This is what I looked like on September 19, 2008 during a vacation. Duluth is in the background.

What is your history like?

Last updated: Nov 22, 2006 (first version)

TV isn't one of my highest favorite things to do, but I most commly watch TV while I'm eating and I primarily watch educational things or classic cartoons. I almost never watch movies. Unlike music where 1000 loops of the same song is just starting out, I don't get heavily involved with movies or TV anywhere near as much. Although some cartoons have been seen nearly 30 times, and some movies watched about 10 times, this is nothing in comparison with music, even in terms of time.

1 History

1.1 During school

During school, there were times where the class was to watch some video clip involving the lesson being covered. For example, if I was learning about the history of the American colonies during the early 1700's, the class may have watched a small video clip or sometimes a slide show using an audio tape for sound in my early elementary school days that mentioned various things about such settlers. One thing I never liked that caused me to not watch the video (but still listen), was the fact that the school turned off all the lights in the room. The blinding bright TV screen was very hard on my eyes and I never liked it at all. I kept complaining about it, and a lot. At times, I just refused to watch the video, but still listen to it. I'm still like this today as I usually have my monitor at a low brightness setting and white backgrounds, even with this, are hard on my eyes, the main reason why I use a dark-background style.

1.2 At home before high school

1.2.1 Television

My TV/movie habits at home before my high school years, is somewhat similiar to how it is today, only with a few exceptions. At the time, I only had local TV available which had just four channels. Every day, at 5:30 PM, except on weekends since I didn't believe the news was on on weekends (at least, my parents never watched the news on weekends), I'd watch the CBS Evening News as well as the local news and when the weather was over with at 6:15 PM, I did my usual activities. Outside the news, I almost never watched TV; only game shows like Jeopardy or "The Price is Right" were of highest interest, but watched once every 2 months or so.

1.2.2 Movies

Ignoring the news, I watched twice as much in movies than I did television, mostly kids type movies like Aladdin or, one of my highest favorites, "The Thief and the Cobbler". At the time, I wasn't strongly affected by content ratings and even when I was 9, I watched a few PG-13-rated movies, or even R-rated movies, but usually had parental guidance. One of my favorites was one called "Speed", especially the part with the bus, even though it was rated R.

I never liked movie theaters for the same reason mentioned in section 1.2.1 above - bright TV and unlit room. In addition, they were often loud and I disliked that a lot (see the music page for further details). I always had to wait for the VHS tape to come out.

1.3 At home since high school

1.3.1 Television before DirecTV

Much like my earlier times, I'd frequently watch the CBS Evening News followed by the local news until the weather was over. Not much is otherwise different. The main difference between this time era and the previous was that I often missed the news more often because I was getting bored of it or nothing much was really on.

1.3.2 Television since DirecTV

Although I don't recall when I got DirecTV available (2002?), a satellite-based TV system with dozens of channels available, it offered much more interesting stuff. One of my highest interests were the educational TV shows found on channels like TLC, Discovery, or National Geographic. Also saw many cartoons series I've otherwise never seen before that quickly became favorites - Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry are two such examples. I never knew what Tom and Jerry was at first. As of today, some of the Tom and Jerry episodes have been watched nearly 30 times. These channels became my favorites and most commonly looked at (with DirecTV channel number as of Nov 21, 2006):

The most annoying thing about the channels marked with an astrisk is the "paid programming" stuff, mostly from 2:00 AM to around 7:00 AM. With CourTV, however, it is shifted to about 2 hours later. It often forces me to have to watch CNN Headline News or one of the other channels that doesn't have this (such as the Science Channel) when I need to eat around these times and it's not uncommon to have to watch CNN Headline News for 2 hours straight as a result. See section 2.4 below for further details on my favorite shows.

1.3.3 Movies

Since high school, I very rarely watch movies and I sometimes go without watching one for 6 months or even longer. I hear the advertisements for a movie and gain an interest, but because it's only in theaters at the time, my motive quickly goes negative and it takes so long for the movie to be available to buy in stores and by the time it's released, I've either forgotten the name of it, lost interest in it altogether, or I'm too involved with something else to bother watching the movie when my parents rent it, often due to the fact that what I'm doing has a higher motive than that of watching the movie.

1.4 Me and TV ads

1.4.1 Previous behaviors

At the start, I didn't mind TV ads all that much, except if they had whistling in them from which I muted the TV then unmuted it when the "bad ad" was over. This went on like this for many years, until tons of Bowflex ads came on that went unchanged for over a year and were really annoying.

