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1 Mar 30, 2005
Mar 30, 2005: Finally a substantial chunk of dreams added, six more to be precise! Also, I've set numerous records while making an animation that is strikingly realistic and very close to what actually goes on in my mind game. #1 Six new dreams added: After a long while, I've finally added a fairly large number of dreams in one update. I've added five dreams to the list making the count 171. The new dreams are dream 1-35 (featuring my basement being flooded with mud water), dream 5-40 (featuring a basement cave that happened not too long ago), dream 6-26 (the night's dream featuring a field trip with a class of 10) 6-27 (an old dream featuring a theme park inside a cave and a trick ladder), 6-28 (featuring a dream only remembered by high-quality images of a tunnel bathed in yellow light), and 6-29 (featuring camping inside a school). #2 New animation - strikingly realistic and in high resolution!: What an animation work out! 20 long hours spent on my computer doing nothing but working on an animation that big time sets records. Now, who's ever thought of a 300 frame animated GIF? Usually animated GIFs are no more than 20 frames, but 300 is well outside this usual range. What's so surprising about it? Well, it's not the number of frames (I've got one animation consisting of around 1500 frames, five times as much), it's the number of layers I got in combination with the number of frames. There are 6 layers (more than any animation I currently have!). The next best is 5 layers, but only consisting of 36 frames. This animated GIF has 6 layers and just over 300 frames, ten times as intense (technically, it's more around 8 or 9)! Another unusual thing about it is that it's 320x240. This is actually a bit big for a normal animated GIF. Another thing about this oversized animated GIF is the fact that is very closely relates to how things go in my mind game including one new special ability not otherwise seen or heard of: the flare effect. Usually, my animations have just the speedometer, but this one is unique as it also includes the height feature, which tells you how high you are above the ground in feet. Think I'm done yet? Well, not quite. I've also made a few discoveries as well! I've discovered that 1 unit of movement (if you moved at 1 mph, you'd move 1 unit per frame (at 10 fps)) is equal to 0.1466666... (11/75 or 1/7) feet (which is 1.76 inches). Another discovery that I made was that each single unit of the scaling is equal to about 25 feet of distance (±5 because it is only an estimate). That is, if something was scaled at 16 (meaning, if you move 16 units, the background with this scaling will move one unit), the object would be 400 feet away. Along the way, I've ran into some computer problems: resource drainage. I've always had resource drainage troubles when making animations. What do I mean by "resource drainage" you may ask? Compare these screenshots I took.
Click on the images to see the full-sized version (which is 1600x1200 for each). In the top image, you can see how the resources look before I did anything (just about to start the process of adding the screendata layer). On the bottom image, no new program was loaded or anything, the same stuff, but look how dangerously low the resources got from doing nothing but copying and pasting, and opening files. I didn't do anything else, so why did the resources get so low? However, the solution is quick: just close MSPaint, wait a few seconds for the resources to replenish, then reopen MSPaint and resume. Also, when simply opening a file and saving it in another format 100 times in a program called 20/20, I've also encountered the resource drainage issues.
#3 My script: So far, I still haven't heard back from the ones who I sent the script to, but I haven't got around to checking my E-mail since about Mar 26, 2005 because I've been so involved with the animation. Given the length of my script, I do expect it to take a while to hear back from them, but I'm not overly concerned about it. #4 9 puzzles finished: Out of the ten puzzles in the first box, I've completed 9 of them. The ninth puzzle was extremely difficult to do (about a 6.5 on a scale from 0 to 8 where 8 is the most difficult possible). I'm now working on a 500-piece puzzle that looks very easy (about a 1.5 on that same scale). It's the easiest puzzle in that box. The next easiest was 750 pieces, about a 1.7 on that scale). #4 Less involved with TV: Lately, probably because of working on the animation, I haven't been watching TV as much. I'm still watching the Magic School Bus whenever I get the chance to. I had to miss it for a whole week because of my shifting sleep-wake cycle, but now I'm half on the night and half on the day (I woke up at around 12:35 AM today).
