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Sleep, work, repeat

It seems like all my life is is just working on video games, eating, going to the bathroom, and sleeping. I sleep a lot. Anyway, e5frog helped me with the password code for Quest of the Cranberry for the Channel F and I think I have it working correctly now. The hard part was converting parts of a variable to different values, separating the variable, and then storing those separate variables into new variables. I must have worked on this for a total of about 12 hours before life finally le

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Lost Gaming Vault: Super Mario World 1989 Build

So you thought this series was dead? I was only just hibernating!   Super Mario World is the 4th game in the long-running Super Mario series and was the 1st one to be in 16-bit and also was the first game with everyone's favorite dinosaur, Yoshi. Now, to my knowledge; SMW doesn't have a lot of interesting prototypes, they usually have one or two differences, but nothing worth talking about. But I found this one interesting enough due to how different this is graphically.    N

Magmavision2000

Magmavision2000

 

Think like a computer.

So I decided that the thing to do after spending all day and failing at that, is to split the 8-bit number into 4 2-bit numbers. So, if I ended up with, say, 95, it would print %01, %01, %11 and %11 on the screen (or 1, 1, 3, 3). But I'm having trouble with even this. I figured all that was was a matter of shifting numbers left and right, but I shifted them left and right in various ways in an attempt to make it work, but to no avail. I wish I was smart like you guys.

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Awakening

So I finally fell asleep at 2 a.m. I purposely wanted to wake up at 10:00 a.m. for eight hours of sleep (Instead of my normal 12-14). Eight hours later, I awaken, and I'm sleepy. But now that I've been awake for half an hour, I'm not as sleepy, but it's still hard. I guess I really didn't need half a days' worth of sleep. But if not, why did I not wake up?   One of the things I worked on last night was Quest of the Cranberry for the Channel F. I added two more digits to the passcode. I

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Castle Crisis - 5200 Love

Well, I have the basics of my MrBoehm (Named after my 7th grade science teacher) game controller working. It now supports the basics of 2600, 5200, and 7800  game controllers. Still alot of optimization that needs to be done yet.   Discovered that my 5200 and my 7800 are not working optimally. Some bad port action, but they are good enough for now. Probably will need some repairs at some point.   Attached is some Castle Crisis 5200 love. 5200love.mp4

flickertail

flickertail

 

Channel F musings.

So I was working on Hamburgers 2 when I realized something was up because it wasn't playing the explosion sound after you shot the milkshake and a new one shot an onion ring. Those two sound effects are on different channels so both of them should play. I went to SMS Power and looked at my former posts and realized the value I was putting in c was incorrect. "3" should not be for channel 3, but if the effect was using both channels 2 & 3. Went to sleep at 1:30 a.m.   Woke up at 3 p

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

How do you socialize and not Facebook?

The other day, with all that is going on in the world, mirrored with just as equally and similar unfair things going on in hobbies, I simply had enough of Facebook.   The question at the end of this because I really want to know, "did you Facebook and now don't" and, what did you do to replace it?   (Need some feedback and ideas)        The prologue... (As said in Up Pompeii!)   I've had a love/hate relationship with Facebook for years.  And it is not Facebook's fa

doctorclu

doctorclu

 

Burger trouble

So last night I tried my game on a real Game Gear. It had some weird graphical glitches when you died. I was able to fix that by turning the screen off. Then, all of a sudden, I had a bunch of weird problems pop up. I had discovered why I quit working on it. Stuff just wasn't working right. I started work at about 10:30pm last night. Into the night I worked on the game. Sometimes I thought I had fixed something when it happened again. I tried tons of different code patterns trying to fix a myria

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Avatar changing time.

As amazing as 7-Up is, I decided to get rid of it and it was time for a change. But to what? Why, watermelons, of course. Why watermelons? About a year ago, I started composing a song about watermelons. I quit on November 19. And then I got sidetracked with another musical project. Mind you, I just do these for something to do, just biding my time, waiting until I die. I got about 30 minutes into the watermelon song called "Watermelon Surprise (part 1)" and quit. New Years Day I started what I h

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Strips, Cards, Manuals, Labels, 3D Objects & More! - Updated (06/01/2020)

This is not my usual blog entry. This is more of a CHEAT SHEET to links that can be hard to find of downloadable books, manuals, keyboard strips, reference cards, etc. Clicking on the links will take you to the message where the item is available for download. Added  "ARTWORK" category near the bottom.   3D PRINTER FILES   32K & TIPI Case CF7+ 3D Case    CartShells Speech Synthesizer Enclosure Texas Instruments LOGO Coaster   Of

Omega-TI

Omega-TI

 

Hamburgers fixed.

