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Salem is not Portland

I hate it here.   I just discovered my groceries were being delivered from some store location in Portland. For those who don't know, Portland is about 60 miles north of where I live. When I signed up, apparently they must have read my location as "Oh, Salem's close to Portland, so we'll just use Portland." WRONG. There are three store locations here in Salem. Why do that? I already have to watch local news from Portland since nobody wants to put (actually) local news on our 1 independ


atari2600land in personal stuff

Entry #5,000!

So here it is. The 5,000th entry of my blog. I started this blog in 2006 when I was 18 years younger. Time sure really flies by.   What's new? The high temperature has been hotter than 100° for the fourth day in a row now. We're "supposed" to have one more day of this before it "cools down" into the 90s. I went for a walk and I had to because I don't want to walk when it's dark outside and the middle of the night. It was 95 at about 8:30 p.m. when I went. But I got home.  


atari2600land in personal stuff

100°+ degree weather - day 2

I'd like to give whoever invented air conditioners a nice big hug.  Today it reached 103 for the second time. It's 90 now and a little after 8p.m.   Bored out of my mind, I went through garbage on my computer - various projects I never completed (it's like a landfill) when I came across some music. I think I'll make more. What I did was put together a whole bunch of different instruments and sounds to create a good-sounding (hopefully) albeit short song.   I tried putting app

Metal comics

So I decided to quit trying to freeze the stupid skin tag off because it's not working. I started this stuff about a week ago and I've used it every day. Mom saw something online about apple cider vinegar bandages to put on one's eyelid. So I'll try that. Even though it's not on my eyelid, it's directly under my eye, where the undereye bags are. Now you know how ugly I am.   Insomnia got me last night. Second night in a row. At around midnight, I thought perhaps it's not really insomni

Am I geting old?

I'm in my early 40s. Just saying that makes me feel so old. But lately I have been having a hard time understanding people. I hear them okay, but I just can't comprehend what they say. Is it because I'm getting old, or is it just people being dumb and just assume you'll automatically understand everything they say. This mostly happens on the internet. Like I'm reading comments to stuff I post, what I say, and I just don't get what they're saying. I haven't always had this problem. It's just like

yesterday's status update.

I was really angry that something wasn't working in one of my games. So I decided to give up. I woke up the next morning and remembered that I had done something similar before. So I went back and found out how I did what I was trying to do. And although I don't understand what I did and how it works, I got it to work here as well. Although it's not very pretty graphicswise, it does work, so I'll have to use it and do it that way.   Sometimes I get so angry that I just want to give up

Wombats Attacking Michigan.

Well, not really. I needed a name for my wacky font that was equally wacky. So I came up with that name. I may sumbit it to dafont.com but I doubt if I did it would go on their website because of my previous attempts were apparently dumb.   I'm surprised that even with all the pictures of letters I designed and put into the font making program it only got to be 39k in size. I was expecting it to be much much bigger. Haven't worked on Frank the Fruit Fly 2 today. I don't have an idea of

Oh my cod (trout)

I've decided to dabble in Colecovision programming now that there's a Basic for it. This is what I have so far. Yes, the name of the game is "I Sawed the Thawed Flawed Cod Fraud's Pod Wad." The back story: After being thawed, the flawed cod (who is actually a trout) swam downstream to a lake here. He brought along his favorite wad of pea pods, with which he plans to take over the world (and make everyone think he's a cod). You have to stop the cod fraud, but all you have is

1 is enough?

I just spent two hours failing to get a second enemy in. Everyone seems to want more enemies in Flying Hamburgers but every time I try to, I fail. So there's only one solution: Don't try any more. It's so frustrating. Why does programming have to be so mean and hard and STUPID? There will only be one enemy in the game at a time because I have to fail at everything and make nothing but crap games because I'm too stupid to make more complex games.   My arm just started hurting in a pecul

Pac-Line for Intellivision

So the past couple of days I began work on a version of Pac-Line for the Intellivision.   Yesterday my eye hurt really bad, yet I still went to the used game store. I walked out with Blues Brothers 2000 for the N64 because I didn't see anything else to catch my eye and I wanted to support. I saw the first issue of Nintendo Power in there. Too bad they wanted $200 for it! They also had some Fun Club News issues, the cheapest one being $40. And then I went to Popeye's and got some delici


For a while, I haven't been doing my comics, so the website was on a temporary pause. I'll be back at it again on April 7 and again on April 14. It makes me wonder how the cartoonists who do the comic strips think up new ideas over and over again for each day. Perhaps that's why Gary Larson quit. If you're doing a new strip each day, they can't all be good. I just drew, scanned, cleaned up and colored a couple of comic strips and if I think of any more, then that'll be great. But I've been doing

music to my ears (and probably no one else's)

For as long as I've been making music compositions, I've always used Anvil Studio. I thought I'd change things up a little and compose a new epic song using a program called "Aria Maestosa". It's similar in that you can place notes on a bar by clicking on it, but there are many other different changes I could use if I could understand them. One of the more frustrating options omitted is you can't change the key signature mid-song. I just spent 45 minutes trying to find a way but I couldn't. So I

stuff going on in my life.

