December 10, 2007
So, I realized I spent a little too much time making the following graphic of running Atari 2600 characters yesterday:
It's kind of cool 'cause you can put it end to end:
(That's Berzerk's shootist, Burgertime's Chef, Donkey Kong's Mario, HERO's hero, Fast Eddie, Tron Deadly Discs' Tron, Jungle Hunt's Adventurer, Keystone Kaper's Kop, Mountain King's would-be king, and Pitfall Harry.)
When I thought back to what it took to make those, it seems a little crazy:
- play a game with the emulator PCAEW (that records AVI movies)
- import the movies into Animation Shop
- copy frames into (ancient) Paint Shop Pro to isolate the characters
- cut and paste those pieces into a new Animation Shop Animated GIF....
- (manually) break the GIFs back into individual frames,
- write a Java Processing program to show them all together and make a series of new frames
- import those into Animation Shop.
My housemate wrote about his irritation with people who say "You must have too much free time on your hands.". And while I agree with him, that's an absolutely rude, dismissive, and small-souled thing to say, in at least this case I could almost see their point.
I need to get some tools to automate manipulating animated GIFs, that would have sped things up.
Exchange of the Moment
Aunt Susan: "See? Aren't I just the lowest-maintenance relative you have?"
Me: "Well... there's my dad. We just have to mow over where he's buried! But I think we contract out to a guy for that."
--2007.12.09. Ah, macabre humor. My favorite!
Sports of the Moment
So the Patriots won an important game yesterday, with a dominating second half against the #1 Defense Steelers, and kept thoughts of a perfect season alive. In the week-long leadup, one of the Steelers was dumb enough to "guarantee" a victory, and Brady took special pride in burning him several times during the game.
Just for fun (and out of respect, not schadenfreude) I hit fansite "Stillers.com" (gotta appreciate the name) and read stuff like this article. That article and a few others rip on the Patriot's fanbase, not just for being fair-weatherish (not utterly unfounded, but I suspect most hardcore, longterm fandbases like the Steelers and the Packers put down roots in the rich soil of a phenomenal team run and accompanying bandwagon) but because the Red Sox are still first in the hearts and minds in the area.
To which I can only reply, neener-neener.