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Karma works!10:05 AM -- Fri September 29, 2006

First of all, I was driving through Anza and as I went by the local auto shop, I saw an old man getting out of his car. There was a parrot on his shoulder. Big grey one. That's Anza!

That doesn't relate to the topic, though. I went to visit my wife at work, and accidently backed my car into the side of a pickup truck when I was parking. It was all around a stupid thing - I saw an open spot at the end of a line, so I headed into it the illegal direction (lesson 1: follow the rules, they're there for a reason!) to save going around the whole thing again. Thus I had to maneuver a bunch to get into the spot (they were the slanty kind). Only, someone else was parking across the aisle from me first - going the right way, good people that they were. So as I was maneuvering, I was watching these people out my windows. It was a mom and a young child, so I was keeping a good eye on them so I didn't kill anyone. Thusly did I bump into a pickup instead of a child. If you have to choose, it's a good choice, but it's a pain.

So I immediately decided I'm a good person and would write a note. I wrote it up, looked at the car and didn't think I did any damage. It was pretty smashed up on that side already in various ways, none of which seemed to be my work. I left the note like a good person and went inside. I asked my wife if I should just get rid of the note, because I could get away with it very easily. My life could be so much easier without it! But no, she agreed that being good is good. I noticed a thing in the car with a last name on it when I was putting my note on the windshield, and she said there's a good chance that it was her coworker's car. So I went home, a little worried. I mean, you can get really cheated in these situations - who knows if he was going to blame me for everything wrong with his car and demand $5,000? Later that day, my wife called and told me it was her coworker's car, and he didn't care at all. He said it was already all messed up, he didn't even mind if I had dinged it up.

That's karma! You do good, you get good. Okay, so I would've gotten away clean if I hadn't left a note, right? Only I wouldn't have. I would've spent at least a few days worrying, wondering if I was being hunted down, if the car owner had been talked to by the lady who had been parking next to me (and maybe wrote down my license plate...), or somebody from one of the houses nearby. Guilt is the penalty for bad karma. See, I don't believe in magical nonsense like karma. I'm a strict realist. WYSIWYG. This would've happened the same way whatever I did. There are no weighted dice in the chaos of the universe. But my mind is what would be different. Bad karma is guilt.

So do good! You'll feel good. Unless you're psychotic, in which case, do bad, because you won't feel the guilt anyway. Or just do what the voices tell you.
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New forums! Or Fora!06:16 AM -- Tue September 26, 2006

Whatever you want to call it. Go visit the new forums and check them out! They've got so much wacky funtime power it'll blow your mind! Let me know if you find a problem (besides the graphic bars on the sides of the forum not looking right). Anyone who had a custom title previously should send me a PM and tell me what it was, to have it reinstated (but I'll remember! So no funny business). You can reclaim avatars in the User CP, as well as setting your birthday, which is fun to do, because there's now a calendar of events! I'm still finding out what all the things to do are, so things will improve over time. Try them out!
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Forum downtime11:02 AM -- Mon September 25, 2006

In about an hour from this post, or maybe a bit sooner, I'll be locking the forum to do some testing/upgrade stuff. Sorry! It'll be back... when that stuff is working. It might also be gone forever and exploded and destroying the entire internet. I'm not sure. Further, it may no longer be a PHPBB when it comes back. We'll see! It will probably be back in some form within 8 hours.
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Sneak Peek: Loonyland II: Winter Woods03:59 PM -- Tue September 19, 2006


Another place underground, another psychedelic picture! And just like crystals, mushrooms glow! Lots of things glow in the underworld. My favorite thing in the whole underworld are those twisty purple rock spires that stick up out of the pits. They serve no purpose, they just look nicely 3D.

So I have been going through mapping the underworld and putting in all the various goodies that you can collect in the parts I've already got mapped (skills, presents, treasure chests). This is of course the Sacred Forest (but sacred to whom? And why? Hmmm...), which you will at one point be tasked with undefiling (Dedefiling? Refiling? Filing?), in the traditional videogame way: kill stuff.

But the big new things are Artifacts! I felt all along that the 'item game' in the game needed another edge, because there just wasn't enough exciting stuff going on in the gear you could find. So now there are artifact items. They have unique magic powers that regular items can never have, and they are hand-designed instead of random. They are also very rare! Some are wacky joke items, and others are very nice. Still others are suited to specific character schemes, and rather useless for everyone else. Gotta catch 'em all! There's one I can't tell you about because it is insidiously clever and it will make me laugh when people discover both the up side and down side to it, which are both stupid in different ways.

As a taste of the magic of artifacts, I will let you know that yes, two of them are indeed The Nebro-Gubular Axe and The Regeneratorizer Amulet. Now don't you wish you hung out in the chat room? You'd hear about all this stuff in advance, and get to suggest artifacts yourself!
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I invented that!07:32 AM -- Sun September 17, 2006

"The Biostep, designed by a team of Pratt students, is "a pressure-sensitive floor tile that can convert footsteps into energy stored in a high-capacity battery cell." It's a rubbery tile designed for use in areas with high foot traffic. The product emerges from research at MIT Media Lab; and of course, the idea of capturing kinetic energy is becoming quite a trendy idea in renewable, green energy." - from Worldchanging.com.

