I Wanna Be The Kirby

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So, as I’ve said a ton, I’m totally at camp. Yes. But like, I have like totally a lot of free time! And, well, while looking around for something to do, I noticed that this computer has Adobe Flash installed, and more importantly, activated. I have a copy of Flash on my computer but I sadly lost the activation key (WHYYYYYY!?!?!?!??!?!), so I took this as a happy opportunity. :)

So, I gathered my parodying skills and wrote a script of a short video that would be a parody of Kirby, I Wanna Be The Guy, the song Umbrella by Rihanna and Saturday Night Live’s "Dear Sister" sketch (I’m OBSESSED with the song in it). So like totally, using my trusty friends Visual Boy Advance, CamStudio, Audacity and Flash, I made a video!

I totally uploaded it onto YouTube. WATCH IT NOW OR DIIEEEE. jk :) But, watch it! Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVWRGPUSPUI Fav it, rate it, comment it, hug me, whatever, but watch it! It was fun to make and I think it’s pretty funny, so watch.

Sorry about the bad quality, by the way. The original SWF looks better, but Flash wasn’t going to let me convert it to a YouTube supported format without a fight. The QuickTime one went all red halfway through so I ended up exporting to a multi-gigabyte AVI file which was then converted to a 10 megabyte WMV file. Odd. I probably will upload the original SWF to Four Island Other when I get back from camp so you can watch the video in all it’s glory.

I totally hope to make more videos because this one was fun to make, and I REALLY hope that Adobe has some sort of "I lost my activation key" service because I need that program. :)

Hatkirby on July 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Virtual Red Book

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NO NO NO. If you are making a funtastic level game like Karoshi, even though it may seem like a good idea, Level 49 of Karoshi 2.0 was a mistake. In case you are clueless, it involved you putting an Audio CD in your disk drive and stepping on a blue button in the level, which plays the first track on the disk and then advances you to the next level.

Ummmmmm no. Not everybody has an Audio CD. Not everybody has a CD drive. Not everybody cares enough to go out to the store, buy a blank CD-R, search their hard drive for a random song, download a program that burns CD Audio (Red Book is surprisingly nothing like any other CD format) and then burn the song.

However, I am insane. Lol. I reeeaallly wanted to beat that level so I thought "Hey, why don’t I create an ISO file and mount it as a second CD drive?"

Ummmm no. First, WINDOWS IS EVIL. I’m stuck with Windows this week and Windows didn’t want to help. I eventually found a program that mounted ISO files on Windows, but it was terrible and ended up being worthless. Apparently Red Book CDs cannot come in ISO files. Gah.

So, after a whole ton of false turns and ffsdfsdfdsfs, I discovered the solution. I downloaded Virtual CD (sadly, it’s a trial) and CDRWIN (also a trial, gahness, but I really only needed to do this once :) ). CDRWIN is a simple program that lets you burn various types of CDs, including the elusive Red Book format. Virtual CD is a fake drive management program. Very useful.

First, I opened Virtual CD and created a fake burner, a fake CD drive with write capability. Then I clicked "Create a blank virtual medium" in the "Burn" menu and filled out the form so as to create a blank writable virtual CD in the virtual CD burner. Next, I opened CDRWIN and burned a simple Audio CD with one song I found on my memory stick (Christmas Canon by The Trans Siberian Orchestra) and burned it to the virtual CD burner.

Finally, in Virtual CD, I mounted the CD image created by the virtual CD burner onto the REAL CD drive. When I opened Karoshi, the stereo triumphantly did not state "NO CD" and I watched in happiness as the sound waves from the stereo pushed a safe onto my character.

Yes, I feel like omg cool yo. O_O That was weird, but YAY I DID IT. Lol, this post is going insane. Anyway, yes, I mounted a virtual Audio CD on a real CD drive. Funness. :)

Hatkirby on July 8, 2009 at 6:38 pm

KSA Poll

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Ummmm I forgot to update the poll again! Don’t hurt me! Anyway, last week’s poll wasn’t as randomly insane as it looked. It was a reference to KSA. :)

Yes – 4 vote(s)!
No – 1 vote(s)!
Ummm….. *head asplodes* – 4 vote(s)!
Go away – 1 vote(s)!

Hatkirby on July 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

We Salute You…. InstaDisc

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Okay. I have big news. INSTADISC IS BACK. Well, it’s coming back. After a half year hiatus while I felt sorry for myself (and worked on FourPuzzle which I never posted about), I finally thought of something. A way for InstaDisc to work.

I seem to recall InstaDisc dying because it’s Push notification only worked for a VERY small number of people (a.k.a. just me) and without Push, InstaDisc was pretty much a highly convoluted RSS replacement. However, my work on FourChat, the Yaplet replacement that never really surfaced, led me to realize an alternative to server push.


Okay, it’s not actually Reverse AJAX as I’m not using JavaScript, it’s Comet. But I like calling it Reverse AJAX. Anyway, Comet is the way! I have been rewriting the InstaDisc Central Server in C++ and Comet seems to work perfectly. Yayfulness.

So, you may be wondering, when will InstaDisc be completed? Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I am actually already nearly done with Central. There are only 3 API functions that I haven’t yet implemented and after that, there’s just the testing period.

The bad news is, along with Comet, the InstaDisc specification has changed. A lot. Because of this, the Client will have to be majorly rewritten. I’m thinking of scraping the original code and staring over in C++. So that will probably take a while. Plus, the Update Servers will also have to be rewritten, but that’s not much of a problem as they’re small.

So, InstaDisc is back. YAY.

Oh, and by the way, Ohats Is So Dead.

Hatkirby on July 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm