Back from Atlanta

Listening to: Josie watching Dead Like Me.

I recently took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to visit my brother, his wife and new baby girl. It was quite the trip and I'm currently trying to piece together a short film about the the trip. Actually, it's more so piecing together a short film about the trip to the aquarium in Atlanta. The family visiting part was pretty standard: visit the home, hang around the house, play with the baby, eat and sleep.

I'll try to get that up later this week.

In the meantime, I've attached a few drawings (above and below) that I made while sitting on my flight to Atlanta.

After seeing this, I started to think about the other Dukes that have made an impact on our lives. You should think about these Dukes and be thankful for the lessons they have taught us about bravery, courage and calico cats.

Duke from G.I. Joe

Duke Nukem from the Duke Nukem series

Duke Phillips from The Critic

Duke Collegiate Basketball

Happy Holidays 2008

Listening to: Nothing.

I'm off to Atlanta tomorrow morning to visit my brother, sister-in-law and niece. It should be a fun time. I received a poem from Mr. Goh tonight. He wishes everyone a happy holiday and I wish you the same.

Dr. Pepper - Ultimate Punisher

Listening to: Vince Guaraldi Trio - Pitkin County Blues

I had quite the experience this past weekend with the oils of a delicious jalapeno pepper. Let's see if I can tell the story accurately. So, Josie and I had prepared some spinach dip, from scratch, in the afternoon. This recipe included seeding and chopping up two jalapeno peppers. I was the one lucky enough to do so. I've done my fair share of cutting and seeding these peppers, so I wasn't a complete greenhorn to the process.

Later in the afternoon, while we waited for the dip to cook in the slow cooker, we watched the movie Get Smart. Something flew into my eye so I instinctively rubbed it. I rubbed it with my fingers. Ones that had seeded jalapeno peppers. Ones that hadn't been washed since the seeding.

At first, I was confused. My eye just continued to get more irritated as I rubbed it. Unsure of the reason, I decided to rub it some more. Then after a few moments, it dawned on me and I stopped rubbing. I wanted to keep my eye open so the tears could wash away the unwanted oils. It turns out that my tears just aided in spreading the oils to every conceivable portion of my eyeball. I could no longer open my eye because it was on fire. The tears running down my face were napalm. The snot dripping from my nose was scolding hot lava. My entire right side of the face felt like it was melting off a la Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I asked for help and Josie assisted me like the wonderful person that she is.

She bent me over the sink and started pouring milk into my eye. Actually, it was Lactaid. In any case, you're not supposed to use water. It supposedly spreads the oils. The milk is supposed to do something else. As she continued to pour milk into my eye, not an exact science as she mentioned, I couldn't help but think that this was what it was like to be maced in the eyes. Then I started fearing that I would lose my eyesight. After a few rinses, my eye was able to stay open and I was able to view the world in all of its unbalanced, blurry, and oily glory.

Shortly thereafter, I found my way to the shower and just rinsed off. The water stung my face, but I knew that I needed to wash all this stuff away. I used soaps, creams and whatever else I could find in the shower.

I learned a very valuable lesson about washing hands after coming into contact with fire disguised in the form of vegetables.

In other news, the robot plush I'm getting created for Robot in the City is coming along nicely. Josie and I played some Wii Boxing as well and all I have to say is that she's got a mean right hook. And, finally, here is a photo of Mr. Peterson I took today.

Flash Game Friday

Feeling: Tired. I want to go home and watch movies.

Here is this week's Flash Game of the week: Pushori by developer Tonypa on the Mochi Ads network. The game is a really fun puzzle game that, once you get the handle of, is extremely rewarding and addicting. The first few times I played it I had no idea how to progress very far. After that, my mind started bending the way it was supposed to get scores of over 9,000.

As far as progress on my own games? It's... coming along, I suppose. There just aren't enough hours in the day to fit in creative work in between going to work, commuting, eating and sleeping.

And here is a video of an inappropriately cute animal.

Photoshop Tuesday

Listening to: The Greatest Band in the World

This morning I came across an article (linked here) that talked about the worst kinds of otaku and which ones were essentially datable. The image that they used to headline the article was the above gentleman. After a few minutes of uncontrollable internal laughing I decided that I had to go and have some Photoshop fun... or do I mean Photoshop phun?

No, I was right the first time.

Anyhow, here we go!

Diorama fever!

Listening to: Try-Tone - Change The World

This is my entry for Kotaku's Arcade Mania diorama contest. Basically you have to create a diorama based on an arcade theme. Three winners will be chosen and will win a copy of Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers. The deadline is this coming Friday. I hope that I am chosen to win one of the copies of it since, well, I like free things and have this unquenchable thirst for Japanese arcade news (our UFO catcher machines, for example, are paltry in comparison).

Josie and I had our share of wine tonight. I think I had somewhere in the ballpark of four glasses. You know what happens when your inhibitions fly out the window? I try to get free HBO.

I don't even have a cable running into the TV.

Josie, apparently, tends to draw pictures for me.

Edit: has posted the contest entry on the website! I'm beaming. It's like when mom used to put my drawings on the refrigerator back when I was 17. Oh, the crayons and colors I used! I didn't need to color within the lines 'cause I was an artist. More importantly, special.

Casual Weekday Online!

Listening to: Elvis - Suspicious Minds

Casual Weekday is now open! It's my attempt at opening a little Flash games portal. Why? I've been playing more and more games and notice that a lot of sites that aggregate the content just use automatic feeds/posting methods to fill it with content.

Now, there's nothing wrong with that if that's all you're doing. I, personally, would like to a site that has a bit more heart involved. This includes handpicking the games as well as describing the games differently. I mean look at what does with their product descriptions. Even if I don't want the product, I love just reading about them.

Anyhow, that's all there is! Please pardon the dust as I'm constantly updating the overall look since there are still many things I don't like about the layout and organization of the games.

Tell your friends. It'll make me happy.

Random Movie Thursday

Feeling a bit: Hungry.

This is an incredibly strange, yet funny video in my book. I think I'll start posting videos on Thursdays. That's always a good day to do something. You know, 'cause you just stop caring when it's Friday.

Look Out! A new game.

Listening to:

This is a screenshot of a new game that I'm working on called Look Out!. The gameplay is a very standard top-down shooter (a la Smash TV), but it's the premise that will hopefully set the game apart.

You are a soldier of the World Government. You are patrolling the skies, via helicopter, for recent alien invaders. You, being the genius that you are, accidentally slip and fall out of the helicopter. Falling from a reasonable height, you land on your Riot Gun and break it. It sets itself on Auto Fire. You are in the middle of a very busy crosswalk. You must avoid hitting as many people as possible and hope your ammunition runs out soon.

A coworker of mine will be working on the Flash version of this (he's the talented gentleman behind Crazy Go Nuts). It should be a fun project. I've never attempted an indie creation via team effort, so it'll be nice to get to focus on graphics and design (as opposed as throwing the programming effort into the mix).