As those very annoying Bowflex ads were on, I began muting the ad every time it came on, even though it didn't have whistling. It was the fact that it was unchanged for over a year and it frequently came on. When the ad was done, I'd check the next ad and unmute it if it was knowingly good. If I knew it had whistling, I'd leave it muted. Soon, other ads came on that were annoying due to being unchanged for a long time and/or frequently came on. There were some ads, however, that were liked quite well and didn't mind listening to. By 2006, things started to change.

1.4.2 The events leading to current behaviors

With a sudden extreme compatibility with my songs, especially when I had Battle Zone going on for 46 days straight and a massive compatibility spike, the highest recorded of all, I began muting every single TV ad just to hear the song as it had the highest recorded compatibility. TV ads frequently revolved around weight loss and exercise equipment and got boring quickly as such ads were very common. Some ads with singing in them are almost always muted as, with a 20000x compatibility difference between the ad's music and Battle Zone, I was far more tempted to listen to Battle Zone than ads. Ads with whistling in them are even further disliked by a factor around 15 making me 300,000 times more motivated to listen to Battle Zone. Sure -3 compatibility for a TV ad involving CD's for sale isn't all that bad, but with Battle Zone being 8,000 times more liked, such an ad stands no chance for being listened to. An ad with singing and whistling as well as very annoying would be a worst-case scenario and it wasn't that uncommon that Battle Zone was liked over 1 million times more than the ads. These numbers are very extreme and hard, even for me, to comprehend, but it later had a huge impact on my ad-watching behaviors.

Not all ads are bad though and some are very well-liked would wouldn't mind listening to them along with Battle Zone. Some TV ads reached compatibilities in the 200's. The early Geico ads are in this group, but the newer ones are at the opposite end at -80 causing me to always mute them. The most-liked ad, that I recall, is one for Delta Airlines as it had a well-liked song and about 400 for compatibility. With that kind of compatibility, I'd rather watch it than many TV shows I watch. Most ads, however, hover around neutral compatibility as I don't care that much for them.

Once the 46-day streak with Battle Zone ended the behaviors remained. I muted nearly every TV ad, but I still watched the new ones, except if it was annoying or had whistling. Another song came along with a massive compatibility, but quite far from the record, and it further prompted my behaviors, especially to hear the most-liked part of the song with a spike just passing 2800.

1.5 TV and movie ratings

1.5.1 The early years

You see a movie of interest in an ad that you want to see, but it's rated R. Would you watch it? In my early years, I was more likely to watch such movies. It was mainly with my parents since they happened to be watching it when I tried eating. Although most of the movies I watched were G and sometimes PG, PG-13 and R were seen as well.

TV ratings are otherwise the same as well, but the highest rating I often saw was just TV-14. Such ratings arrived rather late.

1.5.2 The later years

By around 2002 or so, I was strongly affected by such ratings. Today, I reject R-rated movies, and very rarely watch PG-13 movies. The same goes for TV. G and PG I don't mind much at all, but 14 is quite bothersome and rarely watched and I refuse to watch something rated MA. At one time, I was about to eat and saw that my dad was about to watch a movie rated MA. He really wanted to see it, but I didn't, so I decided I'd very much rather get behind a wall and extra distance so I can't hear or see the TV. The same thing applies to movies as well - if rated R or the higher NC-17 (aka, X-rated).

1.6 Writing scripts for the movies

1.6.1 Story writing became movie script writing, but failed

Although covered in much greater detail in the "stories" section of this report, this is a brief overview. Around 1996, likely due to a dream where I was drifting down a river across states on a log raft, I began writing stories. At first, they were dull, such as the Wonderful Adventure series, but as time went on, I got longer and longer and by 2004 or so, I began a modified version of one of my past stories that was much more "intense" than my previous version and soon turned it into a movie script. I had no luck with getting it out after 2 attempts, but later on, I discovered I could make 95% of the entire movie on my own with the many animation skills I had from making my many animated GIFs now into the around 1000 frames each.

1.6.2 My first animated cartoon

Although technically not a movie, I made my first animated cartoon depicting how I do races in my mind game, complete with realistic lighting and decent 3D effects, even though there isn't any panning of the camera and the other things commonly seen, but it's a good start. It's only the limits of GIF that prevented me from using rich detail and I don't have any further alternatives. I've made numerous animated GIFs over the years and I've since refined my techniques to realistically reproduce varioius effects.

1.6.3 My numerous animated GIFs

As a way to visually "see" my mind game, I make many animations. I started around late 2001. Even to today (as of Nov 21, 2006), the process is relatively unchanged, but has had many refinements for greater accuracy and realism. The full history of my animation creation is covered here, even the very methods I use (except that I now automate most of it) to make my animations. At the moment, I've otherwise reached the limits I can stand with GIF, mainly due to time it takes to fully process it.

