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Wham-O Magic Window Found

The Wham-O Magic Window that I had was a thin clear plastic oval container filled mostly with white and blue sand-like material. It was kind of fun for limited amounts of time and I wanted to know the name of it, but I couldn't find anything about it since I couldn't remember the name of the 'toy' or the company that made it. We finally found it today. I read that Wham-O might make it again if they get enough requests.   Related links:   http://www.timewarptoys.com/toys.htm   http://en.w

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Niceness is often punished.

So I thought I'd be nice and give my manager more than the usual two weeks notice, that I'm moving across town, and I can't work there anymore. I figured he'd be happy with an extra bit of time to try to find a replacement for me, especially since we're already short-handed.But no. Instead of thanking me for giving him extra notice, he tells me my last day is on the 5th of November (roughly two weeks from now). When I tried to explain that I was only trying to be considerate, and that I want

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Leprechaun versus Lode Runner

I was thinking yesterday about the various differences between Leprechaun and Lode Runner and came up with the following list (subject to change):- no end of level ladder- no hidden pits / traps- enemies pick up, but don't drop, gold- multiple enemies can fall into the same hole- can't run over enemies in the hole (player falls in the hole & dies)- enemies can't climb out of holes (they "die" and reappear at the top)- enemies can fall & run through holes, same as player (until the hole s

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Breakthrough with PERL

So,I was working in my PERL class yesterday and for some reason, I thought I had finally "gotten" how PERL works, etc. It was like one of those vaunted "a-ha" moments that programming instructors marvel about. But anyway, it just seemed like I could finally "get" this language. I feel good about it and actually look forward to messing around with it some more.

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I toured NCSoft today.

Do you have a gaming company that, once upon a time, you would've done anything to work for?   For me, that company was Origin Systems, Inc. The Ultima Series brought me into computer role playing games in a big way. Ultima IV was my gateway game. I spent from 1991 to 1999 upgrading my computers just so I could play the latest Origin releases.   Origin is no more, but the company was resurrected, in a way, when the Garriott brothers went to the computer MMORPG maker of the most successful on

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Death Race shipping

Instead of replying to my own prior Blog entry I thought I'd follow up on it here instead. I just arranged to have the Death Race game shipped to my apartment. I'm hoping it gets here in one piece.It's actually costing me a little more than what I paid for it just to ship it, but that's what I expected. It's still a relative bargain, IMHO. I should be able to get it working again. If the board has problems there is a guy who can fix them, probably for less than $100 total. If the power sup

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Song B

I'VE BEEN PLAYING with 2600 music lately - I wrote a new music driver, which I'm pretty happy with (maybe more on that later); I've been trying to write something cool with it.Here's an unfinished 2nd effort; the imaginatively titled: Song B songb.bin It just loops through the final 8 measures forever, about a minute in. Thoughts?

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Leprechaun status update

More of the same. I think I've got almost everything in one file, though I haven't worked up the courage to see how many bytes it assembles to. I think I'm going to try to put the enemy movement into this version too, though maybe I should turn off the collision detection if I do.Hmm, one item I rediscovered was the sprite color is handled on a per-sprite basis. I think my original plan was to use that to mark whether enemies were carrying gold or not. I've since abandoned that idea (or at l

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The selling entry

Hey, FYI, apparently "redoubling my chronogaming efforts" must've meant "not writing about them anymore" because I haven't updated in a week, right?   No, no, no. In this case, I've needed to start "redoubling" my efforts to selling the stuff I've already moved past, namely anything pre-1977.   I've got three rules as far as keeping a happy marriage as it relates to my gaming obsession.   Rule #1 Never give an exact figure detailing how much time you've spent gaming during a recent period

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Isabella Coq: about to finish

Hi folks   All Isabella's quests are finished. %100.   I found a few bugs in the game but I'll fix them tomorrow.   I'll add some sounds as well.   Here the records:   The story = finished. Quests = finished. Endings = to be finished Mini games = %10 finished. Easter eggs = %2 finished.     About the story: Isabella wants to find a present for his father in the father's day.   It's a shame I didn't complete the game in time for the last father's day.   Since I'm still wor

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Colony 7 Sprites

Okay, I think I have all of the sprites done for Colony 7. It took a little time to rip the ones from the original arcade game in MAME, but thanks to Snapz Pro X 2, I can capture movies of anything on my Mac. Then it's just a matter of taking the individual frames I need, and importing them into ImageReady, so I can see them as animation.Like this:(enlarged to 300%)The Advisor doesn't do much, does it? Although really, how much action can you expect from an Advisor?Those were pretty easy to capt

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My eyes are up here, lady!

