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Devember 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th: Visualizing Blueprints and Learning Hexagon

I've been working through Blueprints Visual Scripting for Unreal Engine and have nearly finished with the book. The UI editor seems to have changed somewhat significantly between 4.10 and the version the book uses, so I did have a little difficulty there with sizing elements, etc. But going through the Unreal Engine tutorials helped out. Otherwise, I've

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Devember 23rd & 24th: Just working through the Blueprints book…

I've mainly been going through Blueprints Visual Scripting for Unreal Engine. It's a pretty solid read and really easy to work with an understand. I've gone through the Blueprints documentation on Unreal's site in the past, though, so it is really clicking in my mind. Not much to show today, though. It makes use of the

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Devember 22nd: Playing with Parallax images in RPG Maker MV

Update: In reality, I should have just set the parallax image in the first place and then defined the player regions in the first step. That would have made it much, much easier. Live and learn. I also added the download. So, today I took the concept art by Kusanagi Studio for Cloud's house in Final

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Devember 19-21st: A lot of nothing and then a little Unreal and RPG Maker MV asset editing.

So, if you haven't checked it out yet, RPG Maker's official site is having an 85% off sale on most of their assets. So if you like the engine, grab a bunch now. You can use the code "santashelper" for the assets and "hohoho" for the software (MV not included). You will need to do

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Devember 16th-18th: a Little Bit of BluePrints and Basic Level Editing

So, I haven't had a chance to do much the last several days since I've been trying to catch up with everything at work before I take two weeks off. But I have done a little bit of work in Unreal 4. I have basically followed some of MrFantasticGhost's tutorials to put together a "real"

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Devember 12-15th: Nothing to report

For the weekend and the last few days, I've been busy with stuff around the house and Codex Worlds work, so I have not done anything exciting for Devember. Hopefully that will change tomorrow.

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Devember Days 10 & 11: AGK 2 Source Plumbing

Yesterday and today were primarily spent digging through source examples and documentation for AppGameKit. So, while I have nothing to share yet, I've been digging in. Hopefully I will get some time over the weekend to do a little more.

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Devember Day 9: Game Engines and Game Development Tools

So, today I decided to take a break from doing really shoddy and horrible Javascript coding and look at the different tools that I own and have not really used. I often use Unity, Unreal 4, and RPG Maker, but I own a lot of game technology that has been collecting dust. The main ones

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Devember Day 7 & 8 – Prototype2: Character Creation + Prototype3: Combat

Usually, whenever I start learning a new language or system, I create a really simple character creation system. Usually, they're bare-bones like the original Bard's Tale or Might & Magic games. This way I can concentrate on how the basics of random numbers, functions, etc work within the language rather than system design (skill trees,

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Devember Day 5 & 6 – More bugs and more tutorials

On Day 5, I continued my bug introduction phase by creating more and more concept logic loops that usually did not work the way I intended and caused me much misery trying to unroll them. So on Day 6, I restarted some BASIC JQuery tutorials so that I could get the feel for doing it

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Devember Day 4 – Buggy Interaction

Pretty much what I did today was make the "game" interactive. And introduce bugs. And go through random JQuery docs and mix and match Javascript docs to disaster. So onward and upward tomorrow...

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Devember Day 3 – JQuery

Pretty much all I did was add JQuery and JQueryUI and begin a few tutorials on them for some of the basics. And that was my hour...

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Devember Day 2 – Incremental Prototype 1

After I setup my development environment last night, I started thinking that I was jumping the gun a little. I haven't programmed in a LONG time (unless simple bash scripts on the Mac count), so I really do not have a strong way to estimate and plan for my Devember projects. So I decided that

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Devember 2015 – Day 1: DevEnv Setup

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I saw a post about Devember and I was intrigued. It has been a long while since I have programmed, and my skills are extremely rusty. But I really enjoyed doing it. So maybe an hour a day for all of December wouldn’t be too bad. It’s nothing like 50,000 words for NanoWriMo throughout November.

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I love working at UNLV

I've now been at UNLV for just over two years (September 11th was my two-year anniversary), and I have to say that I love this niche that I've found. The position is very similar to what I did at Idaho State University. I have a fleet of Mac computers that I manage with a handful

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My Time at GarageGames is Over, Unfortunately

On Friday, January 18th, me and eight other people were let go from GarageGames. So now I am looking for work and have a strong desire to stay here in Las Vegas since it is an amazing town. I've filed for unemployment, revised my resume like crazy, and begun applying at a number of places

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Innovation Fridays at GarageGames

Note: I killed this project and the GitHub project associated since it was getting unwieldy with the binary commits. It never really took off since I ended up being entirely too busy to actually do any Innovation Friday work. IF was a great idea that ended up not being able to pan out. - DMB 7-10-2013 GarageGames

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New job, new city, new lease on life

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote an entry. I interviewed and was offered a job at GarageGames in Las Vegas. After consulting with numero uno (my wife Marni), I took the job. In roughly two weeks, we packed up a 2700 square foot house in Pocatello and moved the vast majority

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Added some old tutorials that I had written to the site

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I can't believe I had forgotten about these tutorials. I found them in the back alleys of my hard drive. Old RPG Maker XP and Sauerbraten tutorials. If I can find the BlitzMax and Torque 2D ones, I'll post them as well.