2 Mar 24, 2005
Mar 24, 2005: I've editted the mind game report to clean up the nonsense. I've also slightly modified the spell system report (the main page) to include details about my latest concepts. Finally, a new dream was added to the list. #1 Mind game report cleaned up: The previous version of my mind game report had things relating to spell power usage. Actually, my mind game doesn't take up any spell power (through my latest research in the Status System) to use. I cleaned this stuff out of the report to make it more worthwhile. I've also added a few more details, especially the funny things section (including that sky diving episode I had earlier). In fact, I've added 12 more items to that already long list. Ever wonder what the fastest I've ever gotten in my mind game is? I know how I can even bust 9999 mph, I just need to be in a cave, deep in one, with a very narrow entrance. The funny things section of that report is very unorganized. I should almost organize it, however, that'll take a LONG time to do. I can generalize a few categories, however. Mischievious actions and escapes are two major ones. #2 Spell system report modified slightly: Basically, I just fixed a few grammer errors I spotted and made a modification to the damage formula. I've also added details about the pros and cons between spells and conventional weapons. Other than this, there hasn't been any change. #3 One new dream added: Just when I woke up today, I had a dream relating to a smart tornado (dream 5-39). This makes the total dream count 166. Two more are needed to make 14 dozen. #4 My first true comic: In relation to something going on at the Gamestudio forums, I created my first ever comic that is a true comic. I created one before, however, it wasn't a real comic (or at least in the comic format). This is what my first comic looks like:
This comic relates to the use of Gamestudio. I like what the computer does. I also like the very realistic 3D effects of the objects. #5 Still flooding the forums: I'm still flooding the HWW forums with questions I come up with, usually scientific questions. #6 Less TV: Around Mar 22 or Mar 23, I've noticed that I'm watching less TV than I have been since around Mar 1. It may be because I've been flooding the HWW forums with questions that I get. Since I'm not watching TV as much, I'm not really working on those puzzles much anymore either. #7 Still not eating much: I'm still not eating much, just once per day. Also, I used to eat like 80% of a bag of Doritos chips in just one day. Now, it's been taking me nearly 5 days just to eat one bag. I wonder why this is.
3 Mar 21, 2005
Mar 21, 2005: I just got more puzzles to do from my parents. Also, I finally got to see "The Magic School Bus", a show I haven't seen in around 5 or more years that I loved and still do today. I've also been doing a lot of different things in my mind game. #1 More puzzles: Maybe I should've have told my mother that was on my 9th puzzle out of the box. Strange as it is, I've completed 8 of those puzzles (three 750-piece puzzles, four 500-piece puzzles and one 1000-piece puzzle totalling 5250 pieces) in just three weeks. I've read from one site that was selling jigsaw puzzles that 1000-piece puzzles are sort of like for a family to work on. Anyway, of the new puzzles I've got, there's a 1000-piece puzzle in the shape of a panda that looks very easy to do. There's also a 750-piece puzzle that looks very hard (even harder than the hardest of the two 1000-piece puzles) because it's almost entirely monotonic - all one color. There are shadows, but they're scattered quite randomly. This puzzle might be the hardest one of the 20 I've seen so far. I'm applying the jigsaw puzzle difficulty determination trick that I've recently added to get these results. #2 Magic School Bus - revisited: It's been several years since I last saw "The Magic School Bus" on TV. I loved the show and I still do today. Problem is, since the last time I saw it, it's been moved to another station or something (I don't know the real cause). About one year ago, I first saw it on the Satellite guide, however, the show that was on wasn't the Magic School Bus. It was of something with a penguin and some others in very low quality animations (close to what I've got, but their animations and picture quality is still better than what I've got). I was dissatisfied and just continued on waiting for a very long time trying again like once or twice, but the same thing happened on each occasion. Then, On Friday, Mar 19, 2005, I finally saw it on a different channel and it really was the real show. Better yet, it wasn't a show I've seen either. Better yet, it comes in pairs meaning that two episodes play side by side. Though I wished that there was less advertising, it's not too bad. This adds another channel to my small collection that I watch, Discovery Kids. Yeah, you may find it strange that a 21.19-year-old is watching stuff meant for 5 to 10-year-olds, it's not the content that interests me the most, it's the nature and the story. It just gives me some ideas for things to do in my mind game (Speaking of which, the sky diving episode (from the last update) was thought of from watching a TV show that featured sky diving (a disaster of one that is).). My favorite character