I have been working on Pot o' Gold a lot today. I got so angry at it because I was trying to make the trees 2 tiles instead of just one. It kept repeating the sound of the tree getting over and over again. So when that was solved, I'm trying to use channel 3 for the takeaway of the trees. All I can get just now is a soft hiss. I'd like something more like a "pop!" type sound effect. I'll try to work on it some more when I get all the sprites in.   I wanted to continue making some mini

rabbit turds in my oatmeal

A long time ago, about eight years ago, I had an idea for a sitcom. I wanted to write a couple of scripts for it to see if and how it would work. I bought "The Hollywood Standard" by Christopher Riley, a reference book. I downloaded Celtx. And I wrote a couple of episodes. This was eight years ago.   Fast forward to today. I decided to come back to this little pet project of mine. I found the book. I booted up Celtx. It wasn't working correctly so I had to get a new scriptwriting progr

No TV makes me something something

So apparently both our cable boxes stopped working. I called the Comcast people and of course they don't work weekends so we'll have to go all weekend without TV. Mom isn't taking this very well. I fired up the Hulu we never use and found something she'll begrudgingly watch. I on the other hand will miss not having TV, but I have my video games and the internet to keep me happy. My meals came so I have something to eat.   I don't know why the cable boxes suddenly stopped working for no

Is it all crap?

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to attempt making homebrew games. Neither of my 2600 games got a nomination in the awards thing. I went back to working on Uncle Hairy's Nosehair, but I don't seem to want to care since nobody else seems to either. You know, just one piece of feedback, like something I could change or do differently, would help immensely. It's not fun sitting here coding for hours if nobody wants to reply to what I've been trying to make.   And then it dawned on me.

Sleep again

I have to give up on my soccer game. It is going crazy.   But I think I have discovered something: I think of stuff in my sleep. I thought of this comic in my sleep. I thought of another one, but I forgot it. When I woke up, I went to draw it. I slept all day Sunday and woke up today at about 1:30am. I decided to make comics 7 days a week when I have enough ideas. I want to finish next week's because I only have 2 comics done for it. Ideas have been slow to come to me lately

No more snow

In case you've been wondering where I have been these past few days. No, the power ddin't go out. I've just been busy doing other stuff. Like sleeping. I sleep now between 14-16 hours a day. I know that's more than half my life spent sleeping, but I can't help it. I want to spend just half my life sleeping. But in order to do that, since I woke up at 10 a.m. I'd have to stay awake until 10 p.m. And I don't know how I'd do that.   The ice is completely gone now. The high was up in the 5

I ventured out.

Not in a car or anything. We heard a loud noise earlier so I went to go check it out. I saw nothing that would cause a loud noise to happen. Yesterday the snow on the ground was hard as rock. This morning I was actually able to walk around on it. It felt like walking on snow. I woke up at four a.m. and it was still below freezing outside. Here it is three hours later and it's 42 degrees. The thawing has begun. The sun is about to rise.   If it decides to rain, everything else to the en

SUNday? I don't think so.

If the sun does decide to come out, it will still be below freezing anyway. I'm still prepared, taking a flashlight with me at night where ever I go. Right now it's 17 degrees and a little after 8 a.m. here. It looks like even Tuesday now will be below freezing so that's an extra day to wait. Hopefully Wednesday will be the day to get rid of all the ice. I'm so sleepy. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and found the power still on after my 15-hour nap. I'm still working on stuff, but will avoid anything th

Ice came but it won't go

I woke up and there was a little bit of snow. Or perhaps it's ice that looks like snow. It's about 20 degrees right now and they're saying it will only get to 26 today. I'm in a deep freeze here. And the ice keeps falling. and it won't stop. We have a ton of ice around here. I've never seen anything like this: it being 20 degrees at almost 9 a.m. Perhaps if the electricity goes out I'll go take a walk around my street and see how bad it is.   It's pretty likely the electricity will go

I may disappear for a week.

They're predicting an ice storm in my area. One station said we'd get about a half inch of ice on Friday/Saturday. Apparently snow may accompany it. The Weather Channel says 1-3 inches of snow. So I really don't know what's going to happen. We may be safe but I doubt it as apparently most of my state is under a winter storm watch during this time. Who knows? With a half-inch of ice, the power may go out and it would take a few days for us to get power back. Like what happened a couple of years a

Font crazy.

I've been having a lot of fun making fonts with this thing. I made one called "Hip 2 Be²" I would have liked to call it "Squaresville" but that name was already taken by a dafont.com author. But I spent most of yesterday sleeping. I'm trying to turn my life around again so I'm awake at day and asleep at night. So that meant going to sleep after just waking up. I got up and took my pills because my leg was hurting from laying too much. Then I went back to bed and got up at 5 a.m. Hopef

These United States

I don't think they're going to accept my font. So I made a few changes to it and I'll try submitting it again. I think one of the few things I did wrong was making Alabama too big compared to the rest of the states. This was my bad since I was just getting used to the upgraded software. I had Font Creator 12 but my auto-kerning feature was only available if I paid an extra $99, which I did, and downloaded Font Creator 15, which I also did.   Rhode Island was a tiny little blob. So I ch

I submitted my first font to dafont.com

And it took a lot of unneccessary work. It is a dingbats of the shapes of each state in the United States. I had to straighten each state's shape since it wasn't. Then since I wanted it equal kerning (space between letters), I had to pay $99 and download a new edition of Font Creator. Which is stupid and highway robbery if you ask me. But I suppose if I am going to be making fonts, I guess it's necessary.   I put each state in, using 50 of the 52 letters, with lowercase y and z not use
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