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Mostly Atari-related projects, and other ramblings. Home of the Artie the Atari comic strip.

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iBlog

So I've finally joined the rest of the world, and got myself an iPhone. Of course the first appropriately nerdy thing to do with it (after using its GPS to plan an alternate route around the traffic to get home from Northridge), was to type an entire blog entry with it. I must say I'm rather surprised at how well the virtual keyboard works - especially in landscape mode and in no small part thanks to its on-the-fly auto-correct feature*. Of course I could type way faster than this on a real keyb

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Send in the Clones

The Clone Wars started its run on Cartoon Network tonight. I never did go see the movie theatrical compilation this summer, since the previews just didn't merit spending $20 on a ticket and snacks to sit through it. I actually got about as far as the parking lot of the theater though, but common sense prevailed, and I went out for fish 'n' chips instead.   But now that it's running on TV which I'm already paying for, and therefore doesn't cost me any additional money, I decided to check it out

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Going slightly Mads

So, remember this?   No?   Well, I didn't expect you to.   Anyway, so here's the entry.   And sorry Dave... it's not about "Top Gear".   However, it is about cars driving really fast. Just without the wacky British humor.   It's about rallying.   Oops... okay, before you leave - those of you in the United States - stick with me a minute. Yes, rallying is pretty-much a non-entity in the U.S., but unlike say... soccer... rallying is actually interesting.   (And before soccer footba

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

More Tron, more fun

"Recognize" this?     Remember wanting to play it?   Well... go ahead!     Space Paranoids is now online! And it even works on a Mac!   Well... not my G5 iMac. It runs like a dog on that. But it runs great on newer Macs. (Not iPhones though. Maybe someday.)   42 Entertainment made the game last year for the Comic Con Flynn's Arcade event that kicked off Tron Legacy's viral marketing campaign, which is starting to get rather extensive.   There have been clues left on various vir

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

VWRC

And so, the 2013 World Rally Championship (WRC) season is underway.   Actually, it started last month, but since it was basically a repeat of everything that happened last year, I didn't bother writing it up.   Sebastien Loeb won, Jarri-Matti Latvala crashed out, Mikko Hirvonen couldn't find a good pace, and Mads Ostberg was fast, but not fast enough for a podium. And VW came in second.   Wait... what?   Oh right... that.   Other than the results largely appearing the same, everything

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

100,000!

Well, for whatever reason, my blog is the first one here at AtariAge to hit the 100,000 views mark. (Although I'm a little disappointed that the score didn't roll over.)   The rather astonishing thing about this, is that only about 97,532 of those are me either clicking "reload", or going back into my old posts and correcting spelling and grammar mistakes (although regular viewers know full well those almost never happen ). I figure another couple of thousand views are due to various web-bots

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Tales from... THE FUTURE! (revisited)

So, it's January. Funny, it seems like it was January just a few weeks ago.   The MacWorld Expo (Apple's big annual show-and-tell) is coming up in a couple of days. They almost always announce some new product at it. The question is - what will they release this year? (That would be 2008, by the way. I don't know about you, but I find that rather hard to believe.)   With that, I'll once again display my incredible wealth of ignorance, by making Technology Predictions for 2008. But first, it'

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

To-do or die!

Another year, another To-Do List. I actually started this list in February, but it didn't get done because I didn't add finishing it to my old To-Do list. (Is that a Moebius Loop or a Vicious Circle? )   Besides, formatting is still woefully broken in the blogs, and even though it looks good in the editor, once I post it, it becomes a mess. But since I'm not going to wait around forever for that to get fixed, I might as well post it now.   As always, here's a link to last year's. Been there,

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

WRC - MIA?

The 2011 World Rally Championship season has kicked off, and yet there's zero TV coverage of it so far.   So where I'd normally use this as an opportunity to recap the highlights, instead I'm going to use it as an opportunity to just talk about car stuff in general.   Until HD Theater gets off their thumbs, that is.   Currently, the rumor I've been eagerly following is the joint Toyota/Subaru TC-86 concept sports car. Toyota design, Subaru power train. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Predictions for 2010

So here we are... the year Jupiter explodes and turns into a miniature sun, causing the Soviet Union and United States to finally declare the Cold War over, and millions of innocent black monoliths to die horribly in the resulting conflagration.   Which brings up the inevitable question, what else is going to happen this year, and how were my predictions for last year?   Let's find out! First... 2009:   Nothing spectacular from Apple, but steady progress and upgrades. - Right. But that

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Somebody at Disney likes video games...

First Tron: Legacy, now Wreck-It Ralph:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPSQOomMWro   I'd first heard of this years ago (it's been in development for ages under different titles) and was skeptical of it, but it looks pretty good. I've heard some good reports coming out of the studio about it as well (in fact - they have a number of arcade classics set up there for "research").   (Edit: replaced trailer with higher-quality version, without annoying introduction)

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Roll over! Sit! Speak!

So here's the dillyo (word up)...   Since several of you regular readers (yes, you) just so happen to be 2600 programmers (who, I might add, are some of the most talented, creative, and staggeringly intelligent people on the face of the planet), I thought I'd ask for some programming help. And I figured it would be more appropriate to do it here, than clutter up the homebrew forums.   Now, by "help" I actually mean "do (most of) the programming for me". But I figured you already saw that com

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Feelin' Blu

Well, the myriad editions of Tron: Legacy are now up for pre-order on Amazon (due to ship April 5th - ).  The question is... what to get?   The Tron: Legacy Limited Edition Five-Disc Combo Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy + Tron: The Original Classic Special Edition Blu-ray in super-special "Identity Disc" collectible packaging?   The Tron: Legacy Five-Disc Combo Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy + Tron: The Original Classic Special Edition Blu-ray?   The Tron: Legacy Four-Disc

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

More Tron fun

The viral marketing campaign for Tron Legacy rolls on! Someone at Disney is having a lot of fun with this.   In case you missed the new trailer... you can check it out at Apple's Trailer site or or the viral site.  It hits a lot of the right notes. Seeing Bruce Boxleitner back as Alan Bradley, a visit to the dilapidated Flynn's Arcade (which I've been to - it's in Culver City, although I think it was an Italian restaurant at the time), the touch-surface computer console (how far ahead of

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Will the WRC return to competitiveness?