1.7 TV-related events

1.7.1 DirecTV - a huge expansion of options

Because local TV only had 4 channels, the degree of available selection was very limited. By getting DirecTV, this was nearly trigintupled to 120 channels (probably even more). None of the local channels were of much interest, except one solely for the news. DirecTV had about 5 channels of interest to me which further increased to those mentioned in section 1.3.2 above. I liked that much better.

1.7.2 Dish Network switchover - a very bad idea

One of the most memorable events was when we tried switching over to Dish Network. It all started because I wanted to be able to watch TV in my room without having to bother my parents to watch what I was interested in. We had 2 receivers at the time, a main one for the living room and a second one for the bedroom, which was rarely used. I couldn't use the one in the bedroom if even one of my parents were sleeping and during the evening or weekend, this was very difficult. I wanted a receiver for myself. At one time, an ad was posted for Dish Network in that you could get 4 rooms connected and a video recorder upgrade for a price lower than we were currently paying. We soon got to the switch, but many bad things occurred as a result and it was a huge challenge to get everything back to normal.

The first was that many of the channels we liked given with Dish Network were not present at all. My top favorite channel, the Science Channel, wasn't available until the package was upgraded. This is where the second bad thing occurred. The advertisement showed a certain price for the service, like $40 a month for an example, but the bill was $70 or something which was completely wrong and unexpected. It took nearly 2 months to fully cancel everything with a lot of other issues on top of it including a bounce. It was all because they refused to cancel the account even though we were within the early termination range (without penalties). As a result of all this, all because I wanted to add one measely channel to the service - the Science Channel, we quickly returned to DirecTV. The only luck we had was that the original DirecTV stuff was still left there and simply had to be reconnected. At the time, we had the "America's top 120" plan, but top 120? I don't think so given that many of our favorites are not included without upgrading to the "top 180". From then on, it was nothing but DirecTV and I soon got my own receiver so I can watch whatever. With these events, the compatibility with Dish Network, in modern terms (as of Nov 21, 2006), would be around -270 or so. With DirecTV, the compatibility, as of Nov 21, 2006, is +30, a difference of just over 8000 which is phenomenal. If it wasn't for all the bugs in the receiver (the guide crashes when I change channels and the grid changes over from the change of the half hour, and, rarely, no video signal on the TV without first having to change to another channel and back again, despite replacing it), adding a -1.6 affector, it could be near +50 compatibility.

2 The present

2.1 TV mainly while eating

As of today, the only time I truely watch TV is when I'm eating. Because I can't type, play my games, or anything like that while eating and that TV simply involves listening and watching a video screen, it was my preferred method. Although there are times I watch TV when not needing to eat, this is mainly due to high-motive shows being on that I want to see. Due to my high interest in learning about the world and the weird universe, educational TV shows are the most commonly watched form of TV. For a while, much of the stuff on is otherwise not new to me, but there are times where something I never knew is included. That is, until I found Assignment Discovery in early 2006. Since then, I've constantly checked my DirecTV receiver's guide for what the content is and if of interest, I watch it. Much of the content I've never seen so I have an even greater motive to seeing it than much of the other shows I watch.

2.2 TV ads

Ever since my case with Battle Zone and the highest recorded compatibility spike it caused, muting TV ads is quite common. My current system is that I leave the ads playing until one bad ad comes on. A bad ad is one with singing in it (such as the one for Hoveround (at -35 compatibility, so low I'd mute it even if my MP3 player's battery was dead and charging)) or, worse yet, whistling (-100 compatibility is not uncommon for such ads), or one that is very annoying (such as the more recent Geico ads which hover around -20 compatibility) or simply occurs very often. As soon as a bad ad comes on, I mute all TV ads from this point onward until the show resumes. When the show goes back to ads again, they are left unmuted until another bad one comes on. It's somewhat rare to go through an entire 3-minute ad session without muting them due to a bad ad. When the song on my MP3 player is very well liked, I'm far more likely to mute ads. The only exception to these is when a new ad comes on that I've never seen before, but, if it's bad, it, too, will get muted without me knowing much about it, except from what I can pick out on the video itself.

2.3 Movies

A month without watching a single movie is now considered a short duration and I've gone over a half year without watching a single movie (a 5-second glance doesn't really count). I may see a movie of interest in a TV ad, but, because it's in theaters only, I quickly lose interest. By the time the movie comes out to movie rental places, I've had already lost a great deal of interest in it and things of higher motive take priority over it as a result and thus I never get to see it. If the movie was released for rental only otherwise immediately after being in theaters, I'd be about 5 times more likely to watch it. See section 1.2.2 for further details on why I don't like movie theaters.

