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Behind The Dumb Episode 1!04:04 PM -- Sat February 28, 2009



(and notice I finally learned how to make it use the high-quality version!) Please don't mind the odd double moment after the credits... that's just weird. It sure wasn't that way in the editing program. I'm learning... each week will be better! And more ridiculous instead of so ruthlessly informative.
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No Pumpkins!03:16 PM -- Tue February 24, 2009



What do you think of that? It's not being produced, it's being considered. This is a screenshot from one of those t-shirt sites, using my own image, obviously. I thought that hand-drawn (not terribly well) look was the most appropriate - yes, it is intentional! I'm not just a bad artist, I'm a bad artist with class. Would you buy this? Is it the wrong shade of green? Should the pumpkin be bigger and stick out around the NO sign? Should it be a 3D pumpkin from the game? Should it be a pixelated pixel pumpkin? Should there be some text somewhere? Should the artwork be moved up? Moved down? Bigger? Smaller? I don't think bigger is actually possible.

I kind of like it as is, although I wonder if people will interpret it as an anti-Halloween message. Quel traveste'!
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And Vimeo!12:16 PM -- Mon February 23, 2009

You make the call! After all the intense waiting, I think this is the winner... it's even in widescreen when embedded!



Lame... you can't view the high definition version unless you go to the Vimeo site itself. Much lower quality here embedded. How annoying. No good solutions anywhere. I might have to investigate self-hosting methods, which is pretty easy, as I recall... if you don't mind the bandwidth cost!
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Viddler On The Roof11:05 AM -- Mon February 23, 2009

Here's a Viddler version of the show... much higher quality, it seems like. The original video is 1280x720, so the youtube quality was a disappointment! I've also put it up on Vimeo, but they seem to have completely exploded the second after I did. They're back up now, but now my video says it has 2,130 minutes until it's done processing. So we'll check that out later... I think I'm liking Viddler best at this point. It's still annoying how both of these sites show videos in widescreen format, yet they both only provide square embedded players (note letterboxing below!). If you go to either Youtube or Viddler, you can see the video in full widescreen. It looks much sharper on Viddler.

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Behind The Dumb: Loonyland Tactics... Coming Soon!04:09 PM -- Sun February 22, 2009


I'm gonna give you all a show! Watch me crash and burn as I try to write a game! It's fun to make the video, so why not. Of course, it just means even more of a workload than just trying to make the game, but it's educational (sorta) and fun!
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Costume Party...03:21 PM -- Fri February 13, 2009


That's pretty much all there is to say about that! Happy Valentine's Day! You need a Dumb Account to play, but otherwise, you can play all 1060some levels right now, and keep on cranking until Monday! I'll be very impressed if you finish them all by then. Of course, then there will be hundreds more by the time another month has passed, so you'll have to buy the game to catch up!

In other news, I am working on something shocking and surprising that you will, with luck, hear about next weekend.
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I'm A Twit06:24 PM -- Thu February 12, 2009

Well, I'm trying something new. I don't know if it will stick or not. I'm on Twitter! I am of course "Hamumu" on there, so look me up. Oh here, a link: http://twitter.com/hamumu. I still have a bit of a mental block as to what all exactly Twitter is about and for, but some people seem pretty nuts about it, so I will see. If you are a twit too, you can add me or whatever it is you do. Kids today and their new-fangled websites.
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But...08:41 AM -- Tue February 10, 2009

It's always very pretty the next day!

And the dogs love it (they hate it when it's actually coming down, though).

But it was really cold.

That's a full-grown woman's hand. That ice is a solid inch thick! It took great violence to hew it forth from the wheelbarrow.

We're snowed in, of course. You might scoff if you live on the east coast, but I'm not driving our dirt road with no chains in this stuff.
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In related news...11:23 AM -- Mon February 9, 2009

"A $2 billion allocation intended to push universal broadband service into rural areas of the United States has been cut from President Obama's economic stimulus package."

COME ON!!! It's blizzarding on my satellite dish!
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Snow Day11:17 AM -- Mon February 9, 2009

It's another one of those fine blizzard days, I will probably not have much internet access! I didn't have any this morning, just visiting now, and the blizzard is kicking up a notch, so I think I will probably not be long for this virtual world... sorry if I don't get to your emails before I lose it!
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Dumb Packed01:09 PM -- Thu February 5, 2009

Looks like the Dumb Pack is just about there. I don't doubt more issues will appear, but that's why it's nice that it's so easy to update! I've put up the trophies and awards for it on the Dumb Pages. So it's good. I'll just need to release the next patch which fixes the issues people have noticed lately (holding off until tomorrow to see what else pops up), and update the game info page so it doesn't try to warn you against buying it anymore! And of course do the stupid newsletter I have been procrastinating (but besides procrastination, it is appropriate for it to be delayed until the game is out for real, right? I want to announce it!).

Then that's it! I'm moving on. I am moving on to Loonyland Tactics. I have a great idea about the development of this game, but I'm going to have to do some testing first to make sure it's feasible and wise, so I will probably delay the start of development for a week or so first while I work on those other things. Wouldn't it be nice if I did some Costume Party marketing in the meantime?

I've also been thinking about and planning for this year's PAX! It's a tad premature, but Phil Hassey and I have been talking about sharing a booth, so I got to tinkering in my brain with what I would be doing in my booth. I'll definitely have game CDs available, and it occurred to me that not only do I want to sell T-shirts there, but it's the ideal opportunity to go ahead and get a full-size T-shirt run produced! Sure, they'll be sitting around the house taking up space needlessly for now as the orders barely trickle in, but since I'll need to have a bunch handy for the show anyway, why not get them now? Then I can have shirts up on the site all nice and normal and fancy. I'm trying to go for ones with appeal beyond just Hamumu, and the two that have really caught my brain have been the No-Pumpkins shirt (I have no idea why that hadn't occurred to me before it was mentioned on the forum!), and a classier version of the "I Am Dumb" shirt, with a warning sign style to it. Like you're letting people know in advance, so they can be careful. So come on out to PAX this year (it'll be in Seattle at the end of August, I believe), meet us, buy some CDs and T-shirts, and check out what we are up to!

Maybe I'll arrange a secret code phrase so true Hamumians can get a sneak peek at whatever I am working on then, while the lesser mortals just get to play the existing games. The secret code will probably be "Hey, I'm from the forums!"

Oh, and speaking of Phil, he's hosting this month's Mini-LD, which is this weekend! Unfortunately, so is our Groundhog's Day party (featuring Rock Band!), so I don't know how much participating in Mini-LD I will be doing.
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