happens to be Arnold. The episode I would love to see most is the one with the volcanoes. It's one I haven't seen yet. I don't know for sure if there really is one about volcanoes, however, given that the introduction part has a scene of lava and the Magic School Bus bursting out of a volcano, I'm quite certain that there is such an episode. I can remember that, from the last times I watched the show, I frequently saw "inside Ralphie" and one other one. Although I haven't seen it since the time I started watching the shows again, I can still remember remarkably what happens. #3 update to color system: I've made a few fixes and updates for the color system document. I've added a few formulas as well as I've left them out. Do you ever wonder just what colors are on the true color palette, using all 24 bits available? Well, I've created an image that contains every single one of the colors. It was created quite a long time ago (like around a year or so) in about 30 minutes. Here it is. Just to note it, the image is 4096 by 4096 pixels (the smallest I could get it to contain all of the colors). I've made other color palettes as well that are smaller, like a 15-bit palette (although there is no such thing, it just means that it's a palette made of 32,768 unique colors as it would take a minimum of 15 bits to name all of those colors (which happens to be the highest possible for 15 bits as from 215). #4 A new mind game event - escapes: With the special abilities making an escape is really easy. How easy? Well, if you're trapped underground, just flash attack into the wall and you'll bounce around like crazy. Each bounce adds 5 mph to your speed. If you get too fast, you'll burst through the land or you just may find the exit afterall. Another way is, if you're in jail, just cast ice36 or fire36 on the bars to get rid of them. Or, simply just cast a teleport spell. The flash attack can be used as well. Another mind game event I've had was when I was doing a high-speed car chase. I wasn't in the car, I was outside it and I wasn't controlling it either. Instead, I was just running alongside the car trying to help the cops. At one point, I got up in front of the bad car and slammed on my brakes (deceleration like this is nearly 4.5 times faster than a car could at its best!). The car bumped into my mind game character and ended up doing a spin and coming to a complete stop. I repeated the scene doing other things as well like casting a stop spell on it after running at 200 mph ahead of it. This causes the car to stop almost instantly (as from time for them suddenly jumping about 79 minutes or so). I once did a chase in my mind game where the cars were going 140 mph. Still, I could outrun the car by 60 mph pulling ahead of it (with the flash attack and careful aiming, I could increase it easily even past the speed of sound). This is all that I've been doing lately. #5 Swamping the forums with questions: Lately, I've been swamping the Howwhatwhy (HWW) forums with a bunch of questions that I came up with. Whenever a question pops up in my head, I try to post it in the HWW forums before I end up forgetting about it. There have been some times in which I've forgotten to post a question for six months continually. However, long ago, when I first came to an online forum, I was posting nearly 5 questions per day, sometimes more, mostly science stuff. Since about 2004 or so, about 2.5 years later, I almost stopped asking questions, however, I still do it. Occasionally, I have spikes (sharp, sudden incrases). #6 Junk mail anyone?: Usually, when one refers to junk mail, they usually think of junk E-mail (in which I get my fair share of it). Well, for about, like, 2.5 years or so, I've been getting junk postal mail from Capital One repeatedly. Their advertisement states something in the way of "check your mailbox for details". I think that they should change that concept to "check our website for details" as many other advertisements have. Worse yet, the company has notices telling of excessively high interest rates of even 21.9%. Now who'd want a debt-causing credit card with that high of an interest rate? Most, however, are around 18.9%, which is still ridiculously high. If you were to go to category 8 (from below; the image collection), I have a credit card cartoon animation telling of credit card debt. This is still one of my top favorite animations (next to the rocket jump out stunt (2nd place) and the holy6 spell effects animation (1st place)). #7 It's spring!: In my part of the world map, it's now spring. I thought that spring occurred on Mar 21 not Mar 20 as CNN Headline News stated. Yet, if you've ever wondered, since Winter starts on Dec 21 and spring starts on Mar 20 (maybe Mar 21), and that February is a shorter-than-normal month, why are there fewer days of winter? Well, if you've read science books or something, you'll probably know that the Earth is actually closer to the Sun during the winter. A closer orbit means a faster travelling speed. During summer (starting around June 22 or 23), the Earth is further from the Sun so it has a lower orbital speed making summer last longer. Hopefully my observation is correct. Yet, also, spring sometimes means "spring cleaning". Hopefully I won't have to put up with it as I hate cleaning :(.
