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This is a little comic idea I came up with months ago for a Star Craft 2 cartoon contest Blizzard was running. If you don’t know what Star Craft is, then you won’t get the joke…and even if you DO know Star Craft, there’s a fair chance you won’t get the joke either. Needless to say the cartoon did not win, but it was a lot of fun to make. Pierre did the art, by the way (I can’t paint like that).

A little SC joke about critters

A little SC joke about critters

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One-Panel Comic

So I’ve been having random ideas for comic strips, mostly one-panel affairs, but some multi-panel concepts as well. Here’s my first attempt.

insomniac comic

insomniac comic

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ASCII Star Wars

Folks, I have stumbled upon something so nerdy, so impressive, and so potentially useless that I had to share it. That thing is ASCII Star Wars. Let me explain. Someone has animated the movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, entirely with ASCII characters. In other words, with punctuation like @$&()_?”:}| etc.  There is no sound, so all the dialog is shown in the form of subtitles. How cool is that???

ASCII Star Wars Screenshot

ASCII Star Wars Screenshot

Even if you don’t like Star Wars (you should all be ashamed of yourselves), how impressive is it that one guy had THAT much time on his hands to animate an entire movie with text? I am personally not acquainted with the animation methods of arranging text symbols into recognizable shapes and making them move, however I’m sure it must be tedious. I have not seen the whole thing (I intend to one of these days), but I hear that the movie ends when princess Leia is rescued. However, the guy is apparently still working on the thing, so maybe in a couple years we’ll have the whole thing, and if he’s REALLY committed, all the sequels. This might start a new movie-to-ASCII trend; thousands will be working tirelessly to convert high budget, multi-million dollar Hollywood classics into text (imagine Titanic made completely out of $’s). Or maybe it’s a totally isolated incident, and no one else would spend years of their life doing this. It’s a toss up. Predictions aside, if you would actually like to SEE ASCII Star Wars, here’s how:

Windows

  1. Click Start, then Run.
  2. Type telnet. This will open the telnet program, which looks the same as a DOS prompt.
  3. Type open towel.blinkenlights.nl
  4. Enjoy!

Mac OS X

  1. Open Terminal (you can either search for it, or browse to Applications/Utilities)
  2. Type telnet (this will start a telnet prompt).
  3. Type open towel.blinkenlights.nl
  4. Enjoy!

Linux

  1. Open a Terminal or switch to command line.
  2. Type telnet
  3. Type open towel.blinkenlights.nl

…or you could just click here for the web version, but it’s not as cool.

And there you have it; type it, watch it, love it (or maybe just the first two, I don’t know). Rejoice in the nerd!

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Salutations from the hinterlands! Well, the New Jersey suburbs, really. I apologize for the lag in posts, however not much of note has happened. That is, until now.

So I had another CBC (which is a standard blood test, for those not intimately familiar with hospitals), and the results were excellent: my white blood cell count is still normal, and they stopped dropping (which is sometimes a problem…the medication can bring your whites BELOW normal), and my platelet count is coming up. It’s still below normal, but it’s coming up, and should be normal in a month or so. For a week or so, my platelet count was quite low, to the point where a few blood vessels burst in my feet, which looked like someone made a dot on my foot with a red magic marker. During that time I started growing a beard, as I didn’t want to cut myself shaving and not stop bleeding. However, I am glad to report that both my low platelet condition and the mangy scraggle that was forming around my face are both gone. All the other aspects of my blood test came back with flying colors, except my red blood cell count, which is still below normal. Yet it’s not that bad, and it should go up a little more before it evens out.

Also, on the dental front, I got my last braces adjustment the other day: on August 20th I will be brace-face-less! Incidentally, August 17th is the big test to determine how well the medication is working on the cellular level, so look out for that double-header. I think I mentioned in my last post that I had returned to work: this is true. I am again working at Bergen Community College as a writing tutor, and it is really slow. I literally sit there for 6 hours, and maybe have one appointment, if that. Luckily I do get paid for a decent amount of my time there, in part because I’m working on a brochure for the center to get extra hours.

Speaking of work, I got a gig building two websites for my friend Ted; one for him and his dad’s historical restoration business, and one for his solar panel installation business. It’s a lot of fun so far, and I’ll keep everyone updated on how it’s going, and of course provide links when they are done. And that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon!

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