Feedly is where I spend most of my time on the Internet. It’s the window through which I organize and read posts from dozens of other sites in one long page, and you should use it too. If you frequently read a news site or blog by visiting their front page every time, you’re probably doing it wrong. Read the rest of this post for links to some RSS feeds I recommend and links to subscribe to them in Feedly or your favorite RSS reader. You’ll be hooked.
I don’t want to spam up the main feed with a lot of links, so you’ll have to click through to the real post this time. Read more on “Feedly and RSS Feeds” »
I’ve always wanted to put some one-of-a-kind hand-drawn art in my Qanba Q4RAF, so at last weekend’s Ohayocon, I brought a blank template and and asked a couple of the artists there to draw their original characters. The team of Iota Soul knocked it out of the park with Killer Bee on the left side. Kuroitenshi added her D&D fighter on the right side and gave me some crucial advice on how to complete the design from there. I drew some Vewlix lines at the top, put it in the stick, and changed all the buttons out to black and white to complete the hand-drawn sketch look.
This replaces my previous art on that stick, which is all about Kohaku from Melty Blood, a series of really nice doujin fighting games that never made it out of Japan.
Also, here’s the template I printed out for Ohayocon. Click the template below for the 300dpi version, and it will print at just the right size for the Qanba Q4RAF.
Sources: A white and red Qanba Q4RAF, buttons, and bubble top from Video Games New York, replacement plexiglass from Focus Attack (out of production), Iota Soul, Kuroitenshi, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code PC version, Zerochan, and the Qanba thread at Shoryuken
UPDATE: I made another Canvas screen called Wallpaper Watchface. Go get that one instead. It’s better.
Wearable devices are the next big thing in tech. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon with a Pebble, and I want to develop for it. On Android, Canvas for Pebble lets you quickly make watchfaces that nicely display the time, date, weather, and your phone’s unread message and missed call counts. I took a few hours and made a watchface I like that displays seconds, and you can have it too.
If you want to try on the Dr. Mo Day 1 watchface, you’ll need a Pebble running firmware 2.0 beta and Canvas for Pebble 2.0 beta. These should still work when Pebble 2.0 and Canvas for Pebble 2.0 are released. Once that’s installed, visit this post on your phone and click the version you want below.
Dr. Mo Day 1 Imperial
Dr. Mo Day 1 Metric
Source: My blog’s first ever selfie, Numberphile, and Canvas for Pebble
Locomalito makes hard traditional 2D games that can be beaten in one sitting, and he releases them for free out of his love of arcade culture. Check out Maldita Castilla, his love letter to dark Nintendo Hard platform games like Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Castlevania. Most of the monsters come from Spanish myths we don’t normally see in video games. Find the hidden Moura’s Tear item in each stage and try not to lose your soul. The developer also made Hydorah, a brutally difficult horizontal scrolling shooter with powerups.
For God and Castile!
Source: Maldita Castilla – Locomalito and YouTube
Oh boy, sometimes my Twitch.tv stream is comedy gold. When I play Oregon Trail, I have a rule to always ford every river. Even when we reach the 20 foot deep Green River, I must attempt to drive the wagon right across the bottom, drowning all the oxen. This degenerated into my Skype chatters Jdetan, Kinkaido, and Seriouscacodemon making up a story about the wagon leader trying to cobble together a single ox and get moving again.
I should probably say here that my streams contain NSFW language. You know, because we’re horrible people on the Internet.
Source: Oregon Trail and the Sewn-Together Ox – YouTube, which is an upload from a Twitch.tv highlight. Also Nickster123′s Flickr.