4 Mar 20, 2005
Mar 20, 2005: My script has finally been sent out! Also, overnight, I solved the jigsaw math puzzle I mentioned from the previous update. I've added a new item to the tips and tricks category that'll tell you how to determine a jigsaw puzzles' difficulty. I'm still going heavy on watching TV while doing those puzzles. #1 My script: Finally, I mailed the script to the company that was requesting it. I was going to a long time ago, however, I forgot to print out the address and I haven't been able to have transportation to get me to the post office. Now, all I gotta do is wait until they respond and tell me whether they accept or reject it. #2 Math puzzle solved: I finally solved that puzzle I had with jigsaw puzzle scoring. I solved it over the night of March 14, 2005. The answer is 72151 for a 500-piece puzzle. How did it work out to that? Here's how. Connecting a pair of 250-piece groups will give you "250*(250+1)/2" points, which gives 31375 points. Connecting four sets of 125 pieces to make two groups of 250 gives "125*(125+1)/2*2" points, which comes out to 15750 points. This progresses down further yet. Assuming that the shape of the puzzle doesn't matter, we can connect 4 sets of 63 and four sets of 62. Because you have broken a group of 125 into 63 and 62, it may be possible that you can merge the sets of 63 with each other and the 62's with each other. Two counts of 63's merging and two counts of 62's merging gives "(63*(63+1)/2*2)+(62*(62+1)/2*2" points. This gives 4032 points for merging the 63's and 3906 points for merging the 62's totalling 7938 points. From here, you get 4 sets of 32 and 12 sets of 31 giving 2112+6144 or 8256 points. Further on for another step, you get 20 sets of 16 and 12 sets of 15 totalling 2720+1440 or 4160 points. The next step gives 52 sets of 8 and 12 sets of 7. See where I'm going? This totals 1872+336 or 2208 points. The third to the last step yields 116 sets of 4 and 12 sets of 3 which gives 1160+72 or 1232 points. The second to the last step yields 244 sets of 2 and 12 sets of 1. This totals 744 points. Since the sets of 1 cannot be broken up any further, and that the sets of 2 can, you get 488 sets of 1 giving 488 points. Adding up all these scores gives 72151 points total. For a 1000-piece puzzle, you have the addition of merging two sets of 500 adding in 125250 points which totals 197401 points. For a 2000-piece puzzle, the addition of merging two sets of 1000 is included adding 500500 points. This totals 625750 points. For a, say, 750-piece puzzle, it will require a reworking, but the process is the same. Just keep dividing by two. #3 New tip available: Strange as it is, the number of pieces in the puzzle is NOT the primary factor that influences the difficulty of a puzzle. In fact, it's actually the picture. Details are available in the link in category 1. #4 Still heavy on watching TV: I'm still watching TV a lot and while doing so, working on those puzzles my mother got me. I'm on my 9th one right now which happens to be 1000 pieces. Yet, I've discovered that the number of pieces in the puzzle isn't a major contributer to difficulty either. In case you're wondering, I'm just drawing the puzzles out of the box at random so I never know what I'll get next. However, the next time I take a puzzle out of the box, I will know what I'll get as it's the only one left. #5 Sky diving in my mind game: In my mind game, I've been playing a sky diving episode. 8 humans jump out of the air plane including my mind game character. However, while the sky divers accelerate to free fall, I jump upwards instead and use the flash attack to really gain a lot of extra height. Then, on my way down, I just keep on accelerating. I soon pass by the sky divers which form a ring at 300 mph still picking up speed. The sky divers, forming a circle, are only going around 120 mph no longer accelerating, I'm going 300 mph still picking up lots of speed. I pause the game, switch to one of the sky divers' point of view and watch as I fall past them at a blazing fast speed. It's funny just looking at an orchid-colored streak just whizzing by you in the direction you're going. I shrink very quickly from the increasing distance. I then switch back to my original view, and unpause the game. I still continue to pick up speed. I reach the ground at 750 mph (accelerating at 80 mph per second instead of the usual 20), and bounce up at 375 mph decelerating. Near the top of my bounce, the sky divers whiz past me but, since I accelerate back down again, I whiz past the sky divers. Another bounce sends me going up at nearly 190 mph. By the time I bounce, the sky