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Aug
20th
2014
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It’s been over two years since the initial 7DFPS release of Cloudbase Prime. I certainly haven’t been working on it for all of that time, but there is a lot of work, and a lot of time, in this new release. Hopefully future releases will be far more frequent.

Not all of the audio and art is final, but a lot of it could be. Feedback would be much appreciated in terms of ironing out the stuff that doesn’t quite work. I’m especially nervous about difficulty. I don’t want to wreck new players too badly.

You can download Cloudbase Prime Alpha 0.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux here.


#Dev  #gaming  #cloudbase prime  #Unity3D  #indie games 
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Jul
9th
2014
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My wife Angie and I worked on #iamcarrying posts last weekend. In general it’s been a week full of playing Rayman Legends (holy crap, what a beautiful game) and hanging out together. Angie’s just finished up her doctorate and is going away for a year for her postdoc shortly, so we tried to make the most of the lull in between. 
There was a window before this “week off” where I was hoping to get the next alpha for Cloudbase Prime out, but once I missed it this took priority. I take solace in the assumption that no one was paying attention when I said it’d be out “in a few weeks”… more than a few weeks ago.
Sorry if you were paying attention, though! And thanks.

My wife Angie and I worked on #iamcarrying posts last weekend. In general it’s been a week full of playing Rayman Legends (holy crap, what a beautiful game) and hanging out together. Angie’s just finished up her doctorate and is going away for a year for her postdoc shortly, so we tried to make the most of the lull in between. 

There was a window before this “week off” where I was hoping to get the next alpha for Cloudbase Prime out, but once I missed it this took priority. I take solace in the assumption that no one was paying attention when I said it’d be out “in a few weeks”… more than a few weeks ago.

Sorry if you were paying attention, though! And thanks.


#iamcarrying  #cloudbase prime 
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Jun
30th
2014
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Fiddling around with charcoals in Manga Studio for the first time. I never quite felt like I knew what I was doing, which is exactly how I feel when I use real charcoals!
I can’t tell if I’ll still like this in the morning. What a nice familiar feeling.

Fiddling around with charcoals in Manga Studio for the first time. I never quite felt like I knew what I was doing, which is exactly how I feel when I use real charcoals!

I can’t tell if I’ll still like this in the morning. What a nice familiar feeling.


#art  #manga studio  #naut 
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Apr
29th
2014
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I participated in Ludum Dare 29 last weekend and had a great time! The theme was Beneath the Surface, and I made a game where you get to be a kraken that throws whales so hard they explode.

You can play the game here.

I’ve written up an overly long post mortem for it here.

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Apr
20th
2014
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Happy Easter! I, uh… made you something…


#Cloudbase Prime  #Unity3D  #game dev  #dev 
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Apr
10th
2014
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Angie and I finished our latest home brew! It’s a dunkelweizen and is our tastiest beer yet. The label? It’s questionable.


#beer  #home brewing  #dunkelweizen 
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Jan
6th
2014
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Recipe: Panko-Honey Lemons

I made panko-honey lemons for a citrus cook off we hosted this holiday and they were quite successful. It’s chunks of deep fried lemon. A coating of powdered sugar, honey water, and honeyed panko batter make for a thin, sweet shell of crispy donut-like goodness around the still sour lemon. A wide range of palates found the sourness to be inoffensive with all that sugar nearby. These are fairly painless to make, although cutting the lemons took a while and made me feel dumb.
Ingredients:
  • Powdered sugar
  • Flour
  • Honey
  • Panko
  • Canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 Lemons
  • 2 Eggs 
Steps:
  1. Prepare a cup of honey water (enough to put your chopped up lemons into). Microwave a cup of water for 30 seconds to warm it and dissolve a couple tablespoons of honey into it. Stop when it appears to be saturated with honey for that temperature. This should cool down fairly quickly given how much honey you’re adding to it, but make sure it’s cooled down to warm rather than scalding so you don’t cook your lemons in it. That’d be sad.
  2. Cut your lemons up into pieces of varying size, tossing them in the honey water as you do. I found the fastest was to cut the lemons into fairly wide circle slices (1/4” - 1/2”) before cutting out small triangular segments of 1-3 connected wedges, discarding the peel and picking out all seeds. A paring knife makes the tinier cuts and seed removal much easier. Varying size is fun for this so don’t sweat it too much. Aim for bite-sized and make sure they’ll hold together while frying.
  3. Prepare your panko breading assembly line! One plate will have half and half powdered sugar and flour on it. The second plate will have two eggs mixed with two tablespoons of honey mixed into it (don’t heat it. just stir a lot and believe in yourself). The third will just have panko on it. Put a fourth plate at the end to pile up the product pre-frying. Get a pan of oil heating at a notch under medium heat. Put a fifth plate near that pan of oil and put a folded paper towel on there to soak up the grease from your freshly fried lemons.
  4. Take your lemon chunks out of the honey water and toss them directly into the powdered sugar/flour mix, a few at a time. Don’t dry them off. The honey water and powdered sugar is going to make this thing taste like a donut. Roll them around to be sure they’re covered-ish.
  5. Move those lemon chunks into the egg, rolling them around to be sure all surfaces are covered. Be quick so you don’t wash off more of the flour than necessary, and toss them into the panko.
  6. Roll them around in the panko, drop more on top of it, etc. to make sure it’s covered. Once your oil’s heated up (test with a blob of panko if you must), toss the lemon chunks in there. It may take 30 seconds to a minute, rolling them around to brown all sides, to fry. If you take longer, they may fall apart before frying solid and you’ll get some loud pops as the lemon juice hits the oil, but it didn’t cause too much commotion at the recommended heat level and they still taste fine (see safety note).
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you’re done or bored. Be sure to eat while you cook. Allow a minute to cool, minimum. Toss fried lemon chunks into a bowl and replace paper towels as necessary. These stay tasty for a good hour after cooking. I haven’t tested longer times.
Safety Note:
While raising the heat would make this fry faster, it’d also make any water/juice hitting the oil react more violently. I recommend against that. Every stove’s different, so you can’t take my temperature recommendations as gospel. Turn the heat down if you notice oil exiting the pan at a rate more vigorous than the average slice of bacon’s ejections. Don’t burn your house down or fry yourself.

#recipes  #fried lemons 
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Jan
1st
2014
Wed
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Comic 195: Floating Tree Hermit Is Rude
Hooray, I just barely managed to post a new comic before the year ended! Happy New Year!

Comic 195: Floating Tree Hermit Is Rude

Hooray, I just barely managed to post a new comic before the year ended! Happy New Year!


#comic  #comics  #floating tree hermit 
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Dec
25th
2013
Wed
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When I proposed to my wife over five years ago, we joked about a flaming dolphin ring. I made her this pendant for Christmas this year. It’s not the most practical thing, but she likes it :)! We’ll probably get a bigger chain for it given that the flames are a bit tangle-happy.

Shapeways’s gold-plated bronze printing is really impressive. I was a bit reckless with the thin bits and it seems to’ve worked out well.


#shapeways  #flaming dolphin  #3dprinting  #blender  #jewelry  #diy  #art  #christmas 
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Dec
9th
2013
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I got a solid start on Cloudbase Prime’s reactor fueling gameplay this weekend. I was hoping to actually get a sizable chunk of a level done, but at least I got a lot of the technical challenges out of the way and did a (hopefully amusing) story bit.

That explanation of the walking reactor platform is booooring sounding, though. I’ll have to rerecord that.


#cloudbase prime  #indie games  #game dev  #dev  #unity3D  #unity 
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