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Getting Started with Sauerbraten

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Sauerbraten is the next iteration of the Cube engine. It was designed around two core concepts: make first-person shooters and make them easy to mod. It is, in my opinion, far more intuitive than FPS Maker. Yes, I am a huge geek who plays with a lot of different pieces of gaming crap. Here is

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Mini-Tutorial: Creating Doors in RPG Maker XP

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RPG Maker XP has some interesting caveats, and one of the first things that I wanted to do and had difficulty finding any information on was creating a door that would open. Now, this may seem very logical to many, but I was not an avid user of RPG Maker 95 or 2000, so it

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Tutorial 5: Combat

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In this tutorial, we look at the default RPG Maker XP combat system and how to work with it and tailor it to our game and character’s levels. We will fight the Wharf Rats from the previous tutorial and set up exactly how they should be treated (badly!). At the end of the combat, we

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Tutorial 4: Old-School Cinematics

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In this tutorial, I will present how to create a simple, old-school cinematic setup like in classic Final Fantasy games. This will lead into the next tutorial on combat. Tutorial Time: 20 minutes. Experience Level: Beginner Scripting Experience: Not applicable Source files: Included with RPG Maker XP Now that we have our player on an

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Tutorial 3: Getting Started with Events

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In this tutorial, we will use a basic “event” (or in the case of the previous tutorial, Non-Player Character) to create a somewhat complex dialogue and decision tree not unlike the beginning of a number of role-playing games. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to select character graphics, change characters, make

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Tutorial 2: Creating Your First Map

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This tutorial will show you how to create your first map. This map will be small and extremely simple, but will show off the basics of using the RPG Maker XP map editor. Some of the features will be familiar from your last tutorial, but we will also be adding to the knowledge gained there.

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Tutorial 1: Getting Familiar with the RPG Maker XP Interface

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In this simple tutorial, you will gain familiarity with the RPG Maker XP interface. I will cover all of the standard buttons and show you how to open, close, save, and load project files. I will also show you the basics of editing a map and how to navigate the character, item, magic, and monster

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Work, work, work

I'm in the process of doing a lot of work for the various jobs that I have as well as my own projects and scattered Westside Players duties. But I've been enjoying what I have been doing for the most part, but it has been getting more and more stressful as we push forward with

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Horizons, horizons

Just thought I would post a small update on the off-chance that anyone reads anything that I post! I am currently doing some work for the Union initiative at Unity Technologies. It is an initiative designed to bring current and future games to emerging platforms whether they are set-top boxes, TV internals (play a game

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InstantAction is closing its doors

As many people in the indie game development community know by now (an hour after it was announced), InstantAction is closing its doors. This means that at some point in the future, I'll be looking for another job (hopefully in the industry and working with game developers, education, and simulation contractors). Right now, in the

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I have a pretty good life, you know?

I have a solid position as a programmer/analyst at Idaho State University. I also have a great job with InstantAction as a community manager/e-mail support tech for the Torque team. I know a lot of game developers out in the "real world" and love the projects that they are working on. I somehow became the

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My life, recently

For the last couple of weeks, I have been working 12-14 hour days at ISU to try to get the massive multitudinous mountain of problems to subside. I think tonight I got the last of the big ones that will make me stay late. I also work at InstantAction in the Torque division as well,

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I dreamed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Julia Roberts were in a children’s cancer ward film…

I'm never quite sure where my mind goes when I go to sleep, but I seemed to have Julia Roberts on the brain (which is not surprising since Marni and I watched Sleeping with the Enemy last night). In the dream, Morgan and Roberts were doctors in a children's cancer ward. They were surrounded by

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My Japanese Tutor DS – I think I’ll buy this

It has been a long time since I started learning Japanese, and I was actually pretty good at reading it years ago. Since I have not kept up on it, I've pretty much lost all of my language memory. So to get back into it, I've thought about getting this. While it is definitely a

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Only two more dress rehearsals until Richard III is open to the public!

It's been quite a ride, and has been one of the most difficult roles that I've had the pleasure of working on. The cast is brilliant and I cannot wait to get the show in front of an audience and see how they like it. It has been a lot of fun working with some

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A couple of updates.

The Game Developer's Conference 2010 I had the wonderful opportunity to head to the Game Developer's Conference this year to hit the show floor and talk about our 2D iPhone engine. The first day there I happened to pull a muscle in my foot badly enough to tear the cartilage...not the best thing to have

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Help Lilly

I do not get many hits, but I wanted to try to help. If you love little girls and believe that the world is a better place because of them, then help Lilly.

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Gaslight and What We’ve Been Up To Lately

It has been quite a while since I posted anything. I wish I could say that I was being productive in that time, but mostly I think I was just being sick and goofing off. "Goofing off" has included limited playtime with Bayonetta, New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart Wii, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII,

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Now Zoe’s a bad, bad girl.

Where there are ferrets, there is trouble. For a long while now, we have been under the impression that Zoe is not nearly the climber and jumper that Broots is. It made sense since he can jump up on the tub in a single leap and it often takes her a couple of leaps. He

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Broots is a bad, bad, bad, bad boy.