divers have already deployed their parachutes. It's a funny thing to do over and over again, especially watching from one of the sky divers' point of views of my mind game character whizzing past them. #6 I got a cold sore: Although I haven't had one in over a year, I ended up getting a cold sore starting soon after the last update. It has gone away about 90%. The only trouble I have now is a strange lump on the right side of my tongue. #7 Song stuck in my head - gone: Remember from a little while ago that I had Out Where the Lake Is stuck in my head? Well, I don't have it anymore now. #8 Interactive story - maybe: I'm still thinking about trying to do an interactive story, however, I find it difficult to resume once I get started. I've completed 22 pages in one go. The last time I attempted an interactive story (of the same story even), it was confusing. This time, however, I've got a much better technique to doing so.
5 Mar 14, 2005
Mar 14, 2005: A long past nightmare was recalled! Also, I've had some strange thoughts lately. #1 new nightmare recalled: If you've been with my website for a long time, you may recall a story I had which featured a mysterious light and of which was an interactive story. The new dream is 4-5. Well, it so happened that that was actually a scary dream I had. Instead of making it an interactive story, I just posted what actually happened in the dream. 90% of the dream has been recalled (which is surprising considering that it's about 5 years old). I may, however, still make it an interactive story, but, uh, that's a lot of work and typing.... #2 7 down 3 to go!: Yet another puzzle put together. Yesterday, I was looking into websites that sold jigsaw puzzles and boy, who could think about doing a puzzle that has 18,000 pieces!? If a typical room was 11.5 feet by 11.5 feet, this puzzle would occupy 2/3 of the area! It's downright HUGE! Yet, in my old times, I can recall having a puzzle of the Sun having a million pieces (in my script) that is about the same size as the 18,000-piece puzzle. Given area models and that the typical puzzle piece is about 7/8 by 7/8 inches (or 49/64 square inches (just call it 3/4)), this would mean that the typical puzzle piece of the "imaginary" million-piece Sun puzzle would have to be about 1/80 of a square inch. That is, each puzzle piece would only be 1/8 of an inch on each side (not including the pointers that are used to "lock" the pieces"). How did I come up with that? Simple. The puzzles are the same size. The 1,000,000-piece puzzle would have 55 5/9 times as many pieces. Since the two puzzles occupy the same area (when finished), take the square root of this to get about 7.45356. Since we want piece size and not number of pieces, I divide 7/8 (0.875) by 7.45356 to get about 1/9 of an inch on each side. That is a tiny puzzle piece! I didn't notice this until I started typing this blog. Of course, I didn't bother to work out the math when I first thought of such a puzzle.... #3 A puzzle scoring system: One of my strange thoughts on jigsaw puzzles is a scoring system. Although it may seem like nonsense, it's just one way to put numbers into things. The rules are fairly simple, however. You score a single point when you insert a singe piece into the puzzle or pair up pieces, or add one to a group of pieces. You score "n×(n+1)÷2" points when you connect a group of pieces with the smaller group being counted (that is, if you merge a group of 3 and a group of 4, you get credit for the group of 3 giving 6 points). When a single piece merges more than one group at the same time, one point is added for adding the single piece, "n×(n+1)÷2" points are added for merging the smaller groups. For example, if you have a group of 5, 4, and 2 and insert a piece into the groups merging them, you get one point and the 2 becomes a 3. You then score 6 points for merging the group of 3 and 4 then 15 additional points for merging the group of 5 and 7. If you merge two groups of the same size together, you get credit for one. That is, if you merge two groups of 4, you get 10 points. It's a strange concept and I'm really wondering what the highest possible score is for a 500-piece puzzle. I think it's around 150 to 400 thousand points. The minimum score is the number of pieces in the puzzle (95% certain on this). #4 drowning Tails in my mind game: In my mind game, I've been drowning Tails all the way through in water of all sorts of colors and temperatures. Yep, I've drowned it in boiling water and in ice water. Of course, I'm just jumping around (not neccessarily for joy though, except for the thrill of high speed). I'm not doing much else in my mind game, however. The only other thing, though rare, is running up and down a mountain with phenomenal height (given the numbers, I'd say it's actually 3 or 4 times taller than Mount Everest!). I can tell because I'm running at 200 mph constantly. Although there are different slope grades (usually 4:1, 2:1, 1:1, and the steep 1:2), I should look into figuring out just how high this imaginary mountain is (I casted a create spell a long time ago and created the mountain so it matches the exact shape of the mountain in Ice Cap Zone at the beginning in Sonic 3 it).
