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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


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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


I haven't been working on anything this morning. I woke up at around 8. Then the leafblowers started coming (it's Wednesday) shortly after so I decided to get up. So I did. If anyone likes crosswords, I have been making small ones recently. You can find them here: Mini crosswords. They're not as small as the 5x5 "mini" ones the New York Times does, but they're big enough to have a few different shapes since they're 8x8 ones.   I'm saddened by the death of Tom Smothers. I was just watch


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What I've been up to again

Yesterday I had an eye ache. I was pushing through, working on my game anyway until I felt the bloo magoo dance and I ran to the bathroom and threw up all my potato chips and pizza I ate that morning when my eye didn't hurt.   My room light is now behaving itself and not flickering any more. It never did burn out, but I don't know how much life it has left.   My computer is being an idiot and acting up. It likes to make me turn it off and back on again because it freezes. Or


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So I drew a comic with sheep in it. It was in drawing this that I learned something: Sheep are really hard to draw. Especially if you want them to stand on their hind legs. This is the cleaned up version. You should have seen the one where they looked like fat people. Or perhaps they still do. I googled sheep pictures and tried. I tried really hard to make them look like sheep. But I failed. Regardless, it is still my choice for my webcomic for 12/26.   Also, I have somethin


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eBay craziness / a question

So I went to eBay and clicked on Make Offer. This thing that never came up before told me I had to use my bank account for further Make Offers/Auctions. I clicked OK even though I didn't want to use my bank account and it said I could change it in settings. So I went to find settings on both PayPal and eBay and couldn't find it, although I did find a Payment settings on eBay. So I clicked on it. It said I am currently using my PayPal account for Make offers/auction. Plus what makes things weirde


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Agh! It's flickering!

So my light bulb began to flicker. I have one of those weird light bulbs. I got some on amazon and they're supposed to come Saturday. Hopefully my light bulb will last until then. And hopefully I got the right kind. But the flickering it's doing is annoying. I woke up today at about noon and I noticed its beginning. I am wondering if it does that as a warning that it's about to go out or if it would do that regardless.   I do know I had a heck of a time trying to unscrew the light fixt


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I'm leaving AtariAge.

Al sold his soul to the devil. That never is a good idea. Because of this, I have made the decision to leave the forums for good. I don't want to be posting in the forums of a zombie company, so I guess I'll be leaving now. I won't be gone for good, you can still catch me on the Video Game Sage forums. I am the user named "GameGearGuy," but I guess I should change my username there, so I may. Thanks for the 17 years (!) of fun, but I think it's time to move on to a more trusting forums since Al


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The Ants

I was getting ready to write a blog entry when I noticed my computer needed updating. Why it does who knows, perhaps just to annoy people. I don't want to update my computer any more. Is there a way to turn off checking for updates? It makes my computer unusable for at least 10 minutes every time it feels like annoying me.   Anyway, I was looking through my old CDs and DVDs when I came across a CD that had The Beatles' Rubber Soul and Revolver on the same disc. I only liked a few songs


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I had a comic idea. It was a wonderful one. It made me chuckle. I wish I remembered it. I went to sleep without writing it down.   So 6 more comics will be on my comic site starting August 21. I made a new icon for it. I've been making these off and on this year. I also worked on My History Teacher Ate Lemons some more. I had to wait about 40 minutes for my other stupid computer to update. All I wanted to do was scan my page of comics. It made me pine for the days when computers d


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