I hope someone creates pants for men that have a little adjustable opening (not a zipper) that shows part of the tubular treat for trollops, but not the tip. I've heard the lines, "my eyes are up here" or "my face is up here" from woman on TV about a million times concerning their upper frontals and it would be nice to hear guys say it to women for once.   Let's see how long woman can keep from looking down. I wonder how long it would take until they finally gave up and said, "OK, OK, look at

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Leprechaun goo

Time, she be precious and in scarce supply. I'm trying to put together all of the various bits & pieces I've written or thought about and make something a little closer to a playable version. My current goal is to get most of the player logic done so you'll be able to move the little block around with the joystick.Most recently I've been working on player joystick handling for when the player isn't "on grid". I want to allow the player to reverse direction in "mid stride" as it were. Hop

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Tile Trouble

I have been spending the last week getting Hunchy II into shape for the PhillyClassic show. I think I have the final binary (barring some possible tweaks to the tile screen), jussts is nearly finished the label, and the manual text is written and being compiled by Tony Morse. With luck, my first Atari 2600 cart game will soon be released, and I can't wait to play it!As part of the testing process for Hunchy II I unpacked my Supercharger from storage. At the same time I decided to see if Po

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My first "Rarity: 8" cartridge!

On another gaming board I frequent, I'm probably the only person actively interested in anything pre-NES. So whenever someone has some old Atari games to unload, I'm usually the one they unload them upon :)Recently a guy said he found 40 or so cartridges in his basement, as well as a 2600 and a few joysticks. We worked out a deal, and I ended up getting the whole deal for $80 plus shipping. I received the package yesterday, and the first thing I noticed was how nice all the carts were... they

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What's this? A short blog entry?

A few quick things (well... quick to type them up anyway): The RPS label is done! Billy really liked the final artwork, and plans to get back to working on the game soon. As a side note, Billy also had me create some new sprites for the game. So I'm anxious to see how they work out. Speaking of sprites, the next 2600 project I need to work on are some sprites for Manuel's port of Colony 7. (Thought I forgot, didn't you Manuel?) After that, I'll be coloring Jess Ragan's artwork for

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Five Reasons Why I Hate Steam

1. Always On - What if my PC isn't connected to the Internet, Valve?2. Automatic Updates - If it's broke, then I'll get the patch (it's given me time to write this, but I'd rather be playing CS Source).3. Random Crashes - Yep. It's fucked.4. Pop-Ups - I don't give a shit about Super Flying Space Ninjas, even if it is using the HL2 engine.5. Random Crashes - Fucked, again.

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iPod Video

I was very disappointed with the iPod Video announcement yesterday.I think it's only a matter of time before the minimum resolution on portable devices is 640x480, or, at the very least, the PSP's widescreen resolution.I also think that all PMPs should be able to play DIVX/XVID/SVCD movies that people have already downloaded. I mean, portable DVD players are starting to be able to do this. Lots of regular DVD players have been supporting this for a while.I don't think the iPod Video will take

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Algebra midterm

I'm pretty sure I passed this. I'm guessing that I could have a grade of 80 or a B- to be exact. Why? Because I just know that I screwed up on some problems on the exam.I've never been good at math at all. This is the second time I've taken Algebra at CCV. I failed it the first time and I'm not looking to repeat that this time around. Hopefully, I can pass this course and get it over with. I'm not interested in taking it for a third time. Wish me luck!

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Little Man Progress

Finally an update. It may not seem like much has changed since the last update but a BIG hurdle has finally been crossed. I completed the code that can read the game board tiles under the player sprite or any other game object for that matter. Now I am ready to begin programming the movement/control of the player sprite. Another change is the drones blink. Plus, I found a bug in the drone code which I fixed. The trick of the new code is to retrieve the game board tiles so that the tiles ma

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Ooze Lives!

But I'm just hammered right now. This is a quickie post for those following the game. It will get finished and it won't be too long before it does. So, read on for a little news and some brief thoughts I wanted to record today for consideration in the near future... or not! --> Go play some Atari!On a personal note, I've been an application engineer in the MCAD industry for the last 8 years or so. Really love the products, challenges and sys-admin that goes with the whole package. (Why

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Fartaway Disposable Underwear

Fartaway Disposable Underwear   This new underwear is not only affordable enough for you to wear a new pair every day, it also has a built-in activated charcoal filter that can dissipate some of the most foul-smelling farts that you can muster and the special layering also dampens sound. Now you can let your bowels express themselves anywhere from carpools to elevators and you can feel confident that 99% of your worst farts will be rendered harmless, so eat what you want and Fartaway.

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The Mission / Live!

Hi there!Ouch, that hurt! Real tragedy :sad:This was easily one of the three worst live gigs I've ever seen. So bad I actually left the building after 8 songs. (Right now I can remember only one single other gig where I left during the regular set out of pure disappointment : The Wipers )To me, the Mission were always the 2nd best live gothic rock show on the planet. (2nd only to Fields of the Nephilim that is!)They lost songwriting sometime after 1994, I think. Masque was their best album IMO.

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