Admittedly, I've hardly been paying any attention to the World Rally Championship (WRC) for the past two years. For starters, there hasn't been any U.S. TV coverage. No surprise there - we don't even get Rally America Championship races. All we get are GRC highlights, which is hardly rallying. Velocity does carry ERC highlights - at 5:00 AM Sunday mornings - but they don't start running them until the season is almost over. But at least it's something, and it's a lot more competitive than the

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

To-Do Redo

Well, it's time to consolidate my To-Do list, so I can actually update the thing without getting hopelessly confused.   Homebrew stuff: Manual and label for another 2600 homebrew - In progress Sprites for Moon Cresta homebrew - In progress Sprites for still-yet-another-arcade-port - In progress Sprites for yet-another-arcade-port - In progress Atari logo on a Mac folder icon - Starting soon Sprites for Wizard of Wor Arcade - In progress Revised sprite for Thomas - In progr

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

To-doing

Sounds like a Don Martin sound effect*, doesn't it? To-doing!!   But actually, this is yet another To-Do List. However, since some of it is already in progress, that makes it a "To-doing" list.   If the blog tags weren't still broken, you would be able to click on a handy link, and look at my previous To-Do List entries. But it's just as well you can't, since even I don't particularly like looking back on lists of things that I never got finished.   That said, I'll continue with the tradi

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

WRC - MIA... again.

Last year, after the World Rally Championship season started in February, it took until April for highlights to start showing up on TV.   This year, they may not show up at all. Assuming the season actually happens in the first place.   The problem is that the WRC's main sponsor - North One Sport - was sold last year to Convers Sports Initiatives - a Russian-owned company that in the end, turned into a $1.6 billion case of fraud. Ouch.   North One Sport provided the WRC's website, smartpho

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Still not completely fixed, apparently

Previously, I mentioned at the very end of this post: That's not the only problem anymore. You see, I've been testing the Trak-Ball™ hacks on it. Why have I been testing them? Well I wouldn't have wanted to go to the trouble of designing labels for hacks that didn't work now, would I? The problem is... some of them just won't work on my six-switch 2600. What's weird is - some of them do work. On my four-switch, all of the hacks work fine. Both of my CX-22 Trak-Balls™ work wi

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Another mouth to feed...

So, I finally bought a PlayStation 3.   I had planned to do so a year ago on Black Friday, but just didn't want to deal with the insanity of fighting people at stores for one, and all of the online deals sold out before I could get to them.   This year though... I had a plan!   I was going to camp out on Amazon, and snag one in a Lightning Deal™. I knew when their PS3 bundle was going on sale - all I had to do was just log on a little early, refresh the page until the deal showed up, and b

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler-free-spoiled-movie review

So, I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron last night.   Okay, to be fair - I actually went this morning. Midnight is "technically" morning.   I usually don't go in for first-day screenings, but thought it would be fun.   It wasn't.   I wish I hadn't bothered.   Why?   Well, it wasn't the audience. There was a good audience there, including some students from the college I work at. So the comic book nerd factor was pretty high. That was good.   It wasn't the seating. Even though the

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

A big, flickery mess?

So... back to one of the things on my "To-do" list - namely, "Stupid Game Ideas". (Pretend that was said in a loud, booming voice with lots of echo.)   ...ideas... ...ideas... ...ideas...   These are the games I would make for the Atari 2600, if I had any clue about programming.   And trust me... I don't. I've read through a bunch of the 2600 "how-to" stuff, and even though I kind-of get some of the limitations of the 2600, and have a vague sense of what the hardware is doing, I have no

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

So... it's a big iPhone

Well, Apple's non-big announcement today was of their jumbo-sized iPhone.   I mean... the iPad. (Although several times during the keynote, Steve called it the iPod. I'm surprised they didn't go back in and fix that. )   Now, this would have been a technological marvel a few years ago... before the iPhone. But now, it's just a bigger iPhone. Not all that impressive - despite Steve continually mentioning during his keynote how impressive it was. It's like making a DVD the size of a laserdisc

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Tron: Legacy (spoiler-free review)

I saw Tron: Legacy in IMAX 3-D today, after months of waiting and anticipation.   With much effort, I did manage to avoid spoilers - although some twit in the audience was talking during the film and guessed one during the movie. Here's a suggestion to all of you who are going to movies and like to talk during them... BE QUIET! You aren't at home watching TV, and nobody wants to hear you talking during the movie they're paying to watch. If you can't stand not hearing yourself talk for the dura

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Homebreviews - part 19

Believe it or not... this entry includes my 60th Homebreview! To mark the occasion, I'm reviewing a couple of games that were released at the Classic Gaming Expo this summer. The ROMs aren't available, so I've posted movies of them, to show you what they're really like (sorry about the quality - they were shot off of a TV screen).   Actually, I would have rather reviewed a really good game instead, but these are the last two unreviewed games that I've got. So there you go.   Although these r

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

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