Well, today Broots escaped from his cage and was running amuck in the piano room--well, only amuck if you count his murderous frenzy on some papers and low-lying books that he knocked off the shelves and made a mess with. I wish I had taken pictures, but we were more concerned with cleaning up and

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Doom Classic for the iPhone (with source)

Doom Classic is out on the iPhone. There are a number of reasons that I get excited when id releases something; one of the reasons lately is that I get to sift through their iPhone code. As with the Wolf 3D source release, id has graciously released the source code to their iPhone port of

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It’s a good time to be a game developer

Torque 3D is at 1.0.1 and we are full-steam ahead on 1.1. Unity Technology has revamped the "indie" version of Unity and released it for free to the masses; their iPhone and Pro engines are rushing through the marketplace as well. The Game Creators has released their ad-supported version of DarkBasic Pro for free. And

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Pyramid Cult

Jeff got it up on YouTube. Whoo-hoo! Now everyone can witness my dedication to the Art. I actually had my hair cut with, yes...steps. Parts 1-6 (because of YouTube's 10-minute limit). See my steps, see me drool!

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Is it possible to make a Social game too casual?

I've been enjoying a couple of the Facebook games out there lately, but there are some that have me in a quandry. Such as the Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures. According to the game, it is designed so that you can adventure on the go and do any number of other tasks...and it will take

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Circumventing the System: iPhone Development and the Desire to Not Use a Mac

I talk to people everyday who are really, really excited about developing for the iPhone since they have heard about the amazing profitability of things like the Fart App. They usually ignore the RSS feeds and news stories about the typical lifecycle and profitability of the vast majority of the Apps in the App Store.

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Torque 3D is Ferret Powered.

That's right. Ferret Powered. You gotta keep your eyes on the little buggers. They might invade California.

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NEWS ALERT: Some drivers are friggin’ idiots.

This morning, on my way to work, I nearly hit a car that blew through a red light. He did not slow down or stop at the light. He just barreled through. My light was green and had been for some time. It was not a case of him rolling through a yellow light. I

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How Not to Design a Product Page

Have you ever been looking for a particular type of product and discover that a lot of people are using one particular product that does what you want...but when you go to the site/product description, you cannot for the life of you figure out why others are using it? That has been my experience with

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The bludgeoning art of Triage

When one is as busy and scattered as I am, they have to figure out what projects to work on and what to triage. There are a couple of musts that I have to keep doing to be able to keep doing anything.

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Console Development – Or Why Can People Not Find the Offical Developer Sites?

I am constantly asked about acquiring licensing for console development. From the enthusiasm of these developers and the rather lacking amount of information on the web about it (other than forum posts about prices and speculations and homebrew kits), I thought I would at least toss out the base links for getting information from the

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Watch Peter Podgursky’s Cheerbleeders NOW!

Count Gore De Vol presents "Cheerbleeders!" from Gore De Vol on Vimeo. Peter is made of friggin' awesome!

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Do what you are good at.

I often hear the phrase "do what you know" or "do what you are good at", but the problem is that I'm a bit scattered at times and have difficulty pinpointing just what it is that I'm good at. I'm quite competant at computer programming. I've been doing it for a long time and have

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The Places My Mind Goes – The Boink! and Dope Connection

I was driving home from Theatre ISU's fun and lively production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile when I heard a song by Dope featuring Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society (as well as being a hell of a guitarist for Ozzy). The song "Addiction" has the chorus: Cocaine, heroin, alcohol and vicadin And I couldn't

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iPhone, PSP, and Nintendo DS mockup screen templates

Should you be remotely interested, as I am in my dabling state, I have created a group of templates for different handhelds. Mostly, it will help artists think about how their nifty desktop game artwork will work on mobile devices. It can really muddy up your day. First of all, you should check out the

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I love my jobs

I have to say that I love my jobs. Sure, there can be horrific pressures. ISU is seeing budget freezes, layoff's, hiring freezes. I get people who scream at me to support their non-existent C++ coding knowledge when they were told repeatedly that certain features require C++ changes to the engine (PhysX in TGE, for

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End of Spring Break

This is the hell that I woke up to this morning when I went to Mocha Madness to meet Chris to catch up and talk a bit about Manifest Destiny.

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Kids in Jail

It is always sad when kids go bad; and our babies have to go into lockdown in the clink every night.

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Who Wears the Pants in Your House?

Every time I hear the phrase "it's plain to see who wears the pants in your house" or variants of it, I think...what do pants have to do with anything now. I can understand that when pants were relatively unheard of in terms of women's dress and considered a stamp of masculinity, the phrase had

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SPRING BREAK!

No, I don't get Spring Break...but Marni does. She's driving to Idaho Falls this morning to visit her friend Kim and have a (hopefully) lazy day. She really deserves one! But this is what I was greeted with on this wonderful first day of Spring Break:

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I am entirely too tired for all this.

Since I was absolutely abhorible when it came to lines last night, I was worked up and annoyed at myself. So I couldn't sleep. Which means that I can't concentrate much today. Luckily I've been reading documentation for the most part, so it hasn't been bad. I only hope that my lines aren't as awful

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Persona 3 has an interesting summon mechanic.

To anyone that hasn't played it, it would be rather morbid: shooting yourself in the head to unleash your inner potential. But to a lot of traditional RPG players, the Persona games inspire a rather strange brand of RPG freak. So captioned an image.  

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Manifest Destiny

My original idea for Manifest Destiny came from a dream that I had. In the dream, there was a girl who could manifest herself psychicly in a number of ways. Her name was, duh-duh-DUN, Destiny. Being able to manifest multiple numbers of herself and perform all kinds of psychic tricks was great for the dream,

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Resident Evil 5 – Viral Videos

These are the currently released viral campaign videos for Resident Evil 5. It hits the shelves 3.13.2009.

