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Daily? Sketch #6: Ninjalope08:40 PM -- Wed April 29, 2009


Someone in IRC suggested the theme of Ninjalope. Yet again, it's a creature with no legs. This time I got distracted and went off to do other things, so he will have to just find a wheelchair or something. It's no coincidence that these guys lack legs... I find legs to be the hardest part, and always the part I do last. I should probably be doing lots of legs.
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Daily!?!? Sketch #5: Something With Fire Inside04:57 PM -- Tue April 28, 2009

Something With Fire Inside

Sol gave me this theme, and this was the first thing I thought of. I know it looks like this clockwork robot is trying to crush something, but that's just another little thing I had sketched on the paper first (it's some sort of weird spaceship, upside down). I also know that he has no legs, but this is as far as I got. His left arm is really stupid. I think it was going to be some kind of gun or something, but it just kind of sputtered out. The whole thing's more than a little weird... but it has fire inside!
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Behind The Dumb Episode 602:12 AM -- Mon April 27, 2009

Episode 6 of Behind The Dumb is here! This one is a whole different kind of thing as it follows step-by-step my work during a 48-hour contest.

Show Notes (Watch first!):

- It's a two-parter! Way too much to fit in one episode.

- The uploading experience was an experience, as I ran out of allowed bandwidth on my internet connection, so I got by with a little help from my friend.

- If you are particularly interested, watch it twice, and pay close attention to the timelapse in the corner of the screen the second time. It's undoubtedly more entertaining than I am! I like the part where I'm drawing the old man, anyway.

- That's all I have to tell you about it, it's quite self-explanatory.
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Leeloo Dallas Multipersonality06:42 PM -- Wed April 22, 2009

This system is going well! I'm not really getting much of what I have scheduled actually done, but I'm getting stuff done! All the little things I always ignore and let slide. Paypal is almost set up at long long last. I put up fan art and photos that have been sitting. I tested an LL2 addon. I purchased some ADVERTISING. Me! It was very half-hearted, but I am learning how it works, maybe. I've cleaned about 1/3 of my inbox of things that have accumulated over the past year for no reason. I've installed a new video card and monitor to make WoW look better (that doesn't count, you say?). I've done dishes and walked dogs (the latter actually not scheduled and in fact dramatically cutting into progress on all things that are - it's a fence training issue, hopefully finished this week). I've contacted press type people about various things Hamumu (a little teeny bit).

I see victory in hand!! Now if only I could define victory.
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Behind The Dumb - Episode 5: Revenge Of Episode 411:21 PM -- Mon April 20, 2009

Episode 5, enjoy! It's got something for everybody. And if you've missed any previous episodes, fix that!.

Show Notes (Watch first!):

- I forgot to credit the two cats you see in this show (both hidden in the background... and a third you can catch very quickly during an outtake). So thanks Zazzy and Ollie (and Huzzah) for your assistance.

- The dog in the ending is Wiggles, our new dog that we are stuck with. Work this week is slowed down by her, because she has a habit of jumping the fence (it's how she got here!), which means all the dogs are imprisoned 24/7 until we finish training her to respect it (kennelling one doesn't work - they bark and whine to be put together). How does that slow me down? Lots of dog walks, many times a day.

- It's never explained, and probably not too obvious, so here it is: The Legacy Team is a 'group' of people who look at our older games and see about updating them - whether that be actual updates (patches and expansions), or testing and releasing addons. I'm excited about the opportunity of having a set time in the schedule to just look back and see about updating things.

- This is officially the longest Behind The Dumb yet! Go me! I can't make them much longer, in part because Youtube only allows 10 minute long clips. But also because I'm really pushing close to the limit of how big of a file I can afford to upload 4 times a month! Satellite comes with some tight bandwidth limits, I tells ya. Not to mention how long these uploads take. A few hours at the moment.

- Sol Hunt literally ROFLed watching the artist raw footage. But then, it's a lot funnier when A> it's full of tons of mistakes rather than one 'good' take, and B> it's your husband. There's also something about seeing the exact same thing done over and over that makes you catch nuances and find more humor in them (plus there's the "repeated so many times that it's not funny, and then it's hilarious" concept). She actually watched a good ten minutes of just that to help me find the one to use. To my credit, there was an Inigo Montoya portion. Sometimes I am very sad that the take I have to use in every case really isn't the funniest... screw ups and weird looks are a lot funnier, but they don't make for a very functional show.
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LD14 Is Over!12:54 AM -- Mon April 20, 2009

You want to play Short Fuse 2: The Escape? Go right ahead! It's not a particularly good game, and it was a massive struggle to get it made, but I learned stuff, and it's playable, so we call that a win all around. Wanna see how it was made? Stay tuned for the next next episode of Behind The Dumb. Not the one coming up, but the one after that. The one coming up should be out by the middle of this week, then the next one maybe around the weekend or beginning of next week.
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Daily Sketch #4: Tummy Ache04:56 AM -- Fri April 17, 2009

Tummy Ache

The theme given unto me was Tummy Ache, so I drew one! He really ought to be hunched more thoroughly, and something should be done with the eyes, but there you go anyway. It's like he can't bear the pain! Whoo!