2.4 Favorite shows

Although I don't watch TV that much, I have several favorite shows. Note that many of them are educational in nature. Here's an overview of them:

Forensic Files: I rarely watch this, mainly listen to it. The only time I do bother watching/listening to the show is when nothing else is really on of interest. I like the names of the various kinds of tests - "neutron bombardment ???" or "X-ray emission analysis", and other such names with "test" or "analysis" in them. This show, however, has a good story which is the main reason why I like it, but a low motive for watching.

Phychic Detectives: The earlier versions of this program were more interesting, but the later versions had lower compatibility and thus lower motive for watching. As with Forensic Files, I rarely watch it, but mainly listen to it. Like Forensic Files, this show tends to have a good story, but not as decent. It has a very low motive for watching (low for the early versions), meaning almost every other TV show takes priority.

Hot Pursuit: Unlike the two above, this is one show I watch as well as listen to. I sometimes prefer it over the other channels due to the moderate motive, when available, except if I've already seen it.

CNN Headline News: As a last resort if nothing else is on, I watch CNN Headline News. During the night of weekdays (such as 3:00 AM), I've noticed that the videos and things are exactly the same to the finest detail indicating to me that they are recordings rather than broadcasted live. The same seems to be present for weekends as well. It is now my primary source for news since I like the style much better (about 2.3 times better) than anything on my local news stations. During the 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM time, I have low motive for watching this, but otherwise a moderate motive.

Modern Marvels: This is my top favorite show from the History Channel. I have yet to see something about computers or games on this show, but there's many I still haven't seen yet. I almost always get amazed at how things were in the 1950's compared to today's very sophisticated and advanced stuff, like an aardvark to an ant. I have a moderate motive for watching it.

UFO files: UFO's, are they earth-based, or are they from another planet? This is one thing I've had interests in, but I otherwise never really heard about them until I got DirecTV. Despite only seeing 5 episodes, I still look forward to any others, but due to a moderately low motive, other shows tend to take priority over it.

Seconds From Disaster: The primary reason for watching this is the good story involved. Although sad in nature, it's the story that makes me watch it. I gradually lost interest as there hasn't been anything new for a while. I generally have a moderately low motive for watching it, but when something new is on, I have a high motive for watching it.

Explorer: I don't watch Explorer that often, but it does have a moderate motive, although often surpassed by other shows with higher motives.

Naked Science: Much more purely educational, but quite a ways below my level of skill, this show has a moderately high motive for watching it, and it's somewhat rare that any other programs take priority due to having an even higher motive.

Air Emergency: Solely for the good story, I have moderately high motive for watching it. It is somewhat rare other programs take priority.

FBI Files: Like with Forensic Files, I rarely watch it, but listen to it instead. It has a low priority as it seems more extreme than Forensic Files and often used as a last resort if nothing else is on.

The New Detectives: This is also like the above, only with a moderately low motive and takes priority over Forensic Files.

Mythbusters: Being educational, and of moderate interest, I have a moderate motive for watching it. Mythbusters was the show where I gained my skills for running experiments. Unlike the experiments they do, which are far more dangerous, the kind I do are otherwise harmless. What effect does the polygon count have for the rendering rate in my game design? What effect does texture size or vertex count have? If it wasn't for watching Mythbusters, I would've not really known how to carry out the experiments to answer these questions (or even get an accurate result on what adjustment factor I needed to counter a bug with my MP3 player (see the music section of this report for details on this). Due to the fact that I don't get to see every episode due to my awkward sleep-wake cycle, I've missed numerous other myths and experiments. With a high motive, it tends to take priority over almost everything, except if I've already seen it.

Junkyard Wars: Although with a small educational nature, I only got to see about 1/3 of the episodes due to my sleep-wake cycle or just forgetting about it being on. It had moderate motive for watching and was sometimes featured in my mind game (only what I needed was built in 4 seconds rather than a ten-hour day).

Monster House: Another one of my favorites, liked ever-so-slightly more than Junkyard Wars, is Monster House. Unfortunately, due to the times being changed so often and even the channel, I rarely got to see it, only 8 episodes. It had a moderate motive for watching.

Assignment Discovery: Okay, so you may think you only get and see this in school and have to answer questions and things. In my case, I have a bunch of advertising of things related to educational things at the start, and there are no pauses between having to answer the questions. Nope, just watching Discovery channel at 4:00 AM Central Time is all you need. Although the lesson is more random than in school (you could be learning about stars and planets in school when Assignment Discovery could cover something about volcanoes or ocean life), it quickly became one of my highest favorite shows, of very high motive if of interest, meaning it takes priority over pretty much everything. Although I have a major lack of interest in biology, because this show is nearly the purest form of educational TV I've seen and that it's more around my level, my motive is very high for watching it as a result, taking priority even over space stuff on the Science Channel. It first started with chemistry, a field of science I have a great interest in and I had high priority of watching it and from watching it, the motive increased even further. It is the only worthy show during the 4:00 AM time, aside from CNN Headline News.