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Interesting bit of RPG Makerish News I Seemed to Miss

Thought I would link to it, the idea is so nummy. Generating C# assemblies for XNA on the 360 would be a fun trick to master. The RPG Kit for XNA is pretty nifty as a starting point. Perhaps in the same way that TorqueX 2D works on top of XNA, though with more built-in

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Most Fun Our Ferrets have had in a While

We bought an octopus toy from Amazon for the babies. And they love it. Anything that lets them crawl inside is, of course, a ton of fun. But this has five arms for them to climb in and out of as well as the mouse. They play "Queen of the Octopus" (and yes, Broots is

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Two Cool Things from Around the Net

Ben Nadel's Extensive  JQuery Explanation Ben Nadel is an expert. I'm usually pretty skeptical when I see/hear the word expert, but in this case it is true. His resume not only speaks for itself, but his presentations and previous work speak more volumes than his resume ever could. His extensive look at JQuery is one of

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“RPG Maker is too limited for my vision”

I do not know how many times I have heard the worlds "RPG Maker is too limited for my vision" or some semblance of that sentiment around game development communities. While it does indeed fuel spur-of-the-moment engine license purchases, it also houses a much larger problem: project ineptitude. I do not think that I have

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Is Your Hair on Fire?

It never ceases to amaze me how people get bent out of shape about little things and infer huge things from next to nothing. I'm all for drama; otherwise I wouldn't be in the theatre. But sometimes I see drama get blown out of proportion and all I can think is "WHAT THE HELL JUST

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Pioneer Slasher

So, I have refined my idea a bit on the slasher flick. I had mentioned that I wanted to do a slasher flick, and while I doubt I can get anywhere near the style of Peter's Cheerbleeders, I think it would be a fun project. Bloody, horrifically bloody and violent; and very, very fun. After

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Sammy Hagar’s “Loud”

When I was heading home from work yesterday, the radio station I was listening to played a "crank it or yank it" tune. The idea is pretty simple and has a ton of different names on other stations (and some with the same name). Listeners vote for whether they want to hear the song ever

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A lot of awesomeness from my InstantAction peeps.

If you haven't played on InstantAction.com, I suggest that you fire up a new tab, install the plugin and get playing. It's a great gaming site that offers some damn fun games in your browser. Here is one of the best commentaries on why you should be playing Legions (as well as how to play

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Help save Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave

  Save a Kentucky Treasure!!!!   Please help us get the word out by forwarding this message to as many people as you can. Thank you!   Dear Friends,   Kentucky Repertory Theatre (formerly Horse Cave theatre) is fighting for its survival.    Caught in this nation’s ever-tightening recession, this unusual, 33-year old, Equity (fully professional)

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Redesigning the Stop Sign

A great parody video that actually bites pretty deep. As linked to me by WebRat.

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Underminding Your Message: Dodge Radio Commercials

We have a commercial for Dodge trucks that is running on our local radio stations. The commercial plays out like this (paraphrased): "I'm a truck driver. I drive big rigs all day long and I know trucks. When I get home, I love to drive my Dodge." That's the base message of the ad. And

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Interruption Marketing

I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about business. I have started businesses in the past. I have closed businesses in the past. I know how to do those two things. But I also know that interrupting your viewers before they even have a chance to see your business is really,

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How about adding “Make games that don’t suck” to your to-do list?

I frequent a lot of game development communities (as well as gaming communities) and often see people who get really excited about new markets (the current really exciting one is the iPhone App store). I can understand that excitement. New markets are by definition pretty exciting, especially to people who like breaking into new markets

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Great pieces of advice.

None from me. I'm not the best giver-of-advice, but I do like to read the advice given by others. Here's some great advice from some people that I quite enjoy reading: Joss Whedon's 10 Tips for Writers The biggest one, in my opinion, is the first one: finish it. This is an area where most

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More Zoe and Broots

While this isn't the most exciting video of Zoe, it is one that I could get while she was relatively motionless. Otherwise she was quite a blur. And here's Broots again, this time getting the camera strap. He's pretty damn viscious with those paws. He grabs on and refuses to let go! Yes, I know

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Broots goes crazy on carpet.

He is definitely one funny ferret! Zoe just explores.

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Just watched Peter Podgursky’s Cheerbleeders.

Cheerbleeders is one hell of a film that was made by Peter Podgursky, a one-time alum of ISU and one hell of a filmmaker. I'm proud to say that I've tried to help out on his films in some capacity. Whether it was a little or a lot or none at all, I support him

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Do what you love.

From Jeff Tunnell's blog at MakeItBigInGames. "If you want bling-bling. If you want to buy the jets. You want to do shit? Work. That's how you get it."