But I invented that! Years ago, I had this wondrous idea: a theme park, powered entirely by the patrons who visit it. As the hordes of people walk around the park, their footsteps provide energy for all the lights and rides. Presumably backed up by solar and wind. And best of all, the nature of a such a power system requires that the floor be (and I knew this when I invented it!) soft and comfortable (so it can absorb the energy of the footstep, just as they describe it as 'rubbery' above), which is ideal for tired theme park visitors. Another part of the idea was to let some of the energy be wasted on LEDs built into the tiles, so that as you walked, colorful glows would come from under your feet and dissipate outward in interesting patterns. I think that would be a really nice touch, especially at night. I always wanted to have a theme park. I think they're relatively expensive, though. Much like flying swimming pools.

I (and probably you too) have invented hundreds of amazing inventions. I just never implemented or patented them. So lazy, and so poor... oh well! I'm glad these exist now. I'll just have to buy them to implement my theme park. I'm sure the engineers who created them did a much better job than my complete lack of electrical knowhow could do, anyway. And what a perfect concept it is for our increasingly obese society! Although I suppose part of the reason for that is that nobody walks anywhere anymore... kind of a catch-22.

What did you invent that was stolen from you? Or share your unimplemented ideas now, so we know when you get robbed! Of course, that's encouraging them to be stolen, but with an idea like this one, I really don't mind. I was sure never going to be able to create it with my skills.
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Sneak Peek: Loonyland II: Winter Woods04:55 PM -- Wed September 13, 2006


At last, a pic! This is, as indicated, the Crystal Caverns. Like all of the underworld, it's totally psychedelic. It's more exciting in motion, because the crystals flicker and pulse. There's also a monster in this scene, which looks awfully similar to the crystals, but he's actually made of ice. I know there should be more enemies, stomping me all over the place, but I haven't actually set up the enemy counts for this area yet. There are also lovely glowing mushrooms and gaping chasms and spikey rocks in the underworld, but you don't get to see those right now. Now that I look at this, I realize it's not a very exciting scene... but I was excited about the crystals, so too bad.

Today I finished all of the graphics needed to build the underworld, including the monsters and everything, so it should be a fairly rapid process to put it all together. Graphics are always the biggest task.
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Toe The Line10:12 AM -- Thu September 7, 2006

*Warning: graphic toe mutilation details to follow* I went to the doctor yesterday! A couple weeks ago, I tore the skin of my left big toe (not all of it... just a little patch!). The day after that, we went into The Big City and did all kinds of errands (including Talladega Nights, recommended), with my foot jammed into a sock and shoe. Thusly, upon arriving home I found it infected. That began two weeks of constant hydrogen peroxide and neosporin application to no avail. Finally, I had to get doctored before I developed gangrene. Don't get me wrong, it never actually looked particularly bad at all, but it just wouldn't get better. The doctor cut off part of the toenail and the extraneous new skin that was trying to grow up over the toenail. It hurt a whole unimaginable lot, especially since just touching that part of the toe had been excruciating. There was no anesthetic. He claimed that it would hurt more to get the anesthetic than to do the cutting, which I think was a trick so he wouldn't have to wait for it to kick in. He also gave me a tetanus shot, presumably for fun as rusty metal had no part in any of this. So now I get to pop antibiotics and soak my foot three times a day in salt water before, and this is the best part, jamming a piece of cotton under the nail to force the skin to grow in the right direction and the nail to not cut into it. Oh, it's pleasant indeed.

The moral is simple: properly bandage and neosporin (betadine, bacitracin, hydrogen peroxide, whatever antiseptic you use) any injury you get! Especially toes. The doctor said he had seen a lot of toes that week. They're notoriously difficult to manage. Adhering to this moral would've saved me money, a long drive to the big city doctor, enormous pain, and a tiresome routine I have to do for a week or two. It also would have saved me from both lunch and dinner out, so it may all be a wash.

Too bad about that chatroom we had for a little while... Thank you for ruining it, spammers! I'm very busy with LL2, so I don't have much time to spare in search of replacement chat (or making one, which I think is the best plan). So it'll be gone for a while.
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Sanity-Free!!07:25 PM -- Sun September 3, 2006

Hey, welcome to SANITY-FREE SEPTEMBER!! I've already blorted out the used-car salesman stuff about it in ten different places, so I think I'll calmly discuss it here.

SFS actually was a completely spur-of-the-moment thing, spawned by the new chat we're trying out. I was lamenting in there that there hadn't been any add-on worlds in a long time (one in the past two months, that is). So I said I'd give out Prize Points to anybody sending in a world. Then I said "hey, I ought to mention this on the forum so people know!" And the rest is history. I have no other ideas for clever SFS promotions right now, but feel free to suggest them. I'm looking for things that are super easy to do and won't cost me much money. Duh!

I just now installed a mod on our forums that I'm crossing my fingers will cut down on the incredible flood of spam registrations (there are hardly any spam posts - the spammers just create accounts to get their website listed in the memberlist). Lots of people have recommended to switch to VBulletin forum software, as it doesn't seem to get so attacked. I'm hesitant for a variety of reasons - I'd have to install it and not break anything, I'd have to transfer the data, it costs $150 plus $30 every year after that, and PHPBB3 is coming out hopefully soon. I'd be really mad if I spent $150 on a forum only to find that my favorite free forum was offering everything I ever dreamed and more a month later. So hopefully this mod will give me the time to see if PHPBB3 is good. I do like VBulletin, actually, but I'd rather stick with what I know and love.

Stay sanity-free, kool kats! Don't forget there's 10% off everything in our game store, plus you get 100 Prize Points with every game you order! Click on the SANITY-FREE SEPTEMBER!! logo at the top of any page to be whisked off to see what all the features of this fabulous month are. New ones may or may not be added, depending on my complete INSANITY!!!!
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