Science Channel: Almost everything on this entire channel if of at least moderately low interest. Anything involving biology has the moderately low motive for watching, but anything involving cosmology and the related is of very high motive and tends to take priority over pretty much everything, even Mythbusters. One show on the Science Channel, "The Death Star", is the only show of it's kind where I've watched over 10 times (15 as of Nov 21, 2006), the most watched of any single such episode and I still crave for more. It is my top favorite of all my shows. Only cartoons have more watches than this.

Looney Tunes: I've very rarely even run into the Looney Tunes, let alone having seen their cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and, to a limited extent, Porky Pig are my favorites and any cartoon involving them (except Daffy in the early years), quickly becomes a high favorite. Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Daffy, then Porky Pig are my top favorites from most liked to least liked. If the cartoon has Yosemite Sam in it, I have a very high motive for watching it. If the cartoon has a bunch of singing and dancing in it, I have very low motive for watching it, negative even. They're just very boring and when I'm sleepy, they tend to put me to sleep due to how boring they are. Since around June or July of 2006, I've almost never seen it because I can't seem to find it on TV any more.

Tom and Jerry: Until I got DirecTV, I never heard of Tom and Jerry, but after seeing just one or two episodes, I quickly gained a high interest in it and it became one of my highest favorites with a high motive for watching. The first era, the 1940's and 1950's, are where my top favorites tend to be. The third era, those from Chuck Jones, is my second favorite era with the second era, those from Gene Deitch (sp.?), are often my least liked, although there are some decent ones such as the one involving fishing, my top favorite from that era.

Pink Panther: Although I recall being involved with Pink Panther a very long time ago, when I first saw it on DirecTV, I had no idea what it was as it was well over a decade. I don't like many of the episodes, but there are some high favorites. Those involving long chases for something otherwise very simple such as getting a quarter that rolls around all over the place, or a ball with a mind of it's own bouncing everywhere, are my least liked. The one where someone playing a Tuba had to leave town and go deep into a forest to play his tuba, the one with Pink Panther pulling pranks at a concert trying to play the Pink Panther theme, the one where a room was trying to be painted blue gets painted pink then blue and so on, and the one with the pink and yellow flowers constantly being swapped, and some others like these are my top favorites, these four given are my highest favorites of all.

3 The future

In the near future, I don't see much in the way of changes occurring. Even two years from now, I still believe I'll be doing the same thing when it comes to TV and movies.

Later on, I may make more animated cartoons with even greater sophistication, but I'll most likely need another method than animated GIFs. Either MNG when it becomes more common, writing a program to run these animations from a single downloaded source file, or, if the price ever goes down (a lot) or an older version is easily available at no more than $100, Flash. For now, I'm stuck with GIF.

Further in the future, I'd make the movie of my most prized story - "The Legend of the 10 Elemental Masters". Almost everything about it I can make. Although the scenery wouldn't be as decent as computer-animated movies of even today, it would at least be a good first step, a very good one at that. It may not be this story that's the first, but rather the dream with the highest known story rating, the one involving a strange cave where you raced underwater and you could breathe underwater, but bullies always annoyed me. Although it wouldn't be as long as a movie, but a good 30 minutes is roughly 10% as long as my most prized written story.

4 TV and movies FAQs

FAQ question list:
1 TV
1.1 If you really seem interested in education, why not go to college or university?
1.2 About how many hours per week do you watch TV? How much of this is educational stuff?
1.3 If you like the show XXX a lot, why not get the DVD of it?
1.4 Why do TV ratings bother you?

2 Movies
2.1 What is your favorite movie?
2.2 Why do movie ratings bother you?
2.3 What is your most-watched movie?

3 My own movies and cartoons
3.1 What was your first animation?
3.2 Why make animations?
3.3 Why use animated GIF when XXX is available that is even better?
3.4 You said you made your first cartoon, but where is it and how do I view it?
3.5 How do you make your animations with the great 3D effects you supposedly have?
3.6 How long will it be before your script "10 Elemental Masters" would be a movie?
3.7 What skills do you have for making a movie with?
3.8 What plans do you have for your first movie?

4.1 TV

1.1 Q. If you really seem interested in education, why not go to college or university?
A. See the "school" section of this report for the details. In short, it costs way too much, I have no reliable way to get there, and the only local college/university doesn't have the main class I want - computer programming.

