I hate writing!

So, that’s not entirely true.  I say that the same way I say, “I hate my life.”  I don’t actually hate my life, but sometimes I hate parts of it.  And sometimes all those parts I hate get together all at once and I say “I hate my life,” but what I mean is that I hate the part I’m going through now.  Which is what I’m saying now.  I hate writing! I follow a fair number of professional and semi-professional writers on Twitter.  Some of them like to tweet nightly about how much they wrote — 900 words, 1200 words, 1800 words. I’m not that consistent.  I never have …

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Posted in Writing.

In defense of a good monster…

My parents taught that horror stories have no place in the Christian life.  Halloween in my house was celebrated by turning out all the lights and pretending not to be home.  Monsters are the devil’s thing and not something to celebrate. Perhaps I’m inclined to agree, but monsters come in a great many different shapes.  There are always the old classics like werewolves, zombies, and vampires.  (Remember when vampires sucked the marrow from bones rather than from life?)  Ghosts and spirit stories are thousands of years old.  In fact, there is at least one ghost story in the Bible.  (I Samuel 28:3-25 if you’d like to read it.  It’s the earliest …

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Posted in Horror, Philosophy.

Super GitKraken Bros

I can’t believe I didn’t post this before, but check it out!  My good friend Austin and I spent a couple of days and hammered out an online game as part of a GitKraken promotion.  It’s a two player, single keyboard game where you try to push your buddy off the platform sumo style. Play on at osmstudios.itch.io/super-gitkraken-bros.

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Expensive Chocolate

Chocolate is one of those things that has fans.  And I mean real fanatics.  The snobby kind.  Chocolate is expensive because people will pay crazy amounts of money for it. I once spent $400 on a bag of chocolate covered almonds from Menard’s.  And how was it? you ask.  I don’t know.  I didn’t get to eat it! You may have noticed something odd about the background of this photograph, so let me tell you the story of the $400 bag of Dark Chocolate Almonds. It’s a Tuesday and I remember this because it’s the day I tutor and Marissa gets her hairs did.  I get home first because Marissa’s …

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VR is here! And it’s pretty great

I haven’t bought a fancy Vive headset or Oculus Rift, but I did receive a Gear VR with my newest phone.  I was skeptical.  After all, it’s a $150 dollar piece of plastic that straps your phone to your face.  It turns out to be a pretty nice $150 dollar piece of plastic for strapping your phone to your face.  It has a nice ring of foam around the edges, adjustable straps to fit any head between the size of Marissa’s and mine, thick internal lenses, and some controls on the side. It feels good and things look surprisingly good inside.  You quickly forget that you’re just looking at a phone, …

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Posted in Media, Technology, Video Games.

We need to talk about Jack

(Warning: This post will be loaded with pictures of a really cute dog.) This is Jack. He is a dog, but to be clear, that’s not the worst thing about him.  We were told he is some kind of pit bull mix, but to be honest, I’m starting to suspect he is just a straight up pit bull and the word “mix” was thrown in to make his adoption more likely.  Oh sure he looks cute and charming, but he is clearly a man eating machine. Rumor has it he was turned into the local pound wearing a collar and leash while still holding the hand — and just the …

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Story and Art

Awhile ago I wrote this post about whether or not video games are art: osmstudios.com/blog/post/videogames-as-art.   If you don’t have time to read it, let me summarize.  I’m of the opinion that video games are art since they are made up of components that are art (writing, drawing, music, etc.) The only part of a video game that is even open to the “what makes art” debate is the gameplay itself.  I still think gameplay could be art in itself, but I landed on the fence. I was thinking back on that post while I drove to downtown Indy the other day and realized that the same question could be asked …

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Posted in Language, Media, Philosophy, Writing.

Woodworking with a Dummy

Let me be perfectly clear, despite a semester of woodworking in high school and a lifetime of living with a carpenter, I do not know what I’m doing.  I’m clueless, and I’m armed with 11 pounds and 5,600 rpms of blade spinning goodness.  I’m one little screw up from losing a finger or an arm or a leg. Not that it’s bad to be missing one of those things.  I’ve never met a cabinet maker that had all of his fingers and if I did meet that cabinet maker, I probably wouldn’t hire him. I’m more of a hobbyist though, and I need all my fingers for typing entertaining blog …

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Year in Review

You may recall that some time ago I set some yearly goals.  Now that year is winding down rapidly, and I owe you an update on the things  I’ve accomplished — or failed to accomplish as the case mostly is.  I had 7 goals, and while the original blog post spread them over 3 different sections of the year, they came out in reality all out of order.  So I’ll address them here in no particular order. Revisit Neville, my NaNoWriMo project from last year This one actually happened.  It got a proper name, The Man Out of Time, and was largely rewritten to be much better than the original.  I guess I …

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What’s In A Name?

A love-struck 13 year old girl in a Shakespearean play thought it was nothing.  I disagree.  A rose by any other name would certainly smell as sweet, but I’d never bring home a flower called a “poopoo” for my wife. We tend to give more credence to names than we realize.  Common names are more “hirable” than uncommon names.  You can flip through a highlight of some published studies in this BusinessInsider article.  Some of this is just cultural bias, but there is also a concept called nominative determinism.  Nominative determinism is why all Randys have worked as mechanics and why there is an unusual number of Meryls working in …

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Posted in Philosophy, Writing.