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I have a hankering to do a slasher flick this summer…

I'm still unsure as to exactly how I want to do it, but I'm thinking that 10 minute chunks (the official timestamp length on YouTube videos, though I have a feeling that it would be pulled in short order (assuming anyone actually watched it). Mainly because there are a couple of things that I want

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Music for the Day – Eminem, New Order, Megadeth, Men Without Hats, Liz Phair, Tori Amos, U2, Joe Satriani

Eminem's "The Way I Am", New Order's "Confusion", Megadeth's "Peace Sells...", Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance", Liz Phair's "Fuck and Run", Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years", U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday", Joe Satriani's "Always with Me, Always with You"

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Music for the Day: Skinny Puppy, The Killers, Primitive Radio Gods, Crash Test Dummies, Our Lady Peace, Chumbawumba, Jill Sobule, Static X

Skinny Puppy's "Killing Game", The Killers "Somebody Told Me", The Primitive Radio Gods' "Standing Outside a Broken Telephone Booth with Money in My Hand", Crash Test Dummies' "God Shuffled His Feet", Our Lady Peace's "One Man Army", Chumbawumba's "Homophobia", Jill Sobule's "Under the Disco Ball/Manhattan in January, and Static X's "Push It".

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Things You Should Own: Persona 4 (Playstation 2)

Persona 4 is not your father's RPG. In fact, it's not really the kind of RPG that you are most likely used to; even if you are a MegaTen fanboi like me. P4 starts with your silent protagonist moving to a quiet, foggy village and attending high school just as a murder spree begins. The

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Things You Should Own: Dr. Awesome for the iPhone

Dr. Awesome is...well, awesome...for lack of a better word. I have played quite a few horrendous games on the iPhone, and while I love supporting indies and their games...there is a lot of crap coming from all quarters to the device. So I was pretty interested when I saw a game that looked kinda cheesy

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Music for the Day: Fionna Apple, Blur, Fisher, Billie Meyers, The Living End, Bizet, Reel Big Fish

Fiona Apple's "Criminal", Blur's "Boys and Girls", Fisher's "Breakable", Billie Meyer's "Kiss the Rain (Chasing Amy Mix)", The Living End's "Prisoner of Society", Bizet's "Toreador", Reel Big Fish's "Kiss Me Deadly" oover.

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RockBand Tuesday / Guitar Hero Thursday Releases

Rock Band 2 (12/23/2008) Quite a few fun songs from holiday fare and Foo Fighters on RockBand 2 to Reggae and hard rock on Guitar Hero World Tour!

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Zoë in All Her Sleepy Glory!

They were plumb tuckered after their vet trip. Broots is the headless ferret (it is over the back of their hammock...I don't know why he likes to sleep this way). Zoë is lauging at him.   Marni took this after their vet trip. Zoë wouldn't let the vet get ahold of her, but Broots wasn't so lucky.

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Music for the Day: Dishwalla, Jimmy Eat World, Ghetto Boyz, Tool, Dead Milkmen, Barenaked Ladies, The Bloodhound Gang

Today's selection includes Dishwalla's "Counting Blue Cars," Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle," Ghetto Boyz "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta," Tool's "Sober," The Dead Milkmen's "Stuart," Barenaked Ladies' "The Old Apartment," and The Bloodhound Gang's "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss."

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Things You Should Own: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog on DVD

Joss Whedon is quite the amazing writer. He has written and produced some of the best moments that I have found on television. From Buffy to Angel to Firefly, Whedon has impressed me. And during the writer's strike, he impressed me again with a new tale: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog. You can watch the episodes on

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Music for the Day: Quiet Riot, Mother Love Bone, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Deftones, Joydrop, Artificial Joy Club, Lords of Acid, Genitorturers

Todays blast of music is Quiet Riot's "Cum on Feel the Noise," Mother Love Bone's "Chloe Dancer," The Foo Fighters' "The Pretender," Avril Lavigne's "Complicated," The Deftones "Change (In the House of Flies)," Joydrop's "Beautiful", Artifical Joy Club's "Sick and Beautiful," Lords of Acid's "I Sit on Acid", and Genitorturers "I Touch Myself."

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Music for the Day: Wheatus, Fountains of Wayne, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Vandals, Ella Fitzgerald, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Alanis Morrisette

Today's music is Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag," Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom," Mighty Mighty Bosstones "The Impression that I Get," The Vandals "Oi to the World," Ella Fitzgerald doing "Mac the Knife," My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult's "After the Flesh", and Alanis Morrisette's "Eight Easy Steps"

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Music for the day – Jesus and Mary Chain, Lightning Seeds, Eve’s Plum, Electric Hellfire Club, Susanna Hoffs, Black Eyed Peas, Erasure, N.W.A.

I am constantly listening to music during the day and I thought that I would share some of the things that I listen to with anyone who might be perusing the interweb and stop by. In this series, I share the YouTube videos for Jesus and Mary Chain's "Sometimes Always", The Lightning Seeds "Pure", Eve's

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Things You Should Own: Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine

Of the many albums that Trent Reznor has produced, Pretty Hate Machine is still one of my favorites. It may not have the clear definition of style that The Slip or The Downward Spiral have. It may not have the raw intensity of Broken or Fixed; but it has a razor-sharp edge that I still

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Things You Should Own: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

If you have been near a bookstore, or even a place that happens to sell hardbacks, or if you are just a subscriber to O, then you have probably heard of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I know that it was an Oprah book pick (like The Road) because I still have not been able

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Shit Machine 1, Marni and Dave 0

Well, our little boy ferret, Broots, got out of the cage somehow this morning. Brin actually alerted me to it, though I had thought he was just hiding. He called me about some work he was doing at the house and thought it was kinda cool that we had a weasel in the cage. When

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We have babies!

That's right! Marni and I are now the proud parents of two little slinkies with fur, AKA: Ferrets. Their names are Zoë and Broots. Zoë means "life" in Greek, though that is not the real reason that we named her that. We named her after a character we liked profoundly in The Pretender series. Which is also where

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If it were easy, everyone would be doing it well.

Marni and I have done a lot of work on our house. There are some things, like putting on doorknobs, that I can do. For example, last night we re-arranged the computer/scrapbook room to better accomodate the flow of how Marni works on bills (on the computer) and scrapbooking. It is not the ideal arrangement

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A couple of thoughts on Twilight

Marni and I went and saw Twilight last night, and while I quite enjoyed the books I had a really "meh" feeling about the film. I did a bit of a long write-up on my experience with the film and why it didn't click with me in the same way the novels did.

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RockBand Tuesday (12/2/2008)

That's right, I'm back from my honeymoon and enjoying a little R&R from it--that is, after I did my GarageGames reports! Oy vey! The lineup this week is interesting as usualy, though my favorite is easily the Squeeze tune. There's a fun metal track here if you want to make sure you rate highly in

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In San Diego

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Well, just a quick update on what we've been up to. We had voted absentee before we left, so we were extremely happy to see Obama had won this morning. It's a bright new day! The vote is not in on Proposition 8 yet, but it is currently not looking good for civil rights in

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The Qwest to Keep a Phone Number

Strangely enough, I was told for the second time that I could not keep my phone number for moving across town. This may seem natural enough in New York or L.A. where I may be crossing area codes, but not so much here in Pocatello. Especially not when I know so many people who have

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Moving Day and Closing Night have Come and Gone

We had such a wonderful turn-out of family and friends who answered the call to help us move. It was really irritating for me to wander around and not be able to help very much, but they were really good at being mean to me and telling me to back off and not try to

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RockBand Tuesday (10/28/2008) Releases

Missed a week since I had an appendectomy, but it was Nirvana fun. So it was a good week to Rock Band! Looks like this week will be fun as well. Here's the line-up. Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie and the Banshees Kiss Them For Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees The Killing Jar - Siouxsie

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New Position; Same Old Situation

Well, I accepted the new position of "Computer Analyst" which is now a non-classified position here at ISU. It is a raise in pay and a lot more programming, which I am quite excited about. I'm still unhappy about the situation that led to the opening of the position. Unhappy is an understatement, but the

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Sometimes Being Courteous Feeds You a Shit Sandwich

I've been trying to eat better, what with my surgery and all, so that I can have some energy and get better. So I decided this morning to hit Burger King before work. That's Burger King #12976 on Bench Road, for those keeping score (not that anyone is). So I get their cheesy bacon wraps

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Whirlwind or Slow Motion?

Well, appendectomies seem to come at the absolute worst times. Not only have I been rendered useless when it comes to painting (which was what was on schedule this week) but also moving heavy crap (which is on schedule for next week). At least I'll be able to clean the apartment and not feel like

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I thought I only had two medical incidents scheduled for this month…

Obviously my appendix didn't agree with me and decided that it would be a good time to act up. On Wednesday morning my entire stomach hurt like crazy. I have a weak stomach, but am really unused to it hurting. Maybe the Molto Coldo jalepeno pizza really wasn't good for me! So I decide to

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Triggering Problems in Graphical Adventure Games

I'm not sure how many people played Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the majority of what the game had to offer. Unfortunately, I also was extremely irritated by some segments (especially the segments where I was being chased and had to lock/unlock doors with

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Getting Our Floors Done and Painting

Today the hardwood guys are coming in to sand and stain our floors in the living room, study, office, and front hallway. We chose a nice dark mohogany stain, though I'm about to head over to see what he would recommend. I know it would go wonderfully with the colors we have selected, but I

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Eyeing Content Management Systems

I'm an avid WordPress user and fan, but some of the projects that I am thinking about need something much more than a simple blogging system. They need something that traditionally falls into the CMS category. Unfortunately, a lot of the CMS's out there aren't organized the way I would like or are not as

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Theatre de la Jeune Lune closes its doors

Living outside of the hub of theatrical activity in the major centers of the US, I did not realize that Jeune Lune closed its doors in July. This makes me extremely sad in that of Marni and I's "13 plays in 13 days" excursion to Minneapolis in May of 2007, we saw two extremely magical

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Using Python as a Learning Language for Introductory Programming Students

Python is one of my favorite languages, not just because it has clean and clear syntax, but because its block-based style promotes strong and consistently readable style. This is not only extremely important for production level code in enterprise applications (often not written in Python but utilizing code style practices) but is of utmost importance

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RockBand Tuesday 10/14/2008: Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood (full album)

That's right, Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood is coming to Rockband this Tuesday. Below are the songs from the album so that you can see if you want to pick it up.

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The Greasy Wheel

There's an old idiom: the squeaky wheel gets the grease. This traditionally means that the person who complains or comments loudest gets service or at the very least, attendance. This idiom, while interesting, is popular among people who like to note that being loud gets them the service they deserve or justifies their feelings of

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Celtx: a wonderful, free script editor for film, television, and theatre

I've touted Celtx before, and while it does not have all of the nifty features of Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 or Final Draft 7, it is a very worthy script editor that is worth your time whether you are on a budget or easily have the finances to pick up a more expensive package. I

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Post-Op Thoughts and a Future Medical Endeavor

      Usually I seem to post about RockBand releases, which are fun, or the amazing amount of work Marni and I are doing on our new house (new being a very relative term as we are discovering). But I thought I would take a moment to post about the vasectomy that I had

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My cast is awesome, but I’m sure everyone knows that.