1.2 Q. About how many hours per week do you watch TV? How much of this is educational stuff?
A. Because I tend to take 2 hours to eat and I eat once a day, this, at a minimum, amounts to 13 hours per week. Why 13 instead of 14? Every two weeks, I lose out on one day due to my ever-shifting sleep-wake cycle. If I wake up at 8:00 AM today, it'd be two weeks before I wake up at about the same time, but a week after that, waking up at 8:00 PM is the likely case. Note how many "lost" days there are in my blog and you can get a rough idea on this. Outside from eating, usually about 0 to 10 extra hours may be spent, depending on what is on and what I'm doing. In one single day, I've gone on for 10 hours watching nothing but Looney Tunes cartoons (Fall on Boomerang during 2005 (the first day of autumn in 2005) was when it happened and there are days where I go 8 hours watching stuff on TV. About 60% of it is educational stuff. Another 25% goes toward the news and the remaining 15% toward cartoons. A tiny fraction goes toward movies as it's usually only a few seconds' worth as it happens to be what my parents watch, but 100 seconds is pretty much nothing on the 13-hour minimum or more typical 20 hours per week (20 hours is 72,000 seconds).

1.3 Q. If you like the show XXX a lot, why not get the DVD of it?
A. There are 3 reasons why I don't. The first is that it's freely available on DirecTV, as long as I see it in the guide. Second, such content gets outdated quite quickly. Sure being 2 years old doesn't seem all that old, but with the accelerating pace of gaining knowledge with things, 2 years is rather a lot. Third, they cost way too much. I've seen it for $24.95 and that doesn't include shipping. I'd very much rent it for 3 days paying $5 for the rental, than to buy the DVD. I don't and can't record it either as I don't have a way of doing that.

1.4 Q. Why do TV ratings bother you?
A. Simply put, I hate adult content. It gives me bad feelings and I feel as if it would just amplify my already bad problems or even add new ones I don't need. TV, movie, and video game ratings all affect my purchasing decisions and the higher the rating, the bigger and stronger the negative affector gets. This gives a rough idea of the breakup and the effects it has. Most of the educational stuff I watch is of TV-G and sometimes TV-PG and rarely TV-14.

TV ratingMovie rating***Game rating‡Affector*Notes
TV-Y---**EC-1.6These tend to be boring.
TV-Y7---EC-1.1These tend to be a bit boring, but not as bad.
TV-GGE+1.2Shows with this are the most commonly watched.
TV-PGPGE10+-1.3Shows with this are the second-most commonly watched.
TV-14PG-13T-5.2I rarely watch such shows due to the big negative impact they have.
TV-MARM-35I avoid these to a great degree
---†NC-17AO-50I've never seen a movie of this type and don't want to

Table footnotes:
* Affectors are explained in detail here. There is a 10% margin of error, however.
** There is no known movie rating equivelent other than G, which is already repeated.
*** The movie rating is the approximate TV rating equivelent to what I can tell.
† Since there's an extra movie rating with nearly the same effect as TV-MA, and there's nothing higher than TV-MA, this is left blanked out.
‡ Based on the appoximate TV-rating equivelent.

Although -35 and -50 for affectors could mean a greater than neutral motive if otherwise above this, the first thing I look at isn't what the movie is about, but the rating itself. If rated PG-13, the movie must be of great interest before I bother looking into it. It must be of nearly 7 times the interest before I'd get it if rated R, but even then, it's no where near a guarentee. Since most movies I watch hover around +12 compatibility, a -5.2 affector drops it down to about +2.3 which really isn't all that high and other things almost always tend to take higher priority. If something rated G was on with a +3 compatibility, I'd be much more likely to watch that than the more liked PG-13 movie. I'd be equally likely to watch a PG-rated movie with a +3 compatibility than a PG-13-rated movie with a +12 compatibility, but the PG-rated movie would take priority due to the fact of a better content rating.

4.2 Movies

2.1 Q. What is your favorite movie?
A. Because of the fact I very rarely see movies, it's tricky to say with reliable accuracy, considering that I've forgotten many of the names of the movies. In the past, "The Thief and the Cobbler" and "Mouse Hunt" are two recalled high favorites. There's probably another higher favorite, but I don't recall it.

2.2 Q. Why do movie ratings bother you?
A. See question 1.4 above.

2.3 Q. What is your most-watched movie?
A. I think it'd be either of "The Thief and the Cobbler" or "Mouse Hunt" that would go here, most likely the first one listed here since the "Mouse Hunt" VHS tape was damaged.

