kain have been added to the Game Fonts Database, and the 3DO port of Wolfenstein 3D has been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

Off to eat some yummy Japanese food, sayonara!

You're the man now, dog!

Feeling: Okay


I had a lot of fun over the weekend. I hung out with Devin and Kaylee, played some pool, went ice skating with Cody, Rob, June, Phil, and Dennis, and watched a very cool documentary called The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which is a surprisingly exciting and emotional chronicle of a man's attempt to set the world record for the highest score in Donkey Kong.

Now that we're safely in 2009, it's time for a retrospective. Here are the 50 most loathsome people of 2008.

The atheist bus advertising campaign is still going strong in London.

A couple more fonts have been added to the Game Font Database and two more composers were added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

Y'all playin' dem dar vidja games?

Feeling: Nerdy


The soundtrack of the Jaguar port of Wolfenstein 3D is now in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

The FarCry font is now in the Game Fonts Database.

Unfinished books make me C-R-A-Z-Y

Feeling: Nostalgic


I really hate not finishing books. Leaving a book only partially completed makes me feel anxious, as if I left the stove on or didn't kill the last witness. To illuminate: when I was in 6th grade I was reading a teen novel. I was about 1/3 of the way into it when I lost the book somewhere at school. Over the years I've been haunted by that book. I couldn't remember the title or the author, so I didn't even know how to look for it. All I remembered was a vague description of the first couple chapters and what the cover looked like. The feeling of incompleteness had been growing over the years, and recently I decided that I was going to find the book, come Hell or high water (or even low water for that matter). I looked for it online and after about twenty minutes of searching for things like "fantasy book with monster on the cover" I finally came across it! It had been out of print for over a decade, but I found a used book store that had a brand new copy of it along with the rest of the books in the series. I purchased all four of them, and this time began the series from the beginning. Finally, I finished the book that I had started all the way back in 1996. I felt complete.

Of course, this bizarre desire to finish books can sometimes backfire. When I was a teen I also started reading Jack London's novel White Fang, and it sucks. Don't bother wasting your time trying to convince me that Jack London was a Literary genius--the man's work is as cold and dull as the frozen tundras he wrote about. So, not wanting to have a bookmark permanently stuck in the middle of the book, I slugged through it hating every word, despising every chapter. When I finally finished I felt relieved. Partially because the book was complete, but more so because I hated reading it. Though the primal portion of my brain was pleased to be rid of the anxiety, the logic portion of my brain was pissed off. I had just wasted several hours of my life doing something that I didn't want to do. So, I'm trying to teach myself to cope with putting down books that suck. I currently have four books that I have started reading, but don't plan on finishing. It's hard to do, but I think it's worth the anxiety to not waste any more of my life on crappy literature.

Fonts from Deus Ex and various old DOS fonts have been added to the Game Font Database.

The Legend of Zelda ROM offsets have been added to the game hacking page. If you want infinite hearts, infinite bombs, infinite rupees, infinite keys, and every item you can have them.

I've got my Internet back, and I can say that I am fully rehabilitated and have no plans of ever downloading anything illegally ever again. However, if I were to go back to downloading, I've found out a couple programs that will help keep you under the radar of the RIAA/MPAA. PeerGuardian 2 will run as a network driver and prevent you from sending or receiving any packets to IP Addresses owned by the RIAA/MPAA. A simpler solution for those who use Vuze AKA Azureus is to run the SafePeer plug-in which does the same thing, but only for Vuze traffic.

He also makes conspiracy theories

Feeling: Nerdy


Beware of the great houndstooth conspiracy!

I've added the Astron Boy font set to the Game Font Database. There are four versions of the font, and they're all from the old arcade game Astron Belt.

I've been stuck in a Band of Brothers binge lately. It's just such a good series, and if you want to see a bunch of people being senselessly killed you should totally watch it.

He also makes games

Feeling: Proud


As promised, a demo of the game I'm working on is now available. The game is called Tribe. It's going to be a turn-based strategy/simulator where you control a Paleolithic-era tribe. The objective is to make your tribe thrive in the harsh environments of Earth, tens of thousands of years ago. This version allows you to move around a tile-based map with the arrow keys. It also has a working minimap that can be clicked on to jump you anywhere on the map. You can also click on tribe members and move them around the map to uncover the unexplored terrain. I'm still working to try and get the fog of war more effective. I need to uncover it in proper circles and also hide it as you leave the area. Work continues.

I had a dentist appointment this morning and for the first time in about three years I didn't have a cavity! Go me! I setup an appointment for whitening though, so that'll knock me back about $300, but at least then I'll have purty mouth that will sparkle when the camera hits me just so.

Back from the dead!

Feeling: Accomplished


Has it really been that long since I last updated? It's amazing how lazy a week long vacation can make you. I guess I should recap as much as I remember.

Over my vacation I: Watched all ten episodes and special features of Band of Brothers; had Comcast shut down my Internet connection because the MPAA caught me illegally downloading movies; slept 10 hours each night; made a lot of headway in a writing a new computer game; enjoyed the company of my homegirl Nichole who was up from Virginia; played many vidja-games for many hours; watched all of season 5 of Star Trek: TNG; went sledding; completely reloaded my work computer; cleaned my apartment; met a girl named Lauren, who is duh bomb; ate Chinese food with Tabree and beat her in Uno (even though she claimed she couldn't possibly lose); and that's about it right now.

My home Internet connection is down, although it's supposed to be back up soon. I called up my cable provider and asked the operator why my connection was down. He said that they tried to get a hold of me, but they still have my old phone number on file, so they locked my account. I asked why my account was locked and he said that the MPAA claimed I illegally downloaded Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now this is where it gets interesting: I was able to get my connection reinstated by acting dumb, in a very intelligent way. The operator asked me, "do you have a wireless router?" I don't, but I claimed that I did. Why? Because it would mean that he would then ask, "is your wireless router secured?" The correct answer to this question is to stammer and then stupidly admit, "I don't know." By doing this, blame can not directly be assigned to you because anyone can connect through your insecure wireless router and download illegal material using your IP. Then, the guy tells me that software like BitTorrent is bad. I daftly ask, "What's BitTorrent?", and he offers a brief description of peer-to-peer programs. The guy then tells me that my connection will be reestablished, but I should really secure my wireless router. I tell him I'll be sure to do that, and hang up. This is the latest tactic of the MPAA. After losing tons of money on trying to sue individuals, they're now trying to bully Internet providers into canceling subscriptions on anyone caught downloading movies, but I'll be damned if I lose my Internet connection due to a shitty, repeat shitty, movie like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I need to find a way to spoof my IP address through BitTorrent. In the meantime, I'll have to cut back on the newly released movies and concentrate on music and games.

I'll post the progress of the game I've been working on soon, so look forward to that.