6 Mar 11, 2005
Mar 11, 2005: Finally a worthwhile update! I'm still going crazy about watching TV though and a new dream has been added. #1 New tip available!: Although unlisted in the future updates section of the tips and tricks category, I've added a new tip. It's been 9 months since I last made an update to the tips and tricks category. If you want to create your own custom jigsaw puzzles, a custom picture anyway, this new trick will tell you how to accomplish this. See category 1 for details. #2 Still watching TV a lot: I've been still watching TV a lot. While watching TV, I've been working on those jigsaw puzzles my mother gave me. I've completed 4 of them with a fifth 95% complete. I'd actually like to try doing a 2000-piece puzzle. A puzzle like this would take up a LOT of space and would take a very long time to figure out. Yet, from doing this, I've got a new favorite term: puzzle piece. I wonder how big a 2000-piece puzzle is. #3 One dream added: Although it occurred before the last update, I just couldn't remember it at the time. I've added dream 6-25 to collection making the count 164. #4 My script: So far, I still haven't been able to get transportation to be able to mail my script and with my sleep-wake cycle as it is, I may have to wait a full week just to be able to get another chance at it :(. I can't call the taxi as, if they charge, say, ten cents per city block, I'd have to pay about 10×72×2 or $14.40 just to get there and back. It costs about $8.50 just to mail my huge, thick script (it weighs almost exactly four pounds). Using the taxi is well out of the question so I have to depend on my parents, but they work too much making transportation extremely difficult, which is one reason why I'm almost never out of the house. #5 Wanna try golf?: For about a year now, I've been wanting to try to play real golf where the distances to the holes are measured in the hundreds of yards. I've never played golf before, so I don't know how to play. My score might be, on an 18-hole course, probably +20 at an average (my estimating skills are fairly bad, so this might be from +10 to even +30). Again, it's transportation that poses a major problem. Time is also a problem as well. A game might last like 3 hours.... #6 Mind game in the arctic: Lately, I've been playing my mind game where I'm in the arctic regions of the planet Earth. While at it, I send "Tails" over the edge into the icy blue water below to let it drown. I blazing along at 600 mph from the speed blast and, when I make puffs, the ice almost instantly vaporizes from the intense heat caused from friction. Sometimes, I end up with close calls nearly falling into the blue water from melting too much ice. Occasionally, when the previous fox drowns from it being sent over the edge, I send the new one that appears into the newly created hole. That fox goes into the hole and it, too, goes splash and glug, glug, glug. Other mind game scenes, though less common at this moment, is where I'm charging down a mountain at intense speed causing very colorful streaks to appear behind. I often use the speed blast to really get cruising. #7 Song still stuck in my head: Out Where the Lake Is is still stuck in my head. However, it's not as bad as it was before. #8 Computer problems: For some reason, Spy Sweeper has been going strange lately. It just won't update anymore. The reason is because the program errors while trying to update because it tries to switch to the news field while downloading an update, which currently is causing trouble. However, I did manage to figure out the problem and a way around it, though it might've been plain luck that helped. #9 Barely even eating: Since about March 4 or so, I've hardly been eating. Usually, I eat two pizzas in one day (which is about the only thing I do eat), with about 1.25 cups of extra cheese on top. Lately, I've been eating only one pizza, and there were two days in which I didn't eat anything at all. I do, however, take multivitamins to help out. I was going to post this in the previous update, but forgot about it.
