EZ Caltrain now on iPhone AppStore!

My newest free app, EZ Caltrain, is now on the Apple iTunes appStore. Unfortunately, due to the holiday break at Apple HQ and the recently updated schedule at Caltrain, this schedule is slightly outdated. Luckily, I planned for that and left a note in the app regarding certain trains being removed from weekday schedules. Version 1.1, using the newest Caltrain schedule, is already in queue for approval.

On a side note, I never know what to call the Apple iTunes appStore. Is that right? Should I just call it the appStore? Am I using the right combination of uppercase and lowercase letters? You may think to yourself, "why does it matter?" SEO, my friends. That's why it matters. I suppose I should just a bunch of keywords here like... MILEY CYRUS KISSING JUSTIN BIEBER. [evil laughter]

Related Link: EZ Caltrain on iTunes

Have Some Virginia Ham

I'm at my parents' house doing laundry and she offers me some Virginia ham. Apparently, Virginia ham is a country ham. Country ham is a ham that is cured in the southern states, known for its saltiness. Virginia ham is known as a style of curing the ham, not where it is being cured at.

I had a piece and it was pretty good.

Yes, my mom is wearing a leather jacket and a leopard print scarf while donning a Bieber-esque haircut with the slightest shade of red-brown.

Man, this tablet + Manga Studio EX 4 + Photoshop CS (I know, old) = awesome. I'm really thinking I can keep this up!

Related Link: Manga Studio EX 4

Tutorial - Using an Adobe Flash CS5 Export with Application Loader

If you're like me, you may have had some trouble getting your Adobe Flash CS5 iPhone exported application working with the iTunesConnect Application Loader. This is probably because Adobe Flash CS5 exports an .IPA file, which you can upload to your phone for testing, and you need a .ZIP to upload through Application Loader. This is a quick tutorial on how to solve the issue.

This is assuming you've already tested the app, got the proper provisioning certificates and all that jazz.

1. Change the extension of the newly created .IPA file from .IPA to .ZIP. It will ask you if you want to change the extension of ".IPA to .ZIP". Say yes. For example, you would rename "yourapp.ipa" to "yourapp.zip". Refer to the picture.

2. Now double-click on the .ZIP file and it should uncompress itself into a "Payload" folder.

3. Inside the "Payload" folder is a .APP file/folder named the same as your original Flash file. Right-click on this file and select "Compress 'yourapp'" and it should create a new .ZIP file for you. Refer to the picture.

4. Use Application Loader to upload this new .ZIP file.

Good luck and see you on the appStore!

Sheep on iPhone now Free (for good)

After some time watching television, I decided that make Sheep on the iPhone cost absolutely nothing. Thanks to the dozen or so people that bought it before. Send me an e-mail if you did and I'll send you a promo code for all future Shen Games releases.

Related Link: Sheep on iPhone

I liked Tron: Legacy.

I really enjoyed Tron: Legacy. I saw it a few weeks ago at the theatre (non-IMAX, non-3D). In all honesty, the story wasn't spectacular or anything, but as a whole it was truly an entertaining experience. Also, you can't help but like Olivia Wilde as Quorra either. Disney does a pretty good job executing these stories without much sexual tension and it's something I actually appreciated this time around. I say this time around because, well, Jasmine is pretty smokin' and the sexual tension there was MADDENING.

I suppose this is another one of those "must buy" movies when it comes out. Until then, it's the Tron: Legacy soundtrack for me.

Related Link: Tron: Legacy soundtrack

Mr. Goh Returns in 2011.

Figured one of the most cherished characters of our generation should make a return. When I heard that Teddy Ruxpin wasn't around, I decided Mr. Goh should make a return instead.

Tell your friends! Hide your kids!

Related Link: Mr. Goh

Sitting On the Couch

I'm actually looking forward to going back into the office tomorrow. It's not that I haven't been able to do work at home, but rather sitting at my mega desk at the ivory tower makes me feel like Sauramon. Also, there's just something about being within those hallowed walls that makes each keystroke inside an Excel spreadsheet feel like, well, I'm sending my hoard of orcs to eat hobbits.

So how am I spending my night? I'm drawing on my tablet with Josie doing some paper punching with a Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch. I'm really finding an interesting and new style with Manga Studio EX 4. I'm not sure if I like it more or less than my standard pencil/pen/paper style, but it's definitely interesting.

Anyway, off to bed after some Pawn Stars.

See you on CalTrain tomorrow!

How To Check Your Amazon.com MP3 Balance

I don't know about you, but I had the hardest time finding out where I could actually find my amazon.com MP3 balance. It surely wasn't in the "view gift certificate/card balance" link, where you can even view credits earned from trade-ins. Even searching for "balance" on the MP3 Downloads page results in nothing.

So, how do you go about checking your amazon.com mp3 balance? This is the easiest way I could find to do so.


Go to any MP3 song page, such as the

Mass Effect 2: Kasumi's Stolen Memory

MP3 song page.


Above the "Add the Wish List" button on the right is, in small text, "redeem a gift card or promotion code & view balance". Refer to the image.


This will open up all of your balances for all digital goods, such as game downloads, MP3s and Video on Demand. Hey, $10 in games! Time to download the new Fishdom 2 game, amirite?