I know that no one reads this site, and I don't really expect them to. It's just a place where I blather about stuff. What I'm going to blather about for an instant this time is how much my cast rocks. They're pretty awesome anyway.

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Old news now, but I took out a wall…

Yup. There was a wall between the dining room and the living room that just didn't need to be there. Plus, the previous owners had built it on top of the carpet for some reason better known to them at the time.

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Offspring Pack and New Singles for RockBand Tuesday…plus AC/DC Album!

Alright, every since Marni and I picked up RockBand, I've thought that it would be wicked awesome if they had AC/DC on it. In Novemeber, they will have a very sweet exclusive with 18 tracks! Oh, and this is this week's lineup (which is wicked sweet), followed by the AC/DC tracks! This is going to

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Blood-Sugar-Sex-Magik: Red Hot Chili Peppers Rockband Tuesday! (9/30/2008)

Well, it's an awesome release, but my connection keeps crapping out!

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Removing the Baseboards and Checking out the Hardwood Floors

Well, yesterday I removed a number of baseboards in the upstairs rooms so that I could pull up the carpet and get started on our long weekend (which includes technical rehearsal and a good chunk of tomorrow getting ready for tech, sadly). The hardwood floors look pretty good so far, so I think we'll be

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My actors are pretty much awesome!

I worry about how well I'm doing, but my actors are doing extremely well! There's the bumps that every rehearsal process seems to have, but things are on the up-and-up...which is good since we open next friday and have an audience on Wednesday! Here's a couple of pictures from early-on in the rehearsal process.

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Rockband Tuesday (9/22/2008)

Rush's Moving Pictures is finally here! Along with a couple of very cool singles. I'll post the singles first and then the Rush album YouTube videos second.

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The Home is a Go!

We signed our paperwork friday and are eagerly awaiting the return of it from Wyoming where the sellers are living. Everything's smack-on for Tueday and we'll get the keys then. Then we get to figure out if we are going to be finishing the hardwood floors ourselves or paying someone big bucks to do it

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Well, the house looks good to go…

The underwriter is working on our paperwork and the appraisal is in. Everything is looking good so far and we should be able to close in a matter of days! I so can't wait! Well, okay, I can always wait to sand and finish hardwood floors. That's just nasty, but at least they'll be our

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Guitar Hero World Tour – YouTube Edition (long; 84ish songs)

I'm quite excited about GHWT, and after playing RB2 a bit this weekend, I'm *really* excited about more music and fun to get my faux Rock Star fix. I've tried to compile videos of all of the songs listed in the official release for GHWT. Some of the challenge songs are not available on YouTube,

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RockBand 2 Track List – The YouTube Edition (84 tracks)

Like all of my RB blogs here, I'll post up YouTubes of the various videos (as long as they have videos). These are the tracks that are coming out on the RockBand 2 disc this Sunday. It's pretty long since it is 84 tracks of YouTube! The only song that doesn't have a YouTube video

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Peace Sells But Who’s Buying – Megadeth available 9/16/2008 for RB and RB2

With the imminent release of RockBand 2 this weekend, Harmonix is upping the release ante after the embarrassment of not releasing Moving Pictures. Not only are they releasing four singles from Panic at the Disco, The Cab, Plain White T's, and Dashboard Confessional, but are also releasing the entire album Peace Sells But Who's Buying by

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New Singles for RockBand Tuesday (9/16/2008)

One of Those Nights - The Cab Hands Down - Dashboard Confessional She's a Handsome Woman - Panic at the Disco Natural Disaster - Plain White T's

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Charlene (I’m Right Behind You) on RockBand

Stephen and the Colberts

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GameDev stuff that I needed to put back up…

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As posted at Godsend Productions. Golgotha Assets and Source courtesy of Crack.Com and Jonathan Clark (released as Freeware) Golgotha was an unfinished game when Crack.com closed its doors. They released all of the source code and assets into the public domain (as well as the code to Abuse). I have compiled these assets and such here

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Fun with Fail

 I really like the Fail Blog.   Adlink Shortcut Fail Donation Fail                

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Looking at Appliances and Stuff

Marni and I wandered into Home Depot and Lowes yesterday to take stock of some appliances that we knew that we would need (namely a washer and dryer). When looking at the different options, it *still* seemed that LG's new ones were among the top in terms of performance and savings (which is why we

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Four Weddings (and hopefully not a funeral)

Well, this weekend counted up the three theatre weddings of the summer! The first was Marni and I's wedding in June, then Ted and Trina's in August, and finally Cassandra and Nicks this last weekend. Marni and I are attending a non-theatre, family wedding next saturday as well. We also ended up at a birthday

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RockBand Tuesday (9/9/2008): All that Remains pack!

This Calling Chiron Two Weeks

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Well, the house offer is in progress.