Feel free to put a theme suggestion if you post a comment, it's always good to be suggested at.

P.S. - 14 bonus points if you can get the reference!
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Daily? Sketch #3: Cold05:06 AM -- Thu April 16, 2009


The theme was provided by Sol Hunt, because that's how it is around here today. Murderously so. Pretty much just a random sketch of icy stuff. I'm much happier with some of the later bits than where I started, but I'm not saying which is which (and since we don't speak Inuit, I can't actually specify one part or another in a picture like this with words anyway). Anyway, I think I learned a little doing this, so that's nice. And I do know that you don't get those weird claw things in the real world, this is fictional ice.
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Daily!? Sketch #2: Applez01:45 AM -- Wed April 15, 2009

It's a applez tree!

Leaves are hard, so you get a Dr. Seuss tree. I love drawing tree trunks though, just lots of lines that kinda go places. I specifically avoided making the ground grass, because that's a crutch I use to make the roots easier to draw. Hard to make roots stick down into bare dirt. I really rushed the end of this (the leaves, of course), because I was really gonna stick to that 15min limit. Good thing too, because I don't know how to draw the leaves slowly. Or well.
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"Daily" Sketch #1: Bird05:17 PM -- Mon April 13, 2009

I'm trying out this daily sketch thing. Today's theme was "Bird", so in an effort to spread my wings a bit (ahem), I decided to try something that wasn't a stubby little cartoon bird, and actually filled the paper and had some perspective or some other artistic term. It's not my best work, to be sure:

Death Canary

On the plus side, adjusting the bright and contrast (once I found a way to not make the Gimp crash when I did so) makes it look like some kind of old movie footage or something and enhances the evil of Death Canary. Wings are really complicated!
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Behind The Dumb - Episode 4 At Last!02:48 AM -- Sun April 12, 2009

It's here! Finally! A more normal episode ensues next week.

Show Notes (Watch first!):

- Not much to say! It was a long period of not being able to do any work due to an endless stream of other things in the way, ranging from visitors to trips to taxes to illness to utter system failure. So what you get is some insight into the life of an indie! A little insight, anyway.

- Not much of a cliffhanger, I guess, since the episode actually got released... but you can find out how it all works out next week, at least!

- Please be aware that one little bit of work did occur in these weeks, if you missed it... I began to explore Flash programming by making The Hamumu Word Search. Mostly just copied out of a book, but I learned a lot!
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Things Change01:57 AM -- Fri April 10, 2009

It's been a lazy day today... not a lot of work I can do when I can't access my work. If you haven't seen my laments elsewhere, I shall just be brief and say: my laptop has died. For most people that's an inconvenience, but my laptop was my whole business, not a side thing I used for traveling. It seems that it's the motherboard that's dead, and in theory, the hard drive should be fine. So I bought a thingie that I can put the hard drive into to use it as an external drive on a new computer I also bought (it's been an expensive week!). But it turns out the enclosure was for ATA drives, and my drive is a SATA drive. So I got to use Amazon's One-Day Shipping for the first time ever when ordering one that works with SATA. Hopefully it'll be here tomorrow, if their claims hold true.

So when that finally shows up, I'll be busily trying to rebuild my life/business. But you know, I'll never get it back just how I like it. Half the programs I won't be able to get installed and working, some of the data I won't be able to wring out of there without the installed program that created it, and who knows what other surprises. But, I'm taking the long view on that. Five years from now, my entire computing experience will be totally different than it is now (I'm not predicting holographic transmissions or anything, just that I'm going to be 'always' using a completely different set of programs than I use now). It's always changing. You just adapt, and enjoy the clean new computer that runs nicely! I won't install everything I used to have, a lot of things will just be new and different. That's how we roll!

It does have a pretty weak video card, though - that's what you get when you grab something off the shelf at Best Buy as an emergency purchase. So I think I'm gonna buy a new video card, and a new monitor since this one flickers and snarfles at random (ironically, it's a Gateway monitor from a computer I had maaaaany years ago, and now it is once again serving a Gateway! I'm sure it's glad to see family again as it sits on its deathbed). But we'll spread those purchases out a bit, perhaps. This has been enough for a while!

Oh, and I bought an iPod Touch - for business purposes mind you. Not just a giant waste of money. I hope. It's cute though. I think when a block of aluminum 1/4" thick and hardly bigger than a credit card is playing you a video it's inhaling from the air, you are truly in the realm of technology indistinguishable from magic.

But for now, until I feel very rich again, I am laptopless. I will greatly miss Library Club, and Living Room Club. I guess I could go to the library and surf on my ipod, but that's... limitied. I might try getting HP to repair my laptop, but I'm pretty sure it's long past warranty, and from what I heard, it's a repair that would literally cost more than the new computer. Caution: do not buy an HP dv-series laptop (dv9000, etc). The guy at the computer repair place had no less than 3 of them in store at that moment (not counting mine!), all with burned out motherboards. And those clearly weren't the first three he'd seen.
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