Edit: fixed a bug where all the text was bold past a certain point. No text has been editted, however. Edit made on Mar 11, 2005
7 Mar 8, 2005
Mar 8, 2005: It's been a LONG time since an update. Even still, there's isn't much to note about. #1 My script: About the only major thing that has been accomplished since the last update was another two rounds of editting my script and printing it at the end. I was so close to mailing the script, until I realized that I forgot the address.... Now I'm forced to have to wait until I have transportation available and that could usually mean having to wait a few more days. Too bad the post office isn't open until like 9:00 PM. While printing my script, I encountered a paper jam. Also, that entire 324-page script was printed in about 70 or so minutes (I don't have an exact time, but it's ±10 minutes from this for sure), which means that the printer I have is remarkably fast. For some reason, I also had to do something that I've never done before: solve a problem on why I was getting strange streaks while printing in color. I managed to find the tool in which I could clean the print cartridges. Oh well. I've changed a few of the images, especially the master monster ground effects explanations, but that's about it. #2 TV and jigsaw puzzle craze: Around March 1, my mother gave me a box containing 10 jigsaw puzzles in one. Since then, I've been going at it almost without end. Also, while working on the puzzles, I've been watching TV a lot. It's the sameo sameo from before: the same channel range. There are a small number of channels that I watch. The Science Channel, TLC, Discovery, National Geographic, Cartoon Network (rare), Boomerang, CNN Headline News, CourtTV (rare), History Channel (rare) and PBS Kids (only for Cyberchase mainly because I like the nature and the stories involved). This is about the only channels I watch. I almost never go outside these channels. #3 Game development: I haven't made much progress with my game development. I'm about to the point in which I lost interest in doing it again.... Scripting is the major obstacle that's making it hard. #4 Song stuck in my head - seriously: I've been listening to "Out Where the Lake Is" so much that I've literally got the song stuck in my head and it plays in my head almost exactly the way it comes out of my MP3 player. Sometimes, it's so bad, that I can't concentrate on what I'm doing.... #5 My aching nose: For the past 3 days, my nose has been aching. If I move it just slightly, well, I don't think I should mention what happens in detail, but, however, it does hurt, especially the left side. #6 No new dreams: From that remarkable frenzy of recalling 20 dreams a week, I'm now down to almost a mere stop. For some reason, in the last 21 days, I've had but one dream recalled. It doesn't neccessarily mean that there won't be any more updates. As soon as I can recall any more dreams (160 is way more than enough), I'll certainly add them, when I can remember to....
The news entry headlines in bold are color-coded for a reason. They tell how big the event was for the headlines and how good my day was for the daily entries. From May 2006 onward, a slightly different system is used, of which has triple the precision. For dates prior to this that use color coding, from the white color, skipping two to red and so on is used. Here's what each color represents (for updates to before May of 2006):