Bad news: We have to replace the "dinosaur" ac/furnace. Good news: I spent some time trying to fix my Game Gear game "Hamburgers En Route To Switzerland 2", and I think I fixed it.   I forgot what the problems were, but after fiddling with the code and running it, I got rid of the problems up until the boss part. If you died at the boss part, it made the 'boss got hit' noise when the action resumed. So a bit more fiddling with the code fixed that. I think the problems were with th

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Yet Another C Compiler - The Long Slow Process of Progress

I've been working on and off for the past several weeks and I've made some progress; which can, at times, seem like a lot.  Other times, this all still seems to very much be a daunting task.   When I started writing this entry, I realized I should probably give a general overview/background of how this compiler works under the covers.  Here is a basic outline of the process that the compiler follows:     (1)  Input files are run thru a handwritten Recursive Descent parser to

splendidnut

splendidnut

 

Art imitates life again.

I have this weekly webcomic. It is a lot like the Far Side. I sent it to syndicators but they turned me down. I thought it was pretty funny, I guess they didn't. Anyway, yesterday was a horrible day. My toilets weren't working. This started at about 10 a.m. I had to go down to the clubhouse a couple of times to use their toilets. Someone came to help at about 5 p.m. after we called for help. They fixed it. I was so glad. That little episode inspired this comic, to be posted on my comics website
 

Success!

So I finally worked for a few hours and finally got my TI 84+ responding to the computer. But the bad news is the software used to make assembly files is too old and won't respond to 64-bit Windows computers. So I went back to work on my Basic program. A plus sign multiplying itself while trying to avoid an asterisk doesn't really make for good gaming, so I guess I'll go back to working on my other stuff. When that cable comes I am going to try TILP with it. TI Connect software only s
 

How TI-pical

So I woke up at about midnight. Not very rare, I often wake up in the middle of the night. But this time was different. I decided to start programming the TI-84+. Spent two hours trying to hook up the thing to the computer with a regular USB cable. Nothing was working. I apparently need a special one. So I began looking for it. No success. So I bought one off of eBay. It was only $5. And it's supposed to come June 4. (I want it NOW though!) So apparently it's either find the one I had or wait un
 

Draconian and Baby Pacman - Progress!

The last week was a source of frustration, as I could not get the ADG715 SPST switches to behave as expected. When the switches were closed, they worked just fine, but when they were open, they intermittently "closed". There was voltage bleed over, which meant that the Atari 7800 was seeing random JS input.   Come to find out, the Raspberry Pi GPIO power was bleeding into the switches. The solution, was to double-ground (one ground to Atari ground, one ground to GPIO ground) 1 of the 8
 

The Wonderful Wizard of Game

No, no YouTube video. You deserve better. Today I'm going to talk about what came in the mail. I finally got my copy of Lady Frog for the Odyssey2, but that isn't what I'm going to talk about. I also got something called a Game Wizard. It came with three cartridges. Mine is Star Wars-themed. I know nothing about Star Wars, but that was the only choice I had. Looking through eBay I saw a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers-themed one and a VR Troopers-themed one. I wonder what would happen if I put a M
 

Attack of the Wuzzles!

I was looking through the special section of last Sunday's paper. Our local newspaper is owned by USA Today for some reason. Sometimes we get these special sections filled with puzzles. I came across these things called "wuzzles." I googled it and sure enough, it is a thing. I think it's a portmanteau for "word puzzles." I mean, how else could you get the name wuzzle? Anyway, a loooong time ago (like when I was a kid), I remember starting this book of some, but I didn't know what they were calle
 

Triggered by historical inaccuracies! [Spoiler Alert]

I just had to blog this. But spoiler alerts are due. So, if you haven't watched Seasons 3 or 4 of The Last Kingdom and intend watching it, feel free to come back later.   I love historical shows and movies. An extreme example of what I've witnessed in The Last Kingdom was the Starz show, Black Sails. This was where the writers came up with a historical setting and shoehorned characters from books and actual historical pirates into the show. It was never intended to be historically accu
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