baby, all natural

Write your own damn games

Yesterday I was able to successfully compile a real honest-to-goodness Nintendo DS ROM and transfer it onto my RAM cartridge.

It's a dead simple program -- barely more than a "Hello World" -- but the *potential* is making me salivate.

That's right, I am the GREATED.

Tonight I'm going to delve into the video mode definitions and try my hand at some graphics programming. Soon I may be able to write something that people might actually want to play...
baby, all natural


The social climate both on and offline has pushed me to wax philosophical.

Please forgive me.


As I consider it, I believe much of my personal ambivalence towards politics as a whole stems from an underlying disdain for partisanship.

The words "conservative" and "liberal" have become convenient blanket terms for "Everything I'm For" and "Everything I'm Against". These broad lines give folks an intellectual crutch that allows them to bypass independent thought and lead to little but uniform divisiveness.

Interestingly, in cases where a person views a particular faction as "Just Enough of the Things I'm For", they tend to automatically toss the opposing faction into the "Everything I'm Against" pile.

Demonizing those that hold different viewpoints than your own is a fast road to short-sightedness. Regardless of where your particular inclinations lie, those that think differently are *not* evil, and they are almost certainly *not* stupid. Every idea they propose should not make you fume with anger. Anger is not a constructive state of mind; nor is its offspring, self-righteousness.

Given the will to do so, how does one change this seemingly pervading system of black and white thought? My suggestion would be to start in the single most important and powerful place -- within yourself.

If you find yourself becoming quick to anger at the words of others, try taking a deep breath and consider what it is that is actually being said.

Try to mentally remove the labels associated with public figures before hearing what they have to say.

Think about what it is that actually matters to you in your day-to-day life.

I think George Washington had the right idea:

They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.
baby, all natural

On Mega Man 9, Conquering

Mega Man 9 came out two weeks ago, and it fast became my favorite game of the year thus far.

For those that haven't heard about it, it's essentially a brand new game made to run on old NES hardware. It reminds us what gaming is all about -- not fancy polygons or voice acting, but true honest-to-goodness gameplay and razor-sharp controls.

It is also hard as hell.

Today I beat the whole game without dying ( the third time I've played through it ). The start-to-finish time was 45:06.

Now I'm ready to head to California with Haim. ;D