We have accepted the counter-offer from the sellers and are meeting with the inspector on Tuesday morning to find out the laundry-list of everything wrong (and maybe a couple of things right) with the house. Hopefully there won't be any big show-stoppers along the way. So now instead of simply dreaming (as I was before

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More House Stuff

I'm a dreamer, of course, and I sure wish I were more of a realist sometimes! I've spent a goodly amount of time thinking about the house that we put an offer down on. It's the one I blogged about the day before yesterday, and it is a very nice home. But I keep thinking

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More houses and stuff

Well, I got quite a few great responses to my post about houses on MySpace, all of which were very, very helpful in looking at the house we were considering. The low-price and rental material was obviously tantalizing to someone since they snatched it up before we could even get in to take a look

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Google Chrome FTW

So I'm using Google Chrome and testing out WordPress, Joomla, etc with it...and it seems to work very, very nicely. In fact, it is quickly becoming my favorite browser (and that's only from a few hours of using it!). When it comes to browsers and usability, I tend to like the simpler side of life.

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PAX Collection on RockBand!

Skullcrusher Mountain - Jonathan Coulton Livin' on the Corner of Dude and Catastrophe - MC Frontalot featuring Brad Sucks Shhh... - The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

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Locksley releases on RockBand

With the problems with Rush's Moving Pictures DLC, RB has released a Locksley pack. All Over Again She Does Don't Make Me Wait

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Rethinking the Adobe Flex Toolchain

I recently had a moment to revisit the examples included with the Flex 3.1 SDK and realized that there is really no need for an alternative toolchain because it already exists. Perhaps people did not go through the samples; perhaps they did not understand the batch or shell scripts. I'm not sure, but using the

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Rush’s full album, Moving Pictures, announced for RockBand (August 26th)

That's right, the full album of Moving Pictures. 1. Tom Sawyer - Original Version 2. Red Barchetta 3. YYZ 4. Limelight (Original Version) 5. The Camera Eye 6. Witch Hunt 7. Vital Signs Looks to be a lot of fun!

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Rush’s full album, Moving Pictures, announced for RockBand (August 26th)

That's right, the full album of Moving Pictures. 1. Tom Sawyer - Original Version 2. Red Barchetta 3. YYZ 4. Limelight (Original Version) 5. The Camera Eye 6. Witch Hunt 7. Vital Signs Looks to be a lot of fun!

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RockBand Tuesday (August 19th) Tracks Announced!

Anyone who knows me knows that I like 'em my RockBand. And the just announced the lineup for this coming Tuesday. Devo - The Girl You Want Devo - Through Being Cool Duran Duran - Rio Duran Duran - Girls on Film The Janitors - Get Your Rock On

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Looking at houses…

I have long been convinced that I am poor, and that Marni and I together are poorer still. I'm not sure how that works since we should be making twice the money, right? Okay, it's mostly my debt that's holding us back, but rising interest rates and housing costs are really biting into what we

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Awesome turnout and some amazing talent for COD auditions!

Dionysus was watching last night at auditions because I was blessed with some wonderful talent! Now all I have to do is select people, notify people, get a set up, kick out the show and let actors do their jobs! I'm pretty excited!

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Creating a free Adobe Flex Toolchain

I've noticed a couple of people who are having difficulty learning Adobe Flex because the (online) documentation is highly Flex Builder-oriented. This makes perfect sense since Adobe has released Flex for free to the world. They need something to make a little scratch back (some would argue that they've been bleeding us dry for way

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RockBand Tuesday, August 12th

Downloadable content for Rock Band tuesday: August 12th! Nothing I'm overly excited by, except maybe Dream Theater and Killswitch Engage. Fun to see Machinehead in the lineup as well. Machinehead - Aesthetics of Hate Devildriver - Clouds over California Dream Theater - Constant Motion Killswitch Engage - My Curse Airbourne - Runnin' Wild Megadeth -

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Bionic Commando: ReArmed

I'm pretty excited about this release next week: I loved the original Bionic Commando and the GBA remake. This one just looks like tons more fun!

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A rather nice (and, of course, well-written) review of Westside by Michael Corrigan

Boise Weekly Article by Michael Corrigan. Quite a lot of props in that review, all around. Let's keep it that way! Michael Corrigan is a long-time patron of the arts, and fellow thespian himself. He teaches in the Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies department at Idaho State University.

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Painting at the Old Town Actor’s Studio

Well, Marni and I will be painting on the morning of the 9th at the Old Town Actor's Studio on Main. If you don't know OTAS, they are a new acting studio oriented towards providing entertainment that rarely gets performed in our region. It was started by my friends Jamie Romine, Angeline Underwood, Sherri Dienstfrey,

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Painting at the Old Town Actor’s Studio

Well, Marni and I will be painting on the morning of the 9th at the Old Town Actor's Studio on Main. If you don't know OTAS, they are a new acting studio oriented towards providing entertainment that rarely gets performed in our region. It was started by my friends Jamie Romine, Angeline Underwood, Sherri Dienstfrey,

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Excited about SoaD and Sixx:AM Rockband Tuesday

Several excellent tracks are available for Rock Band today, this Rock Band Tuesday! Sixx:AM - Life is Beautiful System of a Down - Toxicity System of a Down - BYOB Motley Crue - Face Down in the Dirt Buck Cherry - Rescue Me

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Thinking about Witches

Sometimes I shouldn't think. It makes me do stupid things. Like creating this image. I also created t-shirts and thongs...

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It takes some time

It seems that everyone, everywhere is blogging and tweeting and IM'ing to their heart's content. I've done my fair share of it in the past as well. I'm still seeming to do it as well. I've moved around a bit, and often left my previous .plan/blogging legacy to rot wherever I've been. But I decided

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