4.3 My own movies and cartoons

3.1 Q. What was your first animation?
A. As far as I know, it was a very simplified version of my "Extreme Mountain Climbing" animation. In it, you went from right to left rather than left to right, and the horizontal speed was always the same and the vertical speed varied depending on the slope. If going 200 coordinate units per second (CU/s) left on a flat slope (a 1:0 slope), I'd have no vertical speed. If on a 2:1 slope, which isn't all that speed, I'd be going 200 CU/s left and 100 CU/s on the vertical and on the steep 1:2 slope, 200 CU/s left and 400 CU/s vertical. At the time, I didn't know trig functions like sines and cosines or the arctangent, but it was about 4 2/3 years later that I finally did and by then my animation-creation techniques have been radically improved. I don't know where the video file is, but it was likely an AVI given the length and history. The oldest available animation is the one called "The Supercatapult". This page lists all of my known animations and this page explains the history of my animation-creation.

3.2 Q. Why make animations?
A. The main reason is to replicate my mind game so I can visually see it rather than mentally see it. They're also a way to see what I do in my mind game in a visual form.

3.3 Q. Why use animated GIF when XXX is available that is even better?
A. At the moment, it's the only method I have. I have AVI and animated GIF available. Because AVI tends to have huge file sizes (with today's animations, 300 MB and my first animated cartoon would be around 1 GB which tends to be a waste of disk space. In order for me to post it on my website, I have to zip it up with Winzip and the funny thing about it is that, if I zip up the ZIP file, I can further reduce the file size by a very considerable amount. The process to unzipping it and the huge space hog it is makes AVI not worth using. Animated GIF, although it has a slightly larger file size than the double-compressed AVI, is much more user friendly since you just need to click the link and view it in your browser within 2 seconds, unlike with AVI. MNG is not widely supported and thus not worth using, let alone being able to save as MNG. Flash is way too expensive at $400, quadruple what I'm willing to pay for it, and is definitely out of reach as a result. The last option is for me to write a program and have users download the program and the various inputs, but I can't expect everyone to do this and I don't yet have the programming skills (as of Nov 22, 2006).

3.4 Q. You said you made your first cartoon, but where is it and how do I view it?
A. First, go to my mind game's videos section and find the animation titled "The Mega Race". Click on the magnification value you want and wait for the download while you watch it. It's 4.1 MB and may be the world's biggest and most complex animated GIF (as of Nov 22, 2006), but may require a large amount of memory, amounting to about 300 MB or so.

3.5 Q. How do you make your animations with the great 3D effects you supposedly have?
A. My animation-creation tutorial answers this in extreme detail, including many screenshots. Unlike as shown in the tutorial, I use Gamestudio and a batch converter for GIMP to automate a bulk of the process. In short, I start with planning, using spreadsheets for the calculations I do. When done, I make the scenery and write a brief program in Gamestudio to automate the frame-creation process using the details in my spreadsheets. From there, I use the batch converter for GIMP someone from the GIMPTalk forums gave me to load each BMP file as a frame then begin optimizing it and soon saving the end result as GIF. It took me a week to make my first cartoon then only 2 days to make another animation reusing the scenery, that has 3/8 the base frame count.

3.6 Q. How long will it be before your script "10 Elemental Masters" would be a movie?
A. At the moment, I lost motive for getting it out to the film companies for production. I'm better off with a book or making the movie myself, which, by the time I get the full skills and motive, could be at least a decade at my current rate.

3.7 Q. What skills do you have for making a movie with?
A. At the moment, from what you can see in my 2D animations, I can process movements very easily. Due to the limits of animated GIFs, I can't get much in the way of detail, but my 2D game is otherwise one example, although I've got mathematical errors in the lighting since I have to do that manually, I'm capable of doing things in 3D as well. About the only thing I'm not entirely capable of is getting sound effects. The best I can do here is vocalize them. I do, however, lack some experience with 3D and until I gain such knowledge and improve on it (and my artwork abilities), I have little in the way of intentions on doing so. The first step is already pretty much done - write the story.

3.8 Q. What plans do you have for your first movie?
A. As one of my laws of experience goes, of which has been proven quite well, "you level up the fastest and easiest if you do things at your own level and no higher or lower". The most obvious step would be to make something at my level. My first animated cartoon is a decent first step toward an actual movie. I've otherwise reached the limits of my system and for GIF so getting anything more difficult is not possible, except involving much more character interaction. Short of short cartoons, my first near-movie-length animation would likely be the dream with the best known story (as of Nov 22, 2006), the one where I visit a cave with everything underwater, but you could breathe underwater, although I didn't know it at first. Only my special abilities gave me any chance of not coming in last, at least, until I knew the secret. I even posted a mind-game-enhanced version of the story on my website. This would be my most likely candidate followed by a rewritten version of my first story, "The Story of the Wonderful Adventure: The Adventure Begins". This story is much closer to movie length. After this would likely be my main story, "The Legend of the 10 Elemental Masters".

