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Monthly Archive for October, 2007

Projects & Parcels

Damn! It seems I broke my unintentional post-every-two-days schedule.

I started a Projects page where I’ll keep track of anything I’m working on at the moment. I’m hoping it will foster new levels of productivity on the grounds that if I do nothing for a while, the internet will know.

Since this post needs some actual content, here are some pictures of an envelope my dad made for me out of a paper Dunnes Stores bag and some tape. Somehow it slipped past me all these years that he was, in fact, MacGyver:

Well, I was impressed.

I wasted far too much time reading this while writing this.

Batman Returns?

I have a long and illustrious career as a fancy-dress Batman - as seen here, here, here and - if you look hard enough - here. Unfortunately, my partially home-made Batman costume is showing its age, and I think this Halloween it just might be time to take off utility belt and dress up as something else for a change.

I was somehow coerced into giving serious consideration to the following costume, my complete lack of personal finances being the only barrier between me and some serious mystery solving:

Scooby Doobie Doo!

However, since my overall net worth at the moment is approximately -€520, if anyone out there has any low budget costume ideas I’d really appreciate them. (No need to suggest Backwards Clothes Man or Covered In Toilet Paper Man - they’re already in the “maybe” list)

I Can’t Get No Sleep…

I just noticed you can’t see the time I post things on here, but it’s currently 7:10am. Not because I got up early, but rather because I stayed up late. Oh dear. This has been happening quite a bit lately - maybe a 28-hour day schedule would solve all my problems…

Since I’m in that awkward stage where it’s too late to go to sleep but too early to start the day, I’m going to write a bit about two fantastic bands I’ve come across recently - Attica! Attica! and Neurosonic.

Attica! Attica! is an American musician named Aaron Scott with a fancy pseudonym. It’s somewhere between punk and that “singer-songwritery” sound (I’m bad with genres); but however you classify it, Dried Skin/Dead Blood is an album filled with notably emotional music, played with a diverse range of instruments and styles, and one I haven’t been able to turn off since I got it - I’m averaging about 4 complete listens a day(!).

Specific things I like about the album include:

  • The parallel between the first and last song
  • The frequency of vocal harmonies, non-standard chords and timing changes
  • The not-so-subtle sarcastic take on overzealous American patriotism on Way Down in Gitmo
  • The sparsity at certain points, e.g. Mint and Tyres is just guitar and vocals, and We’ll Always Be Home is organ and vocals

I suppose I could compose a similar list for Neurosonic’s album, but it would probably consist mainly of:

  • The ferocious, balls-out rock
  • The ferocious, balls-out rock
  • The ferocious, balls-out rock
  • etc. etc.

Although, once I stopped listening to the ridiculously catchy yet heavily metal-influenced first couple of tracks over and over, the album actually comes out with some slightly more standard tracks. Me Myself and I has a very radio-friendly feel to it, without becoming bland; So Now You Know could have come straight from My Chemical Romance’s last album. Overall it varies enough that each track is distinct but the album as a whole doesn’t sound disjointed. Thanks to Oisin for introducing me to them! (Showing me their music, not setting up a meeting)

This entry has taken ages to write because of frequent spacing out and a record level of mid-blog yawning - I’m starting to think maybe it’s a bad idea to wildly mess with my sleeping schedule. More words when I’m completely conscious…

Antiquated Flash

Earlier, I thought to myself: as a fledging blog, I need content. At the moment all this space consists of is a very “meta” first post and a hastily designed header image - I need something concrete, and not just a link to some insanely addictive flash game or hilarious youtube video (although rest assured there will be plenty of those.)

As I was mulling this over I started poking around on my hard drive. I have a folder called “dump” in my root directory where I put anything I can’t find a place for/haven’t bothered with yet - the result being that everywhere else on my computer is nicely organised, other than this sprawling hole of infinite chaos. Stumbling through arcane and illogical directory structures, I came across a folder called “Old Flash”; inside was another folder called Old Flash, which housed yet another folder labelled “Misc.” (see what I mean about disorganisation?) Inside this folder, however, lay - no, not more irrelevant folders - but all of my old flash projects from 5 years ago! I was in school studying for the leaving cert at the time, and needed something to distract me, so I started to teach myself ActionScript to make some flash games.

So, I present to you, 17-year-old Eugene’s rudimentary version of pong. You can play against the computer, or another player; W and D are player 1, while Up and Down control player 2. Whatever you do, don’t press ‘I’ - you’ll get stuck in an incomplete Instructions page :P

You need the flash player plugin to view this webpage

(N.B. This isn’t my only foray into publishing my flash work - a game of mine called Orb Catcher is available on Newgrounds here. It’s published under my brother’s name, since I didn’t want to put it up because it wasn’t “ready” - and he disagreed. I found an unfinished “Orb Catcher v2.0″ project in with the above pong game, but it looks like someone already beat me to it!)

Hello World!

Since everyone seems to be getting into blogging these days, I thought I’d jump on the blogwagon and start one up myself.

For starters I’m going to link to one of my favourite blogs: The Sneeze. I’d recommend starting off with Steve, Don’t Eat It! and Reviews You Can Use - but almost anything on there is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And then cause you to giggle uncontrollably and/or wet yourself.

(I realise the silliness of linking to a bigger, better blog in my first post; but I’m pushed for time preparing for NWERC 2007 - more on that later)