4.1 About me home - General overview and background
4.1-1 What this is
4.1-2 My current life
4.1-3 The future
4.2 Dream journal - My dreams I get while sleeping - contains over 500 dreams and grows rapidly
4.2-1 Introduction
4.2-2 Special notes
4.2-3 Dream stat descriptions
4.2-4 Dream statistics
4.2-5 The categories
4.3 Favorites - What I like and dislike most
4.4 Imaginary friends - Learn what my imaginary friends were like and their special abilities
4.4-1 History
4.4-2 In depth descriptions
4.4-3 The future
4.5 Video games - My history with video games and the many bad things they caused
4.5-1 The beginning
4.5-2 Too much video game playing
4.5-3 Making my own games
4.5-4 The future
4.6 School - Learn what school was like for me, how the classes went, and other events related to school
4.6-1 Elementary school
4.6-2 Middle school
4.6-3 High school
4.6-4 Filling my need for education
4.6-5 My education future
4.7 Special events - Learn about how YMCA camp, tours, and other special events went for me
4.7-1 Triangle YMCA camp
4.7-2 Touring my home state with my friend
4.7-3 Shakespearian play
4.7-4 The state fair
4.7-5 The antique car club
4.7-6 Trip into Canada
4.8 Math skills - I can work wonders with numbers and perform calculations in my head at a blazing fast speed
4.8-1 Well beyond most everyone else
4.8-2 I became unforunate
4.8-3 Super fast mental math
4.8-4 If object gets numbers, I get a formula
4.8-5 The future
4.9 Special abilities - The special capabilities I have outside mathematics
4.9-1 General
4.9-2 Hypercount
4.9-3 High-speed, high-accuracy mental math
4.9-4 High-res vision
4.10 Developed systems - Status System, Spell System and other systems I've developed
4.10-1 My Status System
4.10-2 My Spell System
4.10-3 Color system
4.11 Stories - The birth of my story-writing efforts
4.11-1 The "Wonderful Adventure" days
4.11-2 The "Rise of Atlantis" days
4.11-3 One other story
4.11-4 No more story writing
4.11-5 My sources of ideas
4.11-6 The future (general)
4.12 Online activities - The history of my website and the usage of online forums
4.12-1 Online forums
4.12-2 My website
4.13 Music - My history with music - learn the origins to why I listen to songs at different speeds for thousands of loops at a time
4.13-1 History
4.13-2 The present
4.13-3 The future
4.13-4 Music FAQs
4.14 Major fears - My list of fears, problems, and obsessions, both past and present
4.14-1 Introduction
4.14-2 Current fears
4.14-3 Old fears that have been overcome
4.14-4 Current problems
4.14-5 Old problems that have been overcome
4.14-6 Current obsessions
4.14-7 Old obsessions
4.15 Major issues - Major issues I have in my life at the moment
4.15-1 Fears, problems, and obsessions
4.15-2 Sleep-wake cycle
4.15-3 No transportation
4.15-4 Showers are rare
4.15-5 My annoying nose
4.15-6 Limited choice of foods
4.15-7 Getting a job
4.16 TV and movies - How I am with watching TV and movies, both past and present
4.16-1 History
4.16-2 The present
4.16-3 The future
4.16-4 FAQ
4.17 Food and drink - My history with food and drink, including past meals I made, as well as the present and future
4.17-1 History
4.17-2 The present
4.17-3 The future
4.18 Travel and vacations - Past vacations and travel, as well as the current case of 6+ years without a vacation, including places of interest
4.18-1 History
4.18-2 The present
4.18-3 The future
4.18-4 FAQ
4.19 My senses - Things involving my 5 main senses - strong, high-res vision, but very weak smell to name some
4.19- [document yet to be created]
4.20 Doctors and meds - My past involving doctor visits and meds to fixing my issues as well as the present
4.20- [document yet to be created]
4.21 Hobbies - My hobbies, including things I was involved with in the past not in any other category
4.21-1 History
4.21-2 Computer
4.21-3 Sports
4.21-4 Collecting
4.21-5 Television
4.21-6 The present
4.21-7 The future
4.22 Game design - My history of game design as well as the present and possible future
4.22-1 History
4.22-2 The present
4.22-3 The future
4.23 Noncomputer games - Backgrounds on various noncomputer games, such as throwing cards to play Hit-a-bump and other things, including past games not listed on my website, as well as general evolvements and what caused me to create them.
4.23- [document yet to be created]
4.24 Other memorable events - General events I recall unusually well, but not anything special
4.24- [document yet to be created]
4.25 Other things - Dates, marriage, having kids, friends, religion, holidays, and various other things
4.25- [document yet to be created]
4.26 Myself in the year 2050 - How I envision myself and a day in the year 2050
4.26- [document yet to be created]
4.27